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After watching several documentaries about our food supply and learning just how deficient in nutrients the food we consume has become over the past 30-years, our family has decided to make some serious changes. We are buying organic, eating in season and buying locally. Our meat is grassfed, our bread in homebaked and I feel good about what my family is eating.

If you aren't aware of the danger genentically modified corn and soy products present to your families diet, continue reading. Find out the latest news and commentary on GMO food sources, eating and buying organic foods, nutritional news, food related health issues and much more.

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by Nick Meyer

April 7, 2014

Even as the United States government continues to push for the use of more chemically-intensive and corporate-dominated farming methods such as GMOs and monoculture-based crops, the United Nations is once against sounding the alarm.

According to the new UN report, major changes are needed in our food, agriculture and trade systems, with a shift toward local small-scale farmers and food systems recommended. Diversity of farms, reducing the use of fertilizer and other changes are desperately needed according to the report, which was highlighted in this article from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.

by Nick Meyer

September 5, 2013

The glaring problem with Monsanto's "website promise" not to sue. Early in 2013, a verdict was reached in the OSGATA (Organic Seed Growers and Traders Association) v. Monsanto lawsuit by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C.

The organic farmers association was seeking protection from patent infringement in the case of accidental drift from GMO pollen for its members. The result was a disappointing one for OSGATA, as a three-judge panel ruled that the lawsuit would not be allowed to continue due to the explanation that "Monsanto has made binding assurances that it will not 'take legal action against growers whose crops might inadvertently contain traces of Monsanto biotech genes (because, for example, some transgenic seed or pollen blew onto the grower's land)."

by Nick Meyer

September 4, 2013

There are times when the elusive "tipping point" toward the end or at least containment of genetically modified foods seems light years away, and then there are times when it seems like all the momentum is on the other side and a real change is imminent.

The percentage of people who want to see labels has consistently polled in the 90 percent range, with one 2013 poll conducted by the New York Times showing a final result of 93 percent in favor of the "Yes" crowd. The same study also found that about 75% of Americans are concerned about the number of GMOs, while 26 percent said they aren't safe to eat and 13 percent said they're worried about the environmental effects.

by Baxter Black

November 21, 2014

In the land of Nod a movement sprung up to build houses without the use of power tools. The advocates of organic construction (OC) supported the movement because it prohibited the recovery and use of the carbon coal and oil.

To be OC, any lumber used must be hand-hewn, and saws must be manually operated. Mule power is approved. Machine-made tools must be made by a blacksmith and made from stones, dug and formed by hand. Electricity must be generated by wind power or water wheel. Those who live in the OC Stone Age houses glory in their contribution toward low environmental impact. They expect the government to give them tax breaks (think Al Gore) and to subsidize the craftsmen who do the grueling, everlasting sawing, shimming, pounding and digging to build their houses under OC rules.

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by Bill Haymin

June 8, 2008

In Panama, as in the US, GMOs are permitted in the food chain without any labeling at all. This is an ecological, medical and consumerĀ“s rights disaster.

Only strong consumer advocacy, and market pressure against anything which might have GMOs in it (that means avoiding anything which is not labeled "organic" or "GM Free") will change US policy. But once the environment, or your body, is contaminated with foreign DNA, there is no know way to reverse that process.

by Dr. Joel McDurmon

November 27, 2013

In July of this year, a research group, The Frontier Lab, released a revealing study called "Switching Behavior: Modeling Disaffiliation by Republicans from the Label 'Republican.'"

The Frontier Lab study includes both conservative and moderate Republicans, and identified four key events that prompted individuals to "disaffiliate" from the party. One was the rejection of the "lesser of two evils" argument-the argument that voters had to support a bad Republican because the Democratic candidate would invariably be worse. Both conservatives and moderates are tired of the "two evils" argument. . . . A second reason is closely related. Parting conservatives have expressed "loss of hope" in the party, but not just a general loss of hope-loss of hope specifically that by enduring the lesser of two evils tactic over time, the classic promise of that argument would materialize. That is, over time, and after many abuses, these people have lost hope that the party would change or effect change as promised. As director Anne Sorock puts it in the study, these people "often experienced an emotional exhaustion wherein they no longer felt hope that the party would deliver."

by Dr. Joel McDurmon

July 12, 2013

Can the government just take you property for its purposes? Of course not. The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires just compensation at least.

But governments get creative with how they manipulate property owners in regard to their property usage in various banner1ways. A marquee Supreme Court case, building on two previous cases, has just made it even harder for State and local governments to bully property owners. reports, "Nearly unnoticed among the marquee decisions by this year's Supreme Court session is Koontz v. St. John's Water Management District. The decision granted the plaintiff the right to sue a governmental agency that required a payment - or 'exaction' - for public facilities miles away from his property as a contingency for approval of a building permit."

by Joel McDurmon

February 4, 2013

A local dairy owner is cheesed over how the Missouri Milk Board ordered 15 tons of cheese destroyed after a 2 1/2-year legal dispute.

Joseph Dixon, owner of Morningland Dairy near Mountain View, Mo., told KYTV he "sees the destruction" of a livelihood his family "worked to build" for years in southern Missouri. On Friday, heavy moving equipment dumped nearly 30,000 pounds of raw cheese into a dumpster headed to a landfill. How the product got there is the dramatic end to a long struggle. Dixon's website tells his side of the story, making some interesting claims as to the behavior and candid comments from the Milk Board inspectors: "Don Falls, our inspector, told us that NO amount of testing would stop our cheese from being 'suspect'."

by Joel McDurmon

February 8, 2012

In a ruling last fall, Wisconsin judge Patrick Fiedler ruled against a family that produced raw milk. In his ruling, he held that the plaintiffs "operate a dairy farm," and thus had to comply with State law in that regard.

Much more disturbingly, however, Fiedler ruled that the plaintiffs had "no fundamental right" to consume foods of their choice, or even to "own a cow" and "consume milk from their own cow." In a clarification to his ruling, the judge wrote that the plaintiffs (and thus people in general)...

April 26, 2012

If there is one task that strikes fear into the hearts of novice bakers, it's pie making. But does it really justify all the anxiety?

After all, pie dough is a simple affair with a short ingredient list consisting of flour, salt, sugar, fat, and water. What could possibly go wrong? A lot, as it turns out-which you know if you've ever ended up with a misshapen, sticky dough or overflowing filling.


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