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Posted 2/24/2020 9:12pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • We went to the Midwest Farm Show on Sunday in Kansas City.  Very interesting very little for the small to medium guy.  The tractors and other things are HUGE.  I'm guessing if your interested you'll need an investment banker as a very close friend.  Of course, we taxpayers will help as the tax code will allow for HUGE depreciation.  I saw a report just recently that 40% of the AG income this past year was due to government payments. I guess that form of socialism is OK, just like the bailout of the banks after the housing market crash.  Back to the tractors.  I should have asked how big the fuel tank was, and how many gallons per hour are necessary under a full load.  Here's the challenge.  How will we be able to use a battery and a solar panel to propel this mammoth.  Oh yes, how many acres are needed to turn this thing around when pulling some HUGE tilling implement??
  • The series, What's Eating America, had its' second segment last night.  I tried to send this Update on Saturday, but something happened, and I finally got it resolved late today.  If you watched the first segment you found out who picks your strawberries and who picks your crabmeat.  The second segment last night dealt with the change in our climate and how that is affecting our food supply.  Next Sunday the segment will be on addiction.  First two have been very good.
  • It's time to prune your fruit trees and get your martin houses ready.   The scouts will be coming soon.
  • Debra has many seedlings up and growing.  Soon will be adding tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, cabbage and other vegetables.

Utterly Shameless

blue and white bottle of Monsantos glyphosate herbicide ROUNDUP on a store shelf
 

The Monsanto-Bayer Protection Agency is at it again. This time, your taxpayer-funded regulatory agency is teaming up with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to defend Roundup weedkiller.

The Wall Street Journal reported on December 20, 2019, that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “working with” the DOJ, filed court papers in support of Bayer’s attempt to reverse a California jury’s award of $25 million to cancer victim, Edwin Hardeman.

The EPA’s determination to protect Monsanto profits to the detriment of human and ecosystem health defies any reasonable explanation.

In fact, the more the evidence against glyphosate piles up, the more the EPA digs in its heels.

In December alone, GM Watch reported these new facts:

GMO-Based agriculture with its intensive use of pesticides has had a devastating impact on Argentina’s amphibian populations.

France’s national health agency, ANES, is so concerned about the health hazards of glyphosate, that the agency has withdrawn 36 glyphosate products.

And then this, the report that should be enough to ensure a worldwide ban on glyphosate: Glyphosate and Roundup are proven to disrupt the human gut microbiome.

When will Roundup and other poisons like it be banned for good?

When enough of us raise hell, and hold our politicians accountable—or vote them out.

Read: ‘Trump’s EPA Goes to Bat for Bayer as Company Fights $25-Million Verdict in Roundup Cancer Case’

TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress to Ban Monsanto’s Roundup Weedkiller



Raw Deal?

diary farmer hauling jugs of raw milk across a farm field with a dog and cow
 

How is it that poisons like glyphosate and chlorpyrifos can be sold—and sprayed on food—almost everywhere in the U.S., but 22 states prohibit sales of raw milk?

In fact, you almost need a law degree to figure out the jumbled mix of state laws governing raw milk sales.

Why do known carcinogens get a pass from U.S. regulatory agencies, but raw milk gets a raw deal?

Congress has never passed a ban on raw milk. Yet the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has used its regulatory authority to raid farms and prosecute farmers for distributing raw milk.

Some members of Congress want to stop the raids, and make it easier for consumers to buy—and farmers to sell—raw milk.

This week, Representatives Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) and Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) introduced the Interstate Milk Freedom Act (H.R. 5410), a bill that prohibits federal interference with the interstate traffic of unpasteurized milk and milk products that are packaged for direct human consumption.

Isn’t it time we stopped treating raw milk, widely recognized for its health benefits, as if it were more toxic than Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller?

Our Lisa is now dry waiting for her next calf due in late March.  We sure miss her heavy cream, A2  milk.  Luckily, we have a local small dairy that sells raw milk and that is sufficing for now.



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

"BE HEALTHY, EAT GRASS"

