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Posted 1/6/2010 7:44pm by Art Ozias.
  • I still have a half of a hog.  It is a heritage breed, Red Waddle.  Let me know.  I just finished a pork chop from last year.   Excellent meat. 

    Jan 12 there will be a meeting of the Milk Board in Jefferson City from 11-2pm.  Several raw milk producers will be there asking and challenging the Board regarding the recent issue near Springfield.   Wish I could go and watch OUR government in action.

Nice to see that  Food, Inc is getting exposure.  http://www.marthastewart.com/show/the-martha-stewart-show/vegetarian-thanksgiving

 From the Director of Fresh, the Movie.  We showed this film at La Sous Terre.

The Associated Press just uncovered a series of confidential commercial licensing agreements that give around 200 smaller companies the right to insert Monsanto's genes (resistant to their Roundup herbicide) in their corn and soybean plants.

This means that Monsanto will OWN and CONTROL roughly 95 percent of all soybeans and 80 percent of all corn grown in the US. Monsanto is blocking any competition in the seed industry, forcing farmers into growing genetically modified crops, and all the while increasing seed prices. Now, when farmers buy bags of seed from obscure brand names, they are paying for Monsanto's seeds.

These practices are at the core of the investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice to determine if Monsanto is violating anti-trust laws.

Sign the FRESH petition to the Department of Justice: break up the food monopoly to free our farmers.

http://action.freshthemovie.com/petition.jsp?petition_KEY=617

This could be the first step towards the government taking long-needed action to help break the corporate control in our farming and food system.

For farmers to survive and thrive, we need the government to take action that restores real competition to the farm economy - not the current situation where a few corporations in the grain, seed, dairy and livestock sectors hold excessive control.

In 2010, the Department of Justice will hold public hearings to discuss anti-trust issues in agricultural production. We want our voice to be heard in this process.

 FRESH will deliver your signature and comments to the Department of Justice.

 Sign the FRESH petition: free our farmers by busting corporate control of our food system.

ana Sofia joanes

Director, FRESH

© 2008 FRESH the movie - New thinking on what we're eating.

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra

Posted 1/4/2010 6:01pm by Art Ozias.
  • I have found another hog.  Call if you want a half.  If will be available  o/a Jan 15.           660-656-3409

Healthy Living
Thursday, December 10, 2009

The 7 foods experts won't eat

    * by Liz Vaccariello, Editor-in-Chief, PREVENTION, on Tue Nov 24, 2009 11:15am PST

How healthy (or not) certain foods are—for us, for the environment—is a hotly debated topic among experts and consumers alike, and there are no easy answers. But when Prevention talked to the people at the forefront of food safety and asked them one simple question—“What foods do you avoid?”—we got some pretty interesting answers. Although these foods don’t necessarily make up a "banned” list, as you head into the holidays—and all the grocery shopping that comes with it—their answers are, well, food for thought:

1. Canned Tomatoes

The expert: Fredrick vom Saal, PhD, an endocrinologist at the University of Missouri who studies bisphenol-A

The problem: The resin linings of tin cans contain bisphenol-A, a synthetic estrogen that has been linked to ailments ranging from reproductive problems to heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Unfortunately, acidity (a prominent characteristic of tomatoes) causes BPA to leach into your food. Studies show that the BPA in most people's body exceeds the amount that suppresses sperm production or causes chromosomal damage to the eggs of animals. "You can get 50 mcg of BPA per liter out of a tomato can, and that's a level that is going to impact people, particularly the young," says vom Saal. "I won't go near canned tomatoes."

The solution: Choose tomatoes in glass bottles (which do not need resin linings), such as the brands Bionaturae and Coluccio. You can also get several types in Tetra Pak boxes, like Trader Joe's and Pomi.

