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Breezy Hill Farm Update Dec11, 2018

Posted 12/11/2018 5:54pm by Art Ozias.


  • Here is the correct link for the North Carolina hog CAFO article.
  • All requests for grass finished freezer beef have been filled for this year.
  • Was able to get on processor's schedule for Jan 14.  
  • Any more freezer beef will depend on weather this winter.
  • Will have a ground beef day in Feb or Mar.
  • Should be more dirt hogs in Jan or Feb.



  • About two weeks prior to harvest of grain crops like wheat, oats and barley, glyphosate is sprayed onto the crop as a desiccant, which accelerates the drying process, allowing for earlier harvest

  • Applying this toxic chemical to crops so soon before harvest is one likely reason why levels of glyphosate have been rising in humans

  • The Environmental Working Group (EWG) and other consumer groups have petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce the amount of glyphosate residues allowed in oats from 30 parts per million (ppm) to 0.1 ppm, as well as prohibit the use of glyphosate as a preharvest desiccant

  • The 0.1 ppm limit for glyphosate on oats was actually the legal limit in 1993 — it has since been raised 300-fold, in response to a petition from Monsanto around the time farmers began to widely use glyphosate as a desiccant late in the season



Here's another example of how we taxpayers are subsidizing big AG. Shouldn't AG pay for this since they are causing the problem?? But that would make their “food” cost more and in turn would help to level the playing field with organic production. Oh well, I guess we'll get another Ag bill from congress that continues with the same subsidizing of Big AG.

Industrial Farms and CAFOs Are the Primary Sources of Water Pollution

In the greater Des Moines area alone, a region that’s home to more than 500,000 people, a water filtration facility that cost more than $4 million was installed in 1991, and it costs $7,000 a day to run. Water prices have risen up to 10 percent a year to cover rising filtration costs, and it still can’t keep up with all the nitrogen flowing into the water, according to environmental journalist Mark Schapiro.3

Now the city is facing a need for another $15 million filtration system or it will be forced to find new groundwater sources. In the meantime, people in the state have been plagued with increased risks of cancer 4 and birth defects,5 likely linked to the nitrogen-contaminated drinking water.

A report released by the Iowa Environmental Council (IEC) summarized the health risks of nitrates in drinking water.20 Researchers reviewed over 100 studies on the health effects of nitrates in drinking water and found multiple studies linked them to birth defects, bladder cancer and thyroid cancer.


The local issue with Valley Oaks has been temporarily solved in favor of the local citizens.  We'll see if the decision is final.  I'm sure there will be more.  CAFO's don't die easily.  Too much money involved.



Art Ozias

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