Posts Tagged ‘gardening’

Lima Beans

December 23, 2008

Here are our first Lima Beans from the garden.

Considering that we are living on lava and need to grow everything in raised beds, the earth has been very generous. We only planted 4 lima beans. All four seeds germinated and are now heavy with pods. We will save some of the seed and replant again soon.

Our black eyed peas were also very prolific. We planted only 8 seeds and harvested a 16oz container of beans. We will replant some of the seeds and eat the rest as part of our traditional New Years meal of Black Eyed Peas.

Peace, Paul

lima-beans

Blown Away

April 25, 2008

Friends,

Here is an article entitled: Study Based on Farmers’ Experience Exposes Risks of GE Crops.

The article is a little technical, but has some good information.  The question which we should all be asking ourselves, as we face a worldwide food shortage and even food rationing in the U.S. is, are Genetically Engineered crops really the answer?

In my mind the issues around food, resource distribution, and world hunger have a lot to do with the massive shift to industrial agriculture and away from small local sustainable farming. 

Recently I had the very good fortune to give some talks on Genetic Engineering at the the University of Hawaii at Hilo.   What blew my mind though was the the students’ general lack of knowledge about agriculture, farming, or even gardening.  In one of the classes not a single student of the the 25 or so present had even grown vegetables in a garden!  I was completely stunned.  I had just assumed that most people had some minimal exposure to growing food.  That is obviously not the case.

The statistic on farming is that less than .01% of the US population is involved in agriculture.   The students at the University made this statistic very real for me.

Consequently I had to spend a tremendous amount of time during my talk explaining very basic things about farming – like how plants grow and pollinate, how they are planted and how they can be harvested.   I gave information on all of the things that go into growing food on large farms (Industrial Ag.) and small family farms.   I talked about organic agriculture and sustainability.

Let me say it again, I was stunned by what these students did not know about the growing of food!

It cannot be good for people to be this disconnected from the land and the source of the food upon which their lives depend.

Peace,  Paul