Thursday, March 29, 2012

Big Pork And Their Big Fat Lies

I saw this video today on the Organic Consumers Associations website, and as they pointed out─it’s ridiculous.



I guess with all of the negative press that factory farms and CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) have received lately, they have to resort to disingenuous PR schemes in an attempt to save face.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Fight Crohn’s with CLA

This new research from The Nutritional Immunology and Molecular Medicine Laboratory (NIMML) research team at Virginia Tech really hits close to home for me.  As many of you know, it was my personal bout with Crohn’s Disease that God used to lead me to dedicate my life to sharing his health wisdom with the world.  This exciting new find in the fight against Crohn’s and potentially other manifestations of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), like ulcerative colitis, comes at a much needed time.
 
Statistics from the CDC show that inflammatory bowel disease is one of the five most prevalent gastrointestinal disease burdens in the United States, causing more than 700,000 physician visits, 100,000 hospitalizations, and disability in 119,000 patients annually. Over the long term, up to 75% of patients with Crohn’s Disease and 25% of those with ulcerative colitis will require surgery.  Chances are that you know someone who is personally suffering from a form of IBD.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Some Good News For Raw Milk

The government’s furor over raw milk distribution is wrongheaded for many reasons. They are working with skewed data. They’re stepping all over the constitution. And they seem committed to ignoring the real dangers of conventionally raised dairy.

Well, as you can see from this compilation of articles, not all the news is bad. Raw milk defenders are passionate about its benefits, and they are demanding to be heard. Hopefully, the federal government will start listening.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Pink Slime Taste Test

Give the author of this article a medal! Or some cleansing tips. At the very least a barf bag!

It was only a matter of time before someone taste tested Pink Slime, and the results were predictable. It turns out that Pink Slime doesn’t taste very good and it has an unpleasant texture.

But hey, at least it has ammonia!

Monday, March 19, 2012

EU Keeps Ban on Unhealthy Hormone-Treated Beef

This article outlines an interesting series of events that have spanned the last 20 years.  The short version is that the U.S. and Canada have been shamelessly trying for decades to persuade the EU (European Union) to allow imports of hormone-treated beef.  Despite the best efforts and shenanigans of the U.S. and Canadian Governments, the EU has held their ground, stating that its ban “rests on scientific evidence of health risks” associated with hormone-treated beef.  Not surprisingly, the U.S. and Canada reject this scientific evidence.

In retaliation to this ban in 1988, the U.S. and Canada placed sanctions of $125 million a year on European products from Roquefort cheese to truffles and mustard. Classy move!  We basically said: “if you won’t take our hormone-laden beef, then we will tax your . . . mustard?”

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Overuse Of Antibiotics In Agriculture Leads To Disease Outbreaks

Last week, the Center for Science in the Public Interest and the Center for a Livable Future presented a panel of experts to plead their case to House and Senate staffers.
 
Their plea?

Stop allowing subtheraputic antibiotic use in agriculture…the science is clear…it’s making people sick!

Many conventional farms feed continuous low doses of antibiotics to their animals to “promote animal growth and prevent disease.” Meaning, it’s not just when the animal is sick.  No, these animals get antibiotics for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Government Ponzi Scheme

Seriously, if I was trying to make up a story like this I don’t think I could. It’s so convoluted it’s humorous, except for the fact that we are WASTING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS!

Here’s the scoop, and follow along if you can. No doubt you remember the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, better known as the 2009 stimulus bill. One of the programs established in that bill was a $230 million fund for obesity prevention grants, given to over two dozen states. Now, here is the crazy part. Some of that money has been used to lobby local governments to encourage the passage of sugar and soda taxes.

Should you support the campaign to label genetically engineered foods?

Infographics are cool and this one is no exception. It very quickly defines the concern over genetically modified organisms (GMOs) leaking into our food supply. It also provides a very helpful link to a petition that is sent to the FDA asking for the labeling of any foods that are genetically engineered. I encourage you to sign it if you have not already.

