By Jon Rappoport
July 28, 2014
The Times of San Diego reports on Hillary Clinton's keynote speech to biotech heavy hitters, at the recent BIO International Convention.
The headline is: "Hillary Clinton Cheers Biotechers, Backing GMOs and Federal Help."
Hillary professes worry that biotech companies are moving their operations out of the US. The answer? Federal subsidies, of course:
"'Maybe there's a way of getting a representative group of actors at the table' to discuss how the federal government could help biotechs with 'insurance against risk,' she said."
In other words, stay in the US, carry out as much research as you want to, and we'll knock down lawsuits, pay you for your failures, and support you when you lie and claim your results are positive and pose no risk to human health.
The Times of San Diego continued:
"She [Hillary] said the debate about GMOs might be turned toward the biotech side if the benefits were better explained, noting that the 'Frankensteinish' depictions could be fought with more positive spin."
Yes, we need more spin. And with Hillary, we can count on it. Here's the quote from her speech:
"I stand in favor of using [GMO] seeds and products that have a proven track record...There's a big gap between the facts and what the perceptions are."
So true. The media/government fostered perception is that GMO crops are wonderful, whereas the fact is they're a dangerous failure. (If you need a starter course, refer to gmwatch.org and read the whole site from end to end, including archives.)
In her speech, Hillary cited drought-resistant GMO crops as an example of a breakthrough she championed as secretary of state.
However, in the Union of Concerned Scientists report, "High and Dry," we have this: "Biotechnology companies such as Monsanto have held out the promise that genetic engineering can...[create] new crop varieties that can thrive under drought conditions and reduce water demand even under normal conditions....
"Though the mid-2000's saw a surge in field trials for crop varieties with engineered drought tolerance traits, as of 2012 only one such variety-Monsanto's DroughtGard [corn], containing the engineered genecspB-had been approved by the USDA.
"The results so far paint a less than spectacular picture of DroughtGard's effectiveness: USDA analysis of data supplied by Monsanto show that DroughtGard produces only modest results, and only under moderate drought conditions at that. The report estimates that cspB corn would increase the overall productivity of the U.S. corn crop by only about one percent. And DroughtGard does not improve water use efficiency."
In other words, the whole drought-resistant GMO crop promise is proving to be a dud.
Of course it is, because the strategy of injecting a genetic element that will make crops continue to live in a waterless environment is like pretending plant photosynthesis can thrive in a perpetually dark cellar. It's a straight-out con, a billion-dollar hustle.
But Hillary happens to be a willing partner in the hustle.
And her speech in San Diego sent that clear signal to the biotech community: Elect me and we'll work it out. I'll control the cash. You'll issue the fake results. We'll hit new highs.
She would uphold the tradition of Presidency as the seat of unconscionable deception.
Equally important, she'd be the first woman President whose family was teetering on the edge of applying for food stamps. Had to throw that one in there.
Are the Republican any better on the GMO issue? Of course not. Bipartisan support for GMOs is as firm as a rock, from which both blood (decimation of human health) and money can be squeezed.
Jon RappoportThe author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29thDistrict of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at NoMoreFakeNews.com.
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CAZENOVIA, N.Y. -- One cow and a state permit helped Greyrock Farm get into the raw milk business four years ago, but the operation didn't stay that small for long.
"Within a couple weeks, I realized I had to buy another cow, then two, and we'll be milking 12 by the end of the summer," said Matt Volz, Greyrock Farm's general manager.
Today, raw milk demand is one of the farm's most difficult to meet.
"Demand will grow, and we won't be able to meet it with our supply. So we buy more cows," said Gillian Goldberg, Greyrock's vegetable manager. "Then, demand will grow to meet it again."
"A Campaign for Real Milk" estimates 10 million people nationwide drink raw milk today -- up from a few hundred-thousand in 1999. The group promotes the nutritional value of raw milk, which is something CNY consumers also seem to like.
"A lot of our customers really believe that milk unpasteurized, unhomogenized is healthiest, especially when these cows are fed grass and not pumped on grain," said Volz.
But the FDA, CDC, USDA, and New York State Department of Health warn against consuming raw dairy products. While advocates say pasteurization takes away some health benefits, these groups say it kills harmful bacteria, like salmonella and E. coli.
Farmers at Greyrock say the best bet for people interested in trying raw milk is taking an extra step that many already have: continue reading
Supporters Gather to Hone Activist Skills
Staunton, VA–July 25, 2014--Farmers, foodies, politicians and others dedicated to advancing food freedom unite for a weekend festival in the scenic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia on September 5-6, 2014. Organized by the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense (FTCLDF), Food Freedom Fest is a fun, educational gathering for anyone who appreciates freedom of choice in food and agriculture. The funds raised will help defend the rights of small farmers and artisan food producers, as well as consumers and buying clubs.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), is trying to control all food regulation and poses a threat to the local food movement. The September gathering is a meeting of people who see the benefit of a direct farmer to consumer relationship. This is relevant to anyone who wants to make a living off the land and keep the government out of their kitchen.
The aptly named Food Freedom Fest kicks off with the inaugural “Food Freedom Conference” starting with breakfast at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton, Virginia. Emcee Kimberly Hartke will introduce notable speakers who will explore food freedom initiatives happening around the country. Delivering the keynote at lunch will be Congressman Thomas Massie from Kentucky who sponsored the two federal Raw Milk Freedom bills with considerable bipartisan support.
Among those slated to speak are:
· Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms, the farmer made famous by Michael Pollan’s bestselling book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma;
· Farmer Martha Boneta who was the driving force behind the landmark bill easing local and state regulatory controls over Virginia farmers;
· State Senator Frank Niceley who has worked to improve the regulatory climate for small farms in Tennessee including successes in legalizing raw milk distribution via herd shares, allowing cultivation of industrial hemp, and adopting the federal exemptions for on-farm poultry processing;
· John Moody, FTCLDF Treasurer and the Kentucky buying club organizer who successfully rallied his members to push back against a hostile health department action.
Friday evening, the Food Freedom Fest is throwing a street party and inviting the public to join in. Featuring local vendors and live entertainment, the “Local Food Street Fair” in beautiful downtown Staunton runs from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Hometown hero Joel Salatin will be honored with ceremonial “Keys to the City” and Staunton officials will read a resolution in support of food freedom.
Earlier that evening, a “VIP Reception” with food rights celebrities, including the Salatins, will be held at Zynodoa Restaurant, which serves local fare.
On Saturday, attendees will enjoy a “Deluxe Tour of Polyface Farm” conducted by Joel Salatin himself. This is a 2.5-hour hay wagon tour of the sustainable, humane farming system which has won Salatin worldwide acclaim. The event includes breakfast and lunch. After the tour, guests will feast on farm fresh foods under a big tent with the Salatin family and crew and and hear remarks about FTCLDF’s progress winning greater consumer access to farm fresh, sustainably raised foods.
“Our event shows how important the issue of food freedom is to everyone across the political spectrum. From farmer to consumer to politician, this issue affects everyone. It’s inspiring to see people find common ground and work in support of our farmers and food freedom,” says Pete Kennedy, President of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund.
Supporters of FTCLDF gather annually at Polyface to hear updates on farm freedom and food rights issues. Participants also celebrate the recent victories of the organization dedicated to preserving the food rights of Americans.
Tickets are available for Food Freedom Fest which includes the three events and five meals. The entire weekend is $395 if purchased before August 22, and after that date any remaining tickets will be available for $450.00. Ticket holders can attend the VIP Reception for an additional $125.00. For more details visit farmtoconsumer.org/FFF
Hotel accommodations are available at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel. A special rate is available for Food Freedom Fest attendees that book by August 2.
For information on children’s admission, sponsorship packages and vendor space availability, please contact event organizer, Michelle Ray at (303) 406-8846 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund defends the rights and broadens the freedoms of family farms and artisan food producers while protecting consumer access to raw milk and nutrient-dense foods. Those concerned can support the FTCLDF, a U.S. based 501(c)(4) nonprofit, at farmtoconsumer.org or by calling 703-208-FARM (3276).
AT A GLANCE
What: Food Freedom Fest, Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund Annual FundRAISER
Date: September 5-6, 2014
Location: Stonewall Jackson Hotel, Downtown Staunton Virginia and Polyface Farm, 43 Pure Meadows Lane, Swoope, VA 24479
Price $395, or $450 after August 22, VIP Reception upgrade $125.00
Event Website: http://farmtoconsumer.org/fff
The 5th Annual Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense FundRAISER, Food Freedom Fest will attract notable celebrities in the eco-agriculture and Food Freedom movements. The 2-day festival will feature three events, five meals, a Local Foods Street Festival and a farm tour by Joel Salatin. Register online at http://farmtoconsumer.org/fff or call 703-208-FARM.
by Bernadette Barber
Virginia Food Freedom
Two men with the same name, both cattlemen and both very outspoken on farm issues, couldn't be more different, Dr. Thomas "tractor-bucket" Massie, VA and Congressman Thomas "Friend of the Farmer" Massie, KY.
On January 20th, 2014 An obscure man in the back of the room stood up and identified himself as Thomas Massie to the members of the agricultural subcommittee. He said he was a cattleman and veterinarian from Washington, VA , the 18th district. He said he had grave concerns about the risks that the Virginia Food Freedom Act (Del. Rob Bell, R-Charlottesville) would thrust upon an unsuspecting and unprepared society that has such weakened immune systems.
