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Posted 2/22/2010 10:28pm by Art Ozias.
  • Baby chicks are due Feb 23.  It takes about 7 weeks.  There will be 50 in each batch.  Bob and I will get another batch every 3-4 weeks.  Now is the time to start placing your orders; we will notify you when pick up will be.  I guess the grass will get green; it has plenty of moisture.  It sure doesn't look like pastured poultry weather with ice on the trees.
  • My cured and smoked bacon turned out great. The ponhaus is also good.  My son, Pete, said it is awesome. 
  • We had the best brisket ever last Sunday.  We will put the recipe on the web site.  Of course, we recommend grass finished brisket.

    Here is recent customer comment.  

Truly sorry that I was not able to be here when you delivered the beef, but absolutely wanted to provide feedback.

 

First, with the half-hog that we purchased, I must say that we are quite pleased, though we have not yet eaten a significant portion.  I have sampled the bacon, sausage, chops and a roast and have been duly impressed.  Never had bacon smell so "bacony" before.

 

Beef is, however, my preferred meat.  This past weekend, I finally got to tear into a steak.  I recently purchased a new grill which I am still trying to figure out as it is much hotter and consistent than my last.  Grilled a couple of rib-eyes and unfortunately they were certainly well-done.  I was amazed at how tender a well done steak was able to come out...with no seasonings whatsoever, they tasted great.

 

Last night, I achieved my goal of a medium rib-eye to perfection and was not disappointed.  The flavor and tenderness were near perfect.  Will say that I chose the rib-eye because, of the better cuts, this is my least favorite as I prefer the leaner cuts.

 

Also, the hamburger...I cannot believe how lean it is..which is a good thing in my book.

 

Very happy I made this decision...even though it was essentially made in a day and well before I had intended to make it.  Probably the best quick decision I have ever made.



  • Here’s another Jerry Brunetti video.  You’ll learn a lot.  This guy is really smart. He's an animal nutritionist.  He survived cancer and he is sharing things learned.  You may want to share this with someone who is facing a similiar challenge. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Na6jopSorlM

    The following is a news release by R-Calf's, Dr. Max Thornsberry.

Billings, Mont. – Country-of-origin labeling (COOL) for meat has become the law of the land, and you’d think a pig had been stuck with a knife considering all the squealing coming from the multinational beef packing industry and its trade associations.

 

The U.S. was the last country in the Western Hemisphere without some form of COOL for meat. COOL never would’ve come to pass here unless consumer groups had joined the fight. A few thousand independent cattlemen were no match for the millions of dollars raised by those opposed to COOL, mainly the beef packing industry and grocery store groups. Once millions of consumers became incensed about melamine in their dog and cat food, COOL became a reality

Well, it wasn’t quite that simple, but almost.

The mandatory COOL law was written to accommodate trade with our neighbors. “Born and Raised in Canada, Slaughtered in U.S.,” or “Born in Mexico, Slaughtered in U.S.,” are legal, proper labels. Initially, the packing industry simply labeled all meat products “Product of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.” 

 

A simple ‘North American’ label, but it misleads consumers when it is applied to beef that is exclusively of U.S. origin and does not provide consumers with their right to exercise choice in the marketplace.

 

Wendy’s restaurants proudly advertise their hamburgers are made from North American beef. The North American label is a mixed label and is not what Congress intended for beef produced from cattle born, raised and slaughtered in the United States of America.

Packers like Tyson Foods labeled their beef with a mixed North American label. Yet, once forced to actually label red meat properly, several packers placed the origin label in such small letters it takes reading glasses to actually read it, if you can even find it.  

Until meatpackers begin to properly distinguish beef from U.S. cattle from the beef from Canadian or Mexican cattle with a conspicuous and legible label, the marketplace will not function properly and the benefits of COOL cannot materialize. If COOL was implemented as the law is written and if USDA would enforce the rules as Congress intended, consumers would be able to exercise choice in the marketplace, and the demand created by their choices would determine the relative value of cattle from the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Unfortunately, these relative values for domestic and imported cattle are being arbitrarily decided by the multinational packers that are politically motivated to destroy COOL.

