Vandana Shiva: Organic farmers are the best scientists of today, because they actually have to understand how nature works in order to produce. They are the best health specialists of today, because they are giving us the food that gives us health. An organic farmer is the best steward of the land and the best ecologist. And I am increasingly feeling that they are the best peacemakers of today because there is more violence, more death, more destruction, and more wars through a violent industrial agriculture system. And to shift away from that into an agriculture of peace is what organic farming is doing.
Daniel Bissonnette, a very articulate 9 year old, mesmerizes listeners at the March against Monsanto event in Vancouver, Canada, on May 24, 2014, asking key questions on why children, the most vulnerable age group to the ravages of GMOs and pesticides, are subjected to the worst food possible.
When it comes to insects in your garden, it’s a bug eat bug world, so don’t panic. Some bugs are good for plants. But how to control the bad ones without chemicals? Here’s great advice from Scott Meyer, editor of Organic Gardening magazine.
What do you do when your twelve-year-old son announces he’s going to run across America?
This is the story of the Wilcox family and their son David.
As a high school freshman, David became the regional cross-country champion and the fastest 3A freshman in Alaska. He regularly runs 15-milers in the local mountains. And he’s pumped up to become the 2nd 15-year old to complete this transcontinental run.
On January 18, 2014, David and his family will start their coast-to-coast run from Huntington Beach, California. While they are on on the road, they are going to visit farms and farmers and document their stories. What do they think of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), patented seeds, Roundup and other poisons?
They are going to hold meetings, give presentations, and talk to the media. Their aim is to show people WHY THEY NEED TO KNOW WHAT’S IN THEIR FOOD.
They are going to expose the fraudulent stories pumped out by the corrupt chemical giants.
And, of course, they are going to pay a visit to Monsanto—one of world’s biggest bullies—at its headquarters in Saint Louis, Missouri.
Then run to Washington D.C. to remind their nation’s leaders that they work for the American people, not for multi-national chemical corporations.
The art of saving seed has been practiced by gardeners for thousands of years as a matter of course, until the 1940s when hybrid seeds were agressively marketed. In fact, most of the vegetables and flowers we have today owe their existence to the fact that these early gardeners, with an eye for quality, saved the seed of their best plants, sowed them the next year, and in this way improved the species.