RBGH is a growth hormone designed to increase milk production. And it’s made by
Monsanto Eli Lilly. Here’s an excerpt from a report by Helena Bottemiller on Bill Marler’s “Food Safety News”:
"Our Friend the Cow", indeed! No mention of bovine growth hormone use here, but that would certainly fit right in with this model of exploitive dairying. Picture via the Lovenati blog.
“After more than two years of litigation, a federal court last week struck down an Ohio ban on labeling dairy products as “rbGH free,” “rbST free,” or “artificial hormone free” if produced by cows not treated with bovine growth hormone. Continue reading
Here’s an excerpt from a story that affects just about everyone in the western world. This is from a recent post on Augie’s Journal of Natural Food and Healing titled “FLUORIDE ALERT: Slowly poisoning the children” and is by by Sylvia P. Onusic, PhD:
Author Sylvia P. Onusic, Ph.D. Read her bio at the bottom of this post.
“Our kids are getting too much fluoride. It’s here, it’s there, it’s everywhere! You might think, if a little is good, more is better. Not in the case of fluoride, which has no nutritional value in the human diet and is considered an extremely hazardous material which requires, by law, special transportation and disposal.
Fluorine is the element, and all compounds of fluorine are called fluorides. Calcium fluoride occurs in nature but it is not calcium fluoride that is put into toothpaste, mouth rinse, drinking water, and other products.
The fluoride added to US drinking water is considered a hazardous waste by EPA. Now it is purchased from China. Remember the melamine in baby formula, the tainted dog food, the childrens’ toys and jewelry? Continue reading
Who says investigative journalism is dead? This report by David Michael, from Augie’s Journal of Natural Food and Healing shows that concerned individuals are still out there, digging the dirt on matters of public concern. Here’s an excerpt from David’s report:
“Human illnesses and animal deaths have occurred recently from neurotoxins secreted by a heavy slime of blue and green algae floating on Ohio’s largest lake—Grand Lake St. Mary’s (Grand Lake) in Auglaize County. This is a lake that has been deteriorat ing for decades, but especially so in the past 10 years as factory farms have sprung up all over the area, and more are being built. Continue reading
The following excerpt is from Kimberly Hartke’s blog, where it’s titled “My Farewell Speech to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection:
Farmer Scott Trautman with cheesemaker Bill Anderson. Photo via Kimberly Hartke's blog.
“My name is Bill Anderson. I am 25 years old. I was born and raised in Wisconsin, and have lived here for my entire life. Though I grew up in the suburbs of Milwaukee, I just completed the entire Wisconsin cheese maker licensing program, and passed the final exam yesterday. I should also mention that my mother grew up on a diversified family-run dairy farm in central Wisconsin. Continue reading
Thanks to Kimberly Hartke for bringing this story to our attention. The following is from her post.
“Here is a video action alert about Ohio’s move to ban “rbGH free” labels on milk. This move will cause national brands to remove informative labels, and deny consumers, no matter what state they live in the right to choose….”
“….Does this make you sick? Please Contact the Ohio Governor to Voice Your Concern: Continue reading
Here’s an excerpt from the report in Health X-Pert.org:
Why do raw milk drinkers keep on drinking it -- in spite of "expert" warnings to the contrary -- enquiring minds at the USDA want to know. Home on the Range photo.
“Despite mounting evidence of the health risks in unpasteurized milk, raw milk advocates continue to tout its alleged benefits, dismissing warnings about bacterial contaminants that can sicken or even kill adults and children, as I write in the Informed Patient column today.
The situation bedevils public-health officials and food-safety experts. “We know raw milk is hazardous, but we don’t know what it is that drives people to consume it anyway,” says Jeffrey LeJeune, a microbiologist and researcher at the Food Animal Health Research Program at Ohio State University.
Dr. LeJeune is conducting a study with funding from the USDA to learn more about how consumers make judgments about milk safety. “There are tacit webs of belief that drive behavior, and everyone acts in what they believe to be a rational way,” Dr. LeJeune says. Continue reading
Excerpted from a story by Shelley Hanson, from The intelligencer:
This picture is of another boy (not the one in Ohio) who left hospital in a wheelchair nearly a week after developing severe headaches, muscle spasms and weakness in his legs following a swine flu shot. CDC says there was no clear link. I guess that means the boy in Ohio really had nothing to be afraid of, right? Photo by Brendan Smialowski for msnbc.com See excerpt of story at bottom of this post.
“WHEELING – It took the strength of two sheriff’s deputies to keep a middle schooler still enough to receive a shot of the swine flu, or H1N1, vaccine at a recent clinic.
During a regular Wheeling-Ohio County Health Board meeting Tuesday, health department Administrator Howard Gamble told board members about the student’s attempt to flee Wheeling Middle School during a vaccination clinic held there last Friday. Continue reading
The story of the raid on the Manna Storehouse Coop in Ohio by an armed SWAT team nearly a year ago was the most heavily trafficked post ever on the Bovine. Since then, the Stowers are still awaiting their day in court. But meanwhile, steps have been set in motion on the legislative front to mount an agribusiness takeover of the state’s farming sector. That’s the innocuous-sounding “Issue 2” referred to in the title. Here’s what Jackie Stowers has to say about it (from Kimberly Hartke’s blog):
Manna Storehouse sheep may safely graze.. but for how much longer? -- as "Issue 2" threat looms
“Small Farmer and Food Coop Owner Begs Ohioans to Vote No on Issue 2
by Jackie Stowers, Manna Storehouse
Issue 2 on our ballot is a sign of how dangerous and serious things are getting not only for farmers, but everyone who cherishes the good in nature and desires to live according to God’s natural laws and harmony in His creation. Taking an “issue” and making it an amendment to the constitution is bringing more opposition to standing firm in our beliefs. Continue reading
The Manna Storehouse story has generated a lot of traffic on the Bovine, since it broke last December. People will want to know how the trial goes.
October 6, 2009 – Cleveland, OH – Courtroom View Network (CVN) of New York City has announced that it will video record the trial of Stowers vs. Ohio Department of Agriculture and Lorain County Health Department, according to today’s Journal of Whole Food and Nutritional Health. The trial will be held on October 8 and 9 at the Lorain County Courthouse, 226 Middle Avenue in Elyria, Ohio.
The court case is the result of a before-Christmas 2008 Lorain County SWAT-team raid on The Manna Storehouse, an organic food coop in LaGrange, Ohio owned and operated by John and Jackie Stowers. The Stowers and their ten children and grandchildren were detained in one room of their home for six hours while the sheriff’s team confiscated sixty boxes of fresh farm food, computers, phones and business records. The food included USDA-certified meat from the Stower’s children’s mini-farm and the nearby Amish community. The Stowers were suspected of not having a retail food license, and the raid was instigated by the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Lorain County Department of Health. Continue reading
Here’s an excerpt from a long and wonderful report by Augie from the Journal of Whole Food and Nutritional Health, July 25th, 2009:
Children walk past Amish parking lot. Photos Wayne Herrod
“In the heart of the world’s largest Amish settlement that spans three Ohio counties, we attended Family Farm Field Day with 3000 Amish and Mennonites. Along with us were about 100 Ohio Connections members and members of The Weston A. Price Foundation.
Horse-drawn tillage? Photo Wayne Herrod
Set on the organic dairy farm of David and Emily Hershberger (who are also editors of Farming Magazine) a festive atmosphere was created with a theme of family farm operations, food and animal production and care– with the right touch of home remedies and alternative health care. Joel Salatin, a national icon for sustainable, traditional farming, was the keynote speaker in two awesome sessions. Continue reading