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Head long we pursue … that illusive pot of gold … corporate education seeks to infuse … educated to believe without seizing their trapping$ … $$$ bring$ … successful we are not …

      America’s hubris since Plymouth Rock … left no stone on “mother-earth” unturned … no forest dwells in virgin state … no water untainted … no air unstained … no indigenous culture unblemished …

      Manifest Destiny … take … take … take … leave nothing for those yet to come … our legacy to them … we got ours … you get yours … too bad kid … if what you find is nothing more than barren scorched-earth …

      There was a time … at least I seem to recall … when a bit of genuine humanity prevailed … there was enough for all … albeit still skewed a bit for the Rockefellers … Harriman …  Carnegie … long before the Walton’s … Bill Gates … Warren Buffett … and the rest of their ilk …

      Like parasites they devour everything in their path … safely protected now by our largess … dutifully we closed our eyes … covered our ears … and did not speak … as they ruthlessly plundered the ‘commons’ we once all enjoyed … but which no longer remain …

      Each day we awaken to be told … another once inalienable right we just gave up … to them … this small unelected ‘cabal’ in whose path of greed copious externalities leave …

While the ‘least’ among us … today the overwhelming majority hang on by a thread … the ‘cabal’ live lives making royalty … blush … while hiding eyes green with envy …

In the last 50 years in America the ‘cabal’ planted a seed … skillfully cultivating … pruning … its growth … where today as in the days marking the decline of Rome … to their corporate-coliseums we religiously go … root-for our favorite gladiator armored in his corporate uniform … challenged to protect home turf for you and I … and if by chance blood of the opposition is drawn … so much the better … winning is all that matter$ … take no prisoners …

The score we keep is to determine solely who wins … how the game is played matters not … winning is everything in everything …any mercy showed brings chorus … a howl of boos from the crowd  … finger-pointing … blaming … shaming … and if they could they’d call for his head …

When not attending their coliseum games … we’re entertained by their ubiquitous TV droning on continuously … desensitizing us to unconditionally accept … fear … anger … despair … deceit as every day human conditions … while promising a more equitable happier tomorrow … disclosing not how it will be attained nor giving us an honest seat at the table …

Like a dog beaten into submission we ask not … instead we lie down patiently waiting … what we hope might be a fleeting pat on the head … performed without meaning by the ‘cabal’ but appreciated nonetheless …

In fleeting moments when quiet prevails our own inner voice … resonates … truth arises in a whisper so faint only with personal honesty can with clarity  we hear … it appears time stands still … hangs so brief … the totality of their illusions revealed … in those brief moments no longer in fear do we dwell … no longer captivated by search and seizure the ‘cabal’ gospel perpetrates …

… And who did not see that coming …

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… And who did not see that coming … “lefty” and corporate owned news is today a bit of an oxymoron … Not an April Fool’s joke

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Arianna: The Huffington Post is not a ‘lefty’ publication anymore

By Stephen C. Webster April 1, 2011 @ 11:45 am  …In Biz / Tech,Blogs / Media,Breaking Banner,Nation

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n a recent interview with The New York Times, Arianna Huffington revealed a bit of news that’s not likely to show up on The Huffington Post’s front page any time soon: the site is no longer "lefty" in its political bent.

That will likely come as a surprise to the massive audience of Democrats and liberals The Huffington Post has attracted over the years, who’ve turned the site into a powerful voice for progressive values and one of the largest online publications going.

Speaking to New York Times reporter Andrew Goldman, Huffington said that for the last three years she has been walking the post-partisan talk.

"The tag line that we’ve used a lot is ‘Beyond left and right,’" she reportedly said.

The Times‘ writer fired back, suggesting that she was "trying to tell me that Smurfs aren’t blue" by claiming that The Huffington Post was not founded as a "lefty" publication.

"I’m just telling you that it is very clear that we have progressive views, but to call everything we’re doing lefty — it misses the whole point that American policy needs to be redefined beyond left and right," she reportedly said. "It’s a completely obsolete view of politics."

"Still, I’m amazed you’re trying to tell me that The Huffington Post wasn’t started as a lefty blog?" Goldman asked.

"I’m not trying to tell you anything," she reportedly replied. "I’m telling you things. I’m not trying, O.K.?"

