Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Plant Organic Potatoes!
For Christmas Farmer John gave me a subscription to the Magazine Mary Jane's Farm. In the December/January 2014 issue there is a very enlightening article on potatoes: The Real Dirt on Spuds.
What stood out most to me was a quote by Wendy Gordon of The Wedge Natural Foods Co-op in Minnesota. "Growing potatoes... implies a clockwork schedule of pesticide application."
The article goes on to say that before potatoes are planted, insecticides are spread over the field. Tubers are then covered in fungicide. More poison is applied at "hilling" time and sink into the plant. During the entire growing time more insecticide and fungicides are applied and when harvest comes more chemicals are used. Once in storage the taters are treated to prevent sprouting. Gordon points out that potato farmers wear protective gear to keep them safe from the chemicals.
Really? How much of that are we digesting? That is just gross!
And then on top of all that... our wonderful USDA (U.S.Duh as Joel Salatin refers to them as) wants to approve a new GMO potato. There is even a petition you can sign at www.FoodAndWaterWatch.org telling McDonald's (the U.S.'s largest buyer of spuds) not to go that route.
So while I've been chewing on that info, this video popped up on Facebook. This lovely, little, third-grade girl experimented with non-organic, supermarket chain organic and health food store organic potatoes. It doesn't get more simple to see which one I prefer to consume. Eye opening!
Good thing I already perused Territorial Seeds new catalog and found that they offer at least 10 organic tuber options (not including sweets). I plan on purchasing their kitchen garden collection of three different types. Yumminess awaits!
Besides not having to consume gallons of pesticide there is one more good reason to grow your own, which you can read about here.
Anyway you think about it, growing your own organic potatoes is a good investment!