August Newsletter: It’s All About Grow Lights!


August Newsletter: It’s All About the Grow Lights!

August Newsletter #7
Table of Contents
A Word from our Editor, Grace Sylke
It’s All About Grow Lighs
A Grow Light Showroom, I mean Growroom
Fluorescent T5’s
600 Watt Halide
Induction Lights
Older LED’s
New LED’s
“The Need To Grow”, a food documentary in production
Aquaponics USA/World TV
Rosamond High Gets A Food Forevr Growing System
The Aquaponics USA Teacher Training Manual
The Aquaponics USA Resources & Curriculum Ideas Manual

A Word from our Editor, Grace Sylke
We’re once again getting this Newsletter out just prior to the end of the designated month; but the good news is we have a Monthly Newsletter that’s been well received and is growing in popularity thanks to everyone of YOU, our Subscribers.
We recently completed a four month Newsletter Series about the FOOD REVOLUTION from April-July, (if you haven’t seen that series, it’s quite a story; and all you need to do is click the above Link. Then read April-June before you read July as it’s a series.)
We are now back to sharing our experiences doing R&D in our Greenhouse and Growroom. This August Newsletter is all about the Grow Lights in our Growroom; and September is going to be about our Vertical Duffy Duct System in the Greenhouse.
It’s an ongoing adventure in R&D over here when you have an aerospace engineer designing the system. Speaking of R&D, you’re not going to believe what’s in the pipeline for our Indoor Food Forever™ Farms. It’s a game changer; but we won’t be sharing those plans for a while.
Suffice it to say, this new Aquaponics Technology has even caught us by surprise.
Quick Links:
What’s been happening at Aquaponics USA and Aquaponics World while we wrote about the Food Revolution in the past 4 months?  A LOT!
If you missed the 4 part (one each month) FOOD REVOLUTION Series, you can read them all by clicking on our July Newsletter:
This Newsletter is All About GROW LIGHTS!
Dear Subscriber:
We’ve been very busy over here at Aquaponics USA and Aquaponics World since we debuted our Micro Food Forever™ Farm in late February; and we’ve learned a lot.
This Newsletter is all about what’s happened and what we learned so sit tight and buckle up for a ride on our roller coaster of running two Aquaponics companies.

It’s All About Grow Lights 

Everything we’re doing over here is all about Research Development. Actually, for innovative Aquaponics System Designers, R&D is necessary and on-going. However, some Aquaponics System Designers have gotten stuck in the same system designs. That’s not what’s happening here. We’re about as fluid as the water running through our systems.
Right now, our biggest R&D project is around finding and testing the best, most economical and energy efficient Grow Lights, which is why the photo below shows a Growroom with four different kinds of Grow Lights running in it.
We’re going to give you the skinny on every one of them right here in this Newsletter so keep reading.
The other major R&D project is about designing and running a Vertical Duffy Duct™ System. Next month, we’ll explain why after just twelve weeks, we tore out everything we had just put up in the Greenhouse and replaced them with something else. All that work! All that money! And out it came after growing the first two crops! EGAD!
When I (Grace) freak out over things like taking out everything and replacing it with something else, Oliver, our retired aerospace engineer turned Aquaponics Systems Designer, calmly explains it like this: “Grace, that’s what R&D is. You do the Research by testing things. If things don’t work the way you want them to work or cost out the way you hoped, you tear them out and find something that works better or costs out more efficiently.” He’s used to doing R&D work. Kiel, our Systems Technician, and I go into shock for a couple of days.
Kiel doesn’t know it yet; but our proprietary Solids Separation BioConversion System is about to go through a big tweak soon, too. We can’t tell you about that part of the Food Forever™ Farm System because it’s in the Patenting Process.

Our Growroom with 4 Different Types of Lights.(The Fluorescent T5’s are not shown, as we tested and removed them.)

Visiting our Growroom is like walking into a Grow Light Showroom because that’s exactly what it is right now.
In the foreground, and colored red, are four LED fixtures. Behind them is a 600 Watt Halide Grow Light. Behind the Halide are six LED Bars. Behind the LED Bars are four Induction Lights.
Below, are the intimate details of what we’ve discovered doing the R&D on these different kinds of Grow Lights. We’re going to tell you what they cost, how well they work, what kind of power they take and how much heat they aim towards the plants. We’ll also discuss what we’ve found to be the advantages and disadvantages of each kind of Grow Light including the already removed Fluorescents.

Fluorescent T5’s (not shown above)
These are T5 Fluorescents. During the first two years of running our Growroom we used these Fluorescents for grow-out; and they worked great. They are great for growing leafy greens and need to be kept close to the top of the canopy. They have even light distribution and draw about 400 Watts each for a total of 800 Watts for a 4 x 4 foot (16 square feet) area. They cannot be used for flowing plants like tomatoes as they do not have enough red light and cannot be set up high above the plant. The heat from the lights is transfered to the plants because of the low positioning of the light above the plants. These 8 tube lights sell for $249 each, or $498 for two to cover 16 square feet.

Halide
This is a 600 Watt Halide bulb in a Dominator XXXL reflector. It has a 60 Watt 8 inch fan attached. The Lumatek ballast (not shown; but you can see it in our recently released YouTube Video at Aquaponics USA TV) is adjustable from 400 to 600 plus Watts. Overall, this light uses about 500 Watts in the 400 Watt setting to 720 Watts in the 600 Watt setting due to ballast efficiency and fan power. The light from the reflector covers a 4 x 4 foot area (16 square feet) evenly. The Halide bulb is tuned for leafy greens but can be replaced with a High Pressure Sodium (HPS) to grow flowing plants and either bulb can be up to 1000 Watts with the appropriate ballast. The above pictured 600 Watt light and ballast sells for about $520. Surprisingly, this halide puts out very little heat to the plant, as the bulb does not emit any appreciable amount of infrared.

Induction Grow Lights
Induction Grow Lights are similar to fluorescents inasmuch as they are a glass tube with phosphors painted on the inside. When electrically activated, the phosphors emit light of different colors (wavelengths) depending on the phosphor chemistry.

The main difference is that fluorescents have electrodes inserted in the end of the tubes and induction lights do not. Induction lights are made in a continuous loop, have a coil wrapped around them in two places and the energy is magnetically delivered to the light’s interior. This method of energy insertion is much more efficient than using electrodes that deteriorate over time thereby limiting the fluorescent’s life to only a few thousand hours. Induction lights last for 70,000 hours at full brightness and 100,000 hours to 70% of full brightness. They cover the full spectrum and, therefore, can be used to grow a wide variety of plants.

These Inda-Gro induction lights will cover a 4 x 4 foot area (16 square feet) but the light distribution is not equal, with much more light directly under the light than out near the side edges of the 4 x 4 foot area. When using multiple Induction lights, we have found that setting them 3 feet apart gives a good distribution of light down a row of lights.They put out more heat than expected, especially right below the light. Each light draws 420 Watts of electricity and requires extra Red LEDs to improve flowering plant fruiting, like tomatoes. They sell for about $795 each.

Older LED’s
We purchased these LED’s several years ago. They were designed for growing cannabis and it was what was available at the time. Each circle has 16 red, 4 blue and one green LED. They work well for sprouting and growing flowering plants due to the amount of red light. But, they do not work well for growing out leafy greens (or the vegetative stage of all plants) due to the lack of blue light.

Each one of these fixtures draw 150 Watts and 4 of them together draw 600 Watts to cover a 4 x 4 foot (16 square foot) area and have even light distribution. Most of the heat generated by the lights is convected upwards from the back of the fixture. At the time we purchased these they were selling for about $1,200 each, so they were quite expensive.

New LEDs
These six LED Grow Bars are custom designed to grow leafy greens. They contain four different colors (wavelengths) of LEDs to meet the requirements of both chlorophyll “A” of 430nm (Indigo) and 662nm (Red), and chlorophyll “B” of 453nm (Blue) and 642nm (Red-Orange). They have equal numbers of the different color LEDs with a total of 24 LEDs per bar.

Each bar has it’s own power supply that draws 40 watts with a total of all six bars at 240 Watts to cover a 4 x 4 foot area (16 square feet). We have one bar over each duct at 8 inch separation. They have 120 degree lenses on the individual LEDs and require a 5 inch height above the canopy (shown at 12 inch height) in order for all the colors to converge and supply each plant with a full spectrum of available light.

These bars do get quite warm to hot, but that heat is far enough away from the plants, and of such small overall quantity, that it is not a factor due to the overall low power requirement. Also, due to their small form factor, they can be used in a greenhouse as supplemental lighting without interference to the natural sunlight, especially if the greenhouse uses a diffused light covering. In addition, these lights allow for lots of air movement. We do not have a price set for these lights as these were custom ordered. We are still testing these lights but they look very promising.

THE NEED TO GROW,
Is a new documentary in production about how we’re changing our Food System. It’s going to be an Award Winner so watch for it.

Produced by Ryan Wirick and Rob Herring, it features some of the most important people in the Food Movement including Jeffrey Smith and Verdana Shiva.
And we’re in it, too, so you’ll be hearing a lot about this film from us. We’re so excited about it we can hardly keep our new Logo Baseball Caps on straight.
We did manage to keep them on when the film crew converged on our Demonstration Micro Food Forever™ Farm on Sunday, August 17, 2014 to film our contribution to “The Need To Grow”. Hours later, as the crew packed up, we looked at each other and said, “It looks like they filmed everything but the kitchen sink and the cats.” It was a fun and exciting day.
“In 2014, Ryan Wirick founded Earth Conscious Films with the intention of creating motion pictures that not only inform and entertain, but also empower people with the tools needed to solve the most pressing issues facing our species and the planet.” (from “The Need To Grow” website)
His first Earth Conscious Film is “The Need To Grow”, which addresses the solutions to a corporately controlled food system. The DVD cover quotes Buckminster Fuller saying: “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete”. This film is all about these new models.
“Rob Herring is a graduate of Tisch School of the Arts at NYU where he received the Drama Award for Film and TV. He had a successful career in theater, including two StageSceneLA Awards (one for Best Actor) and an Ovation Award nomination. He recently Co-Directed/Produced his first feature film, a romantic comedy entitled “Nothing In Los Angeles“, which has been selected for numerous festivals around the country and already received two Best Picture honors.” (from “The Need To Grow” website)

When it hits theaters, this incredible film is going to be a show-stoping, Award-winning achievement in documentary filmmaking. It’s a MUST SEE Achievement!

Aquaponics USA/World TV

If you prefer to see a Video describing these Grow Lights, we just created one, which we’ve uploaded to our You Tube Chanel. Just click on Aquaponics USA/World TV.

This Aquaponics USA Food Forever™ Growing System, FFGS-20, was installed at Rosamond High in Rosamond, CA in late July, 2014 (We added the colorful and informative Wall Posters)

On July 31st, the Aquaponics USA crew drove a couple of hours west to another part of the California High-Desert called Antelope Valley. There, Kiel, our Systems Technician, and Oliver, our Systems Designer, installed this system; and we also conducted a Training for Mr. Ben Gilliam, the Teacher who has this system in his Eco-Science classroom and other staff of Rosamond High including the Assistant Principal, Mrs. Debi Keys.
Mrs. Keys referred to the system as “her baby” as she spent eight months working on the California Grant that made it possible to bring the first of several Aquaponics USA Systems into the Southern Kern Unified School District as part of their new Eco-Science Program. Seeing this first FFGS-20 System being installed was a dream come true for both Mrs. Keys and her District Superintendent, Mr. Jeffrey Weinstein, who has been supporting her all the way.

Our new Teacher Training Manual that comes with every Aquaponics USA School System.

This is a new Teacher Training Manual we created especially for Rosamond High late last month. We plan to share it with all Teachers who can use it to first train themselves and then to train their students on how to operate their Food Forever™ Growing Systems.

Teachers Also Receive This Resources & Curriculum Ideas Manual
There still aren’t many actual Text Books associated exclusively with specific grade levels that are teaching Aquaponics in the classroom; but it won’t be long before there are.
Until then, we’ve created this Resources & Curriculum Ideas Manual that covers all grade levels and offers some helpful suggestions for teaching Aquaponics.

Get Your Discounted and Bundled School Price Sheet here where we offer unlimited Tech Support to Teachers

An Aquaponics system can be used to demonstrate various principles taught in technology, plant life cycles and their structure, how to make effective use of recycled materials, low-tech/high-yield gardening, ecological issues, biology, chemistry, physics and sustainable farming. A system can be used to demonstrate in real time how the nitrogen cycle works, the parts of a seed, its germination and the growth rate of seedlings. The subjects are endless. Several Culinary Arts students are learning to grow the food they’re being taught to prepare while supplying their school cafeteria with healthy fish and organic vegetables. This takes the “Farm to School” programs that have been popping up all over the nation to another level.

 

We have a parked website, The Edible Schoolroom, which we would love to build out to feature all of the schools in the Aquaponics USA School Program.

We look forward to working with US Schools.

