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Posted 1/14/2017 4:46pm by Art Ozias.
               BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE


  • DIRT HOG ALERT.  I have three names on my list for the next "dirt" hog.  One of sources stopped by today and he has 5 available.  They will be five cents per pound  less than the last ones.  Just don't call be me an complain that they are not costing enough.  Let me know by tomorrow evening if you want some great pork.
  • We also have two beeves available.  The price for 2017 for freezer will be $4/lb.  This reflects a decrease to maintain our price to be in line with our local grocery.  We decided when we started selling directly to customers we would always set our price to be just as much, as is being charged at our local grocery. Their ground beef is presently $4.99/lb.  Ours has some shrinkage due to dry aging, and the sixty-two cents per pound processing.

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Action Plan for 2017 — and the Rest of Your Life

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/01/01/10-healthy-lifestyle-strategies-for-2017.aspx?utm_source=prnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20170101Z1&et_cid=DM130152&et_rid=1820461631

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Sure hope you can access this. This has been know for sometime. Just more proof!!!

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/31/business/scientists-loved-and-loathed-by-syngenta-an-agrochemical-giant.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share&_r=0

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Victory! European Union Bans Amalgam Fillings for Children and Pregnant or Nursing Women

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/12/27/european-union-bans-amalgam-fillings.aspx?utm_source=prnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=ms1&utm_campaign=20170108Z1&et_cid=DM130745&et_rid=1832241657

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We have been making beet kvas for several years. Here is a recipe. A number of beet kvass recipes can be found online. Here's one from BeetsandBones.com:14

Ingredient list:

•2 large raw organic beets, cut into 1-inch cubes. Do not grate them, as this will release too much sugar.

You do not need to peel the beets if they're organic, unless you really want to, as the skin contains many bacteria that drive the fermentation. If using conventionally grown beets, peeling may be advisable to avoid pesticide residues

•3 tablespoons of sauerkraut juice or pickle juice

•Filtered water, spring water or distilled water, freshly squeezed beet juice, or a combination of beet juice and pure water.

Tap water tainted by chlorine or other chemicals will not work, as the chemicals will prevent fermentation and cause rotting instead. If using tap water, be sure to boil it first and let it cool before using

•Optional: 1/2 teaspoon of natural unrefined salt, such as sea salt, or my personal favorite, Himalayan salt. The salt helps prevent bad bacteria from forming, but too much will make the drink unpalatable



http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/12/26/fermented-beets-benefits.aspx?utm_source=prnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=mv1&utm_campaign=20170108Z1&et_cid=DM130745&et_rid=1832241657

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Research spanning many decades shows excess sugar damages your health, yet the sugar industry successfully buried the evidence and misdirected the public with faux science.

According to the sugar industry, sugar is harmless and may even be an important part of a healthy diet. To this day, they're promoting the myth that saturated fat is to blame for weight gain and ill health, not sugar, along with the thoroughly debunked calories-in, calories-out (energy balance) theory.

Fortunately, the truth is emerging and taking hold, and some great books have been written exposing the history and extent of the cover-ups. Two examples are science journalist Gary Taubes' book, "The Case Against Sugar," and Marion Nestle, Ph.D.'s, "Soda Politics."

BE SURE TO WATCH THE VIDEO INTERVIEW!!!!

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/01/04/industry-funded-study-questions-validity-sugar-guidelines.aspx?utm_source=prnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20170104Z1&et_cid=DM130174&et_rid=1826083346

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We still have a few of the fermentation kits. We also will include a half gallon jar. We have several now that we are not milking. We use Dr. Mercola's bacteria.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05lVOmj1Pqg#action=share

 

 

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 12/18/2016 8:21pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • Our next pick up day for ground beef is this Friday, Dec 23 at 12 pm.  Emails have been sent out to notify those on my list that are in line to get their requests.  Some have not responded, so I have sent additional emails.  I will be doing that gradually, until I get the final amount on what's available this Wednesday.  So, if you have not received an email, be watching Wednesday evening.  I may have some available.  It will be short notice so please respond promptly.

