Iodine Madness! Oregon’s Pre-Crime Law

Barbara H. Peterson
Farm Wars

If you want to buy Iodine in a feed store in Oregon for your animals, you had better run right over to your local car dealership and buy yourself a vehicle first. Yes, that’s right. If you don’t own a vehicle registered with the DMV, then you either have to have someone else present his/her vehicle registration papers to the proper authorities, or your iodine buying days are over.

I went to town with my neighbor and she drove. Since my goats are getting ready to kid, I thought it would be a good idea to get some sort of iodine solution to treat the umbilical cords. No biggie, just a routine stop at the local Big R feed store. I looked around and decided on Triodine-7. According to the website, this is “for topical application on the skin to disinfect superficial wounds, cuts, abrasions, insect bites and minor bruises.” And it dries up the umbilical stump quickly. So, I put a bottle in my cart along with my goat minerals. Then I approached the cash register. And so it began…

The gal behind the register looked at me, and I looked at her and smiled. Then she pulled out a form and asked for my vehicle registration. PAPERS PLEASE!!! Huh? Why do you want my vehicle registration? She said – it’s for the iodine. You cannot buy this without providing a picture I.D. and your vehicle registration. I said I didn’t drive to town, and therefore, cannot provide my registration papers. Then I got it….. the stink-eye. You know, that look that says I know you’re probably a felon since you won’t show me your papers… I stared right back, prepared to take this to the matt and most likely end up behind bars. Then my neighbor stepped in and provided her registration papers so that we could end the day without someone having to post bail.

Here is a copy of the form provided by the Oregon State Police that she had to fill out just so I could buy one lousy little 16 oz bottle of Triodine-7: Read the rest of this post at Farm Wars.

Aunt Kathy’s Chili

This recipe is adjustable to your tastes. I like more beans and more tomatoes. Adjust it to your liking. Use a good quality hamburger. Also use a good quality chili powder too and adjust it to your taste. I like it hotter, so it’s up to you how much you add.

1 lb hamburger
1 large onion
1-2 15oz cans organic pinto beans/drained
1 15oz can organic kidney beans/drained
1-2 15oz cans organic diced tomatoes
1 can organic tomato paste
2-4 Tablespoons chili powder
2 teasp. sea salt
1 teasp. sugar
2 Tablespoons flour

Brown hamburger-drain meat, then add onion and saute’ until onion is transparent. Mix the chili powder, salt, sugar and flour together. Add to the meat and onion, mix all together in the meat. Add the tomato paste, diced tomatoes, beans. Add water to cover it all. Simmer for an hour or so on low heat. Stir it every 10 minutes

This recipe will work in the crockpot too. Since the beans are already cooked, it really is just a matter of simmering to mingle all of the flavors. This should make enough for at least two meals for 4 people. Top each bowl with shredded chedder cheese and sour cream. Serve with organic corn chips and guacamole and salsa.

This is how the food industry makes Americans fat and hungry

Inundated with foods and drinks that contain high-fructose corn syrup, the US food industry is largely at fault for driving up obesity rates, since the cheap sweetener inhibits the brain from regulating the body’s appetite.

From soda to ketchup, many processed foods and beverages contain fructose, which affects the region of the brain that regulates appetite, according to a study by the Scientific American, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers measured the hypothalamus, which regulates hunger-related signals, of 20 healthy adult volunteers to study their responses to consuming sweetened beverages.

Upon receiving a 300-calorie drink sweetened with 75 grams of fructose, the volunteers had a more active hypothalamus and showed greater signs of hunger. When the volunteers received a similar drink that was instead sweetened using glucose, their hypothalamus was less active and the participants showed signs of fullness.

Drinking glucose “turns off or suppresses the activity of areas of the brain that are critical for reward and desire for food,” Yale University endocrinologist Dr. Robert Sherwin, who was involved with the study, told the Associated Press.

