- Oct 2010
Man, if only the science nerds could come up w/ a way to plant crops so they could work together symbolically. Then they could create plants that took different nutrients from the soil. If they could do something like planting different crops different years. Man...thats a billion dollar idea. You can have it.
I gotta jump on the fake news bandwagon concerning "organic" vs. "chemical-based" agriculture. I think almost all the corporate reporting on the benefits of chemical-based agriculture is fake news. I instinctively do not trust "consumer advocacy" organizations dissing "organic" farming with names like The American Council on Science and Health (ACSH). Doesn't that sound so nice, so science-based? The American Council on Science and Health is a pro-corporate advocacy organization funded by ........ guess who??
I know organic farmers. I've grown organic gardens since the mid 70s. I showed my dad, who instilled my love of growing food, how to grow beautiful tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, and melons in Houston without dusting them with diazinon or malathion. He was amazed.
I've watched how bugs go after weak plants and leave the strong ones alone. I've watched the predators appear and feast on the weak plants' bugs, and how they then keep the occasional bug off the strong plants.
I've watched western Colorado fruit orchards go organic. I just bought some beautiful crackling sweet organic Honeycrisp apples for $1.69/lb. The "non-organic" Honeycrisps were $3.49/lb. So even the "cost more" myth is just that: a myth.
I watched how it took the orchard owners some time to make the switch. It takes time to restore the predator population, but it can be done.
And then, there's the connection that modern, "science-based" logical folk just can't seem to accept. Plants turn shit into food. Right now, humans measure "civilization" by how well they hide their shit. Instead of using it to grow food, we pollute water with it, and add nitrogen to the ubiquitous dead zones around the mouths of our rivers.
Absolutely nothing is better than shit for growing healthy plants and improving the soil structure.