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Posted 10/14/2018 9:00pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • Still no word on the dirt hogs.  I'll check again this week.
  • Romeo and my old beef bull had another misunderstanding last night and Romeo was pushed, thrown through the fence along the highway.  That bull would perhaps still be there if not for our Border Collie, Sunny.  Sunny's nipping at his heels was just enough to irritate him and get him wanting to go somewhere else, up the lane and into the corral.  I guess Romeo will have to go.  There must be peace in my pastures.  I've got enough to do without fixing fences.
  • Finally, have some rain but not enough for runoff to the ponds. 
  • Will be delivering beef this week, so watch for an email.
  • Just a reminder on how we price our beef.  We keep our pricing very close to our local grocery store's price for their ground beef.  It has stayed close to  $5.29 per pound for commodity, CAFO beef all year.  Our $4.50/lb plus the processor's about 70 cents per pound is very close.  Our finished beeves will weigh around 600 pounds hanging weight.  A half is 300 and the split half is 150.
  • If you missed Virginia's last chicken day for this year, contact her. She may some extras and consider reserving your Thanksgiving turkey.
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The a2 Milk Company™ Launches into Walmart

We have been drinking A2 milk for thirteen years and had many milk customers during that time who enjoyed the benefits of A2.  We still have Iris and get two gallons whenever we need milk.  Just lock up her calf and milk the next morning.

https://www.fb101.com/2018/08/the-a2-milk-company-launches-into-walmart/



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  • According to the ruling, Monsanto “acted with malice or oppression” and was responsible for “negligent failure” by not warning consumers about the carcinogenicity of its product

  • In the week following Johnson’s verdict, Bayer stock fell by 18 percent, evaporating about $14 billion of the company’s market value (a loss equivalent to 21 percent of Monsanto’s acquisition value)

  • Stock traders also cite lawsuits over dicamba-related crop damage as a driving factor for the stock plunge. Last year, over 3 million acres of U.S. farmland were destroyed by chemical burns from dicamba drift.

 

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As of September 19, 2018, 18 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O26 were reported from 4 states – Colorado (10), Florida (15), Massachusetts (1) and Tennessee (1). Illnesses started on dates ranging from July 5, 2018 to July 25, 2018. Ill people ranged in age from one year to 75, with a median age of 16. Sixty-seven percent of ill people were male. Of 18 people with information available, 6 (33%) were hospitalized, including one person who died in Florida.

Epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback evidence indicates that ground beef from Cargill Meat Solutions was a likely source of this outbreak.  

These used to make the nightly news, now they occur so often one has to find the info on internet sites.


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In case you missed it, the Farm and Food File was highlighted by Wendell Berry in the New York Times on Monday. Berry notes, "Alan Guebert was right when he said in one of his columns that this farm bill will be much like the last one insofar as it will not address the real problems of agriculture. Those problems, as you know, are soil erosion, soil degradation, the pollution of waterways by sediment and toxic chemicals, various ecological damages, the elimination of small farms, the destruction of the cultures of husbandry and the ruin of country towns and communities. And maybe we should add specifically the curse of overproduction, which at present, as often before, is the major and the cruelest problem."

 

This is one of my main sources on AG related policy and happenings. You may want to subscribe.




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 10/7/2018 8:30pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • We still have that donkey, a Jenny, that was apparently dumped on a nearby road.  No one has yet claimed it.  I guess it will reside on Breezy Hill.  
  • Our ground beef pick up went very well.  I was worried about the rain, but it rained early in the morning and then later in the afternoon.  We got a total of 2 inches yesterday and one inch today.  No runoff and the ponds are just 3 inches fuller.  I don't expect them to fill until next  Spring.  I think the three inches will be enough to drive in some posts and fix some fence.  The ground has been so dry that we could not drive in posts.
  • We have started a new list for ground beef.  Next harvest  will not be until probably next year.
  • The dirt hog supplier is having difficulty in scheduling with the processor, so that's on hold for now.  As soon as that breaks, I'll send an email.

