Organic Policy and Regulations, well-being, What is Organic

My Little Pet and The Race to Save the planet

What’s the best way to incorporate a beloved pet into our quest to help the planet?
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Animals have been a precious source of companionship all my life. Aside from my paternal grandparents, no one has displayed such unconditional love such as they have.

In turn, I have learned about responsibility and respect for the web of life.

It all began with two small dachshunds and went on to encompass gerbils, mice, reptiles, birds, and kittens.

I once raised two turkeys, named X-mas and New Year’s, that followed me around like their momma hen before I plucked and served them forth! (But that’s another blog about love and our relationship with food.)

As a pigeon fancier, I bred tumblers that fell and racers who flew hundreds of miles to come home.

I “kept” hundreds of chickens, some exotic breeds that came away with blue ribbons.

My friend Mary, no spring chicken herself, recently retrieved a Labrador puppy, and I had to ask her, “what is the best way to incorporate a beloved pet into our quest to help the planet?”

She offered up a few things to consider when choosing an eco-friendly pet.  

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Environment, well-being, What is Organic

It’s Time to Rethink the Way We Feed Our Planet – Grab Some Low Hanging Fruit!

bunches of grapes hanging from vines
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Last week an article dropped into my inbox like a hot potato – one not so easy to drop. According to a report from the World Food and Ag Association (FAO), we have come to a place of reckoning like no other.

At no other time in our history have we been inundated with so many unprecedented climate threats. The perils of megafires, extreme weather events, large swarms of locusts, and biological threats like the COVID-19 pandemic dominate.  

According to the report, the annual occurrence of disasters is now more than three times that of the 1970s and 1980s. And Agriculture absorbs the bulk (63%) of the financial losses and damages wrought by these disasters. 

These hazards take lives and devastate agricultural livelihoods inflicting negative economic and nutritional consequences in our communities throughout the entire world.

In a nutshell, there are a few things you and I can do right now to help heal the planet and our food systems.

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Back to the Future; Only Organic

When I was a young lass growing up in Iowa, the way we thought about food was different than it is today.  We lived “in town” and had a prolific backyard garden. It was lined with rows of exuberant Rhubarb and fences of sturdy pole beans. The swing under the Concord grape arbor was where we “took the shade” and shucked sweet green peas from their tender pods. Every summer we trekked out to “The Farm” where the extended family on my grandmother’s side had inhabited vast sections of verdant farmland for decades.  No chemicals, no cages, no mono cropping existed, but instead a fully integrated non-chemical Eden where food grew and people flourished. Organic production takes us back to that place while showing us our future path to sustainably feed the planet. Continue reading “Back to the Future; Only Organic”