U.S. Income Inequality That Everyone Should Know

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15 Facts About U.S. Income Inequality That Everyone Should Know

Huffington Post Maxwell Strachan – Apr. 06 (Research)


It might have taken a near-historic recession for many Americans to notice our country’s rapidly rising levels of income inequality, but the gap between rich and poor has finally gone mainstream, …

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but WE can do it …

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… Unless “we” get actively involved … vocal … Congre$$ and our Court$ are already owned by Mon$anto and FriendS … our task and challenge is difficult … but WE can do it …

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03-31-2011   dailypaul.com  … http://www.dailypaul.com/160817/farmers-and-seed-producers-launch-preemptive-strike-against-monsanto

Lawsuit Filed To Protect Themselves from Unfair Patent Enforcement on Genetically Modified Seed

Action Would Prohibit Biotechnology Giant from Suing Organic Farmers and Seed Growers If Innocently Contaminated by Roundup Ready Genes

(Excerpt)
“This case asks whether Monsanto has the right to sue organic farmers for patent infringement if Monsanto’s transgenic seed or pollen should land on their property,” said Dan Ravicher, PUBPAT’s Executive Director. “It seems quite perverse that an organic farmer contaminated by transgenic seed could be accused of patent infringement, but Monsanto has made such accusations before and is notorious for having sued hundreds of farmers for patent infringement, so we had to act to protect the interests of our clients.”

Once released into the environment, genetically modified seed can contaminate and destroy organic seed for the same crop. For example, soon after Monsanto introduced genetically modified seed for canola, organic canola became virtually impossible to grow as a result of contamination.

Organic corn, soybeans, cotton, sugar beets and alfalfa also face the same fate, as Monsanto has released genetically modified seed for each of those crops as well.

… I don’t suppose they are friends with Mon$anto … !

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Organic Farming Triumphant in Thirty Year Field Trial

 

 

This is an extremely important report.  I have included Philpott’s take on it and the article from the Rodale institute.

The take home is that unequivocally, industrial synthetic farming is clearly inferior to industrial organic farming and rather importantly will continue to diverge because of the persistent decline in carbon content in the synthetic soils.

This removes any further need to hedge ones choices.  An organic protocol will out perform its competitor consistently.  Read the articles carefully.  There is a lot of specific data that needs to be understood.

I personally go a lot further and also call for application of biochar soil dressing as an ongoing soil building protocol to sharply reduce the need if not eliminate the need for adding any form of fertilizer at all

Most noteworthy, we discover that the organic soils are slowly increasing their carbon content, so even without the biochar, the soils improve.

Organic farming just as productive as conventional, and better at building soil, Rodale finds

BY Tom Philpott  25 MAR 2011 6:07 PM  http://www.grist.org/article/2011-03-25-rodale-data-show-organic-just-as-productive-better-at-building

Organic agriculture is a fine luxury for the rich, but it could never feed the world as global population moves to 9 billion.   That’s what a lot of powerful people — including the editors of The Economist — insist. But the truth could well be the opposite: It might be chemical-intensive agriculture that’s the frivolous luxury, and organic that offers us the right technologies in a resource-constrained, ever-warmer near future.

That’s the conclusion I draw from the latest data of the Pennsylvania-based Rodale Institute’s Farming Systems Trial (FST), which Rodale calls "America’s longest running, side-by-side comparison of conventional and organic agriculture." Now, Rodale promotes organic ag, so industrial-minded critics will be tempted to dismiss its data. But that would be wrong — its test plots have an excellent reputation in the ag research community, and the Institute often collaborates with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service.

Housed on Rodale’s 330 acre farm, the FST compares three systems for growing corn and soy, the first two organic and the third conventional: 1) one based on rotating feed crops with perennial forage crops for cows, and fertilizing with manure; 2) another based on rotating grains with cover crops, with fertility coming from nitrogen-fixing legumes; and 3) a system reliant on synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.

Rodale’s researchers have been comparing crop yields and taking soil samples on these test plots for 27 years. Their latest findings? The three systems have produced equivalent corn yields over the years, while "soybean yields were the same for the manure and conventional system and only slightly lower for the legume system."

So the old canard about how organic ag produces dramatically less food than chemical ag has been debunked, yet again.

