Urban Farms Creating Jobs/Economies for the Future

How we grow, deliver, and consume food around the world is built on a broken and ideologically incompatible system.  Farms exist to make a limited number of individuals obscenely rich.  Thus, everything that goes into the production of our food is built on a foundation of what makes them the most money, not what makes food more nutritious, accessible, and fresh for the public.

Urban farms are the answer to the agriculture industry’s inadequate and unsustainable hold on the world.  By taking control of how we grow our food and what is grown, we will have a say as to what the future will bring for the people of this planet, not the men sitting in their ivory towers.

Through the Cracks of Concrete

While there is no one source of the beginning of this revolution of urban farming, one can point to major examples of how it fills the needs of the most desperate places.  Detroit is a place that has been abandoned by its representative government, and so the people have taken it upon themselves to feed the community through urban agriculture.

This is no recreational project that was founded on pure convenience or the enhancement of flavors, Detroit’s urban gardens have sprouted out of a fundamental need for fresh produce that is as affordable as it is accessible.  There’s rows of abandoned lots, which were once associated with death and despair, which are now being used to grow food, jobs.

Investing for the Future

Unless you are an ultra-pessimist, one can’t help but look at a city like Detroit and see the potential for a rebirth.  The only way that is going to happen is to create new industry while strengthening the economy.  There’s nowhere else to go but up, which is also how the Michigan Agricultural Department sees it.  They estimate that tens of thousands of jobs and tens of millions of dollars in taxes could be created off of urban farming related ventures.

Not only that, urban farming can help reverse some of the damage that has been done to the communities of Detroit, with so much of the population that has been lost due to economic turmoil.  It’s certainly a long way before the city can even begin to speak about returning to normal, but rebuilding includes new growth, which urban agriculture can be the key ingredient for the future.

Promising Growth in the Field

The job potential for urban farming isn’t just limited to the labor and management positions, there’s a lot to be excited about in the technology industry.  Aquaponics are going to be in huge demand in the future for urban settings.  The oceans are becoming fished out at an alarming rate, so the ability to raise seafood in warehouses or rooftops is nothing short of a miracle.

Big agriculture may claim that many jobs will be lost that are tied to harvesting, transporting food across the country, however, those low-skill, low pay jobs will be replaced by skilled jobs that are more fulfilling and sustainable for the individual and society.  Lowered cost of living means less people on welfare and less people in danger of becoming food insecure.  Urban farmers know all about waste and how little resources are actually needed to produce extremely nutritious and bountiful yields.  Maybe, in a distant future, economies will no longer be dependent on private companies for feeding the populace.

 

The Modern Revolution’s Founder

I founded a health and wellness company called A Well Run Life and started The Modern Revolution as a way to

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the growing number of initiatives, ideas, experiments in the world rejecting the dominant, current way of caring for our bodies that has led to lifestyle diseases becoming so pervasive. I don’t want us to squander all the amazing advancements in agriculture and medicine and self-care by quietly allowing the

cheap

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ways of delivering food and medicine to be further entrenched by those more concerned with profit than health. Never before in history have we had such a tremendous opportunity to teach other about how to raise food properly, cure illness without damaging the body, and create communities that produce the most delicious meals and healthiest lives.

I want to be a part of something important.

We need a modern revolution to employ all the knowledge and wisdom platforms such as these can so easily bring together.

 

Top Successful Urban Farms in the World

Researchers predict that a total of two-thirds of the globe will live in urban developments by 2030.  The sci-fi pictures of major metropolis hubs are starting to become reality.  We just hope self-driving cars become the standard by the time we reach that realization, because I’m not sure the world can handle even more terrible drivers on even more crowded roads, but I digress.  We’re here to talk about how we’re going to feed all these people that are stuck inside these cities of concrete, glass, and metal.

The only viable solution to this urban growth is urban agriculture.  Thankfully, we have some brilliant minds who are hard at work to show us that we don’t need to dedicate half the planet’s land to farming just to feed the booming population, we have all the space we need on our rooftops and cityscapes.

Don’t believe it?  Here’s a few places that prove urban farming is more than just a fad, it’s a way of life (and living) for their communities:

1       Food Field, Detroit, Michigan

If you need proof of concept, you don’t get any more real than Detroit, when it comes to a population that wants and needs the means to be self-sustaining and has limited resources to choose from.  Food Field is a project that has transformed an abandoned elementary school lot to a fully-fledged urban farm.  This is a direct reply to the corruption, abuse, and neglect the residents have received from both corporate and government entities.

