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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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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 Berkeley.edu)
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.
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