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Three strikes and you’re out: the attack against organic food, and why it’s wrong

From Anna Lappe at Civil Eats:

News flash: the chairman of the board of one of the largest food companies in the world—whose tripling in profits from 2009 to nearly $43 billion in 2010 was generating from selling mainly processed foods produced with inputs from industrial, chemical farms—is “skeptical” of organic food, reports FastCompany.com.

Don’t you think someone who made $10.7 million in 2010 from a company whose profit primarily depends on chemical agriculture might have a bias in the matter? Yes, it would be understandable to think Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Chairman of the Board of Nestlé, might. It also might be understandable to want to know what others, those without such a financial interest in the food status quo, think about the viability of non-industrial agriculture. But in the FastCompany.com article, like other press that pooh-poohs organic farming, those who disagree, if they’re mentioned at all, are portrayed as marginal or unqualified to speak to the issue. Continue reading

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The neo-feudalism of corporations

From Russ on the Volatility blog:

Contrary to propaganda, there’s nothing modernistic about corporations. On the contrary, they’re a carryover phenomenon from feudalism.

This feudal vestige persisted through the early heyday of capitalism, soon becoming the preferred mode of organization to prevent the full textbook logic of capitalism from developing. The result was that the economy never evolved beyond a feudal-capitalist hybrid.

And once capitalism reached its terminal stage starting in the 1970s, where the combination of Peak Oil and the terminally declining profit rate threatened to attenuate forms of economic domination completely, the corporation became the basic unit of class war, and the anti-social, anti-political, anti-sovereign form around which full feudalism is intended to be restored. Continue reading

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Fighting back against privatization of “the commons” — in this case, water

Tara Lohan, writing for Alter-Net on “Vision: How Small, Mostly Conservative Towns Have Found the Trick to Defeating Corporations“:

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“California’s treasurer just announced that the state may need to begin issuing IOUs if the governor and legislature can’t close the budget gap. And California’s not the only place that’s hurting. The Great Recession, hit not only businesses and individuals, but governments as well. The National Conference of State Legislatures estimated that 31 states are facing a combined shortfall for fiscal year 2011 of nearly $60 billion.

So, what’s being done? “Cities and states across the nation are selling and leasing everything from airports to zoos — a fire sale that could help plug budget holes now but worsen their financial woes over the long run,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “California is looking to shed state office buildings. Milwaukee has proposed selling its water supply; in Chicago and New Haven, Conn., its parking meters. In Louisiana and Georgia, airports are up for grabs.” Continue reading

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“We are what we eat and drink” — raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt, in an interview at the Vedic Harmony Centre

CLR Feb.3, 2010 interview by Andrew Rezmer with Celebrity Raw  Dairy Cooperative  Farmer Michael Schmidt

This interview was coordinated and sponsored by Raoul Bedi of the Vedic Harmony Centre (www.biofield.ca ) , and a purveyor of Conscious Media products and Green solutions since 1983 .

This is not an exact verbal transcription.

For the live verbal recording please go to www.consciouslivingradio.org and click “Past shows” .

Or go to

http://www.consciouslivingradio.org/?p2=/customcode/consciousliving/viewcomments.jsp&bid=163

The Saga of Michael Schmidt of Glencolton Farms in Ontario’s 20 year battle with Ontario government officials.

His crime: Providing Fresh Raw or  Real Milk to private shareholders. The saga started in 1994. Because the laws restricted commercial access to Raw Milk in Ontario , Michael developed a shareholder system where consumers directly owned the cows . Initially 200 families were involved in this cowshare agreement. In the 1994 legal battle Michael lost 400 acres of land due to high legal costs leaving him with only 100 acres to farm. Over a 12 year period he rebuilt his farm and dream. At that point his farm was raided again . This time by 20 armed officers. A lot of people threw their weight behind his battle for justice. It took 3 years to go to trial. The judge determined that he was not guilty and acquitted him of ALL charges .

Question: Is this not more than a battle about unpasteurized milk ? Continue reading

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Haitians send a GMO message of hope

Ryan Stock, writing on the Truthout blog:

Rural Haitian farmers gathered in Papaye, June 4, 2010. Many wore straw hats reading, "Aba Monsanto - down with Monsanto and Aba Preval - down with Preval." (Photo: mediahacker)

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“A fabulous Easter gift,” commented Monsanto Director of Development Initiatives Elizabeth Vancil. Nearly 60,000 seed sacks of hybrid corn seeds and other vegetable seeds were donated to post-earthquake Haiti by Monsanto. In observance of World Environment Day, June 4, 2010, roughly 10,000 rural Haitian farmers gathered in Papaye to march seven kilometers to Hinche in celebration of this gift.

Upon arrival, these rewarded farmers took their collective Easter baskets of more than 400 tons of vegetable seeds and burned them all.[i] “Long live the native maize seed!” they chanted in unison. “Monsanto’s GMO [genetically modified organism] & hybrid seed violate peasant agriculture!” Continue reading

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Senate “food safety” bill S-510 passed

From the story on Natural News.com:

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“(NaturalNews) Senate Bill S 510 – the “Food Safety Modernization Act” – was passed by the U.S. Senate today (http://www.naturalnews.com/030576_F…). If signed into law, it would unleash a new era of FDA tyranny over farmers, food producers and even small family farms, many of which already exceed the “small farms exclusion” written into the bill…”

“….Notably, there was not a single Democrat who opposed the bill. This bill was also supported by Food, Inc. authors Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser, who have become the favored food commentators of the left. It’s now clear why: In supporting this bill, they have aligned themselves against Constitutional freedoms and in favor of increased Big Government (FDA) authority over food, seeds and farmers. Continue reading

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There are roughly two dozen clandestine raw milk cowshare operations in Alberta — Michael Schmidt

The following excerpts are from a story in the Edmonton Journal Nov. 9 by Karen Kleiss titled “Farmer Brings Crusade for Raw Milk”:

Raw milk advocate Michael Schmidt brought his fight to legalize the distribution of unpasteurized dairy products to Alberta on Monday.

“I am here to mark this day as a turning point,” Schmidt told supporters on the steps of the legislature. “A turning point because we the farmers, we the consumers, we as concerned people of Canada are officially rejecting those who pass regulations without respecting our fundamental rights.”

It is illegal to sell raw milk in Canada, but Schmidt and his supporters say raw, unpasteurized milk is healthier than pasteurized supermarket milk and perfectly safe. Continue reading

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