Showing posts with label USDA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label USDA. Show all posts

Friday, August 1, 2014

50 Members of Congress Urge EPA and USDA to Reject New GMO Crops

GE Crops Would Lead to Dramatic Increase in Use of Toxic, War-era Herbicide 2,4-D

GMO farmer
Activist Post

Fifty Members of Congress led by Representatives Peter DeFazio (D-OR-04) and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME-01) wrote today to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expressing “grave concerns” over Dow Chemical's Enlist Duo™ herbicide and new varieties of genetically engineered (GE) corn and soy the herbicide mixture would be used with.

“In the absence of leadership from the agencies tasked to protect our health, our food, and our environment, it is up to Congress to put pressure on the Obama Administration to do what's right. On the cusp of the 5-week August recess, 50 Members of Congress sent a clear message to USDA and EPA: reject the next wave of pesticide promoting crops before it is too late,” said Colin O'Neil, director of government affairs at Center for Food Safety.

“If either USDA or EPA had any surprises in store over the August recess, they’d better think again,” added O’Neil.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The US Department of Agriculture Needs Submachine Guns...And This Is Why

Wendy McElroy
Activist Post

On May 7, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) posted a notice on the government's Federal Business Opportunities site in order to solicit bids on an undisclosed number of submachine guns.

The notice read, in part,
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Inspector General, located in Washington, DC, pursuant to the authority of FAR Part 13, has a requirement for the commerical [sic] acquisition of submachine guns, .40 Cal. S&W, ambidextrous safety, semi-automatic or 2 shot burts [sic] trigger group, Tritium night sights for front and rear, rails for attachment of flashlight (front under fore grip) and scope (top rear), stock-collapsilbe [sic] or folding, magazine - 30 rd. capacity, sling, light weight, and oversized trigger guard for gloved operation.” [Note: spelling errors in original]
Speculation On The Why of Submachine Guns

Saturday, March 8, 2014

9 Million Lbs. of “Diseased and Unsound” Meat May Have Reached 35 States, Says USDA

Melissa Melton
Activist Post

Petaluma, California’s Rancho Feeding Corporation recalled 8,742,700 pounds of meat products in February after the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) determined that the meat came from uninspected, “diseased and unsound” animals.

“Thus, the products are adulterated, because they are unsound, unwholesome or otherwise are unfit for human food and must be removed from commerce,” FSIS concluded.

The massive recall resulted in Nestlé voluntarily recalling a bunch of its Philly Steak & Cheese variety of Hot Pockets.

On February 8th, FSIS updated its official statement “to reflect that beef products associated with recall 13 were shipped to distribution centers and retail establishments in California, Florida, Illinois, Oregon, Texas and Washington.”

Saturday, January 4, 2014

USDA-Approved Agent Orange: It's Coming to a Farm Near You

Daisy Luther
Activist Post

Ah, the sweet smell of Agent Orange in the morning.

Our benevolent agricultural guardians at the USDA have announced that they are allowing the introduction of new corn and soybean seeds that have been designed specifically to withstand a dousing with 2,4-D, a key ingredient in the infamously deadly Agent Orange.

Now we get to be the unwilling guinea pigs while USDA-approved test fields are planted.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Cargill's New Announcement Reveals Much More About Pink Slime

Andy Warhol 1966
Heather Callaghan
Activist Post

Cargill Inc., among the world's biggest beef processors, is taking the road less traveled and has decided to disclose ingredients for their version of what consumers and media call "pink slime."

Rival pink slime producer, Beef Products Inc., nearly shut down in 2012 after the media and consumer backlash caused such a dent that they had to close 3 of their 4 plants and lay off hundreds of employees. The media frenzy ball got rolling after a minor revelation in Food Inc., demonstrations by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, and Diane Sawyer reporting for ABC News.

It turns out, Cargill has been using a similar product and process in their beef since 1993. It is likely that they escaped the avalanche because they use a different treatment for it; one that is likely to be welcomed by the public and overlooked, but could end up coming back to bite them in the near future if they do not learn more about the process. When dealing with Big AgriBiz, it is often Fool's Gold the consumer has actually purchased at great cost to their health and pockets.

Is Cargill's sensational new step something to get excited about? Or does it reveal something else?

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Syria: The permanent structure of the US government is geared for war

Jon Rappoport
Activist Post

This article is about the psychology of big government; criminal psychology.

Face it. Deal with it. The US government, in its present form, is all about going to war. That is what it knows how to do.

I’m not just talking about the Pentagon. The FDA is happiest when it’s trying to attack nutritional supplements and alternative doctors. The EPA is roving the country looking for businesses to punish. The National Institutes of Health is fighting the eternal fraudulent “war on cancer.”