These packers are now making it difficult for Canadian and Mexican cattle to receive the mixed label (cattle imported from Canada and slaughtered in the U.S. are eligible for a mixed label that states “Product of Canada and U.S.”). This has prompted Canada and Mexico to file a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO). U.S. cattlemen who feed Mexican steers are being discounted by the packers, if the packers even choose to buy them. This is going on even though the beef from those cattle is eligible for a mixed-origin label that includes both the U.S. and Mexico.

 

While all this is happening, USDA does nothing – by design, I think. USDA did not support COOL, and I believe, is setting up COOL for a complete failure. If this occurs, beef will be generic in the U.S., and the U.S. consumer will have no idea where their beef originated in the world and no choice as to which country’s beef they choose to cook for their family’s dinner. 

 

The long-range goal of the huge multinational food corporations is to acquire food anywhere in the world where it can be produced for the least cost, where cheap land and cheap labor can be exploited. We have seen in this country what “too big to fail” has wrought in the financial industries. Do we really desire to turn over food production to multinational corporations? 

 

There basically is only one industry left in Rural America sufficiently dispersed to provide nearly every rural community with the opportunity to generate new economic activity. That industry, the independent U.S. cow/calf sector, produces a new set of wealth each spring. If this sector fails, grocery stores will be full of food from around the world, and the average American will have no choice as to which country’s beef her family consumes. 

It will be generic beef. 

 

I give us about 10 years, unless we fight for COOL, and win. 

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra


 
Posted 2/9/2010 9:04pm by Art Ozias.
  • Hogs are available.  They will weigh about 250 pounds.  They will be about $125-150.  The processing is about $200.  That's for the whole hog.  For a half divide by two.  There is not much in this for me, as we don't raise the hogs.  I know how hard it is to find quality pork and the small producer needs support.  If you want pastured pork and a tub of healthy lard, now is your chance.  Yes, lard is healthy.  I have a great article explaining the benefits of using lard.  What else is there for high temperature cooking and for that great pie crust?  
  • The fermenter we use for sauerkraut is a Gartopf.
  • We've added a customer comments page .  Check it out.

Another BPA story.  http://health.msn.com/nutrition/customize-your-diet/articlepage.aspx?cp-documentid=100253605&gt1=31065

 

More E-Coli http://www.ecoliblog.com/2010/02/articles/e-coli-recalls/west-missouri-beef-recalls-fresh-boneless-beef-products-due-to-possible-e-coli-o157h7-contamination/index.html

http://food.change.org/blog/view/why_your_packaged_salad_may_be_disgustingly_filthy . After reading this I am glad we have our small greenhouse.  We’ve had greens all winter.  It’s great.

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra
Posted 2/7/2010 9:34pm by Art Ozias.
  • I sort of appologize for the McDonalds information.  I guess I was one of the 30 of someone.  I was given this link http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/mcdbeef.asp from another, and while most of it is true, the motive is flawed.  I usually don't stray from my trusted sources and I had second thoughts about this one.  I am glad to have the snopes site.  I will use that in the future if I feel I need to verify an article.  The statement made by McDonalds that the US doesn't have lean enough beef is ridiculous.  Ground beef is manufactured by the "Grinders" and it can be made to any specification.  Bottomline, it is cheaper to ship buy off shore, just like shoes and shirts and, and.
  • I bought some clover seed for frost seeding of my pastures and the farmer raises hogs the old fashion way.  I now have three sources for hogs.  Let me know and I will put you on a list.  He sells at the market, so price will vary, but I think I can secure them for about $100 for a half and the processing is approximately $100.
  • I made a batch of sauer kraut today.  It takes about three weeks to ferment.  We use a Kartopf. 
  • We've added a "Customer Comments" page to our web site.  We've had some good ones lately. 

More beef recalls.  http://www.ecoliblog.com/2010/01/articles/e-coli-outbreaks/why-the-silence-of-the-steaks-when-will-the-public-be-told-the-extent-of-the-recent-e-coli-o157h7-outbreak/index.html

 

Did you know our crops are now ruining South  America?

http://www.feedingfactoryfarms.org

 

FDA news.  http://www.anh-usa.org/new_site/?p=2212

 

Make sure you get your Vit D levels tested.  Read this and you’ll know why.  Especially important during the Winter as sunshine is sometimes a premium.   http://www.anh-usa.org/new_site/?p=2204

