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Growing Organic Food and Ag is Imperative

Climate Crisis began with Agriculture
Organic Is the Solution
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I’ve been staying up until the wee hours listening to a series of lectures called “Big History.”  It’s a multidisciplinary approach to our story. One that’s usually explained in silos; geologists, astronomers, biologists, and archeologists all tell their unique versions.

Eighteen hours in, I’m finally learning about the first agriculturists and the impact they had on the climate just 5000 years ago.

It drives home the fact that agriculture and our current confluence of crises: climate, disease, social inequality, and political unrest can all be traced back to agriculture. 

40 years ago, I jumped into the organic business landscape with a passion for change.

Today, my passion is helping people connect the dots between food and our current predicaments. 

Growing organic food and agriculture is imperative to surviving the next few decades.

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Powering Your Home With Renewable Energy Is Easier Than You Think

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Clean energy is our future
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I drove to the pump the other day in 104 degrees of swelter, just to fill my tank with $7 per-gallon petrol. As I stood sweating, I contemplated the irony of paying this price for the very thing fueling our warming planet.

Fossil fuels power most of our transportation, our communities, and our homes. We’re paying a great price for our current Climate Crisis by depending on fossil fuels.

Climate change is a major challenge globally, and the consequences are impacting the world at a much faster rate than predicted.  Most Americans live in a place impacted by a climate disaster just in the last year. Wildfires, extreme heat, floods, drought, and superstorms are ravaging our lives and threatening our financial future and food security.  

This has led to many initiatives around the world, such as the United States of America, which has set goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, and produce electricity that is 100% carbon and pollution-free by 2035.

The US National Climate Task Force warns, “This is the decisive decade for the world to confront climate change and avoid the worst, irreversible impacts of this crisis.”

This is no fault of a political party or a single person. It’s our responsibility and a personal imperative to change our lifestyles now.   

What can we do as individuals to contribute to mitigating greenhouse gas emissions that fire this crisis?  

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It Doesn’t Take a Miracle to Achieve Health and Nutrition on This Changing Planet

A perfect Planet
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Believe in Miracles? We live on a blue planet with a perfect atmosphere circling just the right distance around a star with a moon that moves the seas. That’s enough to make me a believer.

Call it the Cinderella complex, but I think things are “just right” here at home. We should be filled with gratitude for our place in the universe.

We live and eat from the sun’s abundant energy and the Earth’s fertile soils. We’ve grown healthy and brainy, strong enough to be the dominant species on the planet.

Yet, evidence now points to a decline in the nutritional quality of modern food, due to poor soil quality and rising carbon dioxide levels. Read conventional farming practices and climate change.

Staying healthy during this time of change requires a strategy to increase the nutrients we consume.

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Can Gardening Really Improve Your Health?

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Health and gardening go hand in hand.
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When I was young, we ate from our backyard. Instead of grass, the rich alluvial soils had been coaxed into an oasis of fruits and veggies. It was a tremendous way to grow up, next door to my grandparent’s perennial rhubarb and grape arbors that defined the garden’s edge.  

I found the very act of rooting around in the humus, on hands and knees, planting and churning microbes, brought me close to my roots—to my family and food.

I didn’t know at the time that the very act of poking seeds into moist fingerprints and nurturing this plant kingdom held benefits beyond our daily meals.

Tending a garden, no matter how minuscule, is terrific for your health—in body and spirit.

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Have we Lost Our Marbles? Or is Just Life Too Complicated?

Modern Life is a Kaleidoscope of Complications
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Lately, I’ve wondered if my rocker has gone askew or if I’ve gone off it entirely. Perhaps it’s because the world has changed so much and so very fast. The world seems to have “lost its marbles.”

The weather looms wanton and angry, viruses mutate unhinged, while certain madmen still hold reign. As a species, we still think and act by “tooth-and-nail” instead of collaborating and building a fair and just global society—taking care of our one audacious planet.

I believe simplifying our lives and working to understand different points of view can shift us.

Here are a few things I’ve discovered to simplify my life and focus on what’s important.

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