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Food for Thought & Health


Merri and I take the cleanliness of our food supply seriously.

In North Carolina we eat a lot of wild food and vegetables we grow in our garden.

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surrounding our house with lettuce of all types, greens and herbs.

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Our greenhouse allows us to start our planting early.

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In the spring nature provides us with dandelions and a wonderful lettuce (called branch lettuce) that grows wild in the creek later to be supplemented by Bee Balm and Echinacea for tea.

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Here is echinacea and tomatoes growing in front of our meditation room.

Here is a bit of our harvest.

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This time of year, we harvest our grapes and collect apples from our many apple trees.  We have acres of…

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wild blackberries in the summer and wild mountain strawberries in the late spring.

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Our chickens provide us with…

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summer meals like this.

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Once our front yard view starts to look like this, our thoughts turn to our home in Florida.

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We have put up a greenhouse there as well and start the gardening process again.

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In addition we have citrus, grapes, figs, blueberries and loquats that provide us with Florida fruit throughout the year.

These crops, plus trout in North Carolina, bass and panfish from our Florida lake allow us to eat less commercially grown food.

This gardening is fulfilling, provides gentle exercise and we find picking our own food especially satisfying.  Plus there are some enormous health benefits.

Dr. John Douillard at Lifespa.com (1) points out that “Environmental pollutants, cancer causing chemicals, plastics, preservatives, pesticides, heavy metals and industrial waste overwhelm the body’s natural detoxification pathways.  Toxic cloud plumes from burning coal cover most of the United States and lace even our organic vegetables with heavy metals. Pesticides and preservatives have infiltrated their way into almost all the food consumed in America and can store in the body’s fat, including the brain, for years. Industrial wastes have permeated our ground water and can enter our body by simply washing our organic veggies with tap water.  Over time these stored chemicals undermine our immunity, render us susceptible to disease, infection and premature aging.”

This is why Merri and I clean our our vegetables and fruit, especially those we purchase in the store, with Purely Green 25.

I asked our friend, Ted Tidwell, who manufactures Purely Green to explain how this works.

Ted replied:  In order for pesticides to remain on the plant and effective during rains, they are encased in oil.  An ordinary vegetable wash that does not dissolve oil will permit pesticidal residues to remain on the plant and be ingested.

PurelyGreen is powerful enough to dissolve crude oil and tar, so it easily dissolves the oil and removes the poisonous pesticides.  Ted

Merri and I use Purely Green 25, diluted at the rate of two (2) ounces per quart of water is our preferred method for cleaning purchased fresh fruit and vegetables.

We simple spray our fruits and vegetables thoroughly and generously with Purely Green and let it penetrate for several minutes before rinsing.

This removes the oil encrusted toxic chemical pesticides that ordinary veggie washes cannot remove.

This also improves the taste by removing the oil and toxins and extends the freshness and edibility for several additional days.

Purely Green is certified carcinogen free.  Many consumers save the cost of expensive organic produce by removing the insecticides with Purely Green.  This organic cleaner/degreaser helps the environment and poses no threat to humans, animals or marine life.

Recently Ted sent this note to me:  EcoCert International has certified BioWash 25, BioWash 100 and BioWash Soil Amendment as ORGANIC.  This achievement will help enrich hundreds of distributors and thousands of organic growers.

ECOCERT (2) is an organic certification organization, founded in France in 1991. It is based in Europe but conducts inspections in over 80 countries, making it one of the largest organic certification organizations in the world.  The company inspects about 70% of the organic food industry in France and about 30% worldwide. ECOCERT is also a leading certifier of fair trade food, cosmetics and textiles as per ECOCERT Fair Trade Standards.

Congratulations to Ted.  It is great to see other organizations confirm what we have known and have let readers know for decades.

There is also a huge financial savings.  Three quarts of 409 household cleaner delivered by Amazon.com is $16.98 or about $5.66 per quart before shipping.  You then have shipping costs or have to pay to be an Amazon Prime customer for free shipping.  But $5.66 per quart is about the best you’ll get.

One gallon of Purely Green 25 is $96.  This is a concentrate that is mixed 15 to 1 (two ounces per appx. quart 30 ounces of water).  That gallon creates 64 quarts of ready to use at $1.50 per quart.

