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Victory Gardens Produce Abundance

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by Cassandra Anderson
February 17, 2011

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Food is a market that will always exist.  Many people are turning away from industrial farmed food, seeking healthier choices and getting back to the basics.

Victory gardens in America produced up to 40% of all vegetables consumed during World War II. Over 20 million home gardens, apartment rooftop plants and community plots produced 9-10 million tons of produce; equal to the amount of commercial production at that time. The population during the war years increased from approximately 132 million people in 1940 to 140 million in 1945. Current US population is approaching 311 million people.

A family in Pasadena, California is making a living from selling produce grown in their yard to neighbors and restaurants. They grow 6,000 pounds of produce on 1/10th of an acre of cultivated land per year.

While organic food accounts for only 1%- 2% of all food sales worldwide, the organic market expands up to 20% per year. We believe that the organic market is small right now because of lack of education about health dangers of GE (genetically engineered) food and the lack of labeling of GE food. Most Americans don’t realize that about 75% of their diet is GE. As Americans awaken, the demand for pure non-GE foods is increasing. Organic farming is not only healthier but yields can increase, pollution decreases and water use can be decreased (click here for an example).

Some Americans barter or sell produce grown in their yards to neighbors, farmer’s markets, church communities, etc. You can earn extra money selling produce grown in your yard. Because there is a wealth of information on the Internet about how to grow produce in your yard, we will explore some other innovative ideas and suggestions for creating markets. There will always be a market for food.

Some Americans barter or sell produce grown in their yards to neighbors, farmer’s markets, church communities, etc. You can earn extra money selling produce grown in your yard. Because there is a wealth of information on the internet about how to grow produce in your yard, we will explore some other innovative ideas and suggestions for creating markets. There will always be a market for food. More

Multi-national corporations destroying agriculture

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This is an extremely important report on the interference and support of governments around the world, on behalf of mega corporations to end anything but industrialized food production.  This article deals with the meat trade, and it does not take much to see that the eradication of our cattle ranchers is on the horizon as multi-national corporations use government to run them out of business in favor of “globalism” a euphamistic term used to replace the term “fascism”.  S.510, the fake food safety bill now in the Senate, would seal the deal for US farmers and ranchers and hand our agricultural sector over to multi-national conglomerates.  Marti

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 Live Link: Big Meat is growing in the South

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People in the South appear to be eating a lot more meat these days. The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says that per capita meat consumption in developing countries doubled between 1980 and 2005, while the consumption of eggs more than tripled. What happened? According to some, the main factor has been rising incomes in Asia. But the bigger factor is on the supply side. Agribusiness corporations, backed by massive subsidies and government support, have ramped up global industrial meat production to formidable levels over recent decades, with devastating consequences for people, animals and the environment. Much of this is now happening in the South, where a rising group of home-grown transnational corporations (TNCs) is joining ranks with the older firms from the North to push Big Meat into every corner of the planet.

What is fuelling the galloping market for meat in the countries of the South? The short answer is an abundance of cheap, factory-farmed meat, behind which stands an abundance of cheap feed. Today’s explosion in meat consumption in the South is really just round two of what happened years ago in the North, when companies began setting up factory farms and feedlots to convert mountains of subsidised cereals and oilseeds into animal protein for fast-food kitchens and supermarket aisles. The excess meat, from frozen chicken legs to cow entrails, was – and continues to be – dumped on poorer countries. More

100 ways to end independent and family farms and ranches

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Below is a partial list of the massive effort to seize control of the US food production and supply.  This control, if successful, will end family and independent producers, handing this sector of our economy over to multi-national corporations who fund and write the legislation and who contract with USDA and FDA against the people.  Every thing from milk and eggs, to beef and pigs, they want it tracked, traced and controlled by the Fed.  Think its about food safety? Its about control and who gets to profit.  ##########

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111th Congress (2009–2011)

S. 510
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (4 comments | 4 wiki edits »)

Costs $15.79 per family

P.L. 111-233
The Agricultural Credit Act of 2009 (9 wiki edits »)

Costs $0.34 per family

P.L. 111-80
The Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010 (8 comments | 18 wiki edits »)

Costs $1,170.15 per family

H.R. 814
The TRACE Act of 2009 (7 comments | 3 wiki edits »)

