Much valuable food information and resources here. Please share (though mostly US based).
Feel free to copy, paste, post, repost, publish, and republish this list (compiled by John McCabe):
What could possibly be more basic to human survival and existence on this planet than clean sources of food? Seems to me that NOT growing at least some of your food, which means that you are being completely reliant on stores and restaurants for your food, is missing out on one of the most basic interactions between the human, Earth, and Nature.
It also leaves you susceptible to the whims of the corporate food industry, food distributors, Wall Street, Monsanto, Bayer CropScience, GMOs, the FDA, and the USDA, and to toxic farming chemicals.
NOT participating in choosing cleaner food choices, such as by not growing at least some of your food and not supporting local organic farmers, is choosing to contribute to the pollution caused by the international corporate foods industries – and helping to spur the growth of the corporate food industry, its wealth, its political manipulation, and its power. ”
A few years back NASA conducted a study concluding that the most fertile soil in the United States is now covered by cities. Although cities only take up a little over 3% of the continental land area, that land can produce as much food as the 29% of land used for agriculture.
The study concluded that the land being used for agriculture is less fertile and this increases the use of fertilizers and other farming chemicals.” – Sunfood Traveler; http://www.SunfoodTraveler.com
People often say they don’t have room to grow food. Where there is a will, there is a way. Towns and cities are excellent places to grow food. Many cities rent out garden plots to residents. The Yards To Gardens site provides ways for people without yards to find those who do and who are willing to provide space for a garden.
Food Not Lawns is a resource for information about culinary gardening. Kitchen Gardeners provides a lot of information about self-reliant food options. Urban Organic Gardener shows how culinary gardening can happen, and is happening, in cities and towns.
People have taken over abandoned lots and turned those into culinary landscapes. Pots and buckets on a patio or roof is another option. http://www.FoodNotLawns.net; YardsToGardens.org = http://www.y2g.org; Check out Roger Doiron’s Kitchen Gardener’s site: http://www.KitchnGardeners.org Also, check out Mike Lieberman’s blog about town culinary gardening: http://www.urbanorganicgardener.com http://www.PickYourOwn.org
Lists farms where you can harvest your own produce. http://www.HomeOrchardSociety.org is an excellent site for growing fruit at home. http://www.neighborhoodfruit.com Is a fruit- and vegetable-sharing site. Fallen Fruit, http://www.fallenfruit.org. Fruit share site.
This began in Los Angeles with property owners who had fruit trees willing to allow other people to harvest the fruit and share it with others. Square Foot Gardening, http://www.SquareFootGardening.com Path to Freedom, http://www.PathToFreedom.com Permaculture, http://www.Permaculture.net Rare Seeds, http://www.RareSeeds.com Roof Meadow, http://www.roofmeadow.com Rooftop Farms, http://www.rooftopfarms.org Community Garden, http://www.CommunityGarden.org Green Grid Roofs, http://www.greengridroofs.com Green Roofs, http://www.greenroofs.org Guerilla Gardening, http://www.guerrillagardening.org
Almost every time you are eating food, you are likely tossing away seeds that can be planted. Even the base of celery can be planted. Simply cut off the ribs of celery, and put the base in soil, with a half inch of soil covering it – within a week or so you will see that the celery has started to grow. One tomato has enough seeds to plant dozens of tomato plants.
About seed saving: http://seedsavers.net is an Australian site. Saving Our Seed, http://www.SavingOurSeed.org Seed Alliance, http://www.SeedAlliance.org Seed Savers, http:://www.SeedSavers.org http://www.VictorySeeds.com People are into the Occupy Wall Street movement, but they are often completely reliant on stockholder-owned supermarkets and restaurants (including that Wall Street darling, Whole Foods Market), rather than supporting local organic markets, farmers’ markets, and/or growing some of their own food.