 

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FOOD REVOLUTION Part 4 (Final in this Series)


 

July 2014, Newsletter
#7
Table of Contents
A Note from Our Editor
The Tireless Allied Forces including Organic Consumers Association
Food Democracy Now
Institute for Responsible Technology
Food Tank
Slow Food USA
FARM TO SCHOOL
Natural News
We Added Him to our Revolutionaries List, Mr. Michael Potter
Another Revolutionary, Aaron Woolf
Our Last Revolutionary, Anthony Gucciardi
Monsanto has the US Government Wrapped
The (Almost) Monsanto Protection Act
Where Does Aquaponics Fit?

Our Editor, Grace Sylke 
Our Grace created the
“MONSANTO, We’ve Got You Covered”Slam Sign you’ll see in this Newsletter. Please feel free to spread it around. You can Pin It, Facebook it, Twitter it. Make one of your own. The more Slam Signs the Better.
This is the last Newsletter of the Four Month Series called FOOD REVOLUTION. It contains Links to all of them. Together, they are quite a story. ThankYou for following them.
Quick Links:

It isn’t USDA, it’s Aquaganic!
The infamous “NationalList”

The FOOD REVOLUTION
Final Part 4:
More Allies
More About #1 Adversary, Monsanto
More Revolutionaries
Where Aquaponics Fits In
See Our April Newsletter for Part 1: History
See Our May Newsletter for Part 2: What is it? Why is it? Who Are The Revolutionaries?
See Our June Newsletter for Part 3: The Battlegrounds, The Adversaries, The Allies
 
 
Dear Subscriber:
This is a Revolution you’re participating in whether you know it or not. Some of us are participating in it consciously and some of us are unconscious participants. Every time you purchase a food item, you’ve helped the Revolutionaries or you’ve helped the Adversaries. 
These Newsletters are about becoming more conscious. We’ve gotten more conscious just writing them. Yes, it takes time and effort to make sure you’re on the side of the Revolutionaries; but this War maybe the most important War we’ve ever engaged in on planet Earth because it’s a War for the very existence of pure, healthy, wholesome NATURAL food not food created by the Biotechs who actually think they can engineer food better than Mother Nature.
Please make a commitment to join the FOOD REVOLUTION and bring back our right to eat real food.
 

Who Are The Tireless Allied Forces?
 
These are the Organizations in the trenches. They are actively engaged in the fight. Some are broadly focused. Others are more narrowly focused; but they are all fighting for our right to eat real food. They are often grassroots organizations and sometimes one-man bands. They’re fighting with education, scientific research and community organization tactics. 
 
Find out about them. Join their causes. Support them. They are our Warriors in the fight backing up the Revolutionaries on the Food Battlefield, which is the entire planet Earth.
 
We’ve only listed 7 of these Organizations; but there are many more. Do your homework. Find the others and join them. This is how YOU can get involved. 
 
 

Organic Consumers Association is an online and grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. The OCA deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children’s health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics. They are one of the only organizations in the US focused exclusively on promoting the views and interests of the nation’s estimated 50 million organic and socially responsible consumers.
This organization works in several arena’s including the movement demanding labeling of GMO’s. It was formed in 1998 in the wake of the mass backlash by organic consumers against the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s controversial proposed national regulations for organic food. (More on that later).
The OCA represents over 850,000 members, subscribers and volunteers, including several thousand businesses in the natural foods and organic marketplace.
(Taken from their “About” Page)

“Food Democracy Now! is a grassroots community dedicated to building a sustainable food system that protects our natural environment, sustains farmers and nourishes families.

“Our food system is fundamentally broken. A few companies dominate the market, prioritizing profits over people and our planet. Government policies put the interests of corporate agribusiness over the livelihoods of farm families. Farm workers toil in unsafe conditions for minimal wages. School children lack access to healthy foods–as do millions of Americans living in poverty. From rising childhood and adult obesity to issues of food safety, air and water pollution, worker’s rights and global warming, our current food system is leading our nation to an unsustainable future.”

Food Democracy Now, lead by Dave Murphy and Lisa Stokke is an over “650,000 strong organization of American Farmers and citizens dedicated to reforming policies relating to food, agriculture and the environment. Murphy has been called ‘the most crucial and politically savvy actor in the on-going efforts to help move American agriculture into the 21st century’ as a result of his ‘Sustainable Dozen’ campaign, which resulted in four candidates being placed in high level positions at the USDA and his efforts to reform food and agriculture under the Obama administration.”
(Taken verbatim from their “About” Page with minor changes)

#3. IRT

Their “About” Page says the following: The Institute for Responsible Technology is a world leader in educating policy makers and the public about genetically modified (GM) foods and crops. They investigate and report their risks and impact on health, environment, the economy, and agriculture, as well as the problems associated with current research, regulation, corporate practices, and reporting.

Founded in 2003 by international bestselling author and GMO expert Jeffrey Smith, IRT has worked in nearly 40 countries on 6 continents, and is credited with improving government policies and influencing consumer-buying habits.

IRT’s work comes from a dedicated team of subject experts, consultants and staff who generously donate their time and experience. In addition, IRT employs media experts, social network campaigners, writers, graphic designers, communications specialists, fundraisers, outreach professionals and support staff, who operate both at our headquarters in Iowa, and from virtual offices in the US.

IRT’s Campaign for Healthier Eating in America mobilizes citizens, organizations, businesses, healthcare professionals, and the media, to achieve the tipping point of consumer rejection of GM foods.

(Taken verbatim from their “About” Page with minor changes)

Danielle Nierenberg is the President of Food Tank, a Food Think Tank focused on building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters. They spotlight environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity, and poverty and create networks of people, organizations, and content to push for food system change.

Food Tank is for the 7 billion people who have to eat every day. They offer solutions and environmentally sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity, and poverty by creating a network of connections and information for all of us to consume and share. Food Tank is for farmers and producers, policy makers and government leaders, researchers and scientists, academics and journalists, and the funding and donor communities to collaborate on providing sustainable solutions for our most pressing environmental and social problems.

Food Tank highlights hope and success in agriculture. They feature innovative ideas that are already working on the ground, in cities, in kitchens, in fields and in laboratories. These innovations need more attention, more research, and ultimately more funding to be replicated and scaled-up. And that is where they need you. We all need to work together to find solutions that nourish ourselves and protect the planet.

(Taken verbatim from their “About” Page with minor changes)

Slow Food USA is part of the global Slow Food network of over 150,000 members in more than 150 countries. Through a vast volunteer network of local chapters, youth and food communities, they link the pleasures of the table with a commitment to protect the community, culture, knowledge and environment that make this pleasure possible.

Their mission as an international grassroots membership organization is good, clean and fair food for all.

They believe food should be tasty, seasonal, local, fresh and wholesome; and that  our food should nourish a healthful lifestyle and be produced in ways that preserve biodiversity, sustain the environment and ensure animal welfare – without harming human health. They also believe that our food should be affordable by all, while respecting the dignity of labor from field to fork.

Slow Food USA has 170 local chapters and 40 campus chapters that coordinate local activities, projects and events. Working together with members and supporters across the nation, they preserve and share local foods and food cultures. They defend and advocate policies that promote holistic alternatives to the industrial system. Through tastings, workshops and social opportunities, they explore and celebrate the Slow life.

Conviviality is central to their mission. They are a global community, connecting people to the land and to each other through local projects, educational events, and shared meals. They become catalysts for change by sharing the joy of Slow Food and prioritizing wholesome living over convenience.

(Taken verbatim from their “About” Page with minor changes)

Farm to school enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and preschools.

Students gain access to healthy, local foods as well as education opportunities such as school gardens, cooking lessons and farm field trips.

Farm to school empowers children and their families to make informed food choices while strengthening the local economy and contributing to vibrant communities.

Farm to school implementation differs by location but always includes one or more of the following:

  • Procurement: Local foods are purchased, promoted and served in the cafeteria or as a snack or taste-test;
  • Education: Students participate in education activities related to agriculture, food, health or nutrition; and
  • School gardens: Students engage in hands-on learning through gardening.

(Taken verbatim from their “About” Page with minor changes)

Natural News is a science-based natural health advocacy organization led by activist-turned-scientist, Mike Adams, the Health Ranger.

The key mission of Natural News is to empower consumers with factual information about the synthetic chemicals, heavy metals, hormone disruptors and other chemicals found in foods, medicines, personal care products, children’s toys and other items.

Natural News covers holistic health, nutritional therapies, consciousness and spirituality, permaculture, organics, animal rights, environmental health, food and superfoods, and performance nutrition.

The site strongly criticizes drugs-and-surgery medicine, vaccines, corporate corruption, animal testing, the use of humans for medical experiments, the chemical contamination of foods, heavy metals in consumer products, factory farming and government corruption.

Natural News also warns its readers about science gone bad and frequently cites examples of science resulting in catastrophies that it calls “crimes” against humanity. Examples of such subjects cited by Natural News include:

  • Agent Orange
  • Thalidomide
  • Nuclear weapons
  • GMOs and “genetic pollution”
  • Aspartame and chemical sweeteners
  • Chemotherapy
  • The presence of hidden cancer viruses in polio vaccines
  • The continued use of mercury in vaccines and dental amalgams
  • The long history of pharmaceutical experiments on human beings, including the Tuskegee syphilis experiments conducted on African Americans in the USA.
  • (Taken verbatim from their “About” Page with minor changes)

We Had To Add Him To Our REVOLUTIONARIES LIST!
To see the others on that List, click on our May Newsletter above.

Meet one of our Heros, Michael J. Potter, owner of Eden Foods; and he couldn’t have a better suited last name because he’s the good guy fighting some real dark forces in this battle for Real Food.
He isn’t in the trenches. He goes right into the middle of the NOSB Boardroom, which is the National Organic Standards Board where what is determined to be USDA Organic and what is not is decided.
Sadly, what most of us don’t know is that the NOSB has been co-opted by the Big Food Companies like Coca Cola, Kellogg, Cargill Chemical and General Mills as these companies have bought up most of the nation’s once family owned organic food companies, kept their labels and now parade them out into the marketplace as the original thing. If you want to know more about this deception, go to our June Food Revolution Newsletter above.
Because BIG FOOD has become BIG ORGANIC, they populate the NOSB and make the decisions about what new additives can be labeled Organic. So in late May of 2012, Mr. Potter went to the NOSB Meeting where some important decisions about additives were taking place; and he voiced his objection to adding “Carrageenan” to what is called the “National List”. This infamous List is the list of all the non-organic ingredients that have been allowed in foods that are labeled USDA Organic; and as these Big Food companies started stacking the Board, the list of nonorganic materials approved for organic foods increased from 77 items in 2002 to 250 nonorganic substances in 2012. Take a look at this ungodly “National List” for yourself and don’t blink because it’s growing right before our eyes.
After Mr. Potter, our Hero, voiced his concern that Carrageenan has been linked to malignancies and other stomach problems, using research conducted by Dr. Tobacman, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, he was thanked for his input; and the NOSB Board then voted to keep Carrageenan on the National List. Here’s what Mr. Potter had to say about that:

“‘The board is stacked,’ Mr. Potter says. ‘Either they don’t have a clue, or their interest in making money is more important than their interest in maintaining the integrity of organics.’

Which either/or do you think it is?

“He calls the certified-organic label a fraud and refuses to put it on Eden’s products.” Quote taken from article in The New York Times, July 7, 2012 entitled “Has ‘Organic’ Been Oversized?

Over here at Aquaponics World we’ve also turned our backs on the co-opted USDA Organic Certification Label and created our own Certification. We call it “Aquaganic”. You can read all about it on our Aquaponics World website, Aquaganic Page.
Sorry to have popped any idealistic bubbles around heads that thought USDA Organic Certification meant the food you’re buying has no unhealthy additives. If you want to make sure you’re getting real food, buy Mr. Potter’s Eden Foods. They don’t carry that misleading label.

Another REVOLUTIONARY, 
Aaron Woolf

Aaron Woolf is the producer/director of the hit documentary, King Corn.

Other work has appeared on the Sundance and Discovery Channels and on numerous networks abroad including France’s ARTE, Italy’s RAI and Australia’s SBS. His films have won Rockie, Logie, and Peabody Awards.

Woolf graduated from Middlebury College and earned a masters in film at the University of Iowa.  In the mid-1990s, Woolf turned to non-fiction storytelling, and trained his lens on individual stories that he felt touched on global trends.

Woolf’s film, King Corn, followed Ian Cheney and his best friend, Curt Ellis, on a yearlong odyssey to understand where their food comes from… by growing it. In what The Washington Post calls “Required viewing for anyone planning to visit a supermarket, fast-food joint, or their own refrigerator,” the city-slickers learn to drive a combine, cash in on government subsidies, and homebrew high-fructose corn syrup. The film’s Peabody-winning findings, shared with theatergoers in 60 cities and in a PBS national broadcast, change the way audiences eat.

Watch the Trailer. It’s a Real Eye Opener. And remember about 85% of the Corn grown in the US is Genetically Modified. EGAD!

King Corn
King Corn

Our last REVOLUTIONARY, 
Anthony Gucciardi, founder of 
Natural Society

Anthony Gucciardi became a natural health advocate after coming down with late-stage Lyme Disease and having traditional remedies that included the injections of powerful steroids lead to a rapid deterioration of his health.
Anthony created his own lifestyle regimen and overcame not only the Lyme Disease but the physical challenges left from the prolonged use of steroidal drugs. After a short period of enhanced nutrition and the alteration of other lifestyle factors, Anthony had alleviated himself of virtually all pain and symptoms from which he had been suffering. It was at this point he crafted the concept that, even beyond health, it’s always essential to seek information for yourself and produce your own research.