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 2/15/2020 8:30pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • We recently watched a program on PBS, The American Experience.  The title was The Truth Squad.  While watching, we wondered what has happened since Dr Wiley got the FDA created.  He was concerned about a few chemicals being added to our foods.  One was formaldehyde.  I was recently at Java Junction and a friend came in for his daily espresso.  He formerly worked at the Tyson plant in nearby Dresden.  He was a manager of one of their systems and went frequently to meetings at the headquarters in Arkansas.  He said he was in a meeting where the company listed on a power point a list of the top ten chemicals the company uses in processing chickens.  Guess what was number two, formaldehyde.  Where is Dr Wiley????
  • Oh yes, when I asked how you can make a BONELESS chicken wing, he first said you don't want to ever eat one.  After he described the process, I agreed.  Thankfully, I never have had one. Boneless chicken wings just didn't seem right.  The next time I'll ask about chicken patties.  How can they so uniform and just fit the bun?  I guess after that discussion, I'll regret having had a chicken patty in the past. By the way, chicken patties are every Wednesday entree on the local school menu.
  • Last year when he was still at Tyson they were doing 1.6 million and now they are doing 1.8 million.  I said "per month", and he replied "No, that's each week".  I failed to ask if the increase was due to the recent USDA relaxing the rule on chain speed.  I'll ask that next time.
  • Tomorrow night MSNBC will be starting a series on food.  Their past series have been very good, so I'll be watching closely, since I watch food production and food  manufacturing with great interest.  The title of the series is , What's Eating America, at 8 pm Sunday.
  • Eighty percent of grass finished beef in stores is imported.  Don't rely on the label. It is not a product of USA.  If the imported item goes through a US processing facility, it then become a "product of USA".
  • Last week we took our granddaughter to meet her father for her weekly switch over.  As we were standing there, we noticed a faint odor coming from the direction of the wind.  Olly said it's chicken.  Her father, our son Pete, who spent several years here at Breezy Hill, and being in FFA in high school recognized the smell immediately as a Hog CAFO somewhere up wind.  How many young people can distinguish a hog odor from chicken or cow, or horse??? A CAFO makes it a lot easier.  The soybeans in their ration causes the foul odor. 

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New label will denote bioengineered ingredients. https://www.morningagclips.com/new-label-will-denote-bioengineered-ingredients/

 

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Ronnie Cummins, Organic Consumers Association 

 

When the ancient poet, Virgil, declared that “The greatest wealth is health,” he was likely referring to human health.

Virgil’s words are as true today as they were in ancient times . . . the difference is that today, our health is under attack from all directions.

Virgil couldn’t have foreseen today’s attacks on everything that makes human health possible.

Virgil didn’t anticipate a corporate takeover of food and farming, and the devastating impact that would have on the quality of our food and the health of our soil and water.

Yet nutritious food, fertile soil, and clean water form the very foundation of human health.

Ages ago, Virgil wouldn’t have had reason to predict a total collapse of our ecosystem. The insect apocalypse. The “Silent Spring.” The droughts, rising seas, and raging storms brought on by climate instability.

Nor would a poet living in ancient times have been familiar with the latest science confirming this: The health of the soil microbiome is directly linked to the health of the human gut microbiome . . . destroy one, and you destroy the other.

Today, you live with all of these threats. But perhaps the greatest threat to your health is the disintegration of our political process.

Unless we fix the system that lets corporations undermine the foundations of human and environmental health by rigging the political game, we’ll remain stuck in a perpetual game of catch-up.



Corporations use their billions in ill-gotten profits to influence regulators and policymakers.

The policies they promote are good for them . . . but bad for you, bad for family farmers, and bad for the environment.

The New York Times recently reported that 85 environmental regulations have been rolled back under the current administration. 

Those rollbacks include rules that give factory farms a pass on everything from animal welfare standards, to toxic substances and water pollution.

They also put independent organic farmers at a disadvantage in the marketplace.

Our consumer education and marketplace pressure campaigns, in concert with our legal work, expose the corrupt influence of Big Food and Big Ag on Congress.

These campaigns also help grow the market for healthy, organic food.

But the future of food also depends on good farming policies that support good farmers and ranchers and build the local infrastructure they need for long-term success.

People sometimes tell me there’s no point trying to reform the policies that allow corporate interests to threaten our health. The situation in Washington is hopeless.

I disagree. Just because we’re up against unprecedented corruption in Congress now, doesn’t mean we should sit back and wait.

Now is the time to lay the groundwork for a better, healthier future.

That’s why this year, in partnership with Regeneration International and the Sunrise Movement, we launched the 20,000-member strong coalition of U.S. Farmers & Ranchers for a Green New Deal.

When things turn around in Washington—and I believe they will—farmers must be ready to claim their rightful seats at the policymaking table.

This new farmer-led coalition is already hard at work, educating consumers, fellow farmers and ranchers, and state and federal lawmakers about what must be done to fix our food system.

The members of this coalition are knowledgeable, dedicated, and eager to get to work for all of us. We’re committed to supporting them. 

 

I'm with you Ronnie.  Keep up the good work.  It's a steep hill, and it seems like a slow climb, but we are making progress.






