Will a Lawsuit Against Monsanto Force Tighter Food Safety Regulations?

Mirazie vs. Monsanto The recent filing of a class action lawsuit against Monsanto by Elvis, Edison And Romi Mirazie in the state of California represents the beginning of the windfall microbiologists have anticipated for decades as more individuals recognize the vital role microbes play in human health.  Crowdfunding is being used to support the Mirazie’s effort.  At issue is the ...

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Growing Organic Blackberries in the Desert Requires an Emphasis on Soil Microbiology

Who says you can’t grow blackberries in the desert?  South of the Organ Mountains, near Vado, New Mexico, soils are characterized by heavy calcium carbonate (aka caliche) deposits on or near the surface.  This caliche becomes sticky when wet, binding together to form an impervious, concrete-like layer that water cannot easily drain through. The natural soil pH is between 8 ...

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Guest Post: Papers, Possessions, and Precision Agriculture in a Cloudy Environment

  Introducing  Cliff Love, of Profitable Growth Services as today’s guest writer.   Cliff’s background in private agricultural services in the Northeastern US contrasts with my own perspectives, gleaned from public agricultural and environmental research in the Southwest.  Yet our contrasting experiences have led us to a shared awareness that our sustainability is being threatened, not so much by technology itself, ...

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Best Ways to Enjoy the Nutrition of a Microbiome

Whole foods contain active enzymes and complex, living microbiomes Most health and wellness experts agree whole foods are the best source of nutrition.  Yet here in the US, we support an enormous dietary supplement industry.  Why?  Why do consumers buy supplements that provide one or a few nutrients at a time, instead of buying whole foods that provide everything they ...

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Chemical Dependency Starts in the Soil

Chemical dependence begins in the soil where our food is grown. Chemical Dependency Is About So Much More Than Recreational Drugs Growing up on the edge of Generation X, I learned early on about the most universally recognized forms of chemical dependency.  In our community, we were exposed to a number of people who drank too much, smoked too much, or ...

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Guest Post: Defining the Word Healing by Dawn Cheney

Reasoning cannot be truly multi-dimensional unless diverse perspectives are represented. From time to time, I like to invite guests to share their perspectives on sustainable health, nutrition, and lifestyles.  Guests simply see the world differently than I do. I enjoy it when we arrive at similar conclusions taking very different paths. Dawn Cheney is an energetic healer, an artist, and ...

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Sharing the Spirit of Victory

Marjorie Jane and David Ivan Clowe managed a Victory Garden during WWII Paula Clowe, from Las Cruces, New Mexico, has contributed this photograph of her grandfather, David Ivan Clowe, and her aunt, Marjorie Jane Clowe Adams during WWII. At the time of the photo, Marjorie was the only child remaining close to home. Her husband served in the Philippines during the war, and ...

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What Endophytes Reveal about GMOs

As mainstream media in the US continue to downplay concerns about the safety of genetically modified foods, bloggers, independent news providers and social media groups continue to voice concerns in and beyond the United States.  Debate centers around the dietary and ecological safety of genetically modified organisms (hence “G-M-O’s”) in our food system. Figure 1.  Endophytic microbes like these blue ...

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Repurposing Victory Gardens

During World Wars I and II, families on the home fronts in many countries were encouraged to plant victory gardens. Home food production was recognized as fundamental to national security, and victory gardens became a source of national pride and patriotism. Food grown at home provided critical relief from the death, famine, and destruction created by the wars. You see, ...

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Why Strawberry Clover in a 21st Century Victory Garden?

     The victory garden of the 21th century must be ecologically balanced so that no chemicals are needed.  To maintain balance, one should choose a variety of plants from different families.  Because space is often limited, plants that serve multiple purposes are always good to have. As a legume, strawberry clover has an ability to associate with microbes of ...

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