To help people follow this advice, he along with his partner, Mike Barrett, created Natural Society, which is now the third or fourth (depending on which stats you examine) largest natural health website in the world with millions of viewers per month. Many of their posts are food focused.

More Bad News About The Biggest Adversary To Real Food On The Planet, MONSANTO!

Josh Sager published an incisive article one month before the November 2012 US Presidential Elections that carefully documents how Monsanto has cornered and co-opted the US political system. The title of the article was “Monsanto Controls both the White House and the US Congress”.
Read it and weep. Or read our quoted synopsis below and then weep.
In essence, the article points out that no matter who is elected, Monsanto will be worshipped and Americans will continue to be the Guinea Pigs for these mad Biotechs. Case in point, “throughout his first term, President Obama has presided over the passage of several Monsanto-friendly legislative initiatives and has appointed numerous people associated with Monsanto to high-level positions.”
“By giving several billion dollars to agro-businesses, one of which is Monsanto, the ‘Southern Africa FY 2010 Implementation Plan’ promoted the expansion of these businesses into the provision of food for Africa. This expansion is aimed at increasing food supplies in Africa, but it will have the unintended consequence of promoting Monsanto’s takeover of the African food markets. Put plainly, Monsanto will crowd local African farmers out of the market and will make a profit that would be more beneficial in the hands of local African farmers and in the local African economy.
“On the issue of GMO labeling, Obama is rhetorically supportive of mandating GMO products to be labeled, but his administration has been largely silent on the issue. During the creation of the 2012 Farm Bill, there was a fight over mandating that genetically modified foods be labeled. Despite Obama’s supposed support for such labeling, his administration was essentially silent on the issue during this fight and, as a result, no mandate was passed; and 2014 brings more corruption and collusion between the Senate, the President and Monsanto. (See next Article).
“In totality, legislation passed under the Obama administration has been beneficial to large agro-businesses, one of which is Monsanto. Very little has been done to increase regulation on GMO producers and several laws have been passed that directly benefit such corporations.
“Due to the vested interest that Monsanto has in controlling regulation that affects its business, it has both donated to politicians and promoted the appointment of people who work for them to positions within the American government. As of yet, Monsanto has been successful in keeping its regulatory burdens low and getting its representatives into positions within the US government. The infiltration of regulatory agencies by corporate actors that is referred to here is called the “regulatory revolving door”. Individuals who work for industry go to work for the government, make public regulations, and then return to the private sector after leaving the public service.

“While there are numerous points of overlap between Monsanto and the United States Government under the Obama administration, the three most important connections are that of Michael Taylor, Roger Beachy, and Islam Siddiqui. All three of these Monsanto affiliates were appointed to high level positions within the government by the Obama administration.

“During his first term, President Obama appointed two Justices, one of whom was Elena Kagan, the former
Solicitor General of the United States. During her time as the Solicitor General, Kagan filed a brief in support of Monsanto.”
Unfortunately, things would NOT have been different if Romney had won the 2012 election. “In 1977, Bain Capital-the company that Romney ran, and in which he made most of his money-was starting out as a corporate consulting firm; Monsanto was among the first major clients of Bain. The multi-million dollar relationship between Bain Capital and Monsanto lasted from 1977 to 1985 and had significant effects on both corporations. Bain Capital, and its officers, made large amounts of money through its relationship with Monsanto and gained a significant client with which to base its consulting practice upon. Monsanto was given business advice by Bain and the corporation’s recent successes in GMO produce are traceable back to the suggestions that Romney made to Monsanto administrators.” (This is one long quote taken from the above designated article by Josh Sager and reprinted in the Global Research website, on May 24, 2014)
It’s obvious our Government is NOT going to aide us in this FOOD REVOLUTION. In fact, our Government is on the side of the Genetic Engineers and against the people.

If you thought the news above was bad, wait until you hear about what almost happened called The MONSANTO  
PROTECTION ACT. Actually, it did happen; but only for a brief moment in time.

Also from the Global Research News website, May 25, 2013 (we’re beginning to like Global Research News) an article entitled “Monsanto Protection Act Signed By Obama, GMO Bill ‘Written By Monsanto’ Signed Into Law“. It’s another Read it and weep moment that makes it clear our Government has got Monsanto covered while Monsanto makes sure the people of America are Covered.
Here’s the essence of what the Monsanto Protection Act tried to do but failed when Senators, Barbara Mikulski and Jeff Merkley successfully led a charge to get it off the books in September of 2013 only a few months after it passed.
But for a few short months this is what Congress passed (some unknowingly because it was hidden in the Spending Bill, HR 933) and this is what the President signed.

“The Monsanto Protection Act, essentially both written by and benefiting Monsanto Corporation, was signed into law by United States President Barack Obama. The infamous Monsanto Corporation would have benefited greatly and directly from the bill, as it essentially gives companies that deal with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically engineered (GE) seeds immunity to the federal courts, among other things.

“The bill stated that even if future research shows that GMOs or GE seeds cause significant health problems, cancer, etc, anything, that the federal courts no longer have any power to stop their spread, use, or sales.”

Are YOU KIDDING ME!

“The bill was apparently written by freshman Sen. Roy Blunt, in collusion with Monsanto, with them helping to craft the exact language of the document.” Sen. Roy Blunt, of  Missouri where Monsanto is headquartered, again a last name that fits the deed because this Bill was killing our Constitutional rights to justice with a Blunt Instrument, is a Republican. And, of course, “The Center for Responsive Politics notes that Sen. Blunt received $64,250 from non other than Monsanto to go towards his campaign committee between 2008 and 2012. The Money Monocle website adds that Blunt has been the largest Republican Party recipient of Monsanto funding as of late.”

Kudos to Senators Mikulski and Merkley who along with hundreds of thousands of Petitions and Marches with thousands of participants from the Real Food Allied Organizations like the ones listed above, were able to kill the Monsanto Protection Act. The FOOD REVOLUTIONARIES won that battle; but the War wages on.
However, there’s more good news because now we know exactly what Monsanto wants. They want immunity. Isn’t that interesting. If they really believe their Franken Food is good for us, why would they need immunity?

So Where Does Aquaponics Fit Into The FOOD REVOLUTION?

This is a picture of what’s growing in our Aquaponics USA/AquaponicsWorld Food Forever™ Farm Greenhouse right now. Actually, all the green sucker leaves at the top have been trimmed off since this picture was taken. That’s one of the secrets of growing tomatoes. You have to keep them trimmed.
Not one petro-chemical, not one pesticide and not one trace of Genetically Modified Organisms are involved in growing these tomatoes or any of the leafy greens in our Vertical Duffy Duct Systems that take up most of this Greenhouse.
There’s talk about the iPhone that goes something like this: Steve Jobs brought an item into the marketplace that no one knew they wanted until it arrived.
Aquaponics food growing technology is kind of like that. Millions of people still don’t know it exists and have never heard the word, “Aquaponics” before. But as soon as they are introduced to it, they want it. They want it because Aquaponics is capable of producing the most wholesome, healthy, natural food on the market today without using harsh petro-chemicals, pesticides and GMO technology.  And it’s about to take the marketplace by storm. It’s a key player in the FOOD REVOLUTION.
If we can eat locally grown food that is fertilized naturally from the dissolved solids of living fish, why would we want to eat food that’s been irradiated, or sprayed with pesticides and petro-chemicals and labeled USDA Organic while it’s full of additives from the infamous “National List” that has been co-opted by the Big Food Companies?
The truth is WE WOULDN’T. And WE WON’T. Aquaponically grown food is a NEW CHOICE, A BETTER CHOICE and once we educate the public about that new choice and get enough Aquaponic Products out there, the FOOD REVOLUTION will be won by the good guys because there is no contest. Aquaponics is our ace in the hole. It’s the antithesis to GMO’s; and it won’t be long before it kicks Monsanto and friends right out of the marketplace.
Help us win this FOOD REVOLUTION. Spread the word about Aquaponics, purchase Aquaponic Products whenever you can, request them at your favorite Food Store. The future is ours. WE’VE GOT THIS!
Thank You from the bottom of our hearts for following our Newsletters and our Blog. We’re guessing by now you get that we’re on a mission.
This 4-Part Series on the FOOD REVOLUTION has gone way beyond our original concept. This Final Newsletter contains All 4 Parts if you missed one as they all work together to make a complete story. Just go back to the top or click on our Quick Links Section.
Now, we’re going back to working like crazy to get our Aquaponically grown Products into the marketplace; and you’ll be the first to know when they arrive. Ironically, it’s looking like Missouri will be that place; and it’s ironic because that’s right where Monsanto is Headquartered. Life works in strange ways. We’ll tell you more about that project in the August Newsletter and Blog Post.
Sustainably,
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FOOD REVOLUTION PART 3


 

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Subject:  Reprint of our Aquaponics World, LLC and Aquaponics USA Newsletter for June, 2014
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June 2014, Newsletter
Number 6
TABLE OF CONTENTS
A Word From Our Editor
The Battleground is our World
Factory Farms
Who’s Putting Unlabeled GMO’s On Our Plates?
What the Big Food Corporations and the Genetic Engineering and AgraChemical Companies Don’t Want YOU To Know!
Our Hero, Dr. Phil Howard

A Word From Our Editor, Grace Sylke
I really thought I was going to talk about the Food Revolution in one Newsletter. 
I’ve just completed our third Newsletter on the Series and am finding I still have more to share on this important subject. 
So look for the
FOOD REVOLUTION Part 4 in our
July Newsletter: 
           
         More Allies
 
     More About the #1    Adversary,  Monsanto            
 More Revolutionaries
         Where does                 Aquaponics fit in?
 
If you haven’t read Parts 1 or 2, you can access them at the top of our Quick Links.
 
Quick Links:
 
 
                       Animals
      The FOOD REVOLUTION
                         Part 3:
                The Battlegrounds
                  The Adversaries
                      The Allies
 
See our May Newsletter for Part 2:

                       What is it? Why is it? 

                Who Are The Revolutionaries?

 
See our  April Newsletter for Part 1: History
 
 
Dear Subscriber:
We are at war–it’s a FOOD REVOLUTION.
In some ways it’s a war just like any other war because it’s all about territory. The side that gets the most territory wins because food is raised and grown on our land.
But we don’t actually fight this battle with high tech weapons and rifles. We fight this war with our pocket books, our credit cards and our food stamp vouchers; and in that way WE, THE CONSUMER, can and are choosing the winner of this war. 
Every time we purchase a food item, we are fighting on one side of this war or the other. That’s why it’s important to know who are our Allies and who are our Adversaries because the battle lines have been blurred and are often not existent at all.

In truth, the Battleground is our entire world.

And the two main factions of the battle are the Genetic Engineers with their Big Food Allies versus the Naturalists with their small Family Farm Allies. So who are these two factions and what are the beliefs which fuel the fight.
 
Genetic Engineers: Genetic engineering, also called genetic modification, is the direct manipulation of an organism’s genome using biotechnology. New DNA may be inserted in the host genome by first isolating and copying the genetic material of interest using molecular cloning methods to generate a DNA sequence, or by synthesizing the DNA, and then inserting this construct into the host organism. 
 

An organism that is generated through genetic engineering is considered to be a genetically modified organism (GMO). How we got here is a long story. If you really want to know, read William Engdahl’s Book, Seeds of Destruction.

 

Most of us “commoners” have no clue what these Genetic Engineers who are messing with our food are up to; but all we really need to know and understand is they are changing the DNA of many species.

 

Did you know that “All species, from simple bacteria to human beings, use the same genetic code? It consists of four chemical units in DNA, sometimes called nucleotides or bases, that are usually represented by the letters A, C, G and T.” Recently, one group of researchers just added two more letters to the code because they believe that “if you have a language that has a certain number of letters, you want to add letters so you can write more words and tell more stories”. They’re talking about our DNA with this callous, arrogant analogy.

 
These scientists actually believe they can play God with our universal DNA without consequences; and the GE food engineers believe non labeled GMO Food should be fed to the people of the world without giving us a choice. (Quotes taken from New York Times Article, May 7, 2014 by Andrew Pollack, “Scientists Add Letters to DNA’s Alphabet, Raising Hope and Fear”) 

 

Naturalists: The Naturalists encompass overlapping groups that include the Organic Food, Raw Food, Local Food, Vegetarian, Aquaponic and Hydroponic food proponents along with various Animal Advocacy groups. For the most part, the Naturalists believe that food should be free of petro-chemicals, pesticides and, most certainly GMO’s; and that the food animals should be raised in humane environments and sacrificed in humane ways. Naturalists believe food should be as close to what mother nature intended as possible whether it be fruits, vegetables, dairy or meat. 

 

In the U.S., the term “Natural” on labels is not regulated and, therefore, is vague and rather meaningless. But the term “Organic” has an established legal definition in many countries, including the U.S. Aquaponic and Hydroponic food is hitting the food market in ever increasing numbers and is presently self identifying with a variety of individualized labels.

