Miolea Organic Farm

  (Adamstown, Maryland)
Organic Farming from a City Boy's Perspective
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Agrication - [Ag-ri-kay-shun];  1. Verb;  The act of educating people about their food source and why the industrial food complex is doing the exact opposite.  2. Noun; One who takes a weeks vacation from their full time, off farm income job, to work full-time on the farm.

Iowa recently passed a law called the "Ag-Gag".  This law makes it illegal to go into large animal farms and slaughterhouses, undercover, to document animal and environmental abuses.  Seems the big concentrated animal farms are tired of being exposed for the deplorable conditions and actions employees take at their corporations.  Other states have tried to pass similar legislation and thankfully, have not succeeded.  This legislation was conceived and sponsored by ALEC.  ALEC stands for the American Legislative Exchange Council and is funded by some major fortune 500 companies.  What does ALEC do?  Basically it writes legislative briefs or whitepapers and lobbies for causes that benefit its sponsors. Their sole reason for existence is to influence politicos. 

All you need to know is the two middle words of their name.  Legislative Exchange, broken down; legislative stands for laws, exchange stands for what the corporations get from those changes in the law.  Okay, maybe I am the only one that sees the correlation between the former and the latter but it is too rich not to draw the conclusion or collusion if you will.  ALEC by the way was the chief architect of the “Stand Your Ground” laws. 

We have always been big into Agrication.  Besides being an environmentally sustainable operation our mission includes education.  We hold educational tours, seminars, speaking engagements and hands on classes.  More and more I am talking to people that get it and are asking informed questions.  Ten years ago conversations with customers centered on the type of vegetables and how they tasted.  Today people are more likely to talk about sourcing their food and sustainability.  I get plenty of questions about chemicals, general gardening, insects, native plants, humane farming, poly-cultures, colony collapses and other aspects of fruit and vegetable growing.  Agrication forms the backbone of helping people understand why industrial farming is harming our environment, making people ill and affecting the ecology negatively.  Our intent is to inform, if people decide to support their local farmers then in a big way the surrounding community has benefited.

We are in a major shift in our society’s way of viewing food and sustenance.  Books covering topics such as living off local food and sourcing your food have been great sellers and continue to be referenced. This has to happen if our future generations are to live in an environment that will not harm them because they breathe, eat or drink water. 

We all owe due diligence for our future generations, we cannot be so shortsighted and profit driven that we rape the very earth that will sustain our future family.  We learned from the dust bowl, why cannot we learn from castrated bullfrogs, feminized bass, upper-respiratory issues, food-borne allergies, illnesses, anti-biotic resistant bacteria and sometimes death.  What will it take?

Buy Local: There is too much at stake not to.


GMO Must Go

Why did the goverment of Mexico outlaw ALL GM (genetically modified) foods, especially corn?  Then only to discover that strains of GMO corn have made their way into the corn fields of Mexican farmers.  They Mexican government had the foresight to see that what represents their national pride, their heritage should not be tinkered with.  The Mexican government simply wanted to keep what is there mainstay as pure as possible.  Corn is their way of life always has been.  Maize was discovered in Mexico from the teosinte genus.  Go to www.hulu.com and search for the "Future of Food", it is a documentary that discusses corn and its origin.  You will also find that GMO is not as safe as the IFC pretends.

This documentary on how genetic engineering was accomplished, how seeds are patented and then used as a big stick to force farmers into the herbicide ready club was the fore bearer of Food Inc.,  We are at a cross roads in our concepts of food, where you see grass root efforts like the slow food, buy local food, and support local farms movements spawn because of this.  We have groups like Ark of Taste which is a movement to bring back heritage breeds from pigs, cows and chickens to tomatoes and everything else that has been genetically modified to fit the needs of the profit motive not that of the taste of the consumer. 

GMO is part of the larger picture of food safety.  From my stand point trace amounts of nasty chemicals on the food, or pathogens that cause recall after recall year after year is a real concern.  Why? because consumers are losing their lives.  What got us growing organic food over twenty years ago was that we were eating more vegetables to get healthy but I kept hearing about trace amounts of chemicals being on what I was ingesting.  Not only that but vegetables were being imported from country's that used herbicides and insecticides that were ban in the U.S.

So, if I was ingesting trace amounts then why isn't that a problem?  According to scientific findings the trace amount of chemicals on the fruit or vegetable isn't concenrated enough to cause harm.  Okay, didn't science tell us that thalimide was safe, PCB's, DIOXIN, Agent Orange, Declomicin or (fill in the blank). 

I know there are people that spend their life's pursuit in the sciences and I have the greatest admiration for them.  To often the means of a few outweigh the detriment of the masses (think my old friend Atrazine).  Our history is littered with examples, current and past.

But my most base of all arguments is taste, the simple fact of taste.  Remember taste, remember when tomatoes tasted like sweet, soft, watery spheres of nirvana.  It has been said the reason organic fruits and vegetables taste better is that they have to struggle to get nutrients out of the ground.  Unlike conventional veggies that have ready supplies sprayed on them.  I've learned that which does not kill you serves to make you stronger.  In an organic plant that is basically the same concept.  When a plant is attacked by a predator the plant releases its own sent that attracks bugs that are predators of the bug eating its leaves.  This is how the plant has evolved and survived.  Evolution is why heritage and heirloom species taste so much better.  We all have been told nothing good ever comes from something easy, so too with the plant world.  The plant grows stronger and has a better taste then the plant that was sprayed with synthetic fertilizers and insecticides. 

I trust my taste buds, I know what is on my plants, I know that the more we allow large corporations to genetically modify food the greater susceptibility we all face from unknown genetic mutation and greater risk of bacterial out breaks caused by an increase in antibiotic resistant pathogens. 

We are in control of our own destiny, that of the earth's scarce resources and our future generations.  If we all don't start talking more about the negative affects the IFC has on all of these then it is our own fault.

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