Saturday, January 17, 2009

Organic Farming Saves Money and Promotes Health; How to Have a Bee-Friendly Yard

ORGANIC BYTES #148 Health, Justice and Sustainability News Tidbits with an Edge!10/16/2008

Organic Facts of the Week

  • If organic farming methods were practiced on the entire planet's food-growing land, it would be like taking more than 1.5 billion cars off the road.
  • You can increase your antioxidant intake by 30 percent by choosing organic.
  • Organic foods do not contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
  • The average child in America is exposed to five pesticides daily in their (commercial) food and drinking water.
  • The U.S. water system is regularly contaminated above safe limits immediately following chemical fertilizer applications to farm fields.
  • Farms in developing countries that use organic techniques produce an average of 79% more than farms that don't.

ORGANIC BYTES #125 Health, Justice and Sustainability News Tidbits with an Edge! 1/4/2008

Vanishing of the Bees

We receive a lot of submissions of that would like their work to be featured in Organic Bytes, but this is honestly one of the best trailers we've seen in a while. As you've probably read about previously in Organic Bytes, vast numbers of bees are literally disappearing all around the world. This movie analyzes why this mysterious phenomenon is taking place and how dramatically it could impact the world's food supply in the short term. The producers are also seeking donations to bring the movie to a wider audience. View this breath-taking trailer here:Watch:

See article on bees in To Your Health - August 2007:
Web Forum Discussion of the Week: Honey Bee Deaths Reaching Crisis Point: How to Have a Bee-Friendly Yard

The following was posted by "Honey Gal" at OCA's web forum: "I'm a beekeeper and teach classes in bee stewardship. One thing folks can do to help, even if you aren't a beekeeper, is to make your yard bee friendly. Plant a flowering herb garden. Bees use herbs medicinally and your plants can help make a difference. I suggest rosemary, sage, THYME (lots of it), marjoram, chives, basil, all the mints and other herbs with flowers. Bees will find them. To do more, plant native flowering bushes, too. In our area (WA) spirea and goldenrod are bee magnets. Try to have flowers in bloom through into fall. Put out a big shallow dish of water with sticks or moss in it (so they don't fall in) and keep it moist. If you can get seaweed, bees are particularly fond of the minerals so I keep a little pile of seaweed in the "bee pond." All these small actions add up and make it a little easier on your local bees."

Read more and join the discussion at OCA's web forum

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