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra
Posted 2/2/2010 8:54pm by Art Ozias.
  • I have a harvest date of Jun 1 for two steers  One split half is already sold.
  • The KC Food Circle Expo is scheduled for Mar 27 in Shawnee, Ks. and Apr 3 in Independence, Mo.  Go to their web site for more information, www.kcfoodcircle.org .  We will be there.  It is a great place to meet producers and to buy items.
  • We have lard and wheat available.  The ground beef and hot dogs are sold.  We have tried both and our only critique is the hot dogs need a little more fat.  We are going to Remer's next time for the hot dogs.  I inspected their process and smoker recently and if I provide the seasoning it should be better.  As most of you know, fat helps in the digestion of the protein and if you have "good" fat, why not use it and help your health in the process.
  • I finished two batchs of ponhaus,  head cheese, and it is great.  I am looking for a way to use the hog's squeal.   I successfully cured and smoked my bacons.  Weather was great for curing.
  • Olly, my granddaughter, and I are planning for our Spring order for baby chickens.  She can't wait for Spring and baby chicks.  Hopefully, we will incubate some of the Redbro eggs for fryers.

    We just received the latest issue of  Wise Traditions, a quarterly publication of the Weston A. Price Foundation.   It has a wealth of information.  I especially liked the article, A Holistic Approach to Cancer, by Thomas Cohen, M. D..  Anyone who has someone suffering from cancer should read this article.

    The following is from Mercola.com.

Artificial Sweeteners are Toxic

That’s right.

There are more reasons to avoid artificial sweeteners than just their impact on your brain and waistline. In fact, there’s enough evidence showing the dangers of consuming artificial sweeteners to fill an entire book -- which is exactly why I wrote Sweet Deception.

When I first started studying natural medicine I did not know which was worse, regular soda or diet soda, but after careful review the answer became very clear that although sugar, especially high fructose corn syrup needs to be avoided like the plague, it is still less damaging to your health than artificial sweeteners.

Take aspartame, for instance. The phenylalanine in aspartame dissociates from the ester bond and increases dopamine levels in your brain. This can lead to symptoms of depression because it distorts your serotonin/dopamine balance. It can also lead to migraine headaches and brain tumors through a similar mechanism.

Furthermore, the aspartic acid in aspartame is a well-documented excitotoxin. Excitotoxins are usually amino acids, such as glutamate and aspartate. These special amino acids cause particular brain cells to become excessively excited, to the point they will quickly die. Excitotoxins can also cause a loss of brain synapses and connecting fibers.

Then the ester bond in aspartame is broken down to formaldehyde and methanol, which have their own toxicities. So it is not surprising that this popular artificial sweetener has also been linked to cancer.

A recent study also found a two-fold increased risk of a decline in kidney function among women who drank two or more artificially sweetened beverages a day.

This just adds to the growing list of serious health risks from consuming these toxic substances, which are deceptively marketed as though they are safe and even healthy!

Unfortunately, most public health agencies and nutritionists in the United States recommend these toxic artificial sweeteners as an acceptable alternative to sugar, which is at best confusing and at worst harming the health of those who take their misguided advice.

Why Mercola has become the number one on line resource for medical informationhttp://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/01/19/Top-12-Mercola-Predictions-That-Came-True-Part-1-of-4.aspx

 

Have a problem with gout?  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/01/19/Five-Steps-to-Overcoming-Gout-Naturally.aspx

 

 

Good OCA information . http://www.organicconsumers.org/usda_watch.cfm

 

Here is an audio on the limitations on organics.  http://www.zshare.net/audio/71608586998b4a03/


that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra  
 

Posted 1/23/2010 10:07pm by Art Ozias.
  • We finished the ground beef and hot dog pick up today.  It went well. 
  • We recently processed some hogs and have lard available.  It is $20 per tub.  Yes, LARD.  If you do your research you'll find that lard is making a comeback.  It's healthy after all, now that we know about crisco and margarine.
  • Debra was at the local grocery store today and saw the price of a 5# bag of flour and it was over $6.   Well, she decided to come home and grind some fresh wheat.  We still have some from the last harvest.  It is $0.80/lb.
  • We have about 30 hot dogs available.  They are $4.50/lb.
     

 Here’s why I get Mercola’s email news letter. 