2. Corn-Fed Beef

The expert: Joel Salatin, co-owner of Polyface Farms and author of half a dozen books on sustainable farming

The problem: Cattle evolved to eat grass, not grains. But farmers today feed their animals corn and soybeans, which fatten up the animals faster for slaughter. More money for cattle farmers (and lower prices at the grocery store) means a lot less nutrition for us. A recent comprehensive study conducted by the USDA and researchers from Clemson University found that compared with corn-fed beef, grass-fed beef is higher in beta-carotene, vitamin E, omega-3s, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), calcium, magnesium, and potassium; lower in inflammatory omega-6s; and lower in saturated fats that have been linked to heart disease. "We need to respect the fact that cows are herbivores, and that does not mean feeding them corn and chicken manure," says Salatin.

The solution: Buy grass-fed beef, which can be found at specialty grocers, farmers' markets, and nationally at Whole Foods. It's usually labeled because it demands a premium, but if you don't see it, ask your butcher.

3. Microwave Popcorn

The expert: Olga Naidenko, PhD, a senior scientist for the Environmental Working Group,

The problem: Chemicals, including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), in the lining of the bag, are part of a class of compounds that may be linked to infertility in humans, according to a recent study from UCLA. In animal testing, the chemicals cause liver, testicular, and pancreatic cancer. Studies show that microwaving causes the chemicals to vaporize—and migrate into your popcorn. "They stay in your body for years and accumulate there," says Naidenko, which is why researchers worry that levels in humans could approach the amounts causing cancers in laboratory animals. DuPont and other manufacturers have promised to phase out PFOA by 2015 under a voluntary EPA plan, but millions of bags of popcorn will be sold between now and then.

The solution: Pop natural kernels the old-fashioned way: in a skillet. For flavorings, you can add real butter or dried seasonings, such as dillweed, vegetable flakes, or soup mix.

4. Nonorganic Potatoes

The expert: Jeffrey Moyer, chair of the National Organic Standards Board

The problem: Root vegetables absorb herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides that wind up in soil. In the case of potatoes—the nation's most popular vegetable—they're treated with fungicides during the growing season, then sprayed with herbicides to kill off the fibrous vines before harvesting. After they're dug up, the potatoes are treated yet again to prevent them from sprouting. "Try this experiment: Buy a conventional potato in a store, and try to get it to sprout. It won't," says Moyer, who is also farm director of the Rodale Institute (also owned by Rodale Inc., the publisher of Prevention). "I've talked with potato growers who say point-blank they would never eat the potatoes they sell. They have separate plots where they grow potatoes for themselves without all the chemicals."

The solution: Buy organic potatoes. Washing isn't good enough if you're trying to remove chemicals that have been absorbed into the flesh.

5. Farmed Salmon

The expert: David Carpenter, MD, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany and publisher of a major study in the journal Science on contamination in fish.

The problem: Nature didn't intend for salmon to be crammed into pens and fed soy, poultry litter, and hydrolyzed chicken feathers. As a result, farmed salmon is lower in vitamin D and higher in contaminants, including carcinogens, PCBs, brominated flame retardants, and pesticides such as dioxin and DDT. According to Carpenter, the most contaminated fish come from Northern Europe, which can be found on American menus. "You can only safely eat one of these salmon dinners every 5 months without increasing your risk of cancer," says Carpenter, whose 2004 fish contamination study got broad media attention. "It's that bad." Preliminary science has also linked DDT to diabetes and obesity, but some nutritionists believe the benefits of omega-3s outweigh the risks. There is also concern about the high level of antibiotics and pesticides used to treat these fish. When you eat farmed salmon, you get dosed with the same drugs and chemicals.

The solution: Switch to wild-caught Alaska salmon. If the package says fresh Atlantic, it's farmed. There are no commercial fisheries left for wild Atlantic salmon.
6. Milk Produced with Artificial Hormones

The expert: Rick North, project director of the Campaign for Safe Food at the Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility and former CEO of the Oregon division of the American Cancer Society

The problem: Milk producers treat their dairy cattle with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH or rBST, as it is also known) to boost milk production. But rBGH also increases udder infections and even pus in the milk. It also leads to higher levels of a hormone called insulin-like growth factor in milk. In people, high levels of IGF-1 may contribute to breast, prostate, and colon cancers. "When the government approved rBGH, it was thought that IGF-1 from milk would be broken down in the human digestive tract," says North. As it turns out, the casein in milk protects most of it, according to several independent studies. "There's not 100% proof that this is increasing cancer in humans," admits North. "However, it's banned in most industrialized countries."

