More on CSAs & Biodynamics

cherrytreeblossomingI found a great place that explains CSAs in very concise, clear terms that I think might help a lot of people. Here’s the link: http://www.biodynamics.com/csa.html Your first question is going to be the same as my question: what the heck is biodynamics? Succinctly, the founder of the movement, in the late 1920s and early 1930s put it this way: “Essentially, biodynamic farming and gardening looks upon the soil and the farm as living organisms.”

Now, I, for one, have to say “duh.” Yet, so much of our current farming is exactly what this is NOT. What I also find extremely funny, in that odd sort of funny way, is that the movement was started by Rudolf Steiner. Anyone who is familiar with early 20th century Theosophy, Freemasonry, and anthropology will know who he was. I have read a lot of his works. Yet, I knew NOTHING about this other side of his work.

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What’s a Suburbanite to do? Part 2

Yesterday, I walked into the chiropractic office where I work and found a small mass of women and children waiting to flood the reception area. After I greeted all of them, I found out that they were all there to share food. Each one had brought a “piece” of a complete meal; every week, they took turns on sharing their recipes, their garden bounty, and their knowledge of whole, good foods. Every week, they would have a meal already prepared and ready to go. This week it was moussaka, rainbow (cabbage) salad, granola, and pesto. All of these things were fresh and handmade with organic or sustainably raised meats. The office smelled great for hours.

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What’s a Suburbanite to do? Part 1

foodMy friend Bev stated her dilemma: obtaining good, healthy, chemical-free food is hard in suburbia. In her case, she lives in a small city that is drowned out by the rest of the SF Bay Area. She has a tiny yard and she can’t really grow much. For me, living directly IN San Francisco, it’s certainly difficult to find space much less anything else to grow your own. However, I had this determination not to eat any more genetically modified (GM) food. These days, over 80% of the corn and soybeans in this country, if not organic, are GM. That’s a frightening thing. Seed companies and their owners, chemical manufacturers, have modified the heck out of everything. However, that’s a subject for another post.

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A New View

comapssstar3In an attempt to figure out who owns whom, I’ve been looking at the big manufacturers and seeing where they have their fingers. Are they really, like the food pundits believe, have their fingers in everything? Here’s what I found out…

First of all, there really are the “biggies” and everyone else. Christopher Cook is right when he says “As money and holdings change hands, these firms expand and deepen their control over market sectors and distribution channels , making consolidation seamless.”

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What goes in…

There’s that old saying in computer land – “Garbage In, Garbage Out.” Never does that seem to be more true than with our food. Every day, we eat. We must. Food is the fire that fuels us, makes us go. It helps us rebuild ourselves when we are injured or sick and it provides us the raw materials we need to keep regenerating throughout our lives. Our lives are getting longer and the food we eat becomes even that much more important.

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