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Episode-1463- A New Look at GMO’s – Can There Possibly be an Upside

Could GMO Save the American Chestnut?

Could GMO Save the American Chestnut?

I am known as a staunch opponent of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and with good reason.  I loathe companies like Monsanto and consider many of their products as primary contributors to many of America’s modern disease epidemics.

What many don’t know is in the beginning I didn’t oppose GMO at all and had the same reaction many today have to those of us in the “anti GMO camp”.  I figured all the anti GMO hype was nothing but a bunch of people afraid of science and some ultra natural purple breathing uber-hippies!

In the beginning the promise of GMO was things like corn that was more drought resistant and more pest resistant, who in their right mind would resist that if it could be done safely.

Five major things changed my view dramatically on this…

  • The patenting of a life form and the persecution of farmers with cross pollinated seed
  • The existence of a “terminator gene” and its danger of out crossing
  • The modification of plants to be sprayed with dangerous herbicides which are then ingested
  • The use of internal pesticides which create super bugs
  • The use of herbicide resistant plants in creating super weeds

These things were not part of the original promise of GMOs, but they were in fact always the goal.  This is typical action by companies like Monsanto who when caught hiding how they poisoned the people of Anniston Alabama, had a CEO that said, “I am proud of what we did”.  Promise one thing and deliver another.

Join Me Today as we Examine the Dangers of GMOs and Look for any Positive Potential…

  • What exactly is a GMO
  • What are the five big dangers of GMO
  • What happens when Monsanto practices “natural breeding”
  • Could GMOs save the American Chestnut from extinction
  • What could you modify a plant to do without chemicals
    • Stronger, deeper, larger roots
    • Develop higher brix levels
    • Use less water for the same rate of growth
    • Modification for mutually supportive guilds
    • Resist disease
  • Why I don’t trust the companies behind this
    • Their track record
    • The clear unintended consequences
    • Quarterly returns trump honesty in big business
    • The patenting of life forms
    • The dangerous out crossing potential
    • The historical misinformation campaign of lies
    • The creation of farmer dependence
    • The depletion of soil that this will continue to cause
  • Final Thoughts

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Episode-1148- Tom Stearns of High Mowing Organic Seeds

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Tom Stearns of High Mowing Organic Seeds

Tom Stearns began gardening at an early age at his family home in CT.  Prior to completing a degree in Sustainable Agriculture from Prescott College in AZ, he began saving seeds.  A hobby was born in 1996 in Vermont, when Tom began sharing these seeds with others through a small seed flyer.

Today High Mowing Organic Seeds has since expanded into one of the leading organic seed companies in the U.S., supplying both home gardeners and commercial growers.  Tom’s vision has always been to create a company that would help support the re-building of healthy food systems, first in Vermont, followed by the rest of the U.S.

He has also taught numerous workshops since 1996 on many topics such as ag. education, economics, community supported agriculture, genetic engineering, plant breeding, local food systems, sustainable business, investing and more.  His informal, personal style, ability to explain complex issues and infectious enthusiasm makes him a popular and inspiring speaker.

In addition, he has served on the board of several agricultural organizations, most notably as the current President of The Center for an Agricultural Economy since 2008.  He lives on 50 acres in Vermont, with his wife Heather, and their two girls, Ruby and Cora.

Tom joins us to discuss beyond fighting GMO’s and moving past the things that we don’t like and how to start building the things we want.  We begin by discussing why seeds matter so much in the first place. How we lost control of our seeds as a socitety and how individuals, how can get started saving seeds easily.

We also discuss how seed self-reliance contribute to building healthy communities and individual sovereignty.   We also go beyond seed saving and discuss how to breed varieties for the food systems that we want.  We also do discuss some of the true dangers of GMO foods and how they actually contribute to bad agricultural practices and the destruction of soils.

 Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1054- The How, What and Why of Saving Seeds

There is Magic Within Seeds but Saving Them Isn't Mystical

There is Magic Within Seeds but Saving Them Isn’t Mystical

I was talking with Ben Falk of Whole Systems Design yesterday about how more and more small seed companies are now buying at least some seed from companies associated with the ilk of Monsanto.

Ben was pretty shocked to hear the Johnny’s Selected Seeds is buying some of their seeds from Semanis, which is owned by Monsanto.

There is a lot of fear about GMO contamination both legitimate and ridiculous specifically when the word Monsanto comes up.

The best solution is to save your own seeds but we are going to also discuss how to know who you can trust when buying seeds and times where you simply do not have to worry about GMO at all.