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

"BE HEALTHY, EAT GRASS"

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 2/2/2020 9:57pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE


  • I think there's something going on that's out of whack.  We've had robins all winter.  There were two in the yard this morning.  They used to come in the Spring.  And our planting zone is now zone 6.  It used to be zone 5.  We may have palm trees soon.
  • Let's talk about connective tissue in meat.  A grass finished animal will by virtue of walking around to eat grass and walking to a water source have more connective tissue than a CAFO animal.  CAFO animals don't even have room to walk.  The pens are full, and they only have to eat, and water is close by.  I have considered tenderisers, but they were not of very good quality.  The meat industry got in trouble several years ago using the Jaccard method of tenderizing.  The e coli on the surface of the meat was forced into the interior, and if you wanted a medium rare steak, the e coli was not killed, and you went to the hospital. I have found a very high quality tenderizer.  We will be including it with our freezer beef customers, since cooking grass finished beef has to be cooked differently from the McBeef from a grocery store.  This will help with a more tender experience.

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While oolong is healthy, it is important to use loose tea leaves. Tea bags may be more convenient, but many are made with heat-resistant polypropylene to prevent the bag from breaking apart in hot water. This means minute pieces of plastic likely end up in your drink.

Paper tea bags are treated with epichlorohydrin, a chemical to prevent tears, which has been found to be a probable human carcinogen. Epichlorohydrin reacts with water to form 3-MCPD, another possible human carcinogen.

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On average, someone in the United States gets an antibiotic-resistant infection about every 10 seconds. About every 11 minutes, someone dies. That’s according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And as the Washington Post reported this week, those numbers confirm that deadly superbugs pose a worse threat than previously thought..



”the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) issued a joint statement calling for a “precautionary” moratorium on CAFOs, also known as factory farms.

The groups pointed to an “array of negative health impacts, including respiratory disease, mental health problems, and certain types of infections, and said that “government oversight and policies designed to safeguard the health of individuals and the environment from these operations have been inadequate."


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Fructose, the most damaging type of sugar to your body, is particularly hard on your liver, much like alcohol:

  • Fructose must be 100 percent broken down by your liver. Glucose on the other hand only needs to be partially broken down before it can be utilized.

    Corn sugars can damage your liver much like drinking alcohol

  • Fructose is metabolized directly into fat that gets stored in your liver and other internal organs and tissues as body fat, which leads to mitochondrial malfunction

  • Fructose produces toxic metabolites and superoxide free radicals when it is metabolized, that can lead to inflammation in your liver

Fructose is a cheap form of sugar that’s found in thousands of food products and drinks. It’s often deliberately disguised by the use of many different names, so the only way to steer clear of it completely is to avoid eating processed foods.”

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How to End Mental Illness

BE sure to watch this. OR, if your busy doing something play it and listen to it. BLOOD FLOW! BLOOD FLOW!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ob5uJ9P6Ww&feature=youtu.be

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I'm introducing you to Robyn O'Brien. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=ted+talk+robyn+o%27brien&&view=detail&mid=BE22509ACBB50AB9D9CBBE22509ACBB50AB9D9CB&&FORM=VRDGAR

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Vegetable Oils — A Hidden Cause of Cancer 

In a November 8, 2019, Medium article,3 Maria Cross, a nutritionist with a master of science degree, discusses the science behind vegetable oils and what makes them carcinogenic. She explains:

“There are two classes of PUFA: omega-6 and omega-3. Although functionally distinct and non-interchangeable, these two classes are perpetually engaged in a metabolic balancing act, pushing and pulling as they compete for absorption in the body.

There is nothing intrinsically wrong with omega-6 PUFAs: we need them … If omega-6 fat is essential to health, it makes no sense that it can also cause cancer …

That’s why scientists believe that it is not omega-6 per se that is to blame; it’s the balance between the two groups of PUFA that is out of kilter and wreaking havoc on our bodies. We evolved on, and are genetically adapted to, a diet that provides more or less equal amounts of omega-3 and omega-6 4 … 

With the industrialization of our diets, and the vast quantities of vegetable cooking oils that go into them, the ratio between omega-6 and omega-3 has shifted enormously and we consume up to 25 times 5 more omega-6 than omega-3 …

There can only be consequences, and indeed there are: experimental data 6 supports the theory that it is this skewed balance between the two PUFAs that influences the development of a tumor.”

https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/why-vegetable-oils-are-carcinogenic?utm_medium=email&utm_source=engagingnetworks&utm_campaign=OB+645&utm_content=OB+645

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Did you know!!!!!

https://youtu.be/okaQEAbviJk

 



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

"BE HEALTHY, EAT GRASS"

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 1/28/2020 4:28pm by Art Ozias.
            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • The ground beef pickup went great even though it was postponed due to weather.  Only three couldn't make it and were able to pick a couple days later.   We have another list already started.
  • We also had some freezer beef customers waiting on their deliveries.  Most customers have nearly always waited for me to deliver it to their freezer.  This time a new grass finished beef customer couldn't wait.  I had scheduled two deliveries in their area and was planning to deliver all three on one trip.  He decided to pick it this past Saturday.  I had emailed him to verify that he was picking up and to verify I didn't need to include them on my delivery.  Here is his email to me.  "
     Apologies for not letting you know sooner. We picked it up around 11 and left cash for you in the envelope. We had some burgers already and they were terrific! Thanks again! " 
     
