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carzen Donating Member (112 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 02:34 PM
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Farmers urged not to fight Mother Nature
Farmers are today's medicine men and women, with the power to heal and nourish their customers. Unfortunately, instead of serving that purpose, most farmers are at war with Mother Nature and they don't have a chance of winning the fight.

That was the consensus of Dr. Arden Andersen, an agronomist and medical doctor from Indiana, who, on Saturday, was the keynote speaker at a conference held at the University of Maine at Farmington.

Andersen got everyone's attention when he warned his audience of farmers, educators and nutritionists of the dire consequences of ignoring the health of children. "Cancer is the third leading cause of death in our children, right after accidents and violence," Andersen said.


"Women know antibiotics wipe out their ability to fight off yeast infections," he said. "Disease in the field is exactly the same way. We have taken away a plant's natural ability to fight insects and disease with all of the medicine we have given them."
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ecoalex Donating Member (718 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 03:23 PM
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1. If you doubt this take a look at Jerry Brunetti's book
Battling Lymphoma by Jerry Brunetti. The correct foods, organic of course are medicine.The sea is now polluted to the point of causing disease from eating too much fish, etc.The cleansing of the soil, and use correct mineral fertilizers, produces food that the body can use to build it's immune system, and combat many diseases formerly thought as "terminal". Many traditional medical practices use the opposite philosophy, chemo, and imuno suppression is like chemical farming compared to bio dymanic, or organic farming. One destroys the soil, and the life in it, the other builds life in the soil, and produces mineral rich food that can repair, and create a healthy body.

Promote life, Don't Destroy it is the philosophy.
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fed-up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 10:09 PM
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2. Happy to give this a 5th and proud to say my BF is an organic farmer-we
Edited on Mon Oct-09-06 10:10 PM by fed-up
may work together to start a small CSA after I move to town since the recent lettuce/spinach e-coli scare seem to have had an effect on store sales of these products and his sales at the farmer's market have been growing.

If I can squeeze in time in the next two weeks to help him transplant about 1,000 feet of seedlings he should be able to harvest double his normal amount.

edited to add Welcome to DU! carzen
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mom cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 05:26 AM
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3. Good for you! Enjoy the dirt and say hi to the earthworms for me!
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jilln Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 11:35 AM
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4. That's one of the main themes of The Mad Cowboy...
you know, Howard Lyman, who was sued with Oprah. He was a 4th generation cattle rancher and then took a good look at what that was doing to the earth and the animals. His books are really interesting.

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