 

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Projections suggest that within the next 25 years, half of all children will be autistic. There is no way a culture can survive with half of the population being in the autistic spectrum. We're looking at the collapse of society if the rise in autism isn't stopped or reversed, and that means addressing ALL known factors.

 

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/12/04/cdc-fraud-misinformation-manipulation.aspx?utm_source=prnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=mc1&utm_campaign=20161211Z1&et_cid=DM128261&et_rid=1791247685

 

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Prairie Strips system reduces fertilizer runoff, cleanup costs

 

 

 

“On the front end, Americans pay billions subsidizing farming practices that cause water pollution and public health problems, and we spend billions more on the back end to clean up the mess we’ve created. But groundbreaking work in the heart of the Corn Belt shows there’s a better way to invest public money that can lead to a healthier food supply and clean water, and boost farm economies,” Mulik said. This year U.S. taxpayers funneled $5 billion into subsidies for the crop insurance program. The report calls on the federal government to reduce crop subsidies, increase funding for sustainable farming practices and provide technical assistance to farmers to adopt the alternative methods. The UCS study documents: · This year farmers increased corn and soybean plantings, despite the fact that the crops are expected to lose money because of dramatic price drops. As a result, the farmers are expected to receive nearly $14 billion in crop insurance payouts – the most since 2006. About 25 percent of the nation’s net farm income in 2016 is expected to come from federal insurance subsidies and insurance payouts. · The Federal Crop Insurance Program is anticipated to cost taxpayers a total of $22 billion from 2016 to 2018, and cost estimates keep rising. · The cost of removing nitrates from U.S. drinking water exceeds $4.8 billion a year. The agriculture industry covers about $1.7 billion of those costs. · The tourism industry loses nearly $1 billion each year, mostly from losses in fishing and boating activities because of nutrient-polluted water bodies. Fiscal conservative groups agree the crop insurance program must be reformed. “The federal government is wasting billions of taxpayer dollars being funneled into programs that limit farmers’ choices, encourage farming on unproductive land and promote damaging farming practices,” said Josh Sewell, senior policy analyst with Taxpayers for Common Sense. “Commodity crop subsidies encourage farmers to plant on land that they know will lose money on every acre because a paycheck is guaranteed no matter the outcome,” said Watkins. “Farmers who’ve been working for generations on the land bring a wealth of experience and insight into producing healthy food and preserving clean water and productive soil, but we need better support from the federal government to do it.

 

So is there a difference between welfare, government subsidies, grants, corporate subsidies and those TIF's???

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Customer Comments.  Thanks!!!

Art, I want to thank you for the book the third plate, it was an in depth look at what is true: we are what we eat and what feeds it. I am at the bottom of the list but will take up to 20 pounds of your fantastic ground. And we love the half side. 

 

Sent from my LG G3, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone



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 12/5/2016 10:58pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • It's been about two weeks since we stopped regularly milking.  We have been able to transfer most of our former customers to another local source.  We have now a family milk cow.  If we need milk, we pen up the calf the day before and milk that next day.  That is going to be very welcomed this week as the temperatures are forecasted to drop and milking in an unheated barn is not much fun.  Thanks again to all our former milk customers.
  • We found another Dirt Hog source.  I visited his farm/place this past weekend and trust me they are the real deal.  It was like going back in a time machine.  We bought 16.  I needed eight and another neighbor who also sells grass finished beef and has a customer clientele wanted eight.  All on my list have been contacted.  Be sure to call Gilbert's to give them processing instructions.
  • The ground beef pickup will be Dec 23 here at the farm at 12 o'clock.  As soon as I get the total amount available I will email those on my list.  I know I will not have enough to satisfy everyone, and some will have to wait until the next harvest in Feb.

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End Pharma Liability Shield Endangering Public Health and Human Rights

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/11/17/vaccine-liability-protection.aspx?utm_source=prnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20161117Z1&et_cid=DM125902&et_rid=1759181102

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The Biotech Bullies Will Rule the New FDA and EPA

https://www.organicconsumers.org/blog/biotech-bullies-will-rule-new-fda-and-epa

 




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 11/27/2016 7:23pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • We are still maintaining a list for freezer beef for next year.  Also, our Dirt Hog list continues to grow.  Hogs are really a good price now.
  • We will be making a Green Pastures order this week.  If interested send an email. 
  • Thanksgiving was excellent.  A large part thanks to Virginia for raising a free range turkey.  If you didn't get one this year, put it on your calendar for next year.

