(A thought-provoking note for the first day of spring!)
It may just be because we grow naturally and love Mother Earth.
It may be just because I have an eight-year-old grandson that I would love to see grow up happy and healthy.
Then again, it may be just because!
We do not like to use pesticides. We encourage good bugs. Use companion planting. Pull weeks and maintain our gardens by hand – inside and out! It never bothered me to get down into the dirt (The ugly part is trying to get back up with fake knees – LOL), up close and personal with our plants. I really enjoy it – yes, even pulling weeds.
Roughly 20 years ago, our local PBS station ran a program called: My Father’s Farm…this was eye-opening to me. It was narrated by a woman recalling her childhood on the farm. She shared how her father got sick and died early due to the pesticides (remember, the childhood was the 40’s – 60’s eras) used back then. I remember growing up on a farm with animals and equipment to maintain the 80 acres we had. I remember Dad mixing up stuff to go put on the fields to chase off the bugs and weeds, but I never thought twice about it because it was just what farmers did. (Note: I have tried in vain to find the old documentary – if I should come across it, I will share because it is worth watching!) My father died at age 54 of cancer.
Now I am not blaming everything toxic for my father’s cancer. He smoked like a chimney since he was a young teenager. But I am sure the pesticides did not help.
PBS ran a similar story in 1996 called: My Father’s Garden…this is similar, but not as scary as the “farm” one. It talks more about changes in farming and gardening.
Those of you that read me also know that I receive the MNN (Mother Nature Network) newsletter. I just received this little beauty: Roundup weed killer deemed a carcinogen, at least in California by Jenn Savedge
I am a fast reader, so it only took me about 15 minutes to read this article – however – I also had to swing out and check out the facts they list, which took me much longer. Pretty scary findings from my point of view. Just one more reason for my sister and I to choose no chemicals on our little piece of Earth. Besides, I am pretty sure if our chickens went mutant, they would learn how to open doors, get into my bedroom at night, and scare the snot out of me!
(This is sooo not right!!)