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Posted 8/10/2014 9:50pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • It finally happened.  I had someone who wanted two "dirt" hogs and asked to be put on my list.  Well, I've got two hogs hanging in the cooler at the processor.  He changed his mind and didn't bother to notify me.  The halves are 100, 95, 95 and 98.  If anyone wants some great pork, let me know.  It is ready to be cut, so you will get your pork by week's end.  They are $1.25 a pound plus approximately $80 to $90 processing fee per half.  There probably won't be any more until mid to late October, and the price will be about ten cents higher per pound.
  • We got our alfalfa hay done and in the barn and had a 3.7 inch rain on Wednesday.   Our ground was dry enough that we had virtually no run off.  Had another nice rain today.  The state fair started this week, so it's normal for rain during the fair.  We went today and took our granddaughter to see the chickens.  There was a large crowd despite the morning rain.  Walking through the farm equipment displays, one gets the feeling that machinery manufactures are making "transformers".  The equipment is getting so big it has to be folded up several times so it can be transported on the narrow rural roads.  Forget about being able to go through a farm gates, there are no fences anymore.
  • Sweetpea is still holding on, so milk is still short.  We sold Princess today, but will not let her go until Sweetpea comes on line.  
  • Amendment one passed.  There is the possibility for a recount since the margin was so small.  I still believe that if voters had know the back story on the proponents efforts to craft language that would not reveal their real intent, the outcome would have been quite different.  The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund was able to obtain copies of the various drafts and the writers' intent were quite clear.  It was also evident that had their true intent been in the final proposed amendment, that they would have ignited a lot  of opposition,  The result was that their final wordsmithing resulted in "feel good", "can't do any harm" wording.

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FDA Reverses Its Position on Daily Aspirin

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/08/04/daily-aspirin-side-effects.aspx?e_cid=20140810Z1_PRSNL_MV_1&utm_source=prmrsnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=mv1&utm_campaign=20140810Z1&et_cid=DM53684&et_rid=616184144 

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The Toxic Algae Are Not Done With Toledo. Not By a Long Stretch.

http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2014/08/toledos-tapwater-troubles-raise-hard-questions-about-our-ag-system 

 

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If you look around what's really happening in our world today, there's an inescapable pattern that curiously emerges: Much of what's going on is simply unsustainable. Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/031669_life_on_earth_unsustainable_agriculture.html#ixzz3A2vQMZEb 





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

Art Ozias

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

Posted 8/3/2014 10:17pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • Anyone wanting to get a start with guineas, we have some.  Bring your own box.  (Give us a call first.)
  • The Green Pastures order came.  Those that ordered, call ahead to make sure we're here.
  • Milk is still in short supply until Sweetpea has her calf. She's getting bigger.  Won't be much longer.
  • Heard of Cheerios Protein?  They added soy as a protein source.  Because of the soy taste, they had to add sugar....  four teaspoons for a cup and a quarter serving.  So that sugar would not be listed as the number one ingredient, they added seven different sweeteners: sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, molasses, caramelized sugar, and something called "refiner's sugar".  Basic Cheerios has 13 sweet siblings beside it on your grocery shelf.  The man that devised the method for making Cheerios was born in Chilhowee, a small town near by.  He had a degree in chemistry.  I never go down that aisle in the store.  Next time I will, just to see the ingredient label on Cheerios Protein.  This was reviewed in the latest issue of Wise Traditions, a very useful publication from the Weston  A.Price Foundation.
  • One of our new milk customers, a retired MD, shared a good book with us recently,  Death by the Food Pyramid, by Denise Minger.  I noticed she will be a guest speaker at an upcoming Weston A. Price conference being held in Indianapolis on Nov 7-9.  You can check out their schedule on their website, http://www.westonaprice.org/
  • Regarding Amendment 1. I am including  information provided by the Missouri Rural Crisis Center.  They have a membership of nearly 7000. 

