Exposure to glyphosate increases risk of cancer by more than 40%

(Natural News) The recent legal victories of people who developed cancer following glyphosate exposure have attracted a lot of headlines, with tens of millions of dollars being awarded to individuals and many other pending lawsuits expected to have similar outcomes. Yet the maker of glyphosate-based Roundup, Monsanto, continues to insist that their products are safe…

Growing cucumbers in your garden or container

Cucumbers are one of my most highly recommended vegetables, and if you have a garden, you can easily grow them at home.1,2,3 Aside from being able to control pesticide and fertilizer use, you’ll also avoid the wax applied to many commercially sold cucumbers. There are dozens of varieties that thrive in both cool and warm climates, although they can be a challenge to grow if temperatures are consistently in the mid-90s.

While made up of 90 to 95 percent water, cucumbers still manage to provide a host of valuable nutrients, including vitamins A, B5, C and K, along with manganese, potassium, magnesium, molybdenum, copper, silica and fiber. Cucumbers also contain lignans that bind with estrogen-related bacteria in the digestive tract, contributing to a reduced risk of several cancers, including breast, uterus, ovarian and prostate cancer.4

Other phytonutrients called cucurbitacins — part of a larger group known as triterpenes, and the part of the cucumber that gives it a bitter taste — also inhibit cancer cell development. Preliminary findings also suggest cucumbers have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.5

In traditional medicine, cucumbers are used to treat headaches. The seeds are diuretic, and the juice — thanks to caffeic acid and vitamin C — can be used as an acne treatment and a soothing remedy for tired, puffy eyes.

Cucumber varieties

Technically, cucumbers are a fruit, related to both the melon and squash families. The three main categories of cucumbers you can choose from are:

Slicing cucumbers: thick-skinned and generally larger, growing to be 6 to 8 inches long

Pickling cucumbers: thin-skinned and smaller, reaching 3 to 4 inches in length

English or gourmet cucumber, also known as “burpless:” a longer, thinner version with very small seeds

Some varieties of cucumbers will be more bitter than others. Beit Alpha, Lemon Cuke, Tendergreen burpless and White Wonder are among the sweetest. You can find a listing of other popular varieties on Rodale Organic Life’s website.6 As a general rule, cucumbers need quite a bit of garden space, as they grow on trailing vines. However, there are also bushy varieties that only need minor staking, making them suitable for container gardens.

Popular bush varieties include Hybrid, Salad, Picklebush and Arkansas Little Leaf, the latter of which will produce fruit without pollination, making it an ideal choice for apartment dwellers and small container gardens. To optimize your container-grown cucumber, plant it in equal parts of potting soil, compost, perlite and peat moss, and use a container that is at least 12 inches in diameter and 8 inches deep.

The plants also need five to nine hours of full sun. The greater the sun exposure, the more productive the plant will be. An east-west directed trellis will optimize light exposure. That said, if temperatures are consistently in the mid-90s, provide the plants with filtered afternoon shade to avoid overheating.

Planting and growing cucumbers

Depending on the variety, your cucumbers will be ready for harvest in 50 to 105 days. For earlier harvest, start the plants indoors, using a grow light, approximately four weeks before your last spring frost date. They’re fast growers, though, so most gardeners will simply plant from seed directly in the garden.

For a late summer/early fall harvest, sow a second batch four to five weeks after the first. Cucumber plants are highly vulnerable to frost, so avoid planting seeds or seedlings in your garden until all danger of frost have passed, and the average soil temperature is at least 50 degrees F.

Directions

1. Plant seeds7 in rows, about one-half inch to 1 inch deep, anywhere from 1 to 6 inches apart. The plant will grow best in loose, well-draining soil. Mix in ample amounts of compost to encourage growth. Ideal pH is between 6 and 7.

2. Ideally, water heavily in the morning and allow it to lightly dry out to a depth of about 3 inches before soaking it again. This will help prevent stem rot and powdery mildew, as the plant has a shallow root system.

Allowing the plant to dry out too much can make the fruit bitter, however. A layer of mulch will help maintain the moisture balance. Adequate moisture is particularly important during flowering and fruiting. Sandier soils will require more frequent watering.

3. Once the plants are about 4 inches tall, thin the rows so the plants are spaced about 12 to 24 inches apart, depending on the variety.

