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Great Article From New York Times on Organic and Locally Grown Foods

This is a great article that really highlights the delimmas we face and the hope there is to change the way the vast majority of people thinks about food and how our food is produced.  

Published: March 21, 2009


AS tens of thousands of people recently strolled among booths of the nation’s largest organic and natural foods show here, munching on fair-trade chocolate and sipping organic wine, a few dozen pioneers of the industry sneaked off to an out-of-the-way conference room.

Although unit sales of organic food have leveled off and even declined lately, versus a year earlier, the mood among those crowded into the conference room was upbeat as they awaited a private screening of a documentary called “Food Inc.” — a withering critique of agribusiness and industrially produced food.   

Story here.


Obamas to Plant Vegetable Garden at White House


Published: March 19, 2009
WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama will begin digging up a patch of the South Lawn on Friday to plant a vegetable garden, the first at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s victory garden in World War II. There will be no beets — the president does not like them — but arugula will make the cut.

Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

Sam Kass, an assistant White House chef, left, and Dale Haney, the White House gardener, at the site of the new vegetable garden on the South Lawn.  Read the rest of the store here.

The Dirt on Dirt

The soil that we depend on to plant our crops and sustain life through plant growth and oxygen production is being quickly destroyed.  Soil degradation may be one of the most important issues facing our world in the coming years.  By the year 2030 estimates show the population exceeding 8.3 billion, that is of concern when we are already experiencing food shortages in the current year.  At the least shortages cause significant price increases, in worst case scenarios food shortages can incite riots like they already have in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.  The UN estimates that to support 8.3 billion people farmers will have to produce 30% more grain than they do today.  Unfortunately, as we demand more from our soil and “improve” farming techniques, we are accelerating the process of degradation of our soil.  The major factors contributing to our loss of soil are erosion, compaction, and pollution.  People are choosing to buy organic food in ever expanding amounts because study after study shows that the nutrient content is better and the chemical residues of conventionally grown food can be damaging to health.  Sustainable organic techniques can and do produce equal and even better yields while supplying more nutritious food.

Big Picture

The biggest study ever done on soil integrity came from the ISRIC – World Soil Information in 1991 and stated that we had degraded 7.5 million square miles of land and that we are rapidly degrading a land mass the size of the United States and Canada combined.  In the developing world, water and wind erosion are rapidly causing desertification. Continue reading ‘The Dirt on Dirt’

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