U.S. Veggie Shortage

There’s a growing disorder in the United States. While it is true that we have an overabundance of food in this country — so much, in fact, that one third of it is thrown away. But the food available that is high in nutrients is lacking in diversity and supply. We do enjoy much more variety than was available 40 years ago, but the truth is a severe shortage of vegetables exists, one that is driven by farm subsidies and food manufacturers. The USDA Economic Research Service recently announced that not enough farms grow things beyond grains, potatoes, tomatoes,...

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Mycorrhizae: Fungi, Molasses & Rock Phosphate

Many plants go through a juvenile stage where they sharply increase in size before shifting their energy into flowering and fruiting. The size plants reach during this stage has an impact on how much harvest they produce. Beneficial fungi, molasses, and rock phosphate have been used to help boost plant growth during this critical stage for years. They work in concert to help plants thrive. Since beneficial fungi take time to establish and colonize the root system, they are best introduced early. Mycorrhiza fungi are beneficial and assist in nutrient collection and uptake. Adding carbohydrates to a nutrient solution...

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Federal Court Nixes Pesticide

If you ever wanted proof that the EPA regulates pesticides to suit chemical company wishes, this is it. The 9th District U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco revoked the agency’s sloppy approval of a fourth generation neonictinoid made by Dow Agroscience. Not one, but 3 federal judges concurred that the EPA should never have approved the chemical for limited use, let alone unrestricted use due to the toxicity of neonictinoids on bees. The national beekeepers association is cheering this recent move as a victory for the honeybees… But don’t celebrate for them and our other pollinators just yet....

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3 Ways to Know Your Farmer

With what consumers today know about the practices in place in the food system, you’re wise to question where your food comes from, and how it was raised and processed. From avoiding chemicals and GMOs to boycotting industrial farming, and getting the most health benefits from what you eat – there are lots of people who are interested in getting to know their farmer. So, exactly how does one go about that? This will probably only be possible if you shop at farmers markets and on-the-farm stands. Big food farms could be half a world away from your location,...

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Carbon Dioxide: CO2 In Plants

There are a couple of things that plants can’t live without. Carbon dioxide is one of these substances. It’s a gas, commonly found in the atmosphere. Although it isn’t as common as oxygen and nitrogen, which make up around 99% of the atmosphere’s volume, carbon dioxide is still relatively common. Over the past decade or so, carbon dioxide has been in the news frequently and has suffered from a bad reputation for being a greenhouse gas that contributes to global climate change. This conclusion has some merit since it is often added to greenhouses to boost plant production. This article is a short introduction into...

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