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Breezy Hill Farm Update Feb. 11, 2018

Posted 2/11/2018 7:35pm by Art Ozias.

  • First time ever we had to postpone the ground beef pickup.  The weather was just too questionable.  We have rescheduled for this next Saturday at 12 noon.  I will send an email on Wednesday for all to re verify they can be here for the pickup.  I need to know how many pounds to pick up.
  • I have no names on the Dirt Hog list so if I have missed your email, let me know.
  • The KC Food Circle EXPO will be on Mar 31 at the Johnson County Community College.  See you there.


[W]e need to stop talking about GMOs as if it's some abstract technology that poses this kind of really-hard-to-understand danger, gene splicing, disruption of the genome and all that … There is no GMO crop that isn't sprayed with large amounts of poisonous chemicals …
Or else it's impregnated with a poison, like the Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) toxin in the plant that expresses itself in every cell of the plant. When we're talking about pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, we're talking about GMO plants. There's no way to fight against GMOs unless we fight at the same time against chemical-intensive, energy-intensive agriculture and factory farms."

When you see “organic” on a label, it’s still necessary to do your due diligence to ensure the product is truly produced with the highest organic standards. The Organic Trade Association and the hydroponic lobby, led by the Coalition for Sustainable Organics, are seeking to rewrite organic rules to include hydroponics, which are plants grown in a liquid medium without soil.  USDA just recently succumbed and now hydroponics can be labeled Organic.

 USDA organic regulations require that your crop rotation plan maintains or improves soil organic matter.  How is it possible for hydroponics to meet this requirement?? 

Hydroponics do not involve the use of soil.  They should not qualify for organic certification, yet operators  have been certified organic by USDA accredited certification agencies, which is deceitful to the public. Hydroponics also use chemicals, which organic producers are barred from using.

Worse, commercial hydroponic growers will rarely reveal the fertilizers they use. Further, keep in mind that while growing food indoors does reduce the need for pesticides, it does not automatically mean hydroponic vegetables are pesticide-free. In addition, at least one study found hydroponically grown vegetables had lower levels of carotenoids such as beta-carotene and lutein than conventional vegetables. 

 Cows produce more milk, faster, when they’re fed grain in the barn, as opposed to grazing on grass on pasture.

Industrialized organic dairies are capitalizing on this by skimping on grazing time, raising thousands of cows in veritable CAFOs, yet still gaining the USDA organic label that suggests a superior product.

Fortunately, the American Grassfed Association (AGA) recently introduced much-needed grass fed standards and certification for American-grown Further, if you buy organic dairy, you should know that not all organic brands are created equal.

While some are offering truly superior milk that comes from grass fed cows raised on pasture, others are passing off industrially produced milk as organic — and pocketing the increased profits I would strongly advise you to ensure your dairy is AGA certified as grass fed. Getting your raw milk from a local organic grass fed farm or co-op is best, but if you’re considering milk from another source, check out Cornucopia’s Organic Dairy Scorecard, which can help you make informed purchasing decisions.27


  • According to the latest pesticide residue report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), about 85 percent of the more than 10,000 samples of fresh produce they tested contained pesticide residues.


Yes, butter is good for you especially if it is grass fed. 


Art Ozias

(660) 656-3409