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How Soda Companies Influence Policy Through Ties With Public Health Organizations

 

Deep in the article are some interesting political connections.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/10/26/soda-sugar-public-health.aspx?utm_source=prnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=mc1&utm_campaign=20161106Z1&et_cid=DM125137&et_rid=1740177746

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How we got to this point by David Gregory. http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/we-never-voted-for-corporate-rule-20161019?utm_source=YTW&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=20161021

 

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Growing, Preparing and Storing Your Leafy Greens

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/10/24/growing-leafy-greens.aspx?utm_source=prnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art2&utm_campaign=20161024Z1&et_cid=DM123728&et_rid=1724999778

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Can light affect your health? In this interview, Dr. Alexander Wunsch, a world class expert on photobiology, shares the hidden dangers of light-emitting diode (LED) lighting that most people are completely unaware of. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/10/23/near-infrared-led-lighting.aspx?utm_source=prnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20161023Z1&et_cid=DM123698&et_rid=1721127552

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One of the primary roles of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is to review the safety and efficacy of new drugs before approving them for the U.S. market.

Clearly an objective, unbiased review is needed for this system to work, but a new study published in The British Medical Journal (BMJ) suggests conflicts of interest are rampant.

A much-used revolving door exists between the FDA and the pharmaceutical industry, which is putting Americans' health at jeopardy for the sake of the drug industry's (and individuals') monetary pursuits.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/10/11/fda-big-pharma.aspx?utm_source=prnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=ms1&utm_campaign=20161023Z1&et_cid=DM123698&et_rid=1721127552

 

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Glyphosate On Your Plate: America’s Food Crisis

http://farmwars.info/?p=15181&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FarmWars+%28Farm+Wars%29

 

 





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 11/20/2016 8:03pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • Hope All Have a Happy and Pleasant Thanksgiving!!
  • The era of Breezy Hill providing the best A2 Guernsey and Brown Swiss raw milk has finally come to the end.  When we started over ten years ago, producers were being raided by state inspector or state health personnel.  It was necessary to not even publish that you had raw milk for sale.  Instead, we only published that we had some milk cows, no mention of milk.  The state was monitoring anything published .  There were arrests and trials  in hopes of curtailing people's access to raw milk.  My how things have changed.  To be sure, one has to be careful as there are still laws that have to be followed.  We have certainly enjoyed our commitment to the many customers we have had during this time.  We've had many Milk Customer Lists with phone numbers.  They have come into our lives and we have enjoyed all the conversations.  All great customers.  If we are not at home, the sign on the door says it all, come in and get your milk and eggs.  Make change if necessary and put your money in an envelope and sign your name.  Thanks again to all who have enjoyed our great A2 milk and eggs.
  • I talked to another local supplier last week and they have some extra milk.  He said they would be happy to have our customers referred to them.  I asked if our customers would need more than they presently could supply.  His response was, "I guess we would have to buy another cow".  I discussed the topic of A2 milk and he was not aware of the benefits of A2.  He was very interested, and I would suggest that if you do get milk from Heritage Dairy, north of Warrensburg, that you request/inquire if their cows have been tested for A2 genetics.  It is not something that can be accomplished quickly, but if enough customers request it they can start selecting for that trait.
  • The name of the dairy is Heritage Dairy, 399 NE 134 Hwy, Warrensburg, Mo.  Phone number is 660-441-2093. Tell them Art referred you to them.  They use a surge milker, stainless ,just as we do.  
  • The next ground beef pickup will be in December.  We may have to have two dates due to Christmas.  Normally, we would have pickup ten days after processing.  That would make it Dec 24.  I don't think that will work, so we could have pick up Dec 23 or Dec 28, or both.  If you are on the list cast your vote for your preferred date.

