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The Rock Star Farms crew was on our way to Roots Farm in Athens, GA on Friday night for a slow food dinner (which by the way was STELLAR!) and passed 3 Burger King’s, all with signs that read $1 double cheeseburgers.  I thought to myself, “No way. How can they make a profit, and if they are, what kind of wretched ingredients are they putting in there?” Its becoming more and more apparent everyday that for the average family in America its cheaper to buy greasy and nutrient void fast food than healthy nutrient rich vegetables and animal products. Or is it?  Once you take into account the affects of food production on the land and the people,  energy used to ship said foods, treatment of the animals that are harvested for the foods, long term effects and health concerns, that $1 double cheeseburger ain’t as cheap as it seems.

Here’s a great article from Time Magazine by Bryan Walsh, that will explain all of this a little bit more.

Somewhere in Iowa, a pig is being raised in a confined pen, packed in so tightly with other swine that their curly tails have been chopped off so they won’t bite one another. To prevent him from getting sick in such close quarters, he is dosed with antibiotics. The waste produced by the pig and his thousands of pen mates on the factory farm where they live goes into manure lagoons that blanket neighboring communities with air pollution and a stomach-churning stench. He’s fed on American corn that was grown with the help of government subsidies and millions of tons of chemical fertilizer. When the pig is slaughtered, at about 5 months of age, he’ll become sausage or bacon that will sell cheap, feeding an American addiction to meat that has contributed to an obesity epidemic currently afflicting more than two-thirds of the population. And when the rains come, the excess fertilizer that coaxed so much corn from the ground will be washed into the Mississippi River and down into the Gulf of Mexico, where it will help kill fish for miles and miles around. That’s the state of your bacon — circa 2009. (See TIME’s photo-essay “From Farm to Fork.”)

Click here to read the entire article.

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 “In our society growing food yourself has become the most radical of acts. It is truly the only effective protest, one that can…and will…overturn the corporate powers that be. By the process of directly working in harmony with nature, we do the one thing most essential to change the world…we change ourselves.”  Jules Dervaes

I found this video while doing a little research on-line today. It’s 9 minutes of pure inspiration. One family, tired of the seemingly hopeless world around them, took it upon themselves to change things…from the inside out.  If you want to change the world – go plant a garden and learn to feed yourself… for we are not farmers….we are revolutionaries.

If you want to find out more about this amazing family, check out their website at www.pathtofreedom.com

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Jason Mraz - Farm Aid Supporter / Famous Musician / Avocado Farmer!

Jason Mraz - Farm Aid Supporter / Famous Musician / Avocado Farmer!

My friend over at Sensible City, Christina Lor, forwarded something super cool yesterday and I just had to share it with you.  Its an excellent article written by the enviro-journalist Matt Hickman over at MNN (Mother Nature News Network). 

 

 

Meet the new crop of American farmers — young and energetic idealists who are bringing local, sustainable food back to the table.

But while they might be dwindling in numbers, young farmers are growing in visibility. And they’re a motley, stereotype-shattering crew, for sure.

They’re urban, they hold advanced degrees and they’re often female. They sprout up in not-so-bucolic places like Brooklyn, Oakland, Atlanta and Indianapolis, and they sometimes work as educators, eco-entrepreneurs, yogis, journalists, filmmakers, activists and doting parents on the side. They’re passionate and adventurous. And most notably, they’re focused on sustainability and community building.

To see the entire article and the 39 other amazing farmers under 40 – just click here

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