Daily Archives: July 4, 2011

Raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt (and sons) making hay while the sun shines

Raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt has been understandably busy of late:

Raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt (middle) takes a break from haying with his two grown sons.

Hay is an important part of the diet of dairy cows on the Schmidt farm. It’s what they mainly eat during the winter. So hay making is really important. I’m sure that’s abundantly obvious to many of our readers. But hey, it’s a slow news day!

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Is America about to finally wake up?

From David E. Gumpert’s Independence Day post on the Complete Patient blog:

“This is the time of year when we are supposed to celebrate a moment when outrage and revolution were in the air.

It’s easy to forget, amidst the fireworks and cookouts and easy living, that the issuance of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, was viewed as an act of impossible boldness by many on the colonial side, and as the ultimate in impudence by most on the British side. A hopeless show of bravado.

Now, 235 years later, outrage is accumulating in this country about all sorts of issues–immigration, unemployment, foreign wars, broken contracts (over pensions, and upcoming, over entitlements). Then there’s the matter of food. It seems small compared to those others, but the sense of bullying, contempt, and arrogance emanating from the powers that be is expanding. And the anger building among those being beaten up is spreading rapidly, well beyond the food producers directly hit. Continue reading

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Food “bubble” will be the next to burst

So says MIT researcher Otto Scharmer on “Otto’s blog”:

“We are living in an age of bursting bubbles. The first bubble to burst was the global financial market in 2008. The next bubble is expanding as we speak and is going to explode under the headline of the food security crisis (a mixture of food shortages, water shortages, soil erosion, peak oil, biofuel, and unsustainable farming practices). What do the financial and the food/soil bubbles have in common?

Their common denominator is that they extract an unreasonable amount in the present while compromising the future capacity of the system to regenerate itself. This behavior externalizes the real costs to the poor (who won’t be able to pay the resulting higher prices) and to future generations (who will be left to clean up the mess we create). Continue reading

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