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Posted 3/13/2009 9:39pm by Art Ozias.

Mar 21 will be the next chicken day.  There will not be another for about a month.  If you buy 5 or more they are $2.50 per pound.  If less than five $2.75.  Ten or more $2.25.  Let me know soon.


Here is some great legislature we need to support.

Know anything about nanosilver?


Here is the latest Organic Consumers Newsletter.  You may want to subscribe.  Has an interesting article on GMO cotton.  Those of you attending the Monday night videos will appreciate.

In This Issue
OCA Campaign Success Story of the Week: OCA's New Study Finds Greatly Reduced Carcinogens in Personal Care Products
Alert Update of the Week: OCA & Grassroots Pressure on Obama and Vilsack Show Results
More Good News: Campaigning of OCA & Allies Shifts USDA and Helps Hilda Solis Get Confirmed
Nutrition News of the Week: Taking a Bite Out of Childhood Obesity
Alert of the Week: Sign the Health Revolution Petition
Sustainability News of the Week: OCA at Power Shift '09, Artists for the Climate
Related Web Videos of the Week: Wendell Berry speaks about Climate Change
Web Forum Posting of the Week: We only have the next 10 days to stop MANDATORY NAIS
Genetic Engineering News of the Week: Study Shows Monsanto's GE Cotton is Killing the Soil
Headlines and Articles of the Week
Hello Art,
Welcome to another exciting issue of Organic Bytes! With more than a quarter million readers, you are in good company.
OCA Campaign Success Story of the Week:
OCA's New Study Finds Greatly Reduced Carcinogens in Personal Care Products
The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) released a new follow-up study today that assesses hazardous levels of the unlabeled carcinogen contaminant 1,4-dioxane in leading conventional as well as  "natural" and "organic" brands of personal care and household cleaning products. The results indicate significant improvement for 23 products from sixteen major brands that OCA had previously exposed last year as containing potentially dangerous levels of 1,4-dioxane. In other words, thanks to ongoing pressure from the OCA and its allies, some of the best selling personal care products on the market have been reformulated to be safer for human health and the environment.

Of course, our work is never done: the study also found a number of conventional products that had alarmingly high levels of the carcinogen. The study was commissioned by the OCA and was overseen by environmental health consumer advocate David Steinman (author of The Safe Shopper's Bible). The independent third-party laboratory, Bodycote Testing Group, known for rigorous testing and chain-of-custody protocols, performed all testing.

Learn more
Alert Update of the Week:
OCA & Grassroots Pressure on Obama and Vilsack Show Results
Thanks to your hard work and ongoing pressure, the Obama Administration and Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack are apparently responding to OCA and our allies' calls for major reform in the food and farm sector, including:
  • President Obama's budget plan includes a $1 billion a year increase in funding for U.S. child nutrition programs including school lunches. Learn more
  • Secretary Vilsack has called for government support for farmers using alternative energy, such as wind and solar, as well as those converting to organic farming practices. Vilsack also has called for cuts in taxpayer subsidy payments to large farms. Learn more
  • Vilsack has pledged the USDA's support in ending racial discrimination in the farm sector, specifically condemning past discrimination in limiting credit opportunities for African-American farmers. Learn more
  • The USDA's National Organic Program has cracked down on companies spiking organic fertilizer with prohibited synthetic additives. Learn more
  • President Obama has guaranteed at least $500 million for the Green Jobs Act in the stimulus package. Learn more
What's next? Keep the pressure on! Congress, President Obama and Secretary Vilsack need to hear from you on key issues.
More Good News:
Campaigning of OCA & Allies Shifts USDA and Helps Hilda Solis Get Confirmed

On February 23, 2009, the Obama administration heard the voice of organic consumers and named Kathleen Merrigan deputy agriculture secretary. As one of OCA's favored nominees for the position, Merrigan has a solid background in sustainable and organic agriculture. She was the administrator of the Agricultural Marketing Service at the USDA when the division crafted the organic guidelines. Since then, she's been a board member of the Organic Center and a professor at Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. She's been an avid organic booster, spreading the word about the superiority of organic foods.

Thank you to the nearly 100,000 organic consumers, including 50,000 new OCA participants who joined OCA's Vilsack campaign, which is putting pressure on the Secretary of Agriculture to make positive changes at the USDA with actions like the appointment of Merrigan.