 

http://www.mercola.com/forms/rankings.htm

 

More information on cell phones.  http://emf.mercola.com/sites/emf/archive/2010/01/12/Real-Reason-Cell-Phone-Use-is-Banned-on-Airlines.aspx

 

For those interested in school lunch improvement efforts, here is a good article I found from YES magazine.  http://www.yesmagazine.org/happiness/smarter-school-lunches?utm_source=wkly20100115&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=descr_mrMahoney

 

Vit D added to milk.  Which kind are they adding?  There is a huge difference between D2 and D3.  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/01/16/Dont-Rely-on-Fortified-Foods.aspx

 

Here is a must see video.  We need to become more educated on GMO and its effects on our foods. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/01/14/Everything-you-MUST-KNOW-About-Dangerous-Genetically-Modified-Foods.aspx

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra
Posted 1/12/2010 9:35pm by Art Ozias.
  • I sent an email to all those that had ordered the ground beef/hot dogs.  If you didn't get that email and have ordered either ground beef and/or hot dogs, please email me so I can make sure we have adequate of both.
  • Here is good link for kombucha http://www.anahatabalance.com/teakombucha2.html.  Debra can get you started if you have a gallon glass jar.  That site sells a starter kit for $49.95. 
  • We still have some hard white winter for sale. 


    We updated out Beef Brochure under PRODUCTS on our web site www.breezy-hill-farm.com .  Check it out.  Mary was able to redo it so that it now downloads is seconds instead of minute.  Thanks Mary

More on high fructose corn syrup.  Very interesting that Europe has sugar in their soda.  Those who have watched the Utube video (recent breezy hill update)  will appreciate this. http://food.change.org/blog/view/why_are_we_fat_and_ill_the_answers_in_the_coca-cola

 

 

Nice pictures. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/12/19/Stunningly-Beautiful-Photos-Part-II.aspx

 

Not hamburger this time, but sirloin steaks and closer to the Midwest.  Again, it was not detected in the plant, rather people got sick and then they start to investigate.  http://www.ecoliblog.com/2009/12/articles/e-coli-recalls/e-coli-recall-national-steak-and-poultry-unnamed-restaurants-implicated/index.html


that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra
Posted 1/10/2010 7:56pm by Art Ozias.
  • Hogs are sold.  Beef halves, split halves are sold.  The cold weather has taken its toll.  We have two more beeves, but it will be late Spring for them.  Little Red was ready, but I have decided to keep him for a pet.  He is the first nurse calf (his beef mother had no milk and I put him on Rosebud our milk cow) to not go "wild" after spending time with the beef free roamers.  May have to train him to pull a cart so he can "earn" his stay.
  • We still are taking orders for ground beef.  One of our customers decided to purchase a split half and in doing so decided to reduce their ground beef order.  It is $3.75 per pound and a minimum of 20 pounds is required.  I think the processor will be breaking down the beef this week.  Probably we will have the pick up this Saturday at Java Junction in Warrensburg.  If so, it will be in the afternoon.  I will send an email to those who have pre ordered.

Thanks Richard for the link.  Sure glad I have my own chickens in the freezer.  We will start up again next Spring when the grass is green.  Chickens don’t do very well in snow. http://foodpoisoning.pritzkerlaw.com/archives/salmonella-consumer-reports-finds-salmonella-campylobacter-in-most-chickens.html

 

More Vit D info.  Make sure you read this. 

http://www.anh-usa.org/new_site/?p=1566

 

http://www.anh-usa.org/new_site/?p=1570

 

 

Did you know about buying new "OLD" tires?  Here is an ABC report you may want to watch.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/12/31/Not-Knowing-This-about-Your-Car-Tires-Could-Kill-You-or-Your-Loved-Ones.aspx

I am including this link again.  It is important to learn about HFCS.   This first link will get parts 1 thru 3 of 9.  The UTube link will get the rest of the lecture.  They are in 10 minute segments, so you can watch the lecture in segments;  you may not have 90 minutes to watch it in one viewing.   http://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2&shva=1#inbox/125eed658b7038c4  Here is the Utube link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjxyjcvW7RE&feature=related

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra.
Posted 1/7/2010 8:13pm by Art Ozias.
  • We have a half of beef available now.  Just let me know.  That will be the last for awhile.  I have two more but they are not gaining on a diet of snow, hay and sub-zero temps.  They  will be ready hopefully in May.
  • I am enclosing some e-coli information for the new members of our web email list.  They may not be aware of the dangers associated with e-coli.

