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Posted 9/16/2018 9:38pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • We still have a few tubs of lard.  It has no preservatives.  It is $6/tub. 
  • We have two glass doors from a commercial refrigerator.  They are double walled, about 4 ft by 1 1/2  and would work well for a cold frame.  Free to the first person.
  • Ground beef is scheduled.  Pick up will the Saturday, Oct. 6 from 12 to 1 pm at Breezy Hill.  Last week we had an arm roast and this Sunday Debra had a corned brisket.  Both were excellent.  We can do some roasts and brisket with our latest ground beef harvest.  I will need to know who wants a roast or brisket.  They will be at the same price as the ground beef,  $5.50/#.  These will be on a first come basis.  Obviously, there are just so many roasts and brisket per animal.  If there are no requests for roast or brisket, they will be ground and included in the hamburger total.
  • We watched Farmegeddon this morning on Link TV.  I had watched this a couple of years ago and it was a stark reminder of just how bad government regulations on small local producers were and still are.  Some progress has been made, but there is still much to do.
  • Have just about finished pasture mowing in hopes of fall rains for stockpiling grass for winter grazing.  We need six to eight inches of rain.  Ponds have received no run off since Spring.

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Attorney Peter C. Wright is a lawyer who has spent his entire career helping Monsanto and Dow avoid cleaning up their toxic pollution.

According to the New York Times, Wright, who spent 19 years at Dow, one of the world’s largest chemical makers, once described himself in a court deposition as “the company’s dioxin lawyer.”

Now, Trump wants to put Wright in charge of—guess what?—forcing companies like Monsanto and Dow to clean up their toxic pollution.

Wright has a long history of being on the wrong side of the chemical safety debate. One of his favorite defense strategies is to argue that dioxin, a known carcinogen and Monsanto and Dow pollutant, isn’t really as bad as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) makes it out to be—even though scientists place dioxin (which often ends up in our food) “among the most toxic chemicals known to man.”

We have just two words: Fox. Henhouse.

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Watch "2 Types of Vitamin K2 (MK-4, MK-7) for Your Bones, Clogged Arteries, & Heart Disease - Dr Mandell,"

 

https://youtu.be/oE21JOpBdvw

 

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Meet Dr. Mercola. https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/08/11/game-changer.aspx?utm_source=prnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20180811Z1&et_cid=DM226990&et_rid=389822981

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BE SURE TO CHECK THIS OUT. YOU WILL WANT TO BOOK MARK THIS. BE SURE TO CLICK ON “FOOD FACTS”. https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/08/11/mercola-food-facts.aspx?utm_source=prnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art2&utm_campaign=20180811Z1&et_cid=DM226990&et_rid=389822981

 

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Really?? The inventor of cheerios was a chemistry teacher who lived in nearby Chilhowee, Mo. https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/cheerios-nutrition/?mpweb=144-7231627-407598920

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Customer Comments. “I'm driving up to visit my family this Thanksgiving. I'd like a quarter please. Your beef is the best and I miss the taste. Texas beef just isn't as good. I'll have a large cooler and some dry ice to get me back to Texas”

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Most recently, a multistate E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce appears to have been caused by runoff from a nearby factory farm into a canal. Water from the canal was used to irrigate the lettuce

It's already been proven that CAFOs are a major source of water contamination throughout the U.S. As noted by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality:6

"Nationwide and in Arizona, the potential for surface and ground water pollution exists through livestock facility discharge of manure-contaminated run off to natural waterways and through wastewater leaching to aquifers."

 


THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)
(660) 656-3409
www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 9/9/2018 9:26pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE


  • Finally got some rain.  Only 1 1/2 inches.  Good for the grass, but ponds and sub soil moisture is still lacking.  The spring has not started running yet.
  • We made all the beef deliveries this past week and all went well.  
  •   We have received enough requests, I will schedule the processing for the next ground beef this week.

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You would think that meat labeled “Product of U.S.A.” would come from cattle actually raised in the U.S.

Surprisingly (or maybe not), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) doesn’t see it that way.

Under current federal government labeling policy, imported beef can be labeled “Product of U.S.A.” as long as it passes through a U.S.-based meat inspection plant, or is blended with beef from cattle raised in the U.S.

That goes for 100% grassfed beef, too. And the policy is killing U.S. grassfed beef producers.

The American Grassfed Association (AGA) and the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) have submitted a petition to the USDA asking its Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS) Agency change its labeling policy—to protect U.S. ranchers and consumers.