We'd also like to thank the thousands of you who took part in another OCA alert and supported Hilda Solis for Labor Secretary. We're pleased to announce she was confirmed on February 24, 2009. Secretary Solis, the department's first Latino chief, is a longtime ally of farm workers, a champion of workers' rights and green jobs, and an experienced leader who has fought to restore balance to our economy. OCA expects Solis to bolster protections for farm workers and other laborers in the food sector.

Learn more
It's Working!
Your OCA Support is Bringing Positive Change

The Organic Consumers Association is one of the few nonprofit organizations that provides you with success stories, nearly every week, showing you how your financial donations are directly bringing about positive change. These success stories are due to the involvement and donations of our supporters. In order to continue bringing positive change in the realms of health, social justice, and sustainability, we need your contributions. If you are unable to donate, please help spread the word about OCA to friends, family and colleagues.  Please donate today!

Donate Here
Nutrition News of the Week:
Taking a Bite Out of Childhood Obesity
Child-friendly, healthy and truly delicious food can be served in school lunchrooms: that's what OCA's DC Intern, Chantal Clement, learned at "Take a Bite out of Childhood Obesity", a briefing on the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act sponsored by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.  Thanks to junk food diets, the estimated lifetime risk for kids born in or after 2000 to contract Type 2 Diabetes (a disease doctors generally treated patients aged 30 or more for) is 32.8% for men and 38.5% for women. Due to widespread dietary unhealthiness, boys will lose 11.6 years from our current life expectancy rates and girls will lose 14.3 years.The Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act is an opportunity to get these healthy, cost-effective foods to every school child through the school meals.

Learn more
Alert of the Week:
Sign the Health Revolution Petition
The Organic Consumers Association is co-sponsoring a health care reform petition, put together by our friends at Natural News, with a goal of generating 100,000 signatures for submission to elected officials in Washington DC. The broad scope of this petition reminds the President and Congress that the nation's health is dependent on prevention as well as curing disease:
  • Safeguarding our food supply: Banning genetically engineered foods and known toxic ingredients such as aspartame and MSG.
  • Investing in disease prevention: Teaching the public about nutrition and exercise with Public Service Announcements.
  • Cleaning up the environment: Investigating the impact of fluoridation and pharmaceuticals in the public water supply.
  • Protecting our children : Restricting junk food advertising and encouraging the use of fresh and unprocessed foods in schools.
Learn more and take action
Sustainability News of the Week:
OCA at Power Shift '09, Artists for the Climate and the Capitol Climate Action
Worldwide, industrial food production is responsible for 30% or more of the fossil fuel use and the greenhouse gas pollution that's driving climate change. The Organic Consumers Association has joined the climate movement to bring the CO2 levels down below the dangerous tipping point of 350 ppm (we're at 387 ppm right now). We support the movement's goals to stop new coal plants, to shut down or phase out the pre-existing 600 U.S. coal plants, to create 5-10 million new green jobs in wind and solar sector, and to begin a deep retrofitting of the nation's 130 million buildings to drastically cut (by 80--90%) energy consumption. In addition, we're educating climate activists about the potential organic agriculture has to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions by drastically cutting fossil fuel use and sequestering greenhouse gases in the soil. As the Rodale Institute has shown, transitioning the world's agricultural lands to organic would allow the soil to absorb 40% of current greenhouse gas emissions.

On February 28, OCA's DC intern Chantal Clement spoke at Power Shift '09, a gathering of 12,000 young climate activists, on a panel about the film Food Inc. On March 1, OCA's political director Alexis Baden-Mayer caught up with Wendell Berry at the Chesapeake Climate Action Network's Artists for the Climate, and on March 2, she joined Berry and a few thousand others at the Capitol Climate Action to shut down the coal plant that powers the U.S. Capitol.

Learn more
Related Web Videos of the Week:

Wendell Berry speaks about Climate Change at Artists for the Climate conference in DC.

Web Forum Posting of the Week:
We only have the next 10 days to stop MANDATORY NAIS.
The following was posted in the OCA web forum by Cyn:
"Whether you're a small farmer, rancher, a person that owns just one  animal, or just an average consumer, we are all gong to suffer for  this. If you think food prices are high now, just wait when the NAIS becomes mandatory. You can forget about buying healthy, free range, or organic meat, milk  and eggs because it will become price prohibitive. Most likely you  wont be able to get it at all, because the cost of NAIS for small  farms and ranches will put them out of business...The U.S. House  Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry will hold a  hearing on NAIS on March 11. Bills to put NAIS into law, HR875 and  companion Senate S814, are being pushed through Congress, as well as an Appropriations Bill with funding for NAIS. This hearing is critical to blocking mandatory NAIS..."

