Wednesday, July 11, 2007

A lot of catching up to do

This is a photo of a tulip that was blooming in the midst of our home's time on the market. I did get around to downloading this image, but only now had a moment to share it. It is amazing to me to see how lush everything was not that long ago. Spring flew by and I hardly had a chance to take note of it. I remember grumbling, at the time I snapped this, about how I didn't really even have a moment to spare to photograph my tulips.

Actually, we are only now just getting started. After all the work of putting our house on the market, keeping it in show condition, making it through inspections, boxing our stuff up, boxing our stuff up, and yet more boxing our stuff up, we have henceforth carried all our earthly possessions to our new abode, set them down with as much organizational forethought as possible, and have proceeded to gut the new living quarters. And I thought a kitchen remodel was a nightmare. Silly me. Try keeping your kitchen in boxes in your car (where they will stay reasonably dust-free), cooking on a camp stove, and dining regularly with the mosquitos.

We are just glad it is summer and the living is supposedly easy.

More when I get another breather.

Is anybody actually still out there reading this neglected blog?



At July 14, 2007 3:28 AM, Blogger O Mama Mia said...

{{waving from the east coast}} I'm still here! I used to be at healthy veg blogspot, but just changed it to my kitchen eats. I kept you on my bloglines to make sure & catch you're updates. Glad all is well!

At July 14, 2007 8:34 AM, Blogger ericswan said...

I maintain all my blog links to your site. Hope the moving turns into a well informed blog for future issues. Good luck with that.

At July 16, 2007 10:46 AM, Blogger Pad guy said...

I check it every other day.

At July 16, 2007 2:58 PM, Blogger ericswan said...

12 July 2007
Antibiotics Absorbed By Vegetables

Evaluating the impact of livestock antibiotics on the environment, University of Minnesota researchers have found that many vegetables uptake the antibiotics. The study, in the Journal of Environmental Quality, shows that food crops can readily accumulate antibiotics from soils spread with cattle manure.

The findings were based on a greenhouse study involving three food crops: corn, lettuce, and potatoes. The plants were grown in soil modified with liquid hog manure containing sulfamethazine, a commonly used veterinary antibiotic. The researchers found that the antibiotic was taken up by all three crops.

The antibiotic was found in the plant leaves and concentrations in the plant tissue increased as the amount of antibiotic present in the manure increased. Worryingly, it also diffused into potato tubers, which suggests that other root crops - such as carrots and radishes - may be particularly vulnerable to antibiotic contamination.

Researcher Satish Gupta said that contaminated plants had the potential to cause allergic reactions in people with antibiotic sensitivity. He also noted that contamination is likely to foster antimicrobial resistance, which can render antibiotics ineffective. And co-researcher Holly Dolliver warned that antibiotic contaminated plants may be of particular concern to the organic farming industry, where manure is often the main source of crop nutrients.

While the USDA stipulates that organic producers must manage animal materials in a manner that does not contribute to contamination of crops by residues of prohibited substances, manures containing antibiotics are not formally banned or prohibited. Dolliver concluded that further research is needed to investigate how different plants absorb different antibiotic compounds.

At July 19, 2007 1:37 PM, Blogger Jade said...

Thank you, all of you, for your comments. :)

o mama mia -- I look forward to checking out your new virtual digs [waving back from the w coast].

ericswan -- that good luck will be put to the best work possible!

pad guy -- really? I guess I better get busy and keep this place current then. :)

At July 19, 2007 1:43 PM, Blogger Jade said...

ericswan -- it sounds like local sourcing of organic "fertilizers" is important. Even better -- combining organic gardening operations with organic animal husbandry. It bothers me that when an animal is sick, antibiotics are usually prescribed regardless of whether or not the cause of the illness is elucidated. Thanks for sending that information along!


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