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The a2 Milk Company™ Launches into Walmart

We have been drinking A2 milk for thirteen years and had many milk customers during that time who enjoyed the benfits of A2.

https://www.fb101.com/2018/08/the-a2-milk-company-launches-into-walmart/



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  • According to the ruling, Monsanto “acted with malice or oppression” and was responsible for “negligent failure” by not warning consumers about the carcinogenicity of its product

  • In the week following Johnson’s verdict, Bayer stock fell by 18 percent, evaporating about $14 billion of the company’s market value (a loss equivalent to 21 percent of Monsanto’s acquisition value)

  • Stock traders also cite lawsuits over dicamba-related crop damage as a driving factor for the stock plunge. Last year, over 3 million acres of U.S. farmland were destroyed by chemical burns from dicamba drift

Monsanto Faces Another 5,000 Roundup-Related Lawsuits

Another Roundup-related trial is scheduled to begin in October, and there are an estimated 5,000 additional plaintiffs waiting in the wings for their day in court.9 All believe Roundup exposure caused their cancer. That number is also likely to grow now that a precedence has been set. As reported by Carey Gillam in The Guardian:10

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/08/28/bayer-inherits-toxic-legacy.aspx?utm_source=prnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20180828Z1_UCM&et_cid=DM231189&et_rid=403754333



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As of September 19, 2018, 18 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O26 were reported from 4 states – Colorado (10), Florida (15), Massachusetts (1) and Tennessee (1). Illnesses started on dates ranging from July 5, 2018 to July 25, 2018. Ill people ranged in age from one year to 75, with a median age of 16. Sixty-seven percent of ill people were male. Of 18 people with information available, 6 (33%) were hospitalized, including one person who died in Florida.

Epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback evidence indicates that ground beef from Cargill Meat Solutions was a likely source of this outbreak.



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Good afternoon,

 

If you would like to continue receiving the Farm and Food File by Alan Guebert in your email inbox every week, please submit $20.00 payment (via cash or check made out to Alan Guebert) as soon as possible. Payment can be mailed to Alan Guebert, 21673 Lago Drive, Delavan, IL 61734. If you cannot pay by cash/check and would prefer to pay electronically via credit card, please reply to this email and I would be happy to invoice you directly.

 

If payment is not received by November 1, you will be removed from the subscriber list moving forward. If you would like to stop receiving the Farm and Food File, or if you've received this message in error, please don't hesitate to let me know. 

 

In case you missed it, the Farm and Food File was highlighted by Wendell Berry in the New York Times on Monday. Berry notes, "Alan Guebert was right when he said in one of his columns that this farm bill will be much like the last one insofar as it will not address the real problems of agriculture. Those problems, as you know, are soil erosion, soil degradation, the pollution of waterways by sediment and toxic chemicals, various ecological damages, the elimination of small farms, the destruction of the cultures of husbandry and the ruin of country towns and communities. And maybe we should add specifically the curse of overproduction, which at present, as often before, is the major and the cruelest problem."

 

Thank you for your readership. As always, you can contact Alan directly at agcomm@farmandfoodfile.com

 

I subscribe to Alan's column so I can keep up to date on AG news and issues.  His voice is someone I trust when AG issues are involved.

 


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 9/23/2018 8:13pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • Next ground beef day is now scheduled for Oct 6.  We are including roasts in this pickup.  Several people have already indicated that they want a roast or a brisket.  We will try to accommodate as many requests as possible.  Obviously, we don't know the yield now but, will know the Wednesday before and will notify all who are getting ground beef.
  • Remember, the last chicken day will be coming soon and also you will want to reserve your turkey.  Contact Virginia, souscon4@gmail.com.
  • Boy do we need rain.  The only positive from this dry spell is that the places that normally can't be mowed or a drainage problem couldn't be fixed, can be addressed.  Tomorrow we should finish the drainage issue and get the area reseeded.  Then it can rain, rain, and more rain. 
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USDA-Backed “Factory Farm” Takeover of Organic Milk Production Crushing Family-Scale Farmers and Forcing Them Out of Business

https://www.cornucopia.org/2018/08/usda-backed-factory-farm-takeover-organic-milk-production/?utm_source=eNews&utm_medium=email&utm_content=8.11.18&utm_campaign=DairyMORE

