Archive for May, 2015

First off, Rest In Peace to the victims of the GMO (Genetic Engineering) experiment in the paragraph below and the fact that we have been on this experiment globally including in such large proportions in the United States where companies have lobbied politicians to PREVENT labeling of GMO’s on food products!

Again, if GMO’s are not something to be concerned with and they are so safe then why are the biotech cartels and large multinational corporations so scared of labeling ?

With the annual international March Against Monsanto fresh in our minds one week ago (I did attend), I remembered that there is one provable case where a Genetically Engineered product has caused death and misery;

In 1989 a commercially sold amino acid called L-tryptophan that had been manufactured with genetically engineered bacteria by the Showa Denko company, caused 37 deaths and around 1,500 cripplings.
”Victims did not simply drop over dead after taking one dose, which would have made the cause of their illness easy to trace, but the effects were a slow deterioration of their minds and bodies after eating the amino acid on several occasions. So the cause of the new epidemic was inherently difficult to trace to its source.”
”Showa Denko destroyed the evidence that could have been used to determine the scientific cause of the problem. They destroyed the genetically engineered bacterial stocks, along with any potentially surviving specks that investigators might have recovered from the walls or the equipment in their facilities. As a result of this, we scientists may never be able to learn exactly what happened.”

Read the full article here.

If you are concerned about Genetic Engineering, there is one great way to help change our food supply in a way to ensure we have a choice and this is to boycott companies which lobby politicians to vote against labeling. Click here for a list of companies which are very pro GM and how much they paid to prevent labeling, even if you live in a foreign country you can boycott them on behalf of those in countries where labeling has been averted through corporate influence and remember to tell them why, there are many alternative / substitute products you can get, often tasting just the same!

Please share this video below, even though the vote is over, the information and direction of the video is very moving.
As a testament to the power & influence of the Biotech Cartels, this video was removed by youtube:

I stumbled on the folder of last year’s growing season, photo wise I was probably a lot more enthusiastic in previous years and so, I didn’t take many in 2014, there were a few good ones though …

One Funky Looking Caterpillar munching on my ornamental Roses

Large Courgette (Zuccini), Beefsteak, Gardeners Delight and Moneymaker Tomatoes (All grown Organically using permaculture methods)

Organically Grown Strawberry peeking from behind leaves

Female Pumpkin Flowers

Organically Grown Baby Plum Tomatoes, these were delicious and the seeds were saved from store bought Spanish tomatoes

I have been fascinated with the fact that as with most edible organisms, we can grow mushrooms at home or in our gardens, this has been something I have been looking into since around 2012 and I have finally gotten around to doing it Properly!

In this post I will be discussing a little about the Shiitake and why I have chosen to grow this species, as well as some other information such as where to get the mushroom mycelium (spores) to get yourself going …

Shiitake Mushrooms Growing on (in) a Log

Shiitake mushrooms have great medicinal value, there are individuals today who swear on this claim and give testament by their religious use of the fungi, In a video further down in this post, Gary ‘The Mushroom Guy’ says that having a Shiitake once a day for the last four years has resulted in great health and zero illness in that period (the video also gives the general idea on how to cultivate them on logs).

Initially I came across a video online where someone was advising how to grow any shop bought mushrooms in a container of compost. I followed this method and can only warn you Be Extra Careful!! you Don’t know if the compost you are using already has a spore contamination as mine had!
Luckily I am an observant guy, when I noticed that in the same pot of my young tomato seedling there was a very similar looking little mushroom popping out, that’s when I clicked that there was already mycelium growing in the compost which came from one of the big two garden centers here in the UK.
As a result I would recommend growing from logs first as it is far safer …

Agroforestry: Growing Mushrooms On Logs at the base of Woodland / Plantations

”Shiitakes have four to ten times the flavor of common white button mushrooms. In addition to their robust/pungent, woody flavor and meaty texture, shiitakes provide high levels of protein (18%), potassium, niacin and B vitamins, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. They have natural antiviral and immunity-boosting properties and are used nutritionally to fight viruses, lower cholesterol and regulate blood pressure. Lentinan, an immunostimulant derived from shiitakes, has been used to treat cancer, AIDS, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibrocystic breast disease, and other conditions with impressive results. Researchers S. Suzuki and Oshima found that a raw shiitake eaten daily for one week lowered serum cholesterol by 12%.”

I have happily received my order of Shiitake mycelium, sealing wax and the proper drill bits from Mushroom Box UK and have already finished 6 logs with another two about to be done. The post with the details will follow in a couple days…

Some Useful Links / Info: Click Here

Take a look at the video below, it is quite inspiring and you can see how simple it can be …

See you all in the next post tomorrow 🙂

Don’t let this ”negative” news / information let you feel down, allow it to make you want to change your life even if at a small step at a time, you do get the ‘feel-good factor’ and every committed person will help end this outrageous trend which I feel is mainly perpetrated by the Western world lifestyle which is catching on in every country it infects.

The World Food Clock, a countdown in seconds with the estimated annual food wastage worldwide, there is another arrow at the bottom of the screen where you can see other stats such as how much water is needed per kilogram of meat or land needed to feed 22 people etc. click below, the countdown starts automatically once the page is loaded …

World Food Clock Screenshot at the 26 second mark, as you can see we waste an average of one third of food we produce

I came across this on one of the March Against Monsanto webpages shared by a contributing writer who is also organising the London march this coming Saturday 23rd May 2015. If you are unaware of Monsanto, who they are and why people are protesting against them, click the below three links on previous articles regarding Genetically ”Modified” (Manipulated) Organisms, aka GMO’s;

Art1, Art2 / Good Documentary, Art3.

Monsanto and other large Corporate companies have lobbied millions against labeling of GMO’s especially in the US, if they are not bad, then why shouldn’t they be labelled ? …

The Blatant Corruption That is Monsanto and Scumbag Politicians or Government Employees in the US