 

If you think we ought to be messing with the DNA, you’re on the side of the GE’s in this battle. If you believe that DNA is something that should not be messed with by man and is beyond our full ability to understand or comprehend, you’re on the side of the Naturalists. It’s good to know which side of the battle you’re on. 

 

Factory Farms have devastated the Family Farm

Not that long ago chickens were raised on family farms and allowed to roam freely around the farmyard. In the last 70 years, small family chicken farms, have been devastated and chicken farming has been taken over by five multinational giants we are citing as Adversaries in the Food Revolution. 
The five chicken meat producing companies include: Tyson, Gold Kist, Pilgrim’s Pride, ConAgra Poultry and Perdue Farms. “They produce chicken meat under ‘atrocious health and safety conditions.’ According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), these plants had ‘one of the highest rates of injury and illness of any industry’ ” (Quote taken from article by Stephen Lendman, Jan. 19, 2008 “Unleashing GMO Seeds: “Food is Power”)

 

Because poultry is the world’s most important source of meat protein, we can be sure the Genetic Engineers are already working on producing a GMO bird. Presently, they’re introducing a GMO Salmon as their first test of the market for a GMO food animal.
 
Cows, both dairy and meat cattle and pigs have also been taken over by large multi-Nationals among which Cargill, Sysco, JBS and Smithfieldare dominant. In the U.S. these animals have been fed GMO feed “since these crops were first introduced in 1996 and each of the top 6 GMO crops (soy, cotton, corn, canola, sugar beet, and alfalfa) are heavily utilized by the US and global animal feed market”. (Quote taken from article by Ryan Beville, July 16, 2013 and published on the GMOInside.org website “How Pervasive are GMOs in Animal Feed?”)
 
So even if you’re being careful not to purchase GMO foods, if you’re a meat eater, you’re getting a secondary dose of  GMO’s via the animal meats you’re ingesting. It’s kind of like breathing secondary smoke from smokers. 
 
And if you’re a milk drinker, there’s the whole awful subject of rBGH, which stands for recombinant bovine growth hormone, which causes dairy cows to produce 100 pounds of milk per cow per day, which is 10 times as much milk as a calf would need. This unnatural “milk production causes cows bones to become severely deficient in calcium. They become prone to fracture, and the result is a sharp increase in the number of downed cows, a general term for farm and food animals who collapse, unable to stand up again, and must be destroyed.” 
 
How did the idyllic family farm turn into a cruel, grotesque, bloated caricature of its former self? Farming got taken over by mega corporations. A corporation is incapable of feeling love or respect for the food animals they’re raising. These animals represent income and stock market indexes. They are simply figures on a balance sheet. There is no heart in the Factory Farms. One of the best documentaries out that describes this travesty is called “Food INC.”(Quote taken from article published on Britannica Advocacy for Animals website, June 11, 2007, linked below) 
 
Here are two Links to the Allies on the Naturalists’ side of the fray that appeared in this segment:
 

 

 

Who’s Putting GMO’s on our Plates without our knowledge and wants to continue doing so?
 
These are the Adversaries; and many of them are playing on both sides of the battlefield.

This section may surprise many of you because here is where the blurred lines get clearer; and you’ll see who the Adversaries really are. 
 
The up side of the losses of the ballot measures to label GMO’s in both California and Washington is that the Adversaries had to show themselves in order to cause these defeats. They had to come out of the trenches and stand in full view of the public they’ve been duping for over a decade. This unveiling came in the form of contributions to defeat the ballot measures. These companies were so determined to cause these defeats, that they were willing to reveal themselves to do so after a Washington state Attorney General, Bob Ferguson, filed a lawsuit that forced the issue, of course. So who are they? 
 
 cal-access.sos.ca.gov
 
Here are some of the big players: Read further at your own risk. You most likely will find some of the producers of your favorite products here. These companies were hiding behind the Grocery Manufacturers Association until they were forced to step into the light of day.
 
Pepsico (owners of Pepsi Cola)
Coca-Cola
Nestle
General Mills
ConAgra (you saw this name with the Meat Producers)
Campbell’s Soup Company
Kellogg Company
Land O’Lakes
Ocean Spray Cranberries
Cargill (you saw this name with the Meat Producers)
Dean Foods
Heinz
The Hershey Company
 
Then there’s the Genetic Engineering and AgriChemical Companies which include:
 
Monsanto
BayerCropScience (this is enough to cause headaches)
Dupont
 
But the truth gets even more painful, when you realize that many of your favorite organic and natural products, like Kashi, quite literally “sold out” to mega corporations.
  
 Here’s that painful list: 
 
 
Yes, Coca-Cola owns odwalla, vitamin water, Zico Coconut Water, Honest Tea and Simply Orange!

Coco-Cola spent $1.5 million to defeat the GMO labeling bill in Washington.n to 
 
 
Naked is owned by Pepsithe company that contributed $2.4 million to defeat the GMO labeling bill in Washington.
 
 
 
Gardenburger, Kashi and Fit are owned by Kellogg. We’re not sure how much Kellogg contributed to kill the labeling bills in California and Washington; but it was a monetary contributor.
 
 
Arrowhead Mills is owned by Hain-Celestial, which is partially owned by Heinz. In fact, between the time the Agriculture Department came up with its proposed regulations for organic food in 1997 and the time those rules were made law in 2002, hundreds of small, independent organic companies were purchased by the corporate giants.Heinz and it’s affiliate, Hain, bought 19 organic brands alone. 
 
“In 1995 there were 81 independent organic processing companies in the U.S. A decade later, Big Food had gobbled up all but 15 of them.” (Quote taken from article written by the Cornucopia Institute, “Who Owns Organic”)
 
“Now Big Food has assumed a powerful role in setting the standards for organic foods; and these major corporations are dominating the Board that sets these standards. If they want to use carrageenan, they’ll use carrageenan. As these Big Food companies started stacking the Board, the list of nonorganic materials approved for organic foods increased. It’s called the National List and it has grown from 77 items in 2002 to 250 nonorganic substances in 2012.” More about this sad development in the July Newsletter. (Quote taken from our Aquaponics World website’s Aquaganic page)
 

General Mills owns Cascadian Farm, Muir Glen and LaraBar. General Mills spent $869,000 to defeat the GMO labeling bill in Washington.
 

Horizon is owned by Dean Foods. We’re not sure how much Dead Foods contributed to kill the labeling bills in California and Washington; but they are part of the gang of GMO lovers.
 
 
Dean Foods also owns Silk, which they acquired when they bought White Wave in 2002. Then they changed the word “Organic” on the label to “Natural” but left the packaging the same. Thousands of unaware shoppers are buying “Silk” thinking it’s still organic.
 

What the Big Food Corporations Don’t Want YOU to Know!
Just click on the words, “Big Food Corps” to see this graph up close and uncomfortable.
These Big Food Corporations hide in the background of their organic company acquisitions because they don’t want us consumers to know what’s actually going on. They don’t want us to realize that our food system has been hijacked by less than 35 mega corporations.

 

So, which family owned organic food companies didn’t sell out to the mega giants?
 
Here’s that List: It’s short and sweet–too short; and we’ve most likely missed a few. 
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Eden Foods Inc.
 is the oldest independent organic food producer in the 
U.S. and the largest supplier of organic dry grocery items. We’re adding the owner of Eden Foods, Michael J. Potter, to our Revolutionaries List, which we published in our May Newsletter. We will be adding Mr. Potter to our List in our July Newsletter. Mr. Potter is deep in the trenches fighting for real food. See that story in July.
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Amy’s Kitchen is located in Petaluma, California and has remained a family owned organic, vegetarian food producing business since its inception in 1987. The company is now offering 110 Gluten-free options along with many frozen meals, but they also make a line of canned sous, chili, beans, pasta sauce and salsas. In 2011, Amy’s introduced several lines of products including Light and Lean, Gluten Free, and Light in Sodium for customers with special dietary needs.
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Nature’s Path is located in British Columbia, Canada and has remained a family owned organic food producing business since it’s inception in 1985. It’s product line consists of breakfast cereals, granolas, hot oatmeal, waffles, toaster pastries and snack bars. This company is North America’s largest organic cereal brand with products sold in 42 countries worldwide.
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Originating in Wisconsin, this Cooperative of Family Farms is demonstrating how small, family farmers can conpete wit the gega giants by becoming a large Cooperative. Today, Organic Valley comprises 1,834 farmer-owners located in 32 states and three Canadian provinces that specialize in sustainable, organic agriculture practices. Organic Valley has becoe the world’s largest independent cooperative of organic family farmers and one of the nation’s largest producers and distributors of organic produce, dairy, soy and eggs. It markets its line of beef, pork, turkey and chicken products under the Organic Prairie brand.
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A special Thanks to the WordPress Blog, Bliss Returned, for it’s excellent post entitled “Find Out Which Organic Companies Owned by Mega Corporations”.
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What the Genetic Engineering and AgraChemical Companies  Don’t Want YOU To Know!
Just Click above on the words, “Genetic Engineering and AgraChemical Companies” to see this graph.
 
The Independent Seed Industry is in even worse shape compared to the Independent Food Producers because, as you can see by this graph, there are only 8 Multi-National Companies in ownership of most of the seed companies; and 5 of them are on The Big Six List of mega giant Genetic Engineering Companies.

 

Here’s that List:
 
Monsanto has the largest market share of GE crops in the world.
Syngenta makes most of its money on pesticides but is working to
      to introduce new GE crops, like rice for Japan.
Dow Agrosciences is a subsidiary of Dow Chemical Company.
Bayer Cropscience is a subsidiary of Bayer.
Pioneer Hi-Bred International is a subsidiary of DuPont.

 

So what do you think is happening to our seeds under the control of these companies? We’re talking about seeds that have taken thousands of years to adapt to specific climatic conditions in various parts of the world. 

 

“Many of today’s modern garden crops and fruit were first grown six thousand to seven thousand years ago by the Incas of Peru, the Maya of Central America and the Aztecs of Mexico. These cultures were the first to grow more than 150 species of plants such as corn, beans, certain varieties of squash, peanuts, peppers and tomatoes.”
(Quote taken from Native American Gardening by Michael J. Caduto and Joseph Bruchac, Fulcrum Publishing, 1996).
 
The history of corn is a fascinating one as it took thousands of years of careful cultivation to transform maize from a wild grass called Teosinte that originally grew in Central America 7,000 years ago into the staple food we recognize as corn today.

 

It took the Genetic Engineers less than 25 years to turn 85% of the U.S. corn crop into GMO corn. Obviously, it takes a lot less time to destroy our natural food resources than it does to cultivate them.
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So Which Seed Companies Didn’t Sell Out To The Mega Giants?
 
Here’s that List: It, too, is short–real short. 
 
  
  
Introducing Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, also located in Petaluma, California, and their line up of available books, magazines and free Good Seeds catalog. Baker Creek caries one of the largest selections of seeds from the 19th century, including many Asian and European varieties. The company has become a tool to promote and preserve our agricultural and culinary heritage. All of their seeds are non-hybrid, non-GMO, non-treated and non-patented.
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Introducing Humble Seed, founded in 2009 by Jim and Kristen Mitchell, a husband and wife team devoted to top-quality garden seeds, the betterment of the environment and the well-being of people.
 
Humble Seed’s premium herb, fruit and vegetable seeds are packaged in re-sealable Mylar® bags. Then they are themed and bundled in FDA food-safe containers like the ones you see above. Their convenient garden seed kits inspire gardeners to venture beyond the produce section by growing their own varieties of fresh foods. 
 
Humble Seed is packed with care by their friends at the Marc Center. Marc Center provides opportunities for people with disabilities to be actively involved in determining where and how they live, learn, work and play. 
 
You can purchase Humble Seed direct or buy it on our Aquaponics USA website by clicking here. 
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And yet another company in the Petaluma, California area. It seems Petaluma is a hot spot for Naturalists. Introducing  The Natural Gardening Company
 
For 26 years, they’ve specialized in certified organic seedlings, organic vegetable, herb and flower seeds, drip irrigation, natural pest controls and fertilizers, and tools. Their catalog is a work of art.
 
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The family that owns this company is the real deal and has been passing heirloom seeds back and forth since the 1830’s.

 

The President is the famous Bill Heid who has been putting out the SURVIVAL SEED VAULT since the crash of 2008 and purporting the necessity of preparedness and food independence. His company,Heirloom Solutions is an off shoot of his popular Seed Vault offering many more varieties of heirloom seeds.
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This company got the premiere name, HEIRLOOM SEEDS and then attached a .com to it so they are often at the top of the Google search list. It doesn’t appear that they have a fancy catalog and their website is quite basic. Located in South Western Pennsylvania, they are a small, family run seed house that has been in the mail order business since 1988. When they started this business, their first priority was to offer old fashioned vegetables noted for their taste.  All of the varieties they offer are open pollinated (non hybrid) and have been grown by generations of backyard gardeners.
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Irish Eyes Garden Seeds has been going through some changes in the last couple of years. They recently absorbed Garden City Seeds and are a family company that is also related to Ronniger’s Potato Seed Company. They specialize in organic heirloom variety seeds, as well as organic pest control and garden supplies. They also do their own trials for taste & hardiness in cold climates. The catalog has very specific (and helpful) growing instructions, including companion crop listings and pest control hints.
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Our newly found HERO and a true Revolutionary in the FOOD REVOLUTION! To meet the other Revolutionaries Click over to our May Newsletter from our Quick Links Menu on the left. 

