The Crisis, the Attack, the Kill

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In this three-part
series, Food
Chain Radio
host Michael Olson interviews key people in the
food freedom movement. From gun-blazing bureaucrats who attack small
food producers to legislation like S
510
which threatens to hyper-regulate
whole food operators out of business, Olson questions guests about
government motives, who's behind the legislation, and where the
crisis really lies.

Olson notes
that the U.S. u201Chas a serious food safety crisis, and so its agents,
with guns drawn and warrants in hand, are breaking down the doors
of the little people who sell food to their neighbors. But wait…
which is in crisis: local food or industrial food?u201D

A quarter of
the US — 76 million people — are sickened each year by foodborne
diseases, and 5,200 die from them. But less than one-tenth of one
percent of these are caused by whole foods, naturally grown and
unadulterated by chemicals and drugs.

In these interviews,
in recent films, and in books like David Gumpert's The
Raw Milk Revolution: Behind America's Emerging Battle Over Food
Rights
, we learn that industrial food is to blame for the vast
majority of people who become ill or die.

Instead of
shutting down large operators like Wright County Egg, which sold
half a billion contaminated eggs, state and federal agents raid
small businesses that caused no one illness. (Here's a recent
story
, not covered in the broadcast, but which adds to the list
of small operators being targeted, who have not sickened anyone.)

Clearly, food
safety is not the issue. Instead, we're advised, follow the money.

Over the past
seventy years, food production has been increasingly monopolized
into the hands of fewer and fewer farms. The graph below shows the
number of US farms and their size from 1900 to 2007. Where we once
had nearly six and half million farms, averaging 147 acres in size,
the latest USDA figures show just over two million farms, averaging
418 acres in size. Averages hide the further concentration by farming
giants which often lease several different plots. (Data from USDA
and Ag
Classroom
. Click here
for larger image.)

Factory foods
comprise most of the US diet. Industrial food adulterations are
directly
responsible
for the skyrocketing rates of obesity, diabetes,
and heart and neurological diseases. Farm overuse
of antibiotics
has led to drug
resistance
in humans.

In response,
sensible consumers are moving to whole foods grown locally and organically.
The number of farmers markets, food co-ops and farm shares is growing
exponentially. The USDA
Economic Research Service
reports that organic farming became
one of the fastest growing segments of U.S. agriculture during the
1990s. Certified organic cropland u201Cmore than doubled from 1992 to
1997, and doubled again between 1997 and 2001.u201D It doubled yet
again
between 2002 and 2005.

As encouraging
as this is, only a half a percent of all US farmland is certified
organic. That amounted to about 4.8 million acres in 2008, ERS reports.

But Big Food
isn't about to give up any market share without a fight. And Big
Food owns government.

Olson told
me, u201CMy day job for the past 15 years is General Manager of a 10,000
watt newstalk radio station that programs over 10 hours per day
of local content. Much of what I hear the community talking about
on the radio consists of the following:

u201CFrom the left:
u2018I hate big business because big business wants to take all the
money and leave me in poverty.'

u201CFrom the right:
u2018I hate big government because big government wants to take all
my freedom and turn me into a slave.'

u201CI am truly
amazed that we on the left and we on the right do not recognize
how much we share in common. Instead, we spend our days throwing
apples at each other over the backyard fence while they — Big Business
and Big Government — steal our grandchildren into pecuniary slavery.

u201CThere is something
we can all do to break free from this tyranny. It is so simple it
will make you blush! I will introduce it next week on the u2018From
Food to Freedom' edition of the Food Chain Radio show.u201D

Each of these
40-minute podcasts gives vital information to those who care about
what they put into their bodies, and government encroachment on
food freedom — the right to eat what nature provides, unadulterated
and unmodified by drugs or chemicals or pasteurization.

Show
#697: GODS THAT DAMN FOOD PART I: THE CRISIS — 4 Sep 2010
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Now
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Guests: Sally Fallon Morell of Weston A. Price
Foundation and Pete Kennedy of Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund

Topics
include how fresh whole milk has become the battleground
of food safety; why government has become so frightened of fresh
whole milk; and why government is telling
us
, u201CYou have no absolute right to consume any particular food.u201D

Show
#698: GODS THAT DAMN FOOD PART II: THE ATTACK — 11 Sep
2010 (8.67 MB) Listen
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Guest: Brigette Ruthman of Joshua's Farm in Massachusetts,
and Aajonus Vonderplanitz of the Rawsome Food Co-op in Los Angeles

Topics
include a look at government enforcement actions against
the purveyors of fresh, whole foods; why government is attacking
small producers with little or no food safety problems, while ignoring
giant producers with huge food safety problems; and what government
hopes to accomplish by attacking the little people.

Show
#699: GODS THAT DAMN FOOD PART III: THE KILL — 18 Sep 2010
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Guests: Judith McGeary from Farm and Ranch Freedom
Alliance and author Dr. Shiv Chopra, formerly of Health Canada (FDA
equivalent), who rejected the use of bovine growth hormone in Canada’s
milk.

Topics
include a look at what foods are in crisis; who is telling
government how to make food safe; and what impact S510 and related
food safety legislation will have on our access to food.

Another bill,
S 3767, the Food Safety Accountability Act, makes it a crime, punishable
by up to 10 years in prison, to u201Cintroduce misbranded food into
interstate commerce.u201D Stanley
Fishman
notes that the u201Cbill also appears to provide the same
punishment for introducing u2018adulterated' food into interstate commerce.
These terms are so vague and so broad that they could cover almost
anything…. Any supplement or food could be labeled as u2018misbranded.'u201D

But other legislation
that supports food freedom has been introduced: HR 4913, the Free
Speech about Science Act; HR 3394, the Freedom of Health Speech
Act; and HR 3395, the Health Freedom Act. All of these address claims
about food and dietary supplements, which Mike
Adams of Natural News supports
.

Spend a couple
hours — listen to the entire series. Hear what good and decent small-time
farmers have to say about what they are enduring, today, in the
Land of the Free.

Michael
Olson authored MetroFarm:
Growing for Profit in or Near the City
. Food Chain
Radio airs Saturday mornings at 9 am Pacific. Past shows can be
accessed
here
.

Reprinted
from Food
Freedom
.

October
5, 2010

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