With fructose, “we don’t see those changes,” he added. “As a result, the desire to eat continues – it isn’t turned off.” Continue reading

Is Just Label It Controlled Opposition? – Nick Brannigan

Source: NickBrannigan.com

From the start, I thought it was a bit useless to petition the FDA to label genetically modified food. There has been plenty of documented evidence of the FDA’s charge forward on releasing GMOs to the American public despite safety concern amongst FDA scientist when GMOs were first introduced into the food supply.

Regardless, I drank the Kool Aid that the Just Label It campaign was pouring. Why not? At least, it would be good for awareness.

When JLI submitted over 1 million signatures to the FDA asking them to label GMOs, and the FDA only counted them as 394 official comments, the people got pissed. What did you expect from the FDA? Did anybody really think they would implement immediate GMO labeling?

I first became suspicious of the man behind JLI, Gary Hirshberg, CEO of Stoneyfield, when I heard him in a radio interview say, “The national efforts [to label GMOs] ultimately will trump these state ones.” This was in July, 2012 when the California State Labeling Initiative, Prop 37, was really picking up steam.

Regarding Michael Taylor, the FDA food safety czar, who just happened to be the former VP of Monsanto, Hirshberg said, “It’s not really fair to pick on Michael. I happen to know Michael and he’s a very good guy.” It’s not really fair to unknowingly feed billions of people unsafe GMO food either, Gary. Continue reading

Superweeds linked to rising use of herbicides on genetically modified crops

October 1, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Brian Clark, Marketing, News, and Educational Communications
509-335-6967, bcclark@wsu.edu
Pesticide Use Rises as Herbicide-resistant Weeds Undermine Performance of Major GE Crops, New WSU Study Shows

A study published this week by Washington State University research professor Charles Benbrook finds that the use of herbicides in the production of three genetically modified herbicide-tolerant crops — cotton, soybeans and corn — has actually increased. This counterintuitive finding is based on an exhaustive analysis of publicly available data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service. Benbrook’s analysis is the first peer-reviewed, published estimate of the impacts of genetically engineered (GE) herbicide-resistant (HT) crops on pesticide use.

In the study, which appeared in the the open-access, peer-reviewed journal “Environmental Sciences Europe,” Benbrook writes that the emergence and spread of glyphosate-resistant weeds is strongly correlated with the upward trajectory in herbicide use. Marketed as Roundup and other trade names, glyphosate is a broad-spectrum systemic herbicide used to kill weeds. Approximately 95 percent of soybean and cotton acres, and over 85 percent of corn, are planted to varieties genetically modified to be herbicide resistant.

“Resistant weeds have become a major problem for many farmers reliant on GE crops, and are now driving up the volume of herbicide needed each year by about 25 percent,” Benbrook said.

The annual increase in the herbicides required to deal with tougher-to-control weeds on cropland planted to GE cultivars has grown from 1.5 million pounds in 1999 to about 90 million pounds in 2011.

Herbicide-tolerant crops worked extremely well in the first few years of use, Benbrook’s analysis shows, but over-reliance may have led to shifts in weed communities and the spread of resistant weeds that force farmers to increase herbicide application rates (especially glyphosate), spray more often, and add new herbicides that work through an alternate mode of action into their spray programs.

A detailed summary of the study’s major findings, along with important definitions of terms used in the study, are available online at summary. Benbrook’s study, “Impacts of genetically engineered crops on pesticide use in the U.S. — the first sixteen years,” is available online at study.

Source: http://cahnrsnews.wsu.edu/2012/10/01/pesticide-use-rises-as-herbicide-resistant-weeds-undermine-performance-of-major-ge-crops-new-wsu-study-shows/

Michigan Declares War On Family Pig Farmers

Source: Barbara H. Peterson – Farm Wars

The state of Michigan has officially declared war on family farmers. Bakers Green Acres raises pigs in a humane way. This evidently creates a competition threat to the pork industry, and the government-sponsored mega-corporations can’t have that, so look out small family farmers, here comes the state of Michigan to correct the problem by declaring any pig NOT the right color to be “feral” even if it is raised on a farm and eats at the family dinner table. Bakers Green Acres is fighting back. After all, they really have no choice. It is either that or face the mass killing of their livestock at the hands of the Michigan pig police and the ruination of their farm and livelihood.

