DOWN TO FARM
The Diamond Island Newsletter
**G.Mods Unmasked & Grit Happens**
Greetings Growth Enthusiasts,
Welcome to the Sixer!! And this one is a bit of a bounty…
The DTF Newsletter is gaining some steam, but feel free to throw some clout around the campfire and put us on blast:) We like it.
As always, I am grateful for all of your support...
Running a small business and remaining a dedicated farmer, I am so proud of the work that I get to do on the Diamond Island Farm.
The North Shore of Haleiwa, Oahu has become my home and I wake up excited about that, every single day!
My reminder to you; do something that makes you feel connected to nature's rhythms.
The effort you take everyday will ensure that you are improving your surroundings for yourself and whoever comes after you...
Draw your energy from the beauty of earth’s cycles...
Let's Get Growing! 🌱
In the meantime, meet the US at the Market this Saturday (8/26/23)…
Kaka‘ako Farmers Market
919 Ala Moana Blvd & 210 Ward Ave, Kaka’ako
(Park at the old lot at 1050 Ala Moana Blvd. or at Fisherman's Wharf)
Farmers Market Lineup:
purplette green onion
dragon fruit (white)
sunflowers (SPECIAL $2 each)
**G.Mods Unmasked: 11 Crops that Wanna Hurt Ya (According to the FDA)**
We’re going to do a bit of a recap from the last two newsletters for clarity...
And of course, we want to do an unmasking of the most prominent GMOs currently produced in the US.
Digging into the realm of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) we’ve been able to find articles that reveal a small list of specific crops that the FDA has identified as the most commonly altered for and grown for production and consumption.
Beyond their supposed economic benefits, each of these crops brings a unique set of health concerns.
Here are the 11 major GMO players and what they have been reported to impact:
Corn - Insecticides and Allergens GMO corn's resistance to pests often involves the use of insecticides. This raises concerns about pesticide residues in our diets.
Additionally, genetic modification might lead to unintended allergens in corn products, posing risks to susceptible individuals.
Soybean - Hormonal Impact and Allergies GMO soybeans might disrupt hormonal balance due to their altered composition.
These modifications can introduce new allergenic components, potentially triggering adverse reactions in sensitive individuals.
Cotton - Toxin Exposure and Allergic Reactions GMO cotton's production of Bt toxin could potentially expose humans to the toxin through cottonseed oil, leading to digestive disturbances.
Allergenic proteins might emerge due to genetic modification, increasing the risk of allergic reactions.
Potato - Unknown Long-Term Effects GMO potatoes resistant to pests may contain new proteins with unknown health impacts.
The long-term consumption of these modified proteins raises uncertainties about their effects on human health.
Papaya - Genetic Roulette and Unknown Consequences The genetic modification that saved the papaya industry from ringspot virus could introduce unexpected genetic alterations.
These alterations have the potential to cause unforeseen health issues in consumers over time.
Summer Squash - Allergic Reactions and Health Impacts Genetic modifications in summer squash may inadvertently trigger allergies in certain individuals.
These modifications could also lead to unintended health effects that require vigilant monitoring.
Canola - Altered Fat Composition and Inflammation GMO canola's altered fatty acid profile creates problems associated with how these compounds are digested.
The higher levels of omega-6 fatty acids have raised specific concerns about potential inflammation and its associated health risks in consumers.
Alfalfa - Herbicide Residues and Animal Products GMO alfalfa's resistance to herbicides might lead to increased herbicide residues in livestock feed.
This could translate to residues in animal products, posing potential health risks for consumers.
Apple - Genetic Changes and Allergies GMO apples' modified genetic structure could introduce novel compounds triggering allergies or other health issues.
The long-term impact of these genetic alterations remains uncertain.
Sugar Beet - Pesticide Residues and Environmental Concerns GMO sugar beets' herbicide resistance might lead to higher pesticide residues on sugar products.
This could raise concerns about pesticide exposure and environmental impacts.
Pink Pineapple - Unintended Compounds and Health Effects GMO pink pineapple's elevated lycopene levels could introduce new compounds with unpredictable health effects.
Long-term consumption requires rigorous evaluation.
Navigating the world of GMO crops entails a deep understanding of both their benefits and potential health hazards. As these crops are laced into our food supply, consumer awareness and scientific research remain crucial in making informed choices about the foods we consume.
*FDA fact check here if you are interested in my source materials:
**Grit Happens: Crop Resilience**
*Introduction to the Enduro Centurions*
The story of human civilization is intrinsically tied to the cultivation of crops. Throughout history, this cultivation has been an integral part of human survival, growth and progress.
Enduro Centurions (I made this word combo up) are crops that have proven their gritty ability to outlast time and time again, enduring wars, climate shifts, and societal upheavals.
From the earliest agricultural practices to the modern era, certain crops have displayed unparalleled resilience, standing strong against the challenges posed by shifting climates, wars, and societal upheavals.