4. Four weeks after planting, side-dress with compost, aged manure or 1 tablespoon of 10-7-7 organic fertilizer. A 7-5-5 or 6-3-3 balance can also be used, just make sure it has a slightly higher nitrogen ratio to stimulate leaf growth and fruiting.

That said, excessive nitrogen (and/or low boron or inadequate pollination) will result in cucumbers with hollow centers — a sign of excessively rapid growth, preventing the fruit from forming properly.

5. As the plant grows, train it upward on your trellis. Alternatively, grow them in a large pot, whiskey barrel or raised bed, where it can sprawl over the sides. Growing them vertically will produce straighter fruit, however, and protect the fruit from pests and rot.

Pest control and pollination

The striped cucumber beetle, easily identified by its bright yellow body with black spots (resembling an elongated yellow lady bug), can be quite destructive, munching through the plant and spreading plant diseases such as mosaic virus and bacterial wilt, the latter of which causes the plant to wilt and die.

Wilt-infected plants will not produce fruit. Moreover, cucumber beetles are particularly attracted to plants with bacterial wilt, so be sure to remove any infected plants to prevent spread. To determine whether your plant actually has bacterial wilt, Gardening Know How offers the following suggestion:8

“[C]ut the stem and squeeze both ends. A sticky sap will ooze out of the cut. If you stick these ends back together and then pull them apart again, making a rope like connection between the two in the ooze, this means they have the bacteria. Unfortunately, once cucumbers have wilt there is no saving them.”

One of the most effective ways to control the cucumber beetle is to disrupt its lifecycle by covering young plants with row covers and rotating your crop each season. Keep the row covers on until the plant starts to flower. At that point, you want beneficial pollinators to have access to the plant.

Misshapen fruit is often the result of inadequate pollination. Flowering plants such as lavender, thyme and dandelion will attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies into your garden. If you notice a lack of pollinators, you may need to hand pollinate your cucumbers to ensure a successful crop. For instructions, see Gardening Know How’s “How to Pollinate Cucumber” section.9

A natural insecticide that can be used to ward off the cucumber beetle is kaolin clay. It needs to be applied preventatively, as it acts as a repellent. Common plant diseases include alternaria leaf blight, angular leaf spot and bacterial leaf spot — all of which can be reduced or prevented by selecting a disease-resistant variety.

Stem rot and powdery mildew can be prevented by following the watering schedule suggested in the top bullet above. Blossom end rot is discouraged by avoiding excessive drying of the soil between watering.

Harvesting and storing cucumbers

The cucumbers are ready for harvest when they’re about 1 to 1.5 inches in diameter, firm with round edges and a bright medium to dark green. Yellow, puffy, wrinkled or mushy water-logged fruits should be discarded. Yellowing fruit is a sign of over ripeness, the color resulting from a drop in chlorophyll — the exception being if you’re growing a yellow-fleshed cultivar, such as the Lemon cucumber.

The more frequently you pick the fruit, the more productive the plant will be, so harvest a few every couple of days. Harvesting in the morning will ensure maximum crispness. If you prefer less seedy cucumbers, pick them while they’re on the skinnier side. The seeds will develop the longer the fruit remains on the vine. With size, the cucumber will also develop bitterness.

To maintain their freshness longer, store your cucumbers at room temperature. Avoid overly warm areas, however, as vitamin C, B6 and carotenoids are susceptible to heat damage. Loss of these nutrients may be slowed through refrigeration.10

Half-used cucumbers can be refrigerated in a sealed container to prevent them from drying out. Avoid storing cucumbers near bananas, melons and tomatoes, as these produce ethylene, a plant hormone that initiates the ripening process. For optimal quality, use up fresh cucumbers within two days.

Ways to use cucumbers

Fresh cucumbers are delicious sliced with a pinch of salt, or pickled with some vinegar and sliced onions. Pureed cucumbers also make for a refreshing, cold gazpacho soup.

Simply mix the cucumber puree with fresh diced tomatoes, green peppers and onions; salt and pepper to taste. Diced cucumbers can also be added to tuna fish or chicken salad. Other simple cucumber recipes include cucumber salad with lemon herb dressing and feta and cucumber rolls with creamy avocado.

