Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Oiling of America

Gnostic Media | Dr. William Davis interview – “Wheat is Murder” – #131

play audio: http://www.gnosticmedia.com/wheatismurder

This episode is an interview with Dr. William Davis titled “Wheat is Murder” and is being released on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011. My interview with William was recorded on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011.

William Davis, MD, is a preventive cardiologist whose unique approach to diet allows him to advocate reversal, not just prevention, of heart disease. He is the founder of the Track Your Plaque program. He lives in Wisconsin. Nothing here should be construed as medical advice, but only topics for further discussion with your doctor. He practices cardiology in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. For more information, go to:
http://www.wheatbellyblog.com, www.trackyourplaque.com or

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

How do you think San Diego should grow?


Online voting to continue through January with results incorporated in new 'vision' plan

If you wonder who’s planned San Diego into such a mess of sprawling housing developments, jammed freeways, underperforming schools and poor employment prospects, the San Diego Foundation has the antidote -- you.

Starting Wednesday and continuing to mid- or late-January, the organization hopes tens of thousands of San Diego County residents will go to “ShowYourLoveSD.org” and engage in a “public choosing” of what the future we want.

The cyber-teach-in will be used in preparing a new vision for the region, set for publication next spring, with the added promise that this time, when someone sketches out a vision, it will get implemented.

Heading the effort, entitled “Our Greater San Diego Vision,” is Bill Geppert, recently retired vice president and regional manager of Cox Communications. He also is acting president of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp.

“This is an opportunity to have input into our future,” Geppert said. “It’s an opportunity to have a voice about what kind of San Diego we want in the next 40 to 50 years out that our kids and grandkids will live in, where they will live, work and play. It’s the chance to shape what’s possible in the future.” READ MORE

Monday, November 21, 2011

'Organic' certification gives farmers a tough row to hoe


In fact, no crops here have been treated with pesticides, herbicides or chemical input of any sort. But you can't call what's produced on Newcomb's Potomac Vegetable Farms "organic." That word has been tightly regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture since 2002.

"We were certified organic for 13 years, before the federal government got involved," says Newcomb, who now calls her farm's produce "ecoganic" as a way to encourage customers to ask how it was grown — or, even better, come see for themselves. "We are still doing everything the same way, but just aren't getting certified."

Across the USA, many small-scale farmers do not feel the need to become certified organic, even if their method of farming would meet or exceed federal standards. It's a phenomenon that can be credited in part to the eat-local movement and the explosion of farmers markets, where consumers can meet, ask questions of and even visit the people who grow their food. Many locavores feel they don't need a third-party certification for something they've seen with their own eyes. READ MORE

Thursday, November 17, 2011

7 Foods Experts Won’t Eat


“I’ve talked with potato growers who say point-blank they would never eat the potatoes they sell. They have separate plots where they grow potatoes for themselves without all the chemicals.”  READ MORE

Saturday, November 12, 2011

What We Learned From Our Year Without Groceries

Dog Island Farm

I can't believe it's been a year now since we started our year without groceries. We learned a lot in that year. We are definitely healthier, but also we're happier. Our relationship with each other is stronger as we've had to learn how to really work well together.

When we first decided to do a year without buying food from the grocery store, convenience stores, box stores or restaurants we thought the challenge was going to be really difficult. And it kind of started out that way. We had difficulties getting local milk, even though we live near a lot of dairies, and our goats hadn't been bred yet so we had to wait for them to start producing. We had an order on part of a steer that almost didn't come in, and our first monthly co-op order was missed.  READ MORE

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Top 9 Foods the Government is Paying for You to Eat


The United States federal government paid American farmers $12.3 billion in 2009 to boost crop production. While this number may seem high, it is actually nearly the lowest amount paid to farmers in the past 10 years.

The reason farmers are paid to grow certain crops is to ensure that they grow more for the country, while at the same time making the same amount of money. What some people aren’t completely aware of is the huge impact that the subsidies have on what ends up on our plate – in plain sight or otherwise.

Corn alone took in a whopping $77.1 billion from the government between 1995 and 2010.

The U.S. government continues to be a major player in the national food business, with subsidies continuing to grow. Here are the top 9 food products that the government most heavily subsidizes:  READ MORE

San Diego residents push for new urban agriculture rules


by Jill Richardson

San Diego resident Adam Hiner is hoping to get his chickens back. Adam and his sister were keeping hens too close to their house (breaking the city's law that requires owners to keep them a full 50 feet from any residence) when a neighbor complained, and he had to give the birds to friends and family...read article

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Naturally to your door announces San Diego home delivery of organic produce


San Diego, CA Naturally to your door is pleased to announce delivery of local, farm fresh, organic fruits, vegetables and other natural products beginning October 31st.

Naturally to your door provides customers the opportunity to support local, organic farms in a meaningful way without needing to make an upfront financial and weekly commitment. We source from several local farms so customers have a greater variety of produce to choose from and have control over what they receive. When you purchase fresh produce from Naturally to your door you may not have a one on one connection with a single local farm but you are helping to support and sustain a network of local farms and businesses.

“One of our main goals is make local, organic produce accessible to the whole community.” say Vic and Marissa Curro co-owners of Naturally to your door. Naturally to your door offers a variety of weekly “subscription boxes” as well as a “choose your own” no commitment, select your own produce box. There is also “cooperate box” that includes snackable fruits and vegetables for health conscious businesses.

Naturally to your door delivers farm fresh organic or naturally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs and other natural products direct from local farms to San Diego County Residents. www.naturallytoyourdoor.com

Friday, September 16, 2011

Enzymes: The Key to Good Health and Longevity

"For most Americans, eating mostly raw foods may involve a significant adjustment in dietary habits. But if the idea is to maximize nutritional impact, including enzyme levels, there is no question that raw is the way to go..."


Monday, September 12, 2011

California Genetically Engineered Food Labeling Act on the ballot in November 2012

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Hello California Food Activists,October is right around the corner. That's the month for us to start gathering signatures to get the California Genetically Engineered Food Labeling Act on the ballot in November 2012. Folks, we need your help! This is a unique opportunity, something totally new for California. What we do here will change the face of GMO policy in the whole country. If you care about your right to know what's in your food, then NOW is the time to ACT. We are at a crossroads with both GMOs and this campaign. If we want to see labels on GMOs, we need to amp it up in September with meetings and in October gathering signatures. The future of our food and the future of biodiversity depend on it! While we are growing every week, we still need contacts and organizational "Seed Meetings" in some key areas in Southern California. If you live in any of these areas please help us organize a meeting so we can find others who want to gather signatures. For more info visit: http://www.organicconsumers.org/state/CA.cfm

Monday, September 5, 2011

If You Want to Do Good and Preserving Acts You Must Think and Act Locally

 Wendell Berry

I don't think 'global thinking' is futile, I think it is impossible. You can't think about what you don't know and nobody knows this planet. Some people know a little about a few small parts of it... The people who think globally do so by abstractly and statistically reducing the globe to quantities. Political tyrants and industrial exploiters have done this most successfully. Their concepts and their greed are abstract and their abstractions lead with terrifying directness and simplicity to acts that are invariably destructive. If you want to do good and preserving acts you must think and act locally. The effort to do good acts gives the global game away. You can’t do a good act that is global… a good act, to be good must be acceptable to what Alexander Pope called “the genius of the place.” This calls for local knowledge, local skills and local love that virtually none of us has and that none of us can get by thinking globally. We can get it only by a local fidelity that we would have to maintain through several lifetimes… I don’t wish to be loved by people who don’t know me; If I were the planet I would feel exactly the same way.