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Industrialized farming is responsible for a large share of today’s air pollution, water pollution, deforestation, rising carbon emissions and the depletion, erosion and poisoning of soils.

Does that mean we should give up farming? And start making our food in chemical labs?

Biotech start-up companies like Impossible Foods would have us believe that their fake meat is the answer to all our prayers. But is it?

The jury is out on the long-term health consequences of consuming lab-grown meat, the meat substitute created by Impossible Foods, and derived in part from genetically engineered yeast.

But this we do know: Real—and regenerative—farming, not lab-grown fake food, has the power to clean up the environment, revitalize rural communities and economies and provide enough nutritious, real food to feed the world.

Read ‘Ditching Nature in Favor of Fake Food Is Not the Solution to Destructive Factory Farming’

Read 'Impossible Burger and the Road to Consumer Distrust'

The biotech industry has long insisted that genetic engineering is no different than, or at the very least a continuum, of traditional plant breeding techniques—a myth perpetuated by the industry to shield it from public criticism, as well as from regulatory oversight.

But a new study from the biotech industry itself admits that there are in fact significant differences between new methods of genetic engineering, including the gene-editing technique CRISPR, and conventional plant breeding, further dispelling the claim that the two methods are one in the same.

The study lends support to the July 25, 2018, ruling by the European Court of Justice that food and crops produced using new gene-editing technologies must be regulated in the same way as genetically modified organisms (GMOs)—which in the EU means they must be labeled as GMOs.

U.S. consumers should be so lucky. Unfortunately, in the U.S., where there is yet no meaningful law requiring the labeling of GMO foods, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has said it won’t even regulate gene-editing techniques, much less require labels on foods produced by those technologies.

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"Cancer and Iodine Levels" 

https://youtu.be/CKsmFfq23hA




THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)
(660) 656-3409
www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 9/3/2018 8:47pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE


  • When it comes to maintaining your health and preventing disease, the important role played by your mitochondria cannot be overstated. If your mitochondria are not functioning well, your health is sure to be suboptimal. Your mitochondria also influence your longevity.
  • Given the outcomes of the ongoing research around stearic acid, it only makes sense to ensure you are consuming healthy amounts of this fatty acid on a regular basis. Grass fed beef, coconut oil and cocoa butter are healthy sources
  • Because grass fed cows are maintained in healthier conditions, the meat's quality is superior to conventional, grain-fed beef. Because the animals eat a natural diet free of grains, the meat tends to be loaded with more nutrients. Better sanitary conditions ensure grass fed meat is free of harmful pathogens that are common to CAFO cows. Beyond that, grass fed beef contains healthy levels of:

    Beta-carotene

    Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a potential cancer fighter

    Minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc

    Omega-3 fatty acids and a healthier ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats

    Vaccenic acid that can be transformed into CLA

    Vitamins B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin) and E

    Did You Know Meat Labeled as 'Product of USA' Actually May Be Sourced From Other Countries?

     

  • Next chicken day is this Saturday.  Contact Virginia, souscon4@gmail.com.



THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)
(660) 656-3409
www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 9/2/2018 9:34pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE


  • Finally had some rain.  We had almost 2 inches and the ground is still dry.  Our spring that rarely stops is still stopped.  Hopefully, this next week will bring more rain.  We need a bunch.
  • We have three beeves to deliver this week.   We will be setting up those deliveries this week.   Our ground beef list is almost reached enough for me to schedule a beef.

 

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I've said this many times and here it is in a Podcast.In a democracy, you get to vote once or twice a year, however with your food choices, you are voting three times a day. One dollar, one vote.

https://www.harvie.farm/blog/one-dollar-one-vote/?__s=7tgzgw3gczzoqsx7vjni


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Want to learn about FATS??? https://youtu.be/t5rLnG-We4A

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Industrialized farming is responsible for a large share of today’s air pollution, water pollution, deforestation, rising carbon emissions and the depletion, erosion and poisoning of soils.

Does that mean we should give up farming? And start making our food in chemical labs?

Biotech start-up companies like Impossible Foods would have us believe that their fake meat is the answer to all our prayers. But is it?

The jury is out on the long-term health consequences of consuming lab-grown meat, the meat substitute created by Impossible Foods, and derived in part from genetically engineered yeast.

But this we do know: Real—and regenerative—farming, not lab-grown fake food, has the power to clean up the environment, revitalize rural communities and economies and provide enough nutritious, real food to feed the world.