The solution: Check labels for rBGH-free, rBST-free, produced without artificial hormones, or organic milk. These phrases indicate rBGH-free products.

7. Conventional Apples

The expert: Mark Kastel, former executive for agribusiness and codirector of the Cornucopia Institute, a farm-policy research group that supports organic foods

The problem: If fall fruits held a "most doused in pesticides contest," apples would win. Why? They are individually grafted (descended from a single tree) so that each variety maintains its distinctive flavor. As such, apples don't develop resistance to pests and are sprayed frequently. The industry maintains that these residues are not harmful. But Kastel counters that it's just common sense to minimize exposure by avoiding the most doused produce, like apples. "Farm workers have higher rates of many cancers," he says. And increasing numbers of studies are starting to link a higher body burden of pesticides (from all sources) with Parkinson's disease.

The solution: Buy organic apples. If you can't afford organic, be sure to wash and peel them first.

 This from the Union of Concerned Scientists  (UCS).

 

3. Biotech crops responsible for huge increase in weed killers

According to a new report from the Organic Center, and contrary to industry claims, the use of weed killers (herbicides) in the United States has increased dramatically—by 383 million pounds—over the first 13 years of commercial production of GE crops. Impacts of Genetically Engineered Crops on Pesticide Use in the United States attributes the increased use to weeds that have become resistant to herbicides with the widespread planting of GE herbicide-tolerant crops. These crops are engineered to withstand weed killers so that the chemicals can be applied to fields to kill weeds. However, their overuse on GE crops has led to weeds that, like the crops, can tolerate the herbicides. As farmers use more and more herbicides to control them, the weeds become more resistant in turn, requiring even more herbicides to control them. This report, like UCS's report Failure to Yield, refutes the biotech industry's overstated assertions of the benefits of GE crops. Read the report, which was funded by UCS and other public-interest groups. To learn more about how herbicide-tolerant weeds are overtaking fields in the South, watch an ABC News video.

 

 

5. Major cattle producer loses right to use organic label

After a four-year investigation and legal battle, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has suspended the organic certification of Promiseland Livestock, LLC, for four years. Promiseland, one of the largest organic cattle producers in the United States, manages 22,000 beef and dairy cattle in Nebraska and Missouri. Investigators accused Promiseland of violating numerous organic regulations, including feeding conventional grain to cattle and reselling conventional grain as organic. The suspension directly resulted from the company's inability to provide records demonstrating its compliance with organic standards. The ruling signifies a commitment by the USDA to ensure the integrity of the organic label, which is critical to consumer confidence and support for organic products. Read more from the New York Times.

  

Great comments for great beef from a new customer.  Thanks

 

I had some round steak last night and it was wonderful!!!!  The only reason I did not get a side of beef is because of how “gamey” grass fed beef is suppose to taste.  I heard many stories on how corn fed beef was tastier and that I would not like pasture raised beef.  My conversion to venison was not an easy one as lean as it is.  Anyway, I absolutely love your beef!!  I would like another split half but I cant afford it for at least another month.  If you still have any beef available in that time, I will certainly take it off your hands.  I hope your rump roast recipe is still available.  David will be home from deployment in July so I will make it for him then.

 

Thank you so much for your business and all the info you send regarding quality meat and the politics of food. 

