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This excites me because each leaf is perfect, the plants are thriving, and in a growing space of 65cm wide we have 4 broccoli plants happily growing.
These are in a black geofelt planter getting 2 min of irrigation a day via an automated timer.
They are covered with a Pestfree Mini which is fully protecting them from white cabbage moth and other pests.
Normally when planting in a veggie patch I would have the broccoli spaced about 60cm apart, whereas in the geofelt planter we are able to plant 4 in the space of 55cm wide and have them spread into the corners of the pestfree mini.
When you buy broccoli from Woolworths and it looks perfect it is not because they have used these methods. It is a result of being sprayed with insecticide (a polite way of saying poison)
It makes no sense that we cover a plant with a substance, that if we were to drink we would get very sick or even die.
You may have heard of the term 'withholding period' which really should be called 'not safe to eat period'. This is the amount of time a farmer must wait after coating it with poison before they can sell the food for consumption.
We can only trust that farmers are being honest and doing this. My experience with having neighbours who were growers, was they were pretty relaxed with regulations, including spraying when there was a breeze... We could smell the odour of the spray.
And then Ive spoken to other producers who have said they wouldn't eat their own produce as they know what they had to spray it with to make it look perfect for retail sale.
Isn't it a crazy world we live in?
One popular chemical used on broccoli and many other crops is Simodis
Let me share some details about Simodis from their website and product documentation.
To explain, they feed this chemical to animals (rats, rabbits, guinea pigs) and time how long it takes for half of them to die..(I think it's safe to assume this is not a pleasant 'putting them to sleep' death but instead a quite barbaric, painful slow death)
This same method has been used since 1927.
Take note of the Hazard mentioned: Suspected of damaging fertility OR the unborn child.
Because the buyers at Woolworths and Coles, when inspecting 2 lots of farmers produce and one is looking perfect and the other is chewed by grubs, chooses the perfect version (without questioning why).
The farmer has to feed his family too, so he quickly learns he needs to buy Simodis and start covering his vegetables in it.
I wonder if he stops feeding those broccoli to his own family.
As consumers we do the same thing at the supermarket choosing the perfect looking fruit or vegetable over the blemished one which in turn tells the supermarket produce buyers that they are making the right choice selecting unblemished growers produce.
We are locked into a cycle that seemingly has no end.
That is up to you to decide. Yes, there is a withholding period that hopefully means the pesticide is no longer in the vegetable by the time you eat it. That plant has absorbed that chemical, we are then told to eat it. (A bit like the lab animals also told to eat this tasty substance)
As another well known example, we were also told that treated pine was totally safe for many years and built childrens playgrounds with it dispite knowing it had arsenic as an active ingredient.
Now all those childrens playgrounds have been ripped out and replaced with plastic because we now consider the treated pine dangerous.
The chemicals used in treated pine no longer have arsenic but have other chemicals to preserve the wood and stop termites and again we are told they are totally safe.. and amazingly effective.
This is my picking basket that we keep in the kitchen with a pair of scissors always ready to duck out to the veggie garden and grab some fresh food for dinner.
Grown with soil, fresh air, water and sunshine and no chemicals.
Once you know what goes into our food, it is hard to beat growing your own veggies at home and that is why Kaylene and I are passionate about teaching families to be successful micro farmers.
Using tools like the Geofelt planters, Octaspray irrigation, Pestfree Covers, makes it within reach for families to grow healthy food at home even if they have never grown veggies before. Give it a go. We will be hear to support you.
Watch our free classes to learn how. CLICK HERE