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Factory farming practices are under scrutiny again in N.C. after disastrous hurricane floods   I have been wondering about this and I finally found this.  I kept thinking it might make it to the nightly news, ha, ha.  

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2016/10/16/factory-farming-practices-are-under-scrutiny-again-in-n-c-after-disastrous-hurricane-floods/  

 

 

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    Here’s why I belong to R-Calf and not the National Cattlemen’s Association.  R-CALF USA: Dominant Meatpackers Are Now Too Big to Regulate   Billings, Mont. - According to R-CALF USA, antitrust and competition enforcement agencies have failed miserably to prevent multinational meatpackers from manipulating cattle prices and controlling the cattle and beef markets, resulting in financial harm to both cattle producers and beef consumers.   "No other conclusion can be drawn from the circumstances unfolding in our cattle market except that the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture), DOJ (U.S. Department of Justice) and the CFTC (Commodity Futures Trading Commission) have all failed to regulate the meatpackers and the cattle markets to prevent antitrust violations and anticompetitive practices," said R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard.   Last week's average cash cattle price was about $1,425 for a 1,300 pound fed steer. This value is $418 less than the same time last year.   According to the USDA the production cost for these cattle is $1,565 per animal, meaning cattle feeders lost $140 for each fed animal sold last week to the meatpackers. The highly concentrated meatpackers are purchasing and slaughtering about 600,000 cattle each week. Thus, last week the meatpackers acquired their cattle needs for $84 million less than the cattle producers' cost of production.   Since November 2014, multinational meatpackers have been procuring their cattle needs from U.S. cattle producers at prices that averaged $181 per head per month below the cost of production. If this is true, then those meatpackers are making gangbuster profits.   They are, according to the CME Group that stated this year's packer margins "could easily surpass 2015's level by more than 30% and set a new 20-year high beef packer margin."   This means lower prices paid to cattle producers do not result in lower beef prices for consumers.   Indeed, consumer beef prices during the first half of 2016 averaged about $0.20 more per pound than they did throughout 2014, a year when cattle prices were more than $300 per head above 2016 prices.   Bullard said federal regulators know the marketplace is broken and that multinational meatpackers are engaged in abusive, anticompetitive cattle procurement practices. But, he said, federal regulators are afraid to do anything about it.   "Through their years of inaction, the USDA, DOJ and CFTC fostered the unprecedented concentration of the meatpacking industry that is now too big for them to regulate," Bullard asserted.     "Secretary Vilsack and then Attorney General Holder both committed to taking steps to improve competition in our cattle industry during their much promoted 2010 joint workshop extravaganzas, but neither has done anything during the past five years to fulfill those commitments. "In fact, Secretary Vilsack actually recommended that Congress repeal country of origin labeling (COOL), which stripped from U.S. cattle producers their competitive edge in the domestic beef market and empowered meatpackers to substitute domestic production with undifferentiated, imported beef. "Even the CFTC knows that like the cash cattle market that is now too thin to function as a price-discovery tool, the multinational meatpackers have driven a majority of bona fide hedgers out of the cattle futures market. This is allowing the dominant meatpackers to turn the futures market on its head with just a couple of hundred orders, yet the CFTC remains in a trance-like state of inaction. "Our cattle industry is in dire need of leadership from federal regulators to restore transparency in the cattle market and stop the abusive cattle procurement practices by the dominant meatpackers. Until that leadership emerges, the CFTC should shut down the cattle futures market that is now being exploited by the dominant meatpackers with impunity," Bullard concluded.

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The Dirty Underbelly of the Dairy Industry

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/09/06/dairy-industry.aspx?utm_source=prnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20160906Z1&et_cid=DM118050&et_rid=1650737477    





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 11/13/2016 7:07pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • We are terminating our milking at the end of this month.  We have several customers who have been drinking our A2 raw milk for over ten years.  We have had many customers during this time.  This past year we started to reduce our milking herd and transferred many customers to other nearby sources.   We were fortunate to find a local college student to help with the milking this fall.  It was necessary, as I was and am still having an issue with the muscles in my right leg and my hip.  Winter and cold weather takes its toll on milk production so this is the opportune time to stop.  We will be milking until the end of November and will be trying to locate some possible sources for our remaining customers.  Thanks to all you have supported and enjoyed our raw milk and its benefits.
  • Our next ground beef will be in December.  If you have not emailed me and asked to be on the list, be sure to email me if you're interested.  It will be $5/lb. We reduced the price ($5.25) to match the local grocery price.  At five dollars this is still half the price at Natural Grocery and the like.
  • Also, we have a new source for pork and will be returning to Gilbert's for processing.  We have had mixed reviews on the processing at Nadler's.

