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What If The Whole World Went Vegan

In this episode of The Exam Room™ podcast, Neal Barnard, M.D., joins “The Weight Loss Champion” Chuck Carroll to discuss the enormous environmental implications of adopting a plant-based diet. Thirty percent of total greenhouse gas emissions can be attributed to food production, with animal products accounting for the majority of that, according to leading scientific researchers. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! For the full episode, listen at PCRM.org/Podcast or your favorite podcast provider!

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How To Turn People Vegan In 2019

We’re going to talk about how you can improve your success rate of turning people vegan. In order to do accomplish this, we first need to talk about the psychology and biology behind change.

Change happens in the brains. You have countless neurons in your brains that receive information, but also transmit information. The incoming stream of information changes the way your brain works. This is called neuroplasticity. But change also happens via a psychological way. Watch the video to find out how!

This video provides practical tips that are focused on providing value to the other person and showing different perspectives.
Understanding different perspectives will allow to have nice conversations and being convincing without forcing anyone to anything.
This video will help you to make it a LOT easier!

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How Vegans Can Create Healthy Relationships and Communicate Effectively | By Melanie Joy

Many vegans find that it`s difficult or impossible to feel connected with the non-vegans in their lives and to communicate about veganism in a way that doesn`t cause cause conflict. Often, too, vegans have trouble relating and communicating with each other when they disagree with each other`s ideas. In this new presentation, psychologist Dr. Melanie Joy explains the principles and tools for creating healthy, connected relationships, and she gives tips on how to talk about even the most challenging issues productively.

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Dr. Melanie Joy is a psychologist, international speaker, organizational consultant, trainer, and the author of “Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows”, “Strategic Action for Animals”, and the forthcoming book “Beyond Beliefs: A Guide for Vegans, Vegetarians, and Meat Eaters in Relationships.”. Dr. Joy specializes in strategic vegan advocacy, effective communication, organizational dynamics and leadership, the psychology of social transformation, and activist sustainability. Dr. Joy is the eighth recipient of the Ahimsa Award – previously given to the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela – for her work on global nonviolence, as well as the Empty Cages Prize – previously given to Tom Regan – for her contribution to furthering the cause of animal rights. She is also the founder and president of Beyond Carnism and the co founder and co director of the Center for Effective Vegan Advocacy.

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Animal Rights Extremists: Terrorism vs. Protest

