Monthly Archives: February 2010

Are You Eating Moldy Tomatoes?

February 26, 2010
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Are You Eating Moldy Tomatoes?

Moldy tomatoes from Kraft, Frito-Lay, B&G Foods, and Safeway could be in your pantry because of a basic weakness in the industrialized food system.  The NY Times reported that SK Foods, one of the nations largest tomato processors, was bribing large corporate buyers to push their rotten tomatoes into your pantry! Over the last 14 months,…

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Farm-to-Consumer Sues FDA Over Raw Milk Policies

February 25, 2010
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Farm-to-Consumer Sues FDA Over Raw Milk Policies

Going on the offensive, the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund is bringing suit against the FDA.  Some may think, I’ve been a little hard on the government with my constant ranting against the “Raw Milk Nazis”.  But, I don’t know what else you call an organization that persecutes small farmers trying to make a living and…

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Pulling a Breech Lamb

February 19, 2010
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Pulling a Breech Lamb

If your not interested in hearing about our experience with pulling a breech lamb, you should just skip this post. Our 12 year old has a thriving herd of 12 sheep.  He bought 4 sheep 2 years ago.  We’ve already butchered 2 and and lost 2 babies.  Overall, we love the Katahdin sheep.  They have…

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The Slow Food Movement is Too Fast

February 15, 2010
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The Slow Food Movement is Too Fast

One of the reasons we moved to the farm was in search of a slower paced life that allowed time for “one another”.  It was seeking meaningful relationships and finding the time to invest in other people’s lives.  In short it was looking for community.  Not the old Cheers theme of community, you know the one, “Sometimes…

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Milk Nazis Appeal Raw Milk Ruling

February 13, 2010
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Milk Nazis Appeal Raw Milk Ruling

A Toast to Michael Schmidt as he continues the Good Fight. (picture by DAVID COOPER/TORONTO STAR) Some governments don’t know when to stop.  Ah, but that is what we call tyranny isn’t it?  Citing that Judge “Kowarsky “erred in law” in ruling the public can opt out of provisions in the acts “through a private…

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5 Tips to Cooking Grass Fed Beef

February 12, 2010
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5 Tips to Cooking Grass Fed Beef

I’ve had a lot of folks tell me that they did not like grass fed beef; that it was too tough, or didn’t taste right.  To be honest, in my experience, there have been several steaks I have cooked where I agreed with them.  But at the same time, there were some that were out…

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Monsanto Re-engages in Development of GMO Wheat

February 12, 2010
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Monsanto Re-engages in Development of GMO Wheat

This report, by Stephanie Dearing, discusses Monsanto’s intent to re-engage in the research and production of GMO wheat: After Monsanto announced its plan to revisit gm wheat last year, having received the support of an international farmer’s coalition, a worldwide movement opposing the yet-to-be developed grain product is growing… Monsanto spent under $5 million developing its…

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10 Reasons Monsanto Should Not Develop GMO Wheat

February 12, 2010
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10 Reasons Monsanto Should Not Develop GMO Wheat

These points are taken from a press release from WORC.  If you have not looked into the technology behind the GMO “movement” let me recommend a quick view of, “The Future of Food“.  When someone tells you that we need GMO seeds for some lame excuse like “our wheat production is down”, you can refer…

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Bulgarian Environment and Water Committee Backs Five Year Ban on GMOs

February 12, 2010
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Bulgarian Environment and Water Committee Backs Five Year Ban on GMOs

http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=113066 The Bulgarian Parliamentary Committee on Environment and Water has adopted the proposed changes to the GMO Act including the 5-year ban on GM Crop cultivation. The decision was backed by the 11 MPs on the Committee and will be voted on next week in the second hearing of the Act in the Bulgarian Parliament. It…

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Enslaving Third World Countries Through Dairy Stimulus – Part II

February 11, 2010
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Enslaving Third World Countries Through Dairy Stimulus – Part II

The Borrower is a slave to the lender The last post discussed this article touting the salvation of the Crudaros (Dairy farmers) in Uruguay, by stimulus money.  We will discuss where that money is coming from in the next edition and who is gaining control by loaning the money.  But first, we need to understand…

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Enslaving Third World Countries Through Dairy Stimulus – Part I

February 10, 2010
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Enslaving Third World Countries Through Dairy Stimulus – Part I

The Borrower is a slave to the lender This is going to be a little complicated, but bare with me and let me attempt to explain my thoughts on this article from Poverty News Blog, which quotes this source article, URUGUAY: Pulling Small Dairy Farmers Out of Poverty.  Let me get a few quotes to give you…

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6 Things You Can do With Orange Peels

February 9, 2010
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6 Things You Can do With Orange Peels

Orange Peel Tips: (HT to Living Green) – Due to the high content of flammable oil in orange peel, dried peel makes a great firestarter or kindling – It seems that cats don’t like the smell of peel, so you can place them around plants where you don’t want cats digging – Using a “zester”,…

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Milk Nazis Shift Their Tactics in the War on Raw Milk

February 9, 2010
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Milk Nazis Shift Their Tactics in the War on Raw Milk

There is a preceptive piece from David Gumpert on The Grist.  David, of The Complete Patient, outlines the shift in tactics the government has been using to intimidate those who would “produce”, sell, or consume raw milk.  I don’t quote them below but he also gives a good outline of some of the major raw…

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May We Introduce You to The Penny Pantry?

February 8, 2010
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May We Introduce You to The Penny Pantry?

Great Deal on Diapers Here We gave you a tip of what was to come here.  Many of you know about the various shopping adventures Beth has had over the years and you may have noticed that some of her couponing articles have started to disappear from the blog.   Don’t despair, this is by…

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Four Ways to Tell if Your Children are Farm Kids

February 6, 2010
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Four Ways to Tell if Your Children are Farm Kids

Your children might be farm kids if you over hear your young sons talking and one says, “Well, my doe is still not accepting service” and your other son responds, “hmmm, maybe we should make sure it isn’t a buck.” Your children might be farm kids if your 6 year old announces to visitors that the cow isn’t a bull any…

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