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Posted 9/8/2019 9:09pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE


  • My Dirt Hog raising friend up north has a couple of hogs that are ready to be processed.  They will be taken to Nadler's this week.  I have no one on my list, so if you're interested let me know by tomorrow night.  I will need your name and phone number.
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“Feeding the world” was never Monsanto’s motivation for developing Roundup-Ready crops. Monsanto (now owned by Bayer) was always motivated by money, which the company makes hand-over-fist by selling billions of dollars’ worth of chemicals.

An article by Timothy Wise published this week in Medium takes aim at the feeding the world myth:

U.N. agencies have documented rising levels of severe hunger in the world, affecting 820 million people. More than 2 billion suffer “moderate or severe” food insecurity. During the same period, the world is experiencing what Reuters called a “global grains glut,” with surplus agricultural commodities piled up outside grain silos rotting for want of buyers.

Obviously, growing more grain is not reducing global hunger.

Obviously.

As Wise points out, the world already grows more than enough food to feed 10 billion people, which is nearly 3 billion more than currently live on Earth.

People are hungry because they don’t have money to buy food. Or because war, or climate change, have ravaged their land and in many cases, forced them to migrate.

People are hungry because they have no power—over land, water and other food-producing resources.

Paving the way for corporations to rush more GMOs to market isn’t about feeding the world. It’s about feeding the bank accounts of those corporations—and making sure they can never be held accountable for any of the “unintended consequences” of the industrial commodity crops and junk food they unleash on the world.

Our job is to spread the word far and wide—that the path to food security runs not through genetic engineering labs, but through better land stewardship, better food policies and better support for the small-scale farmers who are really feeding the world.

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Another link from the Environmental presentation.  

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






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

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 9/1/2019 9:37pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • Just made another gallon of kraut from just one head of flat dutch cabbage.  It's been a great year for cabbage.
  • Next ground beef is scheduled for Sep 21.  If you want a roast or brisket let me know.
  • We had dirt hog pork chops for dinner this past week.  Delicious.  We sold 9 hogs this past week for my friend and the price is the lowest in some time.  I was hoping for a left over half, but all were taken.
  • This month in the ACREs magazine there is an excellent article on food nutrition density and how to determine it with a spectrometer which measures the BRIX level.
  • We have undoubtedly the best honeydew melon ever.  We got the seeds several years ago and have consistently keep the seeds and replanted them year after year.  If you send me a self addressed envelope I will send you five seeds and you can plant a hill this coming year and enjoy the absolutely best melon you have ever eaten. 
  • Onions have been exceptional this year.  Not too hot and plenty of timely rains.

 

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In 2016, the Environment America Research & Policy Center reported that Tyson Foods, one of the world’s largest meat and poultry producers, dumps more toxic pollution into the nation’s waters than any other agribusiness corporation, and produces the most animal manure of five major companies assessed nationwide.

Yet Tyson continues to falsely claim that the company cares about being “stewards of the land.” In its marketing and advertising materials, Tyson brags about its “commitment to conservation” and its “dedication to environmental leadership.”

We don’t think false claims like these are harmless. And we believe the courts won’t either.

OCA and Food & Water Watch sued Tyson this week for deliberately misleading consumers with false claims about the company’s environmental and animal welfare claims.

If you care about the environment,  about animal welfare,  about how food is produced, and care about holding corporations accountable for the claims they make, you’ll want to read this lawsuit.

Our detailed complaint is filled with fun facts about what’s really goes into making Tyson chicken products—anti-parasitic drugs, antibiotic-resistant pathogens, formaldehyde, hazardous disinfectant chemicals—and how a company that claims it cares about the humane treatment of animals crowds tens of thousands of birds into industrial warehouses.

It's a real eye-opener.

Tyson is no stranger to legal woes. The company is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice for price fixing. And according to the website, Violation Tracker, Tyson has paid out $164.2 million (peanuts for a company with $40 billion in annual sales) since 2000 related to a total of 264 violations, for everything from food safety and environmental violations, to employment discrimination and violations under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

 

HAVE YOU HAD YOUR TYSON TODAY!!!

That slogan is on all the tyson trucks going up and down the local highway hauling tyson products from the local plant in nearby Dresden, Mo.

We make sure we avoid even Jimmy Dean sausage (owned by Tyson). Oh yes, they own Hillshire Farms too.


