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From “Organic Farming and Gardening” to the renamed “Organic Life”, decades have passed since one of the most iconic magazines in the green movement started shaping our landscape as well as our thoughts on the environment. The first issue was published in 1942 and was the first to sound the alarm about the chemical revolution of agriculture to our environment, our health and our future.
“Nourish the soil and all else follows” J.I. Rodale – founder
In 1950, J.I. Rodale presented evidence in support of organiculture before the House Select Committee. Later that year, Congress passed the “chemical fertilizer bill” authorizing an investigation of chemical fertilizers poison sprayers and chemicals in food. And in 1952, the magazine noted the disappearance of bee colonies. A generation of people working to alert us to the consequences of our environmental actions.
Ruth Stout is, no doubt, the Queen of the No Work Garden!
In 1955 she started publishing her books on mulching your gardens rather than tilling and working. It started when she got tired of waiting for someone to come plow her plot. She realized that her asparagus did very well and all she did was mulch. From that point forward her gardens were simply mulched every year… the soil remains fluffy and fed. No chemicals!
I think we’ve come a long way and continue to make strides to care of our planet. I’m also certain generations after us will just get better and better at it! If you get a chance, pick up the latest issue of Organic Gardening, it’s a fascinating journey through the decades with quick facts about the “crazy” people who warned of the problems of chemicals.
NOTE: It’s not that I don’t ever use them, but I do so judiciously.