While I fully support this idea, I worry about how it will be implemented. For one thing, this would be the providence of the FDA, a group that hasn’t always had our best interests in mind when it comes to genetically engineered food. I can imagine some gigantic loopholes and a squadron of lawyers ready to drive through them. I am also rarely a fan of giving the government more power, but in the end, one of the roles of a democratic government is to protect our freedoms. We are free to make choices and they should be informed choices. Properly labeling genetically engineered food would give people the information they need to make an informed choice.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Defenders of the Pink Slime

Last week, we posted a blog that linked to an ABC News report on the vile process used to create Pink Slime, the ammonia-bathed meat trimmings that are added back to conventionally raised beef. Now comes word that the beef industry is shocked over the uproar caused by the report.

Wait a minute, you mean the very people who have profited for years by adding this filler to ground beef are upset that they may lose money? What a surprise.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Retired Cardiovascular Surgeon Admits He Was Wrong About Fats

I have said for years that fats are not bad. The low-fat craze that took hold of this country was driven primarily by the medical community and media outlets that refused to question them. I, like many others not in the “mainstream” of health questioned the logic behind this for many reasons, not the least of which was the fact that heart health has declined since the advent of the low-fat diet.

We now know that healthy fats are not the cause of advanced heart disease—it’s the low-fat diet, which can cause inflammation due to excess amounts of processed carbohydrates and omega-6 fatty acids.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

70% Of Supermarket Ground Beef Contains Pink Slime

This video in this article says it all!

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My favorite quote in the video: “it’s pink, therefore it’s meat.” Not exactly what I would consider words to live by!

The Genetically Engineered Salmon Saga Continues

As you may already know, AquaBounty—a company originally incorporated to make antifreeze—is trying to get FDA approval of its very own patented salmon species called "AquAdvantage." If approved, this sterile, all-female “salmon” would be the first market-approved, genetically-engineered protein source to reach the American dinner table. Aside from the more obvious common sense problems with this whole experiment, the FDA is not even reviewing AquAdvantage “salmon” (yes, I use quotation marks in this blog, because I refuse to call it “salmon” without the quotations) as a fish. It is being studied by the FDA as a new animal drug, and therefore, if approved, it would not be required to be labeled as “genetically modified.” Really? A new animal drug?? Isn’t that convenient???

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

In Houston: Feed The Homeless, Possibly Get Fined

As if government regulations aren’t onerous enough, the Mayor of Houston, TX wants to regulate how, when, where and what local charities feed the homeless. Taken directly from the article, here is what Mayor Annise Parker proposes local charities must do in order to feed the homeless:

“…register with the city, take a food safety class, prepare the food in certified kitchens, serve only at three public parks, and leave those parks as clean as when they entered them.”

I will admit to not being well-versed with this situation—this is the first I’ve heard of it. On the surface, those regulations don’t seem too ridiculous. However, I suspect this is an attempt to relocate homeless people into well-defined areas. By limiting the access to three public parks, it effectively limits charities from going to where the homeless are. The homeless would have to travel to—and would likely relocate near—one of the three parks.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Organic Farmers Lawsuit Against Monsanto Thrown Out

A lawsuit filed by the Organic Seed Growers & Trade Association (OSGATA) against Monsanto was thrown out by a judge this week. The ruling was not a surprise, as it represented more of a preemptive strike on the part of organic growers against Monsanto.

As the story notes, Monsanto creates all manner of genetically modified seeds that are planted by farmers all around the world. If a farmer wants to use a Monsanto GMO seed, they must, of course, pay Monsanto. Monsanto has a long history of protecting their patented seeds by bringing legal action against anyone who violates their patents or their terms of use. Which is perfectly fine, that is the legal protection a patent allows.

Friday, March 2, 2012

The Conventional Cop-out

This article is complete nonsense! Sure, it starts off with a slightly entertaining Woody Allen illustration and the closes with a nifty basketball analogy, but in between, there’s not much substance.  In fact, here’s the crux of the entire article−organic yields of individual crops are on average 80 percent of conventional yields, and therefore organic crops cannot feed the world.

Nice try! But before we just rule out organic farming, why not look for ways to increase supply. What if more people took up organic farming?  What if cities, towns, provinces, counties, states and countries around the world devoted more land to organic agriculture.  What if governments leveled the playing field by not subsidizing conventional farms? What if our school systems taught on the benefits of organic agriculture and raised a generation of kids who were interested in organic farming? What if more churches and community organizations around the world would step up to the plate (that’s right, I can use sports analogies too), and serve their communities with an organic garden. What if every family with a backyard decided to plant their very own organic garden?