Nic


that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra

Posted 1/3/2010 12:54am by Art Ozias.
  • I just finished watching a lecture I found on Mercola.   I started this while watching the Texas Tech football game and finished watching the lecture at 30 minutes after midnight.  It only has had 3000 viewers.  Hopefully, there will be 30,000,000 more.  I will give that link and the one for the rest of the lecture that is on UTube.  The Mercola part only has the first three parts.  The UTube has the rest.  Parts 5,6 and part of 7 are mostly bio-chemistry.  Watch them to get the essence of the chemistry involved.  I think after you have watched this you will want to send this to everyone you know.  Here is the Mercola link http://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2&shva=1#inbox/125eed658b7038c4 You need to click on the first article regarding sugar , and here is the Utube link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjxyjcvW7RE&feature=related

That's it for tonight.  I've got to go to bed.  Art and Debra

Posted 1/2/2010 10:42pm by Art Ozias.

Here is a great web site.  Be sure to read number 17.  http://www.healthy-eating-politics.com/healthy-eating-tips.html

 

What can I do?  First, understand the problem then vote.  Every time you take a bite it’s a vote.  Every time you reach for your wallet/purse you are voting.  Here’s a link to help you understand how the problem has evolved.  http://www.healthy-eating-politics.com/food-supply.html

 

After you read this, you will know why we raise our own wheat.  http://www.healthy-eating-politics.com/white-flour.html    We have hard white winter wheat for $.80/#.

that's it for now from the hill.  Art and Debra

Posted 1/2/2010 1:06pm by Art Ozias.
  • The hot dogs are all sold.  I have all the seasonings mixed, so I know exactly what will be in them.  The recipe calls for a gallon of milk.  Guess what kind of milk will be in the hot dogs?   I am still taking orders for the ground beef, however at this point I can't promise that your order will be fully filled.  We have to check the steak portion of the animal and if it passes my criterion it will stay steak, if not there will be more ground beef.  I should know end of next week.

    Anyone interested in a SCOBY we have them.   You provide the gallon glass jar and you are in production.   Kombucha is easy to make and is a good tonic.  If you are not up on Kombucha, google it and learn its' attributes.

Here is more on Monsanto.  When you drive along and see the “pretty” bean fields, just realize that they have a spraying of round-up.    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/11/21/France-Finds-Monsanto-Guilty-of-Lying.aspx

 

Here is a good break down on lung cancer.  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/11/21/Do-You-Know-the-Five-Risk-Factors-for-Lung-Cancer-BESIDES-Smoking.aspx

 

Can you help make sure we have safe food?

  Tell Your Senator: We Need a Food Safety Bill That Works

 Dear Art,

 The safety of the food we eat has real consequences in people's daily lives, and contaminated food reaches our plates far too oft 

A young mother left her job for several weeks earlier this year when her toddler became sickened by E. coli. It's been a very long haul for the little girl and her family. Fortunately, the youngster is now healing. We have an opportunity to prevent this from happening to others. Write your senator today to ensure our food is safe.

 

The Food and Drug Administration is in charge of food safety for many of the foods we eat, including all fruits, vegetables, processed foods, and imported foods. Many of the recent food recalls for products that fall under the FDA's jurisdiction could have been prevented if the FDA had been operating under a modern food safety law that required more inspections of our domestic and imported foods. By the FDA's own admission, it is able to inspect less than 2% of imported food products, and inspects some U.S. facilities only once per decade.

 

In order for us to have safer food, Congress needs to address the deficiencies at the FDA. Senate Bill 510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, provides a framework to make this happen.  We've got a great opportunity to ensure food safety by encouraging senators to make this bill even stronger by including the following:

 

- Require more frequent inspections of domestic food facilities,

- Give the FDA authority to hold imported foods to U.S. food safety standards,

- Ensure that on-farm food safety doesn't harm small-scale and organic farms,

- Include technical assistance for small farmers and food processors to meet any new regulations.

