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Happy Fathers Day..Now start teaching your family how to grow your own food.This is why?/ Keep on reading...

Once upon a time , I asked a 4-H  eight years old , who was taking one of my gardening  class session-   :"Where do the Tomatoes come from?"
His answer was: " P" Supermarket!!!  He did not say the farm or garden ,because he grew up in a city.He never before saw a tomato growing on a vine at a farm or garden!!


Back to the NOW:There are rumors news circulating  by the main stream media about this subject ." Publix trying to buy Whole Foods"..
Is it for real..I do not know??? But is it  worth checking from a farmers point of view? Yes!.

First read  the first hand  news as per the WPB POST regarding the alleged Publix  acquisition :

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/business/report-publix-may-be-trying-to-buy-whole-foods/ngGHR/

Going back into the nineties where I remember there were a cluster of Health Food Stores, here in South Florida , either run by Pop and Mom / family owned/small business enterprenuers or even relatively smalerl companies  like: Wholy Harvest,Wild Oats ,Bread of LIfe ,Nutrition World etc..They are now history and no more .Surprisingly enough the majority were and some were sold and  acquired by Whole foods giant or simply went out of business !

I remember also those pioneer farmers/vitamin -family owned or small businesses like:Shaklee , Solgar , Solary etc..They disapeared or were  acquired  by a giant corporation : Nutracueticals!
Some one might say , nort totally true as we still have them around..Correct.They are still around as the original name was kept but the acquuisition took place while you are unaware and  still so???

Enter the end of small and family businesses /diversity , and the beginning age of HEALTH  FOOD /VITAMINS  monopoly in the Organic food industry !

To back up my statement about the disappearing MOM and POP Health Food Stores, I will mention one that used to exist in Delray Beach for 38 years.Nutrition Cottage is the one I am talking about.The owners are Mark and Karen a Pop and Mom..They had to close down the store as they could not afford the  increase of rent .How many cared or noticed? I did .Mark was a big supporter of LOCAL Organic Farmers.He even invited me several times to give Organic Gardening Seminars at his Health Food Store.Not only did I lose a supporter to local farmers but we all lost the only Health Food Store in Delray Beach..and on top 15 jobs were lost.

Talk about a growing job market and  economy, just add more misinformation   baloney by the main stream media.By the way, Mark told me that he called all local main stream media to do a coverage , none showed up!!!



Lately , I read in  a localharvest newsletter how we as Farmers , are losing grounds as more farms and farmers disappear :
http://www.localharvest.org/newsletter/20140529/

  I noticed that  more AGRARIAN land is being \transformed into  by developments here in south Florida and beyond ,please refer to my previous article onEarth Day/ Everglades Ag. Reserve :
http://www.localharvest.org/blog/20618/entry/celebrating_the_coming_earth_day

Why are we so silent and reluctant to stand up against the disappearing farms and farmers???
Why are we not active at claiming our responsibilty to protect the agrarian and fertile soil?
Why are we not teaching  our children and grandchildren the farming and gardening skills that we have learned from our fathers .Our country was built by pilgrims who were farmers.Our founding fathers  like Jefersson and Washington were farmers.
Why are you not a PRODUCING gardener / farmer but rather  a consumer who rushes to the supermarket to buy rather than grow your own food???

It is not a secret anymore  that  Russia invaded Ukraine because it is the Bread Basket of Europe:http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?page=43&t=717050

Quote:" The eastern part of Ukraine bordering Russia is home to more than 15 million ethnic Russians and remains literally the bread basket of eastern Europe, with some of the richest soil on earth. In 2009 Ukraine was the world's third largest grain exporter after the USA and EU, and ahead of Russia and Canada.[1] Ukraine's famous black soil, chornozem, is considered the most fertile in the world, and covers two-thirds of Ukraine.[2] The area around the rivers Dnieper and Dniester is the only place in the world where the width of the so-called ‘sweet’ black soil reaches 500 km. This soil is exceptional in providing very high quality harvests and belongs to the national wealth. Western agribusiness companies such as Monsanto, Cargill, ADM and Kraft Foods are reportedly salivating over the prospect of an end to the internal Ukrainian political stalemate in hopes of exploiting these resources. " Unqoute.

By the way do you know who owns some of the  the big Agri-seeds/food industries in the US?

Monsanto  and ADM and KRAFT and ...OH...Who owns KRAFT? Your famous cigarette /tobacco company REYNOLD  ROTHMANS  ...Off course you know who owns Monsanto??



Do you need more motivation to start growing your own food?Just do it for the sake of yourchildren if not for your own sake !


Happy Fathers Day...Go Grow a Productive FOOD  Garden....You fail only when you STOP  trying!!Need help? Contact a farmer near you in South Florida :localharvest.org/farms/M20618
 
 

Most Green/Farmer markets are not who they claim they are .Where are the locally grown organic produce coming from?

I want to give you some samples of the Farmer Markets and Green Markets  that I visit. 

There is a Farmer Market that has shirts worn by their employees reading FARMERS MARKET that is by day a FLEA MARKET and by  night a DRIVE IN MOVIE.

There is a FARMER MARKET plaza  .No farmers on sight, just a supermarket.

There are Green markets stretched out on the ocean fronts caterring to the  tourists and the rich who live at ocean front condos and mansions .No local farmers to be found at the booths.Just grocery store booths selling produce from Mexico and California.

Most say they have  locally grown organic fresh produce fresh and just harvested , as one of the the signs say,but there are no farmers and no such papers and certifications to back it up.

Actually there are no farms left around here after the developers tore down the fertile soil and built gated communities that bear the names of the previous standing  groves instead.

Most people go to the Green/Farmer markets and buy produce that is sold buy grocery stores that  buy the produce whole sale and most of it comes from out of state/country.

S510 has been signed  into  LAW by the president last tuesday , this will impact the situation even worse as far as Urban small farmers are concerned.

They survive on produce they grow and sell.Where?

Making it difficult for them by introducing more permits/licences/inspection etc will not help bring in more locally grown organic produce to the markets especially:Green/farmer markets.

I beleive that we need to support small local farmers and not discourage them.Where are the laws that do so?Where are the real farmers?Read dfown below as the Wall Street Journal tackle the subject:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703404004575198270918567074.html

Next time you visit a farmer market or green market ask for supporting documents as for who is the farmer and where is the farm that the produce came from?

The NBC* investigation  below as reported by the Huffington post should reach to the eyes and ears of the public that is most of the time is fed misinformations as  Food safety and sources are concerned.It stands tall and applauded  to tell a truth/fact that has been suppressed by the press in general.Check it out:

www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/30/farmers-market-scam-are-y_n_744954.html ·

 

The main stream media speaks for conventional Agri-Business who use pesticides and chemicals .Who speaks for small urban farmers?

Big-Agri Business  collect money when the harvest gets damaged by cold fronts or storms etc.. under the emergency laws.Do they collect  from insurance companies as well ?

Produce prices have rocketed recently  after the last freeze.Do anyone subsidize for the consumer prices?

Business as usual caters for profits.Is the time ripe to cater for truths and real Farmer markets and Green Markets ?.

Food safety is important to all , why not also pass a bill for Farmers rights and Farmers Markets that really mean who they are:FARMERS not MERCHANTS!

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