Read more and post your own thoughts in OCA's web forum
Genetic Engineering News of the Week:
Study Shows Monsanto's GE Cotton is Killing the Soil
A new study analyzing fields planted with Monsanto's genetically modified (GM) cotton indicates the crops are causing the soil to slowly die. The study found that over a three year period soil micro-organisms, which are necessary for building healthy and nutrient rich soil, decreased dramatically in the Monsanto cotton fields. According to the Institute for Science in Society, "At this rate, in a decade of planting with GM cotton, or any GM crop with Bt genes in it, could lead to total destruction of soil organisms, leaving dead soil unable to produce food." Learn more

You can make a difference. Join the Organic Consumers Association and contact your Congresspersons today and urge them to:

1) Require mandatory labeling of all GE plants and animals
2) Place a moratorium on new genetically engineered plants or animals, and
3) Protect non-GE and organic farmers by assigning liability for injury caused by genetically engineered organisms.

Take action
Headlines and Articles of the Week:
1) Scientists Agree That Organic Farming Delivers Healthier Soil and More Nutritious Food:
Scientists gathered last week for the annual American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting, analyzed research from the last decade, and determined, once again, that the path to healthy soil and healthy food is organic farming.

2) How to Survive the Coming Century: Living or Dying in a World Warmed Just Four Degrees

3) Support Ron Paul's Bill to End the Ban on Raw Milk:
The consumption of raw milk is legal in every U.S. state, but its sale is currently illegal in about half of them. U.S. Congressman Ron Paul has introduced HR 778, a bill "to authorize the interstate traffic of unpasteurized milk and milk products that are packaged for direct human consumption."

4) Nation's Food System Nearly Broke:
"Any time a country neglects its family farm base and allows it to become financially bankrupt, the entire economy of that country will soon collapse. It may take generations to rebuild the farm economy and that of the country..."

5) Washington State Turnaround on Organic Milk Policy Has Far-Reaching Implications:
"Washington State announced plans last week to deny mothers the choice to purchase organic milk for their infants and young children with federal WIC Nutrition Program funds. This policy confuses consumers and will set a precedent for other state agencies..."

Let OCA sift through the media smog and bring you the top new and analysis of the day. The OCA website has 10 or more news articles posted each day, and a library of over 40,000 articles covering issues including health, justice, food and farming, politics, and the environment. Bookmark
Organic Geek News of the Week:
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The OCA is now on Twitter! We will be posting from our news feed, as well as new campaigns, alerts, and anything else we think you'll like! Get OCA news anywhere and everywhere you go.
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*Learn more about OCA related action alerts and other news in MO here.

*Join MO discussion groups in our forum.

*Post events in MO on our community calendar.
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I don't know what else the Ozias' are good at, but you make one damn
good beef!  I've stopped eating my dinner....just to tell you that.

Thank you!

Jamie, Andrea, and Isabella


that's it from the Hill.  Art and Debra

Posted 3/7/2009 7:17pm by Art Ozias.
 Friends, Help stop a former Monsanto executive from working in the White House! Currently America is in the middle of a record food safety crisis and it could get a whole lot worse. There's a possibility that former Monsanto executive Michael Taylor and irradiation proponent Dr. Michael Osterholm will be named to top food safety spots in the new Administration.  We need your help to defend America's food supply. Write Secretary Vilsack ( ) and tell him to stand strong on food safety. Ask Secretary Vilsack to say no to Taylor and Osterholm.  1. Michael Taylor, a former Monsanto executive, whose career literally fits the definition of the revolving door between government, lobbying and corporate interests. Before serving on the Obama ag transition team, Taylor made a name for himself rotating in and out of law firms, Monsanto, the USDA and FDA. While at the FDA he helped write the rules to allow rBGH into the American food system and our children’s milk.Now we’ve learned that Taylor may be in line to run an office in the White House on food safety! 2On Monday, Secretary Vilsack is set to announce the appointment of Dr. Michael Osterholm, a food safety expert, to lead the Food Safety agency at the USDA. According to Food & Water Watch, Osterholm has been “a zealot in promoting th[e] controversial technology (of irradiation) as the panacea to contaminated food.”Irradiation allows food processors to nuke disease from contaminated food at the end of the production line, while ignoring the root problems that create unsafe food. For Osterholm, the recent peanut butter fiasco apparently was just another example of how irradiation could save the day. "Clearly it's a problem where the raw peanut butter or paste is consumed and not cooked," Osterholm said.