One of the most basic things you can do to disconnect from reliance on corporations is to GROW SOME OF YOUR OWN FOOD. And, SUPPORT REGIONAL ORGANIC FARMERS, who, at this point, should be considered your local heroes. How to start an organic food co-op: http://www.cgin.coop/start-a-food-coop. For an example of how this can work, see the Rawfully Organic Food Co-op, started by Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram in Texas. Here is the Web site: http://rawfullyorganic.com/
Check out the Raw Wisdom site featuring a post titled: “the 50 harmful effects of genetically modified foods”: http://www.raw-wisdom.com/50harmful. If you don’t know what genetically modified foods are, or what Monsanto and other companies are doing to the food plants of Earth, please learn.
If you think that what Monsanto is doing, what Bayer CropScience is doing, and what toxic farming chemicals are doing do not impact you, think again. These companies are impacting everything from the trees in the mountains to the fish at the bottom of the seas.
What Monsanto is doing with its combination of genetically altered plants and its toxic farming chemicals not only impacts the food, it also alters the soil organisms, alters the water, alters the air, and alters your hormonal balances (in all animals, not just the human animal).
The genetically altered organisms and farming chemicals end up in the land and water.
The chemicals manufactured by Monsanto, by Bayer CropScience, and other companies cause cancer, birth defects, miscarriages, learning disabilities, and nerve disorders. They alter hormonal balances, and trigger or contribute to obesity and diabetes. They alter the way your brain functions, the way your heart beats, and the way your cells function.
The Winter 2012 edition of Earth Island Journal (http://www.earthislandjournal.org/) contains a couple of interesting articles about Monsanto and Bayer CropScience. Here are some quotations from there: … ”The World Health Organization estimates that every year at least 3 million people – and as many as 25 million people – are poisoned by pesticides, and at least 40,000 people are accidentally killed by them.” … ”
A recent study by the US Geological Office has found significant levels of Roundup in the air and waterways in two US farm states – Iowa and Mississippi. According to USGS researcher Paul Capel, glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup) was detected in every stream sample taken in Mississippi over a two-year periods and in most of the air samples taken.
‘It is out there in significant levels; it is out there consistently.’ Capel says. ‘So people are exposed to it through the air.'” … ”
Use of the herbicide has skyrocketed in recent decades due mostly to the popularity of Roundup Ready GM crops. The USGS says that more than 88,000 tons of glyphosate were applied in the US in 2007, up from 11,000 tons in 1992.” … ”Persistent exposure could alter endocrine pathways, leading to obesity, heart problems, and diabetes.”
For more information about genetically modified food plants and toxic farming chemicals, access the Web site to the Organic Consumers Association: http://www.OrganicConsumers.org/
Here is a list of sites and organizations that provide information about organic gardening, organic farming, and the dangers of genetically modified foods, farming chemicals, and the impact these toxic chemicals and genetically altered food plants are having on Nature. Beyond Pesticides, http://www.BeyondPesticides.org Bioneers, http://www.Bioneers.org Co-op Directory, http://www.coopdorectory.org Food Consumer, http://www.foodconsumer.org Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund, http://www.FarmToConsumer.org Gardenerd, http://www.gardenerd.com Local Harvest, http://www.localharvest.org/store/local-csa.jsp Monsanto Watch, http://www.MonsantoWatch.org Non-GMO Shopping Guide, http://www.nongmoshoppingguide.com Organic Consumers Association, http://www.OrganicConsumers.org Organic Foodee, http://www.OrganicFoodee.com Organic Its Worth It, http://www.organicitsworthit.org Organic Seed Alliance, http://www.SeedAlliance.org Pesticide Action Network, http://www.PANNA.org Real Food Challenge, http://www.realfoodchallenge.org Rodale Institute, http://www.RodaleInstitute.org The War on Bugs, http://www.TheWarOnBugsBook.com Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms, http://www.WWOOF.org - compiled by John McCabe, http://www.SunfoodTraveler.com; http://www.IgnitingYourLife.com. Feel free to copy and paste, post, share, republish, broadcast, or otherwise show this list to others.