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A Farmer’s Responsibility to the People Who Eat His or Her Food By Greg Willis

This is a very good friend whom I respect as being one of the best people in the healthy agriculture movement today. I hope you enjoy this letter as much as I have and that, in the future, you will remember that farmers owe us healthy food to sustain our bodies and minds and our current agriculture system is destroying the people. We must put pressure on the farming community, the FDA and USDA to change their evil ways.

Dr Bob

I’ve been thinking about a lot of things lately, prior to going into the hospital to get the first of two new hip replacements.

One question that came to mind is this: Even though the chances of not surviving this kind of operation are around 5 in 100,000 – astronomical odds, really, I asked myself, “If I knew I was going to die tomorrow, what would I say is the most important lesson I’ve learned about Nature?”

It turns out that to me at least, it is the realization that everything there is has a role to play in Nature.  But specifically, I think the most important realization of all these last 45 years of gardening and agriculture is the deeply, deeply spiritual role of the farmer in the world.

I have striven mightily to awaken or reawaken this realization and how important farmers, gardeners and everyone in the food business are to the world.

Steiner said that when there isn’t sufficient spiritual nutrition in our food, we become mentally clumsy, but worse, we lose our Free Will, our thinking is confused and, by extension, it would eventually lead to mass starvation and the demise of Mankind.

We all have a body, a physical body and a soul, our spiritual body that cannot die.  Our physical bodies need physical nutrition to be healthy. Our souls require spiritual nutrition to stay healthy and be able to pierce Maya, the Veil of Delusion, that separates us on Earth from the deeper spiritual realities of the Universe, the Cosmos, Creation, and worse still, separates us from our Divine Creator making the lessons of Unconditional Love, seeing Spirit in all things and all things in Spirit and Self-Realization or the realization that each of us in our souls are a perfect reflection of the Divine, much more difficult to learn.

What I’ve learned over the years and I wish to pass on, is that it is the role of farmers and gardeners, for themselves and others, to grow the most spiritually and physically nutritious food that can possibly be grown.

This is a deeply, deeply spiritual role to play, perhaps one of the most sacred roles of all Mankind and even out into the Universe.  For a farmer to grow food with less than the highest attainable spiritual nutrition deprives all Humanity of that Spiritual Essence of Life, call it Chi, the Breath of Life, the Life Force Current, Prana, Ki or Mana – all words given to this force that animates and informs all life with health, insights and wisdom, even, in the end, Bliss.

The role of the farmer, the spiritual role, is the most sacred of them all for held in their hands is the destiny of Humanity on Earth.

This is a very, very serious responsibility.

I’ve also learned that food grown with chemicals, poisons and to a great extent, genetically engineered, if the intent of the genetic engineering is greed, to make people dependent on the GE company and their seeds and chemicals, at the expense of others and the environment, depletes, or, in some cases, all but eliminates the influx of this Life Force into our foods, the food for our animals, wild animals and even for other plants as they feed off the nutrition of dead plants as humus.

A farmer voluntarily elects to be a farmer.  No one forces them to be a farmer, at least in most cases.  We all have Free Will.  We can opt out at any time.  So this is a voluntary choice, to be a farmer, or grow food for ourselves and our families.  If you believe in reincarnation, you could also extend that to say that a soul picked a family into which to be born that was a farming family to experience this amazing gift – the gift of having the ability to grow food for the benefit of others.

So if asked, I would say that of all the massive amount of insights I’ve received in my life with regard to agriculture, gardening and food in general, this is, in the end, the most important.

Farmers have a deep spiritual responsibility to grow food, especially when it is for others, to be the best they can be and to grow the most nutritious physically and spiritually enriched food.  In that way, that farmer or gardener lives a life of service to Mankind.

“What you think, you grow.”  I’ve said that thousands of times.  Then, as I see it, it is the deep responsibility of farmers, gardeners, horticulturists, ranchers and everyone associated with our food production from start to finish, seeking out the best ways to grow food.

The current paradigm, as most of you know I’ve talked about endlessly, is to kill everything that competes with our crops and eat whatever is left.  This destroys the Life Force in our plants, our soul food.

There is a better way and that is to discover the root causes for plant diseases and pests, low yields and low quality and all the other problems plaguing agriculture.  Agriculture needs to change their practices to do better.  All the information is available.  There is no need to spray pesticides, for example, if you just realize that by increasing the Brix levels in your crop, most if not all of the pests will die or drop off in one to three days.  That’s what BrixUp™ does.  No poisons.  No chemicals.  No GMOs.  Just LOVE.  In a bottle.

And that, then my dear friends, is the basis for all farming.  Love.  And respect for Nature which is Spirit in its infinity of combinations and expressions of Spirit.

A farmer or gardener cannot do battle with Nature and expect to create the highest levels of physical and spiritual nutrition.  It just doesn’t happen.

 

So that gets me back to the original question.  If there is one thing I would like to teach people in this world, it is to Love God and to view their role as farmers, gardeners, ranchers and horticulturists as a freely chosen, deeply, deeply spiritual undertaking that effects like no other job the highest calling, the highest Truth and the greatest Love for all of Mankind, all living things, as Individualized Expressions of Spirit, and the most profound love of the Divine Creator of All.

