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Midwest Hazmat Spill Alert

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by: Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Something quite frightening happened this morning at a yet undisclosed location of the Midwest United States. Notification was received of yet another oil containing fluid spill which is governed under the FDA (Foolish Damn Arrogance) arm of our Government.  The spill, while extremely small, has not yet been exempted from the current FDA rules and therefore the consequences could be devastating.

A liquid substance containing the following ingredients was inadvertently dispersed on a surface containing cementation materials such as fly ash  and slag cement, aggregate possibly containing a coarse aggregate made of gravels or crushed rocks such as limestone, or granite, plus a fine aggregate such as sand), water, and chemical admixtures.

  • B1 – thiamine
  • B2 – riboflavin More

RAW MILK ALERTS: U.S. and Canadian Alliances for Raw Milk (ARMs) Formed for Farm Food Freedom–Michael Schmidt Speaks Out

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Journal of Natural Food and Healing

by Michael Schmidt

It is now obvious that various groups are now unifying in the raw milk revolution. It is a battle of food and farming freedom centered around natural, raw milk; and one of individual liberty. Now is the time for all to stand up to be counted in this fast-growing movement.

U.S. and Canadian Raw Milk ALERT: Alliances for Raw Milk (ARMs) and Statement by Michael Schmidt

Schmidt: Form Alliances Now. Food Freedom crises is global in nature and beyond our imagination. This is our chance now for the future of our children.

Pirtle: the new unified Alliances that are beginning to form around the world are voicing a universal outcry of citizens.

Staven: There appears to be a political backlash . . . We can no longer sit idle and watch our inherent rights be cast aside in favor of corporate profits.

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA (January 10, 2010)–  U.S. and Canadian Alliances for Raw Milk (ARMs) have announced their formation. These Alliances for Raw Milk (US ARM and Canadian ARM) and Family Farm and Food Freedom are to promote connections between natural farmers and dairies and families who want fresh, wholesome and healthy natural food choices based on their nutritional education. READ MORE

Ohio Issue 2: Cementing Corporate Agribusiness

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A full copy of the proposed assault on the Ohio constitution is attached at the end of this article.  Thanks to www.ohioacts.org for compiling this comprehensive statement on what this proposed coup against Ohio sovereign citizens will actually do.

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T046942A Ohio Issue 2: Cementing Corporate Agribusiness

 Issue 2 on the November ballot is an industry attempt to change the Ohio state constitution, establishing a “Livestock Care Standards Board” that would have unchecked power to establish standards for livestock and poultry. Technically the product of the Ohio General Assembly, the ballot issue is heavily backed by groups representing major agribusiness interests, including the Ohio Farm Bureau and The Ohio Pork Producers Council.

While masquerading as an attempt to improve food safety and animal welfare, Issue 2 in reality is an attempt by big industry to preempt statewide initiatives like the recent Proposition 2 in California,2 which phased out problematic animal production practices like battery cages for chickens. In effect, the proposed Livestock Care Standards Board would give a dozen political appointees broad and unchecked power to decide rules on animal welfare, potentially reshaping regulations on how animals are raised, tracked or traced.  READ

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ppjg-48 Commentary by:  Marti Oakley with Paul Griepentrog

It appears as a result of the massive backlash against the seizure of the US food production and supply as outlined in Hr 2749 which passed the House on July 30, 2009, the corporate agricultural producers who thought they had it in the bag, who were going to be handed total control of US food production and supply as a result of political cronyism, aren’t quite getting what they wanted as fast as they anticipated. More

Proposed Federal Rules Could Competitively Injure Small, Local and Organic Fresh Market Produce Growers

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This can’t be right!  This is right out of HR 2749 the fake food safety bill…….and organic growers were supposedly NOT going to be affected. Oh! But wait!  This is the Codex Alimentarius Committees’ rules on food (also written into 2749) doing the advance work for the new food police.  Isn’t the Codex committee on plants and veggies meeting this very next week, right in our nations capital to finalize codifying Codex into US laws?  I swear those guys at the USDA……what a sense of humor.  They deserve an award!  I’ve got it!  Jackass Alert#3getimage!!  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

From the Madison County (central NY) Cornell Cooperative Extension Newsletter.  They just will not STOP until there is not a single small farm left! 

USDA Schedules Public Hearings to Obtain Citizens’ Concerns and Suggestions

The “Leafy Green Marketing Agreement,” which requires producers to follow a set of rules (metrics) in the name of food safety, has already shown to be injurious for the environment, biodiversity, and organic growers in California.  The USDA is now considering a similar “Leafy Green Marketing Agreement” that would extend beyond California and Arizona to cover the entire United States­let’s help make this rule work for growers of all sizes!
 
The USDA has scheduled a series of hearing sessions, around the country, inviting you to this perfect opportunity to share your concerns and suggestions. 
 
Make your voice heard!­if you are able to attend, we urge you to speak on behalf of the organic and family-scale farming community.  (See below for locations and dates.)

High Quality and Organic Growers Competitively Disadvantaged

Producers’ experiences in California, where these metrics have been in place for several years, reveal what is at stake.  While food safety is a legitimate national concern, organic and small-scale farmers bear a disproportionate economic burden of these metrics.  Consider this: 
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