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Breezy Hill Farm Update Aug. 2, 2020

Posted 8/2/2020 10:57pm by Art Ozias.


  • Do you remember about two UPDATES ago that the rain was going just to the north or just to the south.  We were getting very dry.   Well, that all changed this past week.  Monday 4.88, Wednesday 1.46, Thursday 4.64 and Friday 3.99 inches.   That's 14.97.  That was a lot of rain in a very short time.  Water went over our pond bank.   It will take a month for the top soil to  settle.  Our neighbor is a corn, bean  commodity producers.  The pond just east of our house is now full, and since it drains established pasture, the water is still clear.   Apparently, we have very little compaction as the ground is still firm and not muddy with all that rain.  No compaction and good tilth and water will percolate down in to the subsoil.
  • Raising guineas is sure a challenge.  Two nights ago Debra observed a black snake with a small baby guinea being killed.  Well, it was an eye for an eye.   We are now down to four from 10.  We have lost half ot the older group.  Our guinea hens are laying again.  One started setting this week.  Always fighting  nature's food chain.
  • We were ready to cut our fall hay crop and then 14.97 inches and now maybe this next week.




This just happened. Finally, hope it helps. There are many things that need to happen to make this work. We don't have enough veterinaries, producers, and processors and a totally misaligned national farm bill.

“Boycott Big Meat” is a national consumer education and lobbying campaign to advance the transition away from today’s centralized industrial meat production to a system of organic regenerative pasture-raised and grass-fed meat production built and run by a diverse network of local and regional independent farmers, ranchers, processors, and retailers who are committed to:

• Justice, including fair pay and safe working conditions, for all producers and workers throughout the supply chain;

• Respect for animals and all natural systems, including water, nutrient, and carbon cycles; and

• Public health, through the production of drug- and pesticide-free meat and animal products.

"Boycott Big Meat" was launched in July 2020, with several partners, including Forward LatinoSocially Responsible Agricultural ProjectMercola.comRegeneration International and the national coalition of U.S. Farmers & Ranchers for a Green New Deal. The campaign is endorsed by dozens of food, farm, climate and social and environmental justice organizations.

The COVID-19 crisis exposed as never before how our highly centralized industrial meat production system, dominated by a handful of huge corporations, exploits family farmers, slaughterhouse workers, and the environment—all while providing us with unhealthy pesticide- and drug-contaminated food. While the campaign is named "Boycott Big Meat," it's really about building something better. This is a campaign about taking back our food system from exploitive absentee corporations who care nothing about the communities where they locate their operations, and putting meat production back in the hands of producers who live in the communities they serve..

Sens. Booker and Warren recently called for a Congressional investigation into Big Meat’s practices during the pandemic. In a press release, the Senators explained why Congress should demand answers from the country’s largest industrial meat producers:

“United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) are opening an investigation of Tyson Foods, JBS USA, Cargill and Smithfield Foods after reports that the meatpacking companies, while threatening the American public with impending meat shortages and jacking up prices, exported a record amount of product to China. The companies used the COVID-19 pandemic -- and warning of shortages -- as cover while they endangered workers, dramatically increased prices for American consumers, and successfully lobbied the President to sign an executive order designating their plants as critical infrastructure and allowing them to continue operating in an unsafe fashion.”

It’s time to stop buying and consuming food products that we know are bad for our health, bad for the environment, bad for small farmers, bad for food chain workers, bad for animals and bad for the climate.

Those of us who hate factory farms and love animals need to stop fighting among ourselves about whether to eat meat or not. Americans need to boycott all factory farm meat and animal products, and purchase only meat and animal products that are raised organically and regeneratively.

We are what we eat. We must get rid of Big Meat, CAFOs and giant slaughterhouses. We must put the Earth’s billions of confined farm animals back outside on the 8 billion acres of pastureland and rangeland, grazing and foraging, where they belong.

The next time you pull out your wallet at a grocery store, or contemplate eating out rather than cooking at home, think before you act. Boycott Big Meat and industrial food, today and every day. Join us in building up an organic and regenerative food system. The hour is late. But we still have time to turn things around.

It's going to be an uphill struggle.  They are two lines almost anytime of the day at our local McDonald's.



Art Ozias