Read ‘Ditching Nature in Favor of Fake Food Is Not the Solution to Destructive Factory Farming’

Read 'Impossible Burger and the Road to Consumer Distrust'





THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)
(660) 656-3409
www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 8/26/2018 8:41pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • We weighed our beeves last week and we will have three more ready to be harvested this year.  When they are gone, that will be it until late next spring.  We have had a very challenging Summer with very little rain.  Fortunately, we have rotated pastures and still have some grass.  If we don't get some meaningful rains soon this Fall and Winter may be quite long.
  • We continue to add names for the next ground beef list.  When it gets to about the expected yield, we will schedule a date with the processor.
  • I received a call from one of my dirt hog sources this past week.  They had someone back out and offered it to me.  After several questions, I declined the offer, even at a reduced price.  We are very critical in what we offer to our friends on our website.

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This really is no surprise, since overuse of antibiotics in livestock is the primary driver of antibiotic resistance, and CAFOs routinely use antibiotics.23 Most recently, an Environmental Working Group (EWG) analysis of food testing done by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2015 reveals 83 percent of supermarket meats were contaminated with enterococcus faecalis (fecal bacteria), and a high percentage of them had antibiotic-resistant bacteria:24,25

•79 percent of ground turkey samples were contaminated with drug-resistant enterococcus faecalis, 87 percent of which were resistant to tetracyclines, antibiotics deemed “highly important” by WHO, used in human medicine to treat bronchitis, pneumonia and UTIs; 73 percent of the salmonella found on ground turkey was antibiotic-resistant salmonella

•71 percent of pork chops were contaminated with drug-resistant enterococcus faecalis, 84 percent of which were resistant to tetracyclines

62 percent of ground beef samples were contaminated with drug-resistant enterococcus faecalis, 26 percent of which were resistant to tetracyclines. One reason for the high contamination rate of ground beef has to do with the fact that it’s a mix of meat from thousands of animals.26 A single animal with drug-resistant bacteria can therefore contaminate large batches of meat

•36 percent of chicken breasts, legs, thighs and wings were contaminated with drug-resistant enterococcus faecalis, 71 percent of which were resistant to tetracyclines; 1 in 5 strains of salmonella was resistant to amoxicillin, a type of penicillin, which as a class is designated as “critically important” in human medicine. Amoxicillin is the No. 1 antibiotic prescribed to children in the U.S.

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/07/17/chicken-meat-contaminated-with-antibiotic-resistant-bacteria.aspx?utm_source=prnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20180717Z1_UCM&et_cid=DM222271&et_rid=366595740

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The saga of polluting pigs continues, with both good and bad news. Good news first: The second of 26 nuisance lawsuits filed against Murphy Brown LLC, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, wrapped up in July 2018 with a $25 million verdict against Smithfield.

A federal jury ruled that Smithfield should pay two neighbors living near a North Carolina Smithfield contractor’s pig farm the sizable sum due to bad odors, flies and loud trucks caused by the concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO).1

The case is particularly noteworthy as it involved parties chosen by Smithfield attorneys — those they believed would be hard-pressed to win the case. The couple had moved into the area after the CAFO was already in operation and did not make any official complaints before the suit was filed.2 Still, the jury ruled in their favor, as they did in the first nuisance case, which involved plaintiffs chosen by the plaintiffs’ attorneys.



Why You Should Seek Out Pastured Pork and Avoid CAFO Meat

Every time you buy CAFO pork (or any CAFO product), you’re supporting this atrocious industry. I encourage you to avoid CAFO meats and instead either buy your meat direct from a trusted grass fed farm or look for the American Grassfed Association (AGA) logo, a much-needed grass fed standards and certification for American-grown grass fed meat and dairy.17

The AGA standard allows for greater transparency and conformity18 and is intended to ensure the humane treatment of animals and meet consumer expectations about grass fed meat and dairy, while being feasible for small farmers to achieve. The AGA pastured pork standards include a forage-based diet derived from pasture, animal health and welfare, no antibiotics and no added growth hormones.

Whether you do so for ethical, environmental or health reasons — or all of the above — I encourage you to support the small family farms in your area. When you do so, you’re protecting your health and the environment, while indirectly taking a stand for those who are unfortunate enough to live near a North Carolina (or any) CAFO — and finding themselves with little opportunity to fight back.



