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Session 3 Green Food Green Yard



This is the 3rd session of the 3 part series "LIVING GREEN"

This is the 3rd session of the 3 part series "LIVING GREEN"



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  • You Are What You Eat!
    • Seems simple!
    • Choose food that tastes good to you
    • Eat that food, you satisfy your hunger or thirst
    • Discrete that food. That’s it.
    • NO. NO. NO.
    • Food enters your system & is INSTANTLY put to use
    • 2. Your body utilizes all of the useful parts
    • 3. discrete the not so useful!
    • So, you ARE what you eat!
    • Most of your food has been “infected”
    • Bad for the environment; Bad for YOU, too.
    • U.S. sales of organic food and beverages keep growing!
    • “ Natural” does NOT mean organic
    • FDA Seal = 95% organic
    • Green Seal = 100%
    • “ Made w/ Organic..” = 70%
    • What’s keeping you?
      • Habit & Cost
  • Most don’t farm, but forage at Grocery Store Chemicals from seed to table 3 Groups: Those that Kill (pesticides, herbicides, fungicides) Those that Grow (fertilizers, GH, antibiotics) Those that Beautify (artificial color/flavor, preservatives, additives) A dead zone the size of New Jersey in the Northern Gulf of Mexico appears every year! Cause? Conventional farming in the Midwest. FACTS
  • Livestock & manure methane alone directly release greenhouse gases equivalent to what’s produced by 33 MILLION cars DDT banned in 1973, yet over 3 decades later, still found in humans. Lead, Mercury, Arsenic & Copper all used as pesticides for over a century Gov’t limits, but no system for checking! What about my Strawberries from Chili.. Always summer somewhere! Fruit Salad = One Heck-of-Accumulation!!
  • U.S. Organic Market Statistics Fruits and Vegetables Growth… 20-25% per year for nearly 10 years U.S. Sales… $8 billion in 2001 … 1% of sales
  • Baby Foods
    • Spice is Nice! – 6-9 times!!
      • Turmeric – destroys cancer causing molecules
      • Cinnamon – blood sugar/ cholesterol
      • Ginger – cancer/digestion/nausea
    • Go For Color! = Vitamins/ nutrients
    • Organic, Organic .. I’ll say It again.. ORGANIC!
      • Birth thru age 3 – brains growing faster than ever
        • Top 7: 1. Milk 2. Soy 3. Cereal 4. fruits/veggies 5. Meat 6. Corn 7. Cotton
    • Allergies/Sensitivities – Don’t forget about mom’s milk!
    • Lose the Juice – AAP even says so!
  • Pollute water systems  shower/bathe/drink/wash/clean Compare “Apples to Apples” The Meat in Your Grocery: Like those larger-than-life athletes in professional sports who are on steroids. They don’t come that way naturally. It that what you want to eat? Fertilizers
  • Remember: Additives are NOT food, they only do things TO food. Common Additives: ~ BHA, BHT, Propyl Gallate ~ Potassium Bromate ~ Nitrates/Nitrites ~ Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) ~ Artificial Sweeteners ~ High Fructose Corn Syrup ~ Hydrogenated Fats/Trans Fats ~ Olestra ~ Dyes Food, by nature is perishable Additives
  • Background
    • Artificial fertilizers invented 150 yrs. Ago
    • Fertilizers and pesticides (ie, DDT) were widely used post WWII
    • Pesticides: chemicals designed to kill living things
    • Caused failing soil health
    • 60’s, 70’s and 80’s and keeps going!
    • Growers must be certified by state &/or national
    • Organic landscape including lawns, trees, shrubs, and other landscape plants.
  • Health Benefits
    • Phytonutrients (pronounced “fight-o-nutrients”), also called phytochemicals, are natural bioactive compounds found in fruits and vegetables that works together with vitamins, minerals, and fiber to promote good health.
    • Organic produce can contain 10-50% more phytonutrients.
    • Hawaiian research: conventional fresh fruits and juices raises the risk of Parkinson’s disease.
    • Intake of pesticides can cause symptoms
    • Reduces exposure
    • Many approved before research linked to cancer
    • Now: EPA considers 60% of all herbicides, 90% of all
    • fungicides and 30% of all insecticides as potentially cancer
    • causing.
    • More susceptible
    • Children consume more food per kilo of body weight
    • Effects their mental and motor skills as well as aggressive behavior
    • Preservatives and additives can lead to hyperactivity in children
    Health Benefits for Children
    • More expensive to produce
      • More manual labor (w/o “suicides”)
    • Demand exceeds supply
    • Not always local organic!.. Not cheap!
    • Farm subsidies;
      • billions = lower costs in markets