Vote NO on Amendment 1 on Tuesday, August 5th! Support Family Farms!—Not Corporate Control of OUR Constitution!   July, 2014  

Dear Fellow Missourian,                                                                                                                                                                         On Tuesday, August 5th we will be asked to change the Missouri constitution and cement the so-called “Right to Farm” into our Bill of Rights.  THIS IS A BAD IDEA—Bad for Family Farmers, Bad for Consumers and Bad for Democracy!!!   When you look at who is pushing this, it becomes clear what this is all about.  Missouri Farmers Care is the lead organization supporting this amendment and their members include Cargill, Monsanto and Lathrop and Gage (a corporate law firm that represents Chinese-owned Smithfield Foods).  No wonder they needed such a deceptive and misleading title for Amendment 1.  Don’t believe the corporate spin.   For generations, thousands of independent farm families have built the backbone of Missouri’s economy and made agriculture the #1 industry in the state—and we didn’t need a constitutional amendment to do it.  We did it with hard work, a commitment to our communities and building the trust of consumers.  It was not done by the billion-$, out-of-state corporations promoting this so-called “Right to Farm”.   Now, multi-national, and even foreign-owned corporations are attempting to hide behind Missouri family farmers.  They believe they need a constitutional amendment to protect them from us—citizens like you and me.  We should be asking what these corporations have in mind for the future of agriculture that would require such a constitutional protection.  They don’t want to be held accountable to farm families, rural communities or consumers that stand up for their property rights, their communities, local control and good food.  And proponents of this corporate spin-job are the same actors that have consolidated agriculture and negotiated away the family farm to line the pockets of multi-national corporations.    Amendment 1’s language is so vague and broad that “Right to Farm” will turn our constitution into a corporate lawyer’s dream.  Everything about agriculture will be dragged through the court system at taxpayers’ expense.     If Amendment 1 passes, corporate lawyers, bureaucrats and judges will be determining whose rights are “forever guaranteed” in the Missouri constitution with this amendment—family farmers and Missouri citizens OR corporate agribusiness.      A “yes” vote on Amendment 1 is a vote to take all decisions about food and agriculture out of our hands and into the hands of corporate agribusiness and the courts.  This is the worst possible way to make public policy.    Amendment 1 does not provide any additional protections to independent family farmers or consumers, but it will protect corporate ag interests at our expense.  It does not differentiate between farmers and Fortune 500 ag corporations, and could deny the rights of farmers and landowners to defend their property rights and property values through the court system.  And, it could give foreign corporations the right to own unlimited Missouri farmland.  This is a foreign corporate grab of Missouri’s farmland.    This is about control of our food, control of our land and control of our democracy.    Missouri farmers already have the right to farm. This is an unnecessary corporate takeover of our state constitution that forever guarantees the rights of corporations to write their own rules and bypass democracy and local control.  Please VOTE NO on Tuesday, August 5th.   Here is what you can do:   1.   Vote NO on Amendment 1 on Tuesday, August 5th!  And, get all your friends and neighbors to VOTE NO on the so-called “Right to Farm”.   2.   Please sign and return the attached postcard.  We need to stand together to stop this and future attempts to undermine family farm agriculture and democracy.   3.   On Facebook, like “Vote NO on Amendment 1—Missouri Rural Crisis Center”.     

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10 Reasons to Oppose ‘Right to Farm’ Amendments

 http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_30516.cfm http://civileats.com/2014/07/17/10-reasons-to-oppose-right-to-farm-amendments/?   

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Our Voice: Wrong way to protect farms

Be sure to read this link, especially if you need more information regarding Amd 1. The Right to Farm Amendment. http://www.news-leader.com/story/opinion/editorials/2014/07/27/voice-wrong-way-protect-farms/13177541/  . And if you want other opinions, go to their home page.There are several highlighted.

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Second Silent Spring? Bird Declines Linked to Popular Pesticides

It’s not only the bees!!! http://www.cornucopia.org/2014/07/second-silent-spring-bird-declines-linked-popular-pesticides/      



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

Art Ozias

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

Posted 7/13/2014 8:50pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE


  • We have had a pair of geese hatch 8 goslings on our large pond.  They have since moved to the pond east of our house, and it has been fun watching them grow.  They are about as big as the parents.  I guess one day they will fly away.  Hopefully, they will return and repeat the process again.
  • We had a guinea hen and a setting hen hatch some keets.  The remaining eggs we placed in an incubator and have hatched 5 more.  We have another guinea hen in one of Debra's flower gardens, and you can hear the chipping.  I guess she is waiting until they are ready to roll.  They are fast, very hard to catch.  One year we tried to let a hen raise her keets, and the cracks in the ground were so wide (extreme drought), I'm sure they might have fallen in.  Anyone interested in getting started with guineas?
  • We will be weighing some cattle this week now that it is forecast to be cooler.  We will have a much better idea when they will be ready to go to the processor.  Also, need to rotate some pastures, and exchange some bulls.  Cows sure do look great with the cooler weather and plenty of grass.
  • Milk will be down for a couple of weeks until Sweetpea has her calf.  Some customers are vacationing, so that will help.  Karen is now dry and will calve in about two months.
  • We are ready to make another Green Pastures order.  The more we order, the less it costs for everyone.  Email me your requests for coconut oil, ghee, cod liver oil, etc.
  • Peaches were a bust this year. We guess a late Spring frost was enough to ruin the crop.  We had just enough for one pie and my was it good.  Debra used a new recipe (part butter) and the crust was excellent.
  • My sister brought over two cancelled checks last week.  She found them in a drawer.  One was for $15, written on a counter check and in pencil.  It was for a three day stay at our local "hospital", Oak Hill Sanatorium.  It was dated Mar 12,1941.  My birthday is Mar 9.  The other check was for $34.50, written again on a counter check and in ink.  It was dated Mar 13 and was payment for the doctor (delivery).  Times have sure changed.  That's my definition of affordable health care.  And the doctor and the banker had the biggest homes.  That part hasn't changed.
  • We have been enjoying fresh, garden tomatoes.  One variety is rather special.  It is a "black icicle".  It has practically no acid, and the description says it is extremely high in antioxidants.

 

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Sucralose vs. aspartame: which of these top two artificial sweeteners is the better choice? Learn more http://www.naturalnews.com/045824_sucralose_aspartame_artificial_sweeteners.html   

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Séralini Study on Toxic Effects of GMOs and Glyphosate Republished

http://www.cornucopia.org/2014/06/seralini-study-toxic-effects-gmos-glyphosate-republished/   

 

 

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

Art Ozias

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

Posted 7/6/2014 10:18pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE


  • Tomatoes, green beans, new potatoes, broccoli, cabbage...it's great to have fresh food from your garden.  There's no comparison in freshness and taste.
  • Finished baling our hay and none got wet.  Thanks to adequate rains this Spring, we had one field that we didn't need to bale.  We will use it to finish our beeves.  Why bale it when it's easier to just let them graze it.
  • Chicken day is this coming Friday at Virginia's (raetdy@aol.com).   Be sure to let her know how many you want.  I'm sure it's first come, first served so don't waste a trip.   After watching the video link below, you will decide to buy from a trusted, local source.  Also, you will see why Amendment One is not in the best interest of the consumer or the small farmer.  It has ALEC and large AG companies foot prints all over it.  And remember, the Farm Bureau is an insurance company  (as Alan Guerbert, an AG columnist always reminds us).

 

  • Suzan sent me this link,   http://growfoodsummit.com/ .  There are some really great speakers involved.  You should check out the list.  It is taking place this coming week.

 