  

Dr. Phil Howard, an expert on our broken Food System
Meet Dr. Phil Howard; and if we had anything to say about it, this man would be as famous as the other Dr. Phil.
 
Dr. Phil Howard, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State. He is responsible for the creation and updating of the Organic Food Producers Chart and the Seed Industry Structure Chart. These Charts were featured in this Newsletter above. He teaches in the University’s Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies program. 
 
Here’s some advice from Dr. Phil Howard:
 
“Consumers who want food companies that embody more of the original organic ideals would do well to seek out products from independent organic firms,” Howard advises. “Given the very uneven playing field they are competing in, independent organic processors are unlikely to survive without such support.”
 
Howard has created additional infographics and network animations on the wine, beer, soft drink and coffee industries, as well as on foodborne illnesses and the structure of the food system.   
 
Like we stated in our introduction, this is a REVOLUTION we will win or lose with our wallets.
 

Don’t Miss The Final Part of this 4 Part Series, called FOOD REVOLUTION, 
 
                                                              COMING IN JULY

We’ll be talking more about:
The Allies 
The #1 Adversary, Monsanto 
More Revolutionaries 
Where Aquaponics Fits in
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FOOD REVOLUTION PART 2


From: Aquaponics USA and Aquaponics World, LLC <urbanfarmer@aquaponicsusa.com>
Subject: May 2014 Newsletter
Reply: urbanfarmer@aquaponicsusa.com
This is a copy of our May Newsletter, which is Part 2 of a 4 Part Series on the FOOD REVOLUTION. Part 3, which is being posted shortly has Links to all three Parts of this important story about the FOOD REVOLUTION.
 
May Newsletter, 2014
Number 5
Table of Contents
Who is the Guinea Pig for the BioTechs? We The People Are
Let Them Eat Poison
Choose REAL FOOD
The Revolutionaries–Jeffrey Smith
The Documentaries–Genetic Roulette
The Revolutionaries–Dr. Dean Ornish
The Revolutionaries–Dr. Vandana Shiva
The Revolutionaries–Jamie Oliver
The Revolutionaries–John and Ocean Robbins
The Revolutionaries–Joel Salatin
The Revolutionaries–Alice Waters
The Revolutionaries–Mike Adams
The Revolutionaries–Dr. Gabriel Cousens
The Revolutionaries–David Wolfe
The Revolutionaries–Murray Hallam
National Geographic Magazine Cover–The New Food Revolution
What’s Coming in June–FOOD REVOLUTION Part 3

A Word from our Editor, Grace Sylke
It’s been touch and go; but here it is, our fifth consecutive Newsletter, which I thought was going to be a two-Part Series; but it just turned into a 3-Part Series.
You’re not going to want to miss Part 3 where we delineate the Battle Fields and talk about the Adversaries, which are legion.
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The FOOD REVOLUTION!
Part 2:
 
What is it?
Why is it?
Who are the Revolutionaries?
See our April Newsletter for Part 1: History
 
See our  June Newsletter for Part 3: The Battlegrounds and the Adversaries
 
Dear Subscriber:
 
The Food Revolution is a multi-faceted insurgency rebelling against the industrialization of  the World’s food production over the last 70 years. Those who are proponents of the Food Revolution are determined to reaffirm our right to eat healthy, nutritious, locally grown food that is not laden with chemicals, pesticides and GMO’s. 
 
Some of our mottos like: “Taking Our Food Back” in which the word “Taking” is an acronym for “The Assured Knowing It’s Naturally Grown”, “NO to GMO’s” in which the GMO’s stands for Genetically Modified Organisms, “Real Food” and “Right to Know” are slowly seeping into the mainstream consciousness.
 
It’s becoming widely known that food and health are intricately interconnected in spite of the embarrassing fact that in the 21st Century, doctors in the U.S. still get less than 25 hours of nutritional training as a prerequisite for receiving their licenses to diagnose and treat diseases in the human body. It’s also becoming widely known that Americans are the most unhealthy people on the planet. A recent study at the National Academy of Sciences found we die sooner than people in 16 other developed countries due to drug abuse, obesity, diabetes, heart disease and lung disease to name just a few of the causes of our early demise.

The U.S. Population has been designated as one of the Guinea Pigs for the BioTechs! Several nations have declined the offer.

These sad statistics are understandable once you realize the U.S. was the flash point for the industrialization of food, which  started on a grand scale after World War II. We were also one of the first populations to unknowingly ingest genetically modified organisms, which were brought into our food supply in the mid 1990’s without us having one word to say about whether or not we wanted to serve as the guinea pig for the grand GMO experiment.
GMO’s have been in our food for nearly 20 years, and we’re still fighting for the right to know which foods contain them so we can choose whether or not we want to eat them and remain on the biotech’s experimental treadmill.

Let Them Eat Any Damn Thing We Choose to Put in Their Food and Keep it a Secret! Because we’ve been given a pass by our U.S. Food Safety Czar, Michael Taylor, a former VP of Monsanto. That must mean Monsanto runs the FDA!

It’s our prediction that by 2020, given the success of the Food Revolutionaries, we’ll look back at the practice of medicine, the mass production of food, the use of GMO’s and the collusion between our enforcement agencies like the FDA and big corporations like Monsanto as the Dark Ages with Monsanto standing in for Marie Antoinette and her infamous line: “Let them eat Cake”.
In Monsanto’s case it’s “Let them eat Agent Orange”, OOPS, I mean “Glyphosate”, which is one of the toxic ingredients in Monsanto’s weed killer, Round Up.

 “. . .one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty [to Choose what's in our food] and justice for all.” 
 
                         CHOOSE REAL FOOD!
                         The People of Vermont Did IT!
                          We Can All Do IT!

The Food Revolution has arisen for the same reasons every revolution arises–to bring drastic CHANGE. The word “Revolution” is from the Latin word, “Revolutio”, which mean “a turn around”. Revolutions trigger “a fundamental change in power or organizational structures that take place in a relatively short period of time.” (Wikipedia)
In the case of the Food Revolution, it’s about putting food production back in the hands of the people and taking it away from the mega corporations that have turned food into processed poisons that bolster their bottom lines.
The Food Revolutionaries are just plain sick and tired of being sick and tired; and they aren’t going to take it anymore.
We’re giving you a list of the Revolutionaries below; but you’ll need to do your homework to learn more about who they are and what they’re doing.

The Revolutionaries include:
#1 Mr. Jeffrey Smith

Meet Jeffrey Smith, a tireless Activist and “the leading consumer advocate promoting healthier non-GMO choices, Jeffrey Smith’s meticulous research documents how biotech companies continue to mislead legislators and safety officials to put the health of society at risk and the environment in peril. His work expertly summarizes why the safety assessments conducted by the FDA and regulators worldwide teeter on a foundation of outdated science and false assumptions, and why genetically engineered foods must urgently become our nation’s top food safety priority.” (From About Jeffrey)

Don’t miss Jeffrey Smith’s Award Winning Film, “Genetic Roulette, The Gamble of Our Lives”, it’s a Must See if you’re a budding Food Revolutionary!
And now you can purchase it at Whole Foods.
It’s received the 2012 Movie of the Year (Solari Report) and the Transformational Film of the Year (Aware Guide) Award.
Along with his Assistant Writer and Associate Producer, Samm Simpson, Jeffrey links genetically engineered food to toxic and allergic reactions, infertility, digestive disorders, and numerous problems that have been on the rise in the US population since genetically modified organisms (GMOs) were introduced. It’s a mind altering experience. It might even make you mad enough to join the movement.
Here’s the Trailer:

Genetic Roulette Movie Trailer
Genetic Roulette Movie Trailer

The Revolutionaries include:
#2 Dr. Dean Ornish 

“For over 35 years, Dr. Ornish has directed clinical research demonstrating, for the first time, that comprehensive lifestyle changes may begin to reverse even severe coronary heart disease, without drugs or surgery.  Recently, Medicare agreed to provide coverage for this program, the first time that Medicare has covered a program of comprehensive lifestyle changes.  He directed the first randomized controlled trial demonstrating that comprehensive lifestyle changes may stop or reverse the progression of early-stage prostate cancer.  His current research showed that comprehensive lifestyle changes affect gene expression, “turning on” disease-preventing genes and “turning off” genes that promote cancer and heart disease, as well as increasing telomerase, an enzyme that lengthens telomeres, the ends of our chromosomes which control aging (in collaboration with Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2009).

He is the author of six books, all national bestsellers, including: Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease; Eat More, Weigh Less; Love & Survival; and his most recent book, The Spectrum.”

Watch his famous TED Talk below:

Dean Ornish: The world's killer diet
Dean Ornish: The world’s killer diet

The Revolutionaries include: 
#3 Dr. Vandana Shiva

Dr. Vandana Shiva has fought for changes in the practice and paradigms of agriculture and food. In the photo above, she is campaigning for California’s mandatory labeling of GMO’s Measure that was defeated in November 2012 after Monsanto, Dupont, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Kraft and the Grocery Manufacturers Association spent a combined 22 million to fool Californians into thinking the price of food was going to rise if mandatory labeling of GMO’s was passed.

Vandana Shiva  has assisted grassroots organizations of the Green movement in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Ireland, Switzerland, and Austria with campaigns against genetic engineering.

In 1982, she founded the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, which led to the creation of Navdanya in 1991, a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources, especially native seed, the promotion of organic farming and fair trade.

She has many talks posted on YouTube. Below is a link to one called:

Vandana Shiva on the Problem with Genetically-Modified Seeds
Vandana Shiva on the Problem with Genetically-Modified Seeds

The Revolutionaries include:
#4 Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver is fiery Brit who came to the U.S. to help us deal with our abysmal health challenges. He was the first one to coin the term “Food Revolution” in his ABC TV Series by that name that debuted on March 21, 2010.

The show, which was produced by English chef Jamie Oliver and Ryan Seacrest, followed Oliver as he attempted to reform the school lunch programs, help American society fight obesity and change their eating habits in order to live healthier and longer lives.

The series had its UK premiere on Channel 4 on September 13, 2010. The Greek premiere was on Fox Life Greece on November 2010. The premiere in Italy was on Raisat Gambero Rosso Channel in January 2011. The show was cancelled in the U.S. the summer of 2011 because a calcitrant school Board Member in the LA School District refused to cooperate with Jamie and his production team.

If you don’t watch anything else on TV, catch a few of the  episodes that were aired on this incredible reality TV show at:

Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

You can also watch this reality series on YouTube. Here’s Part 1 of the first episode from YouTube.

Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution Episode 1 Part 1
Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Episode 1 Part 1 Above

Jamie declared a Food Revolution Day for May 16, 2014 and is sponsoring a FREE Cooking Classroom in the San Diego Area from May 10-31, 2014. Sign up for the Cooking Classroom today.

The Revolutionaries Include:
#5 & #6 John and Ocean Robbins
John and his son, Ocean, Robbins founded The Food Revolution Network, which is an online-based education and advocacy-driven initiative committed to healthy, sustainable, humane and conscious food for all.
Guided by John and Ocean Robbins, with more than 100,000 members and with the collaboration of many of the top food revolutionary leaders of our times, the Food Revolution Network aims to empower individuals, build community, and transform food systems to support healthy people and a healthy planet.
Together, they have sponsored three annual Food Revolution Summits featuring an A-List of top people in the world of healthy food advocacy. If you really want to be up on who are the movers and the shakers among the Food Revolutionaries, go to the 2014 Food Revolution Summit Page and scroll to the bottom to get your empowerment package.

Watch the Video Introduction to The Food Revolution Network below:

A Welcome Message from John and Ocean Robbins
A Welcome Message from John and Ocean Robbins

The Revolutionaries Include:
#7 Joel Salatin

Joel F. Salatin is an American farmer, lecturer, and author whose books include “Folks, This Ain’t Normal”, “You Can Farm” and “Salad Bar Beef”.

Salatin raises livestock using holistic management methods of animal husbandry, free of potentially harmful chemicals, on his Polyface Farm in SwoopeVirginia, in the Shenandoah Valley. Meat from the farm is sold by direct-marketing to consumers and restaurants.

Joel’s Polyface Farms and his down home and straight-forward demeanor was first debuted in a beautiful documentary called “Fresh” that was made in 2009. From there, he spun off to become one of the most outspoken critics of factory farming and the use of drugs and harmful chemicals in modern day farming practices. One of his monikers is his use of phrases like:

“The chicken-ness of the chicken”

“The cow-ness of the cow”

To indicate the importance of feeding animals what they naturally eat not some concocted mixture of food and antibiotics that is not part of their natural diet.

 Below is the Trailer for “Fresh”

Fresh The Movie - Official Trailer
Fresh The Movie – Official Trailer
Joel Salatin Semester - Pastured Poultry Lesson
Joel Salatin Semester – Pastured Poultry Lesson
You’re going to love this guy.

