Last time some okravores (south Georgia locavores)
realized nobody else was going to hold a conference
about growing local in the characteristic soils and climate
and with the characteristic foods and culture of
south Georgia, so
okravores met in Tifton
and learned about everything from controling insect to which breeds of cows
produce the best organic milk.
you can make cheese in south Georgia
demonstrated preserving beautyberry and other jams and jellies,
along with many other interesting talks and demonstrations, and good food.
The South Georgia Growing Local Conference is back,
this time near Reidsville, in January.
Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, 9-5
UGA's Vidalia Onion & Vegetable Research Center, between Lyons &
Reidsville, Ga. & Red Earth Farm, Reidsville
Rodale Institute has been running a side-by-side comparison of organic
and chemical agriculture since 1981.
After an initial decline in yields during the first few years of
transition, the organic system soon rebounded to match or surpass the
conventional system. Over time, FST became a comparison between the long
term potential of the two systems.
And now comes evidence from the very heart of Big Ag: rural Iowa, where
Iowa State University's Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture runs
the Long-Term Agroecological Research Experiment (LTAR), which began in
1998, which has just released its latest results.
At the LTAR fields in Adair County, the (LTAR) runs four fields: one
managed with the Midwest-standard two-year corn-soy rotation featuring
the full range of agrochemicals; and the other ones organically managed
with three different crop-rotation systems. The chart below records the
yield averages of all the systems, comparing them to the average yields
achieved by actual conventional growers in Adair County:
Norman Borlaug, instigator of the "green revolution"
of no-till and pesticides, when asked in 2000
whether organic agriculture could feed the world, said:
Quail Hollow Farm was holding a Farm-to-Fork dinner for invited guests,
when a health inspector showed up and forced them to destroy the food.
video of the event
you can hear the arrogance of the inspector:
That's all the information you need.
Well, no, it's not.
The inspector said it was a public event because the guests had paid for d inner.
The farmer eventually called their lawyer who said ask the inspector
to see her warrant.
She had none.
But they had already been told their food that they grew with their own hands
was not fit for a public dinner, nor a private dinner, not even to feed
to their pigs.
They were forced to pour bleach on it, making it unfit even for compost.
Given that every food contamination recall in recent years has come
from big factory farms, not from small organic farms,
does this raid seem right to you?
There are only two applications that have been commercialized
in these twenty years of genetic engineering.
One is to make seeds more resilient to herbicides,
which means you get to spread more Roundup,
you get to spread more Glysophate,
and you get to spread more poison.
Not a very desirable trait in farming systems.
Especially since what Monsanto will call weeds
are ultimately sources of food.
It gets even better from there.
These are illusions that are being marketed
in order for people to hand over the power to decide what we eat
to a handful of corporations.
Multibillion-dollar agricultural corporations, including Monsanto and
Syngenta, have restricted independent research on their genetically
engineered crops. They have often refused to provide independent
scientists with seeds, or they've set restrictive conditions that severely
limit research options.
In case you wondered why all the research seems to come from other countries,
such as Argentina and France, as shown in this
documentary from Germany?
Well, now you know.