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War of the Words — Eating the Greens & Naturally Sustainable Organic Foods

War of the Words — Eating the Greens and Naturally Sustainable Organic Foods

I have referred to the War of the Words several times in my talks and conversations –and it seems to resonate, so I will expound here. There is some intended sarcasm also.– Augie

Scribble Scrabble Scramble

Make Up Your Own Words

Government, corporate and academia change-makers are  always defining and redefining our words for us. “Water” for example may have different meanings depending on the specific laws or regulations the word is set within. Redefinition is an age-old practice to manipulate people and take control. As soon as you understand one word defined, you can be sure its definition has already been changed. Attorneys love it.

Organic comes to mind. If you search the Journal you will not find me using the term– as I have a distaste for it– like organic CAFO-type factory farmed chickens and eggs. The word has caused so much confusion and frustration– I don’t like to use it. USDA stole the term from the grassroots and twisted it to where can mean a battery of concentration camps of 250,000 chickens or even a million–voila, most of your organic chickens and eggs at the supermarket. Funny, pesticides and herbicides are organic too.

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The Grinch Who Stole Christmas—Farm and Food Safety Controls, Codex, and ‘New Dietary Ingredients’

Before the story behind the story, another farm fresh raw milk bust yesterday morning about 9 A.M. when a farmer was apprehended and detained while driving a truck. He was delivering a variety of foods to multiple drop off sites, to be delivered to private members that paid in advance for the foods.  This has deprived them of their food they depend on to feed their families.

The Grinch that Stole Christmas Dinner has appeared again as in other pre-dawn raids with gun toting folks. I received a message from the coordinator of Hartmann Farms Host Sites in Minnesota. Minnesota should be the target state before the Intl Raw Milk Conference in St. Paul occurs. Join the Minnesota ARMi and surrounding states. Get the word out– short link to this post is  http://wp.me/phmll-1kY .This is the third such bust in as many months in Minnesota alone. Here was the message this morning: Continue reading

The Santa Clause and the Food & Farm Control Bill Snagged: Fishing to Control Small Family Farms and Real Food Producers?

The Santa Clause and the Gift of the Magi-cians.

The so-called Food Safety Control S510 bill with the so-called savior Tester-Hagan amendments may now be passed back to the overwhelming approving Senate. This is a perfect example of hard-ball politics of division, where half the food freedom folks are for it and half against it. Typically, federal control bills are written to appease large  stakeholders, then revised to include most stakeholders, changed several times in the process, including having several bills of different names.

In this battle, the war on food controls by the corporate/government  partnership, the magic trick is to appear to save the small farms producing local foods, yet provide the legal and regulatory framework, with funding, to take it all way. So once again it appears to be an angel of light, a white knight on a horse coming to save the small farm, and getting the foodies to work on the language for them so that end the end, the language can be twisted and used against them.

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FDA Mice are After the Cheese: Raw Dairy Fund Drive

From the NY Times slide show

The FDA is going after the raw cheese– in accordance with the U.S. government health agenda to eliminate raw milk sales in the US by 2020. This time it is Estrella Family Creamery and thousands of pounds of award-winning cheeses embargoed.

The Journal first published the Estrella story called Another FDA Cheese Bust on Family Food Ministry: Award-winning Artisan Raw Cheese Producer in Washington State two weeks ago.  Since then a group of bloggers got together and sponsored a fundraiser to keep the family going and the cows and goats fed (more on this below) A nice article and slide show appeared in the New York Times, Business Day section two days ago.

The article had an interesting quote about the zero-tolerance mentality when it comes to the detection of a pathogen in a food product:

“If the FDA wanted to shut down the U.S. artisan cheese industry, all they’d have to do is do this environmental surveillance and the odds of finding a pathogen would be pretty great,” said Catherine W. Donnelly, co-director of the Vermont Institute for Artisan Cheese of the University of Vermont, referring to the listeria testing at cheese plants. “Is our role to shut these places down or help them?”

Regulatory agencies should become better educated in these skilled crafts and then use their infinite resources to assist those who may have a safety problem to get back into production as quick as possible–since these operations are so important for the local culture and economy. If farmers and consumers want traditional and artisan food produced and continue their rapid growth, they also need to come to the aid of those who get unjustly treated, in the Estrella case by the FDA who stepped in around the state agencies.  This is your chance to put $5, $10 or $20 or more down on this horse and watch this race play out!

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Two Declarations for Farm and Food Freedom

Two international figures came out last week to make serious statements about farm and food freedom. Sir Julian Rose and the ICPPC Manifesto and Michael Schmidt with his  Edmonton Declaration. Michael sent me his and Julian sent his to Kimberly Hartke. I thought it appropriate to tie these two together–Augie

The International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside (ICPPC) held their Anniversary conference this past weekend. The Manifesto for 21st Century Food and Farming “Farming for the People with the People”was circulated there and was submitted to Hartke is Online! by their co-director, Sir Julian Rose.

Sir Rose, a strong advocate/activists for real farming and raw milk, gives the Manifesto which states:

Continuing to adhere to the present corporate and state controlled food and farming regimes means that:

  • Farmer’s time honoured right to save their seeds and to cultivate, distribute and trade the produce resulting from these seeds will continue to be subverted, curtailed and stolen.
  • People’s right to perpetuate the biodiversity of locally adapted native plants, herbs and animals for culinary, medicinal and general environmental health will be denied.
  • People’s rights to gain lawful access to unused or barren land for the purpose of growing food for their own consumption in ways that do not harm the environment will be blocked.
  • People’s time honoured right to carry on the daily operations of good farming practice unhindered by state and corporate power structures, will be denied.