Corn in the organic-legume (left) and conventional (right) system during the dry summer of 1995. Both were planted on the same day, with the same variety but only the conventional corn is showing signs of water stress. Organic corn yields that year were 29 percent higher than those of the conventional corn.Photo and caption: Rodale InstituteBut it gets more interesting. As the globe warms up, increased droughts are likely to reduce global crop yields. The ag-biotech industry is scrambling to come out with "drought-resistant" GMO crops. But organic ag might already have that covered: "In 4 out of 5 years of moderate drought, the organic systems had significantly higher corn yields (31 percent higher) than the conventional system."

Moreover, while conventional ag struggles with the "superweed" problem, brought on by Monsanto’s herbicide-tolerant GMO crops, organic ag is showing it can coexist with weed pressure without sacrificing yield: "Corn and soybean crops in the organic systems tolerated much higher levels of weed competition than their conventional counterparts, while producing equivalent yields." Meanwhile, herbicide use in the conventionally managed plot fouled groundwater:

Herbicides were only detected in water samples collected from the conventional system. In years when the conventional rotation had corn following corn, during which atrazine was applied two years in a row, atrazine levels in the leachate sometimes exceeded 3 ppb, the maximum contaminant level set by EPA for drinking water. Atrazine concentrations in all conventional samples exceeded 0.1 ppb, a concentration that has been shown to produce deformities in frogs.

In terms of building robust ag systems in an era of climate change, the results related to soil are probably the most interesting. It turns out, the organic outperformed conventional in both building organic matter and retaining soil nitrogen. In the past 15 years of the study, the organic systems have continued building soil carbon, while the conventional system actually lost carbon. (For more on the question of soil carbon and soil, see my piece from last year’s special series on nitrogen.)

The soil-carbon factor probably explains why organic outperforms conventional in drought years: carbon-rich soil tends to retain water better. And indeed, the results bear that out:

Water volumes percolating through each system were 15-20% higher in the organic systems than the conventional system, indicating increased groundwater recharge and reduced runoff under organic management.

Inevitably in the comments section below, someone will ask about the manure. How much land does it take to support sufficient cows to produce enough manure to replenish organic fields? But the Rodale results show that nitrogen-fixing legume crops can greatly reduce the contribution needed from livestock.

And anyway, let me turn that question around. Where do industrial agriculturalists intend on getting the synthetic nitrogen for their system — from what energy source? The main feedstock is natural gas; but the easy natural gas has been tapped in the United States. That leaves us reliant on geopolitically unstable foreign suppliers — or on domestic shale gas, which relies on the water-fouling process of hydrofracturing. And where do they plan on getting phosphorous?

In the end, organic ag looks like the robust and wise approach to responding to population growth and climate change, and chemical ag looks like the gambler’s approach — a luxury for the well-heeled folks who own shares in the agribiz industry.

Rodale Institute Farming Systems Trial   http://www.rodaleinstitute.org/fst

Founded in 1981, the Farming Systems Trial (FST) is America’s longest running, side-by-side comparison of conventional and organic agriculture. The project shows the feasibility of making a transition to organic production and the multiple economic, environmental and energy conservation impacts. FST has shown the potential of organic agriculture to improve our soil and water, while at the same time produce crop yields and net returns that are comparable (or better) than conventional systems.

About the trial  We selected corn/soybean production as our research focus because large tracts of land, particularly in our region and the Midwest, are devoted to the production of these crops for animal feed. Throughout its long history, the FST has contained three core farming systems, each of which features diverse management practices including: a manurebased organic system, a legume-based organic system, and a synthetic-based conventional system. Essential guiding principles for each core system can be characterized as:

Manure Organic  This system represents an organic dairy or beef operation. It features a long rotation including both annual feed grain crops and perennial forage crops. The system’s fertility is provided by leguminous crops and periodic applications of manure. This diverse rotation also creates a primary line of defense against pests.

Legume Organic  This system represents an organic cash grain system. It features a mid-length rotation consisting of annual grain crops and cover crops. The system’s sole source of fertility is leguminous crops and the rotation provides the primary line of defense against pests.

Synthetic ConventionalThis system represents the majority of grain farms in the U.S. It relies on synthetic nitrogen for fertility, and weeds are controlled by synthetic herbicides selected by and applied at rates recommended by Penn State Extension.

Some key findings include:

 

Yields  Corn yields over 27 years of the trial were equivalent between the organic and conventional systems.

Soybean yields were the same for the manure and conventional system and only slightly lower for the legume system.

In 4 out of 5 years of moderate drought, the organic systems had significantly higher corn yields (31% higher) than the conventional system.