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Grass-fed Beef Bearing the U.S. Flag Likely from Australia or South America

https://www.cornucopia.org/2018/08/grass-fed-beef-bearing-the-u-s-flag-likely-comes-from-australia-or-south-america/?utm_source=eNews&utm_medium=email&utm_content=8.11.18&utm_campaign=COOLMORE ou

 

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Do you have a dog?? What are you buying for your dog food??https://www.cornucopia.org/2015/11/new-report-exposes-dangerousunhealthy-pet-food/

 

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Since the beginning of recorded history, the beneficial properties of salt have been well known and documented. Early civilizations greatly valued salt, and used it as a trading currency as well as a preservative for food.

 

https://products.mercola.com/himalayan-salt/himalayan-salt-lamps.htm?utm_source=prnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=yrp1&utm_campaign=20180822Z1_UCM&et_cid=DM233497&et_rid=399596519





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 9/16/2018 9:38pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • We still have a few tubs of lard.  It has no preservatives.  It is $6/tub. 
  • We have two glass doors from a commercial refrigerator.  They are double walled, about 4 ft by 1 1/2  and would work well for a cold frame.  Free to the first person.
  • Ground beef is scheduled.  Pick up will the Saturday, Oct. 6 from 12 to 1 pm at Breezy Hill.  Last week we had an arm roast and this Sunday Debra had a corned brisket.  Both were excellent.  We can do some roasts and brisket with our latest ground beef harvest.  I will need to know who wants a roast or brisket.  They will be at the same price as the ground beef,  $5.50/#.  These will be on a first come basis.  Obviously, there are just so many roasts and brisket per animal.  If there are no requests for roast or brisket, they will be ground and included in the hamburger total.
  • We watched Farmegeddon this morning on Link TV.  I had watched this a couple of years ago and it was a stark reminder of just how bad government regulations on small local producers were and still are.  Some progress has been made, but there is still much to do.
  • Have just about finished pasture mowing in hopes of fall rains for stockpiling grass for winter grazing.  We need six to eight inches of rain.  Ponds have received no run off since Spring.

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Attorney Peter C. Wright is a lawyer who has spent his entire career helping Monsanto and Dow avoid cleaning up their toxic pollution.

According to the New York Times, Wright, who spent 19 years at Dow, one of the world’s largest chemical makers, once described himself in a court deposition as “the company’s dioxin lawyer.”

Now, Trump wants to put Wright in charge of—guess what?—forcing companies like Monsanto and Dow to clean up their toxic pollution.

Wright has a long history of being on the wrong side of the chemical safety debate. One of his favorite defense strategies is to argue that dioxin, a known carcinogen and Monsanto and Dow pollutant, isn’t really as bad as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) makes it out to be—even though scientists place dioxin (which often ends up in our food) “among the most toxic chemicals known to man.”

We have just two words: Fox. Henhouse.

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Watch "2 Types of Vitamin K2 (MK-4, MK-7) for Your Bones, Clogged Arteries, & Heart Disease - Dr Mandell,"

 

https://youtu.be/oE21JOpBdvw

 

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Meet Dr. Mercola. https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/08/11/game-changer.aspx?utm_source=prnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20180811Z1&et_cid=DM226990&et_rid=389822981

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BE SURE TO CHECK THIS OUT. YOU WILL WANT TO BOOK MARK THIS. BE SURE TO CLICK ON “FOOD FACTS”. https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/08/11/mercola-food-facts.aspx?utm_source=prnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art2&utm_campaign=20180811Z1&et_cid=DM226990&et_rid=389822981

 

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Really?? The inventor of cheerios was a chemistry teacher who lived in nearby Chilhowee, Mo. https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/cheerios-nutrition/?mpweb=144-7231627-407598920

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Customer Comments. “I'm driving up to visit my family this Thanksgiving. I'd like a quarter please. Your beef is the best and I miss the taste. Texas beef just isn't as good. I'll have a large cooler and some dry ice to get me back to Texas”

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Most recently, a multistate E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce appears to have been caused by runoff from a nearby factory farm into a canal. Water from the canal was used to irrigate the lettuce

It's already been proven that CAFOs are a major source of water contamination throughout the U.S. As noted by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality:6

"Nationwide and in Arizona, the potential for surface and ground water pollution exists through livestock facility discharge of manure-contaminated run off to natural waterways and through wastewater leaching to aquifers."