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Watch "Unprocessed -- how I gave up processed foods (and why it matters) | Megan Kimble
https://youtu.be/8Ug1MnU6LKw

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Watch "Why we can't stop eating unhealthy foods"

https://youtu.be/wTNlHyjip94

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Another link from the environmental group meeting.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEAFTsFH_x4





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

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 8/25/2019 10:56pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE


  • Pears are ready if anyone wants to come pick.  Also, we have extra elderberries. It has to be this week.  They are ready and will be done this week.
  • I am adding just three links for this update.  Be sure to take the time to watch the first two, and to read third.  The first has to do with our planet.  After watching this presentation, I feel sure you will evaluate your choices for local and national political office holders with greater scrutiny.  After watching I think you'll come to the conclusion that to do nothing is going to cost infinitely more than investing in some form of a "green deal".  The second is a partial solution, and the third is for you to realize that doing nothing is going to further affect your health and wellbeing.

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https://youtu.be/29UlR99ZQR8  LTC. Lawrence Wilkerson

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https://youtu.be/zE6xq1hLhPE   Your supporting Breezy Hill is appreciated.  Thanks

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https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/broccoli-is-dying-corn-is-toxic-long-live-microbiomes/

 

 



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

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 8/18/2019 11:07pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE


  • Weird.  We have three gourd martin houses.  Each pole has twelve gourds.  Martins from two poles left three weeks ago.  Yesterday, the final group finally left.  That's very unusual.  They usually all leave at the same time in mid July. I wonder where they go.  They have to have a house to go to.  They are lousy nest builders. How did they exist before we humans provided their housing?
  • My dirt hog source has been at the fair this past week and will be home tomorrow and weigh his hogs.  Then I will know if he has enough to satisfy all your requests.  I'll be sending an email hopefully tomorrow evening.
  • Tomorrow is our final hay day for this year.  With all the rain this summer we have a lot of stockpiled grass.  This may be the first year that we will have left over hay this winter.  Our cows are so fat this summer they can barely pass through the alleyway,and I had to adjust the squeeze chute to its maximum width.

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May want to stop using Roundup. https://vimeo.com/315920699?fbclid=IwAR24c9yqEKxDUHxk3FySd0V27GE88ocjejcJxZwBDSjJaiNJspxbpNs13FQ

https://vimeo.com/311972894

 

GMO Companies May Soon Regulate Themselves:
Comment by August 6

New rules put agriculture and the public at risk

The USDA has recently proposed a set of rules that would allow chemical companies such as Dow and Bayer/Monsanto to determine the safety of their own productsThe proposed rules, now open for public comment, would further deregulate an untrustworthy industry.
 
If the rules are enacted, manufacturers of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) will decide for themselves whether or not to report experimental testing of their genetically engineered (GE) crops to the USDA. This move will sanction a glaring conflict of interest and allow GMOs to go directly from the lab to the market for consumption.


 

Chemical companies have repeatedly attempted to bury evidence of harm caused by their products, including Roundup and its active ingredient glyphosate. GE crops cannot be contained and often cross-pollinate organic crops and wild species. When organic crops are contaminated, organic farmers must dump their harvest into far-less-profitable non-organic markets.
 
Allowing GMO manufacturers to forego evaluation under federal health and environmental laws would encourage the introduction of untested GE crops, increase the likelihood of contamination on organic farms and in the wild, and embolden the reckless use of pesticides which these crops are typically engineered to withstand.

 

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Why don’t more people know about the incredible potential of regenerative agriculture, or more precisely regenerative food, farming and land-use practices, to fix our climate, restore the environment, improve the livelihoods of farmers and rural communities and produce more nutritious food? Why is it that the U.S. and global climate movement until recently has focused almost exclusively on reducing emissions through renewable energy?

https://www.organicconsumers.org/nine-percent-lie?utm_medium=email&utm_source=engagingnetworks&utm_campaign=OB+630&utm_content=OB+630


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Watch "Unprocessed -- how I gave up processed foods (and why it matters) | Megan Kimble

https://youtu.be/8Ug1MnU6LKw

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Here is another link I used for my presentation to the environmental group.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTpYG0rAhBQ