Corn and soybean crops in the organic systems tolerated much higher levels of weed competition than their conventional counterparts, while producing equivalent yields.
Corn in the organic-legume (left) and conventional (right) system during the dry
summer of 1995. Both were planted on the same day, with the same variety but
only the conventional corn is showing signs of water stress. Organic corn
yields that year were 29% higher than those of the conventional corn.

The soil    Soil carbon and nitrogen have increased significantly in the organic systems, but not in the conventional system.

Based on preliminary 2009-2010 soil sampling data, the organic systems have shown the largest increases in soil carbon since the beginning of the trial.

In terms of carbon sequestration the manure system is leading, followed by the legume system.

Increases in soil carbon were greatest in the first 13 years of the trial. Soil carbon continued to build in both organic systems during the 15 years following 1994, but at a slower rate than the first 15 years.

The conventional system has shown a loss in carbon in more recent years.

Water  Water volumes percolating through each system were 15-20% higher in the organic systems than the conventional system, indicating increased groundwater recharge and reduced runoff under organic management.

Overall, nitrate-nitrogen leaching was fairly low and the same for all systems.

Water leachate samples from the conventional system more frequently exceeded the legal limit of 10 ppm for nitrate-nitrogen concentration in drinking water compared to the organic systems.

Herbicides were only detected in water samples collected from the conventional system. In years when the conventional rotation had corn following corn, during which atrazine was applied two years in a row, atrazine levels in the leachate sometimes exceeded 3 ppb, the maximum contaminant level set by EPA for drinking water. Atrazine concentrations in all conventional samples exceeded 0.1 ppb, a concentration that has been shown to produce deformities in frogs (Hayes et al., 2002).

Energy  Total energy use in the organic systems was less than in the conventional system.

Energy use in the conventional corn-soybean system was dominated by the production of nitrogen fertilizer and herbicide inputs, while seed and fuel use generated the greatest energy demands in organic systems.

Economics  Several economic studies of the early years of the Trial (1980’s and 1990’s) showed that net returns for the two grain operations, the legume and conventional system, were the same (assuming that all farm products received the same price at market).

Seed inputs and equipment costs were higher in the legume system whereas fertilizers and pesticides were the most costly inputs in the conventional system. (These economic analyses do not include the manure system; only cash grain systems were compared.)

Even with the inclusion of the transition costs (such as potential loss of yields in start-up years) and family labor costs, the organic price premium required to equalize the organic and conventional returns was only 10% above the conventional product. Throughout the 1990s, the organic price premium for grains exceeded that level, and premiums ranged between 65% and 140%.

Agronomic, environmental, energy and economic analyses of the systems are all currently being updated to include the new rotations and tillage regimes as well as current information regarding inputs and prices.

WOW … I feel so much better now …

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… Ingredients which Mon$anto $anction$ to be used in the production of meat … poultry … eggs …

WOW … I feel so much better now …

SAFE AND SUITABLE INGREDIENTS USED IN THE PRODUCTION OFMEAT, POULTRY, AND EGG PRODUCTS

I. PURPOSE

This directive provides inspection program personnel (IPP) with an up-to-date list of

substances that may be used in the production of meat, poultry, and egg products.

FSIS will continue to update this directive quarterly by issuing revisions to this directive

as opposed to issuing amendments to the directive. 

II. CANCELLATION

FSIS Directive 7120.1, Safe and Suitable Ingredients Used in The Production of Meat,

Poultry, and Egg Products, Revision 5, dated January 4, 2011.

III. REASON FOR REISSUANCE

This revision includes updates to the list of substances from January 4, 2011, through

March 31, 2011.  Substances added since the January 4, 2011 issuance of the directive

are in bold.

IV. REFERENCES

9 CFR Chapter III

V. BACKGROUND

A. The Table of Safe and Suitable Ingredients identifies the food grade substances that

have been approved in 21 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) for use in meat, poultry,

and egg products as food additives, generally recognized as safe (GRAS) notices and

pre-market notifications, and approved in letters conveying acceptability determinations.

Users of this table should be aware that some of the ingredient mixtures listed in the

table may be considered to be proprietary even though the components are either

approved food additives or GRAS. This information is also available on the USDA

websites at:

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Regulations_&_Policies/Ingredients_Guidance/index.asp

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/About_FSIS/labeling_&_consumer_protection/index.asp 

 

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