Monthly Archives: February 2012

VIDEO: Harvard holds debate on raw milk.

February 26, 2012

On February 16, 2012, the Harvard Law School hosted a debate on the safety of raw milk. In favor of raw milk were Sally Fallon Morell, president of the Weston A. Price Foundation, and David Gumpert, journalist and author of The Raw Milk Revolution: Behind America’s Emerging Battle Over Food Rights. Against raw milk were Fred Pritzker of Pritzker & Olson Law Firm and Dr. Heidi Kassenborg, Director of the Dairy & Food Inspection Division of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

CDC exaggerates the dangers of raw milk.

February 26, 2012
Real, raw, alive, delicious milk.

The Center for Disease Control last week published a study that purports to show the increased danger of raw dairy compared to pasteurized dairy. The study has numerous flaws, as the Weston A. Price Foundation’s rebuttal points out. Even assuming that the data is valid, it does not show a substantial danger from consuming raw milk. Furthermore, it address neither the decrease in other illnesses caused by consuming raw dairy nor the substantial increase in other illness caused by consuming pasteurized dairy.

VIDEO: The movie Farmageddon highlights FDA abuses of family farms.

February 26, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration’s cold and discriminatory application of unjust food laws against small farmers, in an apparent attempt to shut them down, is coming to the attention of an increasing number of Americans. But even among those who intellectually know about it, it is another matter to see it first-hand. Kristin Canty’s movie Farmageddon provides a unique opportunity to watch these FDA abuses and see their impact first-hand.

Whole Foods Market offers a compromise.

February 19, 2012

I love shopping at Whole Foods Market. Compared to conventional supermarkets, it offers a substantially improved selection of food that is nutritious and uncontaminated and that was raised with concern for animal welfare and the environment. But Whole Foods is still just a supermarket. While it offers drastic improvements, it is not perfect and merely serves as a realistic compromise between the conventional food retailers that dominate America and the ideal food system that remains possible and that consists of personal relationships between consumers and local farmers.

U.S. Foreign Policy: Food is a weapon!

February 19, 2012
As with nuclear holocaust, governments use the threat of hunger to control populations.

Food is something that should be a source of nourishment. But the U.S. government uses it, like it has used the threat of nuclear holocaust, as a weapon to create fear and to control people in the U.S. and around the world. Having obtained a large degree of control of the world’s food supply, the U.S. government manipulates such supply to ensure enormous profits for agribusiness industries and to compel foreign populations to comply with certain political mandates.

Video: The Animal Abuse of Factory Farms.

February 12, 2012

This post contains a short clip showing the animal abuse that occurs inside factory farms. Such abuse is unnecessary for efficient raising of livestock, causes such animals to be less nutritious to consume, and indicates a disregard for the welfare of all life–animal and human.

Video: The Environmental Consequences of Factory Farms.

February 11, 2012

This post consists of a short video that shows many of the environmental consequences of factory farms. Although filmed in Michigan, its topic is equally relevant throughout the nation. It provides a universal example of both the damage that factory farms inflict on rural communities and the environment, as well as the political indifference to injustice that local governments display.

Oil companies, not religion, caused 1920′s Prohibition.

February 11, 2012

It is commonly believed that America’s Prohibition of the 1920′s was the result of Protestant religious ferver. This explanation is likely untrue. At best, it is incomplete. Much more likely is the fact that the enormous oil industry was interested in eliminating alcohol as a source of competition for a huge new market–automobile fuel. The power that big industry influenced on the U.S. government in the course of bring about the era of Prohibition is illustrative of the kind of influence that it has on many of our laws, and their pretexts.

The dangers of High-Fructose Corn Syrup.

February 9, 2012
Coke contained traditional cane-sugar until 1984 when the sugar was replaced entirely with HFCS.

Some may think that High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is healthy because fructose occurs naturally in fruit. Not true. Fructose is found in fruit, but HFCS is a concentrated and unbound form of the fructose molecule. In this concentrated and free form, fructose causes a myriad of devestating health effects. It’s use in food can be directly blamed on the policy of our federal government, which subsidizes the production of corn and encourages the creation and use of processed corn ingredients like HFCS.

Saturated fat does not cause obesity or heart disease.

February 5, 2012

Americans are fatter than ever. Americans also have more heart disease than ever. We often hear that the cause of these epidemics is our addiction to animals fats, which contain a lot of saturated fat. This cannot be true, however, because simultaneously with the rise of these epidemics was a decline in animal fat consumption in the United States. Nevertheless, the vegetable oil manufacturers have promoted the false link between these epidemics and animal fats as part of a century-long effort to increase vegetable oil consumption, starting with the introduction of Crisco in 1911. However, the true causes of these modern epidemics lie elsewhere.

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