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Breezy Hill Update 113010

Posted 11/30/2010 6:46pm by Art Ozias.
  • I have not "advertised" the ground beef in recent Updates, as I was not sure what the yield would be from the two beeves I scheduled for processing.  Well, now I know and there is some extra.  Everyone that ordered the ground beef will get their full amount.  Anyone wanting ground beef and haven't ordered any need to email me ASAP.   It is $4/# and pick up is this Friday at 3 pm at the farm.   For those allready getting some need to ask at pick up and if I still have extra you can get more.


Have you heard??

Monsanto’s humiliations are all over the news these days. Last week we heard that Monsanto is actually paying farmers to spray their fields with competitors’ weedkillers. Monsanto’s latest press release announces it is offering RoundupReady cotton farmers up to $20/acre to pour on extra herbicides. In fact, as The Organic Center’s 2009 report detailed, this bizarre practice—a reversal of Monsanto’s traditional exhortations to rely on its own chemical Roundup—has actually been going on for over a year now, a response to the Monsanto-induced epidemic of superweeds now ravaging the country. It’s a desperate last-hour attempt by the giant seed and pesticide company to slow the wildfire spread of noxious weeds resistant to Roundup, an epidemic which essentially spells the demise of Monsanto’s entire RoundupReady “system of weed management.” Other last-ditch efforts by Monsanto to keep revenue coming in include genetically engineering its Roundup Ready seeds for “enhanced resistance,” that is the ability to withstand—at least temporarily—even heavier dousings of Roundup. Talk about trying to smother a fire with gasoline.


Agribusiness Shows Its True Colors!

For over a year, the big Agribusiness trade organizations have supported passage of S.510, the  Food Safety Modernization Act.  From Agribusiness’s perspective, the bill was a win-win: they could absorb the costs of the regulations because of their size; they’d gain good PR for supposedly improving food safety practices; and the competition created by local food producers, which are rapidly growing, would be crushed by the regulatory burdens.


This was only speculation until now.  But when the Senators agreed to include the Tester-Hagan amendment in the bill, to exempt small-scale direct-marketing producers from some of the most burdensome provisions, Agribusiness revealed its true colors.  Twenty Agribusiness trade organizations fired off a letter stating that they would now oppose the bill.


The letter from the Agribusiness groups states: “[B]y incorporating the Tester amendment in the bill, consumers will be left vulnerable to the gaping holes and uneven application of the law created by these exemptions. In addition, it sets an unfortunate precedent for future action on food safety policy by Congress that science and risk based standards can be ignored.”


What science and risk?  No one has produced any data or evidence of any widespread problems caused by local producers and marketed directly to consumers.  All of the major foodborne illness outbreaks have been caused by products that went through the long supply chains of Agribusinesss.


Agribusiness’s real concern about the Tester-Hagan amendment isn’t food safety, but the precedent set by having Congress recognize that small, direct-marketing producers are different, and should be regulated differently, from the large Agribusinesses.


Agribusiness is trying to convince the Senators to pull the Tester-Hagan amendment back out.  While the amendment is currently part of the “Managers’ Package” – the amended version of the bill agreed  upon by six bipartisan sponsors – nothing is certain until the actual vote.



This Thanksgiving week, please take a moment to call or email your Senators to tell them to hold firm on KEEPING the Tester-Hagan amendment part of the bill.  You can call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 or go to to find their website (if the phone lines are busy, the best way to reach them is through the Contact page on their website)

They voted today.  Don't know yet if amendment stayed in or not. 


When will this stupidity end?

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra