009 Shinecast: Beekeeping with Dr. Jim Tew, Farm Dogs & Farm Update

009 Shinecast: Beekeeping with Dr. Jim Tew, Farm Dogs & Farm Update

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Episode 009 of the Shine Springs Farm Shinecast includes a brief conversation on bees and beekeeping with Dr. Jim Tew, a consulting professor with Auburn University and retired State Extension Specialist from Ohio State University. Sheree also gives a Shine Springs Farm update, including a near-tragedy involving farm dog Koda, and comments on a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics on organic foods for children.

Dr. Jim Tew’s biography from LinkedIn Dr. Tew’s website

Dr. Jim Tew, beekeeping specialist

Dr. Tew led several sessions at the recent annual meeting of the Alabama Beekeepers Association

 

Children, Pesticide Residue & Organically-Grown Food

News Release from the American Academy of Pediatrics about new report on children and organic foods. The October 22, 2012 news release includes a link to the actual report, as well.

The gist of the report is this: Parents should be sure to make fruits and vegetables the focus of a child’s diet. When possible, organically-grown fruits and vegetables are good because they contain fewer (or no) pesticide residues.

There’s no scientific evidence pro or con about the long-term effects of consuming trace or low-levels pesticides in our diets. So we just don’t know whether it’s OK to consume trace amounts of pesticides for 10-15-20 years or longer. What happens when we have this low level of exposure? We don’t know for sure.

But there IS solid scientific evidence that children, especially young children, have a greater vulnerability to pesticide exposure. So limiting pesticide exposure in young children is wise.

Consumer Reports and other health organizations frequently publish lists of the fruits and vegetables with the greatest and least amount of pesticide residue when grown conventionally. Parents should use these lists to help when making food choices about when buying organic is most likely to provide the best “bang for the buck.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics report also addresses the growing problem of antibiotic-resistent bacteria due to the overuse and prophylactic use of antibiotics in livestock and poultry production.

Shine Springs Farm Update

This episode of the Shinecast includes a detailed update of what’s happening at Shine Springs Farm.

dogs Akbash Border Collie mix

Koda, chilling out in Ollie’s Garden at Shine Springs Farm, September 2, 2012

Among the sad news, farm dog Koda, an Akbash/Border Collie mix, didn’t come home for 24-30 hours. Parents were getting very worried, because all the other dogs had returned from their daily romp on the woods. Just as they were about to go out on a search-and-rescue- mission, Koda appeared limping up the driveway.

He was injured. But he’s now been the vet and he’ll be OK. I’ll be doing a separate blog post on this incident, but you can find out more in this episode of the Shinecast.

 

 

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