You can earn 100 k off 25 acres of land, it has also been shown that the same can be done on 5 acres or less of land, this is the future of sustainable living. We can talk about the most important currency on the planet ‘food’ and we are talking about quality food made up of real minerals and vitamins. We need food to survive not money (watch Zeitgeist). What about those hot-house foods, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, the moment you bite into that hothouse tomato, what does it taste like? Does it taste like that juicy tasty tomato that came out of your grandmothers garden? If it tastes blah that means there are no vitamins and minerals in the tomato and that goes for all of the other hothouse foods.
We have become a lazy society and dependent on corporations growing our chemical, dyed injected GMO denatured food. We have given responsibility over to twisted ‘corporate conglomerates and governments’ our false gods before us to feed us with one agenda in mind, disease, control and profit. We continually complain about sickness and disease and erosion of our food supply, we are sick people because our food is sick. When does it stop? The solution is taking responsibility for ourselves, teaching our children and family; start growing our own foods, putting love back into our food. That is right bringing back family values. Bottom line take responsibility change starts with us with you. Learn how to grow your own food, the educating process of taking charge for self.
Canaries are very fond of hemp seed and you can readily teach your bird to take the seed from your fingers. It is a good plan to have something in the cage to amuse the bird, and we know of nothing better than toy bells, swings or spring perches.
Biodiesel is a vegetable oil-based fuel that runs in unmodified diesel engines – cars, buses, trucks, construction equipment, boats, generators, and oil home heating units. Biodiesel is usually made from hemp, soy or canola oil, and can also be made from recycled fryer oil (yes, from McDonalds or your local Chinese restaurant) or any other vegetable oil or animal tallow.
You can blend biodiesel with regular diesel or run 100% biodiesel. You can blend your percentages of biodiesel-to-diesel fuel at any ratio, at any time. This means you can be running b100 (100% biodiesel), get down to a quarter tank and add regular petroleum diesel and essentially be running b25 (25% biodiesel), then get down to near empty and add straight petroleum, straight biodiesel, or any percentage in between.
What are the benefits?
1) National security. Since biodiesel is made domestically, biodiesel reduces our dependence on foreign oil. That’s good.
2) National economy. Using biodiesel keeps our fuel buying dollars at home instead of sending it to foreign countries. This reduces our trade deficit and creates jobs.
3) Its sustainable & non-toxic. Biodiesel is 100% renewable… we’ll never run out of biodiesel. And if biodiesel gets into your water supply, there’s no problem – it’s just modified veggie oil! Heck, you can drink biodiesel if you so desire, but it tastes nasty (trust us).
4) Emissions. Biodiesel is nearly carbon-neutral, meaning it contributes almost zero emissions to global warming! Biodiesel also dramatically reduces other emissions fairly dramatically. We like clean air, how about you? Plus, the exhaust smells like popcorn or french fries!
5) Engine life. Studies have shown biodiesel reduces engine wear by as much as one half, primarily because biodiesel provides excellent lubricity. Even a 2% biodiesel/98% diesel blend will help.
6) Drivability. We have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t notice an immediate smoothing of the engine with biodiesel. Biodiesel just runs quieter, and produces less smoke.
Are there any negatives?
Of course. There is no perfect fuel.
1) Primarily that biodiesel is not readily available in much of the nation, although availability has jumped considerably in the last five years. Commercial consumption of biodiesel jumped from 500,000 gallons in 2000 to 15 million gallons in 2001 to 75 million gallons in 2006. And there’s no measure how much home-produced biodiesel there is.
2) Biodiesel will clean your injectors and fuel lines. If you have an old diesel vehicle, there’s a chance that your first few tanks of biodiesel could free up all the accumulated crud and clog your fuel filter. But this is a GOOD thing… think of it as kicking up dust around the house when you clean.
3) Biodiesel has a higher gel point. B100 (100% biodiesel) gets slushy a little under 32°F. But B20 (20% biodiesel, 80% regular diesel – more commonly available than B100) has a gel point of -15°F. Like regular diesel, the gel point can be lowered further with additives such as kerosene (blended into winter diesel in cold-weather areas).