 

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Not much hope here.  Looks like the same story with lot of the same authors.  Most of these are members of the swamp.  http://agview.net/articles/features/2016-08-16-trump-campaign-announces-agricultural-advisory-committee  

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 “Even before Ag secretary Earl Butz said farmers need to “get big or get out” in the early 1970s, our food and farm policy has favored large industrial interests. A handful of influential players, from Monsanto to Cargill to Walmart, have enjoyed the spoils—very lax regulations and the ability to literally buy up their competition. This has led to policies that have created bigger and badder factory farms, for example, or made it harder for farmers to get a fair price for their products.” http://www.yesmagazine.org/new-economy/three-massive-mergers-millions-for-one-bank-and-a-disaster-for-food-water-and-climate-20161020?utm_source=YTW&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=20161021      

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Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) were produced from the 1930s through the 1970s. Their high burning temperature made them a sought-after chemical for use as fire retardants and insulators, primarily in electronic devices although also in plastics, flooring and other industrial products. After an estimated 1.5 billion pounds of PCBs were manufactured in the U.S. — the majority by Monsanto — it was revealed that they’re incredibly toxic and persistent in the environment. They were finally banned in 1979 after their carcinogenic potential and ability to accumulate in the environment were revealed. However, their toxicity was known to Monsanto long before that, perhaps as early as the 1950s and likely by 1970.  PCBs have also been linked to infertility and reproductive and endocrine damage along with neurological effects, including damage to learning and memory. They’re known neurodevelopmental toxins and a recent study has also found an association with autism. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/09/06/monsanto-pcb-autism.aspx?utm_source=prnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art2&utm_campaign=20160906Z1&et_cid=DM118050&et_rid=1650737477    




 

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 11/6/2016 7:05pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • Two more days and it's over or maybe just beginning.
  • We all get to vote with our forks and fingers several times a day, but only get to get that "I voted" sticker when we have an election.
  • There is one amendment on the Missouri ballot that needs some background and maybe you'll  reconsider its merit.  It is the conservation amendment.  Voters are being asked to extend for another 10 years a sales tax to generate money for state parks and conservation.  I've no problem with the parks part, it is the conservation part that is my concern.  First, note which organizations,  among others, are supporting the amendment,  farm bureau, corn growers and soybean growers associations.  Why? Well as I've reported in several past updates, there has been many acres of upland grass acreage terraced and converted to commodity crops, corn and soybeans.  The grass acreage, if not already stabilized, could have benefited perhaps with terracing, but to terrace and then start cropping only accelerates soil erosion.  As I have stated, terracing on crop land is designed to remove water and along with the water goes stirred up soil.  Don't believe me? Check your local streams after a 1-2 inch rain.  If the water is clear, send me a picture.  If it's brown, watch as the liquid dust bowl makes it's way to the delta in the Gulf of Mexico.   Yes, I will vote no.  It will pass since most people are not aware of the unintended consequences.  We should defeat it and have the legislatures redo it and make it just for the parks.  Why subsidize cheap food??
  • Finished picking our fall green beans.  Wow,  raising beans for a fall crop is much easier that spring cropping.
  • Weaned  our calves this past week in accordance with the almanac.  So far, so good.

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Boycott the System

It is time for disobedience. It is time to boycott the system. Stop aiding their stranglehold on our food by supporting regenerative agriculture, grass-fed and organic farming instead. Buy local. Even better, get to know your farmers and buy directly from them. We have to end the subsidizing of overproduction of junk food ingredients like corn and soy, which feed this degenerative, consolidated system and promotes waste, pollution and ill health.

