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Breezy Hill Farm Update Sep 9, 2018

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