He admitted his own immune system, by nature of his being reared on a farm and "eating a peck of dirt," was far better than the average Virginian's. Continuing, he said that since our society as a whole has been "drinking chlorinated water" and living in a very protected climate controlled world, he just doesn't think they have "the ability to stand those things"...pathogens.
With quiet steady implicative language, he instilled fear that the bill would allow for dangerous raw milk sales bringing pathogens from the cow to the high chair. He even went so far as to say that if this law were to go in place "it would allow me...to slaughter an animal as I choose- this morning before breakfast- and stand by the side of the road, hang it on a loader bucket and ask if you'd like a piece" The state credentialed veterinarian and industry high priest is precisely the fear monger he said he wasn't. When one cannot get more graphic than a suggestive visual so insulting to real farmers who have integrity and independence, it just may be the one thing people remember one by, "Tractor Bucket"
On March 27th a bright promising American introduced two bills to congress. Thomas Massie identified himself as a grass- fed cattle producer. He is a congressman from Garrison Kentucky, the 4th congressional district. "I am familiar with some of the difficulties small farmers face when marketing fresh food directly to consumers. Our bills would make it easier for families to buy wholesome milk directly from farmers by reversing the criminalization of dairy farmers who offer raw milk," said Massie. "The federal government should not punish farmers for providing customers the foods they want, and states should be free to set their own laws regulating food safety."
The "Interstate Milk Freedom Act of 2014" (HR 4308) prevents interference by the federal government with trade of unpasteurized, natural milk or milk products between states where distribution or sale of such products is already legal.
The "Milk Freedom Act of 2014" (HR 4307) provides relief to local farmers, small producers, and others who have been harassed, fined, and in some cases even prosecuted for the "crime" of distributing unpasteurized milk. This bill would prohibit the federal government from interfering with the interstate traffic of raw milk products.
Massie stated, "Today, many people are paying more attention to the food they eat, what it contains, and how it is processed. Raw milk, which has been with us for thousands of years, is making a comeback among these discerning consumers. Personal choices as basic as 'what we feed our families' should not be limited by the federal government."
Congressman Thomas "Friend of the Farmer" Massie's take on Food Freedom: "I support the Food Freedom Act and oppose the federal Food Safety and Modernization Act. The Food Freedom Act declares that food grown and produced in state, when sold in state are beyond the authority of Congress and its constitutional power to regulate interstate commerce among states. Individuals and farmers should continue to have access to non-genetically modified see and the right to consume non-pasteurized products at their discretion. We don't need the federal food police on our farms and in our kitchens."
There couldn't be two more polar opposites with the same name. Too bad the congressman is not from Virginia, we sure need him here.
By: Andrew Mastrocola
Being a former WAPf chapter leader I realize the value of nutrient dense foods. The work that a farmer puts into raising these healthy foods is truly a labor of love. Many people have a dire need for these foods, mostly for medical reasons. One could almost write a book with all the 'anecdotal' evidence you witness as WAPF chapter leader. These consumers sometimes go two hours or more out of their way for these life giving foods. In some areas of the country Co-ops have been organized to get the owners foods closer to home. Sounds great, right? Yeah, and it saves people gas and time. But, then the regulators, who are in bed with big agra, decide that you cannot have your food and it must be destroyed. This scenario sounds like the stories I used to hear almost fifty years ago from my great Grandmother as one of the main reasons they traveled across the ocean on a huge wooden ship to Ellis Island and became Americans. The Communists had taken Slovakia and the country had turned into a totalitarian police state. The Communist would take whatever food from their farm and garden that they wanted for the 'community' and for themselves without any form of compensation.
Once again we become witnesses to this type of Communist tyranny in Amerika, this time at the hands of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). My Family Co-Op was in the process of distributing the nutrient dense foods to the owners at one of their drop sites in Wayne county, Michigan when lo and behold a S.W.A.T. like raid ensued by the MDARD.
Deliveries are normally done by Jenny Samuelson, but due to a recent surgery her brother had filled in. Unbeknownst to him the refrigerated truck would be raided and he would be intimidated into a warrantless search and seizure by MDRAD agents on this particular run.
The food was embargoed until the dump. The Co-op wanted to give the food to Baker's Green Acres for animal feed but that was not allowed by MDARD for lack of a feed license on the Co-op's behalf. The police state mentality of the MDARD agency was going to prevail and they were hell-bent on observing the Co-op destroy this precious food. Over $3,600 of raw milk, raw butter, raw cream, and soy free eggs were seized and scheduled to be destroyed within the next few days. While the MDARD jackboots watched, the Co-op owners who were stressed and under duress, destroyed, as ordered, every single egg (1200), tossed the raw cream and raw butter in a dumpster, and poured the raw milk into a sprayer, and the thugs watched until every last drop was sprayed as fertilizer on a field, according to Samuelson the Co-op's coordinator.
No laws had been broken by the Co-op but MDARD's policy had been violated. Let me ask you readers this, since when does policy supercede the rule of law? No one had been made sick or injured by their products either! Once again due process is denied in Michigan.
My friend David Gumpert explained it best on his blog The Complete Patient: "There were all kinds of other ways for the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to have handled any problems they saw with My Family Co-Op. They could have warned Jenny Samuelson, the co-op’s owner that she was possibly violating a 2013 policy statement on herd shares. They could have given her a citation, listed the charges against her, held a hearing where she and the owners of the food could have attempted to answer the charges, and then levied a fine if she was found to be in violation. (Actually, the fine and such can still happen, since the seizure order placed on the food last week carries possible penalties, at the MDARD’s discretion.)"
Gumpert continues, "But those kinds of civilized steps would have forced the state to be businesslike and law-abiding. Collective punishment isn’t about being businesslike and law-abiding. It isn’t about presenting charges and letting the accused respond. It is about brute force and complete control. It is about sending a message about who is in charge, and what happens if you cut into corporate profits."
The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund may have another battle on their hands soon in Michigan. FTCLDF president, Pete Kennedy, Esq. made this comment to FoodFreedomUSA: "It's always disappointing when the government treats someone, who is benefiting the health of the community, like a criminal. MDARD raided Jennifer Samuelson's truck without ever telling her what it thought was wrong with her operation beforehand. She was willing to work with the department. What has happened is a waste of taxpayer money and good food."
This scene is becoming all to common across the United States of America. If you did not take the time to read the Declaration of Independence for this past holiday, I urge you to read it now. Reflect upon the wisdom of our founding fathers and in it you will find the strength and courage to stand up to these collectivist agencies that are doing the bidding of the Agricultural Industrial Complex and destroying the lives of patriotic American family farmers.
Here are the videos of the dump:
It may be time for the food rights movement to adopt a battle song.
March of Cambreadth is the award-winning signature song of Alexander James Adams, previously known as Heather Alexander. The song is well known in film, Renaissance Fair and Society for Creative Anachronism circles. It has been featured in novels by Mike Shepherd, John Ringo and S.M. Stirling. It has also been parodied extensively.
March of Cambreadth received a Pegasus Award in 2006, in the category "Best Battle Song".
Axes flash, broadsword swing,
Shining armour's piercing ring
Horses run with polished shield,
Fight Those Bastards till They Yield
Midnight mare and blood red roan,
Fight to Keep this Land Your Own
Sound the horn and call the cry,
How Many of Them Can We Make Die!
Follow orders as you're told,
Make Their Yellow Blood Run Cold
Fight until you die or drop,
A Force Like Ours is Hard to Stop
Close your mind to stress and pain,
Fight till You're No Longer Sane
Let not one damn cur pass by,
How Many of Them Can We Make Die!
Guard your women and children well,
Send These Bastards Back to Hell
We'll teach them the ways of war,
They Won't Come Here Any More
Use your shield and use your head,
Fight till Every One is Dead
Raise the flag up to the sky,
How Many of Them Can We Make Die!
Dawn has broke, the time has come,
Move Your Feet to a Marching Drum
We'll win the war and pay the toll,
We'll Fight as One in Heart and Soul
Midnight mare and blood red roan,
Fight to Keep this Land Your Own
Sound the horn and call the cry,
How Many of Them Can We Make Die!
“The propagandists who actually decide the content of mainstream news have done a bang-up job on Monsanto. They’ve made it seem that the science for and against GMO crops is a swamp of uncertainty no one can decipher. Therefore, leave it alone. Don’t step into it. This omits one stunning circumstance: exactly how GMO crops were permitted into the US food supply in the first place.” (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)
Perhaps you remember the Just-Label-It campaign. A number of activist groups petitioned the FDA for a federal regulation that would make labeling GMO food mandatory all across America.
The petition amassed over a million signatures. But the FDA decided only 394 of these were legitimate, because all the others were electronically submitted in one document.
Infuriating? Of course. But that was nothing.
Imagine this. A killer is put on trial, and the jury, in a surprise verdict, finds him not guilty. Afterwards, reporters interview this killer. He says, “The jury freed me. It’s up to them. They decide. That’s what justice is all about.”
Then the press moves along to members of the jury, who say: Well, we had to take the defendant’s word. He said he was innocent, so that’s what we ruled.
That’s an exact description of the FDA and Monsanto partnership.
