Daily Archives: October 15, 2012

Practical Farmers of Ontario seeking an increase in the exemption limit (now 300 chickens) for small growers

From a PFO news release, Sept. 2012:

The Practical Farmers of Ontario, has sent the Chicken Farmers of Ontario marketing board, a written request to increase the minimum number of meat chickens one farmer can raise annually in Ontario without quota.

With increasing demand for locally grown, local sourced food, many consumers are having great difficulty finding the local food they are looking for.

Currently Chicken farmers of Ontario, has a policy against advertising your government inspected roasting chickens, this only effects small farmers with 300 meat birds or less. The Practical Farmers of Ontario see this as a direct
attack on small farms ability to successfully produce goed quality sound food, as it greatly reduces their opportunities to seek out new customers. Continue reading

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Talkin’ GMO collateral damage control

With Colin Todhunter, of Global Research.ca

Widespread crop failures in India have provoked over 200,000 farmers to commit suicide over the past decade [GALLO/GETTY] – via Aljazeera.com. Click image above  to go to that story.

While watching Gary Null’s documentary ‘GMOs Ticking Time Bomb’, I was reminded of a run-in that I had with a transnational agribusiness concern in India a couple of years back. It sent a popular Indian newspaper a three page letter complaining about an article that I had written and which had appeared as the main piece on the edit page the day before. Claiming the article had done them ‘a lot of damage’ (as if the company itself had not been the master of self-inflicted damage due to its own criminal practices over the decades!), I in turn responded to them with a four page letter. Continue reading

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Lunchbox police strike again as child suspended from school over Kombucha

From the Healthy Home Economist:

Is this what they thought they saw? Photo via Healthy Home Economist. Click image to go there.

“First, there was the story of a preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School in North Carolina who was given a highly processed, cafeteria lunch containing pink slime chicken nuggets on January 30, 2012 because the school decided that the turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips, and apple juice her mother packed was not nutritious enough. Continue reading

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