Hamburger(ground beef) is one thing but now steaks?  Check the map it is not localized. 

http://www.ecoliblog.com/2010/01/articles/e-coli-outbreaks/cdc-confirms-multistate-outbreak-of-e-coli-o157h7-infections-associated-with-mechanically-tenderized-steaks-from-national-steak-and-poultry/index.html

http://www.marlerblog.com/2010/01/articles/legal-cases/olive-garden-applebees-moes-southwest-grill-carinos-italian-and-54th-street-grill-bar-linked-to-e-coli-meat-recall/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MarlerBlog+%28Marler+Blog%29   

Another happy grass finished customer.  

Yep, that'll be great! (Bought the half of a Hog)  Oh and I've been meaning to tell you that the beef is wonderful!  The day after you delivered, we had the English roast, and it was perfect.  My friend prepared it, and thought it looked so beautiful when she opened it up, she actually sent a picture message to her husband, who was TDY.  I'm excited to share my experiences with grass-fed beef and raw milk with my classmates, since my English Composition class is taking on the subject of food this semester.  We are required to read Omnivore's Dilemma, Fast Food Nation, Bringing it to the Table, and to watch Food, Inc.  How great is that??

~Laura

that's it from the hill (snow is really deep).  Art and Debra.

Posted 1/6/2010 7:44pm by Art Ozias.
  • I still have a half of a hog.  It is a heritage breed, Red Waddle.  Let me know.  I just finished a pork chop from last year.   Excellent meat. 

    Jan 12 there will be a meeting of the Milk Board in Jefferson City from 11-2pm.  Several raw milk producers will be there asking and challenging the Board regarding the recent issue near Springfield.   Wish I could go and watch OUR government in action.

Nice to see that  Food, Inc is getting exposure.  http://www.marthastewart.com/show/the-martha-stewart-show/vegetarian-thanksgiving

 From the Director of Fresh, the Movie.  We showed this film at La Sous Terre.

The Associated Press just uncovered a series of confidential commercial licensing agreements that give around 200 smaller companies the right to insert Monsanto's genes (resistant to their Roundup herbicide) in their corn and soybean plants.

This means that Monsanto will OWN and CONTROL roughly 95 percent of all soybeans and 80 percent of all corn grown in the US. Monsanto is blocking any competition in the seed industry, forcing farmers into growing genetically modified crops, and all the while increasing seed prices. Now, when farmers buy bags of seed from obscure brand names, they are paying for Monsanto's seeds.

These practices are at the core of the investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice to determine if Monsanto is violating anti-trust laws.

Sign the FRESH petition to the Department of Justice: break up the food monopoly to free our farmers.

http://action.freshthemovie.com/petition.jsp?petition_KEY=617

This could be the first step towards the government taking long-needed action to help break the corporate control in our farming and food system.

For farmers to survive and thrive, we need the government to take action that restores real competition to the farm economy - not the current situation where a few corporations in the grain, seed, dairy and livestock sectors hold excessive control.

In 2010, the Department of Justice will hold public hearings to discuss anti-trust issues in agricultural production. We want our voice to be heard in this process.

 FRESH will deliver your signature and comments to the Department of Justice.

 Sign the FRESH petition: free our farmers by busting corporate control of our food system.

ana Sofia joanes

Director, FRESH

© 2008 FRESH the movie - New thinking on what we're eating.

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra

Posted 1/4/2010 6:01pm by Art Ozias.
  • I have found another hog.  Call if you want a half.  If will be available  o/a Jan 15.           660-656-3409

Healthy Living
Thursday, December 10, 2009

The 7 foods experts won't eat

    * by Liz Vaccariello, Editor-in-Chief, PREVENTION, on Tue Nov 24, 2009 11:15am PST

How healthy (or not) certain foods are—for us, for the environment—is a hotly debated topic among experts and consumers alike, and there are no easy answers. But when Prevention talked to the people at the forefront of food safety and asked them one simple question—“What foods do you avoid?”—we got some pretty interesting answers. Although these foods don’t necessarily make up a "banned” list, as you head into the holidays—and all the grocery shopping that comes with it—their answers are, well, food for thought:

1. Canned Tomatoes

The expert: Fredrick vom Saal, PhD, an endocrinologist at the University of Missouri who studies bisphenol-A

The problem: The resin linings of tin cans contain bisphenol-A, a synthetic estrogen that has been linked to ailments ranging from reproductive problems to heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Unfortunately, acidity (a prominent characteristic of tomatoes) causes BPA to leach into your food. Studies show that the BPA in most people's body exceeds the amount that suppresses sperm production or causes chromosomal damage to the eggs of animals. "You can get 50 mcg of BPA per liter out of a tomato can, and that's a level that is going to impact people, particularly the young," says vom Saal. "I won't go near canned tomatoes."