When you cut through the verbiage that surrounded the introduction of GMO food into America, you arrive at two key statements. One from Monsanto and one from the FDA, the agency responsible for overseeing, licensing, and certifying new food varieties as safe.
Quoted in the New York Times Magazine (October 25, 1998, “Playing God in the Garden”), Philip Angell, Monsanto’s director of corporate communications, famously stated: “Monsanto shouldn’t have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA’s job.”
From the Federal Register, Volume 57, No.104, “Statement of [FDA] Policy: Foods Derived from New Plant Varieties,” here is what the FDA had to say on this matter: “Ultimately, it is the food producer who is responsible for assuring safety.”
The direct and irreconcilable clash of these two statements is no accident. It’s not a sign of incompetence or sloppy work or a mistake or a miscommunication. It’s a clear signal that the fix was in.
No real science. No deep investigation. No convincing evidence of safety. Passing the buck back and forth was the chilling and arrogant strategy through which Pandora’s Box was pried opened and GMO food was let into the US food supply.
In order for this titanic scam to work, the media had to cooperate. Reporters had to be a) idiots and b) sell-outs.
With few exceptions, reporters and their editors let the story rest there, as a “he said-he said” issue. No sane principled journalist would have cut bait at that point, but who said mainstream reporters are sane or principled?
Underneath the Monsanto-FDA buck-passing act, there was a conscious deal to give a free pass to GMO crops. This had nothing to do with science or health or “feeding the world.” It was about profits. It was also about establishing a new monopoly on food.
Not only would big agribusiness dominate the planet’s food supply as never before, it would strengthen its stranglehold through patents on novel types of seeds which were technologically engineered.
It’s very much like saying, “A cob of corn is not a plant, it’s a machine, and we own the rights to every one of those yellow machines.”
How was Monsanto able to gather so much clout?
There was one reason and one reason only. Putting the world’s food supply into fewer hands was, and is, a major item on the Globalist agenda. If it weren’t, the FDA-Monsanto scam would have been exposed in a matter of weeks or months.
Major newspapers and television networks would have attacked the obvious con job like packs of wild dogs and torn it to pieces.
But once the scam had been given a free pass, the primary corporate-government tactic was to accomplish a fait accompli, a series of events that was irreversible.
In this case, it was about gene drift. From the beginning, it was well known that GMO plants release genes that blow in the wind and spread from plant to plant, crop to crop, and field to field. There is no stopping it.
Along with convincing enough farmers to lock themselves into GMO-seed contracts, Monsanto bought up food-seed companies in order to engineer the seeds…and the gene-drift factor was the ace in the hole.
Sell enough GMO seeds, plant enough GMO crops, and you flood the world’s food crops with Monsanto genes.
Back in the 1990s, the prince of darkness, Michael Taylor, who has moved through the revolving door between the FDA and Monsanto several times, and is now the czar of food safety at the FDA—Taylor said, with great conviction, that the GMO revolution was unstoppable; within a decade or two, an overwhelming percentage of food grown on planet Earth would be GMO.
Taylor and others knew. They knew about gene drift, and they also knew that ownership of the world’s food, by a few companies, was a prime focus for Globalist kings who intended to feed the population through Central Planning and Distribution.
–“We feed these people; we hold back food from those people; we send food there; we don’t send food here.”–
Control food and water, and you hold the world in your hand.
Here is evidence that, even in earlier days, Monsanto knew about and pushed for the Globalist agenda. Quoted by J. Flint, in his 1998 “Agricultural Giants Moving Towards Genetic Monopolism,” Robert Fraley, head of Monsanto’s agri-division, stated: “What you are seeing is not just a consolidation of [Monsanto-purchased] seed companies. It’s really a consolidation of the entire food chain.”
And as for the power of the propaganda in that time period, I can think of no better statement than the one made on January 25th, 2001, by the outgoing US Secretary of Agriculture, Dan Glickman. As reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Glickman said:
“What I saw generically on the pro-biotech [GMO] side was the attitude that the technology was good and that it was almost immoral to say that it wasn’t good, because it was going to solve the problems of the human race and feed the hungry and clothe the naked. And there was a lot of money that had been invested in this, and if you’re against it, you’re Luddites, you’re stupid. There was rhetoric like that even here in this department [USDA]. You felt like you were almost an alien, disloyal, by trying to present an open-minded view on some of these issues being raised. So I pretty much spouted the rhetoric that everybody else around here spouted; it was written into my speeches.”
Glickman reveals several things in these remarks: he was spineless; people at the Dept. of Agriculture were madly buying into the Monsanto cover story about feeding the world; and there had to be a significant degree of infiltration at his Agency.
The last point is key. This wasn’t left to chance. You don’t get a vocal majority of Dept. of Agriculture personnel spouting the Monsanto propaganda merely because the fairy tale about feeding the world sounds so good. No, there are people working on the inside to promote the “social cause” and make pariahs out of dissenters.
You need special background and training to pull that off. It isn’t an automatic walk in the park. This is professional psyop and intelligence work.
I’ve done some investigation of various groups on both the left and the right, and I’ve seen some pros in action. They’re good. They know how to leverage ideas and slogans and ideals. They know how to defame opponents and find the right words to sink them. They know how to turn high-flying but vague words about “humanity” into moral imperatives.
This isn’t rinky-dink stuff. To tune up bureaucrats and scientists, you have to have a background in manipulation. You have to know what you’re doing. You have to be able to build and sustain support, without giving your game away.
Truth be told, governments are full of these pros, who will take any number of causes and turn them into what falsely sounds like good science, good government, good morality, all the while knowing that, on the far shore, sits the real prize: control.
These psyop specialists are hired to help make overarching and planet-wide agendas come true, as populations are brought under sophisticated and pathological elites who care, for example, about feeding the world as much as a collector cares about paralyzing and pinning butterflies on a panel in a glass case.
Here is David Rockefeller, writing in his 2003 Memoirs:
“Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure—one world, if you will. If that is the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.”
The Globalists play for keeps.
Owning the food of the world is part of their strike-force action plan, and Monsanto is the technocratic arm of that plan.
Meanwhile, the controlled press treats the whole sordid Monsanto/FDA story with its time-honored policy of “he said-he said.” This policy dictates that stories merely present both sides of a conflict without drawing conclusions.
It applies across the board—except when it doesn’t. For example, for reasons too complex to go into here, the Washington Post decided to suspend its policy in the Watergate case. Woodward and Bernstein were assigned to investigate what was going on behind White House denials and obfuscations.
The same thing could be done with Monsanto, and it would be far easier. The lies and crimes and cover-ups are everywhere. You could wear sunglasses and find them in the dark.
The NY Times and the Washington Post could sell millions more papers on the back of the Monsanto story alone. It would be a bonanza for them. But no. They don’t care. They’d rather keep declining and losing readers. They’d rather die.
Normally, a business doesn’t commit suicide, especially when it sees exactly how to resuscitate itself. But here we are dealing with an agenda which can’t be disturbed. Globalism, and its agri-techno partner, Monsanto, are creating a planetary future. Major media are part and parcel of that op. They are selling it.
Even as their bottom lines erode, these newspapers and television networks have to stay on their present course. By pretending they’re reporting the real news, they’re giving the impression that Monsanto and the FDA are home free.
Again, we aren’t talking about sloppy reporting or accidental omissions of fact or boggling incompetence or ignorance about science. We are talking about conscious intent to deceive.
Yes, now and then the controlled media will release a troubling piece about Monsanto. But placement and frequency are everything. How often do these stories run? Do they run as the lead or do we find them on page 7? Are reporters assigned to keep pounding on a basic story and reveal more and more crimes? Does the basic story gather steam over the course of weeks and months?
These are the decisions that make or break a story. In the case of Monsanto and the FDA, the decisions were made a long time ago.
Part of every reporter’s training in how the real world works, if he has any ideals at all, is marching into his editor’s office with his hair on fire demanding to be given an assignment to expose a crime. The editor, knowing the true agenda of his newspaper or television network, tells the reporter:
“We’ve already covered that.”
“It’s old news.”
“People aren’t interested in it.”
“It’s too complicated.”
“The evidence you’re showing me is thin.”
“You’ll never get to the bottom of it.”
“The people involved won’t talk to you.”
And if none of those lies work, the editor might say, “If you keep pushing this, it would be bad for your career. You’ll lose access for other stories. You’ll be thought of as weird…”
This is how the game works at ground level. But make no mistake about it, the hidden agenda is about protecting an elite’s op from exposure.
If NBC, for example, gave its golden boy, Brian Williams, the green light, he would become an expert on Monsanto in three days. He’d become a tiger. He’d affect a whole set of morally outraged poses and send Monsanto down into Hell.
Don’t misunderstand. Brian hasn’t been waiting to move in for the kill. But wind him up and point to a target and he’ll go there.
However, no one at NBC in the executive offices will point him at Monsanto or the FDA.
All the major reporters at news outlets and all the elite television anchors are really psyop specialists. It’s just that most of them don’t know it.
One outraged major reporter who woke up and got out of the business put it to me this way: When he was in the game, he looked at the news as a big public restroom. His one guiding principle was: Don’t piss on your shoes. Pissing on your shoes was covering a story that was considered out of bounds. If you walked into the boss’s office, he’d look you up and down and see the telltale sign. He’d say, “Hey, you pissed on your shoes. Get out of here. You’re fired.”