The Revolutionaries include:
#8 Alice Waters

Here she is, Alice Waters, the mother of the movement with one of her best selling books, “The Art Of Simple Food”. “Alice Louise Waters is an American chef, restaurateur, activist, and author. She is the owner of Chez Panisse, a Berkeley, California restaurant famous for its organic, locally-grown ingredients and for pioneering California cuisine.

 

Waters opened the restaurant in 1971. It was consistently ranked among the World’s 50 Best Restaurants from 2002 to 2008. Waters has been cited as one of the most influential figures in food in the past 50 years, and has been called the mother of American food. She is currently one of the most visible supporters of the organic food movement, and has been a proponent of organics for over 40 years. Waters believes that eating organic foods, free from herbicides and pesticides, is essential for both taste and the health of the environment and local communities.” (Wikipedia)
Ms. Waters single handed spearheaded the School Garden Program, which she called the Edible Schoolyard program at the Martin Luther King Middle School in Berkeley, California. She serves as a public policy advocate on the national level for school lunch reform and universal access to healthy, organic foods, and the impact of her organic and healthy food revolution. Another one of her famous books is named after that program, “Edible Schoolyard”.
Below is the 60 Minutes Segment that focused on Alice Waters:
60 Minutes - Alice Waters
60 Minutes – Alice Waters

She’s a living legend.

The Revolutionaries include:
#9 Mike Adams, The Health Ranger

Mike Adams, known as The Health Ranger, is an outspoken Activist and Author. His website, Natural News, is dedicated to alternative medicine and various health concerns such as chemtrails, the dangers of fluoride in drinking water, monosodium glutamate (MSG), aspartame and health problems caused by “toxic” ingredients in vaccines.

He features guest authors such as anti-vaccinationists Joseph Mercola and and Jon Rappoport.

Mike works tirelessly to promote alternative medicine over pharmaceuticals and follows questionable activities perpetrated by the FDA swat teams that have been raiding raw milk farms and pig farms in the recent past under the guise of protecting Americans while GMO’s are allowed to flood the market unlabeled.

Watch his introduction YouTube Video for his new website called SCIENCE.naturalnews.com below:

SCIENCE.naturalnews.com announced by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
SCIENCE.naturalnews.com announced by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger

The Revolutionaries include:
#10 Dr. Gabriel Cousens

Dr. Gabriel Cousens is an American physician M.D., homeopath, and spiritual writer who practices holistic medicine. Cousens advocates live foods therapy, a nutritional regimen which he says can cure diabetes, depression and other chronic degenerative diseases.

 

He is the founder of the “Essene Order of Light”, an offshoot of a New Age religion based upon modern interpretations of the Essenes, an ancient Jewish sect, teachings from the Jewish Kabbalah and the Torah, and Hindu beliefs. Essene Order of Light is taught by Cousens at “Tree of Life Foundation”, an organization directed by Cousens and headquartered at its “Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center” in Patagonia, Arizona.

 

Cousens has written books, made movies and tours internationally promoting his ideas on food and his spiritual beliefs.

Below is a YouTube Video of Gabriel discussing his movie, “Simply Raw:Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days”.

Green Lifestyle Film Festival
Green Lifestyle Film Festival “Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days”

Below is the Trailer for the documentary, “Simply Raw”.

Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days Trailer
Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days Trailer

The Revolutionaries include:
#11 David Wolfe
“David Wolfe is the rock star of the superfoods and longevity world, America’s TOP CEOs, Global Ambassadors, Hollywood celebrities, busy professionals, and even the most powerful buying influence in the nation-Moms-all look to David for expert advice in health, beauty, herbalism, nutrition and chocolate!

David is co-founder of TheBestDayEver.com online health magazine and is President of The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation with a mission to plant 18 billion fruit trees on planet Earth.

 

With over 20 years of dedicated experience and understanding of the inner workings of the human body, David is a true living master of what it means to “walk the talk” on the road to higher and higher levels of natural beauty, vibrant health, and peak-performance.

 

David is the author of many best-selling books including Eating for Beauty, The Sunfood Diet Success System, Naked Chocolate, Amazing Grace, Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future, and Chaga: King of the Medicinal Mushrooms. His latest book, Longevity Now, shares a multi-faceted approach to rejuvenation, beauty and radiant health. David empowers and inspires people to take charge of their own health because. After all, your health is your wealth!” (From davidwolfe.com/about)

 

Watch this YouTube Video by David Wolfe on the important subject of inflammation.

David Wolfe on Inflammation
David Wolfe on Inflammation

 

The Revolutionaries include:
#12 Murray Hallam

Murray Hallam is the Founder and Director of Practical Aquaponics, an all-around Aquaponics company working out of Australia and offering Kits, System Plans and DVD’s. For many, he is regarded as the father of Aquaponics and has mentored a growing bevy of up and coming Aquaponics entrepreneurs including our own system designer, Oliver Duffy.
Murray himself has become an international image and influence in the field of Aquaponics through his consulting services, his seminars, workshops and popular DVD’s on the subject.
Watch this 60 Minutes Australia segment about Aquaponics featuring Murray and his company Practical Aquaponics:
60 Minutes Australia - Food Security - Aquaponics
60 Minutes Australia – Food Security – Aquaponics

We’re not the only folks talking about the Food Revolution this Month. Be sure to check out the National Geographic May Issue entitled: THE NEW FOOD REVOLUTION.
The article inside poses this question:
Where will we find enough food for 9 billion?
 
It goes on to propose that “It doesn’t have to be industrial farms versus small, organic ones. There’s another way and lists the “Five-Step Plan to Feed the World”.
Those steps include:
1. Freeze agriculture’s footprint
2. Grow more on farms we’ve got
3. Use resources more efficiently
4. Shift diets
5. Reduce waste
We recommend you check out this article and see if you agree with the Five-Step Plan. We have mixed feelings.
The good news, National Geographic is addressing the most important topic on the planet–our FOOD.

Look for FOOD REVOLUTION Part 3 in our June Newsletter
 
You’ll learn:
 
1. About The Battlefields  
2. About the Adversaries Fighting Against our Revolutionaries. 
In every war there are at least two sides and sometimes more. This war is no different. The FOOD REVOLUTION is a War for the right of the people to be SOVEREIGN EATERS of SAFE Food. This is a serious FOOD FIGHT. We are fighting for our rights to have clean, safe, nutritious food in a clean, safe environment; and we’re determined to TAKE BACK OUR FOOD!
Be sure to watch for our June Newsletter, which will continue this look at the FOOD REVOLUTION!
This time it’s We the People of the World!
This time we’re ALL Fighting for 
FOOD FREEDOM!

We have featured 12 Revolutionaries in the FOOD REVOLUTION; and we’re sorry we can’t keep going because we’re leaving out many. Do your Home Work, find out who the others are and start supporting ALL of them.
These Heros and Heroines are the ones standing between the rest of us eating fake food filled with more and more toxins as we line the coffers of the Big Agra, Big Chema and Big Pharma companies who have taken over our food supply while we stand around the coffins of our fallen loved ones who are dying from chronic diseases that could have been prevented with proper education and “REAL FOOD”.
Thank You for joining us in this look at the
FOOD REVOLUTION
We hope to see you again in June for Part 3
Until then, Be Healthy and Strong
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AWorld Greenhouse with World Flag #1We’ve just recently completed the conversion of our Growroom and our Greenhouse into demonstration areas showing how our commercial-sized Food Forever™ Farms work. If you’ve been following us, you won’t recognize the interiors of these growing areas as our commercial system is entirely different than our small school and home systems; and there are only two Deep Media Grow Beds. Instead, we’re using proprietary technology called Duffy Duct™ Growing Systems that come in both Vertical and Horizontal configurations.

Below is one of four walls of Vertical Duffy Ducts™ that are in our Greenhouse capable of growing 224 heads of lettuce. Here we are growing Romaine, which we plan to sell as Living Romaine with the roots attached.

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You can watch our new Video right here or over at YouTube where you will see the entire reconfigured Greenhouse with these amazing walls of Romaine Lettuce, plus our new Growroom and Fishroom.

We so appreciate you following our Blog. Until next time, GET GROWING!

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FOOD REVOLUTION


AquaponicsUSA:

It’s a FOOD REVOLUTION. Are YOU IN?

Originally posted on AquaponicsUSA's Blog:

This is a Copy of our recent Newsletter. If you’d like to see it as a Newsletter, just go to: Aquaponics USA & Aquaponics World, April Newsletter


AWorld Food Revolution 8x10The Revolution is here. Are YOU IN?

Less than a hundred years ago, there were no supermarkets; and many families grew their own food, milked their own cows and butchered their own beef, rabbits and chickens. They made sure their vegetables were in the ground in early Spring, weather permitting, and harvested in Fall to make way for the late season crops. The excess food was canned and stored; and anything that could be preserved in cold cellars and basements was stowed away for the winter.
We were food self sufficient and everyone ate organic food. All of the milk was whole and unpasteurized because that’s how it came right out of the cow; and the vegetables came right out of the soil–fresh, nutritious…

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Creating A Sustainable World


AquaponicsUSA:

We have to create a Sustainable World; and Food Forever™ Farms is a way to do it.

Originally posted on AquaponicsUSA's Blog:

This is a Copy of our February 2014 Newsletter. If you wish to view our Aquaponics USA & Aquaponics World Newsletter in its original Constant Contact format, go here: http://conta.cc/NydSzm

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In order to hand a more Sustainable World over to our children and grand-children, we need to make changes FAST! That’s what Aquaponics World, LLC, is all about.
Dear Subscriber:
Sorry to be sending out our February Newsletter so late in the month. But once you see it, you’ll understand why because we’ve been too busy to create this Newsletter until now. In our last Newsletter, we said we’d be talking about the Food Revolution; but that subject has been pushed forward to our March Newsletter because we have some important developments to share about Aquaponics World, LLC.
In fact, we have a big announcement to make regarding a milestone we’ve finally reached.
We have our Proof-Of-Concept MICRO FOOD…

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Why Aquaponics? Why NOW?


This is a Copy of our January 2014 Aquaponics USA & Aquaponics World Newsletter. If you’d like to view this Newsletter as it appeared in its Constant Contact format go here: http://conta.cc/K08S4i

We have posted all four of our Newsletters on our Word Press Blog starting with January first and progressing through to April. This is the first year we’ve put out Monthly Newsletters. We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we’re enjoying sharing our journey.

Sustainably,

Aquaponics USA & Aquaponics World, LLC

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There’s a 3-pronged threat facing our planet and Aquaponics is the answer.

 Dear Subscriber:

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news in this, our first Official Monthly Newsletter. So let’s start again and wish you all a Happy New Year. You can expect to receive a Newsletter from us every month during 2014. It’s one of the Projects on our new How To Get Things Done Projects List. We’ll share more about that later. This first Newsletter is all about the important role Aquaponics is playing in the Food, Water and Fish Crisis.

We Have Entered A Time of Crisis:

And our world is now dealing with a shortage of food, water and fish. You can read all about these shortages on our AquaponicsWorld.net website. Just click on The Food Independence Project pdf. on our Home Page. It’s a real eye-opener. Also be sure to look at some of the TED Talks and Videos about these important issues.

We talk about how the world is losing it’s soil and that soils could vanish within the next 60 years due to Big Agra farming practices unless drastic action is taken. We talk about the world-wide demand for water has tripled in the last 50 years leaving even highly developed countries like the U.S. facing water shortages. And we talk about how we have recklessly overfished our oceans and pushed many species of wild fish to near extinction levels. These are serious problems we’re facing.

But there’s something new added to the mix–Fukushima. We know this is shocking and really sad to have to say, but Pacific Ocean fish is no longer safe to eat. The plumes of radiation from Fukushima have contaminated our Pacific West Coast. We have to learn to grow our own fish; and that’s one of the reasons why Aquaponics is so important at this challenging time.

But don’t despair, Aquaponics is here and . . .

If you’re an optimist like we are over here at Aquaponics USA and Aquaponics World, you get it that a perfect storm like this wouldn’t arise if there weren’t a solution that could solve the problem arising with it. Aquaponics is that solution.

It’s all about the Water, Intelligent One.

Aquaponics food growing technology is a recirculating aquaculture system, also known as RAS so it saves 90% of the water used in tillage farming. Water doesn’t get lost in the ground. It just keeps recirculating through the system over and over and over. There is some water loss due to plant uptake and evaporation; but it’s minimal compared to traditional soil farming.

We’re Under Construction at Aquaponics World!

We’re located in the high desert of California above Palm Springs; and in case you’re wondering, we have winter here–cold, below freezing nights. So we’re building an enclosed fishroom where we’ll be putting our fish tanks and other components to demonstrate our Food Forever™ Farm designs. This will be the fish part of our Micro Farm, a miniature version of a full-scale, 10,000 sq. ft. Food Forever™ Farm.

Our Deep Water Culture (DWC) Beds, Duffy Ducts™

And these are the Grow Beds that we’ll be installing in the Growroom that sits next to the Fishroom. We’ll be growing leafy greens, including lettuce, sweet basil, greek basil in these individual DWC Beds that can grow more food using less water than standard DWC Beds.

Back to the new Aquaponics World Fishroom with its Dilution Solution!

Where we’ve added a new component to our system, the Dilution Solution Tank.

