From Vandana Shiva in The Nation:
President Barack Obama's administration has been investigating monopoly concentration in the seed business for over two years. But when the President spoke on the steps of the Seed Savers Exchange, an independent seed company, he didn't mention that inquiry once. Nor did he talk about business concentration in other areas of agriculture, despite hearings held by his Department of Justice all over rural America. Photo: The White House. The photo relates to the second story in this post.
“We are in a food emergency. Speculation and diversion of food to biofuel has contributed to an uncontrolled price rise, adding more to the billion already denied their right to food. Industrial agriculture is pushing species to extinction through the use of toxic chemicals that kill our bees and butterflies, our earthworms and soil organisms that create soil fertility. Plant and animal varieties are disappearing as monocultures displace biodiversity. Industrial, globalized agriculture is responsible for 40 percent of greenhouse gases, which then destabilize agriculture by causing climate chaos, creating new threats to food security. Continue reading
Longtime raw milk friend and suppporter, and co-worker at Glencolton Farms, Beverley Viljakainen, has written up her impressions of the appeal proceedings this past Wednesday April 13, 2011, at Michael Schmidt’s request. Here it is:
Beverley talks to a reporter Wednesday
On Wednesday, April 13, 2011, I sat with a roomful of others to witness the Province of Ontario’s appeal against Michael Schmidt’s acquittal on umpteen raw milk charges. What follow is my take on the proceedings, and what they rest on, in the light of the next day.
I was determined to keep an open mind, to listen attentively so that I might follow the various arguments. However, as the government lawyers “just doing their job” droned on, I once again noted that there is something terribly wrong with a judicial system that purports to uphold individual freedom while enabling the State to do everything but.
The government’s lawyers and support staff, employed secondarily by the Ministries of Health and Natural Resources and the Attorney General’s Office, and primarily by we the taxpayers, have spent years now on this case. We pay their not inconsiderable salaries and expenses, including the use of the four government cars in the parking lot. Yet, are we the people any closer to the freedom to make informed decisions about consuming raw milk for our health? No. And why not? Continue reading
From Bill Marler’s blog:
Tesco is one of the English supermarket chains cited in this study. Photo from LIFE. Click image to see source.
“The Tests – According to tests on 20 grocery store chickens, picking up a package of chicken in Asda, Morrisons, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s and Tesco could put you at risk of food poisoning. E. coli was found on one of the chickens from Sainsbury’s.
Staphylococcus aureus, an MRSA-related bacteria that can cause wound infections, was found on a sample from Asda.
Acinetobacter baumannii, which also causes serious wound infections, was found on one chicken from Asda and two from Marks & Spencer. Proteus mirabilis, which can cause urinary tract infections, was found on chickens from Asda, Tesco and Morrisons, and high levels of Micrococcus luteus, which also causes urinary tract infections, were found on a sample from Tesco….” Continue reading
Here’s the latest news on the Bill C-36 front, from an email we received today:
Canada's Senate chamber
THIS IS IT. WE NEED YOU TO STAY INVOLVED.
WE KNOW WE’RE ASKING A LOT BUT THE STAKES ARE HIGH.
With Bill C-36 going into another day of third reading December 13, we are making a difference.
If you haven’t worked with us, please make the time to work with us today. NHPPA leads by creating awareness and launching initiatives; but the difference is made by you. Continue reading
From a guest post on Kimberly Hartke’s blog by Kimberly Usher:
Food monopolies are poisoning our Good Earth food by over-spraying pesticides, which contaminates our food, and our bodies. Pesticides can be absorbed through the skin. Encounters with pesticides, and their effects have oversight from people in government positions who have worked for the corporate food entities. The bottom line for corporate food is profit, and the bottom line for Good Earth food is health.
The facts are all there; the Good Earth food for health has more nutrition, while the Corporate food has none, or very little…this is why the Codex Alimentarius Treaty, with the WTO, is important to the corporate food groups…in the Codex Alimentarius Treaty, which will be ratified by Congress with the passing of the Food Safety Modernization Laws (S510, HR2749), the legal standard for the amount of nutrition in foods will go down, and the legal standard for poisons in our food go up…It is that simple. Continue reading
In anticipation of Michael Schmidt’s visit to Saskatchewan early next month to talk about raw milk, here is some background on what’s happening with agriculture on the prairies. The story below is from The Globe and Mail where it’s titled “Do corporate buyouts signal the end of the family farm?“. The video below is not directly related. Thanks to Karen Selick for posting it first:
“Larry Spratt was combining with his father on their grain farm near Melfort, Sask., last November when a car pulled up along a nearby highway. Continue reading
According to Michael Schmidt who visited this B.C. eco-dairy near Abbotsford and took some of the photos below, this dairy receives government support (your tax dollars) and corporate sponsorship and charges admission for tours. Other images are screen captures from the farm’s website.
How warm and fuzzy -- Horse and carriage gives the impression of doing it right the old-school way.