Where Will the Food Come From!

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A growing, more affluent population competing for ever scarcer resources could make for an “unrecognizable” world by 2050, researchers warned at a major US science conference Sunday. The United Nations has predicted the global population will reach seven billion this year, and climb to nine billion by 2050, “with almost all of the growth occurring in poor countries, particularly Africa and South Asia,” said John Bongaarts of the non-profit Population Council.

To feed all those mouths, “we will need to produce as much food in the next 40 years as we have in the last 8,000,” said Jason Clay of the World Wildlife Fund at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). “By 2050 we will not have a planet left that is recognizable” if current trends continue, Clay said. The swelling population will exacerbate problems, such as resource depletion, said John Casterline, director of the Initiative in Population Research at Ohio State University.

But incomes are also expected to rise over the next 40 years — tripling globally and quintupling in developing nations — and add more strain to global food supplies. People tend to move up the food chain as their incomes rise, consuming more meat than they might have when they made less money, the experts said.

It takes around seven pounds (3.4 kilograms) of grain to produce a pound of meat, and around three to four pounds of grain to produce a pound of cheese or eggs, experts told AFP. “More people, more money, more consumption, but the same planet,” Clay told AFP, urging scientists and governments to start making changes now to how food is produced.

Population experts, meanwhile, called for more funding for family planning programs to help control the growth in the number of humans, especially in developing nations. “For 20 years, there’s been very little investment in family planning, but there’s a return of interest now, partly because of the environmental factors like global warming and food prices,” said Bongaarts. “We want to minimize population growth, and the only viable way to do that is through more effective family planning,” said Casterline.

You Need 10 Servings of Vegetables to Equal Just One Serving from 50 Years Ago!

Several excerpts from a very informative email I just received – by Jeannette Leduc at OrganicsPlus

You Need 10 Servings of Vegetables to Equal Just One Serving from 50 Years Ago!1

  • Just One of the Vital Minerals Lost was Regulating More than 300 Critical Body Functions.
  • The Same Thing Is Happening to Your Fruit.
  • And, It’s Getting Worse…

These days, the produce you buy at your local grocery store just doesn’t have the nutritional power that fruits and vegetables had just a few decades ago. Over farming, soil depletion, commercial fertilizer, hybrid crops and genetic modifications are slashing the nutrients found in your fruits and vegetables.

You’d have to eat 10 servings of spinach to get the same level of minerals from just one serving about 50 years ago.2

Producers create “hybrid” forms of your fruits and vegetables – not for their ability to store nutrients – but for their color, weight and shelve life. Why? So they’ll look nice and pretty when they sit under the fluorescent lights of your supermarket.

You may think they look nutritious, but “under the hood,” they contain little more than indigestible cellulose, sugar and water…..(snip)

Your Food Supply has Changed:
You’re Eating Fruit with No Vitamins… Vegetables with No Minerals…

We first began to know that there was a problem back in 1936. A group of doctors introduced Document No. 264 to the floor of the United States Senate. It was a dire warning that the mineral content of the soil was eroding. Vegetables were losing their power and people were at risk. Unfortunately Congress did nothing.

Today, we’re feeling the effects…

For instance, just look at the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) nutritional values for fruits and vegetables today compared to 1975.3

Take a look at the loss of vitamins and minerals Since 1975:

  • Apples, vitamin A is down 41%
  • Sweet peppers, vitamin C is down 31%
  • Watercress, iron is down 88%
  • Broccoli, Calcium and vitamin A are down 50%
  • Cauliflower, vitamin C is down 45%; vitamin B1 is down 48%; and vitamin B2 is down 47%
  • Collards greens, vitamin A is down 45%; potassium is down 60%; and magnesium is down 85%

According to USDA’s own numbers, the vitamin and mineral content has dramatically plummeted – in just 30 years!

Notice minerals like iron and magnesium have dropped by more than 80 percent. That’s from commercial farming technology and powerful fertilizers that practically sterilize the soil – leaving it with little to no mineral content.

If the soil doesn’t have minerals, there’s no way for vegetables to absorb them.

And that’s bad news for your health… Magnesium regulates over 300 body functions every day and is so critical to heart health and healthy glucose metabolism.*

But the story doesn’t end there. I wasn’t the only one to realize your fruits and vegetables don’t pack the nutritional punch they used to… A report from the University of Texas in Austin, also tracked the decline of nutrients in produce.

They reported findings at a recent meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in St. Louis. They found significant drops in a wide range of produce across the board, including a  20 percent decline in vitamin C and a 38 percent plunge in vitamin B2.

What’s worse, fruit and vegetable growers create “hybrids” for the sake of making their produce “look better.” They actually create new versions of all your favorites so they have more water, more sugar, more pith (The indigestible support tissue like the white fibrous netting around an orange section) and less of everything else.

Growers call this the “dilution effect.” For them, more water and more pith helps their produce ship well, look good and weigh a lot. But it virtually wipes out their vitamin and mineral content.

The plunge in nutrients in your produce over the last 30 to 50 years is bad enough. But it is rapidly getting much worse. Genetic hybrids are pushing nutrient values even lower.

