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Breezy Hill Farm Update Jul 7, 2019

Posted 7/7/2019 10:30pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • Well, we are up to 30 baby guineas.  The guinea hen hatched 15 and she really out did herself.
  • Had our first tomato last week.  Sure is nice to have a decent tomato.
  • Our grapes and elderberries are incredible this year.  I may have to get some carboys out and make some wine this year.
  • Peaches are just beautiful this year.  I'm holding my breath.  Last year we had the most awful japanese beetle confrontation.  They ruined all the fruit from one tree.  I trapped them by the five gallon bucket.  Many days I dumped two five gallon buckets each day.  I dumped so many that they began to smell just like a dead animal.
  • We had 6 and a half inches on rain in three days.  It was a real wet "dust bowl" with a lot of flooding.  I will include a link for a Joel Salatin podcast interview and during the interview he makes the statement that for each bushel of corn raised in Iowa they lose 2 bushels of topsoil.  Folks, that's not sustainable.  I read recently that England has 60 more years of food production and then there will be no more soil.   I know most don't believe that and may even label that "fake news".  But that coupled with the steady desertification that is happening worldwide is a very real concern.  The desertification is real as documented by aerial photos.
  • We will be having a ground beef pick up very soon.  However, we will not have enough for all the requests.  Therefore, when I get the final number of pounds I'll send an email notice.  Those not getting an email will move up to form the next list.  All requests are filed in the order received.

From the Organic Consumers Association.

Family farmers aren’t going out of business because they aren’t working hard enough, or smart enough.

America’s independent farmers—once both the backbone and lifeblood of rural American communities—are filing for bankruptcy at an alarming rate because U.S. food and farming policies are being written by Big Ag lobbyists who don't care about you, farmers, or the environment they pollute. Their only mission is to line the pockets of corporations like Monsanto-Bayer, Cargill, Tyson and others.

We often hear from some corners of the food movement that food shouldn’t be “political.”

But like it or not, consumers suffer when our country’s food & farming policies are stacked against small, independent farmers—including organic regenerative farmers who grow the kind of food we want, using practices that heal, not harm the Earth.

Bad policy decisions are why consumers don’t have clear labels on GMO foods.

Bad policy decisions are why so many of our foods are contaminated with residues of toxic weedkillers, antibiotics, arsenic, other heavy metals and all manner of drugs.

Bad policy decisions are why states like Iowa and Nebraska suffer from widespread water pollution directly attributable to factory farms.

And bad policy decisions are why we have to constantly fight to preserve strong USDA Organic standards.

In March, Sen. Warren rolled out a plan to take on Big Ag. Last week, Sen. Sanders rolled out his plan to revitalize rural American communities by supporting small farmers.

We aren’t suggesting that you vote for either of these candidates—as a nonprofit organization, we don’t endorse political candidates.

We would like you let these candidates—and any other candidates who talk about food & farming policy reform—know that you appreciate that they are making food and farming policy a key issue in the upcoming election.



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Tests reveal the nutrient content of foods has dramatically declined since the introduction of mechanized farming in 1925. As just one example, research by August Dunning, chief science officer and co-owner of Eco Organics, reveals that to receive the amount of iron you used to get from one apple in 1950, by 1998 you had to eat 26 apples; today you have to eat 36, and this is a direct consequence of industrial farming techniques and use of chemicals that destroy soil quality by killing essential microbes.

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2019/01/29/top-reasons-to-support-regenerative-agriculture.aspx?utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20190129Z1_UCM&et_cid=DM263850&et_rid=531377477

I sure wish our local representative and senator would read this. It might help them in their voting on local control.

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Hopefully, someone will screen this film locally.

https://civileats.com/2019/05/02/new-film-captures-the-brutal-reality-of-living-near-factory-farms/?fbclid=IwAR1wmbwkPOPsZMzTlkzYuwt5J0tQtGRQ6YPFnAZx_-ud1rg62UC_ADZiRSQ



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Monsanto ordered to pay $2 billion in Roundup cancer lawsuit.  Yes, that is billion with a B.

https://www.nationofchange.org/2019/05/14/monsanto-ordered-to-pay-2-billion-in-roundup-cancer-lawsuit/

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A controversial drug allowed in meat production in the U.S.—but banned in 160 other countries—is in the news again. This time, it’s because the Trump administration, as part of a trade deal, is trying to force China to allow imports of U.S. pork raised with ractopamine.

If you buy industrially produced pork at a U.S. supermarket, it likely contains ractopamine—about 60 – 80 percent of industrial pork producers use the drug. If Trump forces China to allow imports of U.S. pork raised with ractopamine, that percentage could increase—and so will Elanco’s profits.

Don't bother looking for ractopamine on labels—pork producers aren’t required to tell you they use ractopamine.

How can consumers avoid buying pork or other meat contaminated with ractopamine? Buy from a trusted local farmer, or look for the American Grassfed Association (AGA) logo—AGA-certified meat prohibits the use of ractopamine.  We maintain a list of local farmers who raise dirt hogs and don't use drugs, harmons, antibiotics etc.



More science behind burger appears to lead to more glyphosate in burger

A new article by

Excerpt…

We are shocked to find that the Impossible Burger can have up to 11X higher levels of glyphosate residues than the Beyond Meat Burger according to these samples tested. This new product is being marketed as a solution for “healthy” eating, when in fact 11 ppb of glyphosate herbicide consumption can be highly dangerous. Only 0.1 ppb of glyphosate has been shown to destroy gut bacteria, which is where the stronghold of the immune system lies. I am gravely concerned that consumers are being misled to believe the Impossible Burger is healthy.” stated Zen Honeycutt, Executive Director of Moms Across America.

To read the full story click here


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Health Benefits of Grass Fed Beef https://foodfacts.mercola.com/grass-fed-beef.html

More info on grass finished beef. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=141


Be aware there may be a difference between grass fed and grass finished.  Always ask!!


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

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com