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Illegal Front Yard Garden

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I came across a story today with one of the most absurd laws I’ve ever heard.

In Drummondville, Quebec a couple, Josee and Michel put in an absolutely beautiful front yard garden.  The garden is their entire front yard and feeds not only them, but their neighbors also.  With cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchinis, onions, brussels sprouts and beets, on and on – Michel lost 75 pounds and Josee lost 25.  It is a wonderful story of how anyone can eat fresh right out of their own front yard and lose weight to boot! 

Apparently the Canadian government thinks all of this is bad and have deemed the garden illegal.  Front yards can only have gardens if they are a certain yada yada size and don’t take up too much yada yada yard.  Whatever.  These folks are personally solving their food sourcing problems by walking out their front door.  No carbon footprint, no chemical lacing, saving money, sharing, getting outdoors… the list is absolutely endless on the benefits.

The couple have a blog.  Please visit it.  It is in French, so be forewarned.  They are actually seeking signatures on a petition to legalize their vegetable garden.  Sounds absurd…”legalize a vegetable garden.”  I’m appalled and I’ve signed the petition.  Won’t you too?

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Posted by on July 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

A picture of a ladybug may be all that we will have left…

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You would be terribly wrong to believe that bugs don’t play a vital role on this earth.  With pollution, conventional farming practices, global warming… on and on… there is a terrible plague of our insects dying off.  The Ladybug Project was specifically pulled together because of the crisis in the ladybug population.  Think it is silly?  Learn about it.  Remember when you were a little one and would encounter a ladybug?  Your great grandchildren may never have that pleasure and our crops will never be the same.  There is a full news report here.  

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Soy – Should You or Shouldn’t You?

We’ve all been told of the health benefits of soy and have been encouraged to eat it.  Soy, the magical little bean that would solve so many of our health issues. Lately we have been told that soy is not the health panacea that we once thought.  So, what gives, where is the truth? Soy in the forms that we eat most often is a highly processed food possessing all the inherent problems that come along with foods that have been processed. Soy contains compounds that once thought to be helpful have been shown to be harmful to health in a processed form. We have covered processed foods and why they are not beneficial, so let’s look at soy and it’s nutrients and anti-nutrients.

Soy products contain phytic acid, also called phytates. This organic acid is present in the bran or hulls of all seeds and legumes, but none have the high level of phytates that soybeans do. These acids block the body’s uptake of essential minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron and especially zinc.  Soybeans also contain potent enzyme inhibitors. These inhibitors block uptake of trypsin and other enzymes that the body needs for protein digestion. Normal cooking does not deactivate these harmful “anti-nutrients,” that can cause serious gastric distress, reduce protein digestion and can lead to chronic deficiencies in amino acid uptake.  Beyond these, soybeans also contain hemagglutinin, a clot promoting substance that causes red blood cells to clump together. These clustered blood cells are unable to properly absorb oxygen for distribution to the body’s tissues, and cannot help in maintaining good cardiac health. Hemagglutinin and trypsin inhibitors are both “growth depressant” substances. Although the act of fermenting soybeans does deactivate both trypsin inhibitors and hemagglutinin, precipitation and cooking do not. Even though these enzyme inhibitors are reduced in levels within precipitated soy products like tofu, they are not altogether eliminated.  Isoflavanones are the best known of chemicals in soy, and they can is some ways be useful to certain subsets of the population at later stages of life. They are however very damaging to younger people in that they alter hormonal balance and restrict brain development in infants.

It is also interesting to note that 85% of the United States soy crops are genetically modified and it is amazing that there is still no FDA required safety tests for genetically modified foods.  One study in rats who were fed soy and genetically modified soy showed that 8x the number of rats fed genetically modified soy died during the test as opposed to the control group.   Do you know where the soy you consume comes from?

In Asian cultures they tend to eat soy that is fermented (miso, tempeh,natto) and do not, amazingly enough, eat more soy than the United States.  Fermented soy is most likely it’s only saving grace because the fermenting process virtually eliminates all the bad nutritional aspects mentioned.

Bottom line… soy, like all food, is best in its natural, true form.  For most foods that would also mean raw.  However, soy has traditionally only been used in fermented form.  So eat close to nature, whole, raw and live, except soy which should only be considered in quantity after fermintation with live cultures.

– Dr. Josh Carter, Contributor

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Grow your own…Pineapples? It IS possible!

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Check it out!  A step by step on how to, in about six months have your own pineapples growing in your home.  Think the tropics feel so far away.  Not anymore!

WIKIHOW tells you…WOW!

Enjoy!

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Genetically Engineered

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A Quick Note about Genetically Engineered Foods:

Many common foods are best avoided if you want to maintain good health, such as genetically engineered foods, canned foods (particularly acidic foods like tomatoes), corn-fed beef, and microwave popcorn, due to the dangerous additives and contaminants inherent in these foods.

Genetically engineered (GE) food is one of the most pressing dangers facing us as a species. A brand new organism thriving in GE soy and animals given GE animal feed has been identified, and a link between it and high rates of miscarriage and infertility in a number of animals has been established.

The vast majority of US-grown corn, soy, canola, cottonseed oil, and sugarbeets are genetically engineered, which means virtually every processed food you buy that does not bear the “100% USDA Organic” label is likely to contain at least one GE component.

The widespread use of glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup, is exacerbating the problem. Glyphosate immobilizes certain nutrients, rendering them inaccessible to the plant, which in turn robs you of essential micronutrients you’d normally get from your food. It also cannot be washed off, as it is absorbed systemically through the plant, which means you’re consuming far more herbicide than ever before.

Glyphosate is suspected of causing genetic damage, infertility and cancer. It is also acutely toxic to fish and birds and can kill beneficial insects and soil organisms that maintain ecological balance.

*originally reported by Dr. Mercola

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Posted by on July 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

 
 
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