Join me today to hear about…

  • What is “the safe seed pledge” and why should you care
  • Why we need to be saving seeds in the first place
  • Breeding improvements vs. hybrids vs. GMO (all three are different)
  • Exchanging seeds – a great form of barter
  • The easy plants to save seed from – beans, lettuce, peppers, tomatoes
  • Separation rules – why they exist and not stressing them
  • Staggering pollination times to create effective separation
  • Herbs and unusual plants are often easy to save for and over looked
  • Storing your seeds once they are harvested (is cold storage a good idea)
  • How to clean your seeds, what you need, what you don’t need
  • Growing your own hybrids – hybrids are not always bad
  • How to hand pollinate and ensure purity with squashes and melons, etc
  • Saving root crops like garlic, potatoes, sweet potatoes for replanting
  • The rewards of regionally adapted plants
  • Breeding for any and all traits, it really isn’t hard

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Episode-1023- Listener Feedback for 11-19-12

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

It’s Monday and time for another round of you your feedback, questions and commentary sent to jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com.

Make sure if you submit content for a feedback show that you put something like “comment for jack”, “question for jack” or “article for jack” in the subject line to assure proper identification for my screening process.

Today we discuss, fear, HOAs, responsible law enforcement, GMOs, drugs in our water supply, common sense and the destruction of the resiliency of our children .

Please understand I receive several hundred emails a day and can’t get them all on the air. I do put out a lot of information on Facebook from emails that I can’t fit on the program though so keep em coming.

Join Me Today As I Respond to Your Emails On

  • The real reason people say “screw others” during a disaster – FEAR
  • More proof that HOAs actually destroy true community
  • Proof that we need more LEOs kicking the ass of their fellow LEOs
  • The wonderful results of GMOs – Parkinson’s Disease
  • The Muscovy Duck low input of grain for a high output of meat
  • How we are creating children that won’t even be able to cross a ditch soon
  • An atrocity in our health care system and to our water supply you can’t imagine

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Episode-613- Listener Feedback on Genetically Modified Organisms

GMO Food is Far More Sinister Than Most Realize

The concept of GMO’s (generically modified organisms) is largely misunderstood and I feel somewhat hyped as both overly safe and overly dangerous by both sides of the debate.    Today we dig deeply into this issue to fully understand the dangers of GMO’s including the often missed larger implications and impact on the biosphere and system level life webs.

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Join me today as we discuss…

  • Is GMO the issue or is what they are spraying on the GMO’s the answer
  • How is a GMO different from a natural hybrid
  • Are GMO’s chemically different from non GMO’s
  • Is there a new micro pathogen connected to GMO’s (I am not sure yet)
  • Are GMOs and their related herbicides linked to breast cancer (a top oncologist thinks so)
  • Will GMO alfalfa cross pollinate and infect other fields, experts say it is a certainty
  • Why may our farmers not be able to ever stop growing GMOs now (anyone else think about this yet)
  • What is “bent grass” why should you care
  • Should we require an IQ test to be a politician (wait till you hear this)
  • Why GMOs threaten us even when they are not “food crops”
  • What is bioaccumulation and how does it move through “trophic” levels
  • How GMOs have an unexpected effect on our ground water, rivers and oceans
  • What the gulf dead zone and why it is expanding

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Emergency Seed Banks and Open Pollinated vs Hybrid vs GMO

In this video I don’t just review the emergency seed bank from Directive21.com I dispel many myths about GMOs vs. Hybrid Variety seeds.  Emergency seed vaults are in my view an outstanding addition to your long term preps but the hype in the emergency seed industry is really misleading.  Tune into this video for hard and somewhat harsh facts about emergency seed products and the real reasons to invest in them vs. the fear based marketing of many other manufactures.

Having seeds is a vital part of preparation and survival. One really great seed bank is the seed bank that comes with 37,000 seeds or 1.4 Lbs of Non-Hybrid seeds, sealed in an airtight military grade Seed Vault from Directive21.com  You can find this seed bank at www.directive21.com/emergencyseedbank.html