  • Snow has made feeding hay a daily occurrence.  The cows sure are polite.  They wait patiently after I open the gate, and have a great time following as I unroll the 2000 pound bale of hay. 
  • The below freezing temperatures has frozen the ponds and our lake.  Before this latest cold snap we had hundreds of geese and even one day there was a lone pair of snow geese.  Past years we had thousands to snow geese.  Not sure what has happened to them.  Maybe a consequence of an outbreak of bird flu several years ago.   At the time, I had heard reports of government efforts taken in their breeding grounds in Canada to reduce their numbers.  Maybe it's true.

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The two great failures are CAFOS and hydros. CAFOs are Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, which is a long term for confinement factory farming for animals. These practices are prohibited in the organic standards, and yet they continue on a massive scale.

The other significant fraud is the certification of soilless hydroponic fruits and vegetables. Right now many berries and tomatoes sold as organic in America are actually grown in pots of coconut husks with fertilizers fed to the plants much like an IV tube. Again, this is prohibited in the original law that created the National Organic Program, and again, it is being ignored by the USDA.

 

https://www.organicconsumers.org/blog/may-fork-be-you?utm_medium=email&utm_source=engagingnetworks&utm_campaign=OB+643&utm_content=OB+643

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When you see a “Product of U.S.A.” label on a package of meat you should be able to assume that the meat you’re looking at came from an animal raised and processed here in the U.S.

But chances are, the meat or some portion of it was actually imported from another country.

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Services Agency allows the use of the “Product of U.S.A.” label on any beef as long as the meat passed through a U.S.-based inspection plant, and/or was blended with meat from animals that were born and raised in the U.S.

This policy defrauds consumers who are committed to supporting local producers, and who assume the label means what it says.

The policy also hurts U.S. ranchers, especially those who produce grass-fed and grass-finished beef from cattle born, raised and processed in the U.S.

It’s time to close this labeling loophole.




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

"BE HEALTHY, EAT GRASS"

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 1/19/2020 9:24pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • Yesterday was to be a ground beef pickup day, but we cancelled due to the bad weather.  Luckily tomorrow is a holiday, and we will be able to get almost everybody here for the pickup.
  • This will be our first ground beef day for 2020.  For new people who have recently signed on, we have periodic ground beef days.  We maintain a list of customers wanting true grass finished beef.  As soon as we have enough requests to commit an animal, we schedule with the processor.  The ground beef is in one pound packages.  There is a ten pound minimum.  Some customers get as much as 50 pounds.  Many are repeat customers.  Sometimes we do roasts and briskets.    
  • We also maintain a list for Dirt Hogs.  These are hogs raised NOT on concrete, but on dirt, out of doors.  We do not raise them, but help out several producers in our area.  If they have extras, they call and I pair up either a half or a whole from my list.

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  • A 2015 analysis supports the notion that animal fats are a healthy and important part of the human diet, ranking pork lard the eighth healthiest food out of 100

  • Pork fat’s nutritional fitness score was 0.73 — one of the highest scores within the “fat-rich” category. Only dried chia seeds (with a score of 0.85), dried pumpkin and squash seeds (0.84) and almonds (0.97) scored higher, and these seeds and nuts are all loaded with high levels of oxalates

  • Valuable nutrients found in lard are vitamin D, omega-3 fats, monounsaturated fats (the same fats found in avocados and olive oil), saturated fats and choline

  • When buying commercially-available lards, make sure they’re not hydrogenated. Most are, and hydrogenated lard will contain trans fat (although products containing 0.5 grams of trans fat per serving can claim to be trans fat free on the label)

  • Rendering your own lard is simple (albeit a bit time consuming). For the highest quality and nutrition, make sure the pork fat you buy is from organic pastured (free-range) hogs

 

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2019/11/04/lard-nutritional-benefits.aspx?utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1HL&utm_campaign=20191104Z1&et_cid=DM383450&et_rid=742987782

When you get a Dirt Hog from one of my sources, be sure to get your tub of lard. Gilbert's add nothing. I'm not sure about Nadler's. ASK!

The following is what we use for cooking. How about you??

Aside from organic pastured pork lard, other healthy cooking fats include:

Coconut oil  It has a number of valuable health benefits, including a positive effect on your heart and antimicrobial properties. It’s also a great source of energy, thanks to its medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs).