 

These proposals will make the FDA Food Safety Modernization Bill a much stronger piece of legislation, and will help ensure a safe food supply for all of us.  Please take action now to ask your senator to support consumers and food safety by including these provisions.

http://action.foodandwaterwatch.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=1762

I listened to a lecture at the recent ACRES, USA convention by Mark McAfee.  He compared the FAA with the FDA.  It was interesting.  The FAA is proactive in preventing accidents in protecting the public, while the FDA is reactive and, as you know, approves things that are not in the best interest of the public.  As Mark stated there are seven  747 crashes everyday, killing 3100 (9/11).   The difference is most of those 3100 have been dying at the cellular level for several years.   

For those who appreciate editorials on the cattle industry, I would suggest the following web site, Beef Today, and to read Thornsberry's articles. http://www.agweb.com/BeefToday/Blogs/BlogPost.aspx?PID=fb57c6ac-74ee-4e28-a7cd-8f1df81b6662

That's it from the hill.  Art and Debra



that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra

Posted 1/1/2010 7:36pm by Art Ozias.
  • Still have some freezer beef available.  We may have a split half and possible more.  I am waiting on two deposits.  IAW federal law I have to have a contract on a live animal prior to processing.  I have a scheduled date for Jan 6, but I take them in the night before.  Therefore, I need to know very, very soon. 
  • Hope all had a merry Christmas and a good News Year eve.  We may have a film in Jan.
  • Sure glad we decided to not have chickens during the winter.  When it's cold and the ground is covered with snow it takes a lot of extra effort just to due the basics.

The following are  from OCA’s number 204 http://www.organicconsumers.org/bytes/ob204.htm 
Jeffrey Smith thinks we can stop the GMO thing soon in the US.  England got it stopped in just a few months.  All GMO foods have to be label in the EU.  There are different percentages allowed, but at least the consumer is made aware and then can make their own decision.
 
Stop Monsanto!

Take Action Now!

Press the Department of Justice to Break Monsanto's Monopoly

After years of complaints from the OCA and our allies, the Department of Justice is investigating how big biotech and food corporations, including Monsanto, are monopolizing and controlling our seeds, food and farming - and they want to hear from YOU. The Obama Administration is specifically seeking comments and information about how corporate control of the food system affects average Americans. If you're concerned that Monsanto and Big Food corporations have inordinate and dangerous power over where your food comes from and how it's produced, tell the Justice Department! Your comments could help rein in Monsanto and other corporate criminals.

Take action

 

Stop Obama's Monsanto Men

Rajiv Shah

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is one of Monsanto's key non-profit partners, forcing hazardous Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) on farmers and consumers worldwide. The multi-billion dollar Gates Foundation is helping Monsanto infiltrate markets in poor African countries by fraudulently claiming that GMOs can feed the world and reduce rural poverty with high-priced GM seed varieties that supposedly, but in fact do not, increase yields, resist drought, or improve nutrition.

President Obama has appointed biotech cheerleader Rajiv Shah, who worked as the Gates Foundation's agriculture programs director, to be the USDA's Under Secretary for Research, and has put Roger Beachy, Director of the Monsanto-funded Danforth Plant Science Center, directly under Shah in charge of the new National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Now Shah, with only six months of government experience, has been appointed by Obama to lead the US Agency for International Development (USAID), handing over in effect billions of dollars in taxpayer money to Food Inc., Monsanto, and the biotech bullies.

Tell the Senate to vote NO on Shah

Islam Siddiqui

The notorious lobbying group CropLife, which represents pesticide and genetic engineering companies, including Monsanto, is the PR front group that infamously chided the First Lady for planting a pesticide-free organic garden at the White House. Islam Siddiqui, nominated by President Obama to be the US Trade Representative's Chief Agriculture Negotiator, is CropLife's Vice-President. Before CropLife, Siddiqui was a chemical farming and biotech booster in Clinton's USDA. It was his bright idea in 1997-98--rejected by the organic community-- to allow GMOs, sewage sludge and irradiation in organic production. (The Organic Consumers Association spearheaded this successful campaign to save organic standards.) And oh yes, we should also mention that Siddiqui was an Obama campaign donor and fundraiser.

