Sustainable Living. The Problems of Agribusiness The Solutions for Individuals. The Problem: The Monsanto Company. The Monsanto Company is a multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation World leaders in the production of the herbicide glyphosate, commonly known as Roundup
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The Problems of Agribusiness
The Solutions for Individuals
Monsanto has taken out more seed patents than any other company EVER, removing the threat of competition
Farmers that use Monsanto seeds must use Monsanto’s herbicide because it has been chemically engineered to recognize the GE plants only
However, this DNA can literally invade a farmer’s field through wind pollination, therefore a farmer may end up with them as well as a law suit.
Farmers, Workers and Consumers
Skin and eye problems
Birth DefectsHealth Effects of Pesticides on Farmers and Workers
How it works…..
Square Foot Gardening
Organic is when organic produce and other ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation
Grapes(& therefore Raisins and Juice! - many kinds of juices have Grape Juice in them)
Lemons- especially if zesting, should definitely use organic
Bananas - heavy chemicals for the trip to America including Thiabendazole which Damages the Brain and Nervous System.
TomatoesFood to Buy Organic
Don't use garden soil or mix fresh cow, horse or chicken manure into the bedding. These emit gases and will raise the temperature of your compost bin. You could end up "cooking" your worms to death
Do not dispose of glass, plastic or aluminum foil in your compost
Although paper can be used as bedding, don't include paper with colored printing on it. Many colored inks are toxic to wormsComposting Don’ts
Grow your own food
1. Layout: Arrange your garden in squares, not rows
2. Boxes: Build boxes to hold new soil mix above ground
3. Aisles: Space boxes 3 ft apart to form walking aisles
4. Soil: Fill boxes with 1/3 compost, 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 coarse vermiculite
5. Grid: Make a square foot grid for the top of each box
6. Care: Never walk on your growing soil, tend garden from the aisles
7. Select: Plant a different flower, vegetable, or crop in each square foot
8. Plant: Conserve seeds. Plant only a pinch (2 or 3 seeds) per hole
9. Water: Water by hand from a bucket of sun warmed water
10. Harvest: When you finish harvesting a square foot, add compost and replant with a new and different crop