 


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 9/9/2018 9:26pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE


  • Finally got some rain.  Only 1 1/2 inches.  Good for the grass, but ponds and sub soil moisture is still lacking.  The spring has not started running yet.
  • We made all the beef deliveries this past week and all went well.  
  •   We have received enough requests, I will schedule the processing for the next ground beef this week.

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You would think that meat labeled “Product of U.S.A.” would come from cattle actually raised in the U.S.

Surprisingly (or maybe not), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) doesn’t see it that way.

Under current federal government labeling policy, imported beef can be labeled “Product of U.S.A.” as long as it passes through a U.S.-based meat inspection plant, or is blended with beef from cattle raised in the U.S.

That goes for 100% grassfed beef, too. And the policy is killing U.S. grassfed beef producers.

The American Grassfed Association (AGA) and the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) have submitted a petition to the USDA asking its Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS) Agency change its labeling policy—to protect U.S. ranchers and consumers.

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Industrialized farming is responsible for a large share of today’s air pollution, water pollution, deforestation, rising carbon emissions and the depletion, erosion and poisoning of soils.

Does that mean we should give up farming? And start making our food in chemical labs?

Biotech start-up companies like Impossible Foods would have us believe that their fake meat is the answer to all our prayers. But is it?

The jury is out on the long-term health consequences of consuming lab-grown meat, the meat substitute created by Impossible Foods, and derived in part from genetically engineered yeast.

But this we do know: Real—and regenerative—farming, not lab-grown fake food, has the power to clean up the environment, revitalize rural communities and economies and provide enough nutritious, real food to feed the world.

Read ‘Ditching Nature in Favor of Fake Food Is Not the Solution to Destructive Factory Farming’

Read 'Impossible Burger and the Road to Consumer Distrust'

The biotech industry has long insisted that genetic engineering is no different than, or at the very least a continuum, of traditional plant breeding techniques—a myth perpetuated by the industry to shield it from public criticism, as well as from regulatory oversight.

But a new study from the biotech industry itself admits that there are in fact significant differences between new methods of genetic engineering, including the gene-editing technique CRISPR, and conventional plant breeding, further dispelling the claim that the two methods are one in the same.

The study lends support to the July 25, 2018, ruling by the European Court of Justice that food and crops produced using new gene-editing technologies must be regulated in the same way as genetically modified organisms (GMOs)—which in the EU means they must be labeled as GMOs.

U.S. consumers should be so lucky. Unfortunately, in the U.S., where there is yet no meaningful law requiring the labeling of GMO foods, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has said it won’t even regulate gene-editing techniques, much less require labels on foods produced by those technologies.

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"Cancer and Iodine Levels" 

https://youtu.be/CKsmFfq23hA




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 9/3/2018 8:47pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE


  • When it comes to maintaining your health and preventing disease, the important role played by your mitochondria cannot be overstated. If your mitochondria are not functioning well, your health is sure to be suboptimal. Your mitochondria also influence your longevity.
  • Given the outcomes of the ongoing research around stearic acid, it only makes sense to ensure you are consuming healthy amounts of this fatty acid on a regular basis. Grass fed beef, coconut oil and cocoa butter are healthy sources
  • Because grass fed cows are maintained in healthier conditions, the meat's quality is superior to conventional, grain-fed beef. Because the animals eat a natural diet free of grains, the meat tends to be loaded with more nutrients. Better sanitary conditions ensure grass fed meat is free of harmful pathogens that are common to CAFO cows. Beyond that, grass fed beef contains healthy levels of:

    Beta-carotene

    Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a potential cancer fighter

    Minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc

    Omega-3 fatty acids and a healthier ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats

    Vaccenic acid that can be transformed into CLA

    Vitamins B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin) and E

    Did You Know Meat Labeled as 'Product of USA' Actually May Be Sourced From Other Countries?