A popular broccoli hybrid called “Marathon” is an alarming example:

By the USDA’s own admission, levels of calcium and magnesium in the Marathon hybrid are 35 percent lower than other hybrids. The hybrids themselves are 50 percent lower in calcium and magnesium than “normal” broccoli. And the “normal” broccoli has less than half the calcium and magnesium than broccoli did in 1975!

In less than 50 years, the mineral, vitamin and antioxidant value native to fruits and vegetables has been virtually “destroyed” – robbing you of the natural vital nutrients you need every day….(snip)

You Have Over 280 Deadly Chemicals and Toxins Flowing through Your Blood – And they’ve Been there Since the Day You Were Born…

Living in the 21st century affords you many luxuries. High-speed computers… cell phones… air conditioning and plasma TVs… but the chemicals and industrial solvents that make them possible are poisonous. And they’re flowing through your blood as you read this letter.

In 2005, the nonprofit Environmental Working Group published the results of a sobering study. After analyzing the blood of newborn babies from around the country, they discovered 287 chemicals and other toxins.5 One of the pesticides that turned up the most was a by-product of DDT – a pesticide banned in 1972.

They also found:

  • 76 chemicals that damage cells in humans and animals.
  • 94 that are toxic to the brain and nervous system.
  • 79 that are toxic to a developing fetus.

At this point in history, we’re being poisoned before we take our first breath! But this is not limited to newborns. Not too long ago, PBS aired a Bill Moyers special called “Trade Secrets: A Moyers Report.” In it, Bill Moyers volunteered to have his blood and urine tested for chemical and toxic threats.6

The results were not surprising: Eighty-four distinct chemicals, solvents and toxins that are known to be harmful to your health. These chemical residues – termed the “chemical body burden” – are present in every human being on this planet, regardless of where you live or what you do.

Dr. Michael McCally of Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York, who led the research team for the Bill Moyers report made this comment: “Current ‘normal’ body burdens of dioxin and several other [chemicals] in humans are at or near the range at which toxic effects occur in laboratory animals.”

The message is clear: Studies on animals show that the average person is carrying enough toxins to cause serious DNA damage…..(snip)

To Your Good Health,

Jesse Cannone

1 Heinrich, Elmer. The Root of All Disease.
2 Heinrich, Elmer. The Root of All Disease.
3 Vegetables without Vitamins. Life Extension Magazine. March 2001.
4 Better than Vitamins. Newsweek. April 25, 1994.
5 Environmental Working Group. Body Burden – The Pollution in Newborns. July 14, 2005. http://www.ewg.org.
6 http://www.pbs.org/tradesecrets/problem/bodyburden.html

The facts presented above really explain why you need to grow your own food to control the variety and quality of seeds grown if you can grow a garden. If not, MyOrganicAcres provides a way for you to have a virtual garden grown for you organically from heritage seed varieties for maximum nutrition and flavour with the produce shipped fresh to you in a couple of days. As a free or basic member of MOA you also can purchase produce from a growing network of organic farms through the Farmer’s Market.

Why Your Grocery Bill Will Double This Year and What You Can Do About It

By Jeannette Leduc of organicsplus.info

The following website http://www.backyardfoodproduction.com/why-your-grocery-bill-will-double
Explains “Why Your Grocery Bill Will Double this Year and What You Can Do About It”

There is a series of videos capturing a 40 minute presentation given to a standing room only crowd at Brave New Books; in Austin, TX.

Marjory Wildcraft presents:
– Real price increases versus CPI fiction
– The vulnerability of the US food supply
– Debunking the US ‘Bread Basket to the World” myth
– The 3 biggest factors pushing up food prices.
– Getting started with backup food supplies.
– How much land do you need to be food self-reliant.
– How much water do you need.
– Getting started right now! Specific directions for everyone.

It explains very well why you want to have your own garden at MyOrganicAcres if you can not grow your own garden or to supplement what you grow.

Fresh Cranberry Relish – Jeannette Leduc OrganicPlus.info

This is a great recipe for Cranberry Relish that I tried at Christmas.

I did find the orange peel a little overpowering so try it with just half of the orange peel (organic) and taste it to see if you want to add more of the peel. I started with just ½ cup of organic sugar then added only another 2 tablespoons when I tasted it an hour later as I like food less sweet. You could try it with Stevia instead of sugar.

From http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/cranberry_relish/

Cranberry Relish Recipe

Preparation time: 15 minutes.

Ingredients

• 2 cups washed raw cranberries
• 2 skinned and cored tart apples
• 1 large, whole (peel ON) seedless orange, cut into sections
• 1 to 2 cups granulated sugar (depending on how sweet you would like your relish to be)

Method
1 Set up the grinder with a medium-sized blade on the edge of a table with a large roasting pan or bowl to catch the mix as it grinds. These old fashioned grinders tend to leak some of the juice down the grinder base, so you may want to set up an additional pan on the floor under the grinder to catch the drips. If you don’t have an old-fashioned grinder you can use a grinder attachment on a KitchenAid mixer, you can chop by hand (though that will take a lot of work), or you can chop in a food processor (be very careful not to over-pulse, or you’ll end up with mush).

