If we plan to survive, we have to eat. Organic is survival food. Super organic is thrival food. We see organic carries a premium that can approach 100% of the poison "food". Now why should anyone have to pay twice the price of poison for real food? Simple, to keep it available just in case we tire of poison. Let's shop 50/50 and save a few bucks. Would this world be better off with the average shopper running it? What is the point in knowing the cost of anything and the value of nothing? If you allow your customers to price your merchandise, you lose more customers than merchandise.

So the cost of organic comes up often because no one can properly value poison. If I can buy poison on a 2 for the price of 1 sale, have I made a good bargain? Suppose we want to lower the cost of eating organic. Very easily done. Think small. Think the most valuable convenience food in the world. Think sprouts. Why sprouts? 1) Compact dry storage of nuts, seeds, grains, beans, good for 3-5 years of constant rotation. 2) All capital investment in sprout "farming" is an equal investment in survival preparedness. 3) Very little "acreage" can produce hundreds of pounds in an apartment, in one week. 4) The typical net weight increase from seed to food I recently read was 5X 5) The nutritional value of a sprout is greater pound for pound, than the seed it came from or the plant it will become, given an honest chance. 6) surplus given to friends and neighbors quickly become weekly sales and your food supply is now heavily subsidized. You are now eating organic at a double profit. Your health and your wallet.

If you are planning to survive are you also planning to feed your neighbors? To me that seems the best survival strategy one can have. What if your entire neighborhood was producing just surplus sprouts and marketing throughout the community - home delivery of course? What if we invested some profit in a quality juicer and canning jars with the intention of making surplus juice for the neighbors? Suppose we might make it through a depression? Maybe their next great war?

No matter what the current market price of organic seed or from what part of the country the supplier, purchase encourages greater production, increasing the supply for which we create demand. With the price of poison going up or dollar down, increased organic production will make price increases there less volatile. Increase inventory at a faster rate than new business. If we all begin doing business in our neighborhoods, we can afford to eat better than we ever have. Neighborhoods could even supply local or more distant markets. If it appears to be too much work, try it as a healthy hobby and add a whole lot of variety to your raw diet or the raw portion of your diet. As volume increases, talk to local organic growers about crops they might provide for seed.

Though it might seem unrelated to sprouts there is a reason so many of us were taught the age old story of the Three Little Pigs. The reason we were taught was to know there might be wolves among us and they might be every bit as hungry to devour us as it appears to me they are. To think defensively is to ask from where our basic staples; food, water, shelter, clothing, waste disposal, paper come. How close can we store these things to home? How much can we store? Certainly far more if we are doing business. Would that be un American these days?
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Let us daily increase in: wisdom, love, gratitude, reverence, healing, peace, joy, happiness, laughter and prosperity. Love, Luck and Blessings X 10,

Ed

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Comment by Ed Howes on February 26, 2010 at 6:52pm
This was in my email today courtesy of Kevin Gianni - Renegade Health

Subject: How to save on health food...

Hi Ed -

Our sprouts already have tails!

It's amazing that just 4 days
ago, we were buying sprouts and
fermented veggies...

We were spending at least $50 or
more a week!

Now after making a conscious
effort to do it ourselves, we're
about 3 days from having 5 quarts
of cultured veggies and 5 big jars
of amazing nutrient dense sprouts.

It's really all so easy and cheap.

We spent $12 on the Ball jars, $6
on screening, $35 on OceanGrown,
$25 on produce & seeds and we have
awesome food to last us a few days!

The money spent on the jars,
screening and OceanGrown has already
paid for itself, because we were
spending money on the finished
product at the store before we
started making our own. :-)

Plus, the food is insanely nutrient
dense, because we're using the
OceanGrown Solution and harvesting
and eating it while it's still
growing!

Ask your grocer when his or her
food was picked... I guarantee
they probably don't know!

Each day your produce sits on a
truck, loading dock or shelf, it
is losing precious nutrients.

If you grow it yourself, you're
guaranteed freshness.

You're also guaranteed some extra
cash in your pocket.

Here's the question I have for
you...

What can you do with an extra $200
a month?

Sock it away for that vacation
to Hawaii?

Pay off some credit cards?

Go to your favorite raw or vegan
restaurant a few more times a
month?

It took me 30 minutes to make the
our cultured veggies and Annmarie
5 to start the sprouts.

So you can't even use the "I don't
have the time" excuse.

If you've ever wondered how to eat
healthy and save time and money,
THIS IS the solution.

All you need are some jars (get 'em
at your local supermarket), seeds,
and some OceanGrown.

http://www.renegadehealth.com/oceangrown

You'll be up and running in no time.

It could easily save you a few
thousand dollars a year.

If you get OceanGrown Solution
today, we'll send you a free "How
to Grow Wheatgrass" booklet with
your order. (While supplies last)

OceanGrown is an affordable way
to get awesome minerals in your
garden and homegrown food.

A quart will last an incredibly
long time and is just over $30.

Here's where you can get this
great deal...

http://www.renegadehealth.com/oceangrown

Come on board with us!
Comment by Ed Howes on February 25, 2010 at 3:11pm
There are many coupon sites dedicated to organic and natural foods!

