New thinking about food: community gardens and MCS
People who have never gardened before, and land that has never been used for gardening, have found each other in the nationwide community gardening phenomenon. Community gardeners are raising food for themselves and their families, making new friends, and helping the environment (and their health) by eating locally produced, organic food. Is this yet another activity that is off-limits for people with environmental sensitivities? No! A chemically-sensitive member of HEAL’s Governing Board tells all — about how she and her husband joined a new organic community garden endeavor as novice gardeners, and what they learned (and ate!). The article includes hints for how someone with moderate to severe MCS might participate in starting a community garden.
New thinking about food: Community supported agriculture
Imagine being able to ask a farmer to grow food just for you, paying a fee, and getting the food — all without having to lift a shovel or pull a weed. Basically, that’s community supported agriculture (CSA) — and there are opportunities for participation in CSA projects all over the U.S.One regular (chemically-sensitive) contributor to The Human Ecologist tells about her experience with a CSA, how it works and why she likes it. Information about how to find a CSA near you is included.
Putting food by
OK, you have an organic garden or belong to a CSA or made a great score at the farmer’s market — and now you have to deal with the delightful problem of seasonal gluts of wonderful fresh produce. What do you do with the excess? A Human Ecologist classic article advises how chemically-sensitive people can take advantage of seasonal gluts of organic produce at its best, using a method that helps you estimate how much produce you need for an entire year — and how you can process it simply and safely.
Pesticide residues eaten by people
It’s one thing to talk about pesticide residues in general, but an eye-opening article in the Summer 2010 issue of The Human Ecologist describes a study in which researchers looked for pesticide residues in portions for foods actually selected, prepared and eaten by study participants. The study, though small, has some very interesting implications — including some that can help readers choose foods wisely. This is must-read information for people with MCS!
Plus: some fascinating new information about MCS …. a great feature on manufactured housing, “green” building materials, and MCS…. a newly-identified source of indoor air pollution, and much, much more!