Oh, Om, you know me. I love dirt. Nothin' wrong with a little shit that
time won't cure. Out in the garden, the shit is aged (it doesn't, as you
well know, doesn't go in green), subjected to UV radiation from good ol'
Mother Nature, and her helpmates, the fungi and the bacteria. Mother
Nature spinning gold from hay. Problem as I see it from 'ponics, is that
you would be growing with chem ferts and chem ferts and phyto-nutrients
don't seem to go together, from what I've read.
Always a pleasure to chat with you.
Proper composting is a MUST!
I can't help but think that that issue has been a major contributer to
the salad green E-coli contamination issue.
Somebody is not aging the shit properly!
When I compost, it's generally a minimum of 1 to 2 years. On the rare
occasion I ever used fresh duck poop, it was more of a "tea", using the
soiled water out of their swimming pool.
I black bag compost as I can NOT keep an open compost pile where I am. I
live in the 'burbs. Neighbors and all that.
Mm, there is that, but it would save me water costs.
If I use only Medina products, they are Organic.
labeling is the only answer. even the "cool" laws which requires labeling
food is not enforced. but if people started calling out the managers every time
shop and start asking them to identify "where does this come from" maybe they
If people want to eat GMOs and eat irradiated meat, that is
No argument here, but best check each and every product which has soy
or corn because most processed foods have both and between the Bt corn
and the "Round Up Ready" soy beans...geesh. People need to stop
having children for a while. Too much food for too many people. Now
Brazil is slashing and burning the rain forest again for soy farms.
but not for *food*. for ethanol. because people, especially
in the US don't want to give up their gas guzzling SUVS & use
the DOT and the major cities need to completely ban private
automobiles, and spend much more on light rail & other public
transport. the only way to get people to stop wasting fuel on
single occupant vehicles is to ban their use.
i live an hour & a half drive from Boston, but 20 minutes
from a train/bus station. i'd *really* rather take a train or
bus in than drive, but the schedules suck (in the early 90s
there was a bus to/from Boston to Manchester NH hourly. now it
We don't have good, reliable public transportation.
The US is also a MUCH bigger country than any one European country.
The North also gets more snow.
With the current price of gas, I'd be delighted to use it if it was
I am looking forward to the lite rail that will be going between Austin
and San Antonio in a few years.
Betcha I plan to use that thing!!!
That's a huge problem for many of us in the eastern/metro/Boston sorta
area. There isn't much public transportation. I'm fortunate in that
now there's a rail line that runs through my town right into Boston,
so I can go to Braintree, Quincy, etc. via railroad, but I can't get
to Brockton, or out to the western part of the state, nor can I easily
go north past Boston, without switching around on the T, etc. It's
not easy to get around this area without a car.
Ann, gardening in Zone 6a
South of Boston, Massachusetts
yeah, they *really* need to connect North & South Stations! we
took the train to NYC in January 2002 for a 5 day Linux show,
with an 16 month old child. trying to juggle baby, diaper bag
(i used cloth, so there were lots of diapers), suitcases, et
al out of North Station, down to the T, getting it all *onto*
the T, & off again at South Station was about the low point of
the trip. i was grateful i had never got into using a stroller
at that point. that would have only added to the mess.
parking in Boston is abysmal (but cheaper than NYC), so i
don't take the kid down nearly as often as i'd like, to go to
museums & stuff.
and now with the new tunnel & stuff i really hate driving
down toward South Shore & the Cape...
i'd guess less. the reason the US has more instances of e.coli
contaminated meat is because they push the slaughter lines so
fast. US lines run almost twice as fast as lines in Europe are
allowed. if the packers were allowed to "cold pasturize" the
meat, they'd push the lines even faster. the faster those
poor, underpaid workers have to go, the more mistakes, from
live cattle on the line, to knife slips, to contamination.
i take it you don't eat any rice grown in America then? there
was an 'oopsie' with the GM test rice... it has crosspolinated
with other rices & all rice in the US now has GM genetics...
which is why the USDA passed a rule allowing GM rice. it's all
there is here now, unless you seek out imported rice.
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