This Week’s Podcast To Ponder: Getting Down & Dirty — Radical Acts of Gardening

Gardening is one of the most radical acts you can do to fight the current corporate state. 

By Richie Hoban, Jr.
The Daily Call (4/1/15)

This week’s podcast spotlight is on the: THE SELF-SUFFICIENT GARDENER

One of the best things about living in the Driftless Region is gardening and the farmer’s markets. The past three decades our culture has seen the rise of Farmer’s Markets and home gardening here in the United States. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that the number of farmers’ markets in the US increased from 1,755 in 1994 to 7,175 in 2011. One could argue that there is a growing sense that big corporate agriculture and their GMO style laboratory foods are not safe. People have become more educated on the source of their food and how it is made and I think the rise of Farmer’s markets is the anti-virus to cure the Frankenstein-food-products and their unquenchable need for the chemical make-up of different oil derivatives to sprout to life. Just recently in the “Daily Call” Saturday / March 28, 2015 issue, an article by Renee Lewis from Al Jazeera America titled “Ingredient In Monsanto Roundup Spray ‘probably carcinogenic’ To Humans” is one of many stories that add to the undertow of uneasiness about the corporate control and safety of our nation’s food source.

A true protest act

Although protesting is a good way to bring voice to the Monsanto-like corporations in the world that most of us don’t want to eat dangerous laboratory food designed to look good for a longer shelf life, gardening is a means to be your own food system. When you garden or go to farmer’s markets, you opt out of the government supported chemically-doused system that has us sipping tiny amounts of petroleum with our vegetables. You are opting in to a local, sustainable and safe food system based on compost, dirt, sunlight and neighbors. Gardening is one of the most radical acts you can do to fight the current corporate state. So when spring comes to the Driftless I start listening to the earthy-regular-guy podcast from Kentucky of host Jason Akers called, THE SELF-SUFFICIENT GARDENER.

Jason lost his job in 2009 thanks to the economic crisis and decided to turn to documenting his other life of gardening, hunting, fishing and food gathering. With 33 years of knowledge in the aforementioned realms and using the motto of “Efficient, Responsible, and Sustainable,” Jason gets into all things of dirt and natural food ways. On the website Jason states that, he has refined a “lifetime of knowledge into methods of food production that were achievable for even people who had no experience with such things.”

He is the prototype for the new human gardening revolution that is happening all over the world. Jason lives in Western Kentucky where he is actively working on a food production system on four acres next to Kentucky Lake where he builds sustainable processes for gardening. His expertise is present in every podcast which has 199 episodes to choose from such as Permaculture to food forests to box gardening. Jason is the definition of “do it yourself” and his podcast in no frills but heavy on content. Podcasts last on average about 40 minutes so you can get content pretty quick and you could contact him by e-mail with any questions. So instead of making a poster or writing a Senator, put on your sun hat and get into the dirt. Growing your own food is the most radical thing you can do in the 21st century to fight corporate power. See you at the markets.

UPSIDE TO THE PODCAST: Jason gets into everything gardening so lots of content and over 150 hours of podcasts. He’s got books you can buy and his message board for the website can answer gardening questions you might have. You can donate and he asks from donation to keep the podcast going but it is not a hard sell. All the podcasts are easy to download.

DOWNSIDE TO THE PODCAST: No podcasts yet for 2015 but we’re still waiting.

This week’s podcast episode spotlight is from “Autism Explained Synergistic Poisoning from Aluminum and Glyphosate,” by Dr. Stephanie Seneff”

How does one stop the momentum of systems, bureaucracies, and governments? One starts by being informed. The wheels are coming off of the GMO scam. More and more people are waking up to the fact that these “food products” are not replacements for food. In fact, as Dr. Stephanie Seneff tells us, these products, such as Monsanto’s famous Roundup, are linked to many diseases such as autism. Her two-hour lecture isn’t the easiest to follow. The lecture is aimed at other scientists and since Dr. Seneff has degrees in biophysics in 1968, the M.S. and E.E. degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1980, and the Ph.D degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1985, all from MIT, the nuts and bolts of how Roundup affects cells get heady even to the educated.

The lecture will make you squirm in its fact-based presenter. For example, did you know that America that has 5% of the global population consumes 25% of the Roundup produced in the world. Consumes is exactly what you do when you eat soy, wheat, or corn GMO products you take in these Glyphosate disrupters. Why 25% of the Roundup in America? Because the weeds are becoming resistant to this type of chemical intervention. So Monsanto’s answer is to make the herbicide stronger because farmers have forgotten how to us a plow. The effects of the exposure to the chemical constituents of Roundup is cumulative. The good MIT Dr. charts the growth of Autism disorders and the greater use of Roundup. They mirror each other. That small piece of info got me squirming. Unfortunately, there is a lot more to this lecture. Give yourself and your family a high dose of facts and have a listen to this lecture because it’s better to be informed than not too.

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