Did you know that our 50th State imports 85 to 90 percent of its food? It comes as a surprise to most of us mainlanders who probably never give it a thought. With all of the services that are readily available to us, from local towing companies to caterers and everything in between, it’s becoming easier to get things done without having to put much thought into it. This is not so much the case in places like Hawaii. Although the State doesn’t have a huge population, only in the neighborhood of 1 and a half million people spread out over 6 islands, it does have a transient population of around 9 million. The latest census dates back 2 years so these are approximate figures. Continue reading »
What’s all the fuss about genetically modified food aka GMOs – genetically modified organisms anyway? Doesn’t creating different types of food other than those that grow naturally give higher yields and feed more people throughout developing countries? Don’t they allow for more resistant crops and give more sustainability to the farmer?
Modified foods are served everywhere from the snacks you eat in a stretch limo to the tables of children in underprivileged households. There is little on the supermarket shelves that hasn’t been touched by the hand of GMO. So why are there so many people opposed to eating foods that have been altered by science?
First let’s get the definition of what GMO means.
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GPOWS Green Power Offering Workable Solutions
Green is the game, and it’s a high stakes game. The number of people and the expanse of industry that is affected by how our food is raised and processed is phenomenal. I don’t want to take every article and rant against Monsanto, but it’s tempting. The control that they exercise over the food industry is blatant, no longer just insidious. Their toxic contamination started decades ago with pestiides like the well know Roundup graduating to genetically modified seeds that the small farmer was forced to use.
Regarding the control of seeds to the farmer, if Monsanto suspects a farmer is not using their seeds according to their specific guidelines, then threats to sue the farmer and take away his livelihood are made. There are dozens of cases witnessed and on record of Monsanto representatives using intimidation to force their protocols on farmers. One would argue that if the farmer agreed to Monsanto’s rules in the first place then they must abide by the contract. Many farmers are wising up, but some are still caught in the Monsanto snare.
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Farmers Markets abound during the warmer weather months of the year. Most of us want to make a move to support our local farmers and buy their produce, but are they selling organic? This is what has stopped me from loading up every Tuesday when visiting the Farmers’ Market in my area. I’m sure the foods are wholesome and delicious, but are they grown from seeds that are gmo? Is the smaller local guy still catering to Big Ag? Are they spraying with unhealthy pesticides? I have to ask.
Growing organic is a process that takes a commitment. Switching from being a conventional chemically grown food producing farmer to a certified organic grower takes education, time and money. The good news is, it’s all paying off.
There is a growing demand in the US for organics and now there are financial incentives driven by the market for more healthy food production nationwide. So how do we support the local guy during their metamorphosis? Simply buy the crops that they presently offer which are organic. It assists them and continues to send messages incentivising them to expand their organic yields for next year.
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