What has about 300 heads and eats really well?
A local agriculture conference coming to Lowndes County 24 January 2014.
South Georgia Growing Local 2014 is a local food conference for growers, consumers, homesteaders in South Georgia. Farm Tours 1/24 — Conference 1/25
You can like the
and join events there
for the conference itself on January 25th
the farm tours on January 24th.
Agritourism has come to Lowndes County!
This is one reason a wide variety of organizations, including two Chambers of Commerce, are supporting this conference:
it will fill hotel rooms.
Even more, it’s about longterm local economy through growing and buying food right here in south Georgia and north Florida.
All that and it tastes good, too!
“Here in America you don’t get the right to know whether
you’re eating genetically modified organisms,” Dave Matthews says
in the video that asks viewers to participate in a global day of
protest against the company on May 25.
Quail Hollow Farm was holding a Farm-to-Fork dinner for invited guests,
when a health inspector showed up and forced them to destroy the food.
video of the event
you can hear the arrogance of the inspector:
That’s all the information you need.
Well, no, it’s not.
The inspector said it was a public event because the guests had paid for d inner.
The farmer eventually called their lawyer who said ask the inspector
to see her warrant.
She had none.
But they had already been told their food that they grew with their own hands
was not fit for a public dinner, nor a private dinner, not even to feed
to their pigs.
They were forced to pour bleach on it, making it unfit even for compost.
Given that every food contamination recall in recent years has come
from big factory farms, not from small organic farms,
does this raid seem right to you?
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There are only two applications that have been commercialized
in these twenty years of genetic engineering.
One is to make seeds more resilient to herbicides,
which means you get to spread more Roundup,
you get to spread more Glysophate,
and you get to spread more poison.
Not a very desirable trait in farming systems.
Especially since what Monsanto will call weeds
are ultimately sources of food.
It gets even better from there.
These are illusions that are being marketed
in order for people to hand over the power to decide what we eat
to a handful of corporations.
‘A subset of the“obesity network” mapped by Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler
Each dot, or “node,” represents one person (red borders indicate women; blue, men).The yellow dots represent obese people—those with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more—and node sizes are proportional to BMI. Colors of “ties,” or links between nodes, indicate relationship type: purple for friend or spouse, orange for family. Note the visible clusters of obese people….’
The two men started publishing their findings with a splash: a 2007 article in the New England Journal of Medicine reporting that obesity spreads through social networks, as people are apparently influenced by friends’ weight gain to become obese themselves. More perplexing is their finding that obesity spreads through up to three degrees of separation. If a subject named a friend who was also in the study, and that friend’s friend became obese, the first subject’s chances of becoming obese were roughly 20 percent greater. Across one more degree of influence (husband’s friend’s friend or friend’s sibling’s friend—i.e., three degrees away), the risk was 10 percent greater. Weight gain appears to ripple through friend groups via some unseen mechanism such as altered eating or exercise behavior, or adjustment of social norms regarding weight.
The authors found similar patterns for happiness, loneliness, depression, alcohol consumption, the decision to stop smoking, and even divorce. “Our health depends on more than our own biology or even our own choices and actions,” they write in Connected. “Our health also depends quite literally on the biology, choices, and actions of those around us.”
We are our brother’s keeper, and our brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, parents, children, friends, colleagues, and neighbors are our keepers.