Has your group been labeled as a terrorist organization have you been labeled as a terrorist we got threatening phone calls to people following our trucks know hey we’re terrorizing our local farmers they’re terrorizing us. I’m in Berkeley California and I’m meeting with an animal liberation group called direct action everywhere also known as DXE they’re notorious for their extreme tactics which includes civil disobedience mass protests and trespassing because several of DX these tactics are illegal many of their members have been arrested some are even facing felony charges that could land them up to 60 years in prison but even with the looming threat of prison time DXE is planning the largest action in the history of the organization which will happen tomorrow morning at an undisclosed location let’s do it all one more time my name is Wayne Cheung and I’m co-founder of the animal rights Network direct action everywhere I’m also a lawyer and former and law professor we started the EXCI in 2013 because we wanted to build a movement for animal rights [Music] we haven’t labeled this terrorist and it’s shocking because we’re just a bunch of people volunteer at dog and cat shelters and really love animals some of these terrorist labels may be in response to past DXE actions in May of 2018 Wayne was indicted with multiple felony charges after breaking into a pig farm in Utah to document living conditions he removed two piglets from the property these charges could send Wayne to prison for sixty years if he’s convicted so you are facing pretty much the rest of your life in prison yeah and you’re still going to participate in this open rescue tomorrow yeah why for most the past 20 years of my life as an animal I attacked us I thought to myself that there will come a time where you have to make some sacrifices to bring exposure to this issue and you have to be ready to make those sacrifices I am several hundred activists from across the country gathered to hear Wayne’s final briefing as he reveals the specific target and mission of today’s action their objective is to break into a large egg farm and occupy the property until all the sick and injured chickens are removed folks we are about to march into a massive factory farm in the heart of darkness and hell we’re gonna expose what’s happening inside and try to take some of the Andals out and today we’ve got a legal opinion from a scholar we’ll be delivering to the company saying we have the right to be there we have the right to rescue these animals are we all ready to go a lawyer has written Wayne a legal opinion arguing that DX’s actions today are protected under a California animal abuse law Penal Code 597 II however 597 II has yet to be used as a successful legal defense for actions like this since DXE is technically trespassing vais will not cross property lines to film all footage inside the farm is filmed by DXE we are approaching the facility I can see the signs to say eggs so it seems like they’re starting to brush the facility they’re starting to run I’m an investigator with the rescue network for California peonies attached to this letter you can be de let’s uh sorry I’m not thank you very much sir thank you very much right to do this we do have the right to fire ace seems like a lot of the workers are coming out really confused about what is happening coming onto the property who has no right to be here these animals are not being missing so this is a good operation this is a very very good operation so you expect arrests I’m gonna go over and tell our deputy [Applause] you have a right under all right or anything we did you want me this ever right pictures [Applause] look at how crimps wave conditions are dehydration because they have no access to water as you can see there’s probably a few hundred of them to come and support the animals are going to be coming out soon we have at least three cars I don’t know how many officers are actually on sites it’s gonna they’re gonna be walking for a few minutes there’s a few hundred of them oh they’re all coming out over here is this one okay is there anything wrong with this one nobody in there is okay what do you have going on right now she was found in there 5 rescuers isn’t I’m just holding on to her right now is she dead yes it looks like the police are actually starting to like occupy the front of the building and probably stop them from going back in police have blocked the entrance to the farm DXE is considering going back into the property to release more birds Wayne is negotiating these demands with officers and farm owners we’re gonna check on animal patrols MTA okay I’m appreciative rays of operation so far so good and we’ll take a look here in a little bit thank you very much I appreciate it so Wayne what is happening what we’ve argued is that under 597 first of all we have the right to go again it doesn’t matter but they cannot stop it cannot sighs just like if someone is torturing their dog and you go to give the dog some assistance the other right to do it have a right to do all right what’s up is Sergeant Thompson asking you no go back in he’s asking us not to go back and right now and and he’s he’s saying that in exchange for not exercising our rights he will go in with animal control and we will have an opportunity to see some of these disease and distressed animals in the barn Wayne Wayne can I talk to you over here we’ll get going talking to [Applause] I’ve asked you to be reasonable I’ve asked you spend a winter with me yeah and you’re refusing that this is a setup Friday it looks your game file it’s leaves a box outside let’s leave the press and the cameras off and have seen the outside as well sure using both of you guys okay Dave going I don’t even want to go inside I don’t want any police officers okay so basically what’s happening is the owner said he wants to talk to Wayne without media without police so that’s where they went we’re gonna wait and see what happens they said we could remove sicker distressed handles but they kind of waffled on this and they said what do you see a sick and distress and they also said we did not remove any sick of distress panels so well the folks are applying to do a civil experience please approach the fraud we just announced everybody that they are going to go in here they go so there are walking across they’re gonna get arrested we see Wayne there are a lot of people who have charges who are going to get arrested [Music] Duane is getting arrested property in total 40 activists including Wayne are arrested