Where to Find Healthy Food

In these times, it's really important to realize that how and where you buy your food matters. Not just for your own health, but for the health of your local community and the world at large as well. Regenerative farming can only flourish if there's enough demand for their products. Conversely, the industrial system can only survive as long as people keep buying theirs. While many grocery stores now carry organic foods, it's preferable to source yours from local growers whenever possible, as much of the organic food sold in grocery stores is imported. Check out the article to find the websites where you can find locally produced real food.     Fifty years ago studies were beginning to implicate sugar as a cause of heart disease. In response, the sugar industry paid scientists to shift the blame to fat, according to an expose recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Because of the manipulated and corrupted research, the public has erroneously attributed heart disease to fat rather than sugar all these years. Needless to say, the revelation underscores the immense harm that can ensue when research is funded by industry. http://www.liveinthenow.com/article/busted-sugar-industry-paid-big-bucks-cover-health-risks?utm_source=LITN%20Newsletter&utm_medium=NL_10_14_16&utm_content=N/A&utm_campaign=10_14_16    

 

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Yes there is an elephant in the room.  We try to include articles on food.  Here is one  “food for thought”.  http://www.yesmagazine.org/new-economy/the-elephant-in-the-room-what-trump-clinton-and-even-stein-wont-mention-20161005?utm_source=YTW&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=20161021 





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 10/23/2016 8:12pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • We have another source for Dirt Hogs.  This one may be somewhat more reliable and the prices will track closer to market prices.  Hog prices have dropped a bunch just recently.  It would be a good time to stock up before winter.  We will be going back to Gilbert's for processing.
  • We are weaning Romeo.  He started getting into the next pasture.  He is the most perfect dairy bull I've raised.  We will be milking his mother for a while, so will have plenty of milk until colder weather.
  • I've made arrangements for my college agronomy student to attend the upcoming ACRES conference.  It is in Omaha this year.  Just couldn't pass it up.  It is very seldom in the midwest, usually Ohio, PA etc.  I hope he can keep quiet in his college classes.  He'll get a huge dose of "the other side".  When I get the program, I'll help him select some of the presentations.  I wish I could go as well, but I'm still working on my hip, leg issue.
  • Two beeves are going in this week.  I've already notified those getting this harvest.  Be watching your email for instructions to call the processor.
  • Our fall green beans are producing like crazy.  They are so much easier in the fall.  Pests are no problem.  

 

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Secretary of Agriculture, head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Tom Vilsack, recently made such a statement. As reported by Politico:1 "There's been a lot of griping from some corners about the impact of large-scale industrial agriculture on the environment and its sustainability, and Vilsack is tired of it. In remarks to the GreenGov Symposium … the secretary said critics of conventional farming should understand the role they play in that system as consumers. Americans spend about 10 percent of their income on food, thanks to the U.S. agricultural system, while residents of other developed countries spend 20 percent. For those in developing countries, the outlay is 50 percent. As a result of U.S. farmers and the efficiencies of large-scale farms, Americans have more money in their pockets for things like housing, education and luxuries like vacations, Vilsack said." In other words, shut up about sustainability and just be happy there's plenty of cheap food to be had. What's so crazy about a statement like this is the miniscule view it takes on a subject that has extraordinarily vast ramifications for human health and future generations.  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/10/04/vilsack-industrial-farming.aspx?utm_source=prnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=mv1&utm_campaign=20161016Z1&et_cid=DM124793&et_rid=1710569068    

 