This article takes you on a journey through time to explore the captivating narratives of ten of the most resilient crops in history – the unsung heroes that nourished civilizations, demonstrated adaptability, and provided sustenance during times of adversity.
Some of humanity’s most resilient crops in recent recorded history – a journey through time that highlights the indomitable spirit of agriculture and its enduring impact on humanity.
History’s Top 10 Badass Survivors…
Wheat: The Cradle of Civilization
* The rise of wheat in the Fertile Crescent.
* Sustenance for ancient Mesopotamian societies.
* Genetic diversity and adaptability to various climates.
Wheat's story unfolds across civilizations, mirroring humanity's journey through changing climates. Its adaptability to various environments allowed it to become a staple in regions as diverse as the Middle East and Europe. From the domestication of wild grasses to the agricultural revolutions, wheat's resilience and nutritional density enabled societies to transcend challenges and nourish generations.
Rice: The Lifeblood of Asia
* Ancient rice cultivation in China and India.
* Role in Asian societies and culinary traditions.
* Evolution of rice varieties to suit different environments.
Asia's agricultural tapestry is woven with the resilience of rice. Its ability to thrive in waterlogged fields and upland terraces shaped ancient civilizations. From the breathtaking terraced rice paddies of the Philippines to the sophisticated irrigation systems of ancient China, rice symbolized humanity's ability to manipulate nature to its advantage, ultimately sustaining billions across the continent.
Maize: The Heartbeat of the Americas
* Indigenous cultivation across the Americas.
* Role in Native American cultures and cuisines.
* Maize's global significance as a resilient crop.
Maize, or corn, transformed the landscape of the Americas. A cornerstone of indigenous agriculture, its ability to flourish in a range of environments made it a symbol of strength and sustenance. From the agricultural feats of the ancient Maya to the enduring impact on Native American cultures, maize embodies the resilience of the people who cultivated it, shaping societies and traditions for millennia. Corn still rules America...
Barley: Nurturing Early Societies
* Barley's role in the dawn of agriculture.
* Adaptability to marginal soils and harsh climates.
* Use in brewing, bread-making, and animal feed.
The Fertile Crescent birthed agriculture, with barley at its forefront. This ancient crop's ability to flourish in diverse environments contributed to its centrality in the rise of human settlements. Barley's resilience against drought and poor soils empowered communities to establish agrarian societies. Its historical significance is woven into the epic of Gilgamesh, reflecting its status as a staple in the cradle of civilization. And of course, the beer...
Potatoes: From Andes to Europe
* Introduction of potatoes to Europe by Spanish conquistadors.
* Resistance to disease and ability to thrive in diverse conditions.
* Impact on Irish and European societies.
The potato's significance extends beyond culinary delight – it was instrumental in the growth of societies across Europe. Originating in the Andes, this tuber displayed remarkable resilience in diverse climates. While the Irish Potato Famine remains a tragic chapter, it highlighted the importance of genetic diversity in crop cultivation. Potatoes' hardiness and carbohydrate richness contributed to the sustenance of nations and their resilience against famine. Best when fried...
Sorghum: Africa's Arid Savior
* Sorghum's significance in arid regions of Africa.
* Drought-resistant qualities and ability to thrive in poor soils.
* Economic and nutritional importance for subsistence farmers.
In the heartlands of Africa, sorghum became an emblem of survival in arid regions. Its ability to endure droughts, poor soils, and limited resources earned it a place in the livelihoods of countless communities. From providing food to livestock fodder, sorghum exemplified the synergy between human ingenuity and nature's gifts, showcasing the determination of African societies to flourish despite adversity.
Millet: The Global Connector
* Millet's journey from Africa to Asia and Europe.
* Nutritional density and adaptability to various climates.
* Role in ancient trade routes and cultural exchange.
Millet's journey began in Africa and spread to Asia and Europe, transcending geographical boundaries. Its remarkable ability to thrive in diverse climates and poor soils made it a nutritional powerhouse. The crop played a significant role in the ancient Silk Road trade, facilitating cultural exchange. The story of millet is a tale of shared human experiences and the adaptability of a crop that became a bridge between civilizations.
Cassava: Overcoming Toxicity
* Cassava's journey from South America to Africa and Asia.
* Techniques to remove toxic compounds for safe consumption.
* Role in ensuring food security in challenging environments.
Originating in South America, cassava's journey through history is a testament to human perseverance. Communities mastered intricate techniques to remove its poisonous compounds, turning this starchy tuber into a reliable source of carbohydrates. Cassava's ability to flourish in marginal soils and resist pests made it a lifeline in Africa, Asia, and South America, underscoring the resourcefulness of societies faced with challenging environments.
Quinoa: The Incan Superfood
* Incan reverence for quinoa's adaptability and nutrition.
* Thriving at high altitudes and harsh climates.
* Modern recognition as a resilient superfood.