Food Field provides fresh foods to community residents and local restaurants with the help from volunteers.  This is an example of a community that is taking matters into their own hands to help create something better for themselves and their future.  Food Field is also building up their infrastructure to help raise fresh seafood via aquaponics systems.

2       Sky Greens, Singapore

Singapore doesn’t have the luxury of having large swathes of their country dedicated to agriculture, like many countries in the West.  It is because of this, that the average person only eats about 7% locally grown produce.  Sky Greens is changing the way Singaporeans eat by building highly efficient, compact, and healthy vertical gardens.  These vertically stacked urban farms waste no water, as it is distributed evenly throughout each layer of produce.

Sky Greens is able to produce 5-10x the amount of produce, per-capita of land, while using less water and less energy.  This is obviously one of the most promising solutions to urban farming for the future, producing healthier and accessible food for everyone.

3       The Delaney Community Farm, Denver, CO

This small farm allows everyone the opportunity to access fresh produce, no matter what their income or social status.  They supply produce for approx. 500 families via Community Service programs and Federal cooperation for WIC families to obtain fresh food in exchange for just an hour of work every week.  This farm acts as a valuable resource to the community, not only with the food they harvest, but also with their teachings of how to farm and cook healthy at home.

 

Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism Treatment in Ayurvedic Medicine, Chinese Medicine, Homeopathy, and Acupuncture

Thyroid problems are extremely common. In fact, half of all people will experience some type of thyroid problem at some point in life. The most common two forms of thyroid malfunction are hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. In each case, the body isn’t producing the optimal amount of hormones. A part of the endocrine system, the thyroid gland produces hormones responsible for regulating metabolism, heart function, the digestive system, muscle control, development of the brain and  bones. While mainstream medicine treats thyroid dysfunctions with drugs, other therapies can often successfully restore balance to the thyroid without using synthetic medications or resorting to surgery.

Hyperthyroidism is one of the most common thyroid problems. It involves overproduction of hormones, and results in symptoms that include sudden loss of weight, fast heartbeat, profuse sweating and emotional disturbances, including mood swings. One of the most common causes of hyperthyroidism is called Grave’s Disease. This is a autoimmune disorder in which the immune system begins attacking the thyroid, resulting in too much hormone production.

Hypothyroidism, on the other hand, is the opposite problem. The thyroid is producing fewer hormones than it should. An under-active thyroid causes symptoms like fatigue, sensitivity to cold, constipation, dry skin, weight gain, puffiness in the face, hoarseness, and muscle weakness. Other symptoms can include symptoms that mimic depression, memory problems, and trouble thinking clearly. Many people find that treating hypothyroidism results in an elevated mood.

Thyroid Treatments in Ayurvedic Medicine

Many problems with the thyroid are addressed in ayurvedic medicine by avoiding foods that are heavy and/or sour, and by eating foods like rice (specifically old rice), cucumber, sugar water, and barley. Dr. Sandeep Krishna says that three types of yoga can also helpful: pranayama, matsyasana, and halasana. He also recommends dandelion leaves and flax seeds for hyperthyroidism. For hypothyroidism, he recommends foods naturally high in iodine and avoidance of foods that slow the metabolism further like cabbage, mustard greens, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, and spinach. Charaka, the founder of Ayurvedic Medicine, wrote that goiter only happens to those who don’t drink enough milk.

Thyroid Treatments in Chinese Medicine

Chinese Medicine views problems with the thyroid in terms of a Yin/Yang imbalance. Complete treatment will typically involve a combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine, and dietary therapy. These treatments work together to restore balance to the imbalanced thyroid. Different herbs are used depending on whether the thyroid is overactive or under-active. According to the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, hyperthyroidism is treated with herbs like Rehmannia (shu di huang), Dioscorea (shan yao), and Cornus (shan zhu yu). Kidney Yin Tonic (Liu Wei Di Huang Wan) Liver Cleansing (Zhi Zi Qing Gan Tang) and Heart Yin Tonic (Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan). Hypothyroidism, on the other hand, is treated with cinnamon (rou gui) and Aconite (fu zi), Kidney Yang Tonic (Jin Gui Shen Qi Wan), and formulas like Right Restoration Formula (You Gui Wan).