Food Costs Are Increasing!

MANILA/MILAN (Reuters) – World food prices hit a record in January and recent catastrophic weather around the globe could put yet more pressure on the cost of food, an issue that has already helped spark protests across the Middle East.
Up for the seventh month in a row, the closely watched Food and Agriculture Organization Food Price Index on Thursday touched its highest since records began in 1990, and topped the peak of 224.1 in June 2008, during the food crisis of 2007/08.
“The new figures clearly show that the upward pressure on world food prices is not abating. These high prices are likely to persist in the months to come,” FAO economist and grains expert Abdolreza Abbassian said in a statement.
Surging food prices have come back into the spotlight after they helped fuel the discontent that toppled Tunisia’s president in January and have spilled over to Egypt and Jordan, raising expectations other countries in the region would secure grain stocks to reassure their populations.
World Bank President Robert Zoellick urged global leaders to “put food first” and wake up to the need to curb increased price volatility.
“We are going to be facing a broader trend of increasing commodity prices, including food commodity prices,” he told Reuters in an interview.
SUPPLY THE KEY
A series of weather events hitting key crops is likely to keep up the pressure on food prices as a massive cyclone batters Australia, a major winter storm ravages U.S. crop belts and flooding hits key commodity producer Malaysia.
National Australia Bank agribusiness economist Michael Creed said food markets may take a while to regain equilibrium.

“The broadbased nature of what crops have been wiped out over the past year means that it’s going to take a while to actually rebuild and get production back in line with consumption,” he said.
White sugar futures hit a record high and raw sugar futures rose to their highest in more than 30 years on fears of the damage Cyclone Yasi would bring to the Australian cane crop.
The worst winter storm for decades in the United States drove wheat futures to the highest in nearly 2-1/2 years, and Malaysian palm oil prices are at 3-year highs as flooding hit crops.

What’s in it for You? Why you should eat your… radishes!

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by Claudia Beck, Organic Acres Host and Organic Living Aficionado

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Every vegetable has at least some health benefits. In fact, there is rarely a reason not to eat any veggie unless you have an allergy to it or simply do not like the taste or texture.

Then there are some vegetables that are just absolute powerhouses of nutrition. These you should keep in mind to eat more often or even daily if possible. And radishes, as uncommon as they are in many households, are one of these nutritional dominators.

Thus, there are many reasons to include radishes in your meals other than their aesthetic value to your favorite cold or hot dishes. These brightly colored veggies are not only loaded with delicious, sweet + pungent crunchiness, but are packed with nutritional value as well.

Radishes are extremely low in fat, calories and cholesterol (allows you to eat a lot of them) while being very high in dietary fiber (which is great for your digestion).  Radishes also contain a multitude of vitamins and minerals.

Specifically radishes are loaded with many vitamins, some of which include:

  • C = good for your immune system, skin and eyes as well as aiding in the prevention of some illnesses and diseases
  • K = good for your blood, aids your body in healing, helps you to absorb calcium
  • B6 = good for your nerves, blood and brain, helps to regulate your body’s basic functions including women’s monthly cycles
  • riboflavin – a.k.a. vitamin B2 = helps produce energy, good for your blood, aids the growth of body tissues and reproductive organs, helps regulate the thyroid; helps to prevent some common diseases; assists and safeguards your skin, nervous system, growth process, eyes and much more
  • folate – a.k.a. vitamin B9 = is a catalyst for several body functions; helps prevents several major diseases; maintains blood health; helps reduce some birth defects

Radishes’ mineral content is impressive too which includes the following: potassium, calcium, iron, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, zinc and several more. Minerals are very important for the body to be able to function correctly such as keeping bones and muscles healthy and the brain functioning properly. They also help deter many common ailments and help ward off diseases.

To round out the superabundance of health benefits that radishes afford you, they also are rich in anti-bacterial and anti-fungal components. For this reason they are sometimes used in the treatment of a variety of medical ailments.

While radishes are not generally known to be in most people’s daily diet plans, their high nutritional value may cause you to change your mind about that. Radishes are easy to incorporate in your every day menu plans — sliced raw in salads, chopped or diced into cooked dishes such as tossed with rice or sprinkled over chicken, or served simply as a lovely and tasty garnish crinkle cut in half along with your other favorite raw organic veggies and fruits.

Your Kids CAN Love ’em Too!

Can’t get your kids to “love” radishes? Cool off their taste buds by serving slim slices of radishes along with a chilled bowl of organic ranch dressing, low-fat organic sour cream or their favorite low-fat organic yogurt sauce for delicious dipping fun. Mix their radish munchies with other veggies they enjoy such as cooling organic cucumbers and crispy organic baby carrots.

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Claudia Beck has been a green and natural living advocate for over 20 years. Now, as a business owner, wife and Mom dedicated to the health of her family, she aims to publicly educate and promote to others the innumerable benefits of an organic lifestyle.

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