About the magnitude of America’s most recent food safety crisis, Osterholm said, "The recall has reached a level that is far beyond what's necessary."

Try telling that to the relatives of the nine people who died and to the over 600 sick individuals across the country.

"This was like peeling an onion," Osterholm continued. "It demonstrates the magnitude of processed food in this country."

Well, at least he got that much right…
The problem, Osterholm doesn't take constructive criticism of his favorite technology lightly. In 1999 he wrote an editorial calling food safety advocates who questioned the safety of irradiation terrorists. This doesn't sound like the type of leader that the USDA needs right now. If you think this is bad news, let the Administration know about it! Join Food Democracy Now! in calling for true reformers to be placed in positions at the USDA, FDA and beyond. We need a food safety system with some teeth - one that is independent of corporate interests. Write Secretary Vilsack and ask him to reconsider these decisions.

If you’d like to see Food Democracy Now! grassroots work continue, please consider donating as little as $10 or $25. We need all your support to be able to create the change that is needed at the USDA.

Thanks again for helping make this a success, it's time to join together to create Sustainable Change.
Best, Dave
Please cut and paste the below email and send it to Secretary Vilsack at the following address.

Dear Secretary Vilsack,

I ask that you take the lead in helping America protect the safety of its food supply by appointing a real reformer at the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) position and advising President Obama not to name Michael Taylor to any position in the administration.

Please appoint someone other than Michael Osterholm, who has proven to be too biased in favor of a single technology that has been ineffective in stopping food safety outbreaks and is something that most American consumers don’t want.

I took the President at his word when he said he would close the revolving door in this new administration and I know that you want to lead a new era at the USDA.

Please appoint true reformers to positions within the USDA to help you transform America’s food and farm system for the 21st century.

Thanks for your consideration.


 I sent the email and included a few words against Michael Taylor.  It probably helps to personalize your response.


Posted 2/27/2009 1:41pm by Art Ozias.
  • This next Monday at La Sous Terre we will be showing the King Corn movie. Start time is 7 pm. 


  • Dear Friends of FOOD FIGHT,

    There are exciting events coming up for the film.

    • We are screening theatrically in Portland at the Hollywood Theatre, Feb 28th & 29th.

    • We may also extend that to a second weekend, March 5th - 7th.

    We are screening at the following film festivals:

    • Feb 26th - 28th Omaha Film Festival

    • March 6th - 8th DC Independant Film Festival (I will be there for a Q&A)

    • Also, the same weekend at the Sebastopol Film Festival

    • March 12th San Luis Obispo Int’l Film Festival (I will be there)

    • April 1st - 5th Florida Film Festival in Orlando (I will be there)

    If can’t make any of these screenings, then join us at La Sous Terre !!!There is a screening at La Sous Terre on Mar 9 at 7 pm

    We are also looking at two dates for theatrical screenings with Tom Philpott (one of the stars of the film and a great food writer at in North Carolina. Those will be early in April.

    Our biggest news is that we will screen at Seattle on March 27th -28th at the Greenfest with Alice Waters attending, as she unveils a major social action initiative (that we also have covered in the film). It is possible that we will be doing other events with Alice Waters across the country, and I will update you all about that as logistics are confirmed. It is likely that we will also be screening at the Greenfest dates in Denver May 2nd and Chicago, May 16th.
    There is also big news in the works about future theatrical dates, and since those are being negotiated as we speak, I will update you all about them in the next e-mail.

    One other thing that is very important to us: as we screen the film across the country we are trying to create more than just a movie in a theater. We are really trying to raise the food consciousness of the American consumer and help the many other organizations that are part of this movement. Many of you are the “choir” of this movement, and to make a movement happen we will have to multiply our numbers significantly. That is what I am hoping to do with our screening events, and I will be calling on you to help as we come to your cities.
    Many thanks, and much more to come.