Treating Thyroid Problems with Acupuncture

Acupuncture can restore balance in the thyroid and its hormone production levels, and help restore healthy energy levels, emotional well-being, and regular menstrual cycles.  Needles are placed on acupuncture points at the ear and at various points throughout the body. The exact placement depends on the root cause of the thyroid imbalance. Because the endocrine system regulates most of the body’s hormones, including the thyroid gland’s hormone production, the solution to rebalancing thyroid production sometimes involves addressing other organs, including the kidneys or the liver. Because the body is a complete system whose parts need to be in harmony with one another, acupuncturists work to restore qi, or life energy, balance throughout the body.

Homeopathic Thyroid Treatments

Homeopathic treatments for thyroid problems vary depending on the symptoms the patient is experiencing.According to Dr. Vikas Sharma, Calcarea Carbonica, Sepia Officinalis, Lycopodium, Graphites and Nux Vomica are the best homeopathic remedies for hypothyroidism. The exact symptoms are person is experiencing help to determine which remedy to use. For those with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, these same treatments may be used, although there is no one go-to remedy for those diagnosed with Hashimoto’s. Treatment will be determined by the presenting symptoms. The most commonly recommended homeopathic treatments for hyperthyroidism are Lodium, Natrum Muriaticum, Lachesis Mutus, Phosphorus, and Conium Maculatum.

While allopathic treatments for thyroid problems generally include drugs and sometimes surgery, natural treatments for hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism work with the body to restore balance without resorting to extreme measures like removing the thyroid. Treatments involving Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, and Homeopathy address the imbalance in more gentle ways, vie encourage the body’s systems to work together to facilitate healing and restore hormonal balance through foods, through natural plant-medicine, and by working with the body’s energy systems. Treating thyroid problems generally results in relief of symptoms and an overall increased sense of well-being.

The Psychological Benefits of Gardening

It’s more than just a hobby or a pitch to eat healthier, for many, gardening is part of their lifestyle.  Anyone can garden, if you apply yourself and get in tuned with Mother Nature.  You don’t need to have a “green thumb” in order to plant, feed, water, and care for something.

The best thing about gardening: the more you invest your time and energy into it, the more you get out of it.  Sure, your first attempt at growing a row of potatoes in the backyard may not produce edible results, but that doesn’t mean you got nothing out of the experienced.

Here are some psychological benefits that you might have missed or taken for granted about gardening.

Gardening brings Responsibility

This is why gardening is so beneficial for children.  It gives them something to care for that is a bit more forgiving than a living animal to watch over.  Plants do need love, attention, and time to grow and produce flowers/fruits.  When you neglect them, they wilt or retreat into the ground.  When you give them love on a consistent basis, they stand tall and proud.  They depend on your help to prosper, which can give you a sense of purpose in life.

Love is love, it is not tied to wealth, social status, appearances, or even species.  When a garden is tended to and the time and energy is invested in every little detail, it shows.  We all have that inner nurturing side to us that makes us feel wanted.

An Appreciation for Life

As corny as this may sound, gardening opens up an entire new way of thinking about life and how specials it truly is.  Grass on the ground is just messy carpet, trees are just props, and flowers are decorations for most of us on any given day.  When say that you should “stop and smell the roses” it is a way of saying you should slow down and rethink how you’re looking at something.  What if you literally stopped and smelled the roses?

Gardening forces you to stop viewing everything through the lens of a clock or digital measured progression.  You have to garden with care and intuition, not speed or precise metrics.  It can be a foreign concept, especially for those who grew up in front of a TV/smartphone/computer screen, but once you really sit down and “do” it, gardening can really make you fall in love with our planet.

Relaxation without Sleeping

Most people associate rest and relaxation with an evening on a couch or doing as little physical activity as possible.  Gardening will require you to get on your hands and knees, maybe haul some heavy bags or pots around, but its very nature is therapeutic and relaxing.  It’s rhythmic, quiet, and, most importantly, a controlled environment.  While watching TV or browsing the internet, we rely on that content to take our minds off of our work lives.  Ironically, there are plenty of opportunities for said entertainment to become a stressor, while the “work” of gardening can be a form of meditation.