Tell the Senate to vote NO on Siddiqui

 

 

 

Protest Monsanto Propaganda on National Public Radio

If you listen to National Public Radio, you've probably heard Monsanto's "Produce More, Conserve More" greenwashing commercials. Monsanto's propaganda team claim their Frankencrops and seeds are a form of "sustainable agriculture" that will help farmers "squeeze more out of a drop of water." American Public Media, the producer of the public radio program Marketplace, gets companies like Monsanto to support their programming by offering to let them "leverage their reputation." Unfortunately Monsanto's green claims are a dangerous lie. GMO crops do not produce more. GMO crops contain dangerous pesticide residues, and use massive amounts of toxic and climate-0destabilizing chemical fertilizers. GMO are not drought-resistant. Organic crops out-produce chemical and GMO crops by 70% under drought (or heavy rain) conditions. Non-organic chemical, water, energy-intensive, and GMO crops are a recipe for disaster in this era of unpredictable weather.

Tell American Public Media to stop airing Monsanto's lies!

 

Action Update

Monsanto Wins the Angry Mermaid Award

Climate activists have hung Copenhagen's "Angry Mermaid Award" around Monsanto's neck for being a "corporate climate criminal." Monsanto, perhaps the world's most hated corporation, is a major driving force in polluting the atmosphere with billions of pounds of climate-destabilizing greenhouse gases (Co2, methane, and nitrous oxide), while at the same time offering false high-tech solutions-- profiting off biotech bullying, environmental destruction, a highly subsidized and unhealthy food chain, and rural poverty.

Even though food security experts agree that mitigating and adapting to climate change is going to require a return to non-GMO organic agriculture, Monsanto has been successful in promoting itself in the US and among world leaders as a so-called no-till "sustainable agriculture" company helping farmers survive climate change by selling them genetically engineered seeds that resist drought and flood.

In fact, Monsanto has never commercialized a single drought or flood-resistant crop. Monsanto's seeds are resistant to one thing: Monsanto's toxic (and increasingly expensive) herbicide RoundUp, which farmers are forced to buy, (and consumers are forced to consume) in ever-larger quantities.

Monsanto's goal is to patent living organisms, monopolize seeds, outlaw seed saving, and economically and legally enslave farmers, thereby destroying the "competition," the seed and crop biodiversity that farmers have painstakingly cultivated over the last 10,000 years. Life on Earth will become Life in Hell if Monsanto is allowed to tighten its stranglehold over our seeds and food. To mitigate climate change, we need to shift from chemical and energy-intensive industrial agriculture to organic farming practices on the world's 12 billion acres of farm, pasture, and rangeland (thereby cleaning up 40-100% of the excess CO2 in the atmosphere) and at the same time drastically reduce the 44-52% of greenhouse gases directly or indirectly caused by industrial agriculture: carbon dioxide (CO2) from burning fossil fuels, cutting down rainforests and destroying soil fertility; methane (CH4) from animal factory farms and rotting non-composted waste in garbage dumps; and nitrous oxide from billions of pounds of nitrate-based fertilizer. To save the climate and ourselves, we need to break Monsanto's stranglehold over food and farming, and instead protect and support the world's remaining 1.5 billion traditional and organic small farmers - the peasants and family farmers who produce 75% of the world's food and fiber and steward what's left of the world's crop and animal biodiversity.

Read more

Thanks for the comment.  It makes it worth it to feed the cows when it is cold, snowing and the wind is brutal.

 Art, I just wanted to pay you and your farm a compliment. Last night, I cooked up the first batch of ground beef from our split half and I think it was the best ground beef I've ever had. I made simple patties out of it and topped it with a chard sautee, and it was so juicy and full of flavor. Thank you for the Real Food book too, I'm blazing through it since it's such an interesting read. I look forward to buying from you in years to come. Thanks.