and taken to sonoma county sheriff’s office and they’re released the next morning so we’re going to visit Mike he’s one of the owners of the farm that dxc escaped the break-in and I’m gonna talk to him about how he’s feeling a few months out how it has affected him how are you good my clever thanks for having me out here you bet so in the aftermath of what happened what what have your thoughts been what have you been thinking about right after it was really why me what was so bad with our operation that we were the targets we looked at DXE and after really understanding what they’re about and how they’re not for upsetting animal welfare standards they’re for the eradication of using animals if you realize there’s no way there’s a cover going to be a common ground they excel at trying to create some some mayhem and they they think it’s a positive or constructive way to have a discussion but it’s not it’s detrimental it shut our business down it concerned our employees and we have people today who have lingering issues about this type of thing happening again it’s a big operation but we’re small farmers do you consider your farm humane should there be a concern about how your birds are raised all farmers should be held accountable they should be doing everything they can to provide humane care for the amount of effort we put in to take care of these animals that’s the way it should be done we’re audited by three different groups that look at our animal care from a humane or animal welfare perspective the statements that dxc had made were false they were saying that the birds are not provided water and not provided feed basically and I’m happy to show you inside of our chicken houses so you can see that every chicken has feed and water access to it 24 hours a day this is a cage free house and these curtains this is where the nests are and what we’re doing is creating a safe place for them that’s dark because they like to lay their eggs in a place that’s safe from predators that’s why these curtains are here you can see the nipples as well up here if I push it and so they know to do that since day one they’ve been drinking water this way something from that day I do remember there was a dead bird that one of them did bring out yeah animals are just like humans if you have a city with a hundred thousand people in it there’s some people die every day it’s part of the natural process it’s one of the things that if I could run a farm and none of my animals ever died I’d be all for it but I can’t it’s hard it’s hard to be a farmer and have your integrity called on the floor by a bunch of people who don’t have any understanding of our industry the challenges we face the amount of effort that goes into producing this safe affordable and humanely raised product because of the DXE event we have evaluated everything we do from an animal welfare perspective we’ve looked at ways that we can improve it we’re actually making some changes so there’s there’s a good thing that comes out of it but it came out of it in the most unconstructive manner do you consider a DXE a domestic terrorist group that’s a great question they’re terrorizing us they’re terrorizing our local farmers there’s not a night that goes by that I hear a slow-moving car that I think that there’s somebody out there patrolling everybody is nervous now because of what they’re doing there’s nothing constructive about their action I mean were you know so it’s been a while since we’ve seen each other and last time I saw you you were being arrested so just update me what’s happened since then we’ve done a number of other mass demonstrations but most notably we went back to Sonoma County with a couple hundred people to do a demonstration of a huge poultry farm and as a result 58 activists including myself around up in charged with multiple felonies and now we have to win this fight in court so talk to me a little bit about that you know how are you guys working with 597 a when you’re in court facing some of the charges that you’re facing it’s always scary to be in court it’s even more scary when you’re facing dozens of felonies and that’s what we’re facing now at the same time we know this is an opportunity because if we can win one of these cases what that will mean is that the law and the court and the jury accept the fact that these animals are living creatures and that will open the doors for activists across the state and across the nation to start infiltrating these farms taking the animals out and exposing an industry that when exposed people want it to stop so I think what Mike would say and what I think he did say to you um when we weren’t there is that he’s doing everything by the book by the law but that’s not still not okay for you guys the laws are corrupt and the laws are often written and enforced by the industry for the industry their response is always one in the same which is this is an industry standard and our response to that is corporations don’t ride the laws that people write the laws they want to believe what they’re doing is not bad for the animals are bad for the environment their economic interests certainly are aligned with that belief but when we actually look at this with a an objective lens we have to acknowledge these animals are suffering do you think if you and Wayne ever talked again you don’t think that you guys would come to some sort of agreement I don’t know a good analogy for it but the only one I could give you is if you own a house and there’s an arsonist who once have a conversation with you a discussion with you how could you ever come to agreement on something he wants to shut all animal agriculture down I need to pay off the loans I want to continue our family business I want to continue to provide fresh food for the citizens of this state things happen and after they happen life is never the same for us it’s having several hundred people come break into your building and broad daylight push their way past your employees and steal animals out of your house that happened you know I can’t can’t go back can’t make it go away what you were doing is illegal you know what do you say to them you never change the world by following the rules first of all so some rules are meant to be broken when there’s an unjust rule someone should break it but more importantly I don’t see us as rule breakers I see us as rule makers that if you look at the course of human history these great social changes only occurred because people were willing to test the boundaries of the current system