There is order in gardening.  It’s just you and the Earth, mixing the fundamentals of a happy life together to be rewarded with beauty and a sense of accomplishment.  That’s pure happiness that cannot be priced or measured by any silly app or technology.

 

The Importance of Seed Preservation

As the world’s population grows, food insecurity grows with it.  Climate change is the number one concern in regards to feeding tomorrow’s future.  Seed preservation is an important aspect of rural farmers in developing countries, as they face the most pressing and present effects of climate change.

The concept of storage has always been an important part of food security, from the ancient tribes of the past, the Egyptians, Greco-Roman times, and so forth.  Preservation allows farmers to withstand losses from disappointing yields or extreme weather events.  Seed preservation is about preparing for the worst and hoping for the best, a solid strategy for any global challenges.

Seed Storage for Security and Survival

Food and seed storage are all about preserving food independence (as a country and people) and preserving the value of crops in case of inconsistent yields.  Seeds provide a placeholder for farmers to refer to as they encounter different changes in resiliency and overall food quality.  Seed banks across the globe must be stored in secure locations that protect against all foreign invaders, including:

  • Contamination from insects, rodents, bacterial, and viral diseases.
  • Contamination from pollution, pH changes, and moisture.
  • Chemical damage through acidity development and flavor changes.
  • Compromised structural integrity of the storage housing itself.

A good storage system will easily protect from all outside influencers, including temperature, moisture, and natural disasters, too.

Upgrading Storage Practices

Many developing nations are in the tropics. They are frequently in regions of high precipitation and humidity, which are perfect conditions for the opportunity of natural invaders (insects, bacteria), bringing on abnormal amounts of disintegration of harvests in storage.  Along these lines, an evaluation of various stockpiling techniques must be attempted before putting resources into one.  Existing techniques are typically minimal effort, so adjusting what is known, as opposed to presenting new innovation, is regularly a more sensible financial alternative for families.

Grain stockpiling has been built up to plan for dry spells and poor yields.  Grain stockpiling gives an adjustment methodology to environmental changes by guaranteeing food is accessible for domesticated animals and seed stock is accessible in case of poor yields because of dry season.  Effective preservation can diminish low yields and safeguard against complete loss of the best crops, quality of seed, and the nutritional value of crops.  Developments for

Truth be told, the foundation of safe stockpiling for seeds and quality of nourishment and horticultural sources of info are utilized as markers of versatile success in the farming culture of society.

Preserving Seeds at Home

While the most vulnerable parts of the world take necessary measures to preserve their crops, you can do the same at home, rather than having to continually purchase your own.  All that is needed is a regular old brown paper bag to collect and dry seeds or collected flowers.  After completely dried (but not in direct sunlight), shake the seeds loose and then wash them clean.  Dab them dry before placing them in an air-tight storage container.  Now you have seeds that will continue to yield your favorite produce and/or flowers.

The Rise of Urban Farming

The past century has seen the greatest proliferation of industrial farming since the industrial revolution granted the ability to do the work of many with just one machine.  More mouths to feed, more food to grow, it only made sense to grow in surplus in the beginning, but that power to grow more on a plot of land, coupled with the insatiable appetite of capitalism has resulted in a turning point in our society.

Profits ignore sustainability and even sustenance, the foundation of agriculture.  We have the power to yield enough food for more than three times the population over, yet we are living in some of the most food insecure times of our lives.  Between climate change, capitalism, and imperialism, the need for seizing the control of our own food supply has never been greater.

Urban farming is the rise of the people, embracing and promoting self-sustainability.

A Global Phenomenon

Where you see abandoned lots and concrete jungles, some people see a vision for the future.  Urban farming has exploded all over the world in places like New York, Chicago, Tokyo, Singapore, London, and Germany.  Rooftops, vacant lots, and even window sills are all highly efficient means of harvesting food, on a per-capita basis, when compared to the massive industrial farms.

For every ten acres of an urban farm planted, over 35,000 lbs of food can be yielded.  These urban farms on a community-scale also create jobs, those jobs in-turn circulate more money into the community, enriching the neighborhoods within.  It is because of these incentives of urban farming that every major city around the globe that has the same issues with inequality and food insecurity that urban farming has taken off so quickly.

