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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!
    • FACTS
      • 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!!