The Seed Bank Contains

  • Beans, Kentucky Wonder brown Pole – 580 seeds
  • Beets, Detroit Dark Red – 1350 Seeds
  • Broccoli, Waltham 29 -­ 950 Seeds
  • Cabbage, Golden Acre – 3100 Seeds
  • Cantaloupe, Hale’s Best – 250 Seeds
  • Carrot, Scarlet Nantes – 10330 Seeds
  • Corn, Golden Bantam – 675 Seeds
  • Cucumber, Straight 8 – 460 Seeds
  • Onion, Utah Sweet Spanish – 4200 Seeds
  • Pea, Lincoln – 640 Seeds
  • Pepper, Yolo Wonder – 1250 Seeds
  • Spinach, Bloomsdale Longstanding – 800 Seeds
  • Squash Zucchini, Black Beauty – 130 seeds
  • Swiss Chard, Lucullus – 870 Seeds
  • Tomato, Rutgers – 1750 Seeds
  • Parsnip, Harris Model – 1250 Seeds
  • Winter Squash, Waltham Butternut – 260 Seeds
  • Winter Squash, Pink Banana Jumbo – 45 Seeds
  • Radish, Champion – 1420 Seeds
  • Lettuce Leaf, Black Seeded Simpson – 3000 Seeds
  • Lettuce Romaine, Paris Island – 3000 Seeds
  • Pepper, Jalapeno – 1500 Seeds
  • Watermelon, Crimson Sweet Jumbo – 185 Seeds
  • (Seed counts are approximate based on weight)

Episode-524- Developing Personal Seed Vaults

Governments, corporations and international organizations are all developing “seed vaults” for many reasons.  One is that seeds in and of themselves are life, they feed us and they are the way species of plants survive and continue to propagate themselves.  Second while telling us that GMO crops are safe, they are acutely aware of the damage potential they pose and the potential for entire varieties of plants to be wiped out by cross pollination with GMO based crops.  Third due to monopolization and marketing by seed companies many varieties are simply no longer being grown and due to that the variety is in danger of extinction and forever being lost to history.  Fourth seeds are the ability to produce food and energy and energy and food are forms of wealth.

Join me today as I discuss….

  • The why behind personal seed vaults
  • How seeds are first order wealth that can produce second order wealth
  • Some seeds are food and some foods are seed
  • Tiny seeds equal massive storage potential
  • Buying seeds at the end of the season (yes but)
  • Rotational planting varieties to keep fresh stock
  • Developing stocks of “wild seed”
  • The enemies of seed (light, moisture, heat)
  • Rice is a cheap and effective desiccant
  • Understanding “germination rates”
  • Getting seeds in exchanges
  • Learning more about saving seeds
  • Open pollination vs heirloom vs hybrid vs GMO
  • Planting on foreign soil (guerrilla and borrowed land)

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Episode-523- Listener Feedback 10-4-10

This Monday is a bit more politics centric than typical but only because of how much has been going on lately.  Join me today as I give props to Alex Jones for two stellar pieces of journalism last week, tell you more than you really want to know about new GMO initiatives, answer questions on chest freezers, biltong and more.

Today on TSP we Discuss…

  • Two Articles from Alex Jones you need to read and share with others
  • What Congress is doing to counter the Chinese trade imbalance and why it won’t work
  • Thoughts on using a chest freezer outside
  • GMOs planted in our forests on purpose, coming soon!
  • Avoiding moldy results when making biltong
  • Advice if you are “stuck” with an upside down mortgage
  • Bad economic news and why it means the false recovery is coming
  • It is your fault that the recession continues because you are saving 6% of your money!
  • Urban lots are turned into agriculture this time in Indianapolis, IN
  • Half or more of emergency responders WILL NOT be available during a real pandemic

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-493- Listener Feedback 8-16-10

It is Monday and I am back with another round of your feedback, suggestions, article and questions.  To send in feedback for a show like this one just email jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com and you might here your question or comment on the air.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Can you make money doing solar “farming” on cheap waste land
  • A real world account on the importance of back up documentation
  • Brought to us by GMO the glow in the dark pig and other wonderful ideas
  • When you build a solar system at home do you think beyond ROI and payback periods
  • Well you can relax the Swine Flu Level Six pandemic is over, IDIOTS!
  • Why do I say no credit cards vs. just don’t carry a balance
  • A new super bug arrives from India, oh wonderful!
  • Homemade pepper spray for garden pest repellent

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

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Episode-422- The Damage Done By Agriculture

We rely on our modern agriculture system to feed the planet.  While most people in the modern world seem to believe food comes from a store it most certainly does not.  The bright lights and shiny packaging at the grocery is simply the last step in a long chain of systems.

The reality is be it animal or vegetable it all starts in the farm fields of the world and those fields are sick and dying for a variety of reasons.  Of course man’s solution is genetic engineering, new chemicals and attempting to adapt to the damage we are doing vs. reversing it.

Join me today as we discuss the following recent news stories about this problem…

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