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The #Organic Pages

4 Oct

Organic strategy and development:

The best practices for sustainable management in the US can be found here: https://attra.ncat.org/ at Attra, National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT).

Rodale results from a 30-year field trial show that organic farming is more profitable, higher yielding, better carbon increase, better economics, better health, soil, and fits the “big picture” of a sustainable world.  http://www.rodaleinstitute.org/files/FSTbookletFINAL.pdf 

A certification standard to grow your crops or garden by is the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM). These practices comply with the USDA standards people complain about, and let you sell internationally. They are also better to read, and are democratically agreed-upon: http://www.ifoam.org/about_ifoam/standards/norms/IFOAMStandard_V0.1.forconsultation.doc  *A summary of these certification norms can be found in an earlier post: Anarganic certification for the twenty-first century.

*In the USA Your state department of agriculture will help you certify if they’re accredited. In Ohio the best best organization for you to go into is OEFFA, the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association. Producer fees start at $705. Yearly inspection starts at $300. Certification is mandatory for a farm with organic sales over $5000.  There’s a full list of accredited certifiers here who will help you. Give one a call…

Your market can be a farmer’s market, but only after securing your direct contracts for selling to restaurants, schools, natural food stores, grocery. (If it is to pay returns to your time). For the latter scale, I recommend selling your certified produce through http://www.organicallianceinc.com/, anywhere in the world… they do certifications too.

— Michael Pollan on 10/1/2011, consumers’ questions answered:  http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/10/02/magazine/29mag-food-issue.html?ref=magazine#/pollan

Getting experience. My guide is the result of one and a half years in organic gardening. If you read it, you will be able to start growing your own product and selling it. It covers food safety, backyard and community gardening how-to, and arranging direct sales. There’s plenty of ways to start growing things🙂 As special blog readers I bring you: Eddie’s guide 9-27, look for updates🙂

Agroecology and the Right to Food : “Agroecological farming methods could double global food production in just 10 years, according to a report from the United Nations.” This one, describing results from the literature and making a recommendation to #public #policy. It’s a recommendation to the UN. :  http://www.srfood.org/images/stories/pdf/officialreports/20110308_a-hrc-16-49_agroecology_en.pdf

Agricultural carbon sequestration has the potential to substantially mitigate global warming impacts. http://t.co/nKEArL5I

Organic for development I do not pretend to know yet, and cannot generalize across all microclimates. It seems that if the small farmer does not have access to tractor or horse, cultivating field crops by hand will not bring high returns on labor; so they would be better off with a crop with little weed management like tree crops, or a high-value crop like vegetables. It seems also that a balance between providing a diverse diet and some cash crop must be maintained on most farms. For low-income, few production implement, small-acreage farmers, intensive monoculture is not preferable, which is an uncertain market which requires service costs higher than the farmer’s return to labor. Only after information has been gathered and understood can an analyst plan appropriate changes in a farming system. Farm development is not synonymous with commercialization, increased income, amounts of cash inputs, or farmer participation in credit programs because more cash flow across the farm boundary does not necessarily indicate increased farm productivity and family well-being. These insights, and others, are partially based off of a great book, Small Farm Development.

The Rodale New Farm is beautiful.

Other studies from Rodale:

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Guides for a New World

20 Sep

Hi folks! I have a very special blog post today, this will be up here for a while, so feel free to reference it:  https://eddiemill.wordpress.com/2011/09/18/guides-for-a-new-world/

These guides are for everyone: the tools for us in order to be sustainable in food and energy solutions. The best of internet and experience changing these industries. Want to know what to do? How about what @BarackObama should focus on? If we can be energy and food self-sufficient, we will have a resilient footing no matter what the future is. Download and distribute, these are Guides for a New World. -E

Energy:

Boosting Energy for Our Future with Feed-in Tariffs applicable to policy makers in the government about the best practice possible environmental regulation in order to boost sustainable energy generation in the USA. 

350 organizing guide how to “sell it”- the pitch for climate action! 

defra-ghg-conversion-factors All businesses will need to use this in the future. GHG (Carbon equivalent) conversion factors to calculate baseline Carbon footprint for your operation.

FFrom the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources

Lets you know what is in season for consumers who want to eat local.

For Food: Again, for everyone.

Food:

Lettuce Link GardeningGuide  the best possible reference for starting to grow our own food plants.

boston_local_guide relevant for restaurants and serious local foodies looking for bulk inputs. Published for other cities too at http://eatwellguide.org/. 

CRI-Farmers-Market-Action-Guide  from Corporate Accountability International, on how to change the fast food system. 

Please Use and Distribute. Can you forward to your policy-maker?

EM https://eddiemill.wordpress.com/ eddiemill@gmail.com

Hi Mr. President!

14 Sep

Economics/Environmental Policy/ International Relations graduate here. Your ideas guy “I’m your left-hand man”!

I wanted to share with you a post that’s been REAL popular with the true remaining environment movement. It’s entitled, “Environment: Ten Things Obama Must Do”. How the president can help heal the environment without waiting for Congress on any one of them!

The article, originally published on Rolling Stone, has been liked and forwarded and tweeted many times, with long discussion comments and RTs. The link is at http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/environment-ten-things-obama-must-do-20110914

-Eddie Miller, “A Global Organic Mindset”
BU ’10
https://eddiemill.wordpress.com/

“A Particularly High Unemployment Rate”

9 Sep

Structural Unemployment

Mr. Cowen, among others, frets that both parties are pushing unrealistic visions that put too much stress on either government spending (the Democrats) or tax cuts (the Republicans).

http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/2011/0902/Unemployment-Inc.-Six-reasons-why-America-can-t-create-jobs/(page)/2

Low-value Economics: the Economics of Low price

6 Sep

These phrases catch 90% of Americans with the proper economic lens: Attention Wal-Mart shoppers: Lower prices, guaranteed!  Every day value.