When consumed, the MCFAs are digested and converted by your liver into energy that you can immediately use. Coconut oil also helps stimulate your metabolism to encourage a healthy weight profile.  We get ours from Green Pasutres by the gallon

Grass fed butter — Raw, organic butter made from healthy grass fed cows’ milk contains many valuable nutrients, including vitamins A, D, E and K2. It also contains minerals and antioxidants that support good health.

Organic ghee  Used for cooking for thousands of years, ghee is another good choice.  Also, from Green Pastures.

Olive oil  This oil contains the same kind of healthy fatty acids as lard that can help lower your risk of heart disease. While the standard recommendation has been to avoid using olive oil for cooking and to only use it cold, a 2018 study in which 10 popular cooking oils were compared, contradicts this advice, showing extra-virgin olive oil actually scored best for both oxidative stability and lack of harmful compounds produced when heated.

Basic foods like tomatoes, berries, apples, cauliflower and chicken are much less nutritious now than they were for our grandparents. They are significantly lower in basic nutrients and micronutrients, not to mention the 40,000 known secondary plant compounds that we are learning are so critical to our health.

 





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

"BE HEALTHY, EAT GRASS"

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 1/12/2020 7:19pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • Another 4 inch snow and this time we had two red birds.  That's still way fewer than years passed.  I saw a land owner nearby clearing out a established fence row.  I guess that means 2-3 more acres of corn or soybeans (40% of which goes into a gas tank and become more CO2).  They'll pile it up, let it dry and then burn it.  That stored carbon goes up is smoke. The bees are long gone .  The red birds need to go to a new home.  Maybe they'll come here.  We have multiple fence rows and habitat.  I even add transplants each year to get more of a thicket.
  • We are having a ground beef day soon.  I've notified all on the list.  Some have not yet responded, so if you were not on my list, and you would like to be, send me an email.  I'll add your name, and if there is any unclaimed I'll send you an email.

 

Trans Fats Linked to Increased Risk for Alzheimer’s

The rise of trans fat can be directly attributed to the wrongful vilification of saturated fats and cholesterol. We now have decades’ worth of data showing saturated fat and dietary cholesterol have no impact on heart disease and mortality. Meanwhile, studies have revealed the switch from saturated fat to trans fat-rich partially hydrogenated vegetable oils have led to the premature death of millions. https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2019/11/07/trans-fats-and-alzheimers.aspx?utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1HL&utm_campaign=20191107Z1&et_cid=DM383495&et_rid=745064218

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Stop the Insanity

tractor in a farm field harvesting a crop of corn
 

In an email, a farmer in Iowa told us that if he were able to attend the November 9 Climate Summit in Des Moines, Iowa, he’d want to ask the audience this:

Could it possibly make sense that we have farmers contemplating suicide because of low commodity prices, while agribusiness consortiums are tearing out the Amazon rainforest to grow even more of these commodities and make them cheaper?”

If we lived in a world where sanity prevailed, the answer would be obvious.

But today’s industrial agribusiness fails the sanity test, on almost every level.

Consumers can, and must, help change the system by supporting organic regenerative farmers and boycotting industrial grain, meat, poultry and dairy products.

But consumers can’t do it alone. And farmers can’t change the system alone, either.

It’s time for a massive overhaul of U.S. food and farming policies. We can’t just “tweak” Farm Bill policy here and there and expect to see large-scale policy reform.

The farmer who wrote this email is a member of the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers for a Green New Deal coalition, a joint project of OCA, Regeneration International and the Sunrise Movement.

The coalition’s goal? Unite farmers and consumers around the call for a massive overhaul of U.S. ag policy.

It’s time for policymakers to support the farmers and ranchers who give back to their communities by growing healthy food while also being good stewards of the land—instead of allowing agribusiness lobbyists to write policies that let the big polluters and rainforest-destroyers and animal-abusers and resource-extractors and producers of pesticide- and drug-contaminated “cheap” food.

But just because it's time, just because it's obviously the only sane thing to do, doesn't mean it will happen.

We have to work at it. We all have to get involved.


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Why You Should Avoid Vegetable Oils

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwMoD3apAQ0&feature=em-uploademail

I'm surprised she didn't recommend Lard. Unprocessed lard is hard to find. Store lard has a preservative added. Gilbert's don't add anything. So, when you get a Dirt Hog always ask for the tub of lard and be sure to get the hocks. We have a great way to cook hocks.