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

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 8/11/2019 10:48pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • Finally, the Japanese beetles are gone.  My biggest day was four 5 gallon buckets per day. I had several of those days.  That's a lot of beetles.
  • We lost two peach trees full of fruit due to beetles.  We had one full of peaches with a later ripening date and they were not harmed.  When peaches are ripe you have to act quickly.  We left for our vacation for a week to visit our daughter in  Gilbert, Az (in Phoenix area) and when we returned the tree looked like it had been picked.  No peaches this year.  But we have three trees full of pears.  I mean full, as in hundreds of pears.  We may need to invite some pickers. 
  • Weighed the calves this afternoon and the summer with plenty of grass has resulted in some impressive gains.  We have several ready now.  I'll get on the processors schedule tomorrow.  Also, there will be some ground beef in the near future for those on the list.
  • We had grilled Dirt Hog pork chops for dinner today.  Those of you who have purchased Dirt Hogs from us know just how great they are.  They are delicious.  We also had tomatoes, cucumbers, slaw (cabbage and carrots), potatoes and sweet corn, all from our garden.  Garden food is the very best of Summer.

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Here is a podcast interview with Joel Salatin. It's kind of long, but there is a lot of information packed in this. You'll learn why buying grass finished beef is your go to option.

 

https://humanperformanceoutliers.libsyn.com/episode-116-joel-salatin

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Want to understand how your gall bladder functions and what to do if it is not, or if you have had yours removed. There are things you can do.

https://youtu.be/jZBRCc_KDoI

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Be sure to click on the imbedded links.

Rains may lead to ‘very large’ dead zone in Gulf of Mexico

With the high levels of spring and summer rains seen in many parts of the Midwest, scientists are predicting that the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico will be close in size to the record-setting 8,776 square-mile dead zone measured in 2017.

Excess nitrogen and phosphorus from agricultural fertilizer runoff and other sources have led to moderate to severe degradation in 65% of the estuaries and coastal waters in the U.S., according to NOAA. The excess nutrient load kicks off a process known as eutrophication, fueling the growth of large algae blooms.

Intensive ag contributes most nitrogen pollution to river basin

There are well over 14,000 concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) in Iowa, primarily medium and large in size and housing pigs.27 Genetically engineered corn and soy crops are also prolific. In the 2016 State of the River Report by the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, the greatest source of chemical contamination to the river was found to be agricultural runoff.

Regenerative, grass fed, biodynamic agriculture is the answer

The solution to reducing the Gulf of Mexico dead zone lies in changing agricultural practices from industrial to regenerative. Choosing grass fed products like grass fed beef and bison over those raised in CAFOs is one solution that we can all take part in. 







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

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 7/21/2019 10:47pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE


  • Two peach trees have been decimated.  I have been dumping four 5 gallon buckets of beetles each day .  They are horrible when the weather is hot.  It was very hot this past week.  Hopefully, with cooler weather forecasted this week the beetle wave may decline.
  • July the 4th we had over 6 inches of rain, today almost four.  Grass is growing.  We have started clipping the pastures to control weeds.  We have the mover set to the maximum height.  We are just barely clipping the top of the lespedeza plants.  We started adding lespedeza seed several years ago as it is somewhat drought tolerant.  Well, it also does very well with a lot of rain.  It is over a foot tall.  It's a legume, like clover and provides a lot of nitrogen for the other grasses.  We don't use NPK which saves costs of production.
  • We are having a lot of green beans and the cucumbers are fantastic.  We had a serving of Kase Sahne Kuchen last night, and now I need to make some quark.  I checked the recipe for making quark and it seems not too difficult.

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If we want antibiotics to work, consumers have to put big pressure on factory farms

Consumers can vote with their dollars every time they purchase food that is safe, nutritious, sustainable and transparent .”



https://www.nationofchange.org/2019/06/06/if-we-want-antibiotics-to-work-consumers-have-to-put-big-pressure-on-factory-farms/



Every 15 years, the EPA is supposed to review the latest science on glyphosate, then issue a determination on whether this toxic chemical should be re-approved for another 15 years.

The last deadline for a new review of glyphosate was December 2015. But that deadline came and went with no word—probably because in March 2015, the World Health Organization inconveniently announced that glyphosate is a “probable human carcinogen.”

Three-and-a-half years past the 2015 deadline, the agency that’s supposed to protect your health came out with its unfounded “no risk to public health” claim.

 

We think “comments” aren’t enough.