Check out:

Organic Deals Mom at
http://organicdeals.blogspot.com/

Natural Food List at
http://www.naturalfoodlist.com/

Mindful Mama at
http://mindfulmomma.typepad.com/mindful_momma/

Check localharvest.org for farmers/CSAs in your area.

or Amazon under their Organic and Natural Foods section for discounts and sales.
Comment by Ed Howes on February 25, 2010 at 3:03pm
Thank you Alexa, I am delighted to know you are all fired up now. Do a search on container gardening. This allows you to move plants in and out of the house for conditions. It can be done in apartments or on balconies in the cities, roofs if available. An attached south facing greenhouse (SE, SW works too) will gain heat for home and greenhouse on sunny Winter days and venting from house to greenhouse can prevent plants freezing at night, often with little change or even lowering of utility (heat) costs. Thermal mass in the greenhouse also helps, so under plant beds in your greenhouse you can have one or more water tanks which on sunny days can preheat your household water and further reduce costs. At night the tank(s) slowly radiate heat back into the greenhouse, requiring less heat from your living space.

Paying the organic premium is also a political statement. The growth of organic agriculture is humming along at 20% per year only because people are beginning to value quality over quantity. This is a great sign in a depression and a business opportunity for many who are now unemployed, since the demand for quality will only grow greater as a response to the great poisoning of humanity. To produce surplus is a bold act of love and compassion for one's neighbor.

We now have powdered organic, live raw foods we can simply add to drinks at a reasonable price and would do well to stock up when we are able as both a survival and convenience food. Think of how you can work composting and earthworms into your mini homestead as well. Effective Microorganisms developed about a decade ago in Japan will compost table scraps, and plant clippings in a sealed 5 gallon plastic bucket or other suitable container, indoors, quite inexpensively and quickly. I believe common earthworms would thrive on this food and the worm castings would be organic super food for plants. I have also seen some nice hydroponic systems that are very low maintenance, do it yourself affairs that got my imagination fired up (Youtube). I read in a book I have about 20 years ago you can grow organic super plants using foliar feeding of seaweed, fish meal and clean water mixtures as spray. No doubt this mixture would be good for hydroponic root feeding as well. Give yourself a few months for research and you can create nearly automatic food production will allows you leave the house unattended for weeks. Do keep us posted on any projects you undertake.

Kashzka, Thank you for your comment and observations. I have no doubt that any how - to web site related to home organic food production could be a big money generator while performing a needed service and I thank you for the idea. The research that would be needed is formidable and I think it could be a great group project on something like FB where they are already forming groups for earthworm production, home remedies, etc. The members of each group likely to support anything having to do with self sufficient living. So thanks for planting this seed.

Marianne, thank you for your supportive words of encouragement. This post itself was a result of someone looking to reduce the expense of organic eating on another web site I support; survivingthemiddleclasscrash.com That was a result of reading comments on an article at Huffington Post where a commenter published 3 links where one could find coupons for organic products and another for finding local growers of organic in your neighborhood. I'll go get them and post here as a comment. Teamwork matters now as never before, especially in the sharing of information about similar interests.

You have a wonderful opportunity with a vegetarian pet. If you fed your parrot four different organic sprouts, which would be eaten first and last? That would likely tell you the relative nutritional benefits to you, since the parrot knows best. :) Then you could write a best seller about My Parrot Taught Me What to Eat.
Comment by Marianne on February 25, 2010 at 6:21am
Hi Ed:
This is so wonderful. I am making a huge effort to "buy organic" for my husband and me.....and also for our dear parrot.

I love your posts! Thanks!!

Marianne
Comment by kashzka mucha on February 25, 2010 at 12:28am
Ed,
It's rewarding to see one so inspired to stretch beyond the norm. To have the time and ability to perceive a future and plan for it's survival.
I can tell you have great knowledge in not only health, but growing of foods, and income if one chooses.
Perhaps there might be a time or site where you can delve into the 'how tos'.
I too, would prefer a small greenhouse to maintain vs in a way, farming. It would be rewarding to 'eat the fruits of your labor' on a small scale.

than you for writing this thought-provoking article!
kashzka
Comment by Alexa on February 24, 2010 at 11:37pm
dear Ed, thank you for writing and sharing this. First of all, everytime I go to the market (yes, every single time), I "stress" at the veggie stand b/c the organic is more expensive. I mean, my hubby is out of work right now, and I see the sign; "broccoli - 79cents/lb", once it was even on sale for $49cents, and then the organic... $1.79/lb, which really isn't that bad of a price in and of itself, but compared... and when we are low on $$$.
But my hubby always says to me - Alexa, get the organic. You get what you pay for.
and he's right.
I eat better, I feel better, always, with the organic. When I eat the regular, I always have a bit of anxiety, b/c I do struggle with environmental illness at this time. So... and yet... I struggle at this time with no income also.

In any case, this is so affirming to me. To get the organic anyway. I always feel better (and best!) with it.

And...
re; sprouts, I love them , but I couldn't live on them as a mainstay. I have a high/fast metabolism and I do need lots of calories...

but....

I love sprouts. And they are a highly nutritious and enzyme-rich staple. And I love that it could be a sustainable living staple as well. Thank you so much for this insight.

As to local "farming" at home, also a great idea who's time has come, and I feel truly inspired by this. I often wonder, can you farm any veggies indoors? If not in the house, could one build a small but successful "green house" in which to grow? We have a small yard (would be small for growing) and tons of wild animals (fox, deer, tons of rabbits, owls, etc) so would/could only grow indoors. Plus the soil is not great here. But I guess it could be done? a small indoor vegetable green house? I hear zucchini and tomatos are pretty easy to grow... could be done indoors, ya think?

I'd have to research and see how, but I LOVE this idea. I would love to contribute to the transformation of our communities and local ecologly/global ecology this way too. (saves all that gas and pollution from having to ship produce (by plane no less) from country to country, and even state to state) - would really cut down on greenhouse-gas emmissions if we grew and bought/sold local. I am really going to think more on this Ed.

So thanks so much for a super-inspiring post for me today!

and to you also my friend, sending many blessings
have a great day Ed.

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