Though the Senate Bill 510 has passed the Senate and is now in the house (hopefully it will not pass), I found this more in-depth information that helps to explain what has and is going on with the bill. Please study Senate Bill 510 and weigh in on what you think. If you believe that this bill in its present form is potentially oppressive to small and personal food production, please contact your representative to demand that they amend this bill to exclude small-scale production.
Though some of the bill may, in fact, protect the country's food supply, the engine behind the bill is Monsanto and it's desire to monopolyze food production in the country and to force the public to consume hybrid and genetically modified foods that they have invested in heavily but are meeting resistance in the market.
Remember, should anyone have as problem with what I post, I, Elaine Parny am solely responsible for what appears in this blog. Alot of people have said to me, "I don't care for politics". I'm here to tell you, you better get political TODAY when it comes to the food you eat because your choices are going to be getting fewer and fewer. Case in point, please look over the links I've posted to see how the seed industry (seeds being where most plant food originates), is being taken over and dictated by Mansanto and the government. Read and decide for yourself :
We all need to become more aware and involved in the small, local food production movement. When you study the issues, and there are many, you will find it's a wonderful experience as well as a way to fulfill self-dependence in an ever increasingly uncertain market.
I'm telling you, you can't go wrong with earthworms in your garden bed! Poor little things are one of the most critical delivery systems of nutrients to the food beds that, in turn, passes nutrients to us, and they get no credit. One time, I purchased a big box of really old Prevention magazines at a yard sale. I got a good deal! I ended up with about 100 copies dating back into the 50's, or so. One day, I got curious and actually picked one up and started reading some random article. It was very interesting. Mind you, the article was written in the early 60's, referring to a study that was done in the mid-50's. It was a study of greenbeans. The article was focused on nutrient depletion in the greenbeans over several years of continual harvest and nitrogen application. What the article said was that because of the continuted use of the nitrogen, the earthworms were dying off and because of the nonstop use of the soil, the nutrients were being depleated and not returned as they would have been if the worms were not dying off. So, if it wasn't for the work of healthy earthworms in healthy soil, we wouldn't be getting what we need to live healthy, thriving lives. I really hope you get the connection.
Here are a couple of articles that present the lowly earthworm and the critical work they do to provide humans, via healthy, productive, plantlife, the life-sustaining nutrients that we need.
In addition to Food Culture becoming a hot topic in today's media, there is a growing interest in gardening, raising your own food. For the one who is contemplating the possibilities of urban or "backyard" gardening, or any other type of food production, now is a great time to "plant a seed". Seriously, as fall approaches, it's a good idea as a novice gardener to pick up some good publications as to what gardening is all about. With the winter cycle just a few months away, reading up on how to prepare the soil for next spring and making a plan as to what types of food you would like to produce is a good idea. One of my favorite late winter activities is the excitement of when seed catalogs begin to arrive in the mail. All their bright colors and promise of Spring's bounty, give me a burst of excitement that gets me through the coldest part of the year.
Gardening to produce your own food not only has the rewards of your own fresh, delicious fruits, vegetables and herbs, you begin to appreciate the goodness of the earth in ways you might not have done so before. It's also a great time to make memories and teach your family what food is about and that they can have a part in providing for the table.
I've found a great article that is a sort of primer for the beginning garden that has plenty of tips to include even the youngest members of the family in a wonderful gardening experience.
When Roland and I met, I was one of those people who opened the box or can and warmed up the family meal. After our marriage in 2005, I truely began to appreciate what food is really about, not only that it can taste very good, and be nutritious, but that it can be a celebration of who you are and the people that you share it with.