The solution: Choose tomatoes in glass bottles (which do not need resin linings), such as the brands Bionaturae and Coluccio. You can also get several types in Tetra Pak boxes, like Trader Joe's and Pomi.

2. Corn-Fed Beef

The expert: Joel Salatin, co-owner of Polyface Farms and author of half a dozen books on sustainable farming

The problem: Cattle evolved to eat grass, not grains. But farmers today feed their animals corn and soybeans, which fatten up the animals faster for slaughter. More money for cattle farmers (and lower prices at the grocery store) means a lot less nutrition for us. A recent comprehensive study conducted by the USDA and researchers from Clemson University found that compared with corn-fed beef, grass-fed beef is higher in beta-carotene, vitamin E, omega-3s, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), calcium, magnesium, and potassium; lower in inflammatory omega-6s; and lower in saturated fats that have been linked to heart disease. "We need to respect the fact that cows are herbivores, and that does not mean feeding them corn and chicken manure," says Salatin.

The solution: Buy grass-fed beef, which can be found at specialty grocers, farmers' markets, and nationally at Whole Foods. It's usually labeled because it demands a premium, but if you don't see it, ask your butcher.

3. Microwave Popcorn

The expert: Olga Naidenko, PhD, a senior scientist for the Environmental Working Group,

The problem: Chemicals, including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), in the lining of the bag, are part of a class of compounds that may be linked to infertility in humans, according to a recent study from UCLA. In animal testing, the chemicals cause liver, testicular, and pancreatic cancer. Studies show that microwaving causes the chemicals to vaporize—and migrate into your popcorn. "They stay in your body for years and accumulate there," says Naidenko, which is why researchers worry that levels in humans could approach the amounts causing cancers in laboratory animals. DuPont and other manufacturers have promised to phase out PFOA by 2015 under a voluntary EPA plan, but millions of bags of popcorn will be sold between now and then.

The solution: Pop natural kernels the old-fashioned way: in a skillet. For flavorings, you can add real butter or dried seasonings, such as dillweed, vegetable flakes, or soup mix.

4. Nonorganic Potatoes

The expert: Jeffrey Moyer, chair of the National Organic Standards Board

The problem: Root vegetables absorb herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides that wind up in soil. In the case of potatoes—the nation's most popular vegetable—they're treated with fungicides during the growing season, then sprayed with herbicides to kill off the fibrous vines before harvesting. After they're dug up, the potatoes are treated yet again to prevent them from sprouting. "Try this experiment: Buy a conventional potato in a store, and try to get it to sprout. It won't," says Moyer, who is also farm director of the Rodale Institute (also owned by Rodale Inc., the publisher of Prevention). "I've talked with potato growers who say point-blank they would never eat the potatoes they sell. They have separate plots where they grow potatoes for themselves without all the chemicals."

The solution: Buy organic potatoes. Washing isn't good enough if you're trying to remove chemicals that have been absorbed into the flesh.

5. Farmed Salmon

The expert: David Carpenter, MD, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany and publisher of a major study in the journal Science on contamination in fish.

The problem: Nature didn't intend for salmon to be crammed into pens and fed soy, poultry litter, and hydrolyzed chicken feathers. As a result, farmed salmon is lower in vitamin D and higher in contaminants, including carcinogens, PCBs, brominated flame retardants, and pesticides such as dioxin and DDT. According to Carpenter, the most contaminated fish come from Northern Europe, which can be found on American menus. "You can only safely eat one of these salmon dinners every 5 months without increasing your risk of cancer," says Carpenter, whose 2004 fish contamination study got broad media attention. "It's that bad." Preliminary science has also linked DDT to diabetes and obesity, but some nutritionists believe the benefits of omega-3s outweigh the risks. There is also concern about the high level of antibiotics and pesticides used to treat these fish. When you eat farmed salmon, you get dosed with the same drugs and chemicals.