That’s why we’re collaborating with our allies to storm the EPA and demand the agency do what it should have done decades ago: Ban glyphosate!

I guess the EPA has not been watching the news lately. There have been several recent trial verdicts, one with a $2 BILLION settlement for the defendants.

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Hawaii bans herbicides on school grounds https://www.nationofchange.org/2019/07/03/hawaii-bans-herbicides-on-school-grounds/


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Watch "How to Know if You Have Bile Deficiency" on YouTube
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THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 7/15/2019 10:12pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE


  • Saturday's ground beef pickup went very well.  The list has been updated and those who did not get an email notice have moved up and will be getting their requests on the next  ground beef day.  Thanks to all for being on time.  When it's hot, time is critical to get it into your freezer.
  • I just got an email request for a Dirt Hog.  I was caught up and now a new list is started.
  • Virginia is having a chicken day this Saturday.  Email her with your request, souscon4@gmail.com.
  • Sure is great to have tomatoes and green beans from the garden. Beets, Carrots, Cabbage, Broccoli and all the herbs.  Oh yes, the Blackberries.
  • The Japanese beetles are back. They have decimated my early peach trees again this year.  I have already dumped eight five gallon buckets of trapped beetles.  I thought last year was an anomaly, but i guess this is going to be an annual invasion.  I have a plan for next year.  I don't see any natural predators.

 

ACRES U.S.A. Are you suggesting that industrial organic actually functions hydroponically?

JEHNE. By definition, if we’re relying on high levels of fertilizers, we’re going to kill all these microbial interfaces, and then have to depend on that soil solution slush. Our industrially grown food often contains as little as a third of the nutrients as it did before World War II, according to reports published by the UK Ministry of Health, USDA and CSIRO Human Nutrition. You’d have to eat three carrots to get the same nutrients as a pre-World War II carrot. These industrially grown foods often have no trace minerals. And we’re seeing chronic, diet-induced chronic diseases — like Alzheimer’s, cancers and cardiac and immunological disease — go through the roof. Enzymes drive all of our biochemical functions. Enzymes are protein’s molecules, which have a mineral cofactor at their heart. If we don’t get those mineral cofactors through our nutrition, we can’t make those enzymes. Without selenium, for example, we can’t make peroxidase enzymes, which kill cancer cells in animals. We lack the capacity to regulate biochemistry because we’ve compromised our nutrition, though obviously it’s more complicated than that.

One more.  You've got to read the ENTIRE interview.

ACRES U.S.A. Globally, to what extent has human activity degraded productive land?

JEHNE. For the last 8,000 years of “human civilization,” we’ve been very effective at clearing and burning that land, cultivating those soils and building the industrial systems. We’ve oxidized the carbon and destroyed the biological cycles that underpin the health of those landscapes. We’ve done that with 5 billion hectares of land, turning 40 percent of the Earth’s land surface into desert and wasteland. Of the 13.9 billion hectares of ice-free land on this planet, about 40 percent — 5 billion hectares — has become manmade desert and wasteland, and we’re halfway through eating up that natural capital on the remainder. This is documented by United Nations Environment Programme data. Whereas we once had 8 billion hectares of old growth forest on this planet, we’ve cleared 6.3 billion hectares. Some of the forestlands that we’ve cleared have regenerated, like in New England, giving us 3 billion hectares of forest in total. We initially had about 5 billion hectares of grasslands rangelands, but we overgrazed, cultivated, degraded and burned that. The Sahara, Central Australia and the Middle East were all savannahs. Rome got lions and rhinoceros and other wildlife for the Coliseum from the savannahs of Libya. Today Libya is an arid wasteland. As we oxidize the carbon, by definition, those soils can’t infiltrate, retain, or make available water from rain. Invariably, they go to desert. That’s been the history of man on this planet. 

 

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To Combat Climate Change, Start From the Ground Up (With Dirt)

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/02/business/climate-change-soil-dirt.html

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Climate Change Is Intensifying Food Shocks

From rain-soaked fields in the Corn Belt to drowned livestock, food shocks—abrupt disruptions to food production—are becoming more common as a result of extreme weather.

https://civileats.com/2019/05/30/climate-change-is-intensifying-food-shocks/

 

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Right to Harm” takes viewers into the lives of those fighting the impacts of CAFOs in communities across the nation.

