Fertility issues concerning both men and women have been in the news recently. I have posted few blogs while I've been in the midst of changing computers (my old one gasped its last breath), but I did note an article in the Globe and Mail (www.globeandmail.com)that reported an alarming decline in male fertility rates. This downward trend is attributed to chemical, including preservatives, in the food we consume. Although the study cited made no correlation to female fertility rates, it certainly makes one wonder, doesn't it, what's in the food we routinely consume. When I was a little girl growing up during WWII, we maintained a victory garden in the lot adjacent to our home. I still marvel reflectively at the taste of peas fresh from the pod, and how the corn stalks grew taller than me! I ate Macintosh apples picked right off our own trees. (It's a good idea to have a pair of fruit trees to promote pollination.) I guess I'm a farmer at heart. Even when I lived in an apartment for some years, I grew herbs (oh, fresh mint in tea!) in window boxes and planted seeds in little pots on my window sills. Years later, my friend Eva, who loves all things beautiful, intertwined baby's breath with the cherry tomatoes she tended in a senior's "community" plot. Today my Asian neighbors in Encino, California, grow the vegetables traditional to their homeland on a hilly side of their garden. We have a host of fruit trees in our own garden -- oranges, grapefruit (my friends, who are all on statins, won't eat them), lemons, peaches, and apples, but we do have to take the fruit off the trees as they ripen before the squirrels and other little animals get them. We're still trying to successfully grow a plum tree. Our tomatoes, cukes, and herb garden are great. We have lots of flowers too. As a Canadian transplanted to California, I still can't get over cutting roses or Birds of Paradise for the dinner table almost all year round. True, it's expensive to buy organic products, but it seems to me that trying to grow as much of our own as we can is a good idea, especially in the economic situation we are currently facing. At least, we can get "agricultural" to the extent our urban living circumstances permit, even if it's pots on the balcony or a sill. Even if we don't really save much money with our efforts, at least we can keep the chemicals off some of our food. Maybe we can even save our fertility.