Under Cover Farmers – Cover Cropping

•February 27, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Under Cover Farmers learn about multi-species cover crops and how they were able to realize economic returns on their investment in the first year by spring planting and rolling over cover crops into their fields.  Old World Natural Farming Practices  were far better for the health of the crops and health of the soil than conventional chemical & mono-crop farming. We do not advocate or condone the use of herbicides to terminate cover crops, but the rest of this films information is amazingly informational.

Cover Crop Clover

Reforesting the Emerald Triangle: Establishing a Food Forest the Permaculture Way

•February 26, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Geoff Lawton of Permaculture Institute shows us how to establish a Food Forest the Permaculture Way

Geoff Lawton

Geoff Lawton

How to Make Cannabis Infused Chocolate Ice Cream

•February 26, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Tasty!
How to Make Cannabis Infused Chocolate Ice Cream

Yesterday Alaska became 3rd state to officially OK marijuana use. Here are 6 facts from Pew Research

•February 26, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Ganja Farmer's Emerald Triangle News:

GOOD NEWS!!
Yesterday Alaska became 3rd state to officially OK marijuana use

Originally posted on Patients for Medical Cannabis:

See also:

Marijuana will be legal in D.C. after midnight

DC mayor vows to move forward with marijuana legalization despite Republican threats of jail

From Pew Research 

Attitudes about marijuana have undergone a rapid shift in public opinion, paralleled by few other trends in the U.S. Our recent data, along with historical figures from Gallup and the General Social Survey, reveal how views have shifted about the drug over time. Earlier this year, our survey found that many more Americans now favor shifting the focus of the nation’s overall drug policy. Here are six key facts about public opinion and marijuana:

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Support for marijuana legalization is rapidly outpacing oppositionA slim majority (52%) of Americans say the drug should be made legal, compared with 45% who want it to be illegal. Opinions have changed drastically since 1969, when Gallup first asked the question and found that just…

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Vandana Shiva Home Rule Tour 2015

•February 20, 2015 • Leave a Comment
Vandana Shiva

Vandana Shiva

Vandana Shiva Home Rule Tour 2015



Using AVID for Mites? Better Think Again! Move Beyond Pesticides with Healthy Living Soil and the Living Soil Food Web!

•February 20, 2015 • Leave a Comment

“AVID” a Serious “Restricted Use Pesticide” Used by chemical marijuana farmers to control mites. AVID is produced by the GMO and Chemical Research Company called Syngenta. This HIGHLY TOXIC CHEMICAL should NEVER be used on cannabis.

"AVID"  a Serious "Restricted Use Pesticide" Used by chemical marijuana farmers to control mites is produced by the GMO and Chemical Research Company called Syngenta.

“AVID” a Serious “Restricted Use Pesticide” Used by chemical marijuana farmers to control mites is produced by the GMO and Chemical Research Company called Syngenta.

Abamectin (Avermectin) (AVID)
Beyond pesticides Rating: Toxic

The active ingredient of many abamectin products, like AvidTM, ZephyrTM, VertimecTM or Agri-MekTM, is actually a mixture of 80% avermectin B1a and 20% avermectin B1b (FCH 2000). These B1a and B1b avermectins are purified from a chemically complex insecticidal/miticidal toxin produced by an actinomycete bacterium, Streptomyces avermitilis, found in soil. Although, abamectin is a natural fermentation product of this bacterium, the pesticide is classified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a class II toxicity pesticide on a scale of I to IV, I being the most toxic. Abamectin has been fully evaluated by EPA for its effects on human health or the environment.

Mode of Action

Like most other insecticides, avermectins are nerve poisons. They stimulate the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) system, a chemical “transmitter” produced at nerve endings, which inhibits both nerve to nerve and nerve to muscle communication. The affected insect becomes paralyzed, stops feeding, and dies after a few days. AvidTM, used against mites and leaf-miners, is said to spare some of the major parasites of the miner and some predacious mites. When applied to foliage, it is absorbed by the leaves, where feeding insects encounter the poison.

Toxicity

Technical avermectin is quite acutely toxic, with an oral rat LD50 (lethal dose for 50% of the test rats) of 30 mg/kg. EPA reviewed toxicological data from the manufacturer in connection with a 1987 petition for establishment of a tolerance in citrus oil and citrus pulp. EPA’s reviewers found that avermectin does not cause birth defects in rats and rabbits, but can cause cleft palate in mice. The calculated “lowest effect level (LEL)” for the latter effect was quite low at 0.10 mg/kg/day. EPA reviewers stated that “studies on mutagenicity demonstrated an overall negative potential (ETN 1996).

Abamectin has been shown to cause pupil dilation, mild skin irritation, vomiting, convulsions and/or tremors and coma in laboratory animals.       Because it is a nerve poison, it can also cause nervous system depression in mammals at very high doses. A study in rats given 0.40 mg/kg/day of abamectin showed decreased lactation, increased stillbirths and an increased likelihood of producing unhealthy offspring, demonstrating a strong chance of similar effects in humans at high enough doses. Abamectin is also very toxic to fish and aquatic invertebrates (FCH 2000).

Environmental Fate

Abamectin is broken down quickly in the soil via photodegradation at the soil surface and microbial degradation in dark, aerobic conditions. The chemicals half-life is about 1 week on an unshaded soil surface and about two weeks to two months underneath the soil surface. It is also rapidly broken down in water, its half-life being four days in pond water and two to four weeks in pond sediment (ETN 1996).

References:

Extension Toxicology Network (ETN). 1996. Pesticide Information Profiles: Abamectin. <http://ace.orst.edu/cgi-bin/mfs/01/pips/abamecti.htm.&gt;

Farm Chemicals Handbook 2000 (FCT). 2000. Meister Publishing Co. Willoughby, OH.

Hoy, M. and J. Conley. 1987. “Toxicity of pesticides to western predatory mite.” California Agriculture 41:12-14.

Moar, W. and J. Trumble. 1987. “Biologically derived insecticides for use against beet control.” California Agriculture Nov/Dec issue.

Parella, M. 1987. “Pest control.” Greenhouse Manager November: 105-108.

Stinson, S. 1988. “Total synthesis of avermectin achieved.” Chemical & Engineering News January 4.

U.S. EPA. 1987. Pesticide tolerances in food. Federal Register 52:17941.

Pesticides and Neurological Disorders, Organic Medicine is the ONLY SOLUTION!

•February 20, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Dr. Ryan Lee – Testimony Supporting Buffer Zones and Disclosure

Dr. Sylvia Pager- Testimony Supporting Buffer Zones and Disclosure

"AVID"  a Serious "Restricted Use Pesticide" Used by chemical marijuana farmers to control mites is produced by the GMO and Chemical Research Company called Syngenta.

“AVID” a Serious “Restricted Use Pesticide” Used by chemical marijuana farmers to control mites is produced by the GMO and Chemical Research Company called Syngenta.

 
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