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra

Posted 12/18/2009 7:47pm by Art Ozias.
  • We have 10 stew hens for sale.  They are $8 each.  We had one last week. The chicken salad was great and they are fat, so the soup was excellent.  We will be processing them Sunday.   Pick up will be 4-5 pm.
  • There are no more hot dogs.  I ordered all the seasonings because I had some issues with the processor.  It's a challenge to keep preservatives and MSG out.    Still have hamburger available in Jan.  Just got feedback from a recent customer that our hamburger is the best.
  •  

You may want to use your speaker phone option more often.  I have  sent similar info about the dangers, but this has more research data to back it up: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/09/29/More-Confirmation-That-Cell-Phones-Cause-Brain-Tumors.aspx

 

Here is one just for fun.  “Did You Know?” http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/03/19/Facts-About-Coming-Changes-That-Will-Absolutely-Astound-You.aspx


that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra

Posted 12/13/2009 9:37pm by Art Ozias.

Shannon Hayes is the host of grassfedcooking.com and radicalhomemakers.com.  She is the author of Radical Homemakers (due out in the next few weeks), Farmer and the Grill, and The Grassfed Gourmet. Hayes works with her family producing grassfed and pastured meats on Sap Bush Hollow Farm in Upstate New York.

The following is a newsletter from Shannon Hayes: TENDER GRASSFED STEAK, Inside and Out.

"Last month we brought two splendid, nearly 30-month old steers through the cutting room for the fall harvest.  Our freezers were filled with glorious, full-flavored, prime beef.  And I mean prime.  Incredibly, there are still folks who assume beef cannot marble without the aid of grain fattening.  Balderdash, I say!  The steaks coming out of the cutting room throughout the late fall have been deeply marbled and rich in flavor.  Typically, early December in the Northeast has many customers leaving the steaks off their shopping lists in favor of the stew meat and roasts.  But those who pause over our beef display just long enough to notice the marbling seize upon the rib eyes and porterhouses…For beef that approaches 30 months in age results in grassfed steak that is truly magnificent.  The trick is to know how to handle it properly, whether you are cooking it indoors, or outside.

The simplest, most commonly heard distinction made between grassfed and factory-farmed meat is that grassfed is leaner. As we’ve just seen, that is not always the case.  The real difference lies in the fact that, by virtue of a beef animal’s active and healthy life, there is true muscle integrity in the meat.  This is wildly different from the feedlot animals, which get little or no exercise, resulting in more flaccid (and, hence less flavorful) cuts.  This does not mean that grassfed steaks are less tender - on the contrary.  Cooked more gently, grassfed meat is wonderfully tender.  The healthy muscle texture does, however, mean that grassfed steaks will be more variable than grainfed meats.  Taste and texture of steaks will vary based on breed, farming practices, pastures, and individual animal characteristics.  Thus, the trick to cooking a delicious steak is to work with the variability and t ake advantage of that beautiful muscle quality. 

We should be treating this meat as “tenderly” in the kitchen or on the grill as the farmers treated the animals in the fields. When cooking a grassfed steak, we want to achieve a delicious sear that creates a pleasant light crust on the exterior of the meat, then allow it to finish cooking at a much lower temperature; this allows the naturally-occurring sugars to caramelize on the surface, while protecting those muscle fibers from contracting too quickly.  Tough grassfed steaks result from over-exposure to high heat, which causes the muscle fibers to contract tightly and become chewy and overly dry." (Recipes on our web site)

I think someone is finally waking up.  We’ll see.

http://www.ecoliblog.com/2009/11/articles/e-coli-recalls/senator-gillibrand-pushes-for-testing-of-e-coli-in-ground-beef/index.html  

 

BPA  has already been banned in Europe.  I guess we will just have to wait for “our” science to complete its investigation.  I guess the latitude and longitude have potential effects on science.  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/11/24/Why-Canned-Soups-Can-Be-Dangerous-to-Your-Health.aspx

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra
Posted 12/7/2009 8:39pm by Art Ozias.
  • We are taking orders for next year.  My friend Bob will have 10 hogs, 40 turkeys and will have chickens starting in May.  He will be raising 30-50 fryers every 6-7 weeks.  We (Breezy Hill) should have 10-12 beeves.
  • We still some beef available from the Jan 6 harvest.  We also have some ground beef and hot dogs for Jan.  We are about to our limit on the hot dogs.