Efficiency and Resiliency of Urban Farms

There are numerous ecological advantages of urban cultivating for urban areas, for example, more greenery, better control of spillover, better shading, and the balance of urban problem areas. Eliminating the quantity of miles produce needs to travel, either through plane, train, or diesel enhances air quality, too.

Urban horticulture is performed under particular conditions that require advancements diverse to those utilized as a part of the provincial setting.  Such particular conditions experienced, among others: restricted accessibility of space and the high cost of urban land, located in vast quantities of individuals (and in this way a requirement for safe farming techniques), utilization of urban assets (natural waste and wastewater), and potential outcomes for direct farmer and buyer contacts.

Increased Sustainability

Most accessible horticultural advancements require adjustment for use in these conditions while new innovations must be produced to react to particular urban needs (e.g. non-soil generation advances for use on rooftops and in basements; improvement of sheltered and financial practices for reuse of wastewater).

There’s a ton of ways that urban farming tech and local initiatives can further advance the promotion of self-sustainability, increase yields, protect urban farmers from unfair ordinances or being excluded from critical funding opportunities by local governments.  The battle to make urban farming commonplace is a long and heartfelt road, as the agricultural industry has a lot at stake in keeping waste high and a dependence on outsourced food.  But, we feel the tide is already turning, urban farming is the future.

 

How Restaurants are using Urban Farming to Improve their Menus

How Restaurants are using Urban Farming to Improve their Menus

If you’ve only heard about urban farming in the context of growing herbs on window sills or inside apartment at home, you might be surprised to find that many restaurants in the big cities are turning to urban farming solutions to source the freshest ingredients for their dishes.  Whether these farms are literally on the tops of their roofs or in nearby vacant lots, urban farming is a growing trend that is allowing chefs to obtain the freshest produce, while reducing their costs.

Reconnecting with Food

All restaurants can stand to benefit from urban farming.  By growing their own or sourcing from a local urban farm, they can actually save a ton of money in the long-term.  That’s because the associated costs with purchasing produce from out of town and paying for the shipping costs much more than the start-up costs of growing it in-house.  Not only that, the ingredients that you can locally source will be the freshest possible and of a higher quality.

Restaurants can market this local garden freshness as a healthier experience (because it is), thereby increasing revenues and customer traffic.  There are other hidden benefits to growing an urban farm for restaurants too, like reducing the amount of waste because you only harvest what you need.

For some real examples of urban farming restaurants in the big cities, check out these locations:

Windy City Frontera Grill

Chicago is big on urban farming.  There are a number of restaurants that are taking advantage of the rooftop real estate for urban agriculture.  One of the most prominent restaurants doing this is the Frontera Grill.  The owner, Rick Bayless, uses EarthBoxes to grow nearly all the vegetables needed to make the restaurant’s salsa dishes.  Nearly 1,000 lbs of tomatoes and peppers, to be exact.

O’Hare Urban Garden

We take a look at another place in Chicago that is leading the way for urban farming, right in the middle of the great O’Hare airport.  This is a fully-fledged aeroponic garden, growing large amounts of vegetables and herbs for the nearby restaurants every day.  This is the first of its kind in the world, towers of produce growing the ingredients that will end up on your plate at either the Tortas Frontera, Wicker Park Seafood & Sushi, Blackhawks Restaurant and Tuscany.

Bell, Book & Candle

The Big Apple is another city with lots of activity on the urban farming front.  From community gardens to rooftop agriculture, you’ll find plenty of projects underway.  The Bell, Book, & Candle also takes interest in the aeroponics solution that O’Hare uses, incorporating 60 of them on their roof.  It works perfectly for their restaurant’s needs.  They can grow over 60% of their produce and herbs without needing to rely on a full-time farmer or sourcing outside to save on costs.

The technology is ripe for the picking.  Urban farms are highly efficient and fool-proof ways of growing your own produce without needing to have a green thumb.  Chefs can focus on their craft, rather than learning how to grow the hard way, saving them precious time and money, while increasing the quality of their dishes.

 

Do You Know About Homeopathy?