You can get the price per quart even lower with a case of 4 gallons of the Organic Cleaner/Degreaser, which is a weaker concentration of Purely Green. This  four gallon case of 7 to 1 concentration sells for $189 and creates 128 quarts of ready to use cleaner at $1.47 per quart.

You get the best price of all with the 4 gallon case of 15 to 1 Purely Green 25. The price is  $358 but it makes 256 quarts at $1.40 per quart.

If you were to purchase the same amount of a traditional non organic house cleaner (such as Clorex 409) from Amazon.com,  you would pay $266.24 more.  

There is one drawback to the Purely Green products, a high cost of shipping.  The shipping, for a gallon averages out around $12.98 a gallon and for four gallons around  $37.21.  Ted does not offer Purely Green in stores and Fedex charges quite a bit for shipping. To overcome this personally,  some years ago I purchased an entire pallet and stored it at our farm. This is how much we believe in and use this cleaner.

To see if I can help overcome this dilemma of shipping cost, I have organized a program with Ted to lower the cost so it can be shipped to you free.

I am conducting a test.  You can order anyone of these two options via our website.  Ted has provided us a lowered price so we’ll submit these as bulk orders.  The savings is enough that we’ll pay all the shipping (and any tax if applicable).  You save $12.98 shipping on a gallon and $37.21 shipping on four gallons.  If  you, our valued readers respond, and want this product we’ll make it a regular offer at a discounted price.

You can order one gallon or a four gallon case here.

One Gallon of 15 to 1 concentration Purely Green 25 $96.  Save $12.98 shipping

Four gallon case of the 7 to 1 concentration Organic/Degreaser $197.   Save $37.21 shipping.

Four gallon case of 15 to 1 Purely Green 25  $358.  Save $37.21 shipping.

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We are bombarded daily with toxicities of every sort.  We see toxic news.  We are sold and served toxic food.  Much of our water supply contains poisons.  There are chemicals in the air.  Anything we can do to reduce the pollution that gets in our bodies can help us get and maintain natural health.  I hope that sharing this program for Purely Green will help create a cleaner world.

Gary

(1) Lifespa: Clean and Dirty Foods

(2) www.ecocert.com/en/organic-farming

 

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Food Risk


Here is a food risk.

Our upcoming course International Investing, Business, Quantum Wealth course shares three ways to survive and prosper in our changing times.  #1: Making better global investments.  #2: Having a better micro business that earns extra income wherever you live. #3: Having better health, more energy and a clearer more intelligent mind and stable attitude.

Part of the health session looks at nutrition.

Merri and I take our food supply seriously.

In Ecuador we look for our food in places like these…

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Ecuador organic gardens.  More on Ecuador organic in a moment.

First, let’s look at how we garden in North Carolina…

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surrounding our house with lettuce of all types, greens and herbs.

gary-scott-farming

Our greenhouse allows us to start our planting early, plus…

gary-scott-farming

in the spring nature provides us with dandelions and a wonderful lettuce (called branch lettuce) that grows wild in the creek later to be supplemented by Bee Balm (the origin of Earl Grey) and Echinacea for tea.

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Here is echinacea and tomatoes growing in front of our meditation room.

Here is a bit of our harvest.

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Along with our many apple trees, we have peaches, plums, Asian pears and acres of…

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blackberries and raspberries… not to mention really delicious tiny wild mountain strawberries.

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This plus our chickens provide us with…

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summer meals like this.

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This gardening is more than fun and we find picking our own food especially satisfying.  Plus there are some enormous health benefits.

Dr. John Douillard at Lifespa.com points out that “Environmental pollutants, cancer causing chemicals, plastics, preservatives, pesticides, heavy metals and industrial waste overwhelm the body’s natural detoxification pathways. Toxic cloud plumes from burning coal cover most of the United States and lace even our organic vegetables with heavy metals. Pesticides and preservatives have infiltrated their way into almost all the food consumed in America and can store in the body’s fat, including the brain, for years. Industrial wastes have permeated our ground water and can enter our body by simply washing our organic veggies with tap water. Over time these stored chemicals undermine our immunity, render us susceptible to disease, infection and premature aging.”

