When folks become aware of what’s going on in the food industry and learn the real story behind modern day agriculture, I think their thoughts probably turn to ways they can obtain food free from poisons. Also, food that is more nutrient dense than most available in grocery stores.
Years ago, the first thought for many was to obtain organic food. (*Food raised on balanced, biologically-active soil in cooperation with nature.) That’s the food that will give the best chance for a healthy life.
Organic When Organic Wasn’t Cool
Farmers who were growing organically before it became popular and when the organic movement started, did so because they knew that the quality of food is in direction proportion to soil quality. Working in accordance with nature was part of their values.
And Then Came the Government
Long about 1990 came the National Organic Program. Organic was then officially established as a system under the federal government’s jurisdiction.
Well known organic grower, Eliot Coleman, in a speech given at the Mid-American Organic Association at the end of January 2017, notes that even back then “the USDA — tried to include irradiation, GMOs, and sewage sludge (as ok for use in organic food) but had to back off because of intense objections from the public.”
As the years have passed the organic “cause” has become big business. As it has, it has also degenerated.
Many companies who are certified as organic, keep only the “letter of the law”, but certainly not the “spirit” of the law necessary to produce real organic food. (*See earlier definition.)
Mr. Coleman in his speech put it this way, — the merchandisers now control organic, and — maximizing the amount of product available has become far more important than how it is produced —.
The USDA, mired in decades of chemical thinking and influenced by industrial lobbyists, has continually tried to subvert the promise of a natural, biologically based agriculture. “
He goes on to say that USDA has rewritten the definition of organic, removing any reference to the word “soil”.
Think hydroponics and read Mr. Coleman’s account in the box below.
Maybe the Easiest Way
If you have even a small piece of land to dig in, the best and easiest way to get some health sustaining food, may well be to grow it yourself.
Objections to Gardening?
Do any of these objections to growing your own come to mind:
- You don’t know anything about gardening and you don’t have time to learn all that stuff.
- Gardens take too much time to weed, water, and spray.
- I don’t have time to spend in a garden.
If so, I have some good news for you.
The Good News
The good news might be best explained in the words of my friend, reader, and long time gardener, Jim in Illinois.
Jim had an old friend and also a cousin ask him if he would consider helping them start a garden. Both men live in Wisconsin – a two hour drive from Jim. (It’s my understanding that at some point in time he will make the drive several times to help them.)
I want to start out with buying each of them your book.” (Organic Gardening – Cutting Through the Hype to the 3 Keys to Success.)
One of them has described a desire for a “no-till” garden and the other just wants “the easiest and simplest garden out there”, so your book absolutely fits the bill.
—Both guys are minimalist type people (especially gardening) and your approach is what will finally make their gardens happen if anything will.
Need to hear more?
If you need more testaments from folks who have already read the book and followed my recommendations you can check out the 3 posts referenced at the end. (Also, see all the comments in the column to the right of this post.)
One more recommendation – start small – but start. You might find it’s a lot easier than you think. If you need more help, you know you can email me.
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