TakePart.com did a little fact-checking on some of the claims surrounding the controversy of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and Monsanto.
Some takeaway points:
...genetically altering corn “causes unintended changes in the way it grows, causing it to be less productive.”
“Rats fed on a diet containing NK603—a seed variety made tolerant to
dousings of Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller—or given water with Roundup at
levels permitted in the United States, died earlier than those on a
Round-Up Ready crops were supposed to reduce the use of herbicides, but "13 years later, evolution has run its course and now superbugs and
superweeds plague farmers. As a result, herbicide use increased by 11
percent between 1996 and 2011."
Advice to organic farmers who have to worry about GMO genes making its way into their crops? "In a new USDA
report, the government suggests that such farmers buy additional
insurance to protect them from crops lost due to unintentional GMO
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Someone whose diet consists of food grown or produced within an area most commonly bound by a 100 to 250-mile radius of their home. Locavores usually shun large supermarket chains, opting for farmer's markets and local gardens instead. It is also a current trend for many high-end restaurants as well.
I am a new homeowner who inherited an unruly garden, but it is my new sandbox. I get to play around and create new things.
It also means that I am now free to grow my own food (at least on a small scale-- I don't have a huge backyard.) In these troubling economic times I find, like so many others, that there is a certain empowerment that comes with the idea of being able feed yourself with food grown in your own garden. There is a certain satisfaction and security in knowing that the food you are growing is fresh and organic, grown without chemicals and packed full of nutrition. I'm looking forward to this satisfaction.
But so far I am just a beginner. I've just started creating my sand castle, and have barely begun to lay the foundation. There is a lot for me to learn, and I will share some of what I learn in this blog.
If you want to follow along and watch the progress on my garden, you are welcome to check out my Weedy Garden blog, where I document my accomplishments and failures with my own little backyard Eden.