     

  • Next chicken day is this Saturday.  Contact Virginia, souscon4@gmail.com.



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 9/2/2018 9:34pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE


  • Finally had some rain.  We had almost 2 inches and the ground is still dry.  Our spring that rarely stops is still stopped.  Hopefully, this next week will bring more rain.  We need a bunch.
  • We have three beeves to deliver this week.   We will be setting up those deliveries this week.   Our ground beef list is almost reached enough for me to schedule a beef.

 

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I've said this many times and here it is in a Podcast.In a democracy, you get to vote once or twice a year, however with your food choices, you are voting three times a day. One dollar, one vote.

https://www.harvie.farm/blog/one-dollar-one-vote/?__s=7tgzgw3gczzoqsx7vjni


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Want to learn about FATS??? https://youtu.be/t5rLnG-We4A

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Industrialized farming is responsible for a large share of today’s air pollution, water pollution, deforestation, rising carbon emissions and the depletion, erosion and poisoning of soils.

Does that mean we should give up farming? And start making our food in chemical labs?

Biotech start-up companies like Impossible Foods would have us believe that their fake meat is the answer to all our prayers. But is it?

The jury is out on the long-term health consequences of consuming lab-grown meat, the meat substitute created by Impossible Foods, and derived in part from genetically engineered yeast.

But this we do know: Real—and regenerative—farming, not lab-grown fake food, has the power to clean up the environment, revitalize rural communities and economies and provide enough nutritious, real food to feed the world.

Read ‘Ditching Nature in Favor of Fake Food Is Not the Solution to Destructive Factory Farming’

Read 'Impossible Burger and the Road to Consumer Distrust'





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 8/26/2018 8:41pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • We weighed our beeves last week and we will have three more ready to be harvested this year.  When they are gone, that will be it until late next spring.  We have had a very challenging Summer with very little rain.  Fortunately, we have rotated pastures and still have some grass.  If we don't get some meaningful rains soon this Fall and Winter may be quite long.
  • We continue to add names for the next ground beef list.  When it gets to about the expected yield, we will schedule a date with the processor.
  • I received a call from one of my dirt hog sources this past week.  They had someone back out and offered it to me.  After several questions, I declined the offer, even at a reduced price.  We are very critical in what we offer to our friends on our website.

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This really is no surprise, since overuse of antibiotics in livestock is the primary driver of antibiotic resistance, and CAFOs routinely use antibiotics.23 Most recently, an Environmental Working Group (EWG) analysis of food testing done by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2015 reveals 83 percent of supermarket meats were contaminated with enterococcus faecalis (fecal bacteria), and a high percentage of them had antibiotic-resistant bacteria:24,25

•79 percent of ground turkey samples were contaminated with drug-resistant enterococcus faecalis, 87 percent of which were resistant to tetracyclines, antibiotics deemed “highly important” by WHO, used in human medicine to treat bronchitis, pneumonia and UTIs; 73 percent of the salmonella found on ground turkey was antibiotic-resistant salmonella

•71 percent of pork chops were contaminated with drug-resistant enterococcus faecalis, 84 percent of which were resistant to tetracyclines

62 percent of ground beef samples were contaminated with drug-resistant enterococcus faecalis, 26 percent of which were resistant to tetracyclines. One reason for the high contamination rate of ground beef has to do with the fact that it’s a mix of meat from thousands of animals.26 A single animal with drug-resistant bacteria can therefore contaminate large batches of meat

•36 percent of chicken breasts, legs, thighs and wings were contaminated with drug-resistant enterococcus faecalis, 71 percent of which were resistant to tetracyclines; 1 in 5 strains of salmonella was resistant to amoxicillin, a type of penicillin, which as a class is designated as “critically important” in human medicine. Amoxicillin is the No. 1 antibiotic prescribed to children in the U.S.

