American Founding Fathers were Revolutionary Farmers

Andrea Wulf, author of Founding Gardeners: the Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation, (as reported in the Washington Post and other venues) believes the first presidents of the United States, George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison, were revolutionary farmers as much as they were politicians. They loved farming and gardening so much that they gave it preeminence even when engaged in war and politics. Gardening or farming was central to their lives, and they were truly the first environmentalists. They believed independent small scale farms were the “building blocks” of the nation.

Wulf, in an interview for Nation Public Radio, described the founding fathers as obsessed with manure. In what Wulf believes was the first attempt by an American to make compost, Washington had a building constructed at Mount Vernon for the purpose of storing dung for use on his garden. Wulf noted the “pioneering” nature of this venture.

As a diplomat to London, as described by Wulf, John Adams, chaffing under the rounds of social demands, Continue reading

Drinking Filtered Water may be Healthier for You than Bottled Water

Millions around the world purchase bottled water as a primary form of hydration. Many of these consumers are under the false impression that the bottled water they are consuming is safer than the toxin-laden tap water that is coming out of their household faucets. Unfortunately, bottled water is often just as bad, or even worse, than tap water in the United States and elsewhere. Research shows that this common misconception is the result of highly-effective mass advertising campaigns and marketing. Learn how to distinguish between safe and unsafe drinking water.

The typical cost of bottled water per gallon is around $3.79, while a typical cost of tap water is $0.002/gallon. Of course tap water is not a viable alternative to bottled water when it comes to improving one’s health, but why is bottled water so much more expensive when it is oftentimes just as contaminated? For a 1900% markup over tap water,  Continue reading