In North Carolina, people recall being sprayed with liquid manure when giant hog farms move in next door. In Arizona, residents struggle to breathe outside their homes because of fumes emitted from massive barns housing 4 million laying hens. In Wisconsin, where large dairy operations abound, wells are contaminated with rotovirus and salmonella.

These are some of the communities that appear in Right to Harm, a new documentary about the people living beside concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and the battles they’re waging to protect their health and quality of life.

It’s the latest project from Matt Wechsler and Annie Speicher, the filmmakers behind Sustainable, a film that shines a light on people producing food outside of the industrial system. In the process of making the first film, the team say they were tipped off to how communities living near factory farms were paying some of the invisible costs of “cheap” meat and dairy production.

 

Maybe the Jeff City crowd should have watched some of these films before there recent vote on local control. As usual one only needs to “follow the money”.




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

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com

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

Posted 6/23/2019 10:37pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE


  • Thousands of pears, peaches and grapes.  The recent storms have removed a lot of the damaged fruit and dwarfs, but I still need to remove more.   
  • Our pond east of our house is in need of a major repair.  The overflow steel pipe has rusted and there is a hole and our water level is down about two feet.  We will need to dig out the entire pipe.  We plan to enhance our grass diversion berm and do away totally with the overflow pipe.
  • Our guinea numbers are up.  We had seven new keets before this past week, four hatched under a top hat hen and three from our incubator.  This past week a chicken hen hatched 11 and she has moved to another nest a guinea hen was on and has taken over.  So, we may have even more.  And there is another guinea hen on a nest.  Will be nice to have a bunch of guineas patrolling our yard.  Do they control ticks?  Maybe, we have more ticks this year and fewer guineas.
  • ACREs finally posted Walter Jehne's interview.  BE SURE TO READ THIS!!!  If you google Jehne there are several links they are rather technical.  This interview is very easy to read and understand.  https://www.ecofarmingdaily.com/supporting-the-soil-carbon-sponge/  

 

ACRES U.S.A. Are you suggesting that industrial organic actually functions hydroponically?

JEHNE. By definition, if we’re relying on high levels of fertilizers, we’re going to kill all these microbial interfaces, and then have to depend on that soil solution slush. Our industrially grown food often contains as little as a third of the nutrients as it did before World War II, according to reports published by the UK Ministry of Health, USDA and CSIRO Human Nutrition. You’d have to eat three carrots to get the same nutrients as a pre-World War II carrot. These industrially grown foods often have no trace minerals. And we’re seeing chronic, diet-induced chronic diseases — like Alzheimer’s, cancers and cardiac and immunological disease — go through the roof. Enzymes drive all of our biochemical functions. Enzymes are protein’s molecules, which have a mineral cofactor at their heart. If we don’t get those mineral cofactors through our nutrition, we can’t make those enzymes. Without selenium, for example, we can’t make peroxidase enzymes, which kill cancer cells in animals. We lack the capacity to regulate biochemistry because we’ve compromised our nutrition, though obviously it’s more complicated than that.

One more.  You've got to read the ENTIRE interview.

ACRES U.S.A. Globally, to what extent has human activity degraded productive land?

JEHNE. For the last 8,000 years of “human civilization,” we’ve been very effective at clearing and burning that land, cultivating those soils and building the industrial systems. We’ve oxidized the carbon and destroyed the biological cycles that underpin the health of those landscapes. We’ve done that with 5 billion hectares of land, turning 40 percent of the Earth’s land surface into desert and wasteland. Of the 13.9 billion hectares of ice-free land on this planet, about 40 percent — 5 billion hectares — has become manmade desert and wasteland, and we’re halfway through eating up that natural capital on the remainder. This is documented by United Nations Environment Programme data. Whereas we once had 8 billion hectares of old growth forest on this planet, we’ve cleared 6.3 billion hectares. Some of the forestlands that we’ve cleared have regenerated, like in New England, giving us 3 billion hectares of forest in total. We initially had about 5 billion hectares of grasslands rangelands, but we overgrazed, cultivated, degraded and burned that. The Sahara, Central Australia and the Middle East were all savannahs. Rome got lions and rhinoceros and other wildlife for the Coliseum from the savannahs of Libya. Today Libya is an arid wasteland. As we oxidize the carbon, by definition, those soils can’t infiltrate, retain, or make available water from rain. Invariably, they go to desert. That’s been the history of man on this planet. 

