Category Archives: USA Is Going Mad

Medicated animal feeds and the risk to humans

April: Whenever you see any restaurant or grocer telling you their eggs are healthy or even healthier, ask questions: lots of questions. Under NO circumstances do you have to improve a food unless the conditions exist to create poor foods in the first place.

The story of humans with antibiotic resistance is very personal for me. I was prescribed antibiotics only once, and was found to be allergic to it.  After paying for the test that looks at what is lurking in your system, I find out that I am allergic to every antibiotic. And yet, I have never taken any of them in my lifetime.

We should be asking Canadian and American governments some very, very tough questions…

by Gretchen Goetz | Mar 16, 2011     Link to original article

Administering antibiotics to animals via feed leads to inconsistencies in how much of the drugs they intake, thus contributing to the growth of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria, according to a new commentary.

In a paper published this month in Environmental Health Perspectives, experts from Johns Hopkins University and Animal Welfare Approved argue that letting animals “choose” how much of an antibiotic they take by putting it into their feed can pose a severe health risks to humans by allowing drug-resistant bacteria to develop.

“We know a lot about antibiotic resistance in animals, but one thing that really hasn’t been covered very well is medicated feed, and what are the issues surrounding it that make resistance more likely,” says Dr. David Love, project director of Johns Hopkins’ Center for a Livable Future and co-author of the paper.

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The USA is Going Mad: Part 4: S510 May Mean 10 Years in Prison for Farmers

April: Misbranding a product, part of S510 (read below), should just about take out all corporate food systems, since most of them greenwash and outwardly lie in their ingredient lists, and continually lobby for being able to “brand” their foods “natural” and “healthy”. But not likely…

There are arguments for and against S510 in the US, but reading between the lines, any bill that’s endorsed by Big Ag is not a good bill. At least not for small farmers. The US seems to be a nursing ground for stupidity in corporate agriculture policy. Keep Vandana Shiva’s words in the front of your mind: “Some laws are just too stupid to follow…”

Your Farmer Behind Bars?

What S510 Could Do

By Stanley A. Fishman, Author of Tender Grassfed Meat

There are many reasons to oppose S510, the so-called “Food Safety” bill that will come up in the Senate after the election.

It will do nothing to improve actual food safety, relying almost totally on burdensome paperwork.

It will drive small farmers out of business, because they do not have the resources to comply with the crushing burden of meaningless paperwork that will be required.

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The USA Is Going Mad: Part 3: How To Criminalize Seeds

April: I have read about Bill HR875 in many posts. I have slogged through page after page of the Bill to make sure the authors I’m about to post here are on to something. There is more than just this Bill that concerns me about seeds: Monsanto’s Terminator Technology coming out of the “closet”, Codex Alimentarius and Corporate control and lobbying only serve to push this Bill forward faster. There are loopholes big enough to drive a tractor through, and vague enough to stand for anything in the courts. Judge for yourself:

Seeds: How To Criminalize Them: Bill HR 875

HR 875: SHORT TITLE.-This Act may be cited as the “Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009”

-Wisdom says stop a bill that is broad as everything yet more vague even than it is broad.

-Wisdom says stop a bill that comes with massive penalties but allows no judicial review.

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The USA Is Going Mad: Post #2: Collecting Rainwater Illegal In Many States

April: It’s time people in the US stood up against stupid laws. To we Canadians looking at the “state” of things, we realize we may not be far behind, but we also realize, though we have smaller numbers, we scream very loudly, rally, protest and make it known our objections. I encourage all my American friends to do the same. A time has come in your lives to push back: do it in strength, numbers and peace.

(NaturalNews) Many of the freedoms we enjoy here in the U.S. are quickly eroding as the nation transforms from the land of the free into the land of the enslaved, but what I’m about to share with you takes the assault on our freedoms to a whole new level. You may not be aware of this, but many Western states, including Utah, Washington and Colorado, have long outlawed individuals from collecting rainwater on their own properties because, according to officials, that rain belongs to someone else.

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The USA Is Going Mad: Post 1: Raise A Chicken – Go To Jail

Who would ever in their right mind have thought that growing food or raising livestock could be considered a crime, but senate bill 510—the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010 (an amended bill to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act) does just that; making the growing of your own food or saving your own seeds or raising your own chickens a criminal act punishable by law. And once again you can thank one of the usual suspects in Congress—Dick Durbin [Democrud from Illinois]— for this piece of draconian legislature. But Dicky-boy is not alone in this bit of police state legislation, he has lots of co-sponsors on the bill, friendly folks like:
Lamar Alexander [R-TN], Jeff Bingaman [D-NM], Richard Burr [R-NC], Roland Burris [D-IL], Saxby Chambliss [R-GA], Christopher Dodd [D-CT], Michael Enzi [R-WY], Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY], Judd Gregg [R-NH], Thomas Harkin [D-IA], Orrin Hatch [R-UT], John Isakson [R-GA], Edward Kennedy [D-MA], Amy Klobuchar [D-MN], Ben Nelson [D-NE], Tom Udall [D-NM], and David Vitter [R-LA]. The last entry in this rogues gallery is of special interest to me. He’s my very own senator. I’ll have to fire off a quick fax and let the “Honorable” Senator Vitter know how he needs to proceed with this bill if he wants to stay in office. My rule this fall for voting: vote all the incumbents out. Even Ron Paul.

Now you’re probably wondering what’s so bad about this bill to warrant such a sensationalist headline. Here it is:

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