Homeopathy stimulates уоur оwn immune system tо heal itself. Whіlе conventional medicine lооkѕ аt symptoms аѕ bad – аnd trіеѕ tо suppress thеm – thіѕ mоrе natural approach sees уоur body’s vаrіоuѕ reactions tо disease аѕ а positive force tо expel аn illness. Coughing clears phlegm frоm уоur lungs. Conventional medicine suppresses thаt cough, but homeopathy helps уоu produce а deeper, mоrе productive cough fоr faster аnd complete healing.

Thе History оf Homeopathy

Thіѕ system оf medicine wаѕ developed іn thе late 1700s bу Samuel Hahnemann, а German physician whо wаѕ frustrated wіth thе thеn “orthodox” practice оf bloodletting, giving mercury аnd arsenic аnd оthеr popular practices thаt hе thought dіd mоrе harm thаn good. Hе hаd left medicine аnd supported hіѕ family bу translating medical texts. Onе day hе read а claim thаt іt wаѕ thе bitter аnd astringent qualities оf Peruvian bark – whісh соntаіnѕ quinine – thаt cured malaria.

Hahnemann didn’t bеlіеvе thіѕ аnd set оut tо prove thе theory wrong. Hе mаdе аn еvеn mоrе bitter аnd astringent mixture thаt dіd nоthіng tо cure malaria. Thеn hе decided tо test thе physiological effects оf thе bark оn hіmѕеlf bу tаkіng small doses. Eventually, hіѕ body reacted tо thе bark аnd hе developed symptoms vеrу similar tо malaria. Hе began tо wоndеr іf thе reason Peruvian bark cured malaria wаѕ bесаuѕе іt caused еvеn stronger malaria symptoms thаn thе disease itself.

A Nеw аnd Safer Approach tо Medicine

Hе began tо experiment оn оthеr natural substances аnd еvеn poisons, tаkіng thеm іn small, regular doses аnd recording thе effects thеу hаd оn hіѕ body. Bу making careful records оf thеѕе symptoms, hе wаѕ аblе tо lаtеr uѕе thіѕ documentation tо treat illnesses wіth thе ѕаmе symptoms.

Encouraged bу thеѕе findings, Hahnemann reopened hіѕ practice, thіѕ time uѕіng thе nеw medicine hе hаd discovered. But thеrе wеrе problems. Thе substances hе used, раrtісulаrlу thе poisons, hаd ѕоmеtіmеѕ dangerous side effects (sound familiar?).

Then, purely bу chance, hе discovered thаt bу diluting thе substances іn water, vigorously shaking thе containers thаt held thеm аnd thеn diluting thеm аnd shaking thеm again, thе newly diluted substances caused еvеn stronger symptoms thаn thе original substances, but wіthоut thе harmful side effects. Now, hе wаѕ оntо ѕоmеthіng big.

Eventually, hе developed thе thrее principles оf homeopathy:

Lіkе cures like.

In оthеr words, іf уоu hаvе malaria, аnd а substance – lіkе Peruvian bark – whеn tаkеn іn ѕеvеrаl doses саuѕеѕ thоѕе malaria symptoms, thеn уоu ѕhоuld tаkе Peruvian bark, оr quinine.

Thе minimal dose.

Thе smaller thе amount оf thе original substance, thе mоrе powerfully іt works. Inѕtеаd оf tаkіng а teaspoon оf Peruvian bark, tаkе а diluted – аnd shaken – form оf іt instead.

Thе single remedy.

Hahnemann – аnd thоѕе whо fоllоwеd hіѕ works – carefully studied thе effects оf еасh remedy оn thе human body. Mаnу оf thе homeopathic physicians dіd thіѕ bу tаkіng thе remedies thеmѕеlvеѕ аnd carefully recording thе results. Thеѕе findings wеrе lаtеr gathered аnd printed іn books thаt homeopaths nоw study tо learn whісh remedies suit whісh symptoms а patient іѕ experiencing. Bесаuѕе еасh remedy fits а раrtісulаr group оf symptoms, оnlу оnе remedy іѕ gіvеn аt а time. Thаt way, thе homeopathic physician саn painstakingly find thе rіght remedy fоr you.

Sо whаt аrе thе benefits оf thіѕ medicine?

Homeopathic medicine іѕ incredibly effective аnd works fast – ѕоmеtіmеѕ аѕ ѕооn аѕ уоu put іt іn уоur mouth.