 

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/07/17/factory-farming-air-pollution-lawsuits.aspx?utm_source=prnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art3&utm_campaign=20180717Z1_UCM&et_cid=DM222271&et_rid=366595740




THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)
(660) 656-3409
www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 8/26/2018 8:31pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • We weighed our beeves last week and we will have three more ready to be harvested this year.  When they are gone, that will be it until late next spring.  We have had a very challenging Summer with very little rain.  Fortunately, we have rotated pastures and still have some grass.  If we don't get some meaningful rains soon this Fall and Winter may be quite long.
  • We continue to add names for the next ground beef list.  When it gets to about the expected yield, we will schedule a date with the processor.
  • I received a call from one of my dirt hog sources this past week.  They had someone back out and offered it to me.  After several questions, I declined the offer, even at a reduced price.  We are very critical in what we offer to our friends on our website.

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This really is no surprise, since overuse of antibiotics in livestock is the primary driver of antibiotic resistance, and CAFOs routinely use antibiotics.23 Most recently, an Environmental Working Group (EWG) analysis of food testing done by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2015 reveals 83 percent of supermarket meats were contaminated with enterococcus faecalis (fecal bacteria), and a high percentage of them had antibiotic-resistant bacteria:24,25

•79 percent of ground turkey samples were contaminated with drug-resistant enterococcus faecalis, 87 percent of which were resistant to tetracyclines, antibiotics deemed “highly important” by WHO, used in human medicine to treat bronchitis, pneumonia and UTIs; 73 percent of the salmonella found on ground turkey was antibiotic-resistant salmonella

•71 percent of pork chops were contaminated with drug-resistant enterococcus faecalis, 84 percent of which were resistant to tetracyclines

62 percent of ground beef samples were contaminated with drug-resistant enterococcus faecalis, 26 percent of which were resistant to tetracyclines. One reason for the high contamination rate of ground beef has to do with the fact that it’s a mix of meat from thousands of animals.26 A single animal with drug-resistant bacteria can therefore contaminate large batches of meat

•36 percent of chicken breasts, legs, thighs and wings were contaminated with drug-resistant enterococcus faecalis, 71 percent of which were resistant to tetracyclines; 1 in 5 strains of salmonella was resistant to amoxicillin, a type of penicillin, which as a class is designated as “critically important” in human medicine. Amoxicillin is the No. 1 antibiotic prescribed to children in the U.S.

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/07/17/chicken-meat-contaminated-with-antibiotic-resistant-bacteria.aspx?utm_source=prnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20180717Z1_UCM&et_cid=DM222271&et_rid=366595740

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The saga of polluting pigs continues, with both good and bad news. Good news first: The second of 26 nuisance lawsuits filed against Murphy Brown LLC, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, wrapped up in July 2018 with a $25 million verdict against Smithfield.

A federal jury ruled that Smithfield should pay two neighbors living near a North Carolina Smithfield contractor’s pig farm the sizable sum due to bad odors, flies and loud trucks caused by the concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO).1

The case is particularly noteworthy as it involved parties chosen by Smithfield attorneys — those they believed would be hard-pressed to win the case. The couple had moved into the area after the CAFO was already in operation and did not make any official complaints before the suit was filed.2 Still, the jury ruled in their favor, as they did in the first nuisance case, which involved plaintiffs chosen by the plaintiffs’ attorneys.



Why You Should Seek Out Pastured Pork and Avoid CAFO Meat

Every time you buy CAFO pork (or any CAFO product), you’re supporting this atrocious industry. I encourage you to avoid CAFO meats and instead either buy your meat direct from a trusted grass fed farm or look for the American Grassfed Association (AGA) logo, a much-needed grass fed standards and certification for American-grown grass fed meat and dairy.17

The AGA standard allows for greater transparency and conformity18 and is intended to ensure the humane treatment of animals and meet consumer expectations about grass fed meat and dairy, while being feasible for small farmers to achieve. The AGA pastured pork standards include a forage-based diet derived from pasture, animal health and welfare, no antibiotics and no added growth hormones.

Whether you do so for ethical, environmental or health reasons — or all of the above — I encourage you to support the small family farms in your area. When you do so, you’re protecting your health and the environment, while indirectly taking a stand for those who are unfortunate enough to live near a North Carolina (or any) CAFO — and finding themselves with little opportunity to fight back.



