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The Truth About Factory Farms – Oppose Bill S.510

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Time is running out. Factory farms are one of the biggest threats to our food supply. The more we understand the enormous impact these operations have on our health and the environment, the more we know that these operations are those who will benefit from the passage of The Food Safety and Modernization Act S.510 – and that if it is voted in, the future for small, sustainable farmers may be over.

The problem is becoming so acute, the American Public Health Association has declared a moratorium on new factory farm facilities. Since 2006, The World Watch Institute has considered factory farms to be “mini Chernobyls” due to the endless amount of pollution created by these operations and emptied out into the air, groundwater, and soil. The damage will only continue to escalate without some type of intervention in the way we allow food to be produced.

Please watch this critical film, A River of Waste: The Truth About Factory Farms:

The problems with these businesses should be so apparent – environmental damage, hazardous working conditions, unsanitary processing methods, contamination of the meat and meat products people eat due to toxic substances using hormones/antibiotics/pesticides/genetically-modified feed, and yet the government chooses to turn a blind eye to continued food recalls coming from these operations, while at the same time has been committing raids and shut-downs on more and more small farms who produce real, healthy, sustainable food.

Read about Morningland Dairy and Estrella Creamery.

These farms were subjected to harassment by the United States Government and forced to close their doors, even in the face of questionable testing procedures and protocol, and despite the fact that no one has ever been reported sick from consumption of these products.

The same cannot be said about commercial and industrially-produced foods.

Contacting your state senators now is more important than ever, we are in the last few hours before votes go through. Votes may be cast on Monday, November 29th for this horrendous bill that could irrevocably alter the future of our food!

Please let your legislative body know you oppose  The Food Safety and Modernization Act Bill S.510 because of how it will first limit and then eventually shut down small, sustainable farmers.

Go to Congress.org, type in your zip code, and contact the congressmen and women listed there to make a difference!

The FDA has been granted more power than ever to tell states how to conduct themselves, and it is critical that we make our voices heard in this matter. When you call your senators, you’ll most likely get a staff member on the line. Tell them to please let your senator or any other senator you are calling to reach that you would like for him or her to vote:

  • “No” on cloture,
  • “Yes” on the Coburn substitute,
  • “Yes” on the Managers’ substitute bill, if Coburn fails
  • “No” on the overall bill.

The more you know about the Food Safety Modernization Act S.510, the more evident it becomes that this bill is the WRONG approach to taking care of food safety.  If you have been following food recalls in the news and read about the origins of the food that is being recalled, you will find again and again that these products all come from industrial and concentrated animal feeding operation environments (factory farms). You will not find any valid food recalls from sustainable farms.

Some people are saying the Tester-Hagan amendment will be the saving grace for this harmful bill, but the entire bill itself contains such damaging language that any part of it will adversely come down on small, sustainable farmers who be rendered effectively unable to compete with larger agricultural operations with more profit and power. In reality, the Tester Amendment may just serve to stall this bill from being passed temporarily, but won’t actually change the fundamental problems inherent in the bill.

This bill is extremely damaging to the entire face of agriculture as we know it – but especially to those who want to grown, produce, eat, and sell safe, healthy, sustainable food.

Talking points (from the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund page):

  • FDA has powers under existing law to effectively deal with outbreaks like Wright County Egg. FDA has power to inspect, power to detain product and can readily obtain court orders to seize adulterated or misbranded food products or enjoin them from being sold. The problem isn’t that FDA needs more power; it’s that FDA does not effectively use the power it currently has.
  • S510 will give FDA power to regulate food in intrastate commerce; state and local governments are more than capable of handling any problems related to food in intrastate commerce. All the major outbreaks of foodborne illness involve either imported food or food in interstate commerce.
  • S510 will hurt our ability as a nation to be self-sufficient in food production; it has more lenient inspection requirements for foreign than domestic producers creating an unfair advantage for food imports. Giving an advantage to foreign producers will only increase the amount of food imported into this country that does not meet our domestic standards. As a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the U.S. must accept imported food that meets WTO standards, even if those standards are not up to our own. The bill does not address food security; the ability of a country to produce enough food to meet its own needs.
  • S510 will provide a competitive advantage to industrial food producers–the sector of the food system causing most of the food safety problems; they will benefit from this legislation because it will burden small farmers and local producers, the solution to food safety problems in this country.The bill will impose a one-size-fits-all regulatory scheme that will punish local food producers, many of which won’t have the economies of scale to comply with S510’s requirements.
  • The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) should not be involved in domestic food regulation. The best way to protect our food supply is to decentralize and localize food production. There are already enough problems coordinating on food regulations just between FDA and USDA without bringing DHS into the mix. DHS is a huge disjointed bureaucracy whose employees have little experience in food regulation.
  • S510 gives FDA the power to dictate growers’ practices by establishing national standards for produce; the same standards applying to big firms—where the food safety problems have occurred—will apply as well to small growers who have had no food safety issues. Small growers will be forced to change practices that have produced safe, quality food.
  • Food safety plans can be used to drive small producers out of business for reasons that have nothing to do with food safety; this has been shown by the experience of the meat industry. In that industry, USDA overwhelmed small plants with paperwork requirements, most of which had no connection to safe food; small plants were targeted for a higher number of enforcement actions while there was lax regulation of big plants. There’s nothing in the bill preventing the same thing from happening to small producers subject to the S510 food safety plan requirement.