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

Art Ozias

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

Posted 6/30/2014 10:07pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE





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

Art Ozias

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

Posted 6/22/2014 10:17pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • Those on the ground beef list need to check their emails this week.  If all goes as planned, pick up will be this Saturday.
  • If you want a "dirt" hog let me know.
  • Freedom to Farm signs are cropping up along the highways in Missouri.  It's an amendment to the Missouri Constitution to be voted on in August.  The sign I saw yesterday stated , KEEP MISSOURI FARMERS,  vote yes.  How ironic, the opposition could use the same sign and suggest you vote NO.  It all depends on WHO THE FARMER IS.   Is it Tyson, Cargill or a farmer who actually has a competitive market for the product he raises??
  • I started sending out notices for freezer beef.  I had two people decline, so I moved down the list.  With the rains and lush grass the beeves are starting to finish.  We have four that are nearing harvest.
  • I think we have solved the carpenter bee problem.  We found their hole and filled it with silicone.  Caulk won't work.  We also have a trap we are using.
  • My last Update bounced to Mr Kombucha, Jason.  I know there are several people on my list that know Jason.  Please have him contact me.  He must have changed his email address.
  • Sweetpea still has not had her calf.  Milk supply is holding up, but I will need to turn Karen dry next month.  I need to get Sweetpea in production before that.
  • I recently submitted a letter to the editor of the KC Star.  Their article concerned the drought in Kansas and the reduced wheat crop.  Then they had a couple of rains, and I guess the management of water is no longer a problem: until next time and then we will have a crisis again.  Here was my letter.   "Looks like it’s finally time to get serious concerning the conservation of water.  The, Every Drop Counts in Parched Russell, in Monday’s Star may start a more serious discussion.  I’m not holding my breath that it will get corrected by our government. It sounds like the approach is drill baby drill.  Let’s find some more resources to use so we can keep our cars clean.  I would suggest that everyone listen to Mark Shepard’s presentation, Restoration Agriculture,  Allan Savory’s presentation at Tuft’s , both  on U-tube.  Also, visit ACRES, USA’s website and get a copy of Shepard’s presentation, Managing Water on Your Farm, at the recent ACRES conference.  Another good article on hydration can be found in a recent issue of ACRES  monthly magazine by Joel Salatin.  We are starting the drought proofing of our farm this fall.   Maybe other farmers will develop their farm plan.  Don’t expect to get any support from your local government personnel.  They are consumed with terraces so more upland (grass pastures) can be converted into corn and soybean production.  Both allow the ground to be bare and with reduced humus they become more susceptible to run-off. Remember, terraces as designed and constructed by our current government technicians are designed to facilitate the removal of water.  Can’t have that water standing in the terrace and drowning the bean or corn plant; might lose a bushel of grain.  Why wouldn’t  we want to hold on to that water and let it infiltrate the soil?  Maybe it’s because the soil has become so compacted that it would stand in the terrace until it evaporated?? "

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The Importance of Saturated Fats for Healthy Brain Function

Our ancestral diet was very high in saturated fats and virtually void of non-vegetable carbohydrates. Today, not only do we eat tremendous amounts of carbohydrates, these carbs are refined and highly processed. In the last decade, we've also shifted over to genetically engineered grains and sugar (GMO sugar beets and corn). Adding insult to injury, for the past 60 years conventional medical authorities have also warned that saturated fats cause heart disease and should be severely restricted.  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/11/04/saturated-fat-intake.aspx  

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The debate over the dangers of fluoride has been ongoing for more than six decades, despite the fact that study after study has confirmed that fluoride is a dangerous, toxic poison that bio-accumulates in your body while being ineffective at preventing dental decay.Worse yet, when you consider the fact that there are 37 human studies linking moderately high fluoride exposures with reduced intelligence and 12 human studies linking fluoride with neurobehavioral deficits. There are also three human studies linking fluoride exposure with impaired fetal brain development, the idea of continuing to fluoridate drinking water is a shockingly bad idea. Approximately 100 animal studies have also linked fluoride to brain damage.http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/05/20/water-fluoridation-debate.aspx?e_cid=20140601Z1_PRSNL_MS_1&utm_source=prmrsnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=ms1&utm_campaign=20140601Z1&et_cid=DM46075&et_rid=537501624   

 

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Hell Hath No Fury

. . . like a mom whose child has been sickened by a toxin that’s almost impossible to avoid. Two activist groups, Moms Across America and Thinking Moms Revolution, want the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to recall Monsanto’s Roundup, the most widely used herbicide/pesticide in the world. Now's the time to do it, they say, because the EPA is conducting a registration review of glyphosate, the key ingredient in Roundup. Representatives of the two groups contacted the EPA to request a meeting. When the EPA ignored them, they rallied supporters. Over a period of three days, about 10,000 moms from all over the country rang the phones off the hook at the EPA. A week later, five Moms Across America leaders were sitting around a boardroom table with nine EPA employees who have the power to recall Roundup. What was supposed to be a one-hour meeting turned into two. The EPA employees stayed glued to their seats as one mother after another shared heart-wrenching stories of their experiences parenting children with life-threatening allergies, severe gastrointestinal problems, mysterious autism-spectrum disorders, and major nutritional deficiencies. The common thread in those stories? Exposure to glyphosate. Read the essay http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_30153.cfm 