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How to End Mental Illness

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RoCJGcws88&feature=em-uploademail

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ob5uJ9P6Ww







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

"BE HEALTHY, EAT GRASS"

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 12/22/2019 9:13pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE


  • Merry Christmas!
  • We just had a 6 plus inch snow and there were NO cardinals.  Last year and previous years we have had multiple pairs of them, plus many juncos, blue jays and other wild birds.  This time NONE.  Have they finally killed our wild birds.  There have been numerous articles indicating that pesticides are killing not only targeted insects but others also.  Our birds food supply is being decimated, exterminated.
  • Our next harvest date for freezer beef is Jan 6.  Deer season usually makes December impossible and that coupled with the holidays makes deliveries problematic.  Just too many on vacation and traveling.
  • The ground beef will also be in January.  Those on that list will be getting an email notice in mid January.
  • Our small green house is producing lettuces of various types, kale, and spinach.  Had to set some mouse traps as we had some competition.  Debra caught a mouse and has reset the trap just in case.

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  • Recent research shows older individuals with low vitamin K1 status are more likely to have mobility problems and disability than those with higher levels

  • Vitamin K2 inhibits arterial calcification and improves arterial flexibility, thereby reducing your risk of a cardiovascular event (such as a heart attack) or death. It’s also important for the prevention of osteoporosis


https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2019/11/11/recommended-vitamin-k2-intake.aspx?utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1HL&utm_campaign=20191111Z1&et_cid=DM388481&et_rid=747949107

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“Gla” stands for glutamic acid, which binds to calcium in the cells of your arterial wall and removes it from the lining of your blood vessels. Once removed from your blood vessel lining, vitamin K2 then facilitates the integration of that calcium into your bone matrix by handing it over to osteocalcin, which in turn helps “cement” the calcium in place inside your bone.

Vitamin K2 activates these two proteins, so without it, this transfer process of calcium from your arteries to your bone cannot occur, which raises your risk of arterial calcification.

Calcium deposits in the arteries are responsible for atherosclerosis, hardening and narrowing of the arteries, slowly blocking blood flow. It's a common cause of heart attacks, strokes and peripheral vascular disease.

Indeed, studies have demonstrated vitamin K2 inhibits arterial calcification and improves arterial flexibility, thereby reducing your risk of a cardiovascular event (such as a heart attack) or death.

Vitamin K2 Is an Important Ally Against Osteoporosis

To explain the importance of vitamin K2 for bone health and prevention of osteoporosis a bit further, this goes back to its influence over osteocalcin.  Osteocalcin is a protein produced by your osteoblasts (cells responsible for bone formation), and is utilized within the bone as an integral part of the bone-forming process.

However, osteocalcin must be “carboxylated” before it can be effective. Vitamin K2 functions as a cofactor for the enzyme that catalyzes the carboxylation of osteocalcin.


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Want to head off mental issues? https://youtu.be/2Ob5uJ9P6Ww

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Do you know what your gallbladder does? https://youtu.be/jZBRCc_KDoI






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

"BE HEALTHY, EAT GRASS"

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 12/1/2019 10:20pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • What a wonderful turkey we had for our Thanksgiving dinner.  Thanks Virginia.
  • Just found out today in KC Star that, as of Dec 18,  Terra is moving to a new location on Douglas Road in Lee's Summit.  Sure hope they still have bulk grains.  They are our source for hard winter wheat berries.  No wheat. no homemade bread.
  • We had a beef customer come and get some KEFIR grains.  Seems he had company visiting, and they didn't know what they were, and down the drain they went.  KEFIR sure makes great pancakes.
  • Does anyone know "time2plant76"?  Can't seem to make contact and they have a beef order.
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Trans Fats Linked to Increased Risk for Alzheimer’s

The rise of trans fat can be directly attributed to the wrongful vilification of saturated fats and cholesterol. We now have decades’ worth of data showing saturated fat and dietary cholesterol have no impact on heart disease and mortality. Meanwhile, studies have revealed the switch from saturated fat to trans fat-rich partially hydrogenated vegetable oils have led to the premature death of millions. https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2019/11/07/trans-fats-and-alzheimers.aspx?utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1HL&utm_campaign=20191107Z1&et_cid=DM383495&et_rid=745064218

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Stop the Insanity 

In an email, a farmer in Iowa told us that if he were able to attend the November 9 Climate Summit in Des Moines, Iowa, he’d want to ask the audience this:

“Could it possibly make sense that we have farmers contemplating suicide because of low commodity prices, while agribusiness consortiums are tearing out the Amazon rainforest to grow even more of these commodities and make them cheaper?”

If we lived in a world where sanity prevailed, the answer would be obvious.

But today’s industrial agribusiness fails the sanity test, on almost every level.

Consumers can, and must, help change the system by supporting organic regenerative farmers and boycotting industrial grain, meat, poultry and dairy products.

But consumers can’t do it alone. And farmers can’t change the system alone, either.

It’s time for a massive overhaul of U.S. food and farming policies. We can’t just “tweak” Farm Bill policy here and there and expect to see large-scale policy reform.

