From Agricultural Chemicals to Organics

Biodynamic Gardening Report 22—Oct. 17-23, 2014

My lasagne is one of Mr. Spice’s favorite dishes, especially when the sauce is made from ripe heirloom field tomatoes from Jrjohnson Biodynamic Farm in San Luis Obispo County. The farmer and the reporter broke bread over this delicious dish while we discussed the case against GMO$. With his chemistry background and experience with the incredibly toxic agricultural chemicals that industrial agriculture applies to the fields, farmer Ralph Johnson avoids GMO$ for a reason: if supporters of GMO$ knew what was involved in some of these chemical applications, “they’d be against GMOs too.”

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Biodynamic gardening principles—some of the most ancient agricultural practices on the planet—require the farmer’s attention to moon phases and constellations to pursue the most effective gardening and farming practices on any given day in the month. San Luis Obispo County farmer Ralph Johnson of Jrjohnson Biodynamic Farms provides insight into how the moon’s phases affect gardening success.

  • We discuss why this farmer with extensive experience with industrial agriculture chemicals opts today for producing food organically
  • We will continue to apply pressure to label GMO$ because we don’t want to support these industrial agriculture practices by blindly purchasing them: label GMO$
  • Chef Pandy Pearson stops by the JR Johnson Biodynamic & Organic Farm market booth to pick up some produce and tell us about her cooking classes she offers in coordination with Brigit Binns

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—music: “Badfish” by Sublime

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