This is where you can safely input the few additives like pH-UP, chelated iron or Maxicrop that might be required to optimize your system. These solutions are simply poured into the top of this 60 gallon rain barrel where they mix with the filtered water from the Solid Separation System before entering the fish tanks.

Another Proprietary Component in the Fishroom:

This is our Water Enhancement Technology that we call WET. It’s a Mineralization Tower that greatly reduces the amount of suspended solids while putting out dissolved solids.

With the increased amount of dissolved solids and added nitrates provided by this process, the plants now have a greater amount of nutrients with which to grow.

By keeping the fish waste solids in the system and mineralizing them, the amount of nutrients available to the plants is about double that of a system that completely removes the solids. This process allows for the growth of more plants while keeping the water clean.

Another Proprietary Aquaponics World Food Forever™ Farm Design

 

A design was needed that split the system water into two paths, one with very clean water that could be used efficiently in the grow beds, and one path that would send the water containing the fish waste solids to be processed in its own system. It was desirable to have a continuous flow during the process. Thus was born the Solids Separation System, or SSS, which is proprietary to our design.

 

The operation of the SSS has the system water continuously flowing through it without interruption. All water being pumped from the fish tanks passes through the SSS where one of its outputs deliver water containing fish waste solids to be processed and then returned to the fish tank and another output with very clean water that is sent on to the rest of the system where fish waste water would interfere with those components’ processes. All water from both these post SSS processes is eventually returned to the fish tanks.

So What’s Happening at Aquaponics USA, our backyard Home and School System company?

Aquaponics USA is fast becoming the Go To Place for Schools to purchase their Aquaponics Learning Lab Systems that we call Food Forever™ Growing Systems.

Here’s an Aquaponics USA System going into an All Purpose Room in a Tucson Elementary School.

We’ve recently teamed up with a large insurance company that wants to sponsor our Food Forever™ Growing Systems in Schools around the Nation. It looks like we’ll be installing a system in a Houston High School this Spring.

Get in on the Aquaponic Gardens Campaign for Schools
and other Charitable Organizations. You can become a Fund Generator and earn while you generate funds for the campaign. Go here to learn more:

A third party entrepreneur has designed this fund generating campaign. The Goal of this campaign is to generate $1,000,000 a year in order to donate Aquaponic Gardens to Schools and Charitable Organizaitons.
The Plan is to GenerateFunds™ in order to purchase and donate Aquaponics USA’s Food Forever™ Growing Systems to the
Schools and Charitable Organizations.
We’re so honored to have been chosen by this inventive entrepreneur  whose Goal is to bring Aquaponic Gardens to Schools and other Charitable Organizations.

The Aquaponic Gardens Campaign has a “go fund me” page attached. If you just want to get in on a great crowd funding cause–Aquaponics USA Systems in Schools, go here: gofundme

We’re honored to have been chosen to participate in this charitable campaign to bring our systems into Schools and other organizaitons.
Thank You, Jason Nole, creator of the Aquaponic Gardens Campaign.

Aquaponics USA is teaming up with an organization that plans to turn school grounds into Fruit Orchards and Classrooms into Aquaponics Labs.

It’s the beginning of an exciting collaboration that will change both the outside and the inside of schools across the U.S. Stay tuned for all the exciting details about this new project.

We’re Writing a Book and hope to have it published by mid 2014. You’ll be the first to know.

We don’t want to give away the surprise so we’re keeping real Mum about it. It’s going to be unlike any other book written on the subject of Aquaponics.

One last thing. We said we’d share about our How To Get Things Done Project; and this is it. If you’re wanting this year to be more productive, buy this book! The fact that you’re looking at this Newsletter is testimony to this program working.

Everything you need to know is right here. The book speaks for itself.

We’l be recommending books in all of our Newsletters at this bottom location.

That will do it for our first Newsletter. Our next Newsletter will be all about the Food Revolution and how you can get involved.
We so appreciate our Subscribers and are so pleased to be able to share with you.
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Aquaponics USA

Creating A Sustainable World


This is a Copy of our February 2014 Newsletter. If you wish to view our Aquaponics USA & Aquaponics World Newsletter in its original Constant Contact format, go here: http://conta.cc/NydSzm

 

Earth

In order to hand a more Sustainable World over to our children and grand-children, we need to make changes FAST! That’s what Aquaponics World, LLC, is all about.
Dear Subscriber:
Sorry to be sending out our February Newsletter so late in the month. But once you see it, you’ll understand why because we’ve been too busy to create this Newsletter until now. In our last Newsletter, we said we’d be talking about the Food Revolution; but that subject has been pushed forward to our March Newsletter because we have some important developments to share about Aquaponics World, LLC.
In fact, we have a big announcement to make regarding a milestone we’ve finally reached.
We have our Proof-Of-Concept MICRO FOOD FOREVER™ FARM up, running and ready for TOURS (with an NDA). 
But first, we need to take another look at what isn’t working on our planet. We simply can’t continue to act like there are no consequences connected to our unconscious behavior regarding our soil, our oceans, our waterways, our aquifers, our water availability and our use of dangerous energy choices like nuclear power.

Millions of fish are dying in mass death events all over the planet. To see the staggering list of these events that no one is talking about, go to CLN, Conscious Life News at: http://consciouslifenews.com/millions-fish-suddenly-dying-mass-death-events-all-planet/#
We have to stop overfishing our oceans, draining our Aquifers, depleting our soil, building nuclear power plants on fault lines (or how about stopping using nuclear power all together) and polluting our waterways.

Fukushima really happened! It isn’t some conspiracy theory.
And it just keeps happening because there’s nothing we can do to stop it. Could Fukushima be responsible for the mass fish deaths? Right now, that crippled nuclear power plant that sits 5,443 miles across the ocean from Newport Beach, CA is dumping “around 300 tons of highly radioactive water that has been flooding into the pacific ocean on a daily basis for the last two years”. The ocean just happens to be where many fish live. http://worlddaily.ca/featured/the-fukushima-concern-highly-radioactive-water/
The Japanese government placed a gag order on this subject in December; but just because it isn’t being talked about doesn’t mean it isn’t the worse disaster to ever hit our planet.
The crisis in Japan has been described as “a nuclear war without a war”. In the words of renowned novelist Haruki Murakami:

“This time no one dropped a bomb on us … We set the stage, we committed the crime with our own hands, we are destroying our own lands, and we are destroying our own lives.”

From http://www.globalresearch.ca/fukushima-a-nuclear-war-without-a-war-the-unspoken-crisis-of-worldwide-nuclear-radiation/28870

As a result of Fukushima–
The safest food to eat is food grown in Greenhouses and Warehouses. That mostly means food that is grown using Aquaponic and Hydroponic food growing technology that is protected from radiated rain, snow and soil. That’s why we’ve developed a new copyrighted Trademark that we are putting on all of our packaged products. The dangers that Fukushima poses to our food supply can’t be kept a secret forever. The entire world is being radiated; and people will soon be looking for food that is as safe as it can be–that’s “Rad Shielded” food.

Before we go any further, we have to post this Warning!
When you get the Aquaponics bug, it can take over your entire life. So beware because Aquaponics has a mission to save our planet from soil degradation, water scarcity, food scarcity and fish scarcity.
And please forgive me for bringing up Fukushima again in this Newsletter or even talking about the crisis we’re facing on our planet. It wasn’t my plan; but they came forward anyway because this subject is so important.

So what’s been keeping us so busy this past month?
We have completely torn out everything we were doing in both our Greenhouse and our Growroom and replaced those small backyard Home and School Systems with our Aquaponics World, LLC, Micro Food Forever™ Farm Demo and Proof- of-Concept scalable Model.
And what a scene that was. We tore out nine Deep Media Grow Beds and moved several hundred pounds of expanded clay. We took out one 320 gallon Fish Tank, and three 120 gallon Fish Tanks; and moved 75 Tilapia with an average size of 2 lbs. each. One was actually over 5 lbs. In that process, we lost two fish due to mysterious reasons related to this move.
We found fingerlings we didn’t know we had due to the design of our first systems, which were in the Greenhouse and had the Fish Tanks under the Grow Beds.  We don’t recommend that kind of set up precisely because you can’t get enough contact with the fish to know what’s really happening in the Fish Tanks. Here is a photo of Oliver moving one of those 75 fish.

The Greenhouse that Was

This Greenhouse is 8′ wide and 28′ long. It had five Deep Media Beds offering a total of 55 sq. ft. of growing area and three 120 gallon fish tanks. This original demo of our Small Home and School Systems was replaced with 3 EZ-Reach Deep Media Grow Beds offering 42 sq. ft. of growing area, two 120 gallon Sump Tanks and a Vertical Duffy Duct™ System that can produce 224 heads of lettuce or other leafy greens. We lost only 13 sq. ft. of Deep Media Grow Bed space and we gained 224 holes for lettuce production. We’re in a Patent Process and will show you this Vertical Duffy Duct™ system when that’s complete.

Our new Micro Food Forever™ Farm Greenhouse with a peek at the Vertical Duffy Duct™ System inside.
It’s truly amazing how Vertical Growing can drastically change the output of a growing area. We are about to put a diffusing Greenhouse cover over the entire Greenhouse so the light is more evenly distributed and the intensity of the sun in our desert world is decreased. In the meantime, we’ve hung some shade cloth on the south side.

On the left of our Greenhouse is the Strawberry Tower

Strawberries are a very hardy plant. Right now we have temporarily placed them outside in the Tower; but two of these Towers will be inside our Greenhouse and hooked up to our Food Forever™ Farm water system. We’ll also be doing some redesigning of this Tower to make it a more efficient aquaponics water delivery item. Then we’ll put it on our Aquaponics USA website as one of our products.

Tearing Down the Growroom
Tearing apart the Greenhouse was just one half of the demolition process because we also had to tear down the Growroom, paint it and install the new Food Forever™ Farm Horizontal Duffy Duct™ System. We also had to connect what were two separate growing areas, the Greenhouse and the Growroom, into one water system that flows from the new Fishroom that we’re calling the Engine Room to both the Greenhouse and the Growroom. Our Micro Food Forever™ Farm Proof-Of-Concept Demo System is demonstrating both outdoor growing in a sun-lit Greenhouse as well as indoor growing in a Growroom with grow lighting. The photo above shows a Deep Media Bed being emptied before being removed from the room.

Here it is–the Hydrocorn from 9 11 sq. ft. Deep Media Grow Beds 

We’re going to sell it from right here after using some of it to fill the 42 sq. ft. of Deep Media Beds that are going into the Micro Food Forever™ Farm Greenhouse.

The Growroom that was

Our original 8′ x 30′ Growroom (almost the same size as our Greenhouse) had four 11 sq. ft. Deep Media Grow Beds with a 320 gallon Fish Tank (it is sitting between the third and fourth Grow Bed in this photo). This Growroom was serving as a demonstration of our 44 sq. ft. Food Forever™ Growing System, the FFGS-40. Three of these systems were installed in three elementary schools in Tucson, AZ. You can watch the installation Videos on our YouTube channel at Aquaponics USA TV.
When this photo was taken, we hadn’t evolved to using Net Pots yet and were planting rockwool cubes directly into the Deep Media Beds.

The new Micro Food Forever™ Farm Demo Growroom

We can show you this aquaponics growing technology because even though our System Designer, Oliver Duffy, thought he was designing an original system, our Lead System Technician, Keil Plotczyk, brought in a Hydroponic Growing Magazine with an almost exact duplicate of Oliver’s design so we won’t be Patenting the Horizontal Duffy Duct™ System. Aquaponics borrows a lot of already well established soilless growing technology from Hydroponics (even when we think we’re being original). Hydroponic growers have been developing technology for years that is easily adapted to Aquaponics, which is assisting Aquaponics growers to move quickly into innovative directions.
The first 12 ducts in this Duffy Duct™ System are for growing our seedlings. We move seedlings from their seedling trays into this end of the Duffy Duct™ System where the holes are much closer together than they are in the larger Grow Out Duffy Duct™ area; and they are under LED Lighting. The remaining 27 ducts are the Grow Out Duffy Duct™ System where we are growing kale, spinach, cabbage, arugala, head lettuce, romaine lettuce and butter lettuce. The cabbage, which gets huge in an aquaponics system will eventually need to be transplanted into the Deep Media Grow Beds.

On To The Engine Room Where The Fish Run The System!

In the last year, we have added this room and placed 6,000 Watts of Solar Panels on the roof to run our Micro Food Forever™ Farm. The Engine Room is the heart of the Food Forever™ Farm. We are running five 120 gallon Fish Tanks that are holding approximately 150 Lbs. of Tilapia. In the back left corner of the room, we have installed one 14 sq. ft. Deep Media Grow Bed. The Basil you saw next to the Grow Bed being torn out in the Growroom was transplanted into this new EZ-Reach Grow Bed. It’s called an EZ-Reach Bed because it is only 32 inches across and can be set against a wall and planted easily.
There is proprietary technology in this room that we have not photographed as we are applying for Patents on that technology.

