Category Archives: Agriculture

Avoiding GMOs in Your Garden

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Lately, it seems that we’re up to our eyeballs in GMOs.  Corn, soy, zucchini, you name it they’ve tampered with it.  That’s why gardening is important.  When you grow something yourself you know what went into its development.

But you didn’t think that Monsanto and their cronies would watch their customers drift off into organic-ville quietly did you?  Of course not.   They want to capture whatever revenue streams are available.  And since gardening is in vogue again (and they’re already in the agriculture business) of course they’ll try to get their slice of that pie.

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The two major ways Monsanto is interfering is by buying up smaller seed companies and also the names of heirloom seeds.  That way you either buy from them without realizing it or the seed company has to pay Monsanto for using “their” seed name.

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist, has written an excellent article about this HERE.  Thanks for alerting us, Sarah.

Here is a list of seed companies Monsanto has bought or does business with.

This post was linked to the Homestead Barn Hop!

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Book Giveaway at New Life On a Homestead

Kendra, from New Life On a Homestead, is hosting a giveaway of Angela England’s book, Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less).  The focus of the book is on giving you the how-to you need to turn your backyard, however big or small it is, into a productive, sustainable mini-farm. England encourages her readers to eat healthier, save money, and live a more self-sufficient lifestyle by making the most of whatever space you have.

Go HERE to enter.

Photo from the Backyard Farming Facebook page.

I very much want to read this book since I live on just shy of an acre and I’d really like to maximize the productivity of my space.

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Top 10 GMO Crops

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GMOs are everywhere.

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Watch Now: Farmer Wins Against Monsanto!

Mercola.com is offering a free viewing of the documentary David versus Monsanto, about one farmer who fought Monsanto and won.

The video is only available until November 10th, so watch it quickly!

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Right to Know: Yes on Prop 37

“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”

~Thomas Jefferson

Read more at Real Food Forager.

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Profitable & Patriotic: Backyard Poultry Raising

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3 Articles You Should Read

I’ve been meaning to do a post about each one of these articles but decided just to give a link and my take on it.

Taiwan destroys US meat laden with growth-boosting drug

Here’s an idea: instead of Taiwan legalizing ractopamine so the USA will play nice, how about we ban ractopamine too?  Otherwise it just sounds like a kid being pressured to do drugs so that their peers will accept them.

Photo credit: Jiri Hodan

5 great reasons to kick your soda habit

With friends like these, who needs enemies?  Not only will soda inflate your dental bills, it can also give you cancer, fry your brain, and pollute your water!

Farming communities facing crisis over nitrate pollution, study says

Industrial agriculture is showing its Mr. Hyde side.  Nitrates from fertilizers and animal manure are polluting California’s Central Valley water supply and causing massive damage to the residents’ health.  Hopefully farmers will realize how dangerous this is and pursue nontoxic methods.

Articles are from MSNBC

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