We call for a people led and people owned  renaissance of agriculture. One which will liberate the creativity and ingenuity of man and draw inspiration from the time honoured peasant and family farming practices that still form the foundation of self sufficient, sustainable and ecological agricultural production throughout the world.

Read the brief  Manifesto submitted at Hartke is Online!

The Edmonton Declaration by Michael Schmidt

The following document was presented at Michael Schmidt’s news conference on the steps of the Alberta Legislature recently:

Photo– Courtesy of The Bovine
 

“Agriculture has been the backbone of Canada. History has taught us that a healthy Agri-culture is able to feed all the people and therefore creates a healthy and socially stable environment.

At the turn of the last century 70% of our Canadian population was actively involved in farming.

Today we have only 2% of the population left working on farms.

80% of them have to have another job to keep their farm going.

The average age of today’s farmers is 56 and hardly any young farmer can afford to start farming.

Corporate farming has taken over food production and multi national corporations control most of the farming inputs, food processing and distribution.

Food safety regulations and production standards are passed based on intensive lobby powers by those who control the current food chain.

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Detoxifying Health Propaganda on Water Fluoridation: The Case Against Fluoride.

I have the just-released book The Case Against Fluoride, sent to me by the Publisher, Chelsea-Green, referred to in this guest post.   It is a masterful work representing most of a lifetime career–quite an achievement for its principle author, Paul Connett. We have covered fluoride dangers in drinking water, food and dental applications recently and plan to continue the series.

Having been in the environmental, health and safety field for almost 40 years, I know something about water pollution and I know that injecting toxic fluoride into drinking water supplies is polluting it and our bodies, including the brain. It is not effective, it is not safe and it is not necessary.

Good water scientists and toxicologists attest to that–including many in the EPA, the agency that is legally responsible to help protect the environment and public health. Further, medicating citizens, let alone poisoning them, without their informed consent is unethical if not criminal.  I can verify this right now since I work directly for the EPA and I am duly authorized, qualified and obligated to state my opinion–but that is not the official view of the EPA Administrator appointed by the President.  –Augie

Tonight’s guest blogger is Rady Ananda, one of the finest food freedom lovers and writers in the U.S. in my opinion. Her superior blog is Food Freedom. Her bio including her legal and journalistic background appears at the end of her post. Now here is Rady:

The Case Against Fluoride: Toxifying the Tap

By Rady Ananda

In July of this year, the United Nations declared access to clean water a human right. The United States was among 41 nations that abstained from supporting the resolution. Since October 15th is Blog for Water Day, a close inspection of a common US practice – fluoridating city water supplies – is in order. Continue reading

UPDATE: David vs Goliath: Sustainable Farmer/Soil Scientist Against Big Ag Money in Iowa Race for Secretary of Agriculture

“Iowa is the Corn State, and its about time that farmers quit growing Corn and start raising Cain.”–Augie

Francis, Susan and Rodney– Sustainable Dairy Farmers, Raw Milk Lovers and with your help can be Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture

Your chance to give David a few more stones to hurl at the Goliath he is up against in this neck-to-neck battle– this is the one to watch!

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UPDATE on Another FDA Cheese Bust on Family Food Ministry: Award-winning Artisan Raw Cheese Producer

UPDATE 10/25/2010

As reported here (below) Saturday, FDA busted another artisan-cheese family food ministry in Washington. The children have calmed down now four days after their direct dealings with the FDA agents when they locked up all the award-winning cheese at Estrella Family Creamery–while the Anthony and Kelly Estrella, the parents, were known by the intruders to be away at the farmers market. All because a few isolated samples of cheese never offered to the public did not pass non-detect (zero) of a microorganism that is found all over your skin. A “standard” that will shut down any cheesemaker nationwide. Continue reading

David vs Goliath: Sustainable Farmer/Soil Scientist Against Big Ag Money in Iowa Race for Secretary of Agriculture

“Iowa is the Corn State, and its about time that farmers quit growing Corn and start raising Cain.”–Augie

Francis, Susan and Rodney-- Sustainable Dairy Farmers, Raw Milk Lovers and with your help can be Iowa's Secretary of Agriculture

UPDATE: I was informed last night that an anonymous donor to the Francis Thicke campaign from Fairfield, Iowa will MATCH every new dollar donated UP TO $25,000 to pay for the beautiful billboards to be erected on Iowa highways and the boss TV commercials. Continue reading

UPDATE on Another FDA Cheese Bust on Family Food Ministry: Award-winning Artisan Raw Cheese Producer in Washington State

UPDATE 10/25/2010

As reported here (below) Saturday, FDA busted another artisan-cheese family food ministry in Washington state. The children have calmed down now four days after their direct dealings with the FDA agents when they locked up all the award-winning cheese at Estrella Family Creamery–while Anthony and Kelly Estrella, the parents, were known by the intruders to be away at the farmers market. All because a few isolated samples of cheese never offered to the public did not pass non-detect (zero) of a microorganism that is found all over your skin: a “standard” that will shut down any cheese maker nationwide.

According to the Estrella’s, there had been a pathogen detected last Spring and rectified as is industry-standard worldwide. But this time FDA just suspects “all of the batches cheese” might contain a sub-type of Listeria, something allowed in European cheeses. (Low levels of Listeria may be found any cheese, according to this report. So the crux of the whole deal in Washington and some other states is a zero-dectection limit with a zero-tolerance which is an impossibility to achieve—even in the cleanest of cheese operations, not whether it is detected.) Continue reading