Saturday, February 11, 2017

How To Secure Your Food Supply And Source

How do you currently put food on your table? The advent of supermarkets in the late 1940’s brought commercialization and a decline in overall health as we moved away from the natural to the unnatural. Today’s challenges are a lot more serious and detrimental to health with the introduction of GMO’s(Genetically Modified Organisms), Weed killers severely toxic to humans, more harsh herbicides and pesticides, gene altering preservatives, just to name a few.


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The food we buy is always in question, as we remain in want as to the details of its source/origin.


Do we know?


  1. Was it imported, if yes, from where and when?
  2. Is it organic?
  3. Is it non-GMO?
  4. Is it herbicide and pesticide free?


All the answers to the above  remain largely in the hands of others as long as we are solely consumers.


As many of you may know, I strongly promote eating wholly and fully plant based live/raw foods as part of a healthy lifestyle. This is by far the optimal way to heal as well as nourish the body. It is abundantly clear that reliance on medication to ' sustain ' us is not an answer to our call for health, and using food as our medicine is the tried and tested efficient  way to thrive, once we choose our foods wisely...


Now, in the 21st century, how is it possible to trust your food source? I shall tell you, the ONE and only surefire way to do this is to plant your very own. Some of the greatest 'super foods' are the easiest to grow. Amongst these are: Turmeric, Ginger, Mint, Basil. Most super foods are basic plant herbs and spices.


There are alternative sources of safe, nutritious foods such as direct sourcing from organic farmers, etc. But to truly cut costs, know your food and save on time, having your own garden of food is the most efficient way to go.


To get started, there are many guides which I recommend, starting with those who have the land space, for which not much is required to succeed in achieving same, as this is a relatively easy endeavour. Some examples are listed below:








Raised Bed Gardens: http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/lawn-garden/how-to/g92/build-raised-garden-beds/                                




Confined/Limited Space Gardening.


Definitely, going vertical if you have little space is the way to go and there are numerous indoor and outdoor options. In this era, limited space is quite common place and therefore recommendations in this regard are aplenty:


Gardening in Small Spaces,  15 Ways to squeeze a garden unto Your Deck or Patio: http://www.hgtv.com/design/outdoor-design/outdoor-spaces/ways-to-squeeze-a-garden-onto-your-deck-or-patio-pictures


Rooftop Farming.




Seeds


Make it a priority to source known sources of seeds- heirloom and/or organic. A few trusted sources including your local trusted farmer(s) are:


Baker Creek Heirlom Seeds:  http://www.rareseeds.com/


Organic Seeds: https://www.seedsnow.com/?rfsn=115376.e419a

What You Need for the Best Soil Mix for Raised Beds: http://sumogardener.com/best-soil-mix-for-raised-beds/


Alternative For Limited Space Occupants:


If space is an issue, leasing land, preferably from organic farmers whom you trust is yet another option. Choose an arrangement which best suits your time and budget.


a). Outsource the farming responsibility and oversee operations.
b). Carry out farming responsibilities for yourself   and only pay lease fees
c). Pay lease fee + farming fee/maintenance to land owner/farmer.

The three options are self explanatory in context and give an idea of available options.

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