There are many ways to use cucumbers that do not involve eating them, however. Mother Nature Network’s article, “13 Ways to Use Cucumbers” offers a range of tips, including the following:11

Hair conditioner to counteract chlorine damage — Blend one egg, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and one-quarter of a peeled cucumber in a blender. Spread the mix evenly through your hair and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly

Refreshing skin tonice — Puree one whole cucumber in a blender with 4 tablespoons of fresh mint and pour through a strainer. The juice toner can be stored in the fridge for 24 hours. Cucumbers have near-identical pH as skin, making it excellent for skin health

Anti-blemish face maske — Blend a 1-inch slice of peeled cucumber in a blender until liquid, then add one drop of rosemary essential oil. Whisk one egg white until stiff, then fold in the cucumber liquid. Apply to face, avoiding your eyes and mouth. Leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse off with a damp washcloth

Cooling summer bathe — Add 2 cups of Epsom salt, one sliced cucumber and a handful of crushed peppermint leaves (to release the oils) to a tub of tepid water

Regenerative gardening and living, an online program

There is no doubt that one of the most important things you can do to take control of your health is to start growing some, or most, of your own food. 

Much of the previous knowledge about how begin doing this that’s been passed down generation to generation has been lost. But I’m now sharing a course I believe will help you become an expert food producer with just a few online sessions. The cost to enroll in the course goes directly to non-profits that are dedicated to growing regenerative agriculture.

Industrial farming, which relies on chemicals and ecology-disruptive techniques such as monocropping and tilling has created a ripple effect of unsustainable situations in less than 70 years, and evidence suggests we will not make it until the end of the century if we continue along the same destructive path.

For example, an estimated 80% of soil carbon in heavily farmed areas has already been lost1 due to destructive plowing, overgrazing and the use of soil-destructive, carbon-depleting chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Other closely related problems are the loss of soil fertility and biodiversity, both of which are also directly related to the loss of natural carbon in the soil.

In 2014, Maria-Helena Semedo, deputy director general of natural resources for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, warned that at the current rate of topsoil degradation, all the world’s topsoil will be gone in less than 60 years.2

Today, that means we may only have about 55 years left before we’re looking down the proverbial barrel, as without topsoil you cannot grow food no matter how many chemicals you add to it.

‘Kiss the Ground’ — An online education platform  

The good news is there’s a viable answer to these problems, and it hinges on the widespread implementation of regenerative agriculture and biodynamic farming. This is why I support Regeneration International. There’s also a wonderful nonprofit organization called “Kiss the Ground,”3 which aims to inspire “participation in global regeneration, starting with soil.” Kiss the Ground offers four distinct areas of education, focused on:4

  • Advocacy — The Advocacy program teaches you to become a powerful voice in the regenerative movement
  • Farmland — The Farmland program provides scholarships for regenerative farmers and ranchers, and funding for training and soil testing to producers transitioning toward regenerative farming methods
  • Education — The Education program includes educational resources and online training for anyone interested in applying regenerative methods in their yard, community garden or farm
  • Media — The Media program is “for anyone interested in learning, contributing or sharing information … about how humanity can build healthy soil … and steward our planet through short films, campaigns, documentaries, books, social media, blogs and public speaking”

Learn, grow and support regenerative nonprofits

Kiss the Ground is now enrolling students for a brand-new online teaching program for those wanting to learn how to garden regeneratively, called Regenerative Gardening and Living with Farmer Rishi.5

This online and in-person program — which will run from June 18 through July 31, 2019 — is designed to teach you how to apply regenerative principles to your home garden and general lifestyle, regardless of your current skill set.

As an added bonus, while you’ll get the best training available for a very reasonable price, you’ll also support not just one but two important nonprofit groups with your enrollment fee, as 20% of your fee will be donated directly to Regeneration International. The normal price for this online course is $225. You can save $50 by signing up today, for the Early Bird price of $175.


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What you’ll learn

Program materials for this seven-week course are recorded and posted online weekly. You can either enroll and participate entirely online, or enroll online and participate in person if you’re in the West Los Angeles, California, area.

Classroom meetings will be held once a week for two hours. Three additional three-hour meetings will be held at a local garden. If doing the course online, you have the option of participating in real time, or viewing the recordings at your convenience. As detailed on Kiss the Ground’s program page:6

“This course will cover how to think about, planting seeds, improving soil fertility, composting, and more — regardless of how much space you have! Plus, get ready to dive into food sourcing, fermentation and how to use food to heal and work towards optimal health …

The goal of this course is to educate and inspire everyone to create gardens with the power to regenerate land, bodies, minds, and spirits. This gardening course will provide the fundamental ideas and practices necessary to participate in regeneration at any scale and in any location — from indoor and balcony gardens to suburban home gardens to public landscapes.