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As World War I drew to a close in November 1918, over 2.5 million soldiers of the Imperial German Army remained in the field. They brought training, experience and battle-hardened attitudes with them as they streamed back across Germany’s borders.
These soldaten soon found ways to deploy their skills at home. Supported by Minister of Defense Gustav Noske, right-wingers — including one Corporal Adolf Hitler — organized ex-soldiers into Freikorps, and armed them with surplus military weaponry. These militia brutally crushed Germany’s nascent post-war democratic movement. For the next 20 years, they provided the core of the feared Brownshirts, street thugs who helped Hitler and the Nazis into power.
Fast forward 100 years. Another faltering empire in domestic political crisis, the United States, brings its own frustrated warriors and their weapons back home …
Brownshirts in America — far-fetched? Not at all. They’re already here, this time dressed in black or camo. I’ve already told you about the militarization of our borderlands, using tactics drawn directly from the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq. I warned then that events there would soon affect you and me.
I was right. A few weeks ago, a police paramilitary unit raided a house not too far from my home in Atlanta, in search of a teenager suspected of dealing drugs. Upon breaking down the door, they lobbed a flash bang grenade into the crib of a two-year-old child, Bounkham “Bou Bou” Phonesavanh, blowing a hole in the infant’s chest. The teenager they were searching for — a relative in the family — did not even live in that house.
This is the norm in today’s America. The American Civil Liberties Union recently released a reportdocumenting the explosive growth of paramilitary police forces like the one that assaulted Bou Bou.
Originally intended for hostage situations and shootouts, police paramilitaries are now deployed tens of thousands of times each year, largely for routine jobs such as search warrants or municipal code violations — all within our own borders.
These boys have some really nasty “toys.” Since the late 1980s, the Department of Defense’s Program 1033 has transferred tons of military-grade weaponry, including machine guns, tanks and aircraft, to state and local police departments, free of charge. As our Middle Eastern wars degenerated into counterinsurgencies, these weapons have become more and more oriented to the sort of urban “combat” that SWAT teams seem to think is their mission.
None of this would have happened, however, if America’s police hadn’t embraced the opportunity to go military with such gusto. Indeed, America’s police culture long ago abandoned any pretense at a Mayberry-style “Officer Friendly” approach. With few exceptions, police now see themselves as an occupying army, confronting a population where every individual is a potential “hostile.” Police routinely refer to their daily beats as “tours,” and to interaction with potential criminals as “combat.”
What accounts for this radical change in attitudes? Where’s Sheriff Andy Taylor? The influx of former military personnel into domestic policing jobs definitely plays a role. So too does theglorification of force that goes with being a militaristic empire surrounded by imagined enemies.
More important, however, is the profound change in the relationship between citizen and government in America since 9/11.
In everything that matters, we citizens are no longer treated as the “employers” of civil servants like police, to whom they are accountable, but as the object of government’s efforts to impose its own independent will. From the National Security Agency to your local sheriff’s office, a sense of impunity and utter lack of accountability reigns supreme.
Aiding and Abetting
Today’s police are recruited and trained in a carefully cultivated atmosphere of us vs. them that treats the rest of us as potential threats to be neutralized, not as citizens to be served and protected. But every policeman in the country is theoretically accountable to representatives elected by the citizenry. If America’s police are out of control, it’s because those elected officials aren’t doing their jobs. And that means we aren’t, either.
Many citizens of interwar Germany’s Weimar Republic craved “law and order” to such an extent that they were willing to overlook blatant abuses of basic rights and freedoms, as long as they were directed at “others.” Political opponents were deemed not to be “real Germans.” As political temperatures rose, the militaristic skills and attitudes developed on the Western and Eastern fronts of 1914-18 were increasingly substituted for democratic debate and process. Many Germans thought this was fine, because the ascendant forces seemed to favor their own interests.
Then came Hitler. As the courageous theologian Martin Niemöller wrote shortly after his release from a Nazi concentration camp,
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a Socialist.Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a Trade Unionist.Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out — because I was not a Jew.Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.Americans would do well to meditate on Pastor Niemöller’s words. Too many of us are guilty of looking the other way as our politicians allow America’s police forces to morph into heavily armed, unaccountable paramilitary thugs.
Ultimately, however, it is unlikely that our political process will arrest this trend. That’s why it’s so important to emulate another group of Germans from the 1930s — those who left while there was still time — and escape America while you still can.
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The Ultimate Betrayal: Police and Military Working Together to Oppress Americans
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Indian Country – by Tish Leizens
When historians look back to this decade and the collective efforts of two tribes to save corn seeds from extinction, they will piece together stories of passionate gardeners who made it their mission to preserve their heritage while advocating healthy eating habits.
Corn has always been part of the heritage of the tribes in Oklahoma—the Ponca Tribe and Pawnee Nation. Over the course of time, however, it was almost a forgotten seed until in recent years when talk of preservation has finally gained ground.
“We raised it throughout 1877 until the U.S. Army forcibly removed our tribe from Nebraska,” said Amos Hinton, former agricultural director of the Ponca Tribe and now an agricultural consultant of Sovereign Foods Inc., a company he owns.
He said his researched traced corn back to the 1600s where the Poncas grew five strains of corn. Last year was a breakthrough. On May 21, 2013, he presented his tribe a packet of seeds. The day of the presentation has historical significance as it is on the same day in 1877 when his ancestors were forced out of their land.
Also forced out from their land were the Pawnees. The tribe had safeguarded 50 kernels of Eagle Corn since they were exiled to Oklahoma in 1870, reported “TrueWest, History of the American Frontier,” after an interview with Deb Echo-Hawk, the tribe’s Keeper of the Seed, in 2012.
The Pawnees have tried to grow the Eagle Corn for years but it wouldn’t grow.
“Oklahoma is not a corn country,” said non-Native gardener Ronnie O’Brien, formerly educational director of the Great Platte River Road Archway in Kearney, Nebraska. She initially reached out to Echo-Hawk in the fall of 2003 looking for seeds to start a school program garden.
Several more conversations with the tribe resulted in friendship and an agreement that O’Brien and her team of volunteer gardeners in Nebraska would grow corn and send the seeds back to the tribe.
“We grow the corn but they all belong to the tribe,” O’Brien said.
“I planted in 2004 and the 25 seeds rotted in the ground. In 2005 I planted 25 kernels of Eagle corn again, and 23 germinated.”
From the first crop of Eagle corn, 2,500 seeds were returned to the tribe, said O’Brien.
Among the Pawnee Nation’s corn varieties are yellow flour, white flour, blue flour, red flour, Eagle corn, red and white striped corn and Skidi popcorn. “The only variety we were not successful with is the blue speckled corn,” said O’Brien.
“In our oral history, our Creator gave us three gifts, one is red corn,” said Hinton. “The red corn symbolizes one of the gifts our Creator gave to us to sustain our lives.”
The Ponka red corn (the nineteenth century spelling of Ponka is still used today) was planted in a farm near Nehigh, Nebraska, just last May as a form of protest to the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Aside from the Ponka red corn, the other strains are red speckle, grey and grey speckle. Hinton said he still does not have the yellow sweet corn.
The search for the Ponca heirloom seeds is one for the books. Hinton said he traveled to eastern Montana to ask the Sioux tribe for their ancestral seeds.
(The U.S. government in 1868 gave the entire Ponca Reservation in northeastern Nebraska to the Sioux.)
“I contacted them. I told them what I was doing and that something they have belongs to my people,” he said.
The 18-hour trip to Montana culminated in an exchange, with Hinton presenting a small package of heirloom tobacco leaf to the Sioux and the tribe handing him ten pounds of corn seed.
The corn seeds are as sacred today to the Native Americans as they were in the 1800s. The book, “Corn Among the Indians of the Upper Missouri,” copyrighted in 1917 and written by George F. Will and George F. Hyde gives a glimpse of early history.
“To sum up: it appears that we may safely judge that at one time the Pawnees, Arikaras, Omahas and Ponkas held the corn to be more sacred than the buffalo, and that it also appears clear that the corn cult among these tribes was much more highly developed in early times, before the Indian secured horses and European weapons, the rise of the buffalo cult in most cases being a later development.”
For Hinton the red corn seed will always be sacred. “We are growing a number of seeds but I cannot give the red corn to anybody,” he said. In the next two to three years, his hope is to be able to mill corn in large volume.
“The genetically modified corn, they say it is not bad for you but how do they know,” he said. “I would like for our tribe to be able to eat—with the exception of the Ponka red corn—the other strains of corn.
Read more athttp://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/07/19/ponca-and-pawnee-nations-drive-preserve-ancestral-corn-155940#.U9FnZHMEE6M.email
Zero Hedge – by Tyler Durden
When we reported on the government’s decisiosn to withhold irrigation water to California for the first time in 54 years, we warned there would be consequences: farmers are hit hardest as “they’re all on pins and needles trying to figure out how they’re going to get through this.” Fields will go unplanted (supply lower mean food prices higher), or farmers will pay top dollar for water that’s on the market (and those costs can only be passed on via higher food prices). Sure enough, as Bloomberg reports, farmers in California’s Central Valley, the world’s most productive agricultural region, are paying as much as 10 times more for water than they did before the state’s record drought cut supply.