 

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As Tyson Profits, Farmers Fail

Tyson Foods Chairman John Tyson just became a billionaire. How did he do it? By screwing over farmers. Over the years, as Tyson has grown his monopolistic empire, his company has given farmers a smaller share of each consumer dollar spent on Tyson products. Farmers’ incomes have dropped. Tyson’s profits have soared. A full quarter of chicken farmers experience losses every year. Tyson doesn’t even pay them enough to meet their operating costs. Now Tyson wants Congress to make it even easier for Tyson Foods to subject farmers and ranchers to anticompetitive, deceptive, fraudulent and abusive business practices. The company is behind a proposed policy rider to the House Appropriations Committee’s 2015 spending bill that would severely weaken protections for the farmers who have made Tyson rich. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE (NOT) HAD YOUR TYSON TODAY!!  We only eat what we raise.  





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

Art Ozias

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

Posted 6/8/2014 9:49pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE




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

Art Ozias

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

Posted 6/2/2014 4:13pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE


  • Last months issue of ACRES has an excellent article by Joel Salatin on rehydration, also had an interview regarding antibiotic resistance.  I will include a link for his presentation.  The current issue has a great interview regarding the metal mercury.  If you have the amalgam fillings you will want to get a copy.  Klober has a great article regarding animal husbandry.
  • A pair of wild geese hatched five goslings on our lake this past week. 
  • Asparagus and now strawberries have been great this spring.
  • FED Up, the movie, is in select theatres in KC.  Don't hold your breath to see it play in an AMC venue.
  • I got a grafting tool and have found one way not to do it.  Hopefully, my latest attempt will work.
  • If you're not making your own KOMBUCHA you are missing the greatest thirst quencher.

Just to keep the Gardasil info fresh. http://www.anh-usa.org/falsehoods-about-hpv-vaccine/    

 

 

Have you heard of Atrazine?  You may want to check out the following.   http://farmwars.info/?p=12726&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FarmWars+%28Farm+Wars%29      

 

 

Just to stay current on the glypsophate issue,  http://www.cornucopia.org/2014/04/worlds-number-1-herbicide-discovered-u-s-mothers-breast-milk     http://www.cornucopia.org/2014/04/sri-lanka-brazil-chile-south-africa-move-monsanto    

 

 

Interesting info on potatoes,  http://www.grit.com/farm-and-garden/growing-potatoes.aspx#axzz2yjBnQBXr


 

Here is Dr Price on U-tube.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwHapgrF99A 

 

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

Art Ozias

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

Posted 4/28/2014 10:02pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • We had a new addition this morning.  Our Brown Swiss heifer had her calf.  It was a heifer and she needed a little help from Debra and me.  Probably would have been ok, but didn't want to take a chance.  In 3 years, wow, she will be producing A2 milk like her mom.
  • I got my test results back for testing A2 for two heifers and a bull calf.  All are A2/A2.   Lucky to get a heifer today, and she will be A2/A2   So, we now have three A2/A2 heifers entering the "herd".
  • We are adding more milk customers, so if you have not been contacted it's because I've misplaced your name.  Let us know.  We will add what we can. 
  • Ground beef is available.  We should know how much this week and will send out an email to those on the list that will be getting some from this harvest.  WATCH FOR THAT EMAIL.
  • We found three "dirt" hogs last week and that clears my list for hogs.  I will be sending that email to those getting their hog tomorrow. WATCH FOR THAT EMAIL.
  • I recently cured a ham that we had in the freezer for over a year.  It turned out just great.  It is so easy to do.
  • Finished a batch of kraut.  It is so much better than ANY thing you'll get in the store.  I need to get another head of cabbage and start another batch.
  • We have not ordered from Green Pastures yet as we have not received enough requests to make the shipping economical. 
  • Our raised beds are full.  If you don't have one, it's not too late to get started.  Our straw bales are ready and we have transplanted some strawberry plants in them. 
  • START AN ORCHARD, PLANT SOME TREES.
  • I have just about finished the book, The Meat Racket.  Everyone should read this book.  It is a chronological history of how the meats available have been co-opted by just a few (4) large corporations.