The course will define and describe what regeneration means as a cultural concept, and demonstrate how that practice can be reflected tangibly in a garden setting. Some key concepts to be explored include:

  • Regenerative Garden Design
  • Soil + Human Health
  • Soil Regeneration
  • Water Cycle Regeneration
  • Trees and Perennials
  • Regenerative Annual Gardening”

Why garden regeneratively?

There are many reasons to garden regeneratively, even if you only have a small amount of space. Industrial agriculture promotes a wide variety of growing environmental and health problems, all of which can be solved by widespread implementation of regenerative methods that nurture soil and prevent water waste. What we need is really a new mindset, and each and every one of us plays a role in promoting a healthier way of thinking about food production.

Growing your own food is also an important key for food security and the prevention of malnutrition. The industrialization and centralization of food production was done to increase farmers’ capacity to grow more food at a lower cost. Unfortunately, a core principle was lost in this efficiency equation — that of food quality and nutrient density.

Tests reveal the nutrient content of foods has dramatically declined since the introduction of mechanized farming in 1925.

As just one example, research by August Dunning, chief science officer and co-owner of Eco Organics, reveals that to receive the amount of iron you used to get from one apple in 1950, by 1998 you had to eat 26 apples; today you have to eat 36, and this is a direct consequence of industrial farming techniques and use of chemicals that destroy soil quality by killing essential microbes.

We now know that, just as the human gut microbiome plays integral roles in human health, so the soil microbiome influences nutrient uptake and plant health. Soil microbes even help regulate the invasion of pests.

Regenerative gardening and farming also helps prevent the spread of foodborne illnesses and drug-resistant bacterial infections.7 As I reported two years ago, the widely-used herbicide chemical glyphosate has been linked to growing antibiotic resistance by priming pathogens to develop resistance more readily.

Many other agricultural chemicals also destroy crucial soil microbes and prevent carbon sequestration. Importantly, widespread implementation of regenerative agriculture may even help stabilize climate and rainfall patterns by preventing environmental pollution.8

Regenerative gardening basics

Rule No. 1 for growing nutrient-dense food and reestablishing a healthy ecosystem is building healthy soil. There are five basic regenerative principles that will allow you to do this, and these rules apply whether you’re working a farm or tending a small vegetable garden in your backyard:

  1. Avoid disturbing the soil microbiome — The less mechanical disturbance the better, which means no tillage, herbicides, pesticides or fungicides
  2. Protect the soil’s surface — Use cover crops, untreated lawn clippings, mulch and wood chips to maintain soil biology, prevent water evaporation and lower soil temperature, which is particularly important on hot days
  3. Diversify your crops — Having a diverse array of plant life is essential to healthy soil, and cover crops help fulfill this requirement
  4. Maintain living roots in the ground as long as possible — Growing something at all times is key to soil vitality, so be sure to plant a cover crop after you harvest your vegetables
  5. Integrate livestock and other animals, including insects — To mimic the impact of wild herds, regenerative farmers will pasture chickens, cows, lambs, pigs and other animals to benefit the soil and ensure a highly nutrient-dense finished product. While many homeowners cannot keep farm animals on their property, you can easily attract pollinators and predator insects to ward off garden pests by including lots of flowering plants.

Resources for urban gardeners

As growing numbers of people are becoming excited about local food, healthier eating and greener cities, there’s renewed interest in the development of urban agriculture around the country. However, it’s important to educate yourself about your city (including your homeowner’s association), state and federal ordinances9 before you begin.10

Zoning laws and ordinances are constantly changing, so you really need to do your due diligence in planning your urban garden. Common garden and yard care laws to consider include the following:

Regulations on fence and hedge heights, and length of grass

Restrictions on front yard food gardens11

Watering requirements and limits

Regulations pertaining to the protection of wildlife

Regulations on weeds and invasive species

Farm animal ordinances, including beekeeping12

Composting ordinances

Regulations on rainwater collection

Gardening-related business activities, should you consider selling any of your produce

Hell strips — This refers to the section of land between the street and the sidewalk. By and large, this land belongs to the city, but must be maintained by the homeowner; oftentimes, you’re not allowed to remove or damage plants or trees growing here

A policy reference guide to community gardening can be found on PublicHealthLawCenter.org. Below are a few other resources that may assist you in your quest as well. Whether you want to plant organic veggies, a berry patch, or a much larger edible landscape project, make sure you are proceeding within the legal guidelines before you start, in order to avoid major headaches down the road.

