I have been growing vegetables since I was a child. In fact, when I was about 12 years old I used to grow sweet corn to sell at the local grocery. So, growing my own food has been a life long practice for me. But, now it is more important than ever to consider growing your own food and growing your food using organic methods.
I just finished an article on the herbicide Roundup(glyphosate). Roundup is used on the majority of field crops like corn and soybeans. It is now possible to use Roundup on these crops, as they have been “modified” to withstand the chemical on the plant. This is where we get the GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) crops that you hear about today. They have been engineered to withstand the use of Roundup and keep growing.
The problem is there are problems. One of the results of using this chemical is the way it kills the weeds. It starves the weed to death by shutting off some of the micronutrients to the plant. The result is you, also, do not get the micronutrient in the plant, the corn or bean plant, which the plant needs.
The animal that eats the corn or bean plant does not get the nutrients and the person who eats the animal does not get the nutrients. Every thing is tied together, you make one change and it changes everything down stream.
These crops now contain about 50 percent less manganese, 70 percent less zinc, less copper, iron, magnesium, etc. You can see how that will affect the end user of that plant.
Just the fact of having less nutrients to consume is enough to make you want to stay away from chemicals, but there’s more. It seems that Roundup promotes a fungus called fusaria. Fusaria is toxic to animals that eat the plant and, they think, to the people who eat the animal.
As I understand it, the fungus affects the digestive system of the animal that eats the plant. Your digestive system controls 80 percent of your immune system. That’s a very important point.
You may be thinking that does not bother me, as I do not eat meat. Hold on there gardener. The plant takes up the chemical into itself. It actually becomes a part of the plant. If it is affecting a cow, what will it do to you, directly? And, we are just talking about one chemical. There are tons and tons of other chemicals poured on our food crops each year. And, the large seed companies are now going after the garden seeds.
The point is God made the world in balance. Everything relates to each other. If one micronutrient is missing it has an effect on the plant and whatever eats the plant. When man messes with that balance the whole system gets unbalanced and we reap the returns through lack of good health. Just look at all the health problems our society is having today that did not exist a few years ago.
This is just one reason to grow your own food, so that you will know what went into the food and is going into your body and the body of all in your family.
Now, get out there and grow something.
Steve Wisley has been gardening organically for over a quarter of a century. He started this blog to guide others in starting and improving their organic garden to produce healthy, nutritious, great tasting food for their family, too.