Ultimately, it takes a toll on the health of those who consume this denatured, contaminated and ultra-processed food, and it threatens the very ability to continue growing food in the future. We're not even talking about some far distant future that is easy to ignore. We're talking about a mere 20 to 60 years in the future!   According to various scientific predictions:  Within 60 years, the world's topsoil may be completely lost.   Potable water is quickly being depleted and becoming increasingly scarce.  By 2050, antibiotic-resistant infections — a health crisis directly attributable to industrial farming — may kill 10 million people worldwide each year. Phosphorus, needed for fertilizer, may soon be completely depleted.  Modern fertilizer consists of varying amounts of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K).  Both phosphorus and potassium, neither of which can be synthesized, are becoming increasingly sparse.   According to the Global Phosphorus Research Initiative (GPRI), we could hit "peak phosphorus" as early as 2030. Without these fertilizer ingredients, the entire world would quickly be in trouble. Phosphorus in particular is critical for healthy plant growth. The only way to do without these fertilizers is to radically alter the way we farm the land.  Using regenerative farming methods, fertilizer use becomes less of a rate-limiting factor.   Yet Vilsack is "tired" of hearing about how industrial farming hurts the planet and its inhabitants, and he wants Americans to pipe down and thank the gods of efficiency we can afford to take vacations with the money we save on food. We have the most expensive health care system in the world, even though it ranks 37th in terms of quality.  Over the past 15 years, more than $96 billion in agricultural subsidies have been handed out to industrial farmers who pollute the environment and contribute to the destruction of the ecosystem, all in the name of efficiency.  Provide industry farmers with crop insurance. Last year, this price tag came to a whopping $14 billion. Virtually all U.S. corn, soybeans, wheat and cotton crops are insured under this program, and as noted by Bloomberg:  "The arrangement is a good deal for everyone but taxpayers. The government pays 18 approved insurance companies to run the program, pays farmers to buy coverage and pays the bills if losses exceed predetermined limits … Unlike direct farm aid payments, which are capped at $40,000 per farm, there is no limit on crop insurance subsidies … The heavily-discounted insurance incentivizes farmers to cultivate marginal acres that may or may not be fertile. And the program's been vulnerable to fraud …"   By using your tax dollars to prop up the industrial farming system, it falsely makes the food appear inexpensive when in reality you're paying for it in other ways and in other places than your grocery store. Agricultural subsidies are just one portion of the hidden costs you pay. There's also environmental cleanups, such as the removal of nitrates from drinking water, lakes and rivers. And then, of course, there are health care costs.   Take Syngenta, for example. Up until the year 2000, Syngenta not only produced atrazine — a toxic pesticide that triggers overproduction of estrogen, thereby raising your risk of breast cancer — but also letrozol, a chemical that blocks estrogen production and is used as a treatment for breast cancer. So, simultaneously, Syngenta was selling an agricultural chemical that promotes cancer, and a drug that treats it.   



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 10/9/2016 7:42pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • Ground beef  pick up this past Saturday was successful.  All those who were not on this harvest are on the next list in the same order.  Due to deer season the processor is closed for beef and pork for the entire month of November.  We have another harvest scheduled for mid December.  Those wanting more from that harvest will need to send me an email.  Be sure to include how many pounds you want.  
  • If you picked up on Saturday and your ground beef was in one of the cardboard trays, could you email me with the number on the end.  We lost track of the total number of trays.
  • Remember to order your Thanksgiving turkey from Virginia, souscon4@gmail.com.
  • We harvested our 15 fryers this past Saturday.  They averaged just over 6 pounds.  The smaller ones we left whole for our rotisserie and the bigger ones were reduced to meal sized portions.  Carcasses will be cooked down at a later time for soup stock.
  •  Those of us who've had the advantage of having Hostettler's near are saddened to hear they are closing their store and will move all inventory to their Versailles store.
  • We reduced our Dirt Hog list this past week.  I was able to secure three hogs.  I still have some names on my list, and hopefully, we'll be able to get those requests filled.  If interested, just send an email and indicate if you want a half or a whole.

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Dr. Berg Part III. Take time to watch. “How to Postpone Death”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRRc2yQK_Ws&list=TLRNr5FbUgZ98wMTEwMjAxNg   

 

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Wheat Flour: A Silent Killer in Your Food? 

https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/wheat-flour/?gl=582843337   

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IS RAW FERMENTED MEAT SAFE TO EAT? Very interesting article. http://www.fermentools.com/blog/is-raw-fermented-meat-safe-to-eat/   

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There's a New Evil Empire in Town - Will It Be Even Worse Than Monsanto? Maybe it’s time to have a review of history!!! 

