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Let’s see….I started blogging about FL gardening because I couldn’t find a suitable resource. All the books I read on the subject didn’t really address the unique concerns FL gardeners face. Things like 94% humidity with 98 degree temps and absolutely no breeze. Or sun that bakes literally everything in the yard, and hard, sandy soil.

Another big reason that I started this is because food production in this country is abysmal. The produce that is available to most Americans usually doesn’t even come from this country and is treated with numerous chemicals to keep it from spoiling. I’m a firm believer that food production needs to be on a smaller scale. We have huge corporations running the show now, with GMO seeds and toxic, poisonous chemicals being sprayed all over our food. So much so, in fact, that there have been reported cases of severe and disfiguring birth defects in children born to the farm workers who have been exposed to these chemicals.

Runoff from huge farms is causing toxicity in our oceans, causing abnormal algea blooms and depriving sealife of oxygen. Our irresponsible food production practices are literally destroying life as we know it, and for the most part, Americans have no clue. It’s high time we started taking more of an interest in what is going into our bodies, and the bodies of our children.

Ideally, each community would have it’s own garden, producing healthy foods free of poisonous chemicals. This garden is my attempt to have a food supply that is grown in a clean and safe manner.

If you’re new to these concepts, I urge you to do your research. Use search engines to look up the effects of commercial farming on the environment. I urge you to look up the negative effects of GMO seeds, and what they’re being used for. We need to start paying much more attention to these things. I often wonder why parents aren’t more concerned about this. For instance, we worry deeply about the people we allow to watch our children, such as babysitters or teachers. But we generally don’t think twice about where our food comes from, or who has handled it,  who grew it, what company owns the farms and do they adhere to ethical business practices? I use the dollar voting method, i.e. every dollar spent is a vote. I would like to vote for only beneficial things, like sustainability and toxin-free products.

Anyway, I’m historically a terrible gardener but I genuinely love plants and I do worry about the effects that conglomo-farming has on the environment and our bodies. It’s not just about being a tree-hugging hippie so I hope those of you who think I’m nuts can understand that.

I welcome feedback and comments; like I said, I’m new at this and I know I will make mistakes along the way. I hope I can inspire more home gardeners in FL and throughout the country to dedicate a small space in their yard to a veg/fruit garden.

Happy Gardening!

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  1. luv_flowers permalink*
    March 11, 2010 7:41 am

    Talk about “conglomo-farming”, what about Monsanto? Or the fda taking that scientist from Ecuador? Lotsa bad stuff happening with the government and the environment.

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