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Tobacco Smokes the World

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Source: http://frugaldad.com

Besides being unhealthy, cigarettes can cost a pack-a-day smoker over $2500 a year, and we could all use that money to pay down debt, take a vacation, or just have some insurance money left in the bank.

It’s also shocking to realize that Big Tobacco – the same industry we thought we got rid of years ago – is quietly raking in some serious profits. A lot of these profits are coming from overseas markets, but Big Tobacco is still advertising here at home. After 40 years of decline, the smoking rate in the US has flat-lined for the last five years.

I’ve heard plenty of feedback this week on my recent spate of infographics, so take what you will from this one. I personally am floored by the lot of the statistics and I think that, like the other infographics I’ve posted, this one should help expose just how large the Tobacco industry is and how much it affects you and your family.

Here’s a new graphic from FRUGALDAD highlighting ust how the world of tobacco affects the world.  VIEW GRAPHIC HERE More

The Weight of Walmart

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Another infographic from the FRUGALDAD site.  We all know Walmart is less than reputable, and many people like myself, refuse to spend a dime there.  96% of the population lives within 20 miles of a Walmart……meaning they live within 20 miles of a major Chinese outlet.  And who is benefiting most from this?  It ain’t you babe………. More

WICFA: Wisconsin Independent Consumers & Farmers Association

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     WICFA NEEDS YOU!

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     WICFA Annual Meeting

Dec. 4, 2010 More

It’s decision time on raw milk legislation

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Live Link: The Country today

It soon will be decision time for legislators on the controversial issue of whether to allow raw milk sales in Wisconsin.The last day of the current legislative session is April 22, although the legislative calendar indicates lawmakers could be in session for “limited business” May 4-6.Regardless of whether the legislative session ends April 22 or May 6, the clock is ticking.

Bills that aren’t approved by May 6 will die a quiet death. They would have to be reintroduced in January 2011 after a new governor and legislators are elected.

Jeff Buhrandt, an aide to state Sen. Pat Kreitlow, D-Chippewa Falls, a key sponsor of the Senate version of the bill, said proponents aren’t sure when or if the legislation will be voted on in the final days of the legislative session.

“We’re still kind of working through that,” Buhrandt said. “We’re continuing to push. But I can’t say definitely whether we will have a vote before the session ends.”

Gov. Jim Doyle said he would have to see what the bill contains before deciding whether to sign it.

Meanwhile, a Raw Milk Working Group recently met for the first time to try to come up with a consensus on whether and how raw milk should be legalized in Wisconsin. The working group includes raw milk advocates, farmers, milk plant officials, university specialists and others.

If approved as written with the latest amendment, the raw milk bill would sunset on Dec. 31, 2011. Legislative sponsors say this would give officials time to come up with a long-term solution, perhaps incorporating the input from the Raw Milk Working Group. More

USA – Forgive them Lord for they know not what they talk about

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MEAT TRADE DAILY  January 27, 2010

Is feeding antibiotics to food animals contributing to the increase in resistant bacterial infections of humans?

It’s a question that has been floating precariously between the livestock agricultural industry and the medical community for years, with plenty of speculation but no definitive answers.

But a piece of legislation introduced to Congress this past summer — timed, whether intentionally or not, with talks of health care reform and, to a lesser extent, the H1N1 influenza pandemic and humane animal treatment — has suddenly pushed this issue to the forefront of public discussion, and what was once an occasionally heated debate has now turned into a full-blown fight between the people who feed us and the people who treat our illnesses.

The “Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment” Act (PAMTA) of 2009, H.R. 1549 and its companion bill S. 619, would restrict the types of antibiotics used with animals intended for the food chain to those that demonstrate no harm to human health due to resistance development caused by nontherapeutic uses. These nontherapeutic uses refer to the feeding of antibiotics to the whole herd as a preventative measure, rather than treating illnesses of specific animals as needed; nontherapeutic antibiotic use may also be referred to as “antibiotics as growth promoters.” The antibiotics in question would be those that are also used to prevent or treat human infections, which would include seven classes of antibiotic: penicillins, tetracyclines, macrolides, lincosamides, streptogramins, animoglycosides, and sulfonamides.

Not surprisingly, this bill is pitting food producer against food user in a contentious fight for control over the American food supply. READ MORE

The Economy Is A Lie, Too

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By Paul Craig Roberts    September 21, 2009 “Information Clearing House 
  
Americans cannot get any truth out of their government about anything, the economy included.  Americans are being driven into the ground economically, with one million school children now homeless, while Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke announces that the recession is over.
 
The spin that masquerades as news is becoming more delusional. Consumer spending is 70% of the US economy.  It is the driving force, and it has been shut down.  Except for the super rich, there has been no growth in consumer incomes in the 21st century.  Statistician John Williams of shadowstats.com reports that real household income has never recovered its pre-2001 peak. 
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Controlling the Food Supply: Two new federal reports released

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July 16, 2009

CIFOR Releases Guidelines to Foodborne Outbreak Response; FSWG Issues Key Control Findings

By Rady Ananda

The Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak Response just released its Guidelines for Foodborne Outbreak Response. Earlier this month, Obama’s new Food Safety Working Group, headed by Monsanto executive Michael Taylor, released its Key Control Findings. Decentralizing the food supply would provide the greatest food security. Instead the Administration seeks omnipotent control.

 On Wednesday, CIFOR released a 200-page set of Guidelines for Foodborne Outbreak Response. CIFOR’s guidelines are targeted to local, state and federal agencies and provide model practices used in foodborne disease outbreaks, including planning, detection, investigation, control and prevention. More

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