The solution: Switch to wild-caught Alaska salmon. If the package says fresh Atlantic, it's farmed. There are no commercial fisheries left for wild Atlantic salmon.
6. Milk Produced with Artificial Hormones

The expert: Rick North, project director of the Campaign for Safe Food at the Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility and former CEO of the Oregon division of the American Cancer Society

The problem: Milk producers treat their dairy cattle with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH or rBST, as it is also known) to boost milk production. But rBGH also increases udder infections and even pus in the milk. It also leads to higher levels of a hormone called insulin-like growth factor in milk. In people, high levels of IGF-1 may contribute to breast, prostate, and colon cancers. "When the government approved rBGH, it was thought that IGF-1 from milk would be broken down in the human digestive tract," says North. As it turns out, the casein in milk protects most of it, according to several independent studies. "There's not 100% proof that this is increasing cancer in humans," admits North. "However, it's banned in most industrialized countries."

The solution: Check labels for rBGH-free, rBST-free, produced without artificial hormones, or organic milk. These phrases indicate rBGH-free products.

7. Conventional Apples

The expert: Mark Kastel, former executive for agribusiness and codirector of the Cornucopia Institute, a farm-policy research group that supports organic foods

The problem: If fall fruits held a "most doused in pesticides contest," apples would win. Why? They are individually grafted (descended from a single tree) so that each variety maintains its distinctive flavor. As such, apples don't develop resistance to pests and are sprayed frequently. The industry maintains that these residues are not harmful. But Kastel counters that it's just common sense to minimize exposure by avoiding the most doused produce, like apples. "Farm workers have higher rates of many cancers," he says. And increasing numbers of studies are starting to link a higher body burden of pesticides (from all sources) with Parkinson's disease.

The solution: Buy organic apples. If you can't afford organic, be sure to wash and peel them first.

 This from the Union of Concerned Scientists  (UCS).

 

3. Biotech crops responsible for huge increase in weed killers

According to a new report from the Organic Center, and contrary to industry claims, the use of weed killers (herbicides) in the United States has increased dramatically—by 383 million pounds—over the first 13 years of commercial production of GE crops. Impacts of Genetically Engineered Crops on Pesticide Use in the United States attributes the increased use to weeds that have become resistant to herbicides with the widespread planting of GE herbicide-tolerant crops. These crops are engineered to withstand weed killers so that the chemicals can be applied to fields to kill weeds. However, their overuse on GE crops has led to weeds that, like the crops, can tolerate the herbicides. As farmers use more and more herbicides to control them, the weeds become more resistant in turn, requiring even more herbicides to control them. This report, like UCS's report Failure to Yield, refutes the biotech industry's overstated assertions of the benefits of GE crops. Read the report, which was funded by UCS and other public-interest groups. To learn more about how herbicide-tolerant weeds are overtaking fields in the South, watch an ABC News video.

 

 

5. Major cattle producer loses right to use organic label

After a four-year investigation and legal battle, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has suspended the organic certification of Promiseland Livestock, LLC, for four years. Promiseland, one of the largest organic cattle producers in the United States, manages 22,000 beef and dairy cattle in Nebraska and Missouri. Investigators accused Promiseland of violating numerous organic regulations, including feeding conventional grain to cattle and reselling conventional grain as organic. The suspension directly resulted from the company's inability to provide records demonstrating its compliance with organic standards. The ruling signifies a commitment by the USDA to ensure the integrity of the organic label, which is critical to consumer confidence and support for organic products. Read more from the New York Times.

  

Great comments for great beef from a new customer.  Thanks

 

I had some round steak last night and it was wonderful!!!!  The only reason I did not get a side of beef is because of how “gamey” grass fed beef is suppose to taste.  I heard many stories on how corn fed beef was tastier and that I would not like pasture raised beef.  My conversion to venison was not an easy one as lean as it is.  Anyway, I absolutely love your beef!!  I would like another split half but I cant afford it for at least another month.  If you still have any beef available in that time, I will certainly take it off your hands.  I hope your rump roast recipe is still available.  David will be home from deployment in July so I will make it for him then.

 

Thank you so much for your business and all the info you send regarding quality meat and the politics of food. 

Nic


that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra