FOOD REVOLUTION PART 3


 

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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

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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.
Important Links
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!

Sustainably,

Aquaponics USA & Aquaponics World

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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


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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

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…

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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.
Aquaponics USA/World

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:

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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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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!

 
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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!

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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.
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Grace Sylke
Marketing Director
Aquaponics USA/Aquaponics World
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FOOD REVOLUTION


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


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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 and free of pesticides and petrochemicals. The words GMO’s, Bovine Growth Hormones and Irradiated were unheard of and obesity and diabetes were rare, little known ailments.
What happened? This Newsletter gives a brief account from a historical perspective of what spawned the ongoing FOOD REVOLUTION.

The Industrial Revolution spawned an Agricultural Revolution!

Spanning a mere 100 years from 1800 to 1900, the Industrial Revolution turned primarily agrarian, rural societies into industrialized urban ones. Industrialization marked a shift to powered, special-purpose machinery, factories and mass production. It wasn’t long before the U.S. and other countries challenged themselves to make agriculture more efficient and the principles, strategies and technologies of industrialization were applied to farming. Since then three and one half million family farms in the U.S. have vanished while large corporate farms have replaced them. The goal of these Big Agra Farms–to be the supermarket for the world.
In 1923, the International Harvester Farmall tractor replaced the first draft horse with a machine. The rest is history. Since then, there have been many work and time saving machines designed and used in modern farming. As more machinery came onto the farm, more family farmers gave up the way of life that was becoming a costly business investment in order to remain competitive. They moved their families to the cities to pursue other occupations and join the growing numbers of people who purchased their food from the stores and supermarkets that were springing up everywhere.
After World War II, the use of synthetic fertilizers containing the essential plant growth ingredients of nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus (NPK) increased considerably allowing farmers to grow more, faster. With this vast increase of crops, there came the need for a way to eradicate the increasing pest problem; and the first synthetic pesticide was discovered by a Swiss chemist named Paul Muller. This miracle solution to the farmers pest problems was non other than DDT, a toxic stew that was banned in the US in 1972 ten years after the 1962 publication of Rachel Carson’s infamous book, “Silent Spring”, in which she pointed out the collateral damage of DDT to birds, mammals, including humans, and the environment. But that didn’t stop the discovery and use of new, so-called “safer pesticides”, known as POPs, which stands for Persistant Organic (meaning carbon based) Pollutants known for their ability to persist in the environment, being capable of long-range transport, bioaccumulation in human and animal tissue and biomagnification in the food chain.
Unless we understand the past, we’re destined to repeat it. We’ve been repeating it and outdoing ourselves with even more toxic pesticide brews that are necessary to keep vast fields of single crop species alive. Our modern day animal husbandry methods have become criminally insensitive to the basic rights of these beloved animals that live to feed us.
The FOOD REVOLUTION is about stopping that madness, valuing small, local family farms, lessoning the miles food travels from farm to plate, improving the conditions under which food animals are raised, appreciating real food, growing our own food again, returning to the age-old method of food preservation called canning and, in short, taking several steps backwards into our agrarian past to reclaim our right to wholesome, healthy, nutritious food and our right to be the loving caretakers of the land and the animals that give their lives for our sustenance.
In Part 2, you’ll meet an activist farmer who has that very attitude about his animals and his farm, Joel Salatin.

Big Agra and Big Chemi Companies got into the FOOD Business and are taking industrialization to the extreme! Below are three books that tell that sad tale.

Back in the decade between 1962 and 1972, it took only one book, “Silent Spring” and ten years to get DDT banned in the U.S. It’s taking many times as many books and a little longer these days as one of the world’s heros and a leading activists against Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s), Jeffrey Smith, wrote his first book, “Seeds of Deception” in 2003. It was followed by his second book on the same subject entitled “Genetic Roulette” in 2007 as was F. William Engdahl’s book, “Seeds of Destruction”. Many other books on the GMO subject are out in the market.
So we’re now 11 years out since Jeffrey Smith published his first book, “Seeds of Deception”, and  in late April of 2014, Vermont put itself on the map as the first state in the U.S. to pass a GMO mandatory labeling bill so their residents will know if GMO products are in their food. Both Maine and Connecticut passed GMO labeling bills before Vermont, but their bills take effect only if neighboring states also pass similar bills. Vermont is the forerunner of what is about to become a mass rejection of GMO’s in the U.S. Finally, as we’re behind the curve compared to many other countries. More on that in Part 2.

But wait. We’ve gotten ahead of ourselves. 
What are GMO’s and where did they come from?