As Bloomberg Briefs’ Alison Vekshin reports,
Costs soared to $1,100 per acre-foot from $140 a year ago in the Fresno-based Westlands Water District, which represents 700 farms, said Gayle Holman, a spokeswoman. North of Sacramento, the Western Canal Water District is selling it for double the usual price: $500 per acre-foot, about 326,000 gallons.
The most severe water shortages are in the San Joaquin Valley, in an area from Bakersfield to Patterson and Chowchilla, said Mike Wade, executive director of the California Farm Water Coalition, a Sacramento-based group representing farmers and most agricultural irrigation districts in California.
The drought gripping the state that supplies half the fruits, vegetables and nuts consumed in the U.S. has led federal and state providers to curtail the water they distribute to farmers. That’s prompted districts representing growers to buy and sell for escalated prices from other parts of the state.
The drought threatens to boost produce costs that are already elevated following a December frost, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department. The price of fresh fruit is forecast to rise as much as 6 percent this year, the department said last month.
Dairy products, of which California is the biggest producer, may rise as much as 4 percent. After three years of record-low rainfall, 82 percent of the state is experiencing extreme drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, a federal website.
The rising prices are “a function of supply and demand in a very dry year and the fact that there are a lot of competing uses for water in California,’’ said Mat Maucieri, a spokesman for the Bureau of Reclamation.
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Seems like it’s time for The Fed to print some more rain…
Michigan Dept of Ag Forces Farmer to Dump 248 Gallons of Organic Milk and Break 1200 Free Range Eggs
by: Daisy Luther
While Americans in the nearby city of Detroit face life in third world conditions, unable to even afford running water, the state of Michigan decided to direct its resources towards cracking down on a small food co-op in Standish for having the utter audacity to provide milk, butter, cream and eggs to people who bought shares in the organic dairy.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture must be so proud of their deeds, after they forced Joe and Brenda Golimbieski, the owners of Hill High Dairy and Jenny Samuelson, the owner of My Family Co-op, to dump out 248 gallons of milk, to break 100 dozen eggs, and to destroy an undisclosed amount of fresh cream, butter and cheese.
According to a post on the Hill High Dairy page on Facebook, the agents from the MDA stood over the family, watching as the food was destroyed.
100 dozen eggs… Each egg had to be broken. 248 gallons dumped in a sprayer that had to be witnessed by MDA being dumped and sprayed on the field.
Here are pictures of the destruction of this food from
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This is a very sad story of how a farmer tries to do all the right things, gets off the grid, and in the end takes a financial beating from the utility company.
From: Todays TMJ4
By Tim Meulemans, Steve Chamraz. PLYMOUTH, WI
On his farm in Sheboygan County, Dan Kraemer knows two constants--The wind and his fight with Plymouth Utilities. On this day, a truck from the utility is pulling up to cut off his power. It's the last step of a battle that ended with Dan refusing to pay his bill.
The Kraemer's have been living on that land for generations. To save money, Dan works every piece of equipment, and every angle. He explains, "On a farm you're a jack of all trades, master of none they tell me but we do everything we can to save a dollar."
With that in mind, he built a windmill-- his plan to go 'off the grid.'
"I'm running 100% wind right now," Dan says.
The windmill's blades almost never stop--spinning out electricity and money.
"I'm producing considerably more power than I use. Enough to power 8 to 10 additional homes besides what I'm using today," Dan says.
Whatever Dan does not need, Plymouth utilities resells, at the full retail rate, but it pays Dan only about a 1/4 of that.
For example, in May of 2012, Dan's farm produced over 9,000 units of electricity. When there's no wind, Dan needs to buy power. He bought about 3,000 units from the utility that same month. Even though he produced far more power than he bought, the way Plymouth Utilities pays him resulted in a balance due.
Plymouth Utilities responded in a statement, saying, "As a regulated utility, we cannot offer special subsidies to one customer at the expense of other customers."
Tyler Huebner sides with Dan. He is the Director of Renew Wisconsin -- a non-profit promoting green energy. Huebner says historically, Wisconsin was a leader in renewable energy, but Dan's case is an example of the changing landscape. "Three times as much as he uses and still has an electric bill. That doesn't seem right."
Kraemer tried to make that case to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, twice. Commission spokesperson Nathan Conrad explains, "We are here to help serve the needs of the rate payers. Customers have a complaint, they have the ability to come to the public service commission and mediate that complaint with that utility."
Dan did just that and lost. Twice. The commission's ruling? Dan did not have a prior, written contract with Plymouth before building his turbine, so the 'buy-back rate for the excess electricity generated is..... reasonable."
"He has definitely had his day, and his voice has been heard here at the PSC," Conrad adds.
Dan's not willing to lose his way of life though. So faced with disconnection, he paid his bill.
"It's a fight that has to be won," Dan says.
Losing this round with his utility... but maybe changing things for the next guy looking to go off the grid.
There is one more option for Dam He could still take his case to a federal court to determine if the rate charge is fair.
By: Andrew Mastrocola
With all the flack one gets from these 'foodies' for taking a Constitutional stand for our God given rights, there is finally a feather in our hats at FoodFreedomUSA.org.
Hershberger appeal denied
By Jan Shepel
July 22, 2014
Wisconsin State Farmer
A Loganville dairy farmer — who became the face of the raw milk and food freedom debate in Sauk County court last year — has lost his appeal for the courts to reverse a misdemeanor conviction.
Vernon Hershberger, who runs a dairy farm and food club in Sauk County, was the subject of a weeklong jury trial in the Sauk County Circuit Court in May 2013.
Jurors found him not guilty on three charges related to not having certain food licenses, but guilty on the fourth charge of violating a holding order imposed by state food safety inspectors.
In statements and press conferences, jurors who had heard the case said they wished they had found him not guilty on all charges — based on things they learned after the trial but which they were not allowed to hear during the trial.
The Wisconsin Court of Appeals on July 17 upheld the misdemeanor conviction for violating the holding order imposed by the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection's food safety division.
Hershberger and several food freedom groups that helped him with his legal campaign appealed the one guilty verdict.
They argued that Judge Guy Reynolds, who set the rules for the original trial in the pre-trial rulings, prohibited Hershberger from introducing evidence that there was no factual basis for the state to issue the holding order.
As part of the evidence to the appeals court, they introduced an intact version of the holding order — without the blacked-out sections ordered by the trial court.
The holding order prohibited Hershberger and his wife, Erma, from selling dairy products from their farm's "pantry" while the 14-day holding order was in force. During the trial last May both admitted they had done so, because they hate to waste food.
In pre-trial decisions, Hershberger and his lawyers were prohibited from attacking the holding order. It was also decided that the term "raw milk" could not be used during the trial.
Last week the appeals court upheld the decisions made by the trial judge. That means Hershberger is guilty of the holding order violation and could face jail time. He was fined $1,000 and court costs.
The appeals court ruled that Hershberger could have used a process to contest the holding order at the time it was issued, under a system in place at DATCP and other state agencies, but didn't do so.
The farmer argued that he didn't have any way of knowing his rights under various appeals processes in state agencies.
During the appeals process, his attorneys also argued that the pre-trial motions from the trial judge denied the farmer his Constitutional right to put on a defense. But the appeals court did not agree with that argument.
One guilty verdictHershberger's trial in May 2013 became a cause celeb for raw milk and food freedom advocates who came to Baraboo to support the farmer and his family.
Hershberger's father, who still adheres to Amish beliefs and lifestyles, came from Ohio to testify at the trial. Others came from as far away as Vermont to support Hershberger.
A number of his "food club" members sat through the entire trial and made meals for the Hershberger family.
His supporters were ecstatic when the jury issued three "not guilty" decisions and his defense team announced they would appeal the one misdemeanor "guilty" decision.
The case was pursued by attorneys from the Department of Justice and DATCP when Sauk County's district attorney declined to prosecute Hershberger.
What many had called the "raw milk" trial ended up being contested over key points of licensing rather than religion or peoples' freedom to choose what foods they want to eat.
Pre-trial motions had limited what would be allowed as testimony during the trial.
Hershberger supporters criticized those pre-trial rulings this week in the wake of the appeals court decision. Andy Mastrocola, founder of Food Freedom USA said those rulings — and the heavily blacked-out documents Hershberger tried to use in his defense — prevented the jury from getting both sides of the story.
Wisconsin Department of Justice spokeswoman Dana Brueck commented on the court's ruling, saying "This appeal is not a referendum on the desirability of on-the-farm sales of raw milk products.
"Rather, it involves the ways in which a defendant may — and may not — challenge a (state) holding order."
Attorney commentsWisconsin-based attorney Elizabeth Rich, Vice President of the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund was Hershberger's chief legal counsel.
She commented to Mastrocola's Food Freedom USA that the appeals court decision continues what she considers a "disturbing trend toward empowering administrative agencies" that allows them to exercise their authority unchecked.
Decisions in the courts have prevented any "meaningful review" of agency actions, she adds.
Rich said the holding order in the Hershberger case called the dairy products "misbranded" and "adulterated" and included the statutory definition of those terms including the statement that the products were "dangerous to human health."
The attorney said all of that information was blacked out in the order before it was shown to the jury.
She argued that the jury should have had the opportunity to review the unredacted order, and that Hershberger was prevented from putting on a defense when this information was withheld from the jury.
Sheriff Richard Mack gives an exemplary speech at Baker's Green Acres Constitution Hall.
