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What Is Really In Your Food?
March 03, 2014
Forecast of 48 and sunny today.
I can dream can't I?
It's March after all.
I might as well try to add some spring graphics to this letter
Like many of you, we are still mired in a record breaking cold snap.
We are number 2 in the all time snowiest (recorded) winters for Grand Rapids.
112 inches and counting.
Most of it is still on the ground in a nice solid snowpack (about 2 feet 2/3m).
I know, it isn't a whole lot compared to some areas, but it is our #2.
We need about 2 more feet for the record, and I sure don't want that.
There are spots in Michigan's upper peninsula approaching 300 inches right now., with close to six feet (2m) of snowpack.
Those are some winter hardy folk.
Ah yes, the winter that keeps on giving.
Spring is less than three weeks away, and they are playing baseball in Arizona and Florida.
Does that count for anything?
I saw a couple of Red-winged blackbirds this past week.
Not long enough to get pictures, but I did see them at my feeders.
A bit early, even for them.
Speaking of birds, the first of the month means it is time to clean your feeders and water sources.
A good scrubbing and sanitizing helps to keep the cooties away.
You may have read this before, but a good spritz of rubbing alcohol always works in a pinch.
It sanitizes, and dries quickly, leaving no harmful effects.
This winter has even proved to be slow on my Amaryllis.
Some of them are finally showing buds, but they should be in bloom right now.
Even many of my seeds I planted are slow to germinate.
'Gardening For Wildlife' isn't just about planting habitats for birds, butterflies, and other creatures.
It's about you too.
Making a healthier and happier you.
We do that by not simply planting for wildlife, but for your happiness as well.
How many times have I mentioned the importance of your personality in your gardens?
Yes, we plant some things to attract nature, but you wouldn't feel to good about it if it wasn't appealing to your senses.
Wildlife Gardening and feeding birds is also known to reduce stress and lower blood pressure.
We get light and sometimes strenuous workouts that should be good for your health (check with a doctor to make sure you can do certain activities).
Shouldn't we be just as concerned with what we put into our bodies.
You've all heard about GMO's (genetically modified organisms) in our foods and the on going battle to get them removed, or at least have food labeled as such.
The increasing facts that this is harmful to you and me.
I've been doing some reading and research on this topic for some time now and you may feel free to research this yourself.
Now here is something else you need to know, if you don't already.
Food grown in China, India and some other Asian countries are fertilized with and grow directly in Raw sewage.
Sure, it may say organically grown, but what does that mean?
Isn't human waste organic?
Then water the plants with natural river water, water that fish can't survive in.
China is the largest producer of garlic and other foods we may consume.
Fish like Tilapia are fed and raised in cesspools.
Some products will tell you they are a product of China, Puru, or where ever.
Now, many manufacturers do an end around, and will simply say 'Packaged for xyz' and neglect to let you know where it is raised, grown, produced, etc.
Marketing, at its worst.
You want to know where your food is grown.
Do some research.
I'm not simply picking on China (though they are the biggest culprit), many South American countries also grow fields of grain in human waste.
To add insult to injury, here in North America, many cities are cleaning up the raw sewage, adding other chemicals and turn around and call it 'Biosolid Compost', or Biosolid Fertilizer'.
"Stuff is Stuff", no matter how much you clean it up or what you want to call it.
I'm all for using waste products to fertilize my lawn or flowers, but not the food my family and I consume.
Again, know where your food is coming from.
I suggest to look for locally grown, when possible.
It is easier to research what is being put on or in your food.
Even in our meats we eat, there is a trickle down effect.
Not everyone can afford to buy locally grown 'Certified Organic'.
I can't afford this all the time.
Another alternative is 'Certified Natural'.
'Certified Natural' is pretty much organic without having to pay for licenses and fees.
Human waste, is far different from animal manure gathered on farms and hobbyists, and applied in small quantities to crops.
The former is a toxic biohazard, while the latter is how crops have been fertilized for centuries.
Next time you purchase some garlic, look for where it is grown.
Grown in China or the United States.
Grown in China, or Canada.
Not only will you be eating a healthier, but you are keeping jobs close to home.
Your gardening and farming friends and neighbors depend on us.
If you choose to, try growing some garlic in between some of your flowers or other vegetables.
It gives a whole new meaning to the phrase.....
'You are what you eat' :-)
With that, it is time to fly for now.
Before I go, here is your positive thought for the week.
b>You can stand tall without standing on someone.
You can be a victor without having victims.
Stand tall without being prideful and without walking over others.
I like that.
Listen, stay alert, stand tall in the faith, be courageous, and be strong.
1 Corinthians 16:13
"Treat the earth well:
It was not given to you by your parents,
It was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our
Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."
Ancient Indian Proverb
Your friend indeed,
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