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STOP NAIS

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

Written by Kenda Roberstson and Steve Moreau

National Animal Identification System is the proposed electronic tracking process,which opponents say will be too expensive and not solve the problem of diseased animals coming from other countries. Protect your access to grass-fed raw milk, truly organic chicken, and other farm fresh foods in Orlando and through out Florida. Click below to learn more. http://www.farmtoconsumer.org/nais-listening-comments.htm

Protect your access to local grass-fed farm foods.

Thursday, June 25th, 2009
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Small farmers in America are under attack. Over the past few years, many responsible, caring farmers have seen their farms quarantined, raided and even shut down by governmental agencies bent on protecting pasteurized milk processors and powerful factory farms.

With all the good small farmers are doing to provide healthy, naturally raised foods to their community, it is a shame they are being hit with lawsuits and put in jail simply for trying to run their businesses without government interference and make a living.

Thanks to The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund small farmers are getting the legal support they need and otherwise couldn’t afford, and the interests of consumers who want to buy fresh foods directly from the farm are also being represented.

The non-profit organization’s is made up of farmers and consumers who pool their resources to protect:
·    The constitutional right of family farms to provide fresh foods to consumers
·    The right of consumers to buy fresh foods directly from family farms
·    Family farms from harassment by federal, state and local government

Along with these important issues, The Legal Defense Fund is currently tackling two major issues that threaten the health and welfare of consumers and farmers across the country – the implementation of a National Animal ID System (NAIS) and the use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).

To learn more about this vital organization and the good it is doing, or to make a donation, visit http://www.ftcldf.org

The true cost of Farm Fresh Foods

Friday, May 15th, 2009

Written by Kenda Roberstson and Steve Moreau

Why Does Organic, Farm Fresh Food Cost More?

Many people seeking to include more natural foods in their diets are shocked at the prices for raw milk, organic produce, pastured eggs and poultry, and grass-fed beef compared to similar items at the grocery store. But just like everything else, when it comes to food, you get what you pay for.

For example, a gallon of organic milk purchased at Whole Foods is about $6/gallon. All that for pasteurized, grain-fed milk that contains little of the nutritional power of farm fresh raw milk. This is because pasteurized milk has been excessively heated to kill bacteria—including the beneficial ones—while destroying vital enzymes, vitamins and nutrients. On top of that, many people may have hidden allergies to this pasteurized milk.

Have you ever been to a feedlot or conventional chicken operation? The current food system in the United Sates is appalling. It is based on food predicated on cheaply grown grain, deplorable animal living conditions and environmental degradation. This is where your “cheap” food is grown.

Food from small farms represents the true cost of food as opposed to the industrial system which we as taxpayers pay for (with farm subsidies) that artificially keeps the prices low. Small farmers work long days and must support their families on the products they produce.

Small farms must also take into account the unsubsidized cost of land (it takes more space to raise animals humanely), higher cost of organic feed (which doesn’t contain GMO grains or chemicals), cost of implementing a soil fertility program, smaller production from 100% grass-fed and pasture-raised animals that have access to fresh air, sunshine and a more natural life.

Now we come to the good part.  Naturally raised foods provide more nutrition. Animal and plant foods produced on factory farms lack the basic nutrients needed to sustain a healthy life, such as adequate vitamin D, omega-3s, calcium and so much more.  Animals raised on pasture are treated humanely and are well cared for.

Though farm fresh food may cost more in the long run it could save you from paying expensive medical bills to treat illness and disease. Eating naturally raised foods may also help you live a longer, more enjoyable life. And who can put a price on that?