The Solution to our governmental and budgetary woes does not lie in Washington D.C. The responsibility to restore common sense in our government lies squarely at the local level with the understanding of OUR Constitution. Enjoy...
By: Andrew Mastrocola
Update July 24, 2014
When wisconsin raw milk farmer Vernon Hershberger submitted to the Wisconsin Court System, a jury became his only true hope of remaining a free man. The only problem was the corrupted court system of Wisconsin and the appointed ringmaster, Judge Guy Reynolds. It was under his 'mis'-direction that words like Liberty and raw milk were banned from the courtroom. Documents were redacted as to prevent the jury from getting both sides of the story. Biased as this court was with the evidence suppressed intentionally to favor the State prosecutors and the agricultural industrial complex of Wisconsin, Hershberger was forcefully and coercively entered into their game.
The jury was misguidedly lead into finding Hershberger guilty on the one count of violating a holding order issued by an agency that had admittedly stated, after the raids, that they did not have jurisdiction; but sure were hell bent on destroying this buyers club and family farm. Yet the jury could see through the rest of the evidence and found Hershberger not guilty on the other three counts.
Hershberger started to go at it alone, a man against the system. He argued that he operates a private buying club and that DATCP did not have jurisdiction over the Right to Choose Healthy Food Buyers Club. Eventually the lawyers of the Farm to Consumer legal Defense Fund came to the aid of Hershberger who valiantly had fought the system alone for quite sometime. The FTCLDF attorney, Elizabeth Rich, had been watching from the front row and by her expressions you could see she was well aware the court itself was trying to railroad this raw milk farmer. FTCLDF attorney Elizabeth Rich was the first to step forward and offer her services to Hershberger for the trial he had tried to avert. This trial was going to proceed either by hook or crook. They argued on appeal that he wouldn't have been found guilty had an unedited copy of the state's holding order been placed into evidence, and that the Sauk County Circuit Court wrongly precluded him from introducing evidence to bolster his defense.
Unbelievably the state appeals court rejected all of his arguments. Hershberger was fined $1,000 plus court costs.
Wisconsin Department of Justice spokeswoman Dana Brueck heralded the court's ruling.
"This appeal is not a referendum on the desirability of on-the-farm sales of raw milk products," she said. "Rather, it involves the ways in which a defendant may — and may not — challenge a (state) holding order."
Even with the heavily redacted document, which the jurors admit lead to a misdemeanor conviction, Hershberger was found not guilty last year of three other charges alleging he sold retail food, produced milk, and operated a dairy plant without proper state licenses.
Wisconsin based attorney Elizabeth Rich, Vice President of the FTCLDF, sheds great light upon misdirection the authoritarian government has taken in Wisconsin, with this comment to FoodFreedomUSA.org. "The Court of Appeals decision continues a disturbing trend toward empowering administrative agencies to exercise their authority unchecked. Our courts have placed themselves in a strait jacket that prevents any meaningful review of agency actions. This is contrary to the role of the judiciary as it was conceived by the framers of our Constitution. The holding order in the Hershberger case stated that the dairy products subject to the order were "misbranded" and "adulterated." The order also included the statutory definition of those terms--which states, among other things, that the products were "dangerous to human health." All of that information was redacted from the order that was shown to the jury. We believe the jury should have had the opportunity to review the unredacted order, and that Mr. Hershberger was denied due process of law and prevented from putting on a defense to the criminal charges against him when this information was withheld from the jury. This case is an example of the danger of judicial deference to agency action that has become the norm in this State. Deference to agency action means no discussion of the facts and how the law relates to the facts. The agency has no need to explain its actions and no fear that those actions will be subject to judicial scrutiny. The agency is, in theory, obligated to make its factual determinations based on applicable law--but because the judiciary has ceded its reviewing authority to the executive branch, there is no longer any objective, reasoned evaluation about whether the agency correctly applied the law. We have gutted the checks and balances system so carefully designed by our nation's founders."
Ajna Sharma Wilson, a young, fresh attorney from the left coast of the United States a.k.a. Kalifornia, whom had traveled to Wisconsin to assist the FTCLDF during the trial, had this to say to FoodFreedomUSA.org: "It is not the people of Wisconsin who have spoken in this decision. The food movement won in the eyes of the jury when Hershberger was found not guilty of three counts in this matter.
The decision made by the judiciary in Wisconsin to not review this matter is indicative of the lack of checks and balances that have been allowed by our governmental agencies, legislative and judiciary.
During the trial there was so much hidden from the jury, including the true intent of the enforcement agencies to create a hostile environment for this defendant, his family, and private buyers club.
No one deserves to go through what Hershberger and his family have experienced," said Sharma-Wilson
At FoodFreedomUSA we find the answer to this whole mess is that objective truth is above your masters and people alike. Therefore if the people have the truth on their side, we the people are then superior to the masters if the masters do not have the truth. On the other hand if the people do not have the truth, they have no right to rise up against the masters. In brief, if they are right, they have the right. If they are not right, they have no right. And what tells if they are right or not? Neither masters (necessarily), nor people (still less necessarily), but reality, even if masters or people, or both, conspire to smother it. The truth will set you free.
Seems the food NAZI's in Michigan are on the war path once again. This time it is dairy, eggs, and cheese.
By: David Gumpert
The Complete Patient blog
Jenny Samuelson was all set to do the deal dictated by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development: Dispose of nearly $5,000 worth of raw milk, cream, butter, eggs, and cheese. Under MDARD supervision, she was to bring the 250 gallons of milk to a neighboring farm, where the farmer would use it for fertilizer. The 10 gallons of cream and 20 pounds of butter would go in a dumpster. And the 100 dozen beautiful unwashed and unrefrigerated pastured eggs (raised without soy feed) would be smashed and turned into compost.
She would also discontinue all deliveries of cream and butter to herdshare members, despite their serious unhappiness about losing access to these foods.
But then the MDARD agents canceled out on the Saturday morning arrangements whereby they would observe the disposal of the food. They have now agreed to show up first thing Monday morning to watch the dirty deed.
Samuelson is pretty upset, as you might expect. She was trying to be an obedient citizen so she could have unfettered access to her refrigerated delivery truck and resume deliveries of raw milk. She had made the hard decision to go against what she feels is right and just, because she didn’t want to risk any further interruption in deliveries for the more than 600 families around Michigan that depend on her food.
She is still smarting from last Tuesday’s raid on her delivery truck in Washington Township, which saw agents from MDARD swarm aboard the delivery truck while it was stopped in a private parking lot, with her brother as driver. She thinks they had been following her and the truck for a number of day beforehand, and picked last Tuesday morning to do the raid instead of when she was driving, because they knew her brother likely wouldn’t know to demand a search warrant, and the presence of the local sheriff or police before being allowed (or possibly not being allowed) to take people's food.
They told her brother it would take an hour to look through the Co-Op’s inventory—instead it took six-and-a-half hours.
Later, the MDARD told her she was prohibited from giving the food to a farmer as feed for his pigs, since she didn’t have a feed license.
Perhaps most significant, she doesn’t feel they had the right to prevent the food from being delivered in the first place. “They didn’t seize my products,” she says. “They seized the consumers’ products.”
Samuelson has been doing this drill for more than six years--during which time her co-op has grown from 20 members to more than 600-- and knows the rules well. She says the cream and butter the MDARD was supposedly targeting were produced separately by the farmer from milk the members obtained as herdshare members, under contract to them individually. She also faults the special policy group that agreed with the MDARD last year in its policy statement that sanctioned herdshares for raw milk, but disallowed other raw dairy products. "I wasn't allowed to have a voice in that," despite her requests.
Now she finds herself wondering what to do if the MDARD doesn’t show up Monday morning as well. She wants the seized food off the truck .
“If they don’t show, we will be heading to Mark Baker’s farm to dump it with him” so he can feed it to his pigs. Baker is the Michigan farmer who continued raising pigs the state considered wild, and he got the state to agree that he could continue raising the pigs after he sued the the Department of Natural Resources.
But regardless of how she disposes of the food, Samuelson is going to have some members who are very unhappy because of her inability to continue delivering the raw cream and butter. “They are very pissed,” she says.
She is encouraging them to sue the state much like Mark Baker did. In the meantime, she is encouraging them to flood the MDARD with calls. Here are people she urges her members and sympathizers to contact:
Kevin Besey, director of the Food and Dairy Division, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (phone 517-582-1156 or e-mail email@example.com)
Tim Slawinski, Compliance Manager, Food and Dairy Division (phone 517-420-5364 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
In a letter to her members today, she said: “The only way we can get cream and butter back is to WIN this war! You the people can do it!”
MADISON (AP) — A Wisconsin dairy farmer who has vigorously fought for the right to sell unpasteurized raw milk lost an appeal Thursday over a misdemeanor conviction stemming from a state raid of his farm in 2010.
Vernon Hershberger is the face of the movement to legalize raw milk in Wisconsin, testifying in support of bills in the Legislature and waging a fight against his 2013 conviction of violating a holding order placed on the sales of products at his Sauk County farm after a 2010 raid by state regulators.
Hershberger argued he operates a private buying club with several hundred members that's not subject to the same rules as a farmer selling products to the general public. The Loganville farmer also argued on appeal that he wouldn't have been found guilty had an unedited copy of the state's holding order been placed into evidence, and that the Sauk County Circuit Court wrongly precluded him from introducing evidence to bolster his defense.
