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Friday, November 25, 2011

Another Blow to Monsanto: Roundup Pesticide Linked to Serious Soil Damage

It's hard not to gloat (so pardon me while I gloat).  This bit of news comes from the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), one of the most serious apologists for Monsanto and proponents of the myth of 'get big or get out' and all the mega-argri-business model of farming that has wrecked the environment, destroyed the economy of middle America, de-populated the small towns and made farming a joke of what it once was. 

We will hear a lot more about this as the evidence comes in.  As an organic grower from the early '70's when the organic movement didn't have the science to back us up, I can assure one and all that this is but the very beginning of the avalanche of damning reports Monsanto will have to face in the coming years.  

The destruction of the soil and the critters in the soil alone make the use of Roundup a practice that should never have been tolerated.  To join that with  'genetic engineering' that was essential to make a 'working' scheme, was merely a marketing project undertaken by Monsanto to sell more and more Roundup.  There was no thought as to what this would do to the people who used these products, no thought of the damage inflicted on the environment, no consideration of what might happen to the people who consumed these products, no thought about economic consequences for anyone else but Monsanto - the evidence is in the lack of study undertaken on these ramifications BEFORE the marketing of their poisons.  
This country cannot continue to trust the corporations to care for the citizens and the idea that government's oversight on industry is costing jobs is as silly as the idea that having a clean environment is bad for business.  Both are lies on their face as seen through this example of Monsanto and their greed obtained at the cost of human misery.  

You simply cannot trust the company that made DDT and Agent Orange to be responsible or ethical.


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Food Gardening: Shrubs, Vines & Perennials






Jerusalem artichokes
Onions, walking and others


Blueberries (Southern Highbush, low chill) – to about 4 feet, prefer acidic soils and lots of water. Other than that, easy to grow
Ribes sp.


Berries/Rasp and black, boysenberry, currants, Gooseberry
Passion fruit

The following herbs are perennial as well:

Anise hyssop
Some basils
Burnet, salad
Lemon Verbena
Sweet margoram
Oregano, Greek (Origanum heracleoticum)
Tarragon, French

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Class Goes On; Dress To Survive

It was not bravado.  As it states in the syllabus, class goes on regardless of weather and I will be there and teaching.  I am attempting to locate a classroom on campus where we will have a lecture and warm food.  If it is not actually coming down in torrents, we will visit a bee hive, open it up and inspect it.  If warranted we will add frames to it.  

Dress to keep warm and dry.


"Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get." 
Mark Twain
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