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Catering a Vegan Wedding 🎊 | (..Part 02 of 02 ..)

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I say look he turned out its what’s your name Norma yeah you ever heard from me vegan snack video she is here helping me out at the wedding and it’s a really windy day but it’s really lovely as well and we’ve just put out some canapés on the table for the guests as they arrive and we’re just gonna go back in the kitchen and get going because there’s a lot to cook a lot – yeah. I’m not deleting nerd anyway update it’s almost the end of the night what time is it like we’ve my goodness I can’t I can barely walk I can barely move but it’s been wonderful everyone loved the food and everyone’s like dancing now and stuff and we’re just like tearing plates and things I’m so tired but it’s been a good day like great experience and yeah I don’t know what else to say really good Jam

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AEROPONICS – Farming In Small Spaces With LA Urban Farms

Anyone can grow organic produce in just 30 inches of space using 90% less water than conventional garden that sounds this is so neat 182 should a Wendy Coleman here she is the founder of la urban farms thanks for being here this morning these are so interesting they’re space-age looking but they work and they work now can you show us how do these vertical gardens make it so you can grow fruit vegetables herbs edible flowers without using any soil without using any chemicals sure so this is aeroponics and aeroponics allows us to grow fruits and vegetables herbs and edible flowers all without the use of any soil or harmful chemicals you just need water nutrients sunshine and sea so let me show you how it works yes okay it’s super easy you don’t have any gardening experience in it a 20 gallon reservoir that’s filled with water and nutrients there’s a love what is submersible pump it brings the water to the top of the garden and on the way down it showers all the roots that are hanging in the garden nutrient-rich water over and over again and recirculates until the plants absorb it or it evaporates now that’s all it’s kind of scientific to me but I would imagine you purchase something in all the pieces in parts which they are and the really key thing about the technology is it uses 90% less water it’s not the amazing saying deal yet for us and here in California with a drought nearly everyone so the garden is made up of these sections are all stackable and you can grow between twenty to forty four different plans just by adding more sections it’s all food gray plastic and because you’re growing up vertically you can grow so much more in the same amount of space that you would if you’re on the ground so actually ten times more so it makes a great firm urban settings and unused spaces like parking lots rooftop balcony container it’s a real conversation starter – could you imagine you have someone coming over and going off how do you do that is it faster to grow things with this method in is it’s actually remarkable goes like 30 percent faster than commission or gardening because the plants are getting everything they need with water oxford during the nutrients all day long they’re being spoon fast so they’re going that 2-3 weeks ahead of soil here’s the old man in me talking I love the harvesting I don’t have to bend over sure just like let me get my tomato let me get my spinach that’s really this is really the cool thing about harvesting aeroponic yeah it’s living produce so it’s packed full of a hundred percent of its nutritional value so the difference in the taste is really unbelievable and of course there’s just such a different connection and appreciation to your food you know when you grow it yourself and there’s nothing like eating vine ripe tomatoes and the impact on the environment such a positive one and who is using these gardens so you know what they’re growing we have been growing all over Los Angeles and throughout the country they’re so easily scalable so we have them with families in their backyards at schools with chefs restaurants resorts in hotels all the way to doing a major commercial urban farming and food major food growing you talk about the taste you’ve brought some amazing dishes here this morning with ingredients straight from your vertical garden what do we have here here so right here Disney chef Helen Cavallo prepared these dishes for us we have eggplant parmesan we have a strawberry okay yeah and zucchini muffin all from ingredients from our garden and we have a farm that’s just 15 steps up from her kitchen door making an amazing farm-to-table experience you have a bite it’s real and you know what I gotta say Oh gorgeous I know they’re just so beautiful and I want to show you what you think what you can throw to Adam if you’re a great champ or it’s the better vegetables but something’s really good right here I’m so glad you’re enjoying it you can so you can grow anything that doesn’t grow on a tree like an apple or that’s a root vegetable like a beet you can grow broccoli colonies or anything that doesn’t quite work in this macro things that grow on trees like apples that are things like vegetable like that yeah but you could go strawberries water melons cucumbers spinach tomato it’s an all and I guess if you’re gonna use the water for something use it for something that you can eat and use rather than is something you can look at yeah that is really the key is it’s using 90% less water we have those of you who are interested as well on la urban farms details how you can order your own vertical garden you can go to la urban farms comm or you can follow them an Instagram at La urban farms and I’m sure we’ll have some information on our website as well when depreciating guys love sharing it thank you so much for having me 🙂

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Backyard aquaponics as self-sustained farm in (sub)urban LA

