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Breezy Hill Farm Update Sep 13 ,2020

Posted 9/13/2020 9:13pm by Art Ozias.


  • Raising guineas is a challenge.  Remember, we had a guinea hen hatch out either ten or eleven babies sometime ago (hard to count them they are so little and so quick).  Well, now there are none.  We were down to a  single one and then this past week something got it.  It had grown to  about half size, so we thought surely it would make it.  There are just too many higher up in the food chain.  Owls, hawks, snakes, maybe a barn cat, maybe a feral cat, maybe a dog, varmints (raccoon, possum) and lost one to down pouring rain.  Debra, with the help of some setting hens (chicken) and three guinea hens, hatched out 26 this past two weeks.  They are in a pen in the chicken house and they will stay there until much bigger.  They will be eating game bird starter and will have to learn later how to harvest ticks and bugs from the twelve remaining adult guineas.
  • About two weeks ago there was a news item in the KC Star about a bunch of bisons escaping from a feedlot in Nebraska.  Just to remind everyone, the Bison in the meat counters at the grocery most were finished in a feedlot, just like the beef items.  About 70 percent of Bison are from a CAFO.
  •  Robert sent me a link to a recent interview on KKFI, SURE TO SCROLL DOWN TO SEPTEMBER 9 AT 9 AM.  IT'S LISTED UNDER ALTERNATIVE RADIO, CLICK PLAY.  I have been a fan of Ralph Nader for many years,  probably because he has been someone fighting against corporate consolidation and control for many years.   He is 86 and as sharp as ever.  Had we listened to him years ago, we would not be in the situation we now find ourselves.  We would not have just three meat processors, two or three major banks, two or three major oil companies ,etc.  Also, probably no Citizens United.  Just how is my signature when I registered to vote some twenty years ago??  He mentioned that, and sure enough on the national news this past week they had a segment on that.  And how do young people now sign their names?? Heaven help us.
  • Wow, I just checked my starred emails that I need to respond to.  Ground beef, how much does a half cost, do you have any beef,etc.  With recuperating from the knee replacement, I have just not had the inclination to do "book work".  Sorry, I will get caught up this coming week.
  • I highly recommend an article in the latest issue (September page 36) of ACRES USA.  It is written by Fred Provenza, Phd.  The title is , Eating as a Creative Act.  The first paragraphs are powerful.  "Things change.  No  assertion could be more banal.  Yet, within that statement lies a profound truth.  From birth, all things, -individuals, social groups, nations, species, galaxies, and universes- carry the seeds for their dissolution.  Things never change.  Within that assertion, too , is a profound truth: what we call "death" is endless transformation- the never ending dance of energy and transformation. "
  • I'll try to get a digital of that article and post it.


I finished the book "Food Fix: How to Save Our Health, Our Economy, Our Communities, and Our Planet--One Bite at a Time" by Mark Hyman M.D. and wanted to share this quote with you.

"Our food system isn’t just making the world’s population sick; it’s making the environment sick. When we eat a hamburger, fries, and a soda, or even a green smoothie, it is hard to imagine the vast web that produced that food, and its potential to heal or harm humans, the environment, the climate, and the economy. We are insulated from the implications of our diet by the anonymity of our food. Where was it grown? How was it grown? What is the health of the soil and the impact of how the food was grown on nutrient levels in the food? Who grew it? What are their working conditions? What resources were used to grow it? What impact does our food have on our soils, our water, the biodiversity and survival of insect, animal, and plant species, the oceans, pollution, climate change, our health, and our long-term economic well-being as individuals and nations? For many, the link between what we eat and its effect on the planet seems distant. You probably don’t think about climate change, agricultural practices, or the potential for the extinction of our species when you chomp down on your dinner. It would be overwhelming. But each of us should know the food web we live in. We can no longer be complacent in the anonymity of our food. Learning what we have done to create these problems and what we have to do to solve them is essential to our collective future. I wish this were just hyperbole, but sadly it is not. This is not so much about saving the planet as about saving humanity.

CHAPTER 15 WHY AGRICULTURE MATTERS: FOOD AND BEYOND Since the dawn of agriculture in Mesopotamia 10,000 to 12,000 years ago, we have been growing food, which has allowed the rise of civilization. However, the history of agriculture is littered with our destructive habits born of a lack of knowledge of natural systems, resulting in vast ecological damage. The Roman Empire fell in part because of the demise of its agriculture, the result of destructive practices that depleted the soil.  Many other civilizations have suffered the same fate. In Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Yuval Noah Harari disabuses us of any notions of an idyllic past when humans lived sustainably on the Earth. In previous eras, however, the scale of our destruction was smaller, and there was more unspoiled territory, which meant new lands to farm. Most of us don’t think much about farming, except that it’s fun to go to the farmers’ market on a Saturday morning. At the turn of the twentieth century, half of all Americans were farmers; now it’s only 1 to 2 percent. But while agriculture may seem like a distant concern best left to farmers, we must all come to terms with the fact that it is the most important aspect of our world today. Not only because we need to eat, but also because we need a planet to live on. Like it or not, we have to dig into the dirt of how we grow our food and its impact so we can find a new way to feed the world without destroying it. Innovations in agriculture over the last century have allowed us to produce more food than ever, but at a serious cost. The methods we use to grow food are contributing to our future inability to grow food, by increasing greenhouse gas emissions, raising temperatures, and making current cropland unfarmable. As global temperatures rise we may have to grow corn in Siberia, not Iowa. Not to mention the extractive methods of farming, which deplete soil and water and create chemical pollution (from nitrogen fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides), destroying species including pollinators, rivers, lakes, and oceans. "

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Art Ozias