It may be time to for some grass finished articles, since we have a lot of new members.  It may be a good refresher for the rest.    http://www.healthy-eating-politics.com/grass-fed-beef.html

 

This is good site to book mark and visit regularly especially if you are interested in healthy eating. http://www.healthy-eating-politics.com/index.html   .

 

Have you wondered why grass finished is better?  Here’s the answer.    

   Why Grass-Fed Beef Is Better for the Environment

Rancher Dave Evans of Marin Sun Farms raises 500 head of cattle on nothing but grass in Nicasio, California. Here he explains how his farm works.

By: Dave Evans, as told to Joel Weber; Illustrations: Heather Jones
Published: March 2008   [ Updated: Nov 7, 2008 - 3:44:18 PM ]

The grass that fills my pastures is a diverse array of mostly native perennials and legumes, such as rye grass and clover. The grass stores the sun’s energy and converts it into carbon, which my cows will eventually convert into protein. Grassland can sequester as much carbon as a forest, which is a claim no factory farm can make. Grass and soil need a break from grazing to recover and regenerate, and I use electric fences to divide the land into paddocks as large as 100 acres and as small as two acres to restrict animals’ access. I change my pasture-management strategy almost daily, but typically the grass will measure about six inches tall when the cattle enter a paddock. I’ll lead them into a new paddock once the grass is half that length.

When cows eat grass, an organ called the rumen—something we humans don’t have, which is why we don’t eat grass—converts the sun’s energy into high-quality protein. As the cattle move throughout the pasture, their hooves help spread and plant grass seed while their feces acts as fertilizer. And because they don’t stand in the same place all day, covered in their own dung, I don’t need to pump them full of antibiotics, the way factory farmers do.

After I move cattle off a paddock, I bring in laying hens to eat the parasites and fly larva that thrive in cow pies. The chickens eat the bad stuff most farmers eliminate with pesticides, and those bugs give the hens’ eggs more flavor. Chicken excrement also contains a lot of nitrogen, which functions as a fertilizer. Most commercial farms increase yields with synthetic nitrogen, and the farms excrete so much fertilizer that it ends up in the ocean where it kills sea life. Keeping free-range chickens prevents that sort of pollution. I simply move the hens so that excess nitrogen never builds up and the soil stays healthy.

Learn more about Dave Evans or find grass-fed beef near you by visiting eatwild.com


The following is a great article from the New York Times.  Nicolette Niman is also the author of the book I donated to the local library, Righteous Porkchop, and it is now available for check out.   She knows her facts.  It’s a good read.  http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/31/opinion/31niman.html?_r=2&scp=1&sq=nicolette&st=cse



that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra

Posted 11/28/2009 10:33pm by Art Ozias.
  • We have two beeves scheduled for Jan 2010.  When these are gone there won't be any more beef until next fall at the end of the next grazing season. We always have worked on a first one to order, first gets it basis.  We also still have the ground beef/hot dog offer.
  • I hope all that bought turkey were satisfied.  I received one positive response.  It's nice to get feedback.

"Best turkey we've ever had. Thank you!!! " Glad you enjoyed the bird, Ronnie P.

Our last chicken day is Dec 20.  I have notified everyone that has ordered chickens.  If anyone should cancel, I'll send out a quick Breezy Hill Update.

Where do you carry your cell phone?  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/11/19/A-Cell-Phone-on-Your-Hip-Weakens-Your-Bones.aspx  

 

More info regarding thimerosal.  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/08/06/Proof-That-Thimerosal-Induces-AutismLike-Neurotoxicity.aspx

 

More cell phone dangers.  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/08/06/Your-Cell-Phone-and-Brain-Tumors.aspx

For those of you that have access to the Trails Regional Library, Food, Inc, will be available next week.  They have agreed to accept my extra copy.

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra