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AVOID GMOs – Dr. Perlmutter Adds His Voice

Merry Christmas….and here’s my gift to you.
DON’T BUY GMO foods or use RoundUp

Okay, this may not seem like an appropriate post during the holidays but what greater gift can you give yourself, your family than good health?

Growing organic veggies is easy.

Grow your own food; you’ll know where’s it’s been.

If you want to eat healthier and don’t want to grow it yourself, if you want to support local farmers and growers and walk a bit softly on the earth we call home, perhaps 2016 is the year you get started.

One of the easiest ways to begin your quest for health is to READ and decide to buy or not buy based on what the product is, what it contains and who made it.

It’s common knowledge that one of the easiest things to do is cut out GMO products – cut them out, get rid of processed foods, start buying and eating organic.

Now Dr. David Perlmutter, author of Brain Maker and Brain Game, adds his voice to those warning about GMOs but his information is a bit more frightening than any I have read before (and I have read an awful lot about this topic).

Dr. Perlmutter shares the most recent and perhaps most damning research that shows that GMOs are the tip of a very unhealthy iceberg called glyphosate.  You all know glyphosate more commonly as RoundUp.

Here’s the quote that makes me want to rant, and rave and cry…don’t buy RoundUp or any of its derivatives.  Don’t eat GMO food. “Roundup was among the most toxic herbicides and insecticides tested. Most importantly, 8 formulations out of 9 were up to one thousand times more toxic than their active principles.”

Don’t believe Dr. Perlmutter?  Read the research yourself.

Try making this your New Year’s resolution: leave the weeds alone!  Or eat them. Or pull them. Or burn them. Or pour pretzel salt and white vinegar on them.  But for your sake, your family’s sake, the planet’s sake, don’t spray them with RoundUp or any of it’s relatives.

What you spray ends up in the water table, your food, your neighbor’s kids, you.  Please, stop.  Please.

My Tips for Sustainable Living

I am loving Nathan Crane’s series on sustainable living.

I am learning a lot from the people in this series and gaining new insights and new ideas. I am also realizing that almost every change I have made in my life over the last 20+ years, including my focus on organic gardening, has brought

Community gardens are gifts.

Gardening is good for body and soul.

me one step closer to living more sustainably. That was not why I made the changes.

Being sustainable never entered into my choices. Watching, listening, seeing and, at some deep level, awakening, knowing and choosing to make changes in my life and my home that are ethically in tune with me began with a diagnosis of cancer.

Once started, the changes didn’t stop. Here are some simple things I did, you can do, to just start down the path of being kinder to yourself, your loved ones and your world.

Buy organic meat and poultry. My husband was diagnosed with cancer in 2001. Everything changed.  And this was one of the first changes I made.  I found neighbors who were farmers who were organic and we bought our first pasteur-raised, free-ranged food.  I am a vegetarian now but we still buy organic meats from our friends.

No paper towels.  Sounds silly, small, but it was the first choice I made.  I weaned the household (and my husband) off of them in a year.  We have not had paper towels in our home for 7 years.  I buy fabric napkins at thrift shops and use them and wash them and use them again.

Drying clothes on a line.  I live in a relatively affluent neighborhood where

Breezecatcher 4 arm dryer

My Breezecatcher dryer saves me $100’s every year.

there are no clothes lines.  My solution? Buy a “solar dryer” that I can put out in the morning and take down in the afternoon.  I save about $80 a month on electricity just by drying towels, sheets and heavy cloths outdoors, year round.

Lettuce is an easy crop to grow and so tasty.

Lattuga in any language is a great addition to your garden.

Growing My Own – organic gardening has moved from an idea to a full-blown love of mine and it all started with lettuce!  Twenty plus years later, I have never looked back.  I am cheap, pragmatic and able to raise almost every veggie or fruit we eat using nothing but time, sunshine, water and love.

Making my own laundry detergent.  I decided to do this because I live in well country – and there are a lot of families downstream from my septic system and tile field.  Commercial laundry detergents are pretty harsh so I found a recipe (on the internet) using washing soda, laundry soap – Fels Naptha – and water. I add a few drops of Thieves oil for scent and make 3 gallons at a time for pennies on the dollar.  And I get the peace of mind of knowing that I am not poisoning my neighbors’ wells.

Making kombucha and sauerkraut.  This is my newest venture and I LOVE it. Fermented foods are so easy to make and so inexpensive to prepare.  You can pay $6.50 for a pint of sauerkraut or make a gallon – 8 pints – for $2.00.  Same with Kombucha — fermented black tea.  Pay $5.00 a bottle or about 15 cents a bottle.  It’s easy to make, delicious to drink and again, so very good for you.  Save money, feed your family and save resources.

Don’t listen to me.  Listen to yourself.  Take a step that works for you. Grow something. Save something. Make something. Don’t wait for someone else; make the change you want to see.

Let’s go back to Edward Abbey’s America.

“If America could be, once again, a nation of self-reliant farmers, craftsmen, hunters, ranchers and artists, then the rich would have little power to dominate others.”                                                                                           Edward Abbey