Americans: STOP buying lowest price! It doesn’t make any sense!! #Economic #Development #USA 21 Jul

Demand drives what is produced.. if it’s lowest quality that is produced abroad, all production will go abroad to low quality sources. We will end up bankrupt. This shopping because we can “afford” to can sustain, but not nourish a family in a low Economic position.

What that family needs is employment. Big companies that work on these scales would rather not employ more people, they mechanize in order to reduce what’s needed. One of the tenets of Marx’s Economics was that the goal of capitalism was to replace the skilled worker with a machine. IN ECONOMICS, JOBS IS NOT AN INDICATOR.. STOP SEEING IT AS SUCH BARACK OBAMA. In other words, it’s assumed that each country will find it’s role and have full employment in that industry. As such, this shift is only temporary.. to our new industry. IT IS NO LONGER MANUFACTURING CONSUMER GOODS. We need to manufacture… what? Solar panels, windmills, car batteries, FOOD, or bombs……… see my conditions for a failed presidency, thanks.

Take food, for example. I work in Local Organic agriculture, in other words growing my own food without buying fertilizer or chem and now seed inputs. I produce more than enough for my own family, and form a small disposable income for other necessities. My product is unique, my prices are reasonable, and I get by without competing with anybody or stepping on anybody’s toes. I am adding value.

The purpose of a retail firm is to add value by delivering consumer goods through a supply chain to store shelves. They pay a rent and costs of labor and realize a profit. Wal-Mart’s chains are notoriously long and integrated, going with the lowest bidder internationally on each one. None of these are jobs that you would want, partly because consumers in the richest country in the world don’t want to pay more than 11 cents for a banana. This is slavery wages. To everyone involved. Wal-Mart promises low value, so they leave no excess on each link of the chain.  Where do you think Quality comes in? It doesn’t. The actual consumer product utility experience is very low.

“You get what you pay for but,” can this mentality explain domestic poverty? It is, very simply, the destroyer of town businesses. IT causes terrible unsustainable sprawl developments that consume massive tracts of land and gasoline. It is, very simply, waste consumption. Very little investment is done at Wal-Mart unlike, say, a hardware store or Home Depot. Monetarily, it is keeping the consumer basket affordable for normal people, and preventing inflation, giving confidence in the short term, given that everything else in the world stays constant especially the price of oil or the dollar… It isn’t building skills capital either like machinists or carpenters or weavers. But… not exactly. Big corporations aren’t causing the recession. But they aren’t hiring. What we need is a new industry, that creates a ton of small businesses. [Caveat* not Funded by the government*] Small farming is one. So is researching new alternative energy (and fuel) techniques.

In food, organic farming is a great revitalization to support from the government level. See my blog.
By changing to focus the industry on natural, sustainable quality, you get solid benefits.
Some of the conclusions from an October 2008 UNEP report included:
• Organic practices resulted in per hectare food crop productivity increases.
• Organic production allows farmers access to markets, enabling them to obtain premium prices for
their produce, as well as increased access to good quality, organic food for the entire community.
• Organic and near-organic agricultural methods and technologies are ideally suited for many poor,
marginalized smallholder farmers in Africa or other developing nations. [or here]
• Recent food-price hikes and rising fuel prices have highlighted the importance of making agriculture
less energy- and external-input dependent.
• Certified organic production for the export market, with its premium prices, can undoubtedly reduce
poverty among farmers.
• Organic agricultural systems are making a significant contribution to the reduction of food insecurity
and poverty and improvement in rural livelihoods in areas of Africa.

Value. https://eddiemill.wordpress.com/

A scathing letter from an #agvocate

31 Aug

Our modern food system is not well-designed, it’s a factory which has reduced labor. The role of the USDA has been to banish farms from the everyday lives of the country, while consolidating food and making the rest illegal… While we have more land than the rest of the world, it is tracked out and provides little health or nutritional value. The average American is more removed (or, as removed) from his or her geography as ever. The Unsettling of America, Wendell Berry.

1/3 of Topsoil is lost. Land degradation has destroyed more civilizations than armies, and thus we must prevent that the same thing happens to the US. Industrial Agriculture has destroyed most of our topsoil … if land can no longer maintain crops, civilization disappears… Monoculture produces less topsoil than a spadefork or keyline plow, diluted compost tea applications, and a pile. This means we are more vulnerable.  Deplete life.

Wes Jackson of The Land Institute says that 120 years now is the most important in the history of Homo-sapiens. This can be a century of progress, or another of hopeless bickering about which country is the best. Either we end in a stalemate and seek another planet or, everyone can make a living. Let’s make it so. Oregon Tilth, MOSES, IFOAM, the FAO, and other true organic support and education agencies are already working on making an economy that works for the future.

If someone is to blame for the obesity crisis, I guarantee you it’s not the farmers.

Dear USDA, Rid your agency of corruption.

Cut Monstanto farm bill budget by 90%.

Monsanto Michael Taylor has got to go!

CC AFSIC, Sustainable Agriculture Network, Rural Information Center, Obama Food Network, Please Forward.

I’ll grow vegetables for local markets. EM CHE

Ingenuity — Integrity — Optimism. http://en.search.wordpress.com/?q=site%3Aeddiemill.wordpress.com

I am…

30 Aug

An assistant mechanic and assistant cook.
A farm student.
In it for making money, eventually.
Leading edge progressive moderate.
Looking for the next thing.

Zen.

I’d say…

Decent understanding of farm economics + politics.

Not a hustler.

An okay Starcraft2 player.

Small creative acts= funny?

Self-made man. free will.

Online: Linkedin: Professional Pattern Detector

Machine: Words are nuts and bolts.

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