From Seed To Feed



Dish Of The Day
Delectable black kale, full flavoured red onions, succulent tomatoes, sweet pointy peppers and a sprinkle of fresh herbs.
Fruits and vegetables play an important part towards maintaining good health and lowering the risk of serious health problems. When you eat fruit and veg, you do so thinking you are doing yourself a lot of good, taking in those tasty nutrients to give you energy, help strengthen and cleanse the body from within and boost your natural immune system to fight disease. But what if the fruit and vegetables are devoid of the nutrients you thought were there?

When shopping for fresh produce, are your food choices driven by quality, quantity or price? As the saying goes, “You are what you eat,” and eating foods that have been unnaturally modified or treated with potentially harmful chemicals are plentiful, and for the most part sold cheaply in shops. Did you know consuming such produce may cause or contribute to unwanted changes within your body? So why grow food in this way? The media all too frequently project fear, forecasting sharp rises in food prices after Brexit, to cause panic and possibly panic buying. But high yielding conventional and genetically modified crops are often sprayed repeatedly with numerous substances (for eg. pesticides) for various reasons. Do you believe it is to benefit your health?

Let’s break down the word pesticide:
• ‘Pest’ – 1. An annoying person or thing; a nuisance. 2. An organism, typically an insect, that sickens or annoys, hampers human activities, damages crops or food products or reduces the fertility of land.
• ‘-cide’ – 1. A suffix, borrowed from the Latin meaning ‘killer,’ and ‘act of killing,’ used in the formation of compound words such as: pesticide, herbicide, homicide, suicide etc. 2. An agent which kills or destroys.

So in the agricultural industry, pesticides are widely used to control (destroy) pests. Consider everything you have eaten over the past 30 days. How much of that food could have been grown using an agent that has the power to destroy organisms? Just to clarify, we humans are multicellular organisms

Monsanto Loses Court Case

Monsanto, the company responsible for the herbicide Roundup, was acquired by the German pharmaceutical drug and crop chemicals company Bayer for around $66 billion. The herbicide Roundup has been in use since 1974 and is used all over the world as an approved weed control for crops, lawns and gardens. As of February 2019 more than 11,000 people are suing Bayer for Roundup related health risks. With Roundup being so widely used we can only expect the number of lawsuits against Bayer/Monsanto to rise considerably.

Chlorpyrifos is claimed to be a reproductive system disruptor. Found on conventional oranges. Carbendazim is a likely carcinogen according to the US Environmental Protection Agency. Found on many conventional fruits and vegetables that we eat without even peeling such as apples, cucumbers, grapes, raspberries, strawberries, spinach, rice, cereals. These are just some of the reasons why we all need to detox (cleanse from within) regularly. Note: If you eat or are following a recipe that calls for citrus zest, be sure organic fruit peel is used otherwise you could be eating an extra dose of chemicals. Your food choices matter. Detox regularly. Eat better, live better.

Man Made
Genetically modified (GMO) foods are unnatural. Common sense should tell you consuming unnatural things will create unnatural progressive and destructive results in the body, just as eating natural nutritionally rich foods will create and promote healthy body strengthening results. Much of the conventional fruit and veg produce sold today has been altered forcibly by man so the plants will produce more to increase profits. It all comes down to money.

Seedless grapes are easier to eat than the seeded variety, but did you ever stop to think where the seeds went? Grapes and other fruits are not naturally seedless (sterile), they have been genetically modified to produce a more ‘user-friendly’ version and a higher yield in the field. Seedless fruits are sterile and can’t reproduce. This means growers must purchase new seeds each year for planting. On the rare occasion a GMO plant produces seeded food, if those seeds are planted you never know what they will produce.

After all that is said and done, Britain is leaving the EU. The EU has some of the tightest rules and regulations regarding the importing, exports and domestic controls over food. So what might Brexit mean in terms of food control for Britain when we leave the EU? Consumers all over Britain increasingly fear of slack regulations that may allow an incoming flood of inferior foods. Whatever you do, remove yourself from fear and use this time to take matters into your own hands. More and more people are considering growing their own food in urban backyard gardens and allotments. It’s like having control over your own private food bank and it can be organic too!