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/09/27/monsanto-bayer.aspx?utm_source=prnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20160927Z1&et_cid=DM120191&et_rid=1683702498  

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Why We’ll Need a Universal Basic Income 

Be sure to watch the short video!!

http://www.nationofchange.org/2016/10/01/well-need-universal-basic-income/   





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 9/25/2016 10:19pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • Remember, the last chicken day for this year is coming soon, Oct 8.   Contact Virginia at souscon4@gmail.com.
  • We got our last cutting of alfalfa in the barn this past week.
  • Thanks to our student helper, Dallas, we are getting the milking done and slowly catching up on various projects.  
  • Ruby's eye has healed quite nicely.  That was a close one.
  • Two beeves are going to the processor this week.  Those getting beef have been notified.  You will be getting an email with the weights and instructions for calling the processor this Wednesday.  Be watching your emails.
  • The beef for ground beef is also going in this week.  I have a long list of those wanting ground beef.  I should have a good idea by Thursday how many pounds will be available.  I will notify those on the list, starting at the top and working down.  Not all will get ground beef from this harvest.  There will be another in about four weeks.
  • How many are using Tom's of Maine toothpaste??  Well, they got caught by Cornucopia making false statements on their web site.  Tom's sold out to P & G and, as usually happens, the large corporation hides behind the brand, and quietly makes changes in formulations to increase profits.  A much better option is Auromere.  Check it out. Read their label.

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The factory farm industry is so full of bad actors it’s tough to say who’s the worst. But Tyson Foods (NYSE: TSN) surely belongs at or near the top of the list. Besides Tyson’s well-documented animal abuse record, its callous disregard for the safety of its employees, and its role as one of this country’s worst polluters, Tyson is also actively lobbying to prevent Congress from passing legislation that would provide basic protections for the farmers who raise the animals, under contract, destined for Tyson’s processing plants. Why? So Tyson Foods Chairman John Tyson can protect his billions in profits. Over the years, the farmers who work for Tyson have watched their incomes drop, while Tyson himself has been feathering his nest thanks to higher and higher profit margins. Tyson doesn’t even pay farmers enough to meet their operating costs. Of growers whose sole source of income is chicken farming, 71 percent of them are living below the poverty line. New but yet-to-be-enacted rules under the Packers and Stockyards Act would help protect farmers who supply chicken to Tyson. But if Tyson has its way, those rules will never see the light of day. TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress to stop Tyson Foods .    http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=jLxcPFhZEvgXYxTqKVGIlo89Z%2FvPhHVL    

 

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  General Mills claims that its Nature Valley granola bars are “Made with 100% Natural Whole Grain Oats.” Given that claim, and given that there are no commercially grown genetically engineered oats (at least, not yet), you’d naturally expect Nature Valley granola bars to be free of glyphosate, right? You would be wrong. Testing by an independent laboratory reveals that Nature Valley granola bars do indeed contain glyphosate, the key (and cancer-causing) ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup. We thought you’d like to know. We also thought you’d agree that General Mills should be forced to stop deceiving you and millions of other consumers. So today, OCA and our allies, Beyond Pesticides and Moms Across America, sued the junk food giant and its Nature Valley subsidiary for violating the District of Columbia Consumer Protection Procedures Act (“DC CPPA”), D.C. Code §§ 28-3901, et seq. by making “false and misleading representations and omissions” about its Nature Valley products. Read our press release.

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If ever there were a time to connect the dots between soil health, food and climate that time would be now. Or better yet, yesterday.     A new study by Oxford University scientists suggests that 248,000 people will die each year in China by 2050 because of climate- linked decreases in food production. India faces a yearly loss of 160,000 people, with Vietnam, Bangladesh and the U.S. next in line, according to the study, published in “The Lancet,” a UK medical journal.The study’s authors conclude that reduced consumption of fruit and vegetables pose a deadly health risk. Why will so many people be at risk? Because thanks to global warming, there won’t be enough fruits and vegetables to go around.

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Pesticide Poisoning Ignores Laws and Avoids Liabilities

  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/08/10/chemical-pesticide-poisoning.aspx?utm_source=prnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art3&utm_campaign=20160810Z1&et_cid=DM113583&et_rid=1612300986 



 

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