Thank you Mother Earth News for this high light - Readers, just ignore the 500 km from Toronto to PEI comment, the actual distance is 2,000 km and that was going to be completed on bicycle in September, but sadly the plans have changed and the bike trip has been postponed. Originally, however, I was planning on walking 500 km from Toronto to Montreal and then taking a ship up the St. Lawrence to PEI, it was at this time that I started talking with the writers from Mother Earth News and so the facts got a little mixed up. Still, I am eternally grateful for their attention to my cause.
When Barbara Pleasant’s piece appeared in Mother Earth News this week I knew I had to dust off the draft of a post I had tentatively entitled, Why Eating Five Bags Of Kale A Week Might Not Be A Good Idea.
The title came from a random encounter with an enthusiastic 20-something who proudly told me he and his wife consumed five bags of kale each week. I hope he reads When Eating Greens Is Not Good For You.
Follow the link to review this well-researched blog post and read here about the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen Plus.
The most recent list ranks spinach number 8 and lettuce number 9 on the Dirty Dozen Plus list. Equally disturbing is the special designation given kale and collard greens.
This year we have expanded the Dirty Dozen™ with a Plus category to highlight two crops—green beans and leafy greens, meaning, kale and collard greens—that did not meet traditional Dirty Dozen™ criteria but were commonly contaminated with highly toxic organophosphate insecticides. These insecticides are toxic to the nervous system and have been largely removed from agriculture over the past decade. But they are not banned and still show up on some food crops. (EWG)
So just when we think we’re doing something good for our bodies—eating more greens—unless we’re choosing organic or growing our own, we may be unwittingly adding to our pesticide burden.
But back to the question – what exactly is ‘modern homesteading’ anyway?
I asked the question on our Facebook page and here are some of the responses - I think you’ll find them illuminating:
• ”It means “home”.
• “Each family is in a different place in their journey and has different homesteading goals. I don’t think there’s a one-size-fits-all definition. Each family has to decide for themselves what’s right for them. We should be encouraging each other, not judging each other.”
• “Living a simple life and treading as lightly as I can on mother earth.”
• “It’s just a lifestyle - we all have our different path, but it does not mean we are lost. I use the tech end of it to spread the word and show folks what I’m interested in and maybe, just maybe they are interested too! Do what is important for you and your family to be sustainable and to pass that knowledge down to future generations!”
• “It is a journey, a process, not an event or a place. Homesteading to me indicates action. Trying and learning all the time… expanding what one knows how to do on your own. We are all headed the same direction. Some take different roads but we are all going the same direction.”