Common Sense Home Good News Letter 3/12/23

“Keep in mind the fact that insect and disease pressure/invasion of a crop are purely correlated to nutritional mismanagement by the farmer. They are not due to pesticide deficiencies; they are not due to genetic screw-ups by nature.

Consequently, the purported correction of our treatment for insect and disease infestation of crops via genetic engineering is pure nonsense. One cannot correct an error that does not exist. Such a create – and has created – an error that did not previously exist.” – from “Food Plague” by Dr. Arden Andersen

I’ve always figured that bugs and plant diseases just show up. If you grow something, something else will want to eat it, right?

But what if that’s not the case?

I’ve noticed that as our soil gets better in our garden, and the plants get healthier, pest and disease issues are also much improved. (The duck patrol does their part, too.)

Dr. Arden Andersen and Dr. Don Huber are two soil experts who have both drawn a clear correlation between specific nutrient deficiencies and problems with specific pests and plant diseases. (I touched on this in last week’s newsletter.)

Albert Einstein is credited with saying that, “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”

As I look around, I see more and more illness. I see farmers having to using more and more chemical inputs to get the same yields. I see data indicating that the nutrient levels in food have dropped dramatically. (Dr. Andersen noted in Food Plague that a mixed fresh salad is likely to have 16 to 76 less vitamins and minerals than the same salad would have had in 1940, plus it’s likely to have chemical residue. Not cool.)

It’s time to start focusing more on food quality, and that’s what we’re going to do in the Growing Healthy membership program. We’ll share all the details as we continue to improve our garden health and prepare and preserve food. Not everyone may be ready for this new kind of thinking, but hopefully we can help those who are.

We are once again getting buried in a fresh layer of snow here in northeast Wisconsin, so our outside gardening won’t be starting any time soon, but Duncan has a few hundred seeds carefully planted under the grow lights inside. The ducks, chickens, and cats are about as tired of snow as we are, but at least this should take care of any lingering drought conditions from last year.

All our best to you and yours,

Laurie (and August IV, August V, and Duncan)

This week’s featured articles…

We’re doing some more exploring around the garden this with a growing guide for currants. These shrubs are a good choice for edible landscaping, as they are pretty as well as useful. Plus, they tolerate some shade. There are links to currant recipes, too.


A number of people reached out to me asking about what I’ve been doing to improve my vision naturally, so I updated the vision post with more information.

improve vision naturally

Did you know that wood is naturally antibacterial? We share 4 reasons to use wooden cutting boards, and how to take care of your boards to extend their lives.

wooden cutting boards

Popular on Instagram this week – our stripe nosed kitty, Le Mew and snow duckies.

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