  • American Community Gardening Association (ACGA) is devoted to community gardening and greening up communities across the U.S. and Canada
  • APA Urban Agriculture offers information about urban agricultural zoning and lists a good number of government initiatives, plans and ordinances that are up for vote across the U.S.
  • Food Not Lawns is a sustainability movement focused on getting rid of lawns in favor of more ecofriendly alternatives; also has chapters in nearly every state across the U.S.
  • IOBY.org provides a primer on how to turn vacant lots into community gardens
  • To find a municipal law lawyer to help you, see FindLaw.com

Learn from pro’s — Sign up for classes today!

While you can certainly set up a garden and learn regenerative methods through books and online resources of various kinds, learning the ins and outs from professionals through structured classes can significantly cut your learning curve and speed your progress.

I’m really excited about Kiss the Ground’s online programs, and I hope you’ll take advantage of this Early Bird special. Sign up now for just $175. Again, the Regenerative Gardening and Living course will provide you with 23 hours’ worth of education, covering all the key basics you need to know. The course starts June 18, 2019, and runs through July 31, 2019.

You can also feel good knowing that 20% of your course fee will be donated to Regeneration International, a nonprofit organization with a mission “To promote, facilitate and accelerate the global transition to regenerative food, farming and land management for the purpose of restoring climate stability, ending world hunger and rebuilding deteriorated social, ecological and economic systems.”


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The 25 Goals Of The Evil Factions Within The Illuminated

By The T. Matrixbreaker,

I will preface this post by stressing the importance of having compassion, as WE are all one. It doesn’t matter.. good or bad… we are all connected. As difficult as it may seem to most, if we hate the people / beings that have done this to society, we are losing the battle by A) Allowing ourselves to be siphoned, and, B) Working against the collective. Evil is being banished, but we must not show the same hate as them.. or it goes against US. I hope you can understand this.. as hard as it is for some to accept.

25 goals of the evil factions within the Illuminated:

1. All men are more easily inclined towards evil than good.

2. Preach Liberalism.

3. Use the idea of freedom to bring about class wars.

4. Any and all means should be used to reach the Illuminati Goals as they are justified.

5. The right to lie in force.

6. The power of our resources must remain invisible until the very moment it has gained the strength that no cunning or force can undermine it.

7. Avocation of mob psychology to control the masses.

8. Use alcoho-l, dru-gs, corruption and all forms of vice to systematically corrupt the youth of the nation.

9. Seize property by any means.

10. Use of slogans such as equity, liberty, fraternity delivered into the mouths of the masses in psychological warfare.

11. War should be directed so that the nations on both sides are placed further in debt and peace conferences conducted so that neither combatant obtains territory rights.

12. Members must use their wealth to have candidates chosen and placed in public office who will be obedient to their demands and will be used as pawns in the game by those behind the scenes. Their advisors will have been reared and trained from childhood to rule the affairs of the world.

13. Control the press.

14. Agents will come forward after fermenting traumatic situations and appear to be the saviors of the masses.

15. Create industrial depression and financial panic, unemployment, hunger, shortage of food and use this to control the masses or mob and then use the mob to wipe out all those who stand in the way.

16. Infiltrate into the secret Freemasons to use them for Illuminati purposes.

17. Expound the value of systematic deception, use high sounding slogans and phrases and advocate lavish promises to the masses even though they cannot be kept.

18. Detail plans for resolutions, discuss the art of street fighting which is necessary to bring the population into speedy subjection.

19. Use agents as advisers behind the scenes after wars and use secret diplomacy to gain control.

20. Establish huge monopolies that lean toward world government control.

21. Use high taxes and unfair competition to bring about economic ruin by control of raw materials. Organize agitation among the workers and subsidize their competitors.

22. Build up armaments with Police forces and Soldiers sufficient to protect our needs.

23. Members and leaders of the one world government would be appointed by the directors.

24. Infiltrate into all classes and levels of society and government for the purpose of fooling, bemusing and corrupting the youthful members of society by teaching them theories and principles that we know to be false. (Big bang and evolution)

25. National and International laws should be used to destroy civilization and enslave and control the people.

Lets rise up. Things are changing. We are winning. We must forgive, but never forget.

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