It's that time of year.
At an Irish wedding the priest said, " Would all the married men please go and stand next to the one person who has made life worth living?"
The poor bartender was nearly crushed to death.
Not very surprising the opposition to Proposition 37, on the November ballot in California, reads like a who's who of big ag. The list of donors with names in the organic and natural food market include:
General Mills (Muir Glen, Cascadian Farm, Larabar)
Dean Foods (Horizon, Silk, White Wave)
Smucker's (R.W. Knudsen, Danta Cruz Organic)
Coca-Cola (Honest Tea, Odwalla)
Kraft (Boca Burgers, Back to Nature)
PepsiCo (Naked Juice, Tropicana Organic, Tostito's Organic)
Hats off to Both Maryland and Georgia
Antibiotics in animal feed is in the news again this week...
Chickens routinely fed antibiotics to fight E. Coli bacteria are creating a superbug that's resistant to antibiotics to treat bladder infections. Amee Magnus, epidemiologist at McGill University found that E. Coli responsible for bladder infections closely matches the bacteria found in retail chicken - and those bacteria have a high level of resistance. She went on to say, "They (the chickens) are getting drugs from the time that they were in the egg all the way up to the time that they are slaughtered." Forest Hill Farm chickens are fed non-GMO grains and never given antibiotics. Hormones are illegal to feed. You won't find them in any poultry or swine feed. Both beef cattle and dairy cattle are routinely injected with FDA approved hormones to increase milk production (in dairy cows), and to promote growth in beef cattle. Our livestock is all antibiotic and hormone free!
Yesterday I cleaned up the garden, I had helpers. The fence that protects the garden from the chickens and sheep had only been down for a few hours when the word got out. The hens took over the garden. They came to follow the rototiller, forming a conga line, dancing, and scratching. The remnants of the summer’s harvest are gone. Lime has been spread. The blueberries have pine needle mulch to add acidity to the soil. I miss fresh tomatoes already. I miss peppers, green beans, and zucchini. What happened to summer? Hopefully the first seed catalog will get here soon. It’s never too early to plan for spring. Next year I have intentions to put in rain barrels, a small pond, and arbor. What was the road to Hell paved with?
©Glenda Plozay, Forest Hill Farm Products,LLC
The FDA announced that a drug fed to chickens will no longer be sold in the U.S. Pfizer subsidiary Alpharma will discontinue sales of 3-Nitro. Chickens are fed this drug to increase their appetites. The FDA found that chickens fed arsenic had traces of the drug in their meat, primarily their liver. Pfizer will stop selling the drug in 30 days, after animal producers have had time to find new medications. 3-Nitro, a.k.a. roxarsone is the most common arsenic based animal drug, but similar drugs have been approved for poultry and pig feed.
The poultry and pigs at Forest Hill Farm eat non-GMO grains and grasses.
The FDA announced that a drug fed to chickens will no longer be sold in the U.S. Pfizer subsidiary, Alpharma will discontinue sales of 3-Nitro. Chickens are fed this drug to increase their appetites. The FDA found that chickens fed arsenic had traces of the drug in their meat, primarily their liver. Pfizer will stop selling the drug in 30 days, after animal producers have had time to find new medications. 3-Nitro, a.k.a. roxarsone is the most common arsenic based animal drug, but similar drugs have been approved for poultry and pig feed.
A nation wide study by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGEN), drug resistant strains of Staphylococcus aureus are present in meat and poultry from United States grocery stores at unexpectedly high rates. Nearly half of the meat and poultry samples (47 percent) were contaminated with Staphylococcus aureus, more than half of those bacteria (52 percent) were resistant to three classes of antibiotics. This is the first national assessment of antibiotic resistant Staphylococcus aureus in U.S. Food supply. Researchers collected and analyzed 136 samples (80 brands) of beef, chicken, pork, and turkey from 26 grocery stores in five cities: LosAngeles, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Flagstaff, and Washington, D.C.Click here for more info
And now a possible solution....
Animal Feed Lawsuit
source: Iowa Farm Today, June 4, 2011
A New York lawsuit seeks to force the government to reduce the use of antibiotics in animal feed. The basis of the suit is evidence that antibiotics in animal feed diminished the effectiveness of the drugs to treat people. The lawsuit was filed in Manhattan Federal Court on May 25, 2011.
The suit accuses the Federal Food and Drug Administration of failing to protect human health. The FDA, in a 1977 study, concluded that feeding animals low doses of certain antibiotics was potentially harmful to people’s health.