The farmer who wrote this email is a member of the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers for a Green New Deal coalition, a joint project of OCA, Regeneration International and the Sunrise Movement.

The coalition’s goal? Unite farmers and consumers around the call for a massive overhaul of U.S. ag policy.

It’s time for policymakers to support the farmers and ranchers who give back to their communities by growing healthy food while also being good stewards of the land—instead of allowing agribusiness lobbyists to write policies that let the big polluters and rainforest-destroyers and animal-abusers and resource-extrators and producers of pesticide- and drug-contaminated “cheap” food.

But just because it's time, just because it's obviously the only sane thing to do, doesn't mean it will happen.

We have to work at it. We have to all get involved.



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Why You Should Avoid Vegetable Oils

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwMoD3apAQ0&feature=em-uploademail

I'm surprised she didn't recommend Lard. Unprocessed lard is hard to find. Store lard has a preservative added. Gilbert's don't add anything. So, when you get a Dirt Hog always ask for the tub of lard and be sure to get the hocks. We have a great way to cook hocks.

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How to End Mental Illness  BE SURE TO WATCH THIS OR LISTEN TO IT FOR SURE!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RoCJGcws88&feature=em-uploademail

 



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

"BE HEALTHY, EAT GRASS"

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 11/24/2019 7:30pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE


  • I was able to get a processing date for the next ground beef harvest.  Due to the deer season, I was not able to get a date sooner than Jan 15.  Pickup will be Jan 25.  As usual, I don't know how many pounds will be available, so if you are on the list, your request will be filled based on when I received your request.
  • During the last ground beef pickup, someone mentioned they had bees.  I think it was someone nearby.   If that person would contact me I would appreciate it.
  • I learned this past week that Gilbert's had increased their prices for processing.  The next orders will pay about 90 cents per pound for processing.  That's up about a nickel.
  • We got our turkey this past Saturday from Virginia.  Also, got the goose.  I'm  sure this Thanksgiving meal with the turkey will be again just at great as last year.  Sure is nice to have someone locally raising chickens and turkeys.  I know it is difficult to compete with the cheap butterballs subsidized with your and my tax dollars and stores treating them as loss leaders with ridiculously low prices.   But, as I always say, "each dollar one spends is a vote, either for good or for bad".

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Doug Sedon' via A Green New Deal for Food & Farming  Doug's comments follow.

"There was a reason I specifically singled out ethanol - its deleterious effects are sickening, in all ways.  It adds to pollution, does nothing to reduce the use of oil & gas, increases food costs and shortages worldwide, and is financed by our tax dollars, going straight into big-ag's pockets.  There is no way ethanol fuel would be economically viable or competitive w/o our tax dollars funding it.

And, ironically enough, when the EPA does its cafe standards for fuel efficiency for cars & light trucks, pure gas is used, which gives an average of 3% better gas mileage than does 10% ethanol (e10) gas."

Francis Thicke commented. The problems of ethanol go beyond energy inefficiency: Calculations based on USDA soil erosion data indicate that for every gallon of ethanol made from corn, two gallons of soil are lost to erosion. Also, according to ISU data, for every acre of corn, about 30 lbs of nitrate leach into our water resources. 

Realize that it takes more petroleum to make ethanol than gasoline. Think about that !

 

 Just try to get rid of *ONE* subsidy - the one that pays farmers to grow corn for ethanol in gasoline.  FORTY PERCENT of all corn grown in the usa is used to feed CARS!?!

Here's another FORTY PERCENT; it was in the KC Star is past week.  FORTY PERCENT of ag income this past year was a result of government subsidies.

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Here is a very interesting email I recently received. It very succinctly encapsulates the present situation our present agriculture is facing.

"I started the transition to regenerative ag practices on my farm about 18 years ago.  I took hundreds of acres of prime irrigated farmland and planted it back into perennial pasture and started high stock density grazing.  And I started doing AMP (adaptive multi-paddock) grazing on our native rangeland as well. We have been doing the Haney test ( specific method for soil testing) for a number of years now and find it very helpful.  I recommend it to all the farmers that I mentor.

Regarding subsidies:  They can help initiate some helpful practices.  I've utilized CRP, CSP, EQUIP and other programs over the years and have benefitted from them.  But our current ag policies and subsidy programs have also had very detrimental impacts and created incentives in the wrong direction.  Many farmers have exploited the system to expand and rape the land. There are many examples of that right here in my own neighborhood and I frequently use those examples in my presentations.  I don't see that changing without a major overhaul of the farm bill and that is very unlikely to happen.

