Sweet potato harvest

My neighbor Patty just harvested their sweet potatoes:

Sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes

 

Red racer
Red racer

This picture was taken on 10/10 when a red racer was racing through their garden.   They have been harvesting lots of tomatoes and Patty has been canning.  I’ve been enjoying their extra eggplant and peppers.
It’s incredible that it’s mid November and their tomatoes are STILL loaded!
Pete and Patty are currently building a little greenhouse and an aquaponics system.  They also planted fruit trees and I just love to see retirees do more than watch TV.
So inspiring!

GMO Crops Headed for Ban in Sonoma County | Election 2016 | KQED Science

I realize that secession is unlikely, but if the West Coast was to secede, I think I’d be moving!  As much as I love Arizona and especially the Joshua Tree desert, the many tourist and Muslim hating right wingers and the absence of any appreciation of “good” food in Mohave County is starting to frustrate me.  All our supervisors are Republicans, do-nothing corporate shills, supporting idiotic ideas like uranium mining and ruthless corporate farmers plundering our water and clearing the desert of established Joshua Tree forests with trees literally hundreds of years old.
No place is perfect, but it sure is good to see that there are still people who care in other parts of the country:
… Sonoma joins five other California counties that have already passed bans on transgenic crops: Mendocino, Marin, Trinity, Humboldt and Santa Cruz.
Proponents say the ban is necessary to protect the county’s organic fields from cross-pollination. …

Source: GMO Crops Headed for Ban in Sonoma County | Election 2016 | KQED Science

GMO corruption: Grocery Manufacturers Association fined $18 million for violating campaign finance laws

(Law360, Los Angeles (November 2, 2016, 10:45 PM EDT) — A Washington state judge slapped the Grocery Manufacturers Association with a record $18 million fine Wednesday for violating campaign finance laws while fighting a GMO labeling ballot initiative, levying what state prosecutors say is the highest campaign finance penalty in U.S. history.
The court previously found that the Grocery Manufacturers Association unlawfully hid the names of contributors to its account funding opposition to Initiative 522, a 2013 ballot measure requiring the labeling of genetically engineered foods, and that the group failed to file required disclosure forms….

They got a slap on the wrist.
The Organic Trade Organization also sold out to the biotech industry and SUPPORTED the DARK Act. 
https://www.organicconsumers.org/press/60-groups-call-companies-withdraw-organic-trade-association
Sometimes I could cry.  It is so frustrating to see so much deceit.
Things aren’t getting better, but WORSE!