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Disaster Farming

In Dave Smith on December 20, 2008 at 9:06 am

From Dave Smith

It been clear for decades now what a disaster chemical farming is wreaking on our personal health and the health of our planet. From the so-called Green Revolution in developing countries, to the vineyards, golf courses and lawns in our local environs, the use of poisons to grow our food and green our playgrounds has turned our bodies into sacks of toxic landfill; our preventative health systems into obscenely profitable medical drug systems; and our brains into mush… unable to tell the difference between a home to live in and a get-rich-quick scheme, or to accept the science that global warming is caused by our daily activities.

According to 28 years of exhaustive research by the venerable Rodale Institute (videos), we can mitigate a large chunk of greenhouse gas damage by moving to local, small-scale organic farming. The report states that by turning all our farmland in this country to organic practices “where we are putting basically cover crops or compost back into the soil and not using chemical fertilizers, we could mitigate 25 percent of our emissions in this country alone… the biology in the soil wants to pull the carbon and keep it down in the soil…” but synthetic fertilizers kill that biology. Small organic farming can feed the world and help save it from climate disasters at the same time.

There are organic alternatives for farms, vineyards, lawns, parks, and golf courses that are gaining in use across the world. Mendocino County is already a national leader in organic and biodynamic vineyards. As the first county to ban GMO’s, we need now to begin banning the unnecessary and destructive use of chemicals in our local farming, gardening and horticultural practices. Whether or not we use harmful chemicals ourselves, we all inhale and absorb second-hand chemicals wafting through our air and tracked into our homes along with our kids and pets who roll around in neighbors’ chem-saturated lawns.

Local retailers and farm suppliers can be better neighbors by replacing their harmful chemical products with organic alternatives, and begin educating their customers on their application and use.


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