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Farming In Your Backyard
Picture in your mind, you producing high quality organic food at very little cost, with very little effort and serving a family meal that could not have been without you making use of the space in and around your home.
– Smell the aroma
– See the rich colours and textures
– Taste the flavours
– Feel the pride

You can’t get more personal and sustainable than this.

Better Food On Your Plate
Untampered, wild and non GMO seeds are part of Earth’s pride and joy. These seeds are varieties that have been growing for many decades, or even centuries, without being genetically modified – plant DNA manipulated by man. Such pure seeds will produce the same plants and food year after year (unless they become cross pollinated), and you can count on the same colour, flavour and yield. The plants and the fruits they bare today will be the same as those your ancestors used or ate centuries before. These pure seeds have not been treated with any chemicals so you will find they taste better. The produce from which the seeds are harvested from have been grown using organic methods.

To enable the natural growth of seeds, plants are open pollinated, which means they are pollinated by nature and not by the hands of man in a lab. Birds, insects and wind transfer pollen from plant to plant so the plants will become genetically diverse and naturally adapt to local growing conditions. This is nature at work. Growing your own fresh produce from untainted seeds is a fun, healthy and rewarding endeavor. To know how superior your own produce can be, the proof is often experienced in the flavour. When you start with untreated seeds and tend to them under organic conditions, you will grow the healthiest food possible. It’s a process you can benefit from on many levels.

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Your Own Organic Food Bank
Being able to grow your own fresh edible food is a rewarding experience, and one you can involve and pass down to your children. Feed your family wholesome and flavoursome produce you have lovingly grown. Have the best food PLUS healthy organic non GMO seeds to pass down to future generations and continue to grow.
Healthy plants, grown in a nontoxic environment from pure and untreated seeds, are a gift that keeps on giving.

– Chives
– Squash
– Kale and more…



Rethink Your Food Economy
– Invest in your own organic food system
– Save money
– Leave as much of those chemically treated produce on the shop shelf

Most commercial agricultural activity is heavily loaded with chemicals we all should avoid ingesting. When you start growing your own food with uncontaminated, GMO-free seeds, you’re on to a good start. You can start with something easy like herbs in a plant pot on your window sill. Herbs have many beneficial properties to support good health.

– Which detoxify common plant is widely considered a weed?
– Flush out toxic metals from the body with what common herb?
– How can you deal with digestive problems using plants from your edible garden?

Heart disease, cancer, ADHD, dementia always seem to be reported to be on the rise. Obesity and diabetes afflict the poorest people, but even people on low income can learn to grow healthy plants.  Eat to help conquer poor health issues and feed the family. The link between what we eat in abundance, limit or avoid and our mental and physical health is apparent to those who care enough to give that salty portion of fried fat and starch a miss and do a little research.

What are you doing to stay alive? What are you feeding your family? Do your children prefer Froot Loops to fruit? Over processed, fatty, sugary ‘foods’ are disproportionately cheap. Have you ever stopped to wonder why that is? How is it the high yielding, non-organic fruit and veg, sold up and down the country, are of such low quality and nutritional value?

Fresh From The Earth
If you think urban farming is just for middle-class hipsters, you’ve clearly been eating too much junk. Previous generations in your family may be able to enlighten you. For anyone wanting to take positive action and enjoy tasty food you can be proud of, purchase pure untreated organically sourced seeds from Harvest & Filter. Planning to be more self sufficient? Unsure which plants to grow? Start with the vegetables you and your family love to eat. Enjoy the process, let nature help you and avoid stressing about making your garden perfect.


References: 1.  ‘pest.’ (n.d.) American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. (2011). 2. ‘-cide.’ (n.d.) Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing. (2012).  3. ‘-cide.’ (n.d.) Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. (2003). 4. Christensen, K.; Harper, B.; Luukinen, B.; Buhl, K.; Stone, D. 2009. Chlorpyrifos General Fact Sheet; National Pesticide Information Center, Oregon State University Extension Services. 5. PPDB: Pesticide Properties database, University of Hertfordshire. 6. Pesticides On A Plate – A guide to pesticide issues in the food chain. Pesticide Action Network UK (PAN UK), London, 2013.
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