This is why Merri and I clean our our vegetables and fruit with Purely Green.

I asked our friend, Ted Tidwell who manufactures Purely Green to explain how this works.

Ted replied:  In order for pesticides to remain on the plant and effective during rains, they are encased in oil.  An ordinary vegetable wash that does not dissolve oil will permit pesticidal residues to remain on the plant and be ingested.

PurelyGreen is powerful enough to dissolve crude oil and tar, so it easily dissolves the oil and removes the poisonous pesticides. Ted

You can order PurelyGreen from Ted Tidwell at tedtid7@yahoo.com

Ecuador Food

One of the great things about living in Ecuador is you can meet local farmers and see farms so you can  know your food supply better.

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Here is an Ecuador export tour visiting an organic farm in Cotacachi, Ecuador.

Learn more about food opportunity in Ecuador here.

We’d love to have you join us here in the Autumnal Blue Ridge…we had to go to town today and was surprised by the beauty and change of leaves…could be just perfect for the October 7-10 conference!

Gary

Read Dr Douilard’s entire report and see his video at lifespa.com

Food in a Terrorist EMP Crisis


Finding food and water could be a problem in a terrorist EMP crisis.

Tuesday’s message at this site saw seven steps that could help us survive and prosper in a new era that could unfold if there would be a terrorist EMP attack.

#1:  Move well away from the USA…. to an agriculturally based country.  This is one reason Merri and I have been active in Ecuador for nearly 15 years.
#2: Move to Small Town USA.  Our sites have been looking at the benefits of this for years and why we live on an agricultural property.
#3: Create your own source of food & water.
#4: Create a local source of hardened energy and communications.
#5: Keep some gold and or silver on hand.
#6: Know how to take care of your own health.
#7:  Hold some assets outside of North America.

We’ll look at some Ecuador food property below.  First, this message looks at some ideas that can help us improve our odds of having access to food and water in a terrorist EMP crisis wherever we are.

May I share three important points up front?

Point #1: I do not think (or maybe hope) that a crisis of serious magnitude will take place in our lifetime.

Point #2: Yet one could… so I try to be somewhat prepared… without jerking my entire life out of joint.

Point #3:  None of the steps that Merri and I have taken below have anything to do with expecting a terrorist crisis.  One cannot foresee all the consequences of a maximum magnitude terrorist crisis. Trying to do so is inefficient… and wastes time. History suggests that humanity always figures out how to avoid the big terrorist crunch… and/or adapts when the terrorists attack.

Merri and I try to live our life down the path we feel we are led… enjoy it… prepare reasonably and then leave the rest in the hands of God.

Let’s look at what we have done about food and water.   Then recognizing that most of mankind does not or cannot live in places as isolated as ours, we’ll look at some more urban alternatives.

Our North Carolina farm can certainly provide all the food and water a family needs.  Many generations who lived here have proved this fact.

Yet it is our love for this life and the people of the Blue Ridge that brought and keeps us here part of each year…. not security from a terrorist attack.

This is a side benefit that this lifestyle provides us with an independent source of food…. domestic and wild.

On the wild side we see…

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wild turkeys in our front yard…

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often.  This is a normal scene that I photographed. There were 15 turkeys in this flock… all cruising across our front yard.

I expect we could have plenty of venison…

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like these deer I photoed in our front yard.  I recently placed my wildlife camera up the hill from the house and…

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in a couple days…

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had pictures of 20 deer or so including this small forked horn. We saw two big bucks, (a big four point and six point) walking together on a recent walk.

Plus the creek is full of trout.  Here are a couple I stuck on one of our cabins.

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We have a pond also…

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that helps us on the domestic side, raising fish and ducks that…

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grow!

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Not to mention our geese.

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We never buy eggs because…

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our chickens lay more than we can eat and the flock…

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grows and…

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grows and grows.

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We have built a new varmint proof (I hope) pen that…

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includes a greenhouse sitting in a sunny spot so the chickens remain warm (and laying) though winter’s cold.

