In a previous blog Heritage Seeds I commented on the importance of heritage/heirloom seeds, of harvesting your own, creating a personal seed bank ( or one for your children/grandchildren) but above all the need to know where your seeds come from.
In that blog I included a photo of tomato plants that are strong and vibrant – plants you can just about sit and watch grow during the course of a day, plants that produce an abundance.
In this blog I’m including a couple of more photos I have previously posted – one being okra and the other egg plant as an example of what has become a common garden theme – robust growth.
When planted all due consideration is given to the amount of distance between each plant, and we often hedge a little at times exceeding what is considered to be the norm.
Yet as can be seen in these photos much the same as the one in the Heritage Seeds blog it’s as though we stole a few seeds from Jack of the fairytale Jack and the Beanstalk.
I believe there are obvious reasons for this, one being our chemical free approach, another that gardening is a family endeavor conducted with respect, gratitude, and admiration for the garden and what it produces – additionally we know where each and every seed we use comes from.
Something people should consider is if they haven’t the ability to know what is in the food they ingested or where it came from then they really haven’t the ability to exercise freedom of choice, kind of that Soylent Green thing.
Entities like Bayer and Monsanto have fought tooth and nail to deny people that ability, lobbying for and securing legislation to advance their cause and to block others.
This can only happen when politicians put the interests of corporations and the wealthy above those of everyone else – and it occurs on both sides of the aisle so don’t fool yourself that it doesn’t.
If the current administration is so concerned about national safety and welfare as to promote an immigration ban that was toned down to some period of time to enable “understanding” the issue then I suggest the issues regarding lobbyists and corporate money are well understood and should be a banned.
So too are the effects of pesticides, chemical fertilizers, GMOs, and climate change.
For that to happen of necessity there would need to be Supreme Court dedicated to the welfare of people, a court that wouldn’t include a “justice” like Clarence Thomas who actually worked for Monsanto at one time and has voted favorably in any case that reached the SC that would affect Monsanto’s corporate interests.
As I also mentioned in the previous blog climate change and related are a people’s issue, an issue that will not be addressed in any meaningful manner under the current administration, one GOP politician going so far as to say if climate change does exist god will take care of it.
Right, just like prolonged droughts and millions dying in countries like Ethiopia and elsewhere, just like “ethnic cleansing” across the globe, and the genocidal policies directed at indigenous people throughout this entire hemisphere.
An invasive contagion of indifference and outright stupidity has enveloped the majority of the Senate, Congress, and some portion of the electorate in what amounts to a national crisis in my opinion.
During another crisis known as WW2 due to shortages Victory Gardens were born, individuals and communities planting gardens to meet their needs.
I submit this nation faces another crisis in the war being conducted by the Trump administration on the environment and the right of people to know what they ingest and feed their families.
This “Axis of Evil” includes corporate allies like Monsanto, Dow, Dupont, and Bayer to name only the biggest players – in such a climate Victory Gardens become a viable alternative, more so when coupled with boycotts.
Now you may think it a great convenience to shop at a grocery store and whip out a piece of plastic to pay for it, and you may not be entirely able to wean yourself of the grocery store convenience but there surely are steps you can take other than merely ranting or saying that’s just the way it us.
The axiom that a person is either part of the problem or part of the solution has never had greater relevance than it does now.
There has always been a narrative of sorts related to States rights as opposed to that of the government, I firmly believe each state has the right to protect it’s citizens, it’s environment, and natural resources.
In that belief I am encouraged and applaud the efforts of those states who have risen to the occasion and announced they as a state will address the issue of climate change and to hell with the corporate minions and “war” criminals in Washington.