The future of Lake County agriculture has never looked brighter, and the credit goes to these intrepid, innovative and hard-working pioneers.
They are reversing a century-long trend in which America's farmers became ever-more reliant on toxic chemicals, herbicides, pesticides and other products of the petro-chemical industry, not to mention petroleum itself.
The end result of generations of abuse is that America's farmlands are exhausted, depleted and full of poison. Our rivers and lakes are choked with toxic run-off. Our most productive fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico are turning into lifeless Dead Zones due to all the chemicals draining down from America's industrial farmlands.
In short, America is facing a food and environmental crisis, and Factory Farming / Industrialized Agriculture is the problem, not the solution.
Galloping to the rescue (okay, trickling in, at an easy amble) are a new breed of back-to-basics entrepreneur farmers. They are buying small farms or buying raw land to homestead, and they dream of healthy soil that grows better with each year of production, because it is nurtured, not abused.
A recent report by the USDA estimates that a 4-6 acre organic farm is 80-100 times more food-productive per acre than large-scale agriculture!
Our Lake County organic farmers are showing how it can be done, and how it should be done. They work incredibly long hours, but it is a labor of love, because they believe in what they are doing. They don't just work to make a living. They work to make a life. They are true heroes & heroines.
Please support your local Organic farmers, especially the ones growing market crops (and selling directly from farm to customer). Support the Lake County Community Co-op and your local Farmers' Markets. Their continued success is important not only to our local economy, but also to the environment, to keep our air and our water clean, and our soil healthy.
Organic/GMO-free market-crop farmers play a vital role in Lake County's food security. In the event of a major earthquake or other infrastructure-destroying state-wide calamity, Lake County is likely to be cut off from food importation for weeks, possibly for months. If that scary day comes, you will be VERY happy to have local farmers growing healthy organic food for your table!
GMO Contamination & Organic Farming
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The webinar will take place on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 2PM
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