Session 3 Green Food Green Yard


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

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Session 3 Green Food Green Yard

  2. 2. GREEN FOOD
  3. 3. You Are What You Eat! <ul><li>Seems simple! </li></ul><ul><li>Choose food that tastes good to you </li></ul><ul><li>Eat that food, you satisfy your hunger or thirst </li></ul><ul><li>Discrete that food. That’s it. </li></ul><ul><li>NO. NO. NO. </li></ul><ul><li>Food enters your system & is INSTANTLY put to use </li></ul><ul><li>2. Your body utilizes all of the useful parts </li></ul><ul><li>3. discrete the not so useful! </li></ul><ul><li>So, you ARE what you eat! </li></ul>
  4. 4. FACTS <ul><li>Most of your food has been “infected” </li></ul><ul><li>Bad for the environment; Bad for YOU, too. </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. sales of organic food and beverages keep growing! </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>“ Natural” does NOT mean organic </li></ul><ul><li>FDA Seal = 95% organic </li></ul><ul><li>Green Seal = 100% </li></ul><ul><li>“ Made w/ Organic..” = 70% </li></ul><ul><li>What’s keeping you? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Habit & Cost </li></ul></ul>FACTS
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. 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!!
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. Baby Foods <ul><li>Spice is Nice! – 6-9 times!! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Turmeric – destroys cancer causing molecules </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cinnamon – blood sugar/ cholesterol </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ginger – cancer/digestion/nausea </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Go For Color! = Vitamins/ nutrients </li></ul><ul><li>Organic, Organic .. I’ll say It again.. ORGANIC! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Birth thru age 3 – brains growing faster than ever </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Top 7: 1. Milk 2. Soy 3. Cereal 4. fruits/veggies 5. Meat 6. Corn 7. Cotton </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Allergies/Sensitivities – Don’t forget about mom’s milk! </li></ul><ul><li>Lose the Juice – AAP even says so! </li></ul>
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. Background <ul><li>Artificial fertilizers invented 150 yrs. Ago </li></ul><ul><li>Fertilizers and pesticides (ie, DDT) were widely used post WWII </li></ul><ul><li>Pesticides: chemicals designed to kill living things </li></ul><ul><li>Caused failing soil health </li></ul><ul><li>60’s, 70’s and 80’s and keeps going! </li></ul><ul><li>Growers must be certified by state &/or national </li></ul><ul><li>Organic landscape including lawns, trees, shrubs, and other landscape plants. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Health Benefits <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Organic produce can contain 10-50% more phytonutrients. </li></ul><ul><li>Hawaiian research: conventional fresh fruits and juices raises the risk of Parkinson’s disease. </li></ul><ul><li>Intake of pesticides can cause symptoms </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces exposure </li></ul><ul><li>Many approved before research linked to cancer </li></ul><ul><li>Now: EPA considers 60% of all herbicides, 90% of all </li></ul><ul><li>fungicides and 30% of all insecticides as potentially cancer </li></ul><ul><li>causing. </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>More susceptible </li></ul><ul><li>Children consume more food per kilo of body weight </li></ul><ul><li>Effects their mental and motor skills as well as aggressive behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Preservatives and additives can lead to hyperactivity in children </li></ul>Health Benefits for Children
  15. 15. <ul><li>More expensive to produce </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More manual labor (w/o “suicides”) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Demand exceeds supply </li></ul><ul><li>Not always local organic!.. Not cheap! </li></ul><ul><li>Farm subsidies; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>billions = lower costs in markets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>pay out on April 15 th ! </li></ul></ul></ul>Cost
  16. 16. <ul><li>Become a Peripheral Shopper </li></ul><ul><li>Real Labels </li></ul><ul><ul><li>can’t pronounce = don’t buy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>> 4 syllables = don’t buy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li># in the name = don’t buy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Buy Organic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Farmers Markets </li></ul></ul>What To Do
  17. 17. Budget <ul><li>Buy Smart: see handout </li></ul><ul><li>Shop Around </li></ul><ul><li>Buy Local </li></ul><ul><li>Invest in a farm </li></ul><ul><li>Buy in Bulk (with friends) </li></ul><ul><li>Join a Co-Op </li></ul><ul><li>Store brand organics </li></ul><ul><li>Grow your own! </li></ul>
  18. 18. GREEN GARDEN
  19. 19. <ul><li>Organic Seeds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>online sources:, </li></ul></ul>Start
  20. 20. <ul><li>Provides Oxygen = ONLY plus </li></ul><ul><li>Not natural </li></ul><ul><li>Where pesticides are used 60-90% earthworms are poisoned. </li></ul>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?
