Upset Commodity Farmers could Chill with 100-Mile Diet

Posted: March 21, 2010 by Thrivelearning in Lifestyle Choice
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Well, looks like some people are getting a big torqued about the consolidation of farming interests into a handful of big multi-national companies:

So I needed to get this data here as well.

Just wanted to let you know that these “big outbreaks” of e coli in our beef (and those California cows the HSUS knew about for months) – all of these came from vertically-integrated mega-companies.

I’ve blogged about this for months and been researching this for a couple years or more now.

These farmers are ticked off and angry about being commodity farmers and subject to a few big corporations taking over most of the farming in the US.

Of course the USDA doesn’t do anything about it – who pays the politicians, anyway? Pays them to get re-elected, anyway…

If you want the HSUS defunded, go after their corporate sponsors, like Oreck and others. If you want to get rid of the Monsanto’s and Tyson’s and IBP’s, etc. Then buy your stuff directly from farmers and know where your grocery store is actually getting it’s food from.

Vote with your pocketbook.

Know your farmer, know who processes and prepares your food.

Live on a 100-mile diet. Only eat food that isn’t brought in from out of country or across the world. Or at least start working in that direction.

Plant a garden. Tomatoes and green beans aren’t that hard to raise. Lots of people raise them on fire escapes and in window boxes – or on the rooftop in pots.

The more control of your life that you keep handing over to others, the less you are going to have for yourself.

I went to an over-priced restaurant in one of our “big” cities in Missouri the other day. Found out that the beef we raise on our little farm has a lot better taste. But they had Alaskan fresh salmon and Australian-raised Wagyu beef  on that menu. How many thousands of miles do you think they ran their big diesel-burning freighters over before they transferred them to diesel-burning trucks to get them here?

But I’ve heard there are people in Missouri who raise Wagyu beef. And how about some famous Missouri catfish – like Mark Twain used to write about? Yes, there’s catfish farms in Missouri as well. And one of the guests near me asked how come we can’t get deer on the menu? Well, there are domesticated deer in Missouri, too – so there’s no reason why not. Now that is real exotic.

We’ve got factory-cities, where people are all time-scheduled out and cooped up in unhealthy factories, warehouses, and cubicles all day. They drive hours each day to get to and from work. They depend on factories thousands of miles away to produce their clothes and food in other factories. So it’s no wonder that they expect factory-type solutions from a central-authority government instead of preserving their own choice and personal quality of life.

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OK, that’s enough rant for today.

I am as happy as I can be to live on a farm which isn’t really dependent on any corporation buying our produce. And I am outside at least twice a day – hours every day in good weather – and eat home-made food that tastes great and I mostly know where it came from. Sure, I eat bananas for breakfast that come from South America, but I just found out that I can get some potted banana trees that will do just nicely if we bring them in for the winter…

It can be done, this 100-mile diet. We just have to figure it out.


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