OUR FOOD CHOICES MATTER Posted on 20 Dec 07:10 , 4 comments

FOOD.  Without food, we would not survive.  Whether you are aware or not, our food choices make an impact every single day.
From Ecocentric
"Simply put, food is at the juncture of some of the most important issues facing our society (and world!): conservation, climate change, animal welfare, corporate control and consolidation, public health, fair labor and immigration, to name a few."

Now more than ever, the food choices we make are critical to our body and the planet.  It seems that every month, there is a new herbicide or pesticide approved for use on food.  More genetically modified or engineered "phood" are being approved and planted.  Commercial farming and factory farming are heavy pollution producers.

-It has been estimated that produce travels an average distance of 1500 miles before it is consumed

-Over 1 billion pounds of pesticides are used in the United State (US) each year and approximately 5.6 billion pounds are used worldwide source

-Pesticides kill
"The World Health Organization estimates that there are 3 million cases of pesticide poisoning each year and up to 220,000 deaths, primarily in developing countries. The application of pesticides is often not very precise, and unintended exposures occur to other organisms in the general area where pesticides are applied."

The stats above don't even take into account the cancer rates associated to pesticide use and consumption.

-We are losing seed & food varieties
"Using the metaphor of a tree, it charts the loss of U.S. seed variety from 1903 to 1983. And what you see is that we’ve lost about 93% of our unique seed strands behind some of the most popular produce"

-Global Corporations Control Commercial Seeds & Food production
" Today, three corporations control 53 percent of the global commercial seed market."
-Some of the imported food that the USDA deems edible are grown in toxic conditions!
"Garlic can be whitened by using chlorine or with a mixture of sulphur and wood ash. Whitening garlic helps to make it look healthier and more attractive to consumers. In fact this obsession with white foods has lead to the bleaching of many food products (flour, salt, sugar) using chlorine dioxide or benzoyl peroxide."
"Nearly 200 million farmers in China, India, Vietnam, sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America harvest grains and vegetables from fields that use untreated human waste."
Your choices make a huge impact on food and you are not alone.  There is a growing movement in this country to make better, healthier food choices.  More people are choosing to grow their own food and not just veggies and herbs.  Humanely raising meat is one of many ways to make a positive change.  Some call it homesteading and for some it's just a way of life.

What steps can we make to create a positive change?

-Grow your own food and grow it without synthetic pesticides or synthetic fertilizers

-Plant for the BEES to ensure continued success in the garden

-Eat less meat and "better meat" (humanely raised and locally raised)

-Support companies making a positive change

-Boycott companies who support biotech seeds and polluters

Since food is daily decision, each day brings a new opportunity to create a positive impact.  We're all in this together.  2017 will be our largest garden ever and a chance to continue making great things happen.  Mary's Heirloom Seeds will continue our efforts to protect seed diversity.  We will continue to volunteer at schools and other organizations.
Will you join us?
I hope you have enjoyed another educational article from Mary's Heirloom Seeds!

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More Info on Herbs, Growing & Recipes Posted on 9 Oct 07:36 , 0 comments

Our latest e-newsletter is PACKED with info on Herbs,
Herbal Remedies and Special Offers.  Check it out!

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October 8, 2015
It's been another busy week with questions ranging from Organic Plant food to growing and using herbs.
We've added several new seed combo packs including the Back to Basic Homestead pack, FALL Garden Pack and the Fall SUPER Garden pack.
Today we're adding another!  We also have a great deal on Mary's Organic Sprouting Kits.  
Complete details below.  Enjoy!
I've shared quite a few articles about the benefits of specific herbs on my personal blog and I'm (slowly) adding them to our new blog at Mary's Heirloom Seeds.  Check out these helpful links for more information on Herbs, Herbal remedies and DIY Tinctures
Herbal Kits    
We offer several unique options for 
There are many ways to use herbs for medicinal purposes and one of the is in a tincture.
An herbal tincture is simply an herbal extract.  Herbal remedies have been used throughout history to treat illnesses and ailments without "modern medicine" and pharmaceuticals.  Tinctures are easy to make, home remedies.  If properly prepared and stored, your tincture can last indefinitely.  Continue Reading

Special Offers this week are perfectly timed!
It's best to make these immune boosting herbal remedies before everyone around you starts to get sick!!!

NEW Herb Variety   
Added today at Mary's Heirloom Seeds
You can grow Horehound seeds and use the perennial herb plant in your own soothing teas, or if you are adventurous, in your own homemade candy.
Homesteader's Herb Packs    
Since we added the Back to Basics Homestead pack, we decided to offer 2 Homestead Herbal Packs.
Comfrey, Echinacea, Calendula, German Chamomile, Lemonbalm, Mugwort, Oregano, Peppermint and Yarrow
Arnica, Thai Basil, Calendula, Comfrey, Echinacea, Fennel, German Chamomile, Lavender, Lemonbalm, Mugwort, Oregano, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Toothache Plant and Yarrow.
We offer smaller Herb Combo packs including
SALE on Mary's Organic Sprouting Kits thru 10/15/15    
Choose from 2, 8 or 16 ounces of Organic Seeds with your Sprouting kit AND SAVE!
Special available thru 10/15/15

Also ON SALE thru Friday 10/10/15
Save on 1, 2 & 3 pound options!


Get and EXTRA pack of free seeds when you purchase Coconut Coir Pellets!
If you have additional questions please feel free to ask. 
Happy Planting,

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