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10 reasons why “Organic” beats “Non-GMO” every time:

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More: 10 reasons why “Organic” beats “Non-GMO” every time by Food Babe

The coming food disaster

What does this all mean? Consumers should consider purchasing certified organic soy and corn products until the EPA withdraws its allowance of food crops that contain herbicides, and every effort should be made to prevent the introduction of additional herbicide resistant crops. These food additives are not good for you or your children.~ David Schubert, Professor and Laboratory Head of Cellular Neurobiology Laboratory

Read the supporting details in The coming food disaster, By David Schubert, CNN

Organic Fertilizers

I’m looking forward to trying some of these organic fertilizers in my garden.

The truth of oversupply: dispelling the Great Lie

People get it. Organic methods produce better food and chemical herbicides are toxic to the plaent. If they also understood there is no food shortage and that the ecological destruction by industrial agriculture is NOT NECESSARY to prevent famine, they would support dismantling this suicidal system.

But what industry understands, and the food movement does not, is that what prevents total rejection of bland, industrialised, pesticide-laden, GMO food is the standard acceptance, especially in Western countries, of the overarching agribusiness argument that such food is necessary. It is necessary to feed the world.

So, if the food movement could show that famine is an empty threat then it would also have shown, by clear implication, that the chemical health risks and the ecological devastation that these technologies represent are what is unnecessary. The movement would have shown that pesticides and GMOs exist solely to extract profit from the food chain. They have no other purpose. Therefore, every project of the food movement should aim to spread the truth of oversupply, until mention of the Golden Fact invites ridicule and embarrassment in the population, rather than fear. ~ Jonathan Latham, PhD

article by Jonathan Latham
Source: Common Dreams

Mary’s Heirloom Seeds: Organic Alfalfa Meal–organic fertilizer for your garden

How to Save Money on Organic Food

Why is Organic food so Expensive! (hint: It’s not.)
We get a ton of comments from people that are always asking “Why is Organic food so expensive!”. That’s a tough question to answer for a lot of reasons, particularly because expensive is such a relative term. My personal thoughts on the matter are that organic food is no more expensive than it’s always been– if you look at it from the standpoint of a percentage of household income. Around 60-70 years ago, we spend a much larger percent of our money on food than we do now.

And the main reason is that junk food is really cheap. Food manufacturers figured out that if they switched out ‘real food’ and replaced it with ingredients like fillers, artificial color and artificial flavors, costs went way down. And people didn’t care! They kept buying it. As a matter of fact, the companies with the cheapest food-like products started selling more than companies with ‘real food’.

Whether you agree with that line of reasoning or not, the fact remains that Junk Food is cheaper than Organic.How to Save Money on Organic Food

“Pads on Fire: Pads Burning” with @AndreaDonsky fom NaturallySavvy.com

This should upset women (and men who care about them).

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Think local, choose organic, know your farmer and know your food

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GMOs and How to Avoid Them

Excerpt from  Non-GMO Shopping Guide  http://www.nongmoshoppingguide.com/
“What is a GMO?
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are made by forcing genes from one species, such as bacteria, viruses, animals, or humans, into the DNA  of a food crop or animal in order to introduce a new trait.
Why Should I Avoid GMOs?
The American Academy of Environmental Medicine reported, “Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food,”including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. They urge physicians to prescribe healthier non-GMO foods to everyone.
Tips to Avoid GMOs
Tip #1: Buy Organic
Certified organic products cannot intentionally include any GMO ingredients. Buy products labeled “100% organic,” “organic,” or “made with organic ingredients.” You can be doubly sure if the product also has a Non-GMO Project Verified Seal.
Tip #2: Look for Non-GMO Project Seals
This guide features brands with productsverified by the Non-GMO Project, a non-profit organization committed to providing consumers with clearly labeled and independently verified non-GMO choices, including testing of at-risk-ingredients. The Non-GMO Project verifies per individual product, not for an entire brand. Some of the brands listed in this guide offer both GMO and Non-GMO items. Visit Non-GMOProject.org for more information on the third-party product verification program.
Tip #3: Avoid At-Risk Ingredients
If it’s not labeled organic or verified non-GMO, avoid products made with ingredients that might be derived from GMOs. The eight GM foodcrops are Corn, Soybeans, Canola, Cottonseed, Sugar Beets, Hawaiian Papaya (most) and a small amount of Zucchini and Yellow Squash. GM alfalfa is also fed to livestock.  For more details, including non-GMO verified products, visit Non-GMOShoppingGuide.com
SugarIf a non-organic product made in North America lists “sugar” as an ingredient (and NOT pure cane sugar), then it is almost certainly a combination of sugar from both sugar cane and GM sugar beets.
Dairy products:   may be from cows injected with GM bovine growth hormone. If it’s not labeled Organic, or Non-GMO Project Verified, look for labels stating No rbGH, rbST, or artificial hormones.
Tip #4: Use the Non-GMO Shopping Guide
Visit NonGMOShoppingGuide.com to see a complete list of Non-GMO products available from each brand in this guide or use the ShopNoGMO App on your iPhone—available for free at the iTunes store.”