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Help us create a better planet. Help us feed the future. Organic food was, at one time, just called food.  GMO’s or Genetically Modified Organism’s, are plants that have had their DNA restructured to a certain purpose. Whether its to increase the growth rate, produce size, build in “natural” pesticides, or herbicides, all of these severely change the natural state of the plant. Here at Tree Of Life Organics we feel that it is very important that humanity takes a large step in the direction of growing natural food once again. Not only is organic food more nutritious for you and healthier for your body, due to the lack of being covered in a plethora of putrid chemicals, but it also better for the ecosystem. Entomologist, ecologist and professionals in agricultural science agree that to ensure the stability of our food supply globally, a massive shift towards growing organic food once again needs to take place. Heirloom produce has dwindled in the variety of plants naturally available over the last century. Through mass production farming, hybrid plants and GMO food (genetically modified organism) we have devastated our natural crop production abilities and severely impacted the quality of soil nutrients in farmlands across the country. This has resulted in an even higher demand for GMO’s, fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides to continue to meet production demands. With each new iteration of these foreign contaminates new resistant strains of bacteria, fungi, and insects spring up to adapt. One problem is these resistant variations tend to spread from the farms where they originated and destroy other crops that don’t use the same chemicals and even the crops that do. In turn even more measures are taken to counter these resistant strains. All of this is having a serious impact on the natural ecosystem and our ability to produce quality food. We are now seeing dramatic effects such as Colony Collapse Disorder, CCD, in bee’s, which studies have shown may be directly related to pesticides and GMO’s and massive reduction in soil nutrient content. The availabity of heirloom seeds has seen a drastic decline over the last century. Did you know that before 1946 all food was organic?  The soil rapidly decreased in its mineral content and the topsoil blew away so now there is very little nutritional soil. The GMO seed only produces once and is totally dependent on chemicals to exist. The GMO plant is a herbicide and pesticide but kills all the butterflies and birds. The jury is still out on the damage GMO food creates on the body. That will take a few more generations to determine. A number of studies on animals have shown GMO food to have harmful effects like sterility, increased allergies, the likelihood of cancer, smaller and fewer offspring and death." Next time you go shopping, go prepared with this knowledge. This short excerpt from Andreas Process Blog does an excellent job of explaining how we came to the state we are in now and the immediate effects of GMO’s. "After World War 2 the industrialized nations brought forth corporations who introduced chemical fertilizers, pesticides, agri- business. There was a systematic plan to have farmers be taken from their land by lending them money, then bankrupting them, taking their land away and then creating agri-business growing corporate food. The farmers that went along with the plan had to use all the chemicals and pesticides that the corporations forced on them to become dependent with. Thus the introduction of mass produced food that had profits for the few at the top. None of this sounds like a good thing to put in your body or subject the planet too. That is why Tree Of Life Organics will be growing only natural heirloom produce and a small selection of hybrid plants. Our take on organic food is not to sell a new trendy healthy fad, but to bring back the natural order of the planet, and still be able to feed our citizens food that does not destroy our bodies and the environment. Hybrid Seeds  Hybrids are created when mankind cross pollinates certain varieties of natural produce to achieve a desired trait (such as vine tomatoes). When a plant cross pollinates in nature the end result is a newly evolved strain, which is essentially a hybrid. Moderate usage of hybrids in a greenhouse environment has a minimal impact on the ecology. Seeds from hybrids are also able to germinate and produce a new plant. Most Heirlooms are OP(Open Pollinated.) F1 Hybrids(First Generation of a cross to produce a variety) have not been around as long. The late 1920's and early 30's is when F1 Hybrids first came into existence to be sold by seed companies. After about 50 years an F1 Hybrid can become classified as an OP Heirloom. Based of this information there is nothing wrong with a F1 hybrid being considered a heirloom. All OP varieties were F1's at some point when considering the natural evolution process of plant’s. GMO’s This is an octopus f1 hybrid tomato. This one has been growing for 18 months. It takes about 8 months before the first fruit appears. It is held up by a large trellis. Organic foods are foods that are produced using methods of organic farming -- that do not involve modern synthetic inputs such as synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Organic foods are also not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or chemical food additives. Tree Of Life Organics plans to use a minimal variety of F1 hybrids such as the above Octopus F1 Tomato hybrid. We know that it is very important to keep a strong line of heirloom plants available to the ecosystem. Since we will be growing in climate neutral aquaponic greenhouses, our direct ecological impact is minimal. Utilizing hybrids we can increase food production for areas struggling with hunger. However we wish to promote the reintroduction of heirloom produce into the wilderness and the for the home farmer, so hybrid usage will be kept to a minimum. Organic Food We at Tree Of Life Organics have a different take on organic food. At one time all food was organic and we feel that its our duty as humanity to ensure that this the case in the future. In our modern society organic food has become some what of a health trend. Due to these “trends” organic food is now substantially more expensive than food farmed with traditional methods and expensive toxic pesticides. We feel organic food should become the norm again and should be cheap and readily available to everyone. We are posed to produce strictly organic food at a higher standard than current USDA guidelines. A 2012 meta-analysis determined that detectable pesticide residues were found in 7% of organic produce samples and 38% of conventional produce samples. Organic produce had 30% lower risk for contamination with any detectable pesticide residue than conventional produce. Two studies reported significantly lower urinary pesticide levels among children consuming organic versus conventional diets.  One of the studies found deficits of seven IQ points in 7-year-old children in the highest quintile of pesticide exposure, compared with children in the lowest quintile, as measured by maternal urinary pesticide metabolite levels during pregnancy. (source  EHP) You may note that there was a level of detectable pesticides in even organic produce. That is due to the fact that to be classified as organic food by the USDA certain pesticides are still allowed to be used and regulations are not strictly enforced. Contrary to what most people believe, "organic" does not automatically mean "pesticide-free" or "chemical-free". In fact, under the laws of most states, organic farmers are allowed to use a wide variety of chemical sprays and powders on their crops. So what does organic mean? It means that these pesticides, if used, must be derived from natural sources, not synthetically manufactured. Also, these pesticides must be applied using equipment that has not been used to apply any synthetic materials for the past three years, and the land being planted cannot have been treated with synthetic materials for that period either. When you test synthetic chemicals for their ability to cause cancer, you find that about half of them are carcinogenic. Until recently, nobody bothered to look at natural chemicals (such as organic pesticides), because it was assumed that they posed little risk. But when the studies were done, the results were somewhat shocking: you find that about half of the natural chemicals studied are carcinogenic as well. (source This information is why we chose aquaponics greenhouses. Organic aquaponic benefits are as such: grow food in a medium, not soil, so it is assured to be pure. fertilizer is “made’ from vermicompost (worm excrement) and fish excrement. clean water is derived from rain water cisterns and reverse osmosis machines. “pesticides” are created by strategically placed plants that naturally repel insects. heirloom seeds for majority of plants. few hybrids, carefully selected to ensure no GMO heritage. 10% less water usage than traditional farming, good for the environment. massive increase in production per acre Operating under these guidelines we far exceed the nesserray requirements of the USDA to be classified “organic”. Again we’re not growing organic food to capitalize on a trending market, we’re growing organic food because that is what the planet grows, and in turn, that is what we should all be eating. it’s cheap, healthy and beneficial to the environment. In the future organic food will just be called food, once again. Donate with our secure PayPal $10 is the average cost of a single meal in America. Your $10 donation will create cheap organic food for Americans and impoverished nations. A one time donation that will cause a chain reaction that will change the world. Help us create a better planet.