Nestled high in the Andes Mountains, the Incas cultivated quinoa long before the Spanish conquest. This resilient crop thrived in the harsh alpine environment, resisting frost and thriving at altitudes where other crops faltered. The Incas recognized its nutritional value, calling it the "mother grain." Quinoa's high protein content and amino acid profile made it a vital source of sustenance. The adaptability of quinoa allowed Incan society to flourish in the challenging terrain, embodying their deep connection with the land and their ability to harness nature's bounty.
Amaranth: Ancient Staple, Modern Symbol
* Aztec cultivation and reverence for amaranth.
* Nutritional richness and resistance to colonization.
* Amaranth's resurgence as a symbol of cultural resilience.
In the heart of Mesoamerica, the Aztecs revered amaranth as a symbol of sustenance and spirituality. This hardy plant not only withstood the harsh conditions of their environment but also symbolized resilience in the face of Spanish colonial oppression. Amaranth seeds, rich in protein and minerals, were a dietary cornerstone. Despite attempts to suppress its cultivation, amaranth persisted, becoming woven into the fabric of indigenous cultures as a reminder of the strength of the Aztec legacy.
And Here are 10 More Gritty Little Champions…
Rye: Europe's Resilient Grain
* Rye's cultivation in colder climates of Northern Europe.
* Adaptation to poor soils and marginal conditions.
* Historical and culinary significance in European societies.
Taro: Island Survival
* Taro's cultivation across Pacific islands.
* Resilience against saltwater intrusion and tropical climates.
* Cultural importance and sustenance for island communities.
Teff: Ethiopia's Tiny Miracle
* Teff's origins in Ethiopia and Eritrea.
* Adaptation to high altitudes and resistance to pests.
* Nutritional density and role as a gluten-free grain.
Moringa: The Miracle Tree
* Moringa's nutritional richness and adaptability.
* Drought-resistant qualities and medicinal uses.
* Potential as a sustainable source of nutrition in arid regions.
Fonio: Forgotten African Gem
* Fonio's cultivation in West Africa's challenging conditions.
* Fast growth cycle and resistance to drought.
* Revival of fonio as a nutritious and resilient grain.
Sweet Potatoes: Ancient American Staple
* Ancient domestication of sweet potatoes in the Americas.
* Adaptability to diverse environments and nutritional value.
* Contribution to food security and cultural significance.
Buckwheat: The Niche Crop
* Buckwheat's suitability for poor soils and colder climates.
* Historical importance in Russia and Asia.
* Nutritional richness and resurgence in modern diets.
Chickpeas: Global Legume
* Chickpeas' presence in Middle Eastern and Indian cuisines.
* Tolerance for arid conditions and poor soils.
* Nutritional value and potential for food security.
Lentils: Ancient Pulses
* Early cultivation of lentils in the Middle East.
* Resistance to drought and nutritional density.
* Role in sustaining ancient civilizations.
Hemp: Versatile and Enduring
* Hemp's use in textiles, food, and medicine.
* Adaptation to various climates and minimal need for pesticides.
* Contemporary potential for sustainable agriculture and industry.
The Bonus 7 - The Post Apocalyptic Buffet (In Theory)
Crops Destined to Thrive Well Beyond Humanity's Time…
* Sunflowers: Resilience against radiation and adaptation to poor soils.
* Agave: Drought-resistant succulent with multiple uses.
* Camelina: Hardy oilseed crop with potential for biofuel.
* Quassia: Medicinal tree with pest-resistant properties.
* Nopal: Edible cactus with high nutritional value.
* Sea Buckthorn: Coastal shrub rich in nutrients and adaptability.
* Fonio: Forgotten African Gem
In Conclusion: Grit is Good
The stories of these tough as nails crops reveal the remarkable reality of agricultural influence and how the gritty resilience of a select few species have affected the last 2000 years of human history.
Spanning across the Andes and into Asia, from Africa to Europe, each crop tells a story of adaptability, determination, and the profound interplay between humans and their environment.
And through the passage of time, from ancient civilizations to modern times, these badasses have sustained societies, bridged cultures, and served as nutritional powerhouses.
As we face an uncertain future, these are the types of resilient resources that inspire us to harness nature's bounty, innovate, and cooperate to ensure food security and variety in the years to come.
Reflecting on the history of the power 20 and the indestructible 7, we glimpse the intricate dance between human survival, ethereal innovation and nature's gifts.
Let the narratives in this newsletter serve as a reminder.
Nothing is promised, but tough outlasts timid…
Be bold and make the effort to nourish your body with wholesome food.
Create the life you want and cultivate a legacy of wellness and self-awareness.
Deepen your connection to the earth and honor the cycles that sustain us all.
Stay open and be sure to check your inbox for our next edition, where we'll continue our exploration of sustainable practices and unveil the power of community in creating positive change.
And don’t forget to share this thing we’ve got going…
It’s good to grow:)