Greg

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© Greg Willis, 2011

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Ammonia-Treated Pink Slime Burger & Processed Meats

Yummy, Yummy in my tummy – from an old 1960’s song. I don’t quite think Pink Slime burger and nitrosamines is what they had in mind in this old song.

This newsletter is from two different stories this week, but they both have to do with unhealthy meat, so I have put them together in one article.

The first article is about processed meat that includes hot dogs, bologna, ham, bacon and processed meats like turkey, salami, roast beef, sausage and hamburger.

Hot dogs, bologna, salami, pastrami, pepperoni and other similar meats are made up of all the unwanted junk left over after the better cuts of meat are removed. These parts can be the udder, testicles and other leftovers. They add chemicals like MSG, High Fructose Corn Syrup and other unimaginable chemicals to improve the taste. I have read about chicken hot dogs being made of ground up chicken bones and cartilage. A big part of the chemicals are the nitrates that are added to these meats as a preservative, coloring and flavoring. Nitrates found in processed meats are very often converted into nitrosamines that are associated with an increased risk of certain cancers, like colon cancer. Also, cooking on a grill at high temperatures can convert nitrate and nitrites to nitrosamines.

A solution to this is to cook on an indirect fire, like the Holland Grill, besides not eating products ground-up by someone you don’t know. My solution is that I don’t eat anything ground up by someone I can’t meet and talk with at a store. Because of this, I eat sausage from Central Market and Whole Foods. I also produce our own all-beef sausage without toxic chemicals and sugar/HFCS. I  use a healthy sea salt like Real Salt from Redmond minerals in Redmond, Utah.

Bacon and ham are another problem. These have been made for thousands of years in a way to preserve them for food throughout the year. For the most part, a country ham and bacon were treated with salt to dehydrate the meat and with smoke to add flavor. Nitrates and nitrites were added to make the meat a pinkish color, considered to be more visually appealing, but when cooking, the meats were soaked in water and then parboiled before frying. This process removed a lot of the salt and nitrates before frying, thus eliminating many of the toxic, cancer-causing chemicals.

Today, there are preparations that don’t use nitrates and nitrites and the meat is tasty and not unhealthy.

When it comes to hamburger, anything goes as far as food manufacturers are concerned. As long as you don’t die in the first 30 days, anything goes. This brings me to another article about pink slime “burger” that appeared this week on the internet.

The article appeared in the Daily Kos / ByJennifer Poole.

You’re not going to believe what you’ve been eating the last few years (thanks, Bush! thanks meat industry lobbyists!) when you eat a McDonald’s burger (or the hamburger patties in kids’ school lunches) or buy conventional ground meat at your supermarket.

According to today’s New York Times, The “majority of hamburger” now sold in the U.S. contains fatty slaughterhouse trimmings “the industry once relegated to pet food and cooking oil,” “typically including most of the material from the outer surfaces of the carcass” that contains “larger microbiological populations.”

This “nasty pink slime,” as one FDA microbiologist called it, is now wrung in a centrifuge to remove the fat, then treated with AMMONIA to “retard spoilage” and turned into “a mash-like substance frozen into blocks or chips”.

This saves THREE CENTS a pound off production costs, making the company, Beef Products Inc., a fortune – $440 million/year in revenue. Ain’t that something?

And to emphasize: this pink slime isn’t just in fast food burgers or free lunches for poor kids.

With the U.S.D.A.’s stamp of approval, the company’s processed beef has become a mainstay in America’s hamburgers. McDonald’s, Burger King and other fast-food giants use it as a component in ground beef, as do grocery chains. The federal school lunch program used an estimated 5.5 million pounds of the processed beef last year alone.

Bush’s U.S.D.A. also allowed these “innovators” to get away with listing the ammonia as “a processing agent” instead of by name. They also OK’d the processing method — and later exempted the hamburger from routine testing of meat sold to the general public — strictly based on the company’s claims of safety, which were not backed by any independent testing.

Because the ammonia taste was so bad (“It was frozen, but you could still smell ammonia,” said Dr. Charles Tant, a Georgia agriculture department official. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”), the company started using a less alkaline ammonia treatment, and now we know — thanks to testing done for the school lunch program — that the nasty stuff isn’t even reliably killing the pathogens.

Government and industry records obtained by The New York Times show that in testing for the school lunch program, E. coli and salmonella pathogens have been found dozens of times in Beef Products meat, challenging claims by the company and the U.S.D.A. about the effectiveness of the treatment. Since 2005, E. coli has been found 3 times and salmonella 48 times, including back-to-back incidents in August in which two 27,000-pound batches were found to be contaminated. The meat was caught before reaching lunch-rooms’ trays.

In July, school lunch officials temporarily banned their hamburger makers from using meat from a Beef Products facility in Kansas because of salmonella — the third suspension in three years, records show. Yet the facility remained approved by the U.S.D.A. for other customers.

Presented by The Times with the school lunch test results, top [U.S.D.A.] department officials said they were not aware of what their colleagues in the lunch program had been finding for years.