Just for the “humor”?http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=aLg2vnupJek  

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  A new exposé by Mother Jones magazine may shock anyone who drinks out of plastic bottles, gives their children plastic sippy cups, eats out of plastic containers, or stores food with plastic wrap.

http://www.nationofchange.org/are-any-plastics-safe-industry-tries-hide-scary-new-evidence-bpa-free-bottles-containers-1394036029 

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Interview with Dr. Mark Hyman- “The Blood Sugar Solution 10 Day Detox Diet”

http://mamaglow.com/interview-dr-mark-hyman-blood-sugar-solution-10-day-detox-diet/

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    If you are still eating store chicken,  or restaurant chicken good luck.   http://www.nationofchange.org/usda-allow-chickens-us-be-shipped-china-processing-and-back-us-consumption-just-seafood-1394374208

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    Experts aren’t the only ones voicing concerns. Just recently, it was announced that thousands of individuals are going to swarm Lowe’s and Home Depot in protest, demanding that the stores stop selling chemicals linked to bee destruction.  http://www.nationofchange.org/pesticides-destroy-bees-ability-carry-pollen-protein-1394374747

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How do you make your coffee?  We drip ours.  We learned in Germany many years ago and it is still a great way to brew coffee.   http://www.nationofchange.org/high-price-laziness-1396186555

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    The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America's Food Business, by Christopher Leonard (Simon & Schuster, NY, 2014. ISBN978-1-4516-4581-1)   Review by Marilyn Noble   When I was very young, I remember my grandparents buying live chickens and turning them out into the back yard for a few days until my grandmother was ready to kill, clean, and cook them. She made the world's best fried chicken along with our family favorite to this day, chicken and dumplings. The chickens had an intense, chickeny flavor, firm meat, and sturdy carcasses that ended up as soup when the meat was gone. When we didn't have those backyard chickens, my mom bought whole fryers and broilers at the grocery store, and even those were tasty.  But then, about the time I left home and started cooking for myself, a strange thing happened. Supermarket chicken changed -- the flesh became pale and spongy, and the bodies were loaded with pallid yellow blobs of fat. Sometimes the birds smelled off, like bleach or ammonia, and sometimes they had broken legs.   In his new book, journalist Christopher Leonard lays out the explanation for this decline in the quality of chicken, pork, and beef -- the rise of the industrial meat system, created almost single-handedly by one man, Don Tyson. Tyson was born in rural poverty during the Depression, but with visions of grandeur and the ambition and smarts to carry them out, he became the head of one of the world's largest meat corporations.  Tyson realized as a young man joining his father's chicken business that there were more efficient and profitable ways to run it. Tyson Foods became synonymous with vertical integration, the practice of owning the entire production cycle of chicken, from egg, to chicks, to feed, to slaughter, and even trucking. And once Don Tyson had conquered the industrialization of the chicken business, he set his sights on pork and beef, leading to the "chickenization" of those sectors as well.   The result has been cheap, tasteless, mediocre meat for consumers, along with the destruction of rural economies and family farms. Today, 95% of all Americans will consume a Tyson product at some point, whether that's a Chicken McNugget, a piece of bacon, or a frozen pot pie. And in so doing, consumers inadvertently support the indentured servitude of farmers, the poverty of small, rural communities, the incalculably cruel treatment of farm animals, and the environmental destruction that comes from industrial agriculture. In the book, Leonard not only details the rise of Tyson, but discusses why change is so difficult. We've allowed an oligarchy of corporations to control our food supply, and they have the power to defeat legislation like GIPSA, intended to protect farmers from their predatory practices; to infiltrate and control government agencies like the USDA and FDA; and to run the trade associations originally organized to protect and benefit farmers. This book is a must-read for anyone who eats, especially meat. Leonard writes in an easy-to-read, engaging manner, and doesn't spare any of the key players who have contributed to the demise of the family farm. It's maddening and sobering, but it's also a wake-up call. Consumers still have the power to change things by refusing to participate in the ugly system that's grown up over the past 40 years. It's time for all of us to vote with our forks.   





