Farms in Lowndes county are mostly small, averaging 145 acres,
with the largest category being 10-50 acres.
Of course, that’s slightly misleading since so many small farms
are rented by a few larger operators, some based in other counties.
Still, small farms are the easiest to wean off the pesticide teat.
Given that the average age of principal farm operator in Lowndes County
is 57.9, something is likely to change soon as many of those operators retire.
Huber was unavailable to respond to media inquiries in the weeks following
the leak, and thus unable to defend himself when several colleagues
from Purdue publicly claiming to refute his accusations about Monsanto’s
widely used herbicide Roundup (glyphosate) and Roundup Ready crops. When
his letter was finally acknowledged by the mainstream media, it was
with titles like “Scientists Question Claims in Biotech Letter,” noting
that the letter’s popularity on the internet “has raised concern among
scientists that the public will believe his unsupported claim is true.”
Now, Huber has finally spoken out, both in a second letter, sent to “a
wide number of individuals worldwide” to explain and back up his claims
from his first letter, and in interviews. While his first letter described
research that was not yet complete or published, his second letter cited
much more evidence about glyphosate and genetically engineered crops based
on studies that have already been published in peer-reviewed journals.
They also said that consumers should thoroughly wash fruits
and vegetables; go beyond a quick rinse and use a soft brush, if
practical. Consumers could also consider buying organic produce when
possible as a way to reduce pesticide exposure from food, they said.
“I’m concerned about people not eating right based on the results of
this study,” said Eskenazi. “Most people already are not getting enough
fruits and vegetables in their diet, which is linked to serious health
problems in the United States. People, especially those who are pregnant,
need to eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.”
Fortunately, you can buy local and organic food around here,
Fiveash Grocery in Hahira and at
Whisk in Valdosta.
we us[sic] local meats, cheese and produce to provide our diners
with fresh and dynamic flavors.
Local products from the likes of Gayla’s Grits, Horner Farms,
Sweet Grass Dairy
and Thompson Farms allow Charlie Tripper’s
to serve delicious and local farmstead fare year round.
Menus are subject to change in order
to accommodate seasonality and availability.
4479 North Valdosta Road
Valdosta, Georgia, 31602
Monsanto’s Roundup, the agro-toxic companion herbicide for millions of
acres of GM soybeans, corn, cotton, alfalfa, canola, and sugar beets,
is losing market share. Its overuse has spawned a new generation of
superweeds that can only be killed with super-toxic herbicides such as
2,4, D and paraquat. Moreover, patented “Roundup Ready” crops require
massive amounts of climate destabilizing nitrate fertilizer. Compounding
Monsanto’s damage to the environment and climate, rampant Roundup use
is literally killing the soil, destroying essential soil microorganisms,
degrading the living soil’s ability to capture and sequester CO2,
and spreading deadly plant diseases.
In just one year, Monsanto has moved from being Forbes’ “Company
of the Year” to the
Worst Stock of the Year. The Biotech Bully of
St. Louis has become one of the most hated corporations on Earth.
The article mentions scientific studies about bad health effects
of genetically modified foods,
and goes on to warn of Monsanto maneuverings through the EPA
and the Gates Foundation.
Then he points to the European Union as leading the way:
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Asked about typical modern shopping corridors, Texas A&M Assistant Professor of
Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning
Eric Dumbaugh replied:
“from a traffic safety perspective, the modern commercial arterial is a perfect storm of bad planning and design. These roads are designed to support high operating speeds, making it difficult for drivers to stop quickly to avoid a crash, and the presence of commercial and retail uses on these roads means that drivers will routinely need to stop quickly in order to avoid crashing into pedestrians, bicyclists, and especially vehicles turning in and out of driveways.”
Proposals for planting rows of trees along the roads — a traditional technique for shaping pleasing public spaces — are often opposed by transportation engineers, who contend that a wide travel corridor, free of obstacles, is needed to protect the lives of errant motorists.
Increasingly, however, the engineers’ beliefs about safety are being subjected to empirical study and are being found incorrect. Eric Dumbaugh, an assistant professor of transportation at Texas A&M, threw down the gauntlet with a long, carefully argued article,
”Safe Streets, Livable Streets,”
in the Summer 2005 issue of the Journal of the American Planning Association. A follow-up article by Dumbaugh, in the 2006 edition of Transportation Research Record, will present further evidence that safe urban roadsides are not what the traffic-engineering establishment thinks they are.
Though engineers generally assert that wide clear areas safeguard motorists who run off the roads, Dumbaugh looked at accident records and found that, on the contrary, wide-open corridors encourage motorists to speed, bringing on more crashes. By contrast, tree-lined roadways cause motorists to slow down and drive more carefully, Dumbaugh says.
Dumbaugh examined crash statistics and found that tree-lined streets experience fewer accidents than do “forgiving roadsides” — those that have been kept free of large, inflexible objects. He points to “a growing body of evidence suggesting that the inclusion of trees and other streetscape features in the roadside environment may actually reduce crashes and injuries on urban roadways.”