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20 August 2007


I'm so disheartened to hear that people are stealing your photos. The theft of content is becoming so widespread -- there's no possible way to think of it as flattery. Will we be able to buy your calendar???

So I'm just jumping into this- I'm also SO not trying to call any of Linda Butler's methods into question (obviously her methods are working reasonably well) but i have my favorite agricultural unintended consequence to share:

Rock phosphate fertilizer (primarily mined in Central Florida) contains trace amounts of naturally occurring radioactive materials, including Polonium 210 (used in 2006 to murder Alexander Litvinenko) which emits toxic alpha particle radiation, which is unable to penetrate human skin, but is easily absorbed in lung tissues. Some plants, especially tobacco, naturally bioaccumulate these minerals in their tissues.

Before the widespread use of phosphate fertilizer in the tobacco industry, lung cancer rates for smokers were lower.


That's all. I loved the entry, and just wanted to share my geekitude! My favorite soil amendment writer is Masanobu Fukuoka (pretty much my favorite writer in general) sometime when i start my farmblog I'll write more about him...

Hi Tana,

I have been vacationing in Longboat Key, FL with my family and as much as I love the weather--the balmy breezes are a welcome change from the oftimes chilly nights in the Santa Cruz mountains--I am looking forward to returning home. Until one leaves and experiences the food selection in another environ, one does not know the full scope of what one enjoys at home. Like well water, unadulterated by chlorine and other chemicals;a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables picked at the time of ripeness; happy, healthy farmers who love what they do. To describe the farmers' market in downtown Sarasota is risible: grocers were reselling their produce, mostly craft stalls, where were the farmers? The market was an after-thought of city planning, behind the bus depot and along one side of the block, workers were jack-hammering on a Saturday morning. One "farmer" told me that it was a lawsuit waiting to happen, he had already seen a number of objects fall to the ground.

But here's the strangest food moment for me: walking into Whole Foods and seeing rock hard peaches and nectarines being advertised from California. Hmmm, crunchy fruit. The sadness in all of this is that people do not know the perfection of a peach from Frog Hollow, that the fruit they are eating and buying are fruit for show, not for the body or soul.

So what's a family of six to do in this predicment? Check out this video link and find out:


In paradise, but there's no garden.

Just wanted to say how much I appreciate what you're trying to do with this blog. Keep at it.

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