JUST IN CASE you weren’t aware what companies like MONSANTO are doing, this diagram shows how agribusiness is trying to limit the number of seed variations, and then they send their armies of lawyers to claim ownership of the surviving species, which they then genetically modify. There can be no food security if their tyrannical goals are realized.
They are attempting to OWN the building blocks of nature, and dominate our very sustenance. They deserve not an ounce of our support, and please educate yourself as to their mission, motives, and products — and deny them your dollars!
Check out our friends at OCCUPY MONSANTO: http://www.occupymonsanto360.org/
and help defend the human race against Monsanto’s efforts to monopolize control over our food sources.
Every Day is Earth Day!
Inspired by Earth Day and the myriad events around the globe honoring nature, our founder Tricia Clark-McDowell came up with the following list of ways each of us can remind ourselves of the importance a clean environment has on our lives, and ways we can each reconnect with nature, and even more importantly, protect her. In-joy:
1) Sit quietly somewhere out in nature for one hour or more just observing birds, insects, water, wind - whatever is around you. Breathe deeply, relax, and enjoy the beauty.
2) Write a eulogy for some aspect of nature, or a particular place that has been harmed in your area. What would it feel like to see it utterly destroyed? Now pledge to be part of the solution to restore it to health, and perhaps take one simple step this week.
3) Plant something during Earth Week - vegie seeds or starts, flowers to beautify your yard or neighborhood, plants for and elderly person who needs help. Find a way to keep them alive and thriving through this season.
4) Write a short poem or story about caring for the Earth in some way, and post it on Facebook or other social media.
5) Create or participate in some small group action (possibly with family members or a group of friends) to clean up an area near you that has been trashed - a vacant lot, section of beach, an alley, street, or neighborhood park, etc. Take before and after pictures and post them on Facebook.
6) Give a set of garden books to one or more friends - someone you know who wants to learn about gardening. Give them encouragement and perhaps a little help in getting started.
7) Read up on natural and organic fertilizers and safely dispose of any non-organic products that are sitting around.
8) Plant a tree in a special place! Keep it watered during the first season, and watch it grow. Someday soon, it will return the favor with delicious fruit!
Afternoon dreaming of a future where science prioritizes sustainability and human well-being as opposed to weapons of war.....
Sweden has just begun construction on a skyscraper greenhouse, or “plantscraper
,” the first of its kind. Located in the city of Linkoping, it was introduced by SymbioCity, which is a program that focuses on connecting people with solutions that “save the environment and money at the same time.”
The “Plantagon” project, as it is called, was in in part motivated by the prediction that population growth is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050
, with an estimated 80% of humanity living in cities
. By farming vertically, thus maximizing space, productivity can be greatly increased. It also reduces the distance of transporting the food produced, reducing pollution as well.
While The Garden Stewards Project is a strong proponent of the connection to nature as an integral element of gardening, we applaud those committed to the future. As the Native American proverb says “we do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children
Read more about this next generation of urban farming HERE
Food security exists when all people at all times have both physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs for an active and healthy life. People who have better access to water tend to have lower levels of undernourishment.
The lack of water can be a major cause of famine and undernourishment, in particular in areas where people depend on local agriculture for food and income.
Erratic rainfall and seasonal differences in water availability can cause temporary food shortages. Floods and droughts can cause some of the most intensive food emergencies.Coping with population growth and ensuring access to nutritious food to everyone call for a series of actions we can all help with:
Practice Water Stewardship in the GardenWater for food production is critical. By 2050, it is estimated that up to 70% more food will be needed to feed an increasing world population, especially in developing countries.Because water for irrigation must be fresh, even more concern should be given to its source, usability, and sustained use over time. Fruit and vegetable gardening is one of the most efficient uses of water, with the greatest yield for water used (when compared to the large amounts of water necessary to raised animal foods).
- follow a healthier, sustainable diet;
- consume less water-intensive products;
- reduce the scandalous food wastage: 30% of the food produced worldwide is never eaten and the water used to produce it is definitively lost!
- produce more food, of better quality, with
There are particularly good gardening strategies to save water:
World Water Day — Learn About Water StewardshipBecome a student of water. After all, we are each made up of about 80% water, and fruits and vegetables are no different! To learn about World Water Day, and to especially understand global water and food security concerns, please visit the World Water Day website, HERE
- Water early in the morning or evening
- Use controlled irrigation systems (computer, underground, drip irrigation, etc.)
- Mulch bare ground — don't let bare soil bake in the heat or drown in moisture
- Water grassy areas only with about 1-inch of water per week during the Summer
- Use water catchment systems (rain barrels, cisterns, water tanks)
- Find creative ways to capture water for later use, or to use in a specific garden area
.At the World Water Day website, you can visit their FAQ section for detailed information about water and food security. Visit the Campaign section for all types of media material, videos, flyers, etc.
What a hero for humanity!
"The biggest corporate takeover on the planet is the hijacking of the food system, the cost of which has had huge and irreversible consequences for the Earth and people everywhere,” Vandana says.
“Seeds controlled by Monsanto, agribusiness trade controlled by Cargill, processing controlled by Pepsi and Phillip Morris, retail controlled by Walmart — is a recipe for food dictatorship.”
Leaders like Vandana could not emerge at a better time, as humanity is at a turning point. Many of us are ready for the paradigm shift, but many are not. It will take all of us!
Read more about Vandana Shiva, food security champion on our Food Revolution
page, and by clicking HERE
Check out the story of the charming town of Todmorden, England. Once just like any small English town, they are now well on the way to self-sufficiency.
A Deliciously Resourceful Town Aims For Total Food Self-Sufficiency Within 7 Years. Check the story out HERE