Maybe we do need to populate Mars.  We are on the road to converting our remaining arable land to desserts.

 

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

Art Ozias

 

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Posted 6/16/2019 9:48pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • Look at this photo and does it bring back memories?  If so, you are over sixty years old. 

This photo was in a Reminisce magazine issue.  When I was young we had three small groceries in my small hometown.  This would have been in a larger store.  You will notice the small choice in breakfast cereal.  What's on the left?  Dogfood and on the right is bread.  Today, dog food has its own isle and bread is at least a half of an isle. Cereal is pretty much an excuse to sell sugar and Cheerios has at last count 16 different choices.   Did you see the ten pack at the top?  We had to beg to get that.  If was a treat.  This young boy won the bicycle for collecting the most Wheaties box tops.  Those were the days.

  • Had a gooseberry pie for fathers day.  I had to stem them yesterday.  We had just enough for a pie.  When young we picked and stemmed gallons of berries.  We had no TV,so stemming berries was done in the evening after all the chores were done.
  • Only one person tried the green to blue riddle and he was pretty close.
  • Clover had her calf this past friday, a bull.  I have been milking her, and this morning she filled the five gallon bucket.  Still mostly colostrum.
  • We had diner at an Italian restaurant last night and an appetizer was the owner making fresh mozzarella tableside.  I had read many times how to make mozzarella and it seemed to involved.  Had to use a microwave and pull it, and on and on.  Well, after seeing how easy and delicious it is, the next time I have extra milk I will make mozzarella.  Along with fresh tomatoes, basil, sea salt, balsamic vinegar and olive oil; it was delicious.  I have never thought fresh mozzarella one finds in a store was very special, but now I know what truly fresh mozzarella tastes like.
  • I recently received an email concerning the Green New Deal (GND).  I was interested and signed on for updates.  Last week I received a lengthy email with a bunch of links for various presentations about regenerative agriculture.  I was surprised that most of the links were for the various people I've been following for several years, and have included  in my weekly updates.  So, I guess I'm glad to see there are others out there who are trying to right the ship.  If anyone is interested in that organization, just send me a request, and I will forward that email and you can get on their address list.  There is a semester amount of information in the email.
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    Very Interesting Website!!! Watch “Soil is a Living Organism”. You may want to watch the other ones on that site.

    https://phc.eu/en/knowledge-information/film-video

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    As poet, farmer and wise man Wendell Berry says:

    “The passive American consumer, sitting down to a meal of pre-prepared food, confronts inert, anonymous substances that have been processed, dyed, breaded, sauced, gravied, ground, pulped, strained, blended, prettified, and sanitized beyond resemblance to any part of any creature that ever lived. The products of nature and agriculture have been made, to all appearances, the products of industry. Both eater and eaten are thus in exile from biological reality.”



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    On Tuesday, April 30, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made it official: The agency plans to ignore what scientists say about glyphosate. It’s full speed ahead with the approval process.

    The EPA doesn’t care that a panel of 17 scientists at the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) unanimously concurred that glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen.

    The EPA doesn’t care that thousands of people who used Monsanto’s (now Bayer’s) Roundup weedkiller are suingthe company (and so far winning), because they believe that the product caused their cancer.

    The EPA doesn’t care about the one new study after another linking glyphosate to cancer, or liver, or kidney disease--in not just people directly exposed, but also in their future offspring.

    Nope, the EPA doesn’t even care that, despite Monsanto’s best efforts to kill it, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), released its long-awaited Draft Toxicological Profile for Glyphosate—which supports and strengthens the 2015 IARC “probable carcinogen” decision.

    It’s official. The EPA plans to ignore you, your health and the health of our common environment, to keep Roundup weedkiller on the market.

    Can we get Congress to care?



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    Grass Fed or Lab Fed — Which Is Better for Your Health and the Environment? https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2019/05/06/grass-fed-or-lab-bred-meats.aspx?utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20190506Z1_UCM&et_cid=DM286054&et_rid=608269570



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    EPA claims glyphosate doesn’t cause cancer

    The announcement made by EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Tuesday comes at the same time there are currently 13,400 lawsuits against the controversial weedkiller

    https://www.nationofchange.org/2019/05/02/epa-claims-glyphosate-doesnt-cause-cancer/




     


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

Art Ozias

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(660) 656-3409
www.breezy-hill-farm.com