Southern California it’s tough because I mean the the value of the land the value of the real estate is is so high the houses are sources of consumption purely I mean you kind of have to work with what you’re given I think I mean yes your I this is a suburban neighborhood this is whisper farms which is actually my backyard part of the experiment was could you potentially have I know I mean your typical family two working adults children could you make a small lot like this and this is 8,000 square feet produce enough to eliminate the need for one of the parents to go to work someplace this is an aquaponics system and as the name would suggest you can tell it’s a it’s kind of a combination of aquaculture and hydroponics this is a very efficient way to grow things in a small space and it also provides a protein source in the form of fish and these are tilapia the tilapia produce ammonia essentially in their waste and that waste gets converted by a series of naturally occurring bacterias into nitrate ultimately and the nitrates would feed the plants this is watercress for example I don’t grow this on rafts I just kind of let it sit in here this is kind of its natural environment it’s like a pond so the plants pick up that material and then they filter the water back to the fish so you’re recreating a little ecosystem the rest of the stuff has grown on these rafts and they’re quite honestly it’s a it’s a styrofoam roofing insulation with holes drilled in it and so the roots just sit down the water and this is what’s called referred to as a deep water culture system and that the water the roots are always in the water so the nutrients from the from the fish gets pumped from that tank back there to the to the top of this trough and it just gravity feeds back to the fish you have the benefit of the efficiency of hydroponics and that the nutrients are directly available to the roots of the plants because they’re all grown in water this uses probably between 15 and 20 percent of the water that you otherwise use it’s a recirculating system so essentially just reusing that water over and over again so all you’re really replacing is just what’s lost for evaporation and what’s taken up by the plants the only inputs are sunlight in fish food none of this stuff has you know any pesticide or anything like that because we’re relying on the balance of the bacteria in the water to convert the nutrients we don’t want to alter that we don’t want to do anything to the plants that can potentially jeopardize that so no sprays if you do introduce things like that into your system you’re very likely to crash it and lose the fish the system is pretty simple currently there’s two air pumps each about 45 Watts and then there’s a submersible water pump it’s a little oversized but it’s 80 Watts so I mean 80 plus 90 so 1.7 kilowatts you know probably runs maybe between 20 and 30 cents a day it’s not a lot however one of the challenges is to keep the water warm especially when you’re growing fish like tilapia which are tropical fish or subtropical fish so if you start to heat things either using natural gas or electricity that kind of throws the model throws the budget kind of out the window so I’ve been heating with passive solar and it’s it’s kind of messy but it’s just water going through blacktip irrigation tubing heats up during the day this is 3/4 inch plywood that’s covered with fiberglass and resin and then I’ve just taken the same raft material and just put it all on here to insulate it helps it’s probably on the order of maybe one or two degrees in temperature saving but every little bit counts the materials are you know you’re kind of average things you can find it at Home Depot got the fish here doing their thing you could use pretty much any fish I mean all fish are going to eat and poop essentially but obviously if you want to have sort of the complete system where you have a protein source you want to raise a fish that you meet I know people up north they use bass catfish bluegill problems with salmon and trout and things that they require a lower water temperatures in particularly trout and they need a lot more space than eat raceways the tilapia are their prolific too so it’s one of the reasons why it’s a common fish used in aquaculture and aquaponics is that you can maintain a stock pretty easily the challenges with tilapia are the water temperature you know they’re most efficient in processing and metabolizing their food when the water is 82 to 86 and in the summer that’s no problem but the plants are really excited about water in the 80s so you’re constantly trying to balance the – one of the challenges is to keep like lettuce and stuff in the summer from bolting and so yeah you got a you got to have the shade cloth plants for example like a more acidic environment in general the fish more alkaline so we settle on a neutral pH for against the goals to get to neutral you kind of have these incongruent C’s that you have to mitigate somehow you have to try and figure it out so heating the water is one is one option I’ve chosen to use a different fish I’ll just show you the breeder fish that have within two months this garage is going to be converted into you I’m going to convert the tilapia growing into pure aquaculture not aquaponics but I’m going to run the aquaponic system on the food source for the fish this soon is going to be converted into actually more storage for fish actually tanks but at the moment this is kind of a temporary setup for the breeders but I have a male and a couple females over there so I’m going to convert all the tilapia production just to strictly aquaculture I’m going to run my aquaponics system on minnows that I’m then gonna feed to the tilapia I can manage their environment indoors a lot better I can maintain an adequate growth rate while feeding them all natural stuff so no hormones no antibiotics which is a common practice like to keep up tilapia that’s grown and commercially they pretty much