A Northern California slaughterhouse recently recalled nearly 9 million pounds of beef – grass-fed and conventional – all of which the USDA claims may have come into contact with or been mixed up with meat from “diseased and unsound” animals. The recall is unfairly hurting local small, grass-fed and organic farmers, who have no other legal place to process their animals. The scandal highlights the need for small farmers to be allowed to slaughter and process their own animals.
2,4-D aims to destroy weeds that have become resistant to Round-Up Ready fertilizer. Glyphosate – the main ingredient found in Round-Up – used to be sufficient kill these pesky weeds but, thanks to natural selection, the weeds have adapted to this toxic chemical, by forming into bigger, stronger, and harder to kill superweeds.
So, instead of reconsidering the wisdom of its ever-escalating battle against nature, Dow AgroSciences decided to up the ante and go all-in with the more powerful and destructive 2,4-D.
Beautiful, brand-new, innocent baby boys are being brutally tortured every 25 seconds in the United States.
Let’s not mince words about it. That’s what circumcision is – torture, sexual assault, genital mutilation, unconscionable child abuse, and one of the most egregious violations of human rights in history.
Is Whole Foods Animal Welfare Rating System telling the “whole” truth about how animals live out their lives before being slaughtered, processed, and sold in well marketed packages?
Whole Foods Animal Welfare Rating System is rating system done by an independent party to let customers know how animals were raised and treated, whether they received any antibiotics or hormones, and if their growth was arterially accelerated in order to hit markets sooner. They do this on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5+ being the highest.
I always felt “safe” knowing I was getting meat from their Step 5 Welfare Rating. So, rather than buying pork and chicken from my local farmer – like I do raw milk and red meat – I deferred to Whole Foods because it was slightly cheaper, more convenient, and still came from a somewhat of a local farmer.
I was buying the best of the best, or so I thought, because the meat was labeled step 5, top of the Animal Welfare Rating system. To me, that meant an animal was living freely, foraging on grassy pastures, bugs, acorns, or whatever Mother Nature intended, but boy was I wrong.
The phrase “fire cider” – traditionally used to describe a spicy elixir used to cure ailments from common colds to killer hangovers – is now trademarked by a Shire City Herbals. Many in the holistic health world are up in arms, as they consider the phrase “common language.”
Now that they’re trademarked, homeopaths may have to strike the words “fire cider” from their websites, blogs and books, and the online marketplace Etsy.com is removing all products containing the phrase in their titles or descriptions.firecider
The raw milk battles rages on. Brad chats with Liz Reitzig of NourishingLiberty.com about a legislative hearing to legalize the sale of raw milk in Maryland. The state has banned “White Gold” since 2006. Sally Fallon herself showed up at the meeting with raw milk, raw cheese and crackers to “butter up” state lawmakers. Liz and Sally were met with opposing testimony from John Hopkins University and the state health department.
Fergus Hodgson of TheStatelessMan.com – raised on raw milk in New Zealand – joins the discussion, helping get to the bottom of why state officials are so hell bent on taking out one of nature’s most powerful foods.
Randy Zeiler, of the Michigan Small Farm Council, talks about how officials in Michigan are looking to strip small livestock owners of their right to raise animals on their small, family farms. Changes to the wording in Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices (GAAMPs) for farms in Michigan could yank the Right to Farm Act – a bill passed in 1981 to protect farmers – of its teeth.
Cottage food laws typically exempt only non-perishable homemade goodies, like jams, jellies, cakes, cookies and candy and other novelty items that can be stored at room temperature. But the “Virginia Food Freedom Act” would exempt all homemade foods – including meat, dairy, partially cooked foods like chicken pot pie, and other foods requiring refrigeration – from licensure, health inspections, sales limitations and basically all government interference of any kind.