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/07/17/chicken-meat-contaminated-with-antibiotic-resistant-bacteria.aspx?utm_source=prnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20180717Z1_UCM&et_cid=DM222271&et_rid=366595740

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The saga of polluting pigs continues, with both good and bad news. Good news first: The second of 26 nuisance lawsuits filed against Murphy Brown LLC, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, wrapped up in July 2018 with a $25 million verdict against Smithfield.

A federal jury ruled that Smithfield should pay two neighbors living near a North Carolina Smithfield contractor’s pig farm the sizable sum due to bad odors, flies and loud trucks caused by the concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO).1

The case is particularly noteworthy as it involved parties chosen by Smithfield attorneys — those they believed would be hard-pressed to win the case. The couple had moved into the area after the CAFO was already in operation and did not make any official complaints before the suit was filed.2 Still, the jury ruled in their favor, as they did in the first nuisance case, which involved plaintiffs chosen by the plaintiffs’ attorneys.



Why You Should Seek Out Pastured Pork and Avoid CAFO Meat

Every time you buy CAFO pork (or any CAFO product), you’re supporting this atrocious industry. I encourage you to avoid CAFO meats and instead either buy your meat direct from a trusted grass fed farm or look for the American Grassfed Association (AGA) logo, a much-needed grass fed standards and certification for American-grown grass fed meat and dairy.17

The AGA standard allows for greater transparency and conformity18 and is intended to ensure the humane treatment of animals and meet consumer expectations about grass fed meat and dairy, while being feasible for small farmers to achieve. The AGA pastured pork standards include a forage-based diet derived from pasture, animal health and welfare, no antibiotics and no added growth hormones.

Whether you do so for ethical, environmental or health reasons — or all of the above — I encourage you to support the small family farms in your area. When you do so, you’re protecting your health and the environment, while indirectly taking a stand for those who are unfortunate enough to live near a North Carolina (or any) CAFO — and finding themselves with little opportunity to fight back.



 

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/07/17/factory-farming-air-pollution-lawsuits.aspx?utm_source=prnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art3&utm_campaign=20180717Z1_UCM&et_cid=DM222271&et_rid=366595740




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 8/26/2018 8:31pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • We weighed our beeves last week and we will have three more ready to be harvested this year.  When they are gone, that will be it until late next spring.  We have had a very challenging Summer with very little rain.  Fortunately, we have rotated pastures and still have some grass.  If we don't get some meaningful rains soon this Fall and Winter may be quite long.
  • We continue to add names for the next ground beef list.  When it gets to about the expected yield, we will schedule a date with the processor.
  • I received a call from one of my dirt hog sources this past week.  They had someone back out and offered it to me.  After several questions, I declined the offer, even at a reduced price.  We are very critical in what we offer to our friends on our website.

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This really is no surprise, since overuse of antibiotics in livestock is the primary driver of antibiotic resistance, and CAFOs routinely use antibiotics.23 Most recently, an Environmental Working Group (EWG) analysis of food testing done by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2015 reveals 83 percent of supermarket meats were contaminated with enterococcus faecalis (fecal bacteria), and a high percentage of them had antibiotic-resistant bacteria:24,25

•79 percent of ground turkey samples were contaminated with drug-resistant enterococcus faecalis, 87 percent of which were resistant to tetracyclines, antibiotics deemed “highly important” by WHO, used in human medicine to treat bronchitis, pneumonia and UTIs; 73 percent of the salmonella found on ground turkey was antibiotic-resistant salmonella

•71 percent of pork chops were contaminated with drug-resistant enterococcus faecalis, 84 percent of which were resistant to tetracyclines

62 percent of ground beef samples were contaminated with drug-resistant enterococcus faecalis, 26 percent of which were resistant to tetracyclines. One reason for the high contamination rate of ground beef has to do with the fact that it’s a mix of meat from thousands of animals.26 A single animal with drug-resistant bacteria can therefore contaminate large batches of meat

•36 percent of chicken breasts, legs, thighs and wings were contaminated with drug-resistant enterococcus faecalis, 71 percent of which were resistant to tetracyclines; 1 in 5 strains of salmonella was resistant to amoxicillin, a type of penicillin, which as a class is designated as “critically important” in human medicine. Amoxicillin is the No. 1 antibiotic prescribed to children in the U.S.

