If you ever needed a more detailed explanation about why organic vegetables (and other produce) is so important, Dr Terry Wahls lays it all out for you in a one hour presentation: “Food as Medicine”.
This is not a quick read – you’ll need to set aside an hour to view the presentation. But if you do take the time, you’ll get an incredible insight into nutrition and the importance of organic produce. While Terry did a lot of her research into nutrition as a result of MS, as you’ll see, her message is not just about MS. Nutrition plays a vital role in our health, and a lot of problems arise when our bodies don’t get vital nutrients.
The full Food as Medicine talk is 60 mins long, 6 videos of 10 minutes. But there is a also a 15 minute Ted talk that gives you a quicker introduction. I’ve included the introduction and the full talk below.
And if you want to find out more about Dr Terry Wahls, and perhaps buy her book, her website is here: Dr Terry Wahls
Minding your Mitochondria: 15 minute talk introducing the concepts
There is only one supplier of organic soil in Perth that I know of, and that is the Green Life Soil Co in Midvale.
The Green Life Soil Co
They sell soils and mulches, as well as garden tubs in a variety of sizes.
Putting organic soil in a tub means you don’t have to worry about whether your garden soil is contaminated. Unfortunately soil contamination is an issue left over from many years of toxic pesticide use.
If you want to grow your own vegetables (or have chooks where you can happily eat the eggs), you can either:
The Greenhouse Organic Herb and Vegetable Seedlings
Leesa from The Greenhouse left a comment about her organic seedling business north of Perth.
Looks very interesting, you can get her seedlings in Perth from Absolutely Organic (Gwelup), Green Life Soil Company (Midvale), City Farm (East Perth) and the Western Farmers Markets (Fremantle, 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month).
I hope I have that all correct. I’ll get around to listing more organic suppliers in Perth, feel free to send me any details.
Thought I would put together a site to help identify organic producers and retailers in Perth, Western Australia.
Because I have recently set up an organic garden, I’ve got some notes on organic seeds.
Buy organic seeds where possible. Where it isn’t possible, look for open pollinated seeds. With multinationals patenting seed rights, heritage, open pollinated seeds are under threat so it makes sense to buy the ‘open source’ varieties. Using organic seeds is healthier and protects worlds genetic diversity.
Eden or Green Harvest are good sources, collected from open pollinated sources and genetically true.
Heritage seeds are seed varieties that have evolved naturally.
For example, take Rice. There used to be thousands of varieties. Now there are around 20. The genetic heritage of Rice has dwindled, and this represents a risk for future adaptation and diversity.
When seeds are specifically engineered for a result, you get that result. For example, tomatoes are bred to be very red and firm enough for transport, and also for strong germination rates. But not necessarily for taste.
The result is that consumers in supermarkets can buy firm, red tomatoes – but they don’t taste as good as traditional tomatoes that are better suited to vine ripening in your own garden.
Learn more by looking up Jude and Michael Fanton and the Seed Savers Network – get a copy of their Seed Savers Handbook.