Click here to let your congressmen and women know how you feel about S510. Fill in your zip code in the box on the right and contact your local state senators.

Click here to sign the petition to reject S.510 and make your voice heard – push back and let your congressmen and women know you won’t allow our freedom and rights to real food disappear!

Click here to go to the National Health Freedom Action page and read more information about how damaging this bill is and how to contact your senators to oppose it!

Read more:

Woman Poisoned by Pesticides Speaks Out on S.510

How The FDA Can Use S.510 to Close Down Raw Milk Dairies

Photo from Victoria by Liberation Photography.

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The Efficacy And Safety Of The Flu Vaccine

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It’s flu and cold season. Do you normally receive a flu vaccine?

If so, you should know there are some risks to getting the injection that might outweigh not getting it, especially if you live a healthy life style that includes consumption of real, whole, traditional foods. A healthy lifestyle supports your immune system, which is the key to avoiding flus, colds, and other illness and disease.

Most doctor’s offices and now other places such as drug stores are offering the flu vaccine on a seasonal basis. Flu shots are so ubiquitous, you can walk into almost any of the following locations to receive one:
Walgreens, Rite Aid, CVS Pharmacy, Albertson’s/Savon, WalMart, Kroger’s, Meijer, and Publix.

Just like other vaccines, a dead version of the virus is contained within the shot you receive. Inside your body, the vaccine’s main purpose is to stimulate immune system function into reacting as though it has been attacked by the flu virus. Theoretically, this will trigger a production of antibodies that will destroy the real virus when your body is exposed to it.

The flu vaccine stimulates your immune system, but in a way that only offers temporary immunity, so if you are exposed to the virus sometime in the future, you may still be vulnerable. It also bypasses one of the primary methods of boosting the immune system – the digestive tract. Did you know that 85 percent of your immune system is located in this organ system?

It’s important to know that since the development and use of these vaccines, death rates from the flu have not decreased. And the risk of death from flu is exaggerated, as are the benefits from the vaccine.

Standard health recommendations have always encouraged the public to get vaccinated – and the flu shot is no exception.  The current recommendation from health officials is for EVERY person over the age of 6 months get a flu shot – regardless of personal health condition or health risk. And this recommendation comes without the presence of ANY valid safety studies.

Heath professionals who oppose the use of the flu vaccine

Dr. Russell Blaylock, neurosurgeon, believes the vaccine may be more dangerous than the flu.

Watch Part I of an interview with Dr. Mercola about flu vaccines:

Also watch:

Part II

Part III

Part IV

In 2009, Lung specialist Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg, chairman of the health committee in the German parliament and European Council, declared that many risks exist in conjunction with The H1N1 flu vaccine. Apparently the nutrient solution used in the vaccine contains cancerous cells from animals and “we do not know if there could be an allergic reaction”.

In August of 2010, the British Medical Journal released this startling information: more than half of doctors and nurses in public hospitals actually refused the H1N1 vaccine. Reasons given were doubts to the efficacy of its use and concerns about potential side effects. Does this give you a lot of confidence in the vaccine?

Still not convinced the flu vaccine is ineffective and dangerous? Consider the following:

No proof exists that the flu vaccine works.