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Speaking of the greenhouse, we can grow greens and vegetables though the winter, plus…

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we have many apples and acres of blackberries, plus a storage place to keep them with our potatoes… plus

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pumpkins and squash and…

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sunflowers grow really well here.  We especially focus on spaghetti squash as it stores through the winter in this potato cellar.

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Water.  Our creek starts at the top of our farm with many springs like this.

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Water is everywhere… pure… clean, seeping and trickling out of the rocks so by the time it reaches the lower part it is…

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this.

If a terrorist attack knocked out all forms of domestic energy, we would not even give up our hot baths since this…

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tub is heated by a wood fire.

We have transportation.

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and raise fish and grow greens in our back yard.

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We were doing all this before Merri and I had a clue about EMPs and the risk of a terrorist attack.

What can one do… if… you do not want to live on a farm?

There are options.

One option is an urban farm. A recent AP article entitled “USDA to Unveil “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” Initiative” by Ken Meter provides some clues. Here are excerpts from this article.   As I prepare for five days of announcements next week, when USDA plans to unveil its new “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” initiative, the buzz across my desk is about the potential for urban agriculture.  EPA reminds that brownfield moneys can be used to convert polluted land into working farms in inner-city areas.  I think the potential is enormous, especially in formerly industrial cities, where the big factories are not going to come back, but there are large tracts of vacant land that already have water mains (think irrigation) running under them. Each of these cities spends billions of dollars for food, and can generate significant local income by building the farms and distribution channels needed to cycle that food within city borders. We’ll also need to grow new urban farmers, and tap the excellent skills that many new immigrants already have in growing food.

Did you know that forty-one percent of all U.S. agricultural commodities are sold from farms in metropolitan counties?  Were you aware that 55% of the money made from producing farm commodities was made in metropolitan areas in 2007 ($15.7 billion of $28.7 billion)?  Moreover, Department of Defense studies show that Victory Gardens during World War II produced 40% of all produce consumed by Americans, after two seasons of gardening. This shows the potential for small-scale activity adding up to a big difference.

Gardening can provide food… plus it is good for you.  I believe living on a farm has helped my health.  Walking a lot is good. Working in fresh air can’t be bad.

If you can’t or don’t want to garden… how about participating in Community Assisted Agriculture (CSA)?

Here is an article from the Local Harvest website which I have linked below.

Thinking about signing up for a CSA but want to learn more about the idea before you commit? Read on.  Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a “membership” or a “subscription”) and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.

This arrangement creates several rewards for both the farmer and the consumer. In brief…

Advantages for farmers:

•    Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their 16 hour days in the field begin
•    Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm’s cash flow
•    Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow

Advantages for consumers:

•    Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits
•    Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking
•    Usually get to visit the farm at least once a season
•    Find that kids typically favor food from “their” farm – even veggies they’ve never been known to eat
•    Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown

It’s a simple enough idea, but its impact has been profound. Tens of thousands of families have joined CSAs, and in some areas of the country there is more demand than there are CSA farms to fill it. The government does not track CSAs, so there is no official count of how many CSAs there are in the U.S.. LocalHarvest has the most comprehensive directory of CSA farms, with over 2,500 listed in our grassroots database. In 2008, 557 CSAs signed up with LocalHarvest, and in the first two months of 2009, an additional 300 CSAs joined the site.

The many of you who have, or plan to join us in Ecuador gain added food security because Ecuador is such an agricultural country. See more on this at Ecuador Food.

There are many Ecuador agricultural properties for sale at low prices. Here is an Ecuador avocado farm for sale. Here is the farm house and workers house from the back.

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Here, in front of the houses, is the fruit… the cash generator.

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The avocados are flowering for their first crop.  See more on this Ecuador avocado farm here

The sky is not falling. Yet it could… because of a terrorist EMP attack.  So it makes sense to find enjoyable, healthy ways to live that also ensure your supply of food and water.

Gary

Let’s share ways and lifestyle alterations that protect as they provide joy, satisfaction, better health and enhanced wealth.

You may not be able to (or want) to move your home abroad or to a rural area.   Yet gardening, even in urban areas,  can be healthy and fun.  Holding some precious metals is probably a good investment anyway.  We should be taking care of our health even when their is no threat of war.

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