    Chris Taylor / Director


that's it from the Hill.  Art and Debra


Posted 2/23/2009 9:04pm by Art Ozias.
  • Just returned from our Monday night video.  It was another one on GMO.  Well, if you don’t know what that acronym means you should have been there.  It was very informative.  Next Monday it is King Corn.  See ya there.  We start at 7pm.
  • If you want fryers this weekend I need to know by Thursday.  Same deal. 4-5 pounds and $2.75 per pound.  Several of you have already placed your orders.  Pick up will be the same.  Sometime in the afternoon.  I’ll send an email to those who ordered on Thursday


that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra

Posted 2/18/2009 4:54pm by Art Ozias.

Remember to set aside time for next Monday evening at 7 pm.  The third in our series is another video on GMO.  Most people don't know what is happening to our food supply.  Check out the following link.

 We have had several people call and tell us how good the fryers are.  We were at Nature's Pantry yesterday and their whole fryers were $3.59 per pound for a 4 pound fryer.  We are having another harvest on Feb 28.  Get your orders in.  They are still just $2.75/#.  If you want the liver, heart, gizzard be sure to let us know.

Here is some interesting info concerning our drinking water

Here is some info on corn March 2, Monday evening, we will be showing King Corn.


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

Posted 2/15/2009 4:05pm by Art Ozias.

The alphabet has 26 letters.  If you choose the letter G, the letter M, and the letter O, what does that spell?  Find out Monday evening at 7 pm at LA Sous Terre. 

  •    The next fryer date is in two weeks, Feb 28.  Let me know how many fryers you want. 

That's it from the Hill.  Art and Debra 

Posted 2/9/2009 9:58pm by Art Ozias.
  • We just finished our first video on a Monday evening.  Our next video session on Feb 16 (next Monday) will be on GMO foods.  The video is produced by Jeffery  Smith, author of Seeds of Deception.   The second video will be by Jerry Brunetti, Real Milk as Medicine.  If you are concerned about your present food and your future food you will want to attend.
  • We have sold all of our beef for the next harvest and the one I had left from the previous harvest.
  • Fryers are on Sat. Feb 14. 

That's it from Breezy Hill.  Art and Debra 



Posted 2/7/2009 7:30pm by Art Ozias.
  • We still have one split half of beef for sale. 

  • The fryers are ready to be processed on Sat.  Feb 13.  They must be picked up by 2 pm.   Should probably bring a cooler and some ice.  They need to chill down before you put them in your freezer. 

  •  The video presentations begin this Monday evening at La Sous Terre at 7 pm.  We got the film Food Fight, so we will be showing that as well.  

  •  KC food circle is having their annual expos on March 28 and Apr 4.  Go to to get the times and directions.  Breezy Hill will be there with our new display.  It looks pretty sharp.





Posted 1/30/2009 8:37pm by Art Ozias.
Sent:1/28/2009 7:30pm
Subject:Breezy Hill Update
# of Recipients:124

This the last call for fryers.  They will be processed on Feb 14.  They will weigh 4-5 pounds and are $2.75 per pound.  They will be shrink wrapped and ready for your freezer.  They are the rock- cornish cross chicken.  They are excellent fryers and you will immediately notice the difference between the store version.  They must be picked up before 2 pm.  We also have local honey, but need to know in advance to make sure adequate honey is available.  Prices vary depending on the size of bottle. 

Also, we have a split half available for the Mar 9 harvest.  Remember, there will be no more until late summer, early fall.  

Posted 1/30/2009 8:34pm by Art Ozias.
Sent:1/28/2009 8:18pm
Subject:Breezy Hill Update
# of Recipients:124

I forgot to include that we will be showing some videos starting on Feb 9.  We will have showings on the following four mondays.  We plan to start at 7 pm.  What's Going on With Our Food Production?  Flyers will be in Java Junction and La Sous Terre with the entire program.  We are awaiting  permission to show the video King Corn.  It should not be a problem since we are not charging admission.  We will be in the basement, La Sous Terre.  Topics to be covered include CAFO's, GMO, Corn and Food Fights.  The videos will be about 60 minutes and some nights there will be two videos.  Hopefully, we will have enough space.  To make sure, since the space is rather small and seating is limited, get there early.  We do have some standing room.  Perhaps it might help for everyone to RSVP.

That's it for now.  Art and Debra