Related: Confirmed: Michigan pig ban will eliminate all heritage breeds
>> Michigan Department of Natural Resources
>> Richard Dale “Rick” Snyder – Governor of Michigan

Paula Deen’s Deception For Profit

By Byron J. Richards, CCN January 20, 2012

NewsWithViews.com

Move over Sally Field, there is a new drug pimp on the scene. Not since the roller-coaster ride of Oprah Winfrey and her “unsolvable” weight problems has the public witnessed such disability for profit. Paula Deen, The Food Network star, would like her followers with Type 2 Diabetes to believe that it is God’s will that they take the Novo Nordisk drug Victoza.

Deen has continued to cook and promote her high-fat, high-sugar, disease-producing menu for the past three years, all the while knowing she had Type 2 Diabetes. “I made the choice at the time to keep it close to me, to keep it close to my chest,” she told USATODAY in her first interview about the disease. “I felt like I had nothing to offer anybody other than the announcement. I wasn’t armed with enough knowledge. I knew when it was time, it would be in God’s time.”

That time has arrived, complete with a lucrative contract from Novo Nordisk to market the dangerous Type 2 Diabetes drug, Victoza. When asked about the financial relationship Deen said, “Talking about money is garish. It’s tacky. But, of course, I’m been compensated for my time. That’s the way our world works.” Continue reading

Fears for crops as shock figures from America show scale of bee catastrophe

The world may be on the brink of a biological disaster after news that a third of the USA bee colonies did not survive the winter.

Alison Benjamin
The Observer

Disturbing evidence that honeybees are in terminal decline has emerged from the United States where, for the fourth year in a row, more than a third of colonies have failed to survive the winter.

The decline of the country’s estimated 2.4 million beehives began in 2006, when a phenomenon dubbed colony collapse disorder (CCD) led to the disappearance of hundreds of thousands of colonies. Since then more than three million colonies in the US and billions of honeybees worldwide have died and scientists are no nearer to knowing what is causing the catastrophic fall in numbers.

The number of managed honeybee colonies in the US fell by 33.8% last winter, according to the annual survey by the Apiary Inspectors of America and the US government’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS). Continue reading

The Great Orange Juice Scam, “Fresh” and “Pure”?

Yale University Press author Alissa Hamilton fields questions from CBC’s Nancy Wilson about her new book, “Squeezed: What You Don’t Know About Orange Juice”, and her research on the orange juice industry.

FYI:

1. There is more vitamin C in a single orange than in a full glass of industrial orange juice

2. Truly fresh orange juice only last a few days. It if last for weeks (or months), it’s an industrial product.

3. Until the Florida orange growers launched a campaign in the early 20th century to deal with their surplus crop, the only people who drank orange juice were Floridians who had a tree in their backyard. There is nothing particularly healthy or natural about drinking orange juice – and the industrial product is a total waste of money.

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GM Crops Could Send Food Prices Rocketing

Daily Express | UK News By Louise Barnett

Milk, meat and egg prices could rocket by 20 per cent because of foreign farmers growing more GM crops, experts warned yesterday.

UK animal feed, which is made mainly from soya, could quadruple in price within two years if growers in Brazil and Argentina produce more genetically modified soya, which is banned in Europe, according to government research.

Non-GM soya would rocket in price, making animal and poultry feed more expensive and ramping up UK meat and poultry costs by around a fifth. Farmers are worried they face unfair competition from countries which allow GM crops.

The National Farmers’ Union director of policy Martin Haworth warned: “There is a very real danger that livestock producers, both here and across the EU, will be unable to compete.”

The GM Crops And Foods report has been published jointly by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs and the Food Standards Agency. It says Britain’s livestock farms rely on Brazil and Argentina for 90 per cent of imported soya used in feed for poultry, cattle and pigs.

Defra’s research outlines a worst-case scenario in which British farmers cannot buy soya from either Argentina or Brazil if they only grow GM crops – the use of which is banned here.

Feed costs would soar by 300 per cent, while UK pork and poultry production would plunge by up to 68 per cent. As a result, the report suggests, shop prices for meat and poultry would jump by up to 20 per cent.