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Foodstock: chefs, farmers unite to fight quarry planned for Niagara escarpment

From Jennifer Bain, in the Toronto Star:

Chef Michael Stadtlander is the driving force behind Foodstock, an Oct. 16 fundraiser in support of the movement to Stop The Mega Quarry. He's in the potato field of Dave Vanderzaag, who is one of four farmers who didn't sell to an American-backed company that wants to develop one of Canada's biggest rock quarries. JASON VAN BRUGGEN PHOTO (from Toronto Star)

“Activist chef Michael Stadtländer is spearheading a farm-based food protest and hopes 20,000 people will join him.

The Oct. 16 event is called Foodstock and it’s a pay-what-you-can culinary and musical rally against a proposed limestone mega quarry on prime agricultural land next to the Niagara Escarpment. The project’s opponents fear for the region’s water, farming and quality of life. Continue reading

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Raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt explains “why politics” and “why with the Ontario Progressive Conservatives”

This is a self-interview with the well-known Ontario raw milk advocate and farmer Michael Schmidt, who is running for the PC-nomination in the riding of Grey Bruce Owen Sound. This interview is “reprinted” from Michael Schmidt’s political blog where it is titled “Waking Up…..NOW”:

Michael Schmidt talks to a Sun Media reporter after one of his many Queen's Park news conferences

MS: Michael let me ask you first of all; why are you even considering going into politics? Continue reading

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Vat-grown meat getting closer to reality as PETA offers million-dollar prize for “commercially-viable” test tube meat

Here are some excerpts from an LA Times story by Jason Gelt titled “In vitro meat’s evolution”‘

Test tube meat closer than you'd think?

“In 1932, Winston Churchill, appalled by the leftover bones and gristle crowding his dinner plate, predicted that in 50 years “we shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or wing by growing these parts separately under a suitable medium.” It’s taken longer than that, but at the dawn of the 21st century we’re finally closing in on tasty and eerily healthy meat grown by scientists instead of Old MacDonald.

“It’s been a thought problem for scientists for decades,” says Jason Matheny, director of New Harvest, a nonprofit organization devoted to global efforts to produce cultured meat. With meat consumption in heavily populated countries like China and India multiplying every decade, the environmental complications resulting from industrial meat production have reached critical mass….” Continue reading

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Environmentalism “uber alles”?

While there are valid reasons to be concerned about environmental degradation, we’re now in a situation in which concerns over saving the environment are being co-opted to support an agenda in which people and nations are cast as enemies. Just look at what they’ve been saying:

Clear evidence of global warming? -- that's Great Britain without the Gulf Stream. Apparently the Gulf Stream was on vacation in Greenland last week. NASA photo via Boing Boing

“In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill …All these dangers are caused by human intervention and it is only through changed attitudes and behaviour that they can be overcome. The real enemy, then, is humanity itself.” – Club of Rome, The First Global Revolution, consultants to the UN.

“Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsiblity to bring that about?” Maurice Strong, former Secretary General of UNEP Continue reading

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