But the state appeals court rejected all of his arguments. Hershberger was fined $1,000.
Hershberger's attorney, Amy Salberg, said she had not seen the opinion and had no immediate comment.
Wisconsin Department of Justice spokeswoman Dana Brueck heralded the court's ruling.
"This appeal is not a referendum on the desirability of on-the-farm sales of raw milk products," she said. "Rather, it involves the ways in which a defendant may — and may not — challenge a (state) holding order."
Despite the misdemeanor conviction, Hershberger was found not guilty last year of charges alleging he sold retail food, produced milk and operated a dairy plant without proper state licenses. Those victories were heralded by raw milk supporters, who continue to lobby the Legislature to legalize sales.
Opponents, which include dairy farmers, cheesemakers, doctors and others, argue it is unsafe and could lead to an outbreak of food-borne illnesses such as E. coli or salmonella that would put the state's $26 billion dairy industry in jeopardy.
Supporters believe the government shouldn't get in the way of farmers who want to sell raw milk to willing customers. They argue raw milk tastes better and is healthier before it is pasteurized, the process that kills harmful bacteria and extends shelf life.
Wisconsin law only allows for infrequent, incidental sales of raw milk.
A hot topic: the sale and use of raw milk products.
Charges were dropped against raw milk advocate, Michael Hartmann who was in court this morning battling for what he considers a personal liberty.
Hartmann says,"Everyone has their own lives and it should be up to them to decide what they want."
For Hartmann and his family who were supporting him in court today...it's been a stressful couple of years dealing with this case, but now he's moving forward.
Hartmann says, "Now I can freely work with my customers, my consumers and it's going to make my days a little easier."
"We think that the state was overreaching, trying to impose licensing requirements through the criminal procedure, which they could not do otherwise."
The case opened in 2010, but Hartmann violated his probation...the judge stated in today's hearing the defendant had made a 'good faith effort' and 'no further action' would be necessary.
Even though, Hartmann was free to go, he is still determined to keep supporting the cause.
Hartmann says, "It's not really finished, but it's a real step in the right direction and I think now we have more confidence that we can move forward. They're going to have to respect the rights of the people."
Even though the issue hasn't been put to a permanent rest, the case is still ongoing with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
It's still a victory in the eyes of Hartmann.
Hartmann says, "It should be their choice and it should be available without the intervention of the government."
Baer says, "If I make a bang out sauerkraut, I should be able to sell it to you without the intrusion of the state in that transaction."
A sense of humor and a sigh of relief as one case comes to a close.
While illegal in Minnesota, other states allow the retail sale of raw milk.
By MICHAEL SNYDER | ECONOMIC COLLAPSE |
From our fields to our forks, huge corporations have an overwhelming amount of power over our food supply every step of the way. Right now there are more than 313 million people living in the United States, and the job of feeding all of those people is almost entirely in the hands of just a few dozen monolithic companies. If you do not like how our food is produced or you don’t believe that it is healthy enough, it isn’t very hard to figure out who is to blame. These mammoth corporations are not in business to look out for the best interests of the American people. Rather, the purpose of these corporations is to maximize wealth for their shareholders. So the American people end up eating billions of pounds of extremely unhealthy food that is loaded with chemicals and additives each year, and we just keep getting sicker and sicker as a society. But these big corporations are raking in big profits, so they don’t really care.
If we did actually have a capitalist system in this country, we would have a high level of competition in the food industry. But instead, the U.S. food industry has become increasingly concentrated with each passing year. Just consider the following numbers about the U.S. agricultural sector…
The U.S. agricultural sector suffers from abnormally high levels of concentration. Most economic sectors have concentration ratios around 40%, meaning that the top four firms in the industry control 40% of the market. If the concentration ratio is above 40%, experts believe competition can be threatened and market abuses are more likely to occur: the higher the number, the bigger the threat.
The concentration ratios in the agricultural sector are shocking.
-Four companies own 83.5% of the beef market.
-The top four firms own 66% of the hog industry.
-The top four firms control 58.5% of the broiler chicken industry.
-In the seed industry, four companies control 50% of the proprietary seed market and 43% of the commercial seed market worldwide.
-When it comes to genetically engineered (GE) crops, just one company, Monsanto, boasts control of over 85% of U.S. corn acreage and 91% of U.S. soybean acreage.
When so much power is concentrated in so few hands, it creates some tremendous dangers.
And many of these giant corporations (such as Monsanto) are extremely ruthless. Small farmers all over America are being wiped out and forced out of the business by the predatory business practices of these huge companies…
Because farmers rely on both buyers and sellers for their business, concentrated markets squeeze them at both ends. Sellers with high market power can inflate the prices of machinery, seeds, fertilizers and other goods that farmers need for their farms, while powerful buyers, such as processors, suppress the prices farmers are paid. The razor-thin profit margins on which farmers are forced to operate often push them to “get big or get out”—expanding into mega-operations or exiting the business altogether.
Of course the control that big corporations have over our food supply does not end at the farms.
The distribution of our food is also very highly concentrated. The graphic shared below was created by Oxfam International, and it shows how just 10 gigantic corporations control almost everything that we buy at the grocery store…
And these food distributors are often not very good citizens either.
For example, it was recently reported that Nestle is running a massive bottled water operation on a drought-stricken Indian reservation in California…
Among the windmills and creosote bushes of San Gorgonio Pass, a nondescript beige building stands flanked by water tanks. A sign at the entrance displays the logo of Arrowhead 100% Mountain Spring Water, with water flowing from a snowy mountain. Semi-trucks rumble in and out through the gates, carrying load after load of bottled water.
The plant, located on the Morongo Band of Mission Indians’ reservation, has been drawing water from wells alongside a spring in Millard Canyon for more than a decade. But as California’s drought deepens, some people in the area question how much water the plant is bottling and whether it’s right to sell water for profit in a desert region where springs are rare and underground aquifers have been declining.
Nestle doesn’t stop to ask whether it is right or wrong to bottle water in the middle of the worst drought in the recorded history of the state of California.
They have the legal right to do it and they are making large profits doing it, and so they are just going to keep on doing it.
Perhaps you are thinking that you can avoid all of these corporations by eating organic and by shopping at natural food stores.
Well, it isn’t necessarily that easy.
According to author Wenonah Hauter, the “health food industry” is also extremely concentrated…
Over the past 20 years, Whole Foods Market has acquired its competition, including Wellspring Grocery, Bread of Life, Bread & Circus, Food for Thought, Fresh Fields, Wild Oats Markets and others. Today the chain dominates the market because it has no national competitor. Over the past five years its gross sales have increased by half (47 percent) to $11.7 billion, and its net profit quadrupled to $465.6 million. One of the ways it has achieved this profitability is by selling conventional foods under the false illusion that they are better than products sold at a regular grocery store. Consumers falsely conclude that these products have been screened and are better, and they are willing to pay a higher price.
The distribution of organic foods is also extremely concentrated. A little-known company, United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) now controls the distribution of organic and natural products. Publically traded, the company has a contract with Whole Foods and it is the major source of these products for the remaining independent natural food stores. This relationship has resulted in increasingly high prices for these foods. Small manufacturers are dependent on contracts with UNFI to get their products to market and conversely, small retailers often have to pay a premium price for products because of their dependence on this major distributor. Over the past five years, UNFI’s net sales increased by more than half (55.6 percent) $5.2. billion. Its net profit margin increased by 88 percent to $91 million.
Everywhere you look, the corporations are in control.
And this is especially true when you look at big food retailers such as Wal-Mart.
Right now, grocery sales account for about half of all business at Wal-Mart, and approximately one out of every three dollars spent on groceries in the United States is spent at Wal-Mart.
That is absolutely astounding, and it obviously gives Wal-Mart an immense amount of power.
In fact, if you can believe it, Wal-Mart actually purchases a billionpounds of beef every single year.
So the next time someone asks you where the beef is, you can tell them that it is at Wal-Mart.
On the restaurant side, the ten largest fast food corporations account for47 percent of all fast food sales, and the love affair that Americans have with fast food does not appear to be in danger of ending any time soon.
Personally, if you do not like how these corporate giants are behaving, you can always complain.
But you are just one person among 313 million, and most of these big corporations are not going to consider the ramblings of one person to be of any significance whatsoever.
Collectively, however, we have great power. And the way that we are going to get these big corporations to change is by voting with our wallets.
Unfortunately, the vast majority of Americans seem quite satisfied with the status quo. So the population as a whole is likely going to continue to get sicker, fatter and less healthy with each passing year, and the big food corporations are going to keep becoming even more powerful.
By: Andrew Mastrocola
On Sunday July 20, 2014 Baker's Green Acres will be hosting 'Constitution Hall at the Farm' with special guests Sheriff Richard Mack and KrisAnne Hall. Mark and Jill Baker will be roasting a fatted pig and a few chickens and plan to give a few tours. We’ll be learning about the Constitution and Bill of Rights from KrisAnne, and hearing about a Sheriff’s role in upholding those foundational principles from Richard Mack. KrisAnne and Sheriff Mack are coming to support Mark’s prospective bid for Missaukee County Sheriff. A freewill donation will be welcome to help us bring these nationally acclaimed speakers to northern Michigan and to support Mark’s campaign.
The farm will open about 11:00 for tours. The pigs have even promised to have new piglets to show you!