 

Since 1980 we have have lost 90% of our hog producers, 82 % of our dairy farmers and 41% of our beef producers.  Over 1 million U.S. family farmers have been driven off the land in this period.  I've seen this happen from a front row seat.  Our farm policies have played a big part in this migration.  Once we started moving the animals off the land, the people followed.  Then all we needed were bigger tractors and bigger planters and fewer farmers.  It became more important to have your neighbors land, than to have your neighbor.  The only way we reverse this migration of people and animals is using regenerative farming methods to bring the animals back onto the landscape.  This requires more labor.  That's a good thing!  This also helps rejuvenate rural communities, not just farms, and that's an important part of my advocacy work.  This is also an important message to convey to our policy makers.  Soil health is the foundation for all of this but the benefits are far reaching and our non agrarian counterparts need to know this!   

 

Lastly, but most importantly, farmers must save themselves!  The USDA or any other entity is NOT going to save you.  Farms subsidies and carbon payments may give you an added bonus but it is not going to make a huge difference to most operations!  Too many farmers have chased subsidies for years to the point where the tail is now wagging the dog for many of them and they are going bankrupt as a result.  We must get farmers to understand that regenerative farming methods are better for the soil, the animals, the environment, the consumer, the community, but most importantly it's better for their PROFITABILITY.  That should be incentive enough for any business minded farmer of rancher!  Many of us have transitioned without any major outside incentives and others can too.  But they have to open up their minds.  Many farmers I know would rather be carried off the farm kicking and screaming than to consider alternatives.  That's why we are seeing the significant rise in farm bankruptcies.  It's going to take a new generation of farmers to implement changes on a broad scale.  Maybe it's a good thing that the average age of the American farmer is 59.4 years old?

 

Kevin Fulton

Fulton Farms

Litchfield, Nebraska 

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Here's another presentation from the Environmental Group meeting.  

https://www.discoverpermaculture.com/p/video-1-pdc-2019


  

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

"BE HEALTHY, EAT GRASS"

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 11/17/2019 8:19pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE


  • We got our fryers done on Saturday.  We cut them into meals.  We removed the thigh and drumstick (one piece), the wings , the breast (whole both sides) and the upper and lower back (one piece).  We'll later thaw out the backs and cook for chicken soup  and broth.  A package of wings, a thigh and drumstick, and the breast cut in half, each will make a meal.  Dividing the breast will be much easier if partially frozen. The necks will be cooked for broth and soup.  Finally, a meal or two of liver and gizzards (for Art).
  • This next Saturday Virginia will be doing turkeys.  She only has some larger ones available.  She will divide one for you.   Buy one from Virginia and vote for local.  You will never get one from the grocery store after tasting a turkey raised on grass. 
  • We got the goose.  Virginia only had the one goose.   I guess I responded first.  It will be a flash back for me.  My grandmother always got a goose from a neighbor who raised 30-40 each year, just for Christmas goose dinners.  It was a real treat once a year and the dumplings, wow.
  • We weaned some of our calves today, so tonight and tomorrow night there will be a lot of mooing both from the mothers and from their calves.  We fence wean, so mothers are right next to the calves to reassure them.  It sure helps to shorten the entire process.
  • Just as soon as the weaning process is over, we will weigh the freezer beeves and pick out three to schedule with the processor.  Those on my current list should have their beef before Christmas.

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A cow's body is designed to eat and process grass, but the majority of beef and dairy in the U.S. comes from cows finished on grain. Unfortunately, this is the way of unethical, unhealthy and environmentally devastating concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) that dominate industrial agriculture.

Grass fed beefcoconut oil and cocoa butter are some of the healthiest sources of stearic acid. An analysis from the University of Illinois compared grass fed beef to the grain fed variety and found saturated stearic acid was 36% higher in grass fed beef than in grain fed beef.  BE SURE TO CLICK ON THE “GRASS FED BEEF” LINK AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS PARAGRAPH.

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2019/10/21/is-red-meat-good-for-you.aspx?utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art3HL&utm_campaign=20191021Z1&et_cid=DM373361&et_rid=733578876

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Why Dr. Zach Bush believes herbicides could end life on Earth

Dr. Zach Bush went from developing chemotherapy to fighting pesticide-makers

Be sure to read this one. https://www.salon.com/2019/10/14/why-dr-zach-bush-believes-herbicides-could-end-life-on-earth/?fbclid=IwAR3SP03M6zfVuNipCr2YsMjR9Lbp5iVXhe6fMFa4PWWXnK_UtarBJ04YHnI



"More than that, because of everything we're doing. I'd say Roundup is our public enemy number one probably, but that's one of 260 chemicals that are now prevalent in our food system. So, we have completely chemicalized the human experience and the planet itself, and so the level of toxicity has superseded the planet's capacity for life. We've lost [biodiversity] on the planet in the last 40 or 50 years, and so we're almost halfway done with this great extinction. And we're not paying attention to it very well. "





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

"BE HEALTHY, EAT GRASS"

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com