A lot of folks buying local meat, milk, and eggs are also among the consumers who are most concerned about GMOs in our diet. Many of them have not yet made the connection that most GMOs are not in processed foods in the grocery store. The bulk of GMOs are made into animal feed. In fact, it is difficult to buy feed which is not made almost entirely of GMOs -- unless you buy organic feed. And everyone knows that organic feed is about twice as expensive as conventional, GMO feed.
Who amongst us does not hold some anxiety regarding climate change? Probably not too many of us at this point. Every time another big or bad or “un-natural” storm rolls through, or the news brings us word of a new record heat wave or extended drought, my blood pressure rises.
Spring is coming. Seeding has begun in greenhouses statewide and home gardeners are planning their garden beds. Before we know it, farmers’ markets and spring CSAs will have tables and boxes overrun with greens. Many of us who spend months gazing out the window at piles of snow are eagerly looking forward to the sunny days picking and eating crisp greens that are ahead.
I always look hungrily for Jerry Brunetti’s articles in Acres magazine. He has a thoroughly scientific, while poetic and practical way of discussing soil, soil health, and biological systems. I was not let down with his new book, The Farm as Ecosystem.
Off-loading supplies at New England Small Farm Ins
Baystate Organic Certifiers
Source for certified organic food
Buy fresh, unpasteurized milk from a local farm.
August 8-10, 2014, UMass, Amherst, MA