prophylactically administer antibiotics in the food because with that stocking density that’s so tightly packed those animals yeah I mean one contaminated animal can spread to your whole stock on a small scale that’s not necessary I can use the fish to the minnows to power the aquaponic system and I can also feed those minnows to lock it this is something cool I’ll show you though this is um this this spring I’m going to have a lot of these and this is what I’m actually putting into the garden it’s called Moringa and it’s being used in the developing world to ease famine because a it grows in crevices this thing will be 15 feet tall but in this summer it’s like thirty eight or nine percent protein and you could survive eating it this is it’s meant to more just be an experiment to see what’s possible in a very small space in a in a you know a modest size family home in a suburban neighborhood so that’s why we started with the aquaponics system to demonstrate that a fair amount of things I mean this could feed probably four families you not that you would eat tilapia and lettuce but potentially you could stuff in the front because basic things some leeks some daikon radish there’s carrots there’s beads and then upfront I mean I I got some plugs for free for this verónica cauliflower I mean there’s some arugula that’s it’s flowering it’s still we still eat it I guess the idea was that the front yard really wasn’t landscaped with lawn or anything but it still I felt that if I was going to expend the water I might as well be using it for things that I can eat these I don’t think you’d get any thicker ordinarily these would be bigger diameter vent Pasadena you know has some restrictions I mean I think really what it is if you get along with your neighbors everybody kind of looks the other way and I’m not really aware of them all but I know that you can’t keep more than you know four or five hands I don’t think you can keep goats or anything like that it’s not that restrictive I mean it’s pretty much you can do what your neighbors tolerate you know my neighbors probably weren’t too excited last year when I had a 15 foot long pile of compost in my front yard for a month but I think just with a little neighborly communication that all that stuff can be kind of dealt with I think you just have to take a look at what you have in front of you and it doesn’t have to be perfect it’s incremental I think it really is more of a mindset if you start to just kind of raise your awareness of really what you can do personally whether you’re interested in kind of offsetting you have some of the cost that you have or increasing your income or if you’re concerned about your food supply all of these things you can do a great great many things in any environment someone was throwing this out I just grabbed that I have a little project that I’m doing at a all-girls school I’m going to use this for their little system outside their classroom but again it’s kind of like they’re there you can scavenge so many things and you can create an aquaponic system very inexpensively I mean it’s cheap to run you can do it in really small spaces currently I’m selling stuff to to a couple restaurants in Pasadena selling to restaurants or private individuals or buyers clubs and stuff or Community Supported Agriculture or CSA boxes is unregulated at the moment but one of the problems for small-scale growers is that you know you have a lot of bureaucratic costs associated with selling at the farmers market I mean they’re not really really expensive but when you’re not you know have a huge volume of revenue it does it’s a higher percentage so the farmers market is deemed to be kind of in the public so you have to get certified by the Los Angeles County Department of Agriculture weights and measures and what they do is they come through and they expect your facility see what you’re growing and record that and then they issue you a certified producer certificate which enables you to sell at any farmers market in the county the majority of farmers markets in the LA area are supplied by growers from the Central Valley two three four hundred miles away sometimes you do want this issue why do like no good hoping like rooibos just water this thing I would really like to see farmers markets selling a higher majority of locally grown things it wasn’t as a demonstration this kind of at least proves that you can grow enough to have some to sell at a farmers market in an urban area like this let’s miss oral try that yeah you like the Zorro mission part of the experiment was could you make a small lot like this produce enough to eliminate the need for one of the parents to go to work someplace you know and we’re approximating that I mean it’s difficult it’s just because of the scale I only have one hand here so that’s just it’s just one coop I built it from kind of scrap materials that I found lying on the side of the road I’m kind of vacillating I think really what I want to do is convert this space to race quail the feed conversion ratio is much better they can reproduce at an earlier age one of the things that we’re going to work an experiment with soon is wasabi this is the little sorrel keikis it’s sustainable in the sense that we’re exceeding all of our costs making a modest amount of money every month but it certainly isn’t enough to live on though that’s kind of the ongoing thing I don’t think it will take more than a year with the addition of the fish that we’re going to be able to sell and the effect of the cooperation from other farms it’s as you could tell I’m having a really good time struggling so yeah this is this is a I’m incredibly blessed to have this opportunity but in terms of putting it out there as a model for other people to try and do the more we try and the more that we cooperate with one another to help absorb some of those costs I think the faster we’re going to get to that place where people could really make their properties work for them you

