True organic products are gaining momentum. Living more in harmony with the environment and less surrounded and filled with pollutants in our homes, food, environment, water and medicines.
The time has come, the consciousness is shifting and our industries including medicine, foods, education, agriculture must react to the consumers call to wholesomeness.
In La Crosse, Wisconsin the nation’s largest organic farming conference begins today. The organizer Eric Hatling with the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) says interest in organic is rapidly growing among both growers and shoppers. This event will focus 3,000 attendees producers, consumers and environmentalists encouraging them to share growing and marketing tips
Farmers are getting fair prices for their certified-organic products. Consumers want to know more about where their food comes from and how it’s produced.”
Hatling says perceptions and preferences about the food Americans eat are changing. For one thing, buyers don’t want food raised with synthetic chemicals such as pesticides, drugs or hormones.
Americans and people around the world are more concerned about how far their food has to travel before it reaches the consumers table. Freshness of the local products and buying locally supports their home economies.
Organic sales are growing by double-digits yearly even though they cost a little more they are cleaner, pesticide free and full of nutrition. The average commercial food or fruit grown by big farm has decreased in nutrition quality about 30% since the turn of the century. It is time for more states to kick the pesticide habit, find ways to clean up the soil and go organic. Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa are among the top states in organic production, he adds. References
Excerpts courtesy of Public news service.org Midwest Conference Menu Highlights “Organics” February 26, 2009 Image: organic tomatoes courtesy of Greenexpander.com
In a quiet area of Florida the American flag carrying some extra good vibes today. This American flag traveled around the world and through the deserts of Afghanistan and Iraq. 27 year old Sgt. Felix Perez brought it from home as a reminder of what he was fighting for and for good luck. His flag never left his Army backpack through every mission he carried it- a little part of the homeland he loves.
When Sgt.Perez came home he went to the Dolphin Stadium on March 17, 2009. He wanted to bring something lucky with him to help Team USA win this must-win World Baseball Classic game against Puerto Rico. Perez wore a Team USA hat and a Team USA hoodie, and his little sister, Jessica, draped his flag across her shoulders. The United States’ 6-5 come-from-behind victory in the ninth inning sent them into a frenzy. She danced around. He sat in his motorized wheelchair and roared.
It was such a sweet victory maybe his flag and therir outfits helped. On the way out of the stadium, Perez placed his flag in his lap and leaned over to a security guard manning Gate G. He was hoping maybe just maybe a player, some players dare he hope that some players from Team USA might sign it.? The security guard led Perez and his sister to the U.S. clubhouse. They waited while our American flag went inside.
“The next thing I know,” Perez said, “I’m getting called to come back in there.”
And so began the coolest 30 minutes of Felix Perez’s life to date. On an evening when he felt especially proud to be an America, his favorite team the undogs of the sporting event, but his sporting heroes, dressed in red, white and blue invited Perez in. There he found himself surrounded by them, doused with celebratory Miller Lites, with the American flag that was with him during the worst moment of his life passed around the room and signed by every player on the team.
This very special American flag now carried the collective thanks and admiration from his team and all of us in USA that are proud to be an American.