The New York Times article today has a rather innocuous headline, “Safety of beef processing method is questioned.”

I’d say this quote from the U.S.D.A. department microbiologist, Gerald Zirnstein, who called the processed beef “pink slime” in a 2002 e-mail message to colleagues, represents the situation better: “I do not consider the stuff to be ground beef and I consider allowing it in ground beef to be a form of fraudulent labeling.”

So what can you do to protect yourself and your family?

First of all, stop eating this crap and don’t let your kids eat in the school lunch programs. These shoddy products are bad, but there are more things in the school lunch program that are as bad as the above products.

Don’t eat anything ground-up unless you know the person who is doing it – hamburger, hot dogs, sausages, pepperoni, salami, etc.

When it comes to chicken, beef and pork, buy from local people you can get to know and trust.

Local food, whether it is meat protein, vegetables or fruit, is the way to go. Organic is always better if you know the people. Organic from 1500 miles away is probably not healthy (apples, oranges, avocadoes etc. are exceptions to this rule).  Foods that are less-processed and less-cooked are always better for your health.

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“Food Safety Modernization Act” or S 510

This good ole boy is not all wrong but then he is not quite right. What he says is true and our food system is in trouble, but the good news is that this new bill has not passed yet as the Senate went home for the Thanksgiving break. The vote is now thought to be on Nov 29th. We have more time to contact your Senators before they vote for this terrible bill. Listen to this You Tube recording and I hope you get mad enough to contact your senator. It is important. There will be a link on this newsletter to contact your senator.

Here is the essence of S 510 and how it came to be.

First of all, Congress, House and Senate, are not real bright and can’t think for themselves or are just plain bought off with corporate money.

We have a problem with food production in this country when it is grown for the masses by corporate “farmers”. We had little problems growing healthy food, dairy, beef, chicken, pork, grains, vegetables and fruit when we had small, caring farmers. When corporations got involved they told us that raw milk was unhealthy and it needed to be pasteurized and only corporations could do this job correctly. They told us that little farmers could not grow grains and vegetables without chemicals and massive amounts of land. They were going to feed the world. They had to raise animals in confined areas because small farmers could not do this efficiently.

Corporations do not grow food with love and thought for their consumer. They grow everything to be cheap, just like the USDA and TDA (Texas Department of Agriculture) and the Ag department in your state. There is never a thought about taste or nutrition or cleanliness. They use whatever chemicals they can find that are cheap to get plant growth and the cheapest grains for the cattle, pigs or chickens.

With crops, they wore out the soil years ago, so all the essential minerals that we need so desperately are missing in our diets, hence causing disease. Sometimes they use sludge from city sewer systems that contains massive amounts of heavy metals, drugs, micronized toilet paper, mind-altering drugs and bacteria that is not dead that can get into or on the plants that people eat. They may use animal manure with drugs and bacteria.

The outcome from these unhealthy practices can be salmonella and other live bacteria that can cause infections in people, including death. This happened in spinach and peppers about two years ago.

What is the solution for plants? Logic says clean up farming practices and grow healthy plants, but small farmers are already doing this and they are taking business away from corporations to sell to people who want to be healthy.

Corporate growers can’t lose business so they go to Congress critters and ask them to change the system. They want to get rid of those pesky little farmers so they blame the little guy for causing the outbreaks of infections, put money into campaign funds or pockets of politicians and change little except the idea of using radiation to kill the “bugs” (bacteria) in the food they produce. There is no thought about the destruction of the nutrients in the plants or lingering of radiation in the food that will cause cancer. They will tell their employees that there is no danger from sapping the food with radiation; within a few years they will be dying, but they will not care and will not be prosecuted for causing their deaths.

The same thing happens in animals as happens in plants. The chickens, pigs and cows are herded into confinement facilities and fed chemicals and foods that are genetically engineered. They poop on each other and spread disease that gets into and on the meat. This is one of the reasons food has to be overcooked in restaurants to keep you from being ill.

Radiation has been used for many years on hamburger to kill bacteria and its use is being expanded. Publix grocery stores, Schwan’s home delivery and Omaha Steaks have been using radiation for years on their hamburger. This is certain to expand to big box stores in the future.

So what is the bottom line with all this information? The government is going to take the side of corporations and “demand” (wink, wink) that they clean up the food system. They are going to legislate the farmers markets, local producers and organic sustainable farmers out of business on the premise that the public will be safe and not die in a few weeks or months. It does not matter that these policies will kill massive numbers of the people in one to ten years because it cannot be traced back to the corporations or Congress.

What do we need to do? We need a strong local system of food that is sustainable. This right may be taken away from us but we must try to stop this before it happens or with lawsuits before it is put into effect. The FDA will be the administrator of this law and we already know how they side on the side of drug corporations, doctors and hospitals as they kill hundreds of thousands of people every year.

You can contact your senators at the following link

http://senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Please take action on this matter as it is life or death – maybe your life or that of a family member or friend. We need a system of food that is healthy to make people healthy and it will never come from corporations.

To Your Good Health

Our motto: Unhealthy Soil = Unhealthy Plants and Animals = Unhealthy People
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