Food Forever™ Farms Are As Automated As We Can Make Them While Not Getting Too Techy

The Grow Lights (not shown in this photo) in the Growroom and Engine Room over this Basil are all on an automatic staggered timing program so the Growroom does not get too hot. The Siphons in the Deep Media Beds (one shown here) are regulated with valves to control the flood and drain timing. The Fish Feeders automatically drop a pre-determined amount of fish food into the Fish Tanks a specified number of times per day. The Hydronic heating system follows the specifications of a thermostat to control the water temperature in the fish tanks. Water is automatically added to the system when the Float Valves in the Greenhouse sumps indicate it is needed.

We Debuted our Micro Food Forever™ Farm on Feb. 22nd To A Distinguished Guest List

Among our Guests in the middle  is Mr. Chuck Toussieng Sr., CEO-Senior Engineer of USA Merchant Team, LLC. Mr. Toussieng’s USA Merchant Team is marketing unconventional Agra-Farming and Garden Systems as Representatives of CHAHTECH, S.A, the internationally renowned and award winning manufacturer and developers of the CHAHTECH “Buried Diffusers”. The USA Merchant Team’s Western States Manager, Kenneth Parker on the left, was also in attendance along with Penny Steward, a USA Merchant Team Member and also a Representative of CHAHTECH products.
Kenneth Parker is also the Regional Director of Freshest Quality Organics located in Houston, Texas. This company is sponsoring the National Fruit Tree Project  whose goal is to help schools turn their environments into edible landscapes. To learn more go to Freshest Quality Organics.

Dr. Chahbani of Tunisia Gave A Presentation Of His World Renowned and Award Winning Buried Diffuser
 

This irrigation technology will forever change the face of global farming. Now, environmental water conservation is maximized over conventional irrigation, by requiring only 35% – 50% of water consumed by other systems. There is no evaporation, run-off, or energy requirements with buried diffusers. They are gravity activated and because they are buried, water delivery is made directly to the root mass. Buried Diffusers are the answer to drought plagued and arid environments. Did you hear that, California. To learn more about the wonders of the Buried Diffuser go to CHAHTECH, S.A TECHNOLOGIES
We will be uploading Dr. Chahbani’s discussion of the Buried Diffuser on our YouTube Channel in the near future. Just go to Aquaponics USA TV to view it.

Dedication Garden
This Blood Orange Fruit Tree was planted in the Micro Food Forever™ Farm Dedication Garden area and has been dedicated to the National Fruit Tree Project. It will also soon be the recipient of a Buried Diffuser, which will save it from the challenging winter conditions and the present drought conditions occurring in our Hi-Desert world above Palm Springs, CA.

Our Other Distinguished Guests Included:

Standing in the middle is lovely, Sue Huber of the famous Yucca Valley Sue’s Health Foods Store and behind her is her husband, Joe Huber. Sue’s Health Foods will soon be carrying our product line consisting of Living Butter Lettuce, Living Romaine Lettuce, Living Basil and Peppers. To learn more about this great store that’s been serving the Hi-Desert since 1984 go to: SUE’S HEALTH FOODS
Seated on the left are John Morgan and Sean Robineti from the Orange County Pond Doctor, a Water Gardening Service Company dedicated to being a full maintenance, serviceand repair resource for water feature enthusiasts who are interested in achieving harmony within a freshwater habitat. To learn more or get your water feature pond serviced go to:

What’s Coming to Sue’s Health Foods From Our Micro Food Forever™ Farm

We’re focusing on the most delicious lettuce you will ever eat including both Butter and Romaine lettuce; and it’s ALIVE. It’s packaged with roots attached so it stays alive until you eat it. Watch for our zer0 Pesticides, Petrochemicals and GMO’s Label. We’ll let you know when it’s about to arrive.
Our Living Lettuce is also “Aquaganic”, which means it’s beyond Organic because it’s grown in a living eco-system in which live natural fish fertilize the plants instead of manmade petrochemicals. And “Aquaganic” vegetables have zer0Pesticides & GMO’s.

Here’s our Product Line Up!

We’ve come up with a Recommended Product Line for our Food Forever™ Farm Farmer Associates. We decided on these particular products based on two criteria including: Ease of Growth & Market Trends.
Lettuce is one of the easiest vegetables to grow; and you can get massive amounts of Lettuce in a Vertical Duffy Duct™ System. Living Lettuce with the roots attached is becoming more and more popular in the market place as it indicates fresh, live food.
We’re also selling Living Romaine Lettuce and Living Basil. Peppers (shown below) grow profusely in Deep Media Beds so a Packaged Pepper Product rounds out the group of four Recommended Products.
Our Aquaponics World Micro Food Forever™ Farm will be growing the products; but Aquaponics USA will be marketing and selling them in our local Hi-Desert Community starting with Sue’s Health Foods Store.

Those Sweet Red Peppers
Peppers love Aquaponics systems–all kinds of Peppers. We’re featuring sweet Red Peppers as a starting Pepper product. 

The Connections Between Aquaponics USA, Aquaponics World, LLC and Mr. Chuck Toussieng Sr.’s USA Merchant Team, Dr. Chahbani and his CHAHTECH, S.A. were all made possible by one of the best networking locations on the web known as:

If you haven’t tried Linkedin yet, we highly recommend you link your company or yourself up with a site that really works if you work it.
This Newsletter was late; but it wasn’t brief. Hope you enjoyed your Tour of our new Micro Food Forever™ Farm. If you wish to schedule a Live Tour (subject to the signing of an NDA) just call us at 760-671-3053.
 
We so appreciate you being one of our valued Subscribers. Until our March Newsletter (to be delivered after the 19th), take care and GET GROWING!
Sustainably,
Aquaponics World, LLC & Aquaponics USA
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Due to rising costs, we recently raised our prices; but for our Subscribers, we are offering this 10% Discount on a Food Forever™ Growing System through the end of March.
We want you to know how much we appreciate you and your interest in Aquaponics USA and Aquaponics World, LLC
Just indicate you saw this offer in our February Newsletter.
Sustainably,
Grace & Oliver
Co-Owners of Aquaponics USA & Aquaponics World, LLC
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Growing Fish & Plants in an Aquaponics Micro Food Forever™ Farm


This is a Copy of our March 2014 Aquaponics USA & Aquaponics World Newsletter. If you’d like to view the actual Newsletter as it was created in Constant Contact go here: http://conta.cc/1gYWudR

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Growing Fish & Plants in an Aquaponics Micro Food Forever™ Farm is Awesome.
Dear Subscriber:
It’s been about one month since we completed our big conversion over here at Aquaponics USA & Aquaponics World turning our Greenhouse and our Growroom into a single system Aquaponics Demo Micro Food Forever™ Farm; and the results are amazing.
We turned our demonstration Greenhouse and Growroom from demonstrations of our Aquaponics USA Food Forever™ Small School and Backyard Growing Systems into a demonstration of a Micro Food Forever™ Farm.
Small Backyard and School Systems are a completely different design than our Micro Food Forever™ Farm, which at the moment doesn’t have one Deep Media Grow Bed set up.
Everything you’re about to see growing in our Greenhouse and our Growroom are growing in proprietary combination Deep Water Culture/Nutrient Film Technique Grow Beds that we call Duffy Ducts™ after their designer, Oliver Duffy.
The image above is our new Aquaganic™ Trademark Logo. Aquaganic™ food is the healthiest food on the planet because it is beyond Organic. It’s grown in a Pesticide, Petrochemical and GMO free Aquaponics systems where the fish are fed fish food that has no land animal parts like pig’s feet or cow tails as a protein supplement.

Here’s what our Micro Food Forever™ Farm Growroom looked like one month ago.
The pink light you see here is coming from four LED Grow Lights we are using to grow our Seedlings. The Seedling Area has 11 Growing Holes instead of 6 making it possible to grow lots more tiny seedlings before they are transplanted into the Grow Out Horizontal Duffy Duct™ System.

Here’s what that Growroom looks like today!
In this photo, you can see the Butter, Head, Romaine and Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce.

Here’s the front of our Groowroom where we 
are growing Swiss Chard and Butter Lettuce.
 
We are testing out a new Grow Light. It’s called an Induction Light; and it’s similar to the T5’s we have everywhere in our Growroom except here in the front. We’re finding there are several advantages to Induction Lighting. First and foremost, they are about twice as efficient as either T8’s or T5’s. Secondly, they last 5 to 10 times longer. A typical Induction Light designed as a Grow Light will last for 70,000 hours at nearly 100% brightness and continue on to 100,000 hours at 70% brightness.

Our Growroom Is Pumping Out So Much Lettuce We’re Starting a Locally Grown CSA Program To Sell It!
In this photo we’re growing Living Romaine and Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce along with some Living Cabbage. All of our produce comes with the roots still attached for a long shelf and cooler life.

Our Basil Is Growing So Tall It’s Touching The Lights!
One of the fastest and easiest things to grow in a Food Forever™ Farm System is Basil. It rapidly grows huge leaves and tall plants. Induction Lights hang about a foot above Fluorescent Lights, which will be perfect for growing Basil Plants this tall without them hitting the top of the Grow Lights.

We’ve Added Some Tasty Head Lettuce To Our Lettuce Selection.
The loose, curly leaf Head Lettuce is crispy, firm and fits perfectly in our Clam Shell containers for packaging and delivering to our Community Supported Agriculture participant markets.

You’re Not Going To Believe What’s Happening In Our Greenhouse!
Our system designer, Oliver Duffy, has outdone himself this time. He’s designed a Vertical System that can pump out 224 heads of Lettuce and still we have almost as much room for Deep Media Beds as we had in our original Greenhouse. The photo above is what the  original Greenhouse used to look like.

Here’s A Series Of Pictures Showing Our Vertical System We’ve Named After Our System Designer, Oliver Duffy.
This Duffy Duct™ System is working so well, it’s actually what has prompted us to start the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program in our local Hi-Desert Community. We’re being overrun with Living Romaine Lettuce that is delicious, gorgeous and huge.

In The Previous Photo, You Only See One Wall Of A Two-Wall Inverted “V” Duffy Duct™ System.

Here’s a peek at the other side of the Inverted “V” Duo Walls!

We Have Two Sets Of Inverted “V” Walls In Our 28×8 Sq. Ft. Greenhouse Growing 224 Heads of Living Romaine!
This Vertical System has been in the design stages for quite a while so it’s a real joy to see it in action; and it’s working beautifully. We’re planning to add a hoop house next to this Greenhouse with as many of these Inverted “V” Lettuce Walls as we can put in it. So stay tuned.

Here’s the Aquaponics USA CSA Program Invitation!
If you live in the Hi-Desert of California above Palm Springs, own or manage a small local market or restaurant, you’re invited to join our CSA Program. We’ll be enlarging the CSA Program to include local residents once we get that Hoop House built because then we’ll have enough Living Lettuce, Herbs and Leafy Greens to include our local residents. In the meantime, restaurant owners and market owners can call (760) 671-3053 to get an appointment with us to discuss and join our Hi-Desert CSA! Watch this Section of our Newsletter for a List of all the participating Markets and Restaurants in Morongo Valley, Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree & 29 Palms!

If You’re A Local, You Can Purchase Our Living Lettuce At Sue’s Health Foods Store In Yucca Valley!

Sue has been encouraging and supporting us for over a year now; and her Sue’s Health Food Store was the first market to sign up for our CSA Program. You can pick up a head of delicious, nutritious Living Romaine Lettuce from her cooler or get a clam-shelled box of crispy loose leaf Living Head Lettuce. No other company is selling Living Romaine or Living Head Lettuce. We’ll be delivering some Living Butter Lettuce to her store soon. Look for our
zer0 Pesticides, Petrochemicals & GMO’s™ Brand!

 
Get Involved! Join The Aquaponic Gardens Campaign! It’s Rolling Through A School District Or Charitable Organization Near You!
 

Our Mission is to Generate $1,000,000 each year in order to donate Aquaponics USA’s Food Forever™ Growing Systems to Schools and Charitable Organizations.

You’re Invited to help support our FundGenerators and their efforts to donate Aquaponic Gardens to Schools and Charitable Organizations.

The Aquaponic Gardens Campaign is seeking supporters that are able to sign up for business services from their A+ rated FundGenerating Service providers.

All Schools & Charitable Organizations are welcome to request their Aquaponic Garden donations!

For More Information Go To:https://aquaponicgardenscampaign.shutterfly.com/

Or Email Jason Nole at:

AquaponicGardensCampaign@aol.com

Or Call: 760-717-4414

 

You Can Help Fund The Aquaponic Gardens Campaign! Just Visit our Go Fund Me Site at: 
 

Everyone is invited to become a FundGenerator™ where they can immediately begin to reach out to their network of friends, family and other contacts that wish to support the Aquaponic Gardens Campaign for Schools and Charitable Organizations.The purpose for FundGenerating™ is to collectively generate $1,000,000 every year to invest into Aquaponic Gardens for Schools and Charitable Organizations.

FundGenerators™
FundGenerators™ earn 25% of all “Commission Dollars” that they Generate for their Campaigns.  The Campaign donates 60% of all “Commission Dollars” directly to the Schools and/or Charitable Organizations.
15% of all “Commission Dollars” go towards operating the Aquaponic Gardens Campaign for the cost of doing business.
Thank You for being one of our valued Subscribers. We so appreciate you reading our Newsletters. Next month we promise we’ll feature The Food Revolution.
Sustainably,
Grace Sylke
Marketing Director
Aquaponics USA/Aquaponics World
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