A recent study out of France showing huge tumors growing on rats fed GMO corn for their lifetime, which in the case of the females, is a much shorter one, caused both Russia and France to ban GMO corn. Corn grown in the U.S. is almost exclusively GMO corn; and almost every manufactured snack food is loaded with high fructose CORN syrup. Snack foods are delivery methods for GMO’s.
According to the Non GMO project, a consumer advocate group working to expose the dangers of GMOs, they “are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding. We even have lambs that glow in the dark because they have genes taken from jellyfish.
Virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit. Meanwhile, a growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.”

Who is MONSANTO?

The illustration above by the famous artist, Dees, is just one of many examples of the growing movement against the Monsanto Corporation, which is largely responsible for putting GMO’s into our delicate food chain.

Monsanto was established in 1901 and it’s first product was saccharin. By 1955, Monsanto branched out into the petroleum business and acquired Lion Oil. With this acquisition, it was introduced to the fertilizer business. From there it moved into the agricultural chemical business with one of its leading products, a weed killer called Round Up, which is known worldwide.

In the 1960′s and 1970′s, Monsanto gained the esteemed reputation of being a leading producer of Agent Orange, which contained the toxic chemical called dioxin. They produced this chemical for the U.S. Military in Vietnam. By the end of that war, “72 million liters of Agent Orange were sprayed on over one million Vietnam civilians and over 100,000 U.S. troops. Within ten years of the end of the war, 9,170 veterans had filed claims for disabilities believed to be caused by Agent Orange.”

And now, as a result no doubt of their sterling reputation, Monsanto’s goal is to produce GMO food for the world. This company realized that they could create GMO seeds that grew plants that were resistant to their weed killer, Round Up. Farmers could buy these GMO seeds and use copious amounts of Round Up to kill their weeds without affecting their plants. Round Up is a Glyphosate. A Glyphosate is a poison, which is extremely deadly for most plants and quite toxic for people especially over time. It not only can get in the human bloodstream; but it can cross the blood barrier and reach our unborn children. Current Roundup Ready crops include soy, corn, canola, alfalfa, cotton, and sorghum, with wheat under development. We could write a book on Monsanto and are only giving you a bird’s eye view of how and why they got into the GMO food and seed business, which, by the way is motivating them to buy as many seed companies as they possibly can. It’s an attempt to control our FOOD worldwide.

We all have Monsanto to thank for the FOOD REVOLUTION that is taking place worldwide.
 
             THANK YOU,

Mother Theresa once said, “I will never attend an anti-war rally; if you have a peace rally, invite me”. Likewise, we are actually suggesting here that we all quit fighting against Monsanto and start thanking that company for being the progenitor of the FOOD REVOLUTION. By the way, this is a peaceful REVOLUTION that we fight with our wallets.
What’s the reasoning behind this theory? We had all become quite complacent about pesticides, herbicides and irradiated food. We certainly weren’t demanding to have those foods labeled or identified because we all know that every fresh vegetable that isn’t labeled organic has been sprayed with pesticides; and we’ve been consuming them for years now. The irradiated subject is much more mysterious; and we explain it in some detail below.

 

If Monsanto hadn’t been hell bent on putting out GMO’s in great abundance worldwide and keeping us from knowing which foods contain them, we’d still be complacently buying all kinds of toxic and unhealthy foods manufactured by the large food producing corporations. The advent of GMO’s caused us all to take a good look at the entire corporate takeover of our food production and the annihilation of the once prolific family farm. This corporate food production oligarchy dominated by a few giant corporations pays much less attention to the well being of the produce and animals that they raise and the humans they feed than to their profit and loss statements. The obesity epidemic measured by the size of our bottoms means nothing to these mega giants that are much more concerned about the well being and size of their bottom lines.
To get the details about “Irradiated Foods” scroll down to the next orange article block.

What’s Coming in Part 2?

We actually thought this was going to be one Newsletter but are now realizing that it’s at least two Newsletters.
What’s coming in Part 2 is the real Nitty Gritty of the FOOD REVOLUTION. Who are the major players? What are they doing and why? What books to read and much more. 
So stay tuned. In the meantime, read your labels, do your best to stay away from GMO’s, stay healthy and don’t miss the FREE 2014 FOOD REVOLUTION SUMMIT. Get the details below.

Don’t miss the Free 2014 FOOD REVOLUTION SUMMIT. You can learn all about how to participate by clicking here so hurry because it starts tomorrow on April 26th.

