It’s getting hot in here! Climate and Agriculture: Collision or Cure?

Rising SunIf predictions hold true the state of California will experience the driest January on record this year. There is a mighty high pressure system parked just east of the state that is sending all the rain to some northern verdant place. Predictions are that no measurable precipitation will have fallen the entire month of January, which is typically one of wettest months of the year in the “Sunshine State”.  As I Look out my window on this warm January day I wonder what the new norm is and how climate change and agriculture will intersect in the 21st century and beyond. Continue reading

The Monarch of Extinction

ButterflyThe word Monarch dates back as old as the Greek “monarkhes” and the Late Latin “monarcha” or one who rules alone. It was only in the late 19th century that a large and quite beautiful butterfly was given the regal name monarch. This king of butterflies is only one in a long list of fauna and flora disappearing at a rapid rate due to mankind’s mischievous and misguided war against nature. They are becoming endangered. Will their departure, as their name connotes, be heralded as the king of extinction?  Continue reading

Forewarnings and Murmurs: What are we doing to our Children?

Autistic brianHow many of us have a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? How many of us know a child that has been diagnosed with autism? According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 68 children suffered from the disorder in 2010. It was 1 in 88 in 2008. It is more common in boys, doesn’t reflect intelligence and is definitely on the increase. What is causing our children to be afflicted so? Could it be something new in our environment? A Senior Research Scientist at MIT believes the culprit is a by-product of GMO production. Continue reading

2015: A New Year of Organic Events

OrganicThe New Year celebrations are a mere twinkle in our champagne glasses. With resolutions set firmly in place it is time to unwrap those new calendars and begin planning the year. The organic community is blessed to have a plethora of activities all year long that educate, celebrate and germinate ideas and opportunities. From seminars on composting and beekeeping to elegant dinners and Capitol Hill advocacy, the choices are broad and diverse. 2015 is the year to get inspired, listen and speak up. It’s time to celebrate and honor where we are and vision where we want to go. Get your pens out and mark up those calendars now! Continue reading

Pay Dirt! Let’s Celebrate 2015 as International Year of the Soil!

2015 Year of Soil 2What is soil? It is not just the dirt under out feet, but a living, breathing organism that we depend on for our very survival. Soil is one of the main resources that sustain life on this planet along with water, air and sunshine. Healthy unadulterated soil is quite literally alive with insects, microorganisms, bacteria and humus, decaying organic matter. It is the resource we walk all over and don’t spend much time thinking about… unless of course you are an organic farmer. Now the United Nationals Food and Agriculture Organization and the USDA agree:  soil health and awareness is essential to the health of our eco-systems and the food security for the billions who must be fed. Continue reading