        • pay out on April 15 th !
    • Become a Peripheral Shopper
    • Real Labels
      • can’t pronounce = don’t buy
      • > 4 syllables = don’t buy
      • # in the name = don’t buy
    • Buy Organic
      • Farmers Markets
    What To Do
  • Budget
    • Buy Smart: see handout
    • Shop Around
    • Buy Local
    • Invest in a farm
    • Buy in Bulk (with friends)
    • Join a Co-Op
    • Store brand organics
    • Grow your own!
    • Organic Seeds
      • online sources:,
    • Provides Oxygen = ONLY plus
    • Not natural
    • Where pesticides are used 60-90% earthworms are poisoned.
    Lawn 30% of water consumed on East Coast goes to watering lawns; rises to 60% on the West Coast. Why would I put this stuff on the grass then encourage my children… to play, run, and even roll all over it?
    • Choose locally adapted grass
    • Keep length slightly long (2.5 to 3.5 inches)
    • Water deeply
    • Use push mower
    • Leave grass clipping on the lawn
    • Use corn gluten as a natural weed killer
    • Spot-treat weeds with common full-strength vinegar on a sunny day
    Lawn LAWN ALTERNATIVES: ~ Irish Moss, Blue Star Creeper, Baby’s Tears: Ground Cover
  • Lawn LAWN ALTERNATIVES: ~ Irish Moss, Blue Star Creeper, Baby’s Tears ~ Buffalo Grass ~ Eco Lawn
    • Choose locally adapted grass
    • Keep length slightly long (2.5 to 3.5 inches)
    • Water deeply
    • Use push mower
    • Leave grass clipping on the lawn
    • Use corn gluten as a natural weed killer
    • Spot-treat weeds with common full-strength vinegar on a sunny day
  • Gardening Sustainable Approach
    • Each plant is part of a whole system
    • Starts with soil health and management
    • Choose the right plant for the site and climate
    • Control weeds, insects, diseases
    • Use correct cultural practices
      • Variety selection, mulching, planting dates, etc.
    • May take several years to amendment soils, control weeds
    • Not an “overnight fix”, but will show improvement over time
    • See what methods work best for you and the areas you are gardening
    • Build Healthy Soil
      • Compost – make it!
      • Fertilizer – leaves, branches, roots, weeds, lawn clippings
      • Worms – raise as a family; “Can-o-worms” magicworms
    • Timing of Seeding ( Johnny’s Selected Seeds; Gardeners Supply Catalog) & Planting
    • Variety selection & crop rotation
    • Pest Control
      • Biodiversity – many different types of plants
      • Natural pesticides –
    • Weed Control
      • Mulching
      • Pull
    • Plant a Tree
      • Trees eat CO2 & clean up the air
      • Family trees
    • A NASA study found that the following indoor plants were most effective in removing formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide from the air:
        • Bamboo palm
        • Chinese evergreen
        • English ivy
        • Gerbera daisy
        • Janet Craig
        • Marginata
        • Mass cane/corn plant
        • Mother-in-law’s tongue
        • Pot mum
        • Peace Lily
    • Organic Pesticides --- if you must!
    • PVC-free hoses
    • Water plants early in the day so foliage has time to dry; don’t promote diseases
    Garden Care Homeowners use proportionately 3-6 times more pesticides in their yards than farmers do on their crops.
  • H.D.R.A. Organic Guidelines
    • Henry Doubleday Research Assoc.
    • No legal standing, just guidelines for organic gardening methods
    • Closely match European Union Guidelines for organic production in the U.K
  • H.D.R.A. Categories
    • Best Practice, Acceptable, Qualified Acceptance, Not Recommended
    • Soil, manures and waste plant materials, fertilizers, rotation, pest management, etc.
  • Advantages
    • No residues in food; less in human blood and fatty tissue
    • Fresher- no long distance shipping
    • Studies show organic produce is higher in some vitamins, especially Vitamin C
    • Washington State University study compared conventionally grown and organically grown apples; organic had a higher sugar content: acidity. Verified by a taste test panel.
  • Why Grow Organic
    • Safer for the environment (air, water, soil)
      • No unwanted nitrates and salts
      • Reduces groundwater contamination
      • Residues in soil
    • Safer for wildlife and animals
      • Birds (encourage wildlife to control pests) robins/cutworms
      • Insects (no disruption of beneficial insects) lady bugs/aphids
      • Pets – may carry in chemicals on their paws; breakdown is slower when no water or sunlight
  • Please
    • Fill Out Questionnaire
    • ENJOY your food from PIZZA FUSION!!