John and his son, Ocean, Robbins weren’t the first ones to coin the term FOOD REVOLUTION; but they’re running with it. Actually, a vivacious young chef from Great Britain brought the concept of a FOOD REVOLUTION to the U.S. with his fantastic TV Series called “Jamie Oliver’s FOOD REVOLUTION”. We’ll talk more about that in Part 2.
John and Ocean Robbins, of the famous Baskin and Robbins Ice Cream Brand, have turned away from their family legacy and fortune to become advocates of healthy eating and real food. This is the second FOOD REVOLUTION SUMMIT they’ve produced.
It’s FREE and offers Worldwide access. So don’t miss it. Once it streams, you can purchase the entire Summit on CD’s and share it with friends and family.

See you at the FOOD REVOLUTION SUMMIT April 26-May 4, 2014.

 
What is Irradiated Food?

If you haven’t heard of this industrialized method for messing with nature’s bounty, don’t feel bad. You’re among good company. We even had to look it up to get a grasp on it. Here’s Wikipedia’s definition:
“Food irradiation is the process of exposing foodstuffs to a source of energy capable of stripping electrons from individual atoms in the targeted material known as ionizing radiation. The radiation can be emitted by a radioactive substance or generated by high-energy accelerators including X-ray converters. Irradiated food does not become radioactive”; but, folks, it’s far from normal.
“Irradiation damages food by breaking up molecules and creating free radicals. The free radicals kill some bacteria, but they also bounce around in the food, damage vitamins and enzymes, and combine with existing chemicals (like pesticides) in the food to form new chemicals, called unique radiolytic products (URPs). Some of these URPs are known toxins (benzene, formaldehyde, lipid peroxides) and some are unique to irradiated foods. Scientists have not studied the long-term effect of these new chemicals in our diet. Therefore, we cannot assume they are safe.” But the ugly truth is they are being assumed to be safe and are prolific in our supermarkets. From Organic Consumers article entitled “What’s Wrong With Food Irradiation?
So why and when is our food being irradiated? Again from Wikipedia, “This treatment is used to preserve food, reduce the risk of food borne illness, prevent the spread of invasive pests, delay or eliminate sprouting or ripening, increase juice yield and improve re-hydration. It is permitted by over 50 countries, with 500,000 metric tons of foodstuffs annually processed worldwide.”
In the U.S., fresh tropical fruit from Hawaii, Florida, Mexico, some Asian countries, India and Pakistan, dehydrated spices, spinach and ground meat products are all irradiated before they hit your grocery store shelves. In fact, Mexico has become the largest exporter of irradiated produce to the U.S. Varieties of produce include Mangos, Sweet citrus, Manzano Peppers, Starfruit and Guava.” Beware, if it’s produce coming from Mexico, it’s been irradiated.

Watch the Video Interview by Jeffrey Smith of the heroes who pushed through the mandatory labeling bill in Vermont.

When it’s finally over; and all of the states in the U.S. have passed mandatory GMO labeling bills, there will be lots of heroes who gave their time and energy to get this done. But for now, two of them are being honored in this Video.

Vermont becomes first state to pass GMO Labeling Laws
Vermont becomes first state to pass GMO Labeling Laws

Jeffrey Smith  teaches about the dangers of GMO’s in Las Vegas on April 29th!

Don’t miss this event. It’s an Eye-Opener. Jeffrey Smith will be at his best with the Vermont WIN beneath his wings.
We so appreciate your following our Newsletters. We’ll be sharing more about what’s happening in our Food Forever™ Micro Farm Greenhouse and Growroom in our June Newsletter.
Watch for Part 2 of the FOOD REVOLUTION in our May Newsletter.
Sustainably,
Aquaponics USA
Aquaponics World, LLC
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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly!


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WhiteFlies

In the last few posts, we’ve been all about the Good; but this post is about the Bad and the Ugly! What’s that, you ask. WHITEFLIES!

Don’t let their White Wings fool you. These pests are far from angelic. In fact, today I’ve decided they are pure evil; and they’re sugar addicts to boot.

WhiteFlies are not really flies at all as they are related to the aphid family. There’s a species that’s called Greenhouse WhiteFly (GHWH) and their favorite plant is eggplant. But in our Greenhouse they have decided our Basil is their plant of choice. They are also attacking our Okra and even our lettuce.

WhiteFly Sticky Tabs #1

This is Grow Bed #5 where a lot of sweet Basil is growing. That’s where the major infestation is occurring.

We totally blew it in relation to this infestation because we were going out to the Greenhouse at night when it was cooler. The WhiteFlies were tucked away in their resting mode under the plant leaves and we missed them until they became a full-blown invasion of our beautiful Greenhouse. From our perspective, we had none and a week later we had thousands. UGH!