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/07/17/chicken-meat-contaminated-with-antibiotic-resistant-bacteria.aspx?utm_source=prnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20180717Z1_UCM&et_cid=DM222271&et_rid=366595740

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The saga of polluting pigs continues, with both good and bad news. Good news first: The second of 26 nuisance lawsuits filed against Murphy Brown LLC, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, wrapped up in July 2018 with a $25 million verdict against Smithfield.

A federal jury ruled that Smithfield should pay two neighbors living near a North Carolina Smithfield contractor’s pig farm the sizable sum due to bad odors, flies and loud trucks caused by the concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO).1

The case is particularly noteworthy as it involved parties chosen by Smithfield attorneys — those they believed would be hard-pressed to win the case. The couple had moved into the area after the CAFO was already in operation and did not make any official complaints before the suit was filed.2 Still, the jury ruled in their favor, as they did in the first nuisance case, which involved plaintiffs chosen by the plaintiffs’ attorneys.



Why You Should Seek Out Pastured Pork and Avoid CAFO Meat

Every time you buy CAFO pork (or any CAFO product), you’re supporting this atrocious industry. I encourage you to avoid CAFO meats and instead either buy your meat direct from a trusted grass fed farm or look for the American Grassfed Association (AGA) logo, a much-needed grass fed standards and certification for American-grown grass fed meat and dairy.17

The AGA standard allows for greater transparency and conformity18 and is intended to ensure the humane treatment of animals and meet consumer expectations about grass fed meat and dairy, while being feasible for small farmers to achieve. The AGA pastured pork standards include a forage-based diet derived from pasture, animal health and welfare, no antibiotics and no added growth hormones.

Whether you do so for ethical, environmental or health reasons — or all of the above — I encourage you to support the small family farms in your area. When you do so, you’re protecting your health and the environment, while indirectly taking a stand for those who are unfortunate enough to live near a North Carolina (or any) CAFO — and finding themselves with little opportunity to fight back.



 

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/07/17/factory-farming-air-pollution-lawsuits.aspx?utm_source=prnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art3&utm_campaign=20180717Z1_UCM&et_cid=DM222271&et_rid=366595740




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 8/5/2018 9:22pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • It was 99 deg in the sun today. Thermometer is mounted on the corral.  Still very dry and ponds are dropping.  Sure would be nice to have 4-5 inches over two to three days.    
  • Ebay has changed from what it was just a few years ago.  While we were milking we would buy yogurt makers on ebay.  There was an active auction always for used Salton yogurts makers.  I would see what the shipping was and subtract that from $20 and place my bid. For about 5-6 years I probably got 10-15 makers.  We sold them to our milk customers for the $20, so they would have another way to use our milk.  Out of curiosity I checked to see what was available today on ebay.  Not much for auctions, and you can't touch one for under $40, including shipping.  I hope those who bought their makers are still using them.  We make a batch quite often.  Sure is much better than store yogurt.
  • Peaches are ripe.  I lost the entire crop on one tree to the Japanese beetles.  I guess it pays to have more than one and different varieties that ripen at different times. 
  • Elderberries are starting and the grapes have started.  What is better than cutting open a ripe peach and enjoying it right there under the tree?  Or cutting off a bunch of grapes and spitting out the seeds.

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Agricultural pollutants threaten world's water?

New report paints a worrying picture, provides recommendations on what can be done https://www.morningagclips.com/agricultural-pollutants-threaten-worlds-water/

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Top 10 Reasons to Raise & Eat Grass-Fed Meat

http://ecofarmingdaily.com/top-10-reasons-raise-eat-grass-fed-meat/

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Do you buy Ben and Jerry's ice cream? https://www.organicconsumers.org/blog/who-cares-why-we-sued-ben-jerrys
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Dirt Poor: Have Fruits and Vegetables Become Less Nutritious?

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/soil-depletion-and-nutrition-loss/

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Meat of the Matter: Deep Nutrition for Better Health


http://ecofarmingdaily.com/meat-of-the-matter/






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