When your doctor gives you a flu shot, the vaccine only protects you from contracting strains of flu viruses that are active nine months prior to the beginning of the current flu season. That’s when scientists collect circulating flu viruses to create the vaccine. As viruses continue to mutate, new strains are always appearing. Getting the flu vaccine does not automatically guarantee you will stay healthy. In fact, receiving the vaccine is a good way to cause weakening in your immune system.

A person who has received the flu shot may also contract the flu virus from the vaccine itself.

Flu vaccines are created from real flu viruses. Scientists grow viruses in chicken eggs and then destroy them with a chemical. The idea is to make the virus inactive, but, possible side effects from the vaccine include headaches, fever, fatigue, and sore muscles. Those are flu symptoms. As reported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, these symptoms most often occur in children or in those with weakened immune systems (such as the elderly), the segment of our population who are told to receive the vaccine!

The flu vaccine contains toxic ingredients

There are 2 components in the vaccine which are combined together before the vaccine is given. The primary substance is the antigen drug substance for immunizing. It is administered with an adjuvant known as AS03:

The antigen contains: thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative used in the manufacturing of multidose vaccines, sodium chloride, disodium hydrogen phosphate, potassium dihydrogen phosphate, potassium chloride and water. The vaccine contains also traces of egg protein, sodium deoxycholate, formaldehyde, and sucrose.

The adjuvant AS03 contains: DL-alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E), squalene (shark liver oil) and polysorbate 80 (an emulsifier),  disodium hydrogen  phosphate, sodium chloride, potassium dihydrogen phosphate, potassium chloride and water.

What about thimerosal free vaccines? Here are the ingredients in different flu vaccines, even without the thimerosol:

  • Formaldehyde used for embalming, and its purpose in all vaccines is for preservative qualities. This substance is a known- cancer-causing agent and is directly associated with allergic reactions. Use has been banned in both Sweden and Japan for use in cosmetic and other personal care products.
  • Ethylene glycol used as antifreeze. This ingredient as well as its toxic byproducts have an adverse affect on the central nervous system, then cardiovascular, and last the kidneys. If sufficient amounts are ingested, this can cause a fatal reaction.
  • Phenol also known as carbolic acid, is used as a disinfectant and dye. Its original use was as an antiseptic in surgery but it was eventually abandoned due to causing skin irritation. Prior to and during World War II  phenol injections were used by the Nazi Germany regime as a method of rapid execution!
  • Aluminum a toxic heavy metal used in vaccines to encourage antibody response in the immune system. It is toxic the body even in “small” amounts, and is commonly associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Studies reveal that those receiving 5 or more flu shots within a 10-year period were 10 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s – as compared to those who had fewer than 2 flu shots. Studies in laboratory mice show that the use of aluminum causes cancer and seizures.
  • Antibiotics like Neomycin and Streptomycin are also used. Antibiotics are added to vaccines to destroy any present bacteria. Antibiotics have been shown to cause allergic reactions in some individuals, as well as contribute to the destruction of friendly bacteria in the body.

Even in light of this disturbing evidence, medical communities and professionals continue to urge individuals over age 50, parents with infants, pregnant women, and those with lowered immune system function and chronic health issues to rush out and receive the flu vaccine each season. Government, pharmaceutical, and health officials have successfully used fear-mongering tactics as a way to convince consumers to take the vaccine as a “precautionary” measure to ensure they won’t come down with the flu.

What we’ve learned each year is that in some cases, the flu isn’t as serious as some of the side-effects of the vaccine:

Tamiflu

Swine Flu vaccine

Death linked to Swine Flu vaccine

Those who are dying from the flu are the generally the ones with the most compromised immune systems and health in the first place.

The historical past has shown us that indeed the flu is a serious illness that should be cared for properly, but it is time we began to acknowledge safer methods of dealing with this seasonal illness.

One of the best ways to boost your immune system and stay healthy during the winter months when flu and cold viruses are spread around is to eat a healthy, traditional diet replete with healthy fats and sustainable food. Your lifestyle has more to do with how your body can fend off illness and disease than anything else.

For more information about staying healthy during cold and flu season with real food:

17 Ways to Boost Your Immune System for The Upcoming Flu/Cold

My Kitchen Staples – How I Keep My Family Healthy

Get off processed food, avoid illness, and learn about healthy diets with traditional foods:

What Are Traditional Foods?