WhiteFly Sticky Tabs #3

You can’t tell from these pictures but the Basil and small Okra leaves are full of Sticky Gooey WhiteFly excrement.

When we thought we had none, they were going through the mere 18 days of development time necessary at 86 degrees.

Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about this scourge on Greenhouses: “Developmental time (egg to adult) for the GHWF can take from 123 days at 54° F. to only 18 days at 86° F. GHWF eggs hatch and go through several instars (stages of larval growth) while attached to the undersides of leaves. Shortly after hatching, the GHWF larvae attaches into the leaf tissue and begins feeding on plant fluids. It remains attached until it emerges as an adult. While attached, the larvae is covered with a protective skeleton that makes it difficult to kill with insecticides. Adults can begin laying 4-10 eggs per day within 1-2 days after emergence. As the various stages of the GHWF feeds on the plant, it excretes large amounts of honeydew. A black sooty mold can grow on the honeydew that can interfere with leaf photosynthesis and transpiration.”

We’ve pretty much lost our Basil in the back Grow Bed. It’s all sticky with the sugary excrement  of the WhiteFlies. Good bye Pesto and delicious herbal spice. It’s really amazing how quickly what appears as a few WhiteFlies turns into an endless army of these invaders.

WhiteFly Sticky Tabs #5

Thank goodness they don’t seem to be interested in the Corn because it’s not mature yet. But they love the Greek Basil.

We’ve taken the first step at reclaiming our Greenhouse by putting up Sticky WhiteFly Traps. However, we didn’t use them soon enough obviously. Sticky WhiteFly Traps are about detection more than they are about waging war with WhiteFlies.

Take it from us who are learning the hard way, everyone with a Greenhouse Aquaponics system should be putting up Sticky WhiteFly Traps (especially in warm weather) for monitoring WhiteFly adults as soon as a crop is seeded. We sell them on our website Accessories page. Each adult White Fly caught on a trap may prevent 100 eggs from being laid on your plant.  And believe me when I tell you to wear a face mask if you put up traps after the infestation and then deliberately shake the plants where the WhiteFlies are residing. I didn’t and I’m going to drink a nice big glass full of GSE (Grapefruit Seed Extract) as soon as I finish this post. Somehow, writing this post has turned into my revenge on WhiteFlies.

WhiteFly Sticky Tabs #2

This is also REVENGE!

But the Sticky WhiteFly Traps are only the beginning of our counter attack. Because in a couple of days we’ll be receiving our Encarsia formosa (WhiteFly Parasites). We’re getting the Nile Delta WhiteFly Parasite because it will go after all major types of WhiteFly including Greenhouse, Silverleaf, Sweetpotato and Banded Wing. These Nile Delta guys are actually wasps. You can get them at Hydro-Gardens.

Nile Delta encarsia formosa

Nile Delta encarsia formosa

WASPS! EGAD! That’s fighting with some real big guns. We’re hoping they’re going to be so full of WhiteFlies, they won’t bother with us. Actually, the instructions regarding how to release them say they will only go after WhiteFlies and not plants or people. That’s good news. Here’s how they operate on the battle field.

Below is a photo of a plant leave invested with WhiteFlies. Whitefly_Infested_LeafWhat these WhiteFly Parasites do is actually lay their eggs into WhiteFly larvae. No wonder they are called parasites. WOW! That’s infiltration of the enemy lines at the deepest level. Once that happens the leaves look like the pictures below depending on which kind of WhiteFly is in your Greenhouse. The instructions do say these guys do a better job if you employ them early in the fray. We hope we’re getting a real serious Black Water bunch that can eradicate the infestation after being hired late in the insurrection.

If things go as planed, the back of the leaves where the larvae is turn into this:Encarsia_Parasitized_Leaf

The photo above is of a leaf that was invested with a species of  WhiteFly called Silverleaf after the Nile Delta Parasite laid its eggs inside the WhiteFly larvae. This is good news.Encarsia_Parasitized_LeafGHWF

Here is a leaf that was invested with Greenhouse WhiteFly after the Nile Delta parasite laid its eggs inside the WhiteFly larvae.  Again, this is the good news.

We’ll keep you posted on the process of eradicating WhiteFlies as it progresses. In the meantime, I feel a whole lot better after hitting the Publish button because I have just aided in the eradication of WhiteFlies all over the world.

We really consider ourselves to be peace loving people. We even take most bugs we find in our desert home outside rather than killing them (except black widows). But those WhiteFlies have turned me into a Warrioress who is defending her Greenhouse and her food.

Thanks for being there. Now for that big glass of GSE!