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

Art Ozias

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

Posted 4/20/2014 11:17pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • The warmer weather, new grass and having all cuts healed has made a big difference in our milk supply.  Everyone is now getting their full allotment, and when one of our  heifers calves soon we will be having enough to add a few new customers.
  • I finally got all my spring planting done, except for some areas around a pond.  The ponds are finally full.  It has taken more than three years, but last week in about a three hour period we got so much rain that it did not have time to soak in and the ponds were filled.  Since it didn't get to soak in, the ground is still very dry.
  • The green house is full of new plants just waiting for that frost free date and then they will go into the outdoor garden.  Our raised beds are already full and as soon as we make our annual spring trip to Morgan County, we will get more fill material to complete a new addition of about 4 x 10 feet.
  • I am about a third through the book, The Meat Racket.  It is very good and I saw in the paper today that the author will be in KC at the downtown library this coming Wednesday.
  • I recently ate at a rather well known BBQ place in KC.  When my son takes me to a Royals baseball game, he always plans on lunch before the game.  I was waiting for my order to be readied, and the helper who took my order opened a large bag and started pouring frozen french fries into the fryers.  When I started eating I realized that the french fried "potatoes" were not potatoes.  They were very uniform and there was nothing much in the middle.  They were reformulated from, I hope, potato flour and fried in oil.  There was no potato taste, mostly oil.  Why compromise your quality when it would be very easy to cut your own, and now most people don't mind some skin on their fries.  And the white bread on the sandwich was there to at best keep your fingers dry.
  • Now for hay.  I have known for a long time that one should never sell hay from off your farm.  It is the quickest way to de-mineralize your soil.  A recent article in the Grassland Farmer documents this.  A ton of hay (one big round bale) contains about 40 lbs of Nitrogen, 6 lbs of Phosphorus, 50 lbs of Potassium and a wide array of micro-nutrients.  At today's prices that is about $80-85. If you sell it for $40 you are losing money. You're mining your soil and gradually it will become worthless.  There's a field near us which has been heavily hayed. There are no fences, no livestock and now it is completely covered with broomsedge, which indicates a severe lack of soil health.  So, if you don't have enough ground to produce your own hay, buy it and let your cows transform it into protein, milk and fertilizer for your soil.  A cow only retains about 5 % of the nutrients, so you win big time.
  • I have located a good beef for ground beef, no hormones nor antibiotics; has been on grass for three years.  If there is enough interest I will pursue getting it.  Since I did not raise it, I will have to pay at the now going rate which is rather high.  You may want to consider this, as it will be some time before I will have one ready.  I think I can get this done for $5.25/ pound which is far better than the $9-10 I've seen for organic grass finished beef in Kansas City.

 

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Americans get, on average, about 350 calories a day (equivalent to about 22 teaspoons of sugar and 25 percent of their daily calories) from added sugar in the diet.  Get full story at this link,  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/02/19/cancer-preventable-disease.aspx?e_cid=20140219Z1_PRNL_art_1&utm_source=prmrnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20140219Z1&et_cid=DM39724&et_rid=432093963  .  AND BE SURE TO READ, FAT CHANCE, by Dr. Lustig.  

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Here’s  Geoff again,       

 http://www.geofflawton.com/fe/63007-gabions 

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Putrid Poultry

Poultry is already the most deadly source of food borne illness. And working in a slaughterhouse is already the most dangerous job in America, according to some reports. So what is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) latest plan to protect consumers and workers? It wants to privatize poultry inspection, putting companies in charge of their own inspections. It also approves of increasing the slaughtering line speed. In other words, the USDA's new "Filthy Chicken Rule" will put both consumers and factory farm workers at greater risk. According to a recent Consumer Reports survey of factory-farm chicken, the state of America's poultry, even at the current rate of government inspection, is grim: "More than half of the samples contained fecal contaminants. And about half of them harbored at least one bacterium that was resistant to three or more commonly prescribed antibiotics." And now our poultry is about to become even more putrid...unless we can convince the USDA to rescind what Food & Water Watch has dubbed the "Filthy Chicken Rule."

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Why Coconut Oil is the World’s Most Weight Loss-Friendly Fat

http://www.liveinthenow.com/article/why-coconut-oil-is-the-worlds-most-weight-loss-friendly-fat?utm_source=san&utm_medium=newsflash&utm_content=a&utm_campaign=-02_28_14      



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

Art Ozias

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