  21. 21. <ul><li>Choose locally adapted grass </li></ul><ul><li>Keep length slightly long (2.5 to 3.5 inches) </li></ul><ul><li>Water deeply </li></ul><ul><li>Use push mower </li></ul><ul><li>Leave grass clipping on the lawn </li></ul><ul><li>Use corn gluten as a natural weed killer </li></ul><ul><li>Spot-treat weeds with common full-strength vinegar on a sunny day </li></ul>Lawn LAWN ALTERNATIVES: ~ Irish Moss, Blue Star Creeper, Baby’s Tears: Ground Cover
  22. 22. Lawn LAWN ALTERNATIVES: ~ Irish Moss, Blue Star Creeper, Baby’s Tears ~ Buffalo Grass ~ Eco Lawn <ul><li>Choose locally adapted grass </li></ul><ul><li>Keep length slightly long (2.5 to 3.5 inches) </li></ul><ul><li>Water deeply </li></ul><ul><li>Use push mower </li></ul><ul><li>Leave grass clipping on the lawn </li></ul><ul><li>Use corn gluten as a natural weed killer </li></ul><ul><li>Spot-treat weeds with common full-strength vinegar on a sunny day </li></ul>
  23. 23. Gardening Sustainable Approach <ul><li>Each plant is part of a whole system </li></ul><ul><li>Starts with soil health and management </li></ul><ul><li>Choose the right plant for the site and climate </li></ul><ul><li>Control weeds, insects, diseases </li></ul><ul><li>Use correct cultural practices </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Variety selection, mulching, planting dates, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>May take several years to amendment soils, control weeds </li></ul><ul><li>Not an “overnight fix”, but will show improvement over time </li></ul><ul><li>See what methods work best for you and the areas you are gardening </li></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><li>Build Healthy Soil </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Compost – make it! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fertilizer – leaves, branches, roots, weeds, lawn clippings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Worms – raise as a family; “Can-o-worms” magicworms </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Timing of Seeding ( Johnny’s Selected Seeds; Gardeners Supply Catalog) & Planting </li></ul><ul><li>Variety selection & crop rotation </li></ul><ul><li>Pest Control </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Biodiversity – many different types of plants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Natural pesticides – </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Weed Control </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mulching </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pull </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Plant a Tree </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Trees eat CO2 & clean up the air </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Family trees </li></ul></ul>Gardening
  25. 25. <ul><li>A NASA study found that the following indoor plants were most effective in removing formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide from the air: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bamboo palm </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Chinese evergreen </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>English ivy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Gerbera daisy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Janet Craig </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Marginata </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mass cane/corn plant </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mother-in-law’s tongue </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pot mum </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Peace Lily </li></ul></ul></ul>Gardening
  26. 26. <ul><li>Organic Pesticides --- if you must! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>;, </li></ul></ul><ul><li>PVC-free hoses </li></ul><ul><li>Water plants early in the day so foliage has time to dry; don’t promote diseases </li></ul>Garden Care Homeowners use proportionately 3-6 times more pesticides in their yards than farmers do on their crops.
  27. 27. H.D.R.A. Organic Guidelines <ul><li>Henry Doubleday Research Assoc. </li></ul><ul><li>No legal standing, just guidelines for organic gardening methods </li></ul><ul><li>Closely match European Union Guidelines for organic production in the U.K </li></ul>
  28. 28. H.D.R.A. Categories <ul><li>Best Practice, Acceptable, Qualified Acceptance, Not Recommended </li></ul><ul><li>Soil, manures and waste plant materials, fertilizers, rotation, pest management, etc. </li></ul>
  29. 29. Advantages <ul><li>No residues in food; less in human blood and fatty tissue </li></ul><ul><li>Fresher- no long distance shipping </li></ul><ul><li>Studies show organic produce is higher in some vitamins, especially Vitamin C </li></ul><ul><li>Washington State University study compared conventionally grown and organically grown apples; organic had a higher sugar content: acidity. Verified by a taste test panel. </li></ul>
  30. 30. Why Grow Organic <ul><li>Safer for the environment (air, water, soil) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No unwanted nitrates and salts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduces groundwater contamination </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Residues in soil </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Safer for wildlife and animals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Birds (encourage wildlife to control pests) robins/cutworms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Insects (no disruption of beneficial insects) lady bugs/aphids </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pets – may carry in chemicals on their paws; breakdown is slower when no water or sunlight </li></ul></ul>
  31. 31. THANK YOU
  32. 32. Please <ul><li>Fill Out Questionnaire </li></ul><ul><li>ENJOY your food from PIZZA FUSION!! </li></ul>