We’ll serve our own “DNR approved” hog, roasted to perfection, for lunch at 12:30.
The speakers will start around 1:30.
KrisAnne Hall is an attorney and former prosecutor who travels the country teaching the Constitution and the history that gave us our founding documents. KrisAnne will connect the dots for you like no one else can! Host of The KrisAnne Hall Show, she pulls no punches,puts Liberty First and gives no quarter to those who hide behind party labels. Like no other host KrisAnne you will tell you what the founders had to say on today’s relevant issues . – See more at:http://krisannehall.com/about-krisanne-hall/#sthash.PPAqy8OE.dpuf
Author/speaker and former Sheriff Richard Mack has served in a wide variety of roles over the course of his nearly twenty year career in law enforcement, which began in Provo, Utah.
Mack began his career with the Provo Police Department as a parking enforcement cadet while attending BYU. A couple of years later he became a full-time officer and was soon promoted to Corporal, Sergeant, and Detective. After nearly 11 years at Provo PD, Mack decided to return to his childhood turf in Arizona and run for Graham County Sheriff. His campaign took off and he was elected in 1988.
He was sheriff for two terms until 1997. He was named Elected Official of the Year by the Arizona-NewMexico Coalition of Counties in 1994, received the NRA Law Officer of the Year, inducted into the NRA Hall of Fame, 1995 Cicero Award, Samuel Adams Leadership Award from the Local Sovereignty Coalition, and Gun Owners of America Defender of the Second Amendment Award.
During his tenure, federal officers informed the sheriffs of the state that they would be required to enforce the so-called “Brady Bill” and run background checks at their expense under the law. In 1994, Mack and six other sheriffs from across the country, challenged the constitutionality of the Brady Bill and ultimately, fought it all the way to the United States Supreme Court, where they won a monumental decision for freedom in a landmark 5-4 split decision based on the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Mack has been a consultant on numerous cases regarding police abuse, brutality, and other misconduct by public officials. He has joined with other members of the law enforcement community to speak out in favor of drug policy reform.
The Bakers hope to see you on the farm Sunday, July 20 for a fun and educational time!
Whole Foods Market (WFM) continues to knowingly sell poison to its customers: Natural News seeks class action law firm to pursue legal action
Natural News – by Mike Adams
Whole Foods Market (WFM) is knowingly selling dietary products which are significantly contaminated with toxic heavy metals such as lead, cadmium and tungsten. Some of these contaminated levels exceed California Proposition 65 limits by nearly 2000%. Click here to see some of the laboratory results of rice protein products, many of which were purchased at Whole Foods in Austin, Texas.
In May of this year, Natural News presented Whole Foods with irrefutable laboratory evidence proving that many of the organic rice protein products sold on their shelves were significantly contaminated with toxic heavy metals. In response to that, Whole Foods has apparently done nothing to halt the practice: to our knowledge, no products have been pulled from shelves, no recalls have been issued, and no public statements warning customers have been issued.
It is astonishing to realize that while Whole Foods will take enormous measures to warn its customers of even a remote possibility of bacterial contamination in a product purchased at its stores, the food retailer remains utterly silent on the issue of known heavy metals contamination in products it sells every single day.
Class action law firm sought to file suit against Whole Foods MarketAfter waiting more than two months for Whole Foods to take action, Natural News is now seeking a law firm that wishes to pursue class action litigation against WFM for its unethical and potentially hazardous retail practices. Natural News Labs can provide exhaustive laboratory documentation, proof of purchases, archived product samples and copies of correspondence sent to Whole Foods demanding the halt of sales of substantially contaminated rice protein products.
Like many large corporations that put public health at risk, Whole Foods Market refuses to do the right thing until they are forced to do so by the courts. Natural News seeks nothing from this lawsuit attempt other than seeing Whole Foods come clean with its customers and halt the sales of contaminated protein products that exceed reasonable heavy metals limits agreed to by the nation’s top protein manufacturers:
Lead limit: 250 ppb
Tungsten limit: 50 ppb
Cadmium limit: 1000 ppb
Mercury limit: 50 ppb
Throughout 2014, products sold at Whole Foods Market stores have substantially exceeded these numbers, putting customer health and safety at risk. This practice is highly irresponsible, unethical and a betrayal of customer trust.
Any law firm that wishes to explore this class action lawsuit against Whole Foods Market may contact Natural News at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Natural News urges readers to start saving receiptsIn this matter, we believe Whole Foods Market retail practices are deceptive and highly unethical. Because many Natural News readers shop at Whole Foods (as do I), we are now urging all Natural News readers to start saving your Whole Foods receipts so that you may present them in the event of a class action settlement against WFM.
You may, for example, be eligible for a full refund on all rice protein products you purchased at Whole Foods Market over the past few years. Such a settlement depends entirely on the courts, of course, but class action settlements frequently result in similar terms.
Natural News seeks absolutely nothing from this legal action other than to halt a hazardous business practice that places public health at risk.
My May, 2014 letter to Whole Foods MarketWhen I first delivered laboratory results to Whole Foods, I received an email which essentially stated that because the contaminated products “complied with FDA regulations,” the company intended to do nothing about them.
This is akin to stating, “Because selling poison is LEGAL, we will continue to sell poison while keeping it quiet.”
What follows is my response to Whole Foods — a response which has gone entirely unanswered more than 60 days later. As you read this, keep in mind that Natural News also offered to conduct FREE laboratory testing for Whole Foods to spot-check products on their shelves in the interests of public safety.
Whole Foods has so far refused to respond.
I very much appreciate your response to our meeting.
From your email response, however, it does not sound like any substantial action will be taken by Whole Foods Markets to remove the heavy metals contaminated products from store shelves or alert customers to the fact they have been purchasing heavy metals in various rice protein products. Each supplier of these products will consistently claim their products so not present a health or safety issue, so asking manufacturers to assure you of product safety is insufficient. Many of these manufacturers already have highly deceptive labels which violate California law.
Furthermore, the importer of this material consistently lies about the material to the manufacturers, claiming for example that this material is “prop 65 compliant” when it clearly exceeds pro 65 limits by as much as 2000%.
The numbers in the lab tests I shared with you are concentration levels, in ppb. Our laboratory testing methodology is based on EPA 200.8 methodology, modified for food and beverage applications. Our lab uses ICP-MS instrumentation and is in the process of ISO 17025 accreditation. Many of our lab results are validated by outside labs.
I urge you to reconsider taking substantial, meaningful action to halt the sales of these contaminated products. Before the end of May, if no meaningful action is taken by WFM, I will have little choice but to pursue the grassroots action campaign I mentioned to you in our meeting. Natural News has an obligation to the public to push for clean food at every level of the food supply chain, including retailers. The fact that some Whole Foods employees say they have been trained to lie about this heavy metals contamination issue is extremely concerning.
It is highly unethical and irresponsible, in my opinion, for WFM to consider selling products containing high concentrations of toxic heavy metals such as lead, cadmium and tungsten, some of which are linked to cancer and diminished cognitive function (as well as impaired brain development in children). I brought you this issue in good faith, in the hope that Whole Foods would act in a responsible, ethical manner to halt the sales of these contaminated products, and I feel by your response that it is Whole Foods’ intention to continue selling these products to unsuspecting customers, with no recalls, no warnings and no effort to educate your customers about the poisons they are consuming.
I understand that millions of dollars are at stake here, but so are millions of lives. If the public cannot trust Whole Foods to tell them the truth about contaminated products containing cancer-causing heavy metals, then a legitimate question will be raised about whether Whole Foods can be trusted at all. Failing to take immediate action to protect your own customers from exposure to these toxic heavy metals would, in my opinion, be a tragic mistake for the Whole Foods Brand and a confirmation to Whole Foods critics that the company cares far more about profits than public health and safety.
I truly believe most Whole Foods customers would be extremely shocked — even betrayed — to learn that Whole Foods was openly allowing these products to be sold while failing to take action even when alerted to this fact.
I urge you to take this issue to the Board of Directors for reconsideration, and I hope and pray that Whole Foods will choose the path of transparency and public safety rather than furthering this industry-wide “conspiracy of silence.”
Thank you for your consideration,
- Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, editor of NaturalNews.com
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/045999_Whole_Foods_Market_class_action_lawsuit
By: Andrew Mastrocola
The following is a farewell note from the owners of Bolzano Artisan meats:
By this point, you already know how we were forced to shut down because of actions by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, but now the financial damage has forced us to close our doors on our plant on Holton Street for good. We are working behind the scenes to relaunch the company, perhaps with the help of other great local food innovators in our state. It might take months, it might take many years - we just can't tell at this point.
Even though it's the end for Bolzano Artisan Meats production at our little plant, our love of great heirloom pork, sustainable farming, and the history and science of dry curing will continue in some form or another. We might be teaching classes, making podcasts, working on political issues that effect artisan food processors, or just sharing our passion for good farming and great eating with all of you.
Not to compare ourselves to the Dalai Lama, Victor Hugo, Daenerys Targaryen, or Emilé Zola, but think of this next stage as our "Years In Exile" - they might just be our most productive yet.
Our final batch of heirloom pork salami was recently released, and our inventory is all sold, so find us while you can where you usually find our salami.
We will be closing down our email newsletter, but please keep in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest like you have been.
Thanks for a wonderful five years, and goodbye for now from Scott and Christin at Bolzano Artisan Meats.
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