 

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/07/17/factory-farming-air-pollution-lawsuits.aspx?utm_source=prnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art3&utm_campaign=20180717Z1_UCM&et_cid=DM222271&et_rid=366595740




THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)
(660) 656-3409
www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 8/5/2018 9:22pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • It was 99 deg in the sun today. Thermometer is mounted on the corral.  Still very dry and ponds are dropping.  Sure would be nice to have 4-5 inches over two to three days.    
  • Ebay has changed from what it was just a few years ago.  While we were milking we would buy yogurt makers on ebay.  There was an active auction always for used Salton yogurts makers.  I would see what the shipping was and subtract that from $20 and place my bid. For about 5-6 years I probably got 10-15 makers.  We sold them to our milk customers for the $20, so they would have another way to use our milk.  Out of curiosity I checked to see what was available today on ebay.  Not much for auctions, and you can't touch one for under $40, including shipping.  I hope those who bought their makers are still using them.  We make a batch quite often.  Sure is much better than store yogurt.
  • Peaches are ripe.  I lost the entire crop on one tree to the Japanese beetles.  I guess it pays to have more than one and different varieties that ripen at different times. 
  • Elderberries are starting and the grapes have started.  What is better than cutting open a ripe peach and enjoying it right there under the tree?  Or cutting off a bunch of grapes and spitting out the seeds.

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Agricultural pollutants threaten world's water?

New report paints a worrying picture, provides recommendations on what can be done https://www.morningagclips.com/agricultural-pollutants-threaten-worlds-water/

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Top 10 Reasons to Raise & Eat Grass-Fed Meat

http://ecofarmingdaily.com/top-10-reasons-raise-eat-grass-fed-meat/

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Do you buy Ben and Jerry's ice cream? https://www.organicconsumers.org/blog/who-cares-why-we-sued-ben-jerrys
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Dirt Poor: Have Fruits and Vegetables Become Less Nutritious?

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/soil-depletion-and-nutrition-loss/

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Meat of the Matter: Deep Nutrition for Better Health


http://ecofarmingdaily.com/meat-of-the-matter/






THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)
(660) 656-3409
www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 7/29/2018 9:33pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • The Purple Martins have left.  It's time to clean the gourds and get ready for next year.  The Barn Swallows are still here.
  • Looks like the Japanese beetles are done.  Wow, what a battle.   We lost an entire peach crop on one tree.  The other three trees were not touched.  They will be ready to pick this next week.
  • Elderberries are just about ready.  
  • The absolute best heirloom tomato is the Black Beauty.  It and the Black Krim are the best I've ever had. 
  • Virginia is having a chicken day this coming Saturday.  Contact her for non-GMO fryers.  Her email is souscon4@gmail.com

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Agricultural pollutants threaten world's water?

New report paints a worrying picture, provides recommendations on what can be done https://www.morningagclips.com/agricultural-pollutants-threaten-worlds-water/


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Top 10 Reasons to Raise & Eat Grass-Fed Meat



http://ecofarmingdaily.com/top-10-reasons-raise-eat-grass-fed-meat/
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Do you buy Ben and Jerry's ice cream? https://www.organicconsumers.org/blog/who-cares-why-we-sued-ben-jerrys

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Once You Learn This You’ll Never Throw Out the Avocado Pit Again

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/07/14/never-throw-out-avocado-seed-again.aspx?utm_source=prnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art2&utm_campaign=20180714Z1_UCM&et_cid=DM220619&et_rid=365441121



THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)
(660) 656-3409
www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 7/22/2018 9:57pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE


  • Thanks to everyone for a flawless ground beef pickup day.   Another list has already started.  The next freezer beef is scheduled for July 30.   So, if you have requested freezer beef, and have received an email, you will be getting a follow up email to call the processor with your instructions.
  • We are still battling the Japanese beetles.  They are slowing down, but the damage has been done, especially for a peach and nectarine tree.  Several apple trees have suffered leaf damage.  And since it takes five leaves to make an apple, there will be a lot of small apples.
  • Our pear tree has almost no pears this year.  However, the old trees planted many years ago are just loaded.  Last year it had none.  Go figure!
  • Our dirt hog list continues to grow.  If interested, send me an email.
  • We had 1.3 inches of rain this past week.  We need about three to help with the ponds and to get the grass growing again.  The warm season grasses are doing just fine, but they have a much deeper root structure.  We will be turning the cattle into those pastures this week.  That relieves pressure on the cool season grasses, and if we get some rain they will regrow and be ready for stockpiling for this winter.
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Vegetables Become Less Nutritious?