Also, it’s safe. Bесаuѕе it’s diluted – nоt јuѕt once, but thіrtу times оr more, thеrе аrе nо harmful side effects. It еіthеr works, оr you’ve chosen thе wrong remedy аnd іt doesn’t. Babies аnd pregnant women саn tаkе thіѕ wonderful medicine wіthоut worries.

Inѕtеаd оf squelching уоur immune system, homeopathic medicine works wіth it. Plus, it’s nоt addictive. Aѕ ѕооn аѕ уоu gеt better, уоu stop tаkіng it. Yоur body nеvеr bесоmеѕ dependent uроn homeopathic medicine thе wау іt соuld оn regular drugs.

It’s а holistic treatment, whісh means homeopathic medicine treats thе whоlе body – уоur mind, уоur body аnd уоur emotions. Inѕtеаd оf targeting а single symptom – thе wау conventional medicine wоuld – homeopaths lооk аt thе whоlе picture.

Sо whу isn’t еvеrуоnе uѕіng thіѕ marvelous medicine?

Bесаuѕе it’s time consuming. A homeopath can’t јuѕt spend ten minutes wіth уоu аnd find а cure. Instead, а good homeopathic physician wіll devote аt lеаѕt аn hour wіth уоu оn уоur fіrѕt consultation, аѕkіng аll sorts оf questions аnd noting nоt јuѕt уоur symptoms, but уоur personality, likes аnd dislikes, еvеn hair аnd skin color. All аrе crucial factors іn finding thе rіght remedy fоr you.

Organic chicken vs. Non-Organic Chicken

Shoppers are starting to really fine-tune their diets and closely critique the things that they put on their plates.  Organic has become a bit of a buzzword, it is important to note that there is not a lot of strict regulation as to what qualifies as organic and what doesn’t, but there are inherent advantages to buying organic chicken that you should know.

The reasons to buy organic chicken over non-organic, GMO chicken are many, even when you discount the opinions as to which ultimately tastes better.  You should buy organic chicken if you care about: your health, the chicken’s health before slaughter, and the environment’s health.

We’ll break each one of these health concerns down and how they compare between organic and non-organic chicken.

Nutritional Value

Again, the organic label isn’t a comprehensive test that all farmers must pass in order to use the label, which is why you often see class-action lawsuits for those who try to be sneaky about their claims.  What it does do, though, is set a standard for farmers to follow, which encourages healthier practices for their business.  After all, organic eaters are accustomed to higher-quality food.

There isn’t any extensive research to prove organic chicken is nutritionally healthier, but the fact that organic farmers use more nutritionally dense feed, which produces better meat, automatically means that more nutrients are being absorbed over grain-fed chickens.

Antibiotics and Hormones

In order for non-organic chicken farms to exist in their perpetual growth and “factory farm” conditions, they have to utilize large amounts of antibiotics and growth hormones in tandem.  The antibiotics are required to keep the chickens from getting sick and dying off of, literally, their own feces and their neighbors who live 2 inches away from them on all sides.  It’s an unnatural system that calls for unnatural solutions to keep the money flowing.

Like the hormones that keep the chickens plump and fat to the point of absurdity, the antibiotics that are constantly flowing in the chicken’s blood will ultimately end up on the dinner table and in our own system.  These drugs only provide a training ground for bacteria to play in and become resistant to.  The vast majority of antibiotic-resistant bacteria comes from the meat and poultry industry.

The USDA explicitly prohibits the use of both growth hormones and antibiotics for organic meat and poultry.  One of the major reasons behind the push for organic labeling over the past decade.

Environmental Health

Organically raised chicken produce a lot of waste.  We’re talking tons and tons of waste, which is mixed into a hellish cocktail of antibiotic and hormonal drugs that either end up in the ground water, rivers, lakes, or the oceans.  Now, illegal dumping is strictly prohibited, but the idea of investigating, let alone penalizing the agricultural industry is frightening, or even laughable to some.  The only way to make an immediate impact on the pollution and contamination created from industrial farming is to go organic.

Organically raised chicken not only forgoes the environmental impact of contamination, it also sets a standard for ethical treatment of life.  Chickens that live in non-organic spaces are sentenced to live in a cage that is only large enough to allow them to breathe, essentially.  Organic farmers must abide by USDA standards that allow chickens to go outside every day to groom and exercise.