Daily Archives: February 17, 2011

Ontario Farm Animal Council seeks to inform public opinion about raw milk, organic agriculture and factory farming

Here is a sampling of what they would like to share about food and farming. These images are from a letter-size 40 page glossy magazine-like publication released recently by the OFAC titled “The Real Dirt on Farming II”:

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Ontario teens doused with Agent Orange while helping with Northern Ontario forestry spraying programs

Diana Zlomislic, writing for the Toronto Star:

“Cancer-causing toxins used to strip the jungles of Vietnam were also employed to clear massive plots of Crown land in Northern Ontario, government documents obtained by the Toronto Star reveal.

Records from the 1950s, 60s and 70s show forestry workers, often students and junior rangers, spent weeks at a time as human markers holding red, helium-filled balloons on fishing lines while low-flying planes sprayed toxic herbicides including an infamous chemical mixture known as Agent Orange on the brush and the boys below.

“We were saturated in chemicals,” said Don Romanowich, 63, a former supervisor of an aerial spraying program in Kapuskasing, Ont., who was recently diagnosed with a slow-growing cancer that can be caused by herbicide exposure. “We were told not to drink the stuff but we had no idea.” Continue reading

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A lyrical tale of life with a cow

Laura Livingston, writing on Kimberly Hartke’s blog:

“Jenny came to live with us when she was twelve years of age. She was a Jersey, was bred, and had been living on good pasture at her previous home. Jenny was old, though. Her digestive tract had been compromised by a diet supplemented with probably a lot of grain, as was attested to by the large diameter of her cow patties. Jenny was a well behaved family milk cow.

Three of my daughters and I, and one granddaughter, were living off-the-grid. Roughing it, you could say. We did things the hard way, carrying all of our water from the well up the road, except what fell off the roof at our door when it rained.We cooked mostly with wood, and had no cow fences at that time. Jenny had a small enclosure to live in, but I tethered her all day on tall grass and other forages. That meant that Jenny had to learn to walk with a lead. And graze within a small circle. Continue reading

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A new low in fake food, from China

It’s hard to know how much of this is true or whether it’s some kind of anti-Chinese propaganda, but this is what Natural News is reporting:

Click on image above to go to Very Vietnam.com story on this plastic rice.

“(NaturalNews) The Chinese food contamination freak show is back in full swing with new reports out of Singapore indicating that certain Chinese companies are now mass producing and selling fake rice to unwitting villagers. According to a report in the Korean-language Weekly Hong Kong, the manufacturers are blending potatoes, sweet potatoes, and plastic industrial resin to produce the imitation rice.

A report inVery Vietnam states that an official from the Chinese Restaurant Association has announced that eating three bowls of this fake rice is the equivalent of eating an entire plastic bag. Continue reading

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New regulations would allow farmers to deliver raw milk to customers in Massachusetts

Christine Legere, writing for the Boston Globe:

Two raw-milk farms south of Boston are among 27 statewide that stand to benefit from legislation that would allow farms to deliver the product directly to their customers.

The bill, filed last month, would loosen current state regulations that allow raw, or unpasteurized, milk to be sold only on farm property where the cows are kept — a restriction that can mean a long trip for a few glasses of milk for the consumer.

In addition to allowing for delivery, the bill would allow farmers to sell raw milk from farm stands they own or rent, even if the stand isn’t on the property where the cows are milked. Continue reading

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Update on raw milk farmer Michael Hartmann — Minnesota Public Radio

Mark Steil on MPR news:

Worthington, Minn. — State officials say a southern Minnesota dairy farmer accused of selling E. coli contaminated unpasteurized milk is in contempt of court.

The Minnesota agriculture department says Michael Hartmann has ignored department and court orders banning the sale or use of hundreds of food items at his farm.

When inspectors went to the Hartmann farm near Gibbon, Minn. last week they had a big surprise. Most of the embargoed food which Hartmann was supposed to be storing, had disappeared. A district court judge had upheld the embargo just last month, and ordered the food be destroyed. Continue reading

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