H.R. 875
The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 (110 comments | 5 wiki edits »)

S. 2758
The Growing Safe Food Act of 2009

S. 1783
The Dairy COOL Act of 2009

H.R. 3626
The Exemplary Breastfeeding Support Act (3 wiki edits »)

H.R. 3624
The Poison-Free Poultry Act of 2009 (1 comment »)

H.R. 3623
To amend the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 to provide funding for successful claimants following a determination on the merits of Pigford claims related to racial discrimination by the Department of Agriculture (3 wiki edits »)

H.R. 3587
The Nutritious Food for Health Families Act of 2009 (3 wiki edits »)

S. 1645
The Federal Milk Marketing Improvement Act of 2009
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Dean Foods Accused as Dairy Farmers Say They Are Getting Milked

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By Alison Fitzgerald  2010-05-27 03:00:00.0 GMT

May 27 (Bloomberg) — At Harold Howrigans dairy farms in northern Vermont last year, the red ink was flowing almost as fast as the milk. The dairyman was losing nearly $100 per cow each month because the price for 100pounds of milk fell to $11, well under the $18cost of production.

It was bad. People had to borrow money just to make ends meet, says Howrigan. Prices have recovered some, though not enough to pay down the new debt, he says.

These are tough times for Americas 60,000-odd dairy farms, thanks to a decade-long deflationary trend in prices and a particularly severe downturn last year, Bloomberg Businessweek reports in its May 31 issue. Industry sales fell 30percent in 2009, to $24.1billion, from the year-earlier period, according to the Agriculture Department.

Congress, which spent $350million on emergency dairy price supports last year, has taken notice. So has the Justice Department, which is scrutinizing the market power of the biggest dairy cooperatives and food companies to assess the effect on prices.

Along with the USDA, Justice Department officials will hold a June 25 hearing in Madison, Wisconsin, on dairy market concentration. Meanwhile, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission is reviewing complaints of price manipulation in the spot cash market for cheddar cheese, which also affects the price of milk. More

The evil in Wisconsin Food Safety — and what it means to Wisconsin

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By: Scott Trautman
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Evil is as strong a word as one can use. It is not a word I, or anyone else should use lightly. I have avoided it a long time in this situation — hoping against hope — that Steve Ingham, Cheryl Daniels, Tom Lietzke & Jackie Owens would find “better data” — reconsider their position — and what it means to Wisconsin — and find a way to work more sensibly.

They have not, they will not, and they have to go, period.

They understand what they do — and they, with purpose and malice misrepresent the Raw Milk situation — while it is in their professional responsibility to understand the situation and make sensible decisions — if it is for the benefit of the whole of Wisconsin, rather than whatever personal agenda they might have.

In this situation — and others like it — most especially as it relates to dairy farmers — it is about the application of unfettered — unobserved — power over good people in order to exterminate their will and desire to survive and grow. Why dairy farmers? Because they can. The bully bullies those they can — not those that can defend themselves.

Food Safety does not like me one tiny bit and has shown every indication that as I speak out and shine the light on them — they will find a way to silence me. More

Wisconsin dairy farmers: Let DATCP hear you!

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DATCP board is meeting on Nov 11th with public comment period beginning at 10:30 am in Madison. Max Kane called me with this information. Attached is the agenda and members bio provided by Max. More

Staging the collapse of private dairy operations: A corporate coup’, Part 2

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ppjg-48Copyright: October 23, 2009 by Marti Oakley  fireflyari@meltel.net

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Part 2

In Part 1 of this series I addressed what appears to be the participation of the State of Georgia, its Extension services and Land Grant universities in conjunction with New Zealand Dairy Management Systems and Cullen Agritech, along with several other newly created investment collectives, and individuals.  

The planned eradication of private dairy operations being practiced in Georgia will be the model used to seize all land useful for dairying, across the southeastern U.S.  Once this model begins systematically being put in place in the Southeastern states, the elimination of dairy herds in the rest of the nation will begin in earnest.  All milk will be produced in this one geographical area. 

It appears that not only is there a concerted effort afoot in Georgia to convert dairy production to an industrialized corporate complex, but at the same time a massive battle is being fought in the northeast by small and independent dairy producers being driven out of business by corporate mergers designed to prevent them from conducting their businesses, forcing this market into industrialization. 

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