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Urban Farming with The Dervaes family

Drivers whizzing past on the 210 freeway through Pasadena have no idea that a stone’s throw away from the fast lane is a lush but tiny Eden a 4,000 square foot farm it not only feeds a family but revolutionizes the idea of what can be done in a very unlikely place the middle of a city this is city living but I bought the country to the city uh-huh rather than have to go out to the country I just imported it 63 year old Jules duvets started this backyard farm ten years ago it’s a deliberate throwback to the story days of self-reliant rural America Jules and his children grow almost all the food they need and everyone pitches in five pounds of grapefruit his daughters a nice we have another guy coming to pick up Andrew dan yeah are you done and his son Justin their produce is organic and their animals are well friendlier than average to say hi say hi we have a a chicken straw ducks and to dos the ducks and chickens lay thousands of eggs a year and keep the bugs in check they really made the dynamics of Elvin homestead much more sustainable sustainable and dense on their 4,000 square feet they raised 400 varieties of vegetables fruits and edible flowers 6,000 pounds a year enough to feed themselves with plenty left over and with the current passion at high-end restaurants for local pesticide free produce chefs are literally beating a path to their door no good are you doing Oh wonderful soil she’s so what are you gonna do the sorrel hmm I’m gonna use it to make a really nice sound relish with uh cucumber for our salmon dish the family makes about $20,000 a year from their front porch sales they use it to buy the crops they can’t grow like wheat rice notes I would say at the beginning I didn’t really believe I could do it I had some doubts because I come to kept again this place is too small there’s no way that we’re going to be able to feed ourselves plus I never thought we could even grow the vegetables for the for the market so how did this experiment in independent living begin it all began 10 years ago when Jules bought some taco shells for dinner he learned too late that the shells were being recalled because they had been made by mistake with genetically modified corn when I thought about putting this food in my children smile tonight and they were depending on me to give them good stuff I mean they’ll take whatever their parent any child would take what a parent hands them they’ll say this comes from my mom or dad and I couldn’t afford to be in that position of giving him bad stuff now a decade later this radical foodie has succeeded in going off the grid he calls his lifestyle the path to freedom and what to family think of that whole approach they thought it was strange they thought it was they thought it was my daughter wouldn’t come out of the front yard and visit with her friends because they said what’s what’s up with your dad they wanted to know well as go one because I was did making some radical changes here there Gervaise have no ugly commute they avoid office politics and we’ll never get fired but their jobs are way more than nine-to-five I need I need to help all the help I can get and it’s my family that like in the old days the farmer farmers family made the difference there are no microwave ovens in this kitchen and no Cuisinarts either we have gizmos but they’re just hand power what little electricity they use is generated by these solar panels how much is your electricity bill well it’s running about the highest twelve dollars a month 12 dollars a month for everything here yeah they spend even less on gas this is their biodiesel brewing station so this is just new grease from restaurants yeah they use it defiling rings french fries there anything you would fry and you get it free yeah free and delivered on our doorstep the gasoline station is self-serve it hasn’t always been easy justin remembers the year that frost wiped out a crop another year it was a destructive insect and recently they’ve noticed a new challenge climate change we call it the forefront of global weirding because we’ve been gardening for so long you can sense things are off we have this June bug that comes out it’s called June so it’s supposed to come out in June but comes out in July in August and you know September so something’s definitely off the other challenge is water Southern California skies don’t deliver enough of it so Jules keeps the water bill down with this ancient form of irrigation that’s a clay pot irrigation but the Bears under there it’s buried usually up to the throat here and then all you do is fill it up and the water weeps through the portal and through the clay and you get the water where the plant stated at the root zone plants to take the water as needed so just so simple it’s 5:00 o’clock time the time when it all pays off there’s going to be insider Elsa the derv A’s are the ultimate locavores their food travelled a whole hundred feet from the field to the table they all say they love urban homesteading and can’t imagine living a typical consumer-driven life at the end of the day some not so back to nature activity visits to their web sites have grown dramatically they get about six million hits a month from others interested in this grow it yourself revolution we’re all in the same boat on the same planet and there are people now asking deep questions about the future of the planet and they’re willing to do this they’re willing to take a risk it’s a risk that has paid off for Jewel’s and is blazing a trail for others I’m Val Zavala