4) Old vehicles (older than mid-90s) might require upgrades of fuel lines (a cheap, easy upgrade), as biodiesel can eat through certain types of rubber. Almost all new vehicles should have no problem with biodiesel.
5) Finally, the one emission that goes up with biodiesel is NOx. NOx contributes to smog. We feel that a slight increase (up to 15%) in NOx is greatly offset by the reduction in all other emissions and the major reduction in greenhouse gasses.
The decision to go organic is going to depend on you as an individual. Where are you at in your transition? Are you just starting to add in produce or have you been a long time user? If you are still working on how to get off of processed foods, white flour, sugar and dairy, focus on that. If you have a handle on eating healthfully and the difference between an organic salad and a non organic one is profound, it is time to make the switch. Wherever you are, be sure to chew well and savor every bite and you will find health returning to you or increasing in your life.
We need to understand what organic food is first, to understand its benefits. Food which is cultivated in natural ways, without the use of artificial fertilizers, various chemicals or pesticides is known as organic food. So now we can define what conventional food is. The answer: “All that which organic food is not“, well, mostly but not exactly as there are few similarities which can be explained. Both are cultivated by farming, both are considered edibles and both are agricultural products. The similarity ends here, as there are plenty of differences which should be considered when making food choices. Enlightening ourselves on the benefits of organic food is only the start to a healthy diet and lifestyle.
While shopping for fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, grains in a supermarket, you are not likely to find any differences in appearance between an organically grown banana and a non-organically grown banana. Both provide vitamins and other nutrients and typically, the conventional apple is priced cheaper than the organic one. However, knowing the difference between the two is vital for us to take advantages of these wonderful organic foods. The crux lies in the fact that a conventional apple might be giving you vitamins and other nutrients just as the organic one does, but on the other hand it is also including various other chemicals which can be detrimental to your health. The deterioration of your health far outweighs the gains achieved by the nutrients in the cheaper non-organic food.
Advantages of Conventional Food
If the positives and negatives of conventional food are accounted for, than surely, they beat organic food on few grounds. Primary advantages are the cost and vast production capability. Conventional food farming is well-practiced and is easily done throughout most of the world. Their production levels are huge and cannot be compared with organic farming. These conventional farms supply to the classes and the masses. However, we cannot ignore the fact that today, the quick and ease of conventional farming has made vegetables and fruits readily affordable for the underprivileged as well.
Another major advantage which conventional food has over organic food is – The Price. Non-organic food is priced much lower in comparison to organic food. Reason being they are not as cultivation sensitive as organic farming and the use of artificial chemicals has allowed production in bulk resulting in lower costs and eventually lower prices in the marketplace.
Advantages of Organic Food
Even with higher prices and typically fewer choices, organic grown foods offer many health benefits over conventional food. Organic foods can be blindly trusted for containing the best nutritional value for that particular item, plus it is void of any harmful chemical and pesticides. Organic food is also environment friendly, as it helps in preventing soil decay and water contamination. By preserving our natural resources we give ourselves an opportunity to live in a healthy environment while improving our own health from within.
The benefits of organic food are no longer debated, as they are obvious and understood all over the world. The rate of growth of organic food consumption has been tremendous over the past few decade. It is only matter of time when there won’t be any separate stands for organic food in stores, as the future belongs to them only.
Consumer concerns combined with increasing preferences for fresher products will also continue to fuel the local food movement and “local brands”. Closer sourcing for products should lead to the possibility of cheaper prices, which corresponds nicely with future expected rising food prices and consumer price consciousness. While this price consciousness among consumers will place pressures on some traditional products, consumers’ acceptance of higher prices for added-value products, such as sustainable or healthy items, will continue to support a green industry.
New technologies and innovations are expected that will cater to consumers’ increasing demand for production and transportation sustainability, food safety and traceability, and knowledge about the food they consume.