Celebrating Say No to GMO month – October

This is my quest; simply to “Go Organic” not just this month but as a lifestyle choice. But it is not so simple at all. I could go myriad directions from Maslow’s Theory of Self-Actualization and my journey in that direction, the Five Tibetans and new interest in yoga & the spiritual side of it all to the politics of legislation and keeping up with the Center for Food Safety site & all my political news to holistic interconnectedness of all things and herbalism and how to utilize those pesky dandelions, nettles, burdock & comfrey to your advantage.  I could just write about how crazy it is to quit smoking – probably part of the reason i’m doing a blog to keep from thinking on that. I think I’ll concentrate on the nuts and bolts of trying to find and prepare food.  Try to balance out the damage I’ve done to my body in the last decade or two.  Breaking my chips & diet Coke addiction. I was surprised to see how much i depended on processed foods w/corn, soy, cottonseed & canola GE foods.  Even homemade stuff was baking powder, cornstarch, refined flour and sugar. I was woefully unaware while raising my kids of what was going on out there in the world of corporate food.  So part of this is to raise my awareness of what goes into my food and what I consider safe. Too bad the bad stuff’s so cheap, feeding a family on a budget … OMG i bought huge bags of stuff. Thought i was doing well because i always had carrot celery sticks broccoli & lots of canned vegetables. Hot cereals for breakfast; but were they GE grains? At this point now, it’s all pervasive.

So far I have bought a cheap mill – it’s just 2 of us now so it’s reasonable to use in small quantities. I need to find a way to keep a supply of grain. I have a book coming on that, turning our grass area to grains,  but to find a local supply of organic chicken feed also. Scratch & Peck is a mill dedicated to that up north a ways. I’ll check them out.  That is another accomplishment. Fresh beautiful eggs from our hens (2) & 1 rooster unintended but he could make a nice chicken dinner one night.  He is a beautiful white Leghorn and we have a Welsumer and a black Java. I want two more Leghorn HENS.  They fertilize my garden, which is another project… a Three Sisters garden with squash, beans & corn.  We do get corn from a neighbor who uses no pesticides & grows heritage corn but wonders if the steer manure fertilizer might be from cows that ate GE hay from E WA.  Poor guy tries!  The hard part is going to the grocery store, so much reading. And is organic really organic? Natural is not usually natural after all..   OK better check chickens. Another project to build some sort of STURDY portable pen, so far they’ve been breaking out of my makeshift ones! Do not want to see them at the neighbors, even though they are cute.

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