Because of soil depletion, crops grown decades ago were much richer in vitamins and minerals than the varieties most of us get today

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/soil-depletion-aND-NUTRITION-LOSS/


Yet another study concluded that one would have to eat eight oranges today to derive the same amount of Vitamin A as our grandparents would have gotten from one.
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This was a letter to the editor of the recent ACRES magazine. I was able to locate the author and she sent me a copy. It is very well written.
The Industrial Cattle Drive 
Driving the great plains from North Texas, rivers of black cows run along side the two-lane highway through Oklahoma on Route 54 to Liberal Kansas, which is not liberal at all. Poor Dorothy, Aunt Em and Toto – their statues caught in a place so unlike their once-known world of plains and vibrant small towns. Now towns filled with a stench that is unbreathable, but breathe it you must. 

 Small towns isolated on the prairie connected only by huge cattle trucks and giant grain storage silos with the man of the family up early in the predawn light to meet with the guys at the coffee shop or to start their rounds of endless filling of feed trucks and cattle truck driving from feedlot to slaughter house. 

And they rail at the “other” people who are different from them and taking their jobs and using their health care, all the while blindly ignoring their real jailers – those men in the well placed windowed-offices in tall high-rises overlooking the scenic river of the gigantic city – those who oversee the killing of thousands and thousands of manure-encrusted beef filled with antibiotics taking our own immunity away; those who oversee the development of the seeds which cannot be saved year to year – which must be bought every year – which must be sprayed with chemicals so bad that those who use them shake themselves to death with Parkinson’s or Lou Gehrig’s disease or live where cancer is a way of life. 

The towns are dying as the high-rise offices become plusher. It’s a dirty putrid umbilical cord that becomes more frayed every season, with ranchers, farmers, workers, families, and towns dying at the end of it.

The land goes on forever with these little dying towns scattered along every so many miles. The smaller the town, the more derelict it looks, displaying crumbling buildings and closed signs as a last call for help to those whizzing by on the ribbon of Rt.54.
And they continue to rail against those “others” and continue to work at the feedlots and drive the tractor trailers that deliver the cattle to their tortured death.
And they rail at the “others” because somehow it has all slipped away from them and all they have left are their small voices to rail at others with their buddies beside them. They can’t get angry at the cattle expert, the seed salesman or the fertilizer guy because he looks like them, and is, indeed, one of them with an easy grin and flannel shirt and big overalls. And big hands to clap you on your back. They are in it together, by God, and it’s all they’ve got.

The sun’s first rays finger out over the land. Beyond the feedlots, out in the fields everything around them looks green and prosperous. The fields look just about perfect. But all the ranchers, ranch hands, and feedlot workers have in this seemingly perfect world, are their struggling families, their buddies, their small voices. The tiny towns are just about gone.

This may be the swan song of the Angry White Industrial Rancher/Farm Worker who continue to claim they are feeding the world – unable to comprehend as Yvonne Frost, former Executive Director of Oregon Tilth used to say, “They have been systemically poisoning the world for years.” The industrial poison has circled around the globe and is coming back home.
                                               
By A. J. Heim  c) 2018



THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)
(660) 656-3409
www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 7/8/2018 10:05pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • We are dry.  We luckily had 5 inches two weeks ago.  Ponds are very low and this is July going into Summer.  We still have a lot of grass, but need rains to grow our fall pastures.
  • We have a new member of the farm, a Jenny or a Henny or something kin to a mule/donkey.  We're guessing someone dumped it on a nearby rode and it followed the road to our pasture.  She may be pregnant.  Not sure what we will do with her.  She is not very friendly.  Like we needed another thing to care for.
  • Tomatoes have started and they sure are welcomed.  Debra did a batch of pickles, nine pints.  Blackberries are in full ripe mode.  We had a cobbler and have put several quarts in the freezer.
  • We are having an invasion of Japanese beetles.  I have two traps and dump them every hour.  I get about two five gallon buckets everyday.  I shake the peach tree and they are dislodged and there are thousands.  They eat the entire peach leaving just the pit.
  • Ground beef is coming soon.  They are scheduled for this Wednesday and pick up will be  July 21, a Saturday between 12 and 1 pm.  If you are on the list you will get an email that week if there is enough for your request.  I'll know on Wednesday of that week.  If you want to be added send your request.  There is a ten pound minimum.  The price is the same as last year, $5.25/#.
  • Remember, if you want a Dirt Hog send me an email and I'll add you to the list.

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THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)
(660) 656-3409
www.breezy-hill-farm.com