The IRS is searching for people to audit. The Dept. of Justice is always on the lookout for drug traffickers to jail (except when it has immunity deals with them). The NSA is spying on everybody all the time in a war to catch a few terrorists. Of course, in that case, the real enemy is any human being who believes in privacy.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

4-yr-old Rosie Will Have a Garden Next Spring via Property Management

Heather Callaghan
Activist Post

Recently we learned of four-year-old "Rosie" and her single, disabled mother, "Mary" who were trying to keep the girl's garden despite a property manager's previous insistence that the garden go this week.

It was later stated that the reason for removal was for some relandscaping. The two live in a South Dakota housing unit subsidized by the USDA's Rural Development Agency. The property manager fell back on RDA policy saying that the rules were that no "structures" be allowed in the yards.

The USDA since came out to say that they had no such policy either for or against the family growing food behind their dwelling. However, they did not intervene on Rosie and Mary's behalf and they are the ones paying for people to live there. The USDA's commentary and actions stopped there.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

USDA Shuts Down 4-Year-Old's Garden

Heather Callaghan
Activist Post

Names have been altered to protect those involved....

Just when you think the front-yard garden wars can't get worse, enter USDA's rural development dictatorship domineering the food source of the most vulnerable of our society.

In a South Dakota subsidized housing unit live four-year-old Rosie and her severely disabled mother, Mary. They survive on an incredible $658 fixed disability stipend. A tiny unused space just outside their back door seemed like a good place to grow some veggies to supplement their food source.

The garden was mostly tended by Rosie starting this past May.

[Always BEFORE harvest] The garden was ordered by property management to be completely removed...this week. Where are the orders really coming from?

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The USDA Is Pushing Food Stamps Like a Drug Dealer at a Grade School

Daisy Luther
Activist Post

One in 7 Americans receives food stamps and the government wants the number to be even higher.

Yes, I said higher.

The USDA is soliciting people to receive food stamps in the manner of a drug dealer on a grade school playground. ”Psst – hey you! I’ve got something for you…it’s free…come on, try it. You’ll like it!”

Even though we are drowning in debt and going under after a last gasp of air, the government of the United States is encouraging more people to go on the dole, even if doing so had never crossed their minds.

Last year the USDA targeted Spanish speaking citizens (and non-citizens) with a radio “novela” – which was basically a soap opera outlining how the lives of the characters improved as soon as they went on SNAP.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Feds vs. Raisins: Small Farmers Stand Up to the USDA

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Mass Bird Deaths Linked to USDA and Big Agra

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Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

With the recent passage of the legislative rider commonly known as the Monsanto Protection Act, many previously-uninformed observers may now be asking themselves just how much control over the United States government and regulatory bureaucracy the multinational corporation has. Of course, long-time Monsanto opponents have been asking this question and pointing out the related connections for some time.

From the environmental contamination as a result of the proliferation of genetically modified food to the destruction of the independent family farmer due to absolutely erroneous lawsuits filed by Monsanto against them, or low crop yields due to deceptive marketing, Monsanto is internationally recognized as one of the world’s worst and most ruthless corporations.

When Monsanto's ruthless practices combine with the blatant corruption of government officials, the global regulatory agencies - especially those in the United States - have been rendered entirely bankrupt. Indeed, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) are two of the most obviously bought-and-paid-for government wings of treacherous multinational corporations like Monsanto, Cargill, Southern States, and many others.

Over the last few years, there have been a number of unexplained mass animal deaths which have spawned a variety of theories hoping to explain the causes. While most remain unexplained, there is, in fact, a clear explanation regarding many of the bird deaths occurring in locations across the United States. The cause of the deaths? The USDA and toxins introduced by Big Agra.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

USDA Set to Approve Horse Meat Slaughter in the US

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Activist Post

Apparently horse meat is popular all over the world, albeit unbeknownst to most consumers.  And it seems equine meat will soon be making its way back to America.

Horse meat hasn't been legally produced in the United States since 2007, but the USDA is expected to approve a horse slaughterhouse in New Mexico within the next two months, according to the New York Times.

Stephanie Storm of the New York Times reports:
The United States Department of Agriculture is likely to approve a horse slaughtering plant in New Mexico in the next two months, which would allow equine meat suitable for human consumption to be produced in the United States for the first time since 2007. 
The plant, in Roswell, N.M., is owned by Valley Meat Company, which sued the U.S.D.A. and its Food Safety and Inspection Service last fall over the lack of inspection services for horses going to slaughter. Horse meat cannot be processed for human consumption in the United States without inspection by the U.S.D.A., so horses destined for that purpose have been shipped to places like Mexico and Canada for slaughter.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Price of Milk To Double Without a Farm Bill

Eric Blair
Activist Post

Did you know milk, cheese, and other dairy products could double in January if the farm bill isn't passed before the new year?

At first I thought this was a veiled threat from the farm lobby to get their subsidies, but it looks like it goes deeper than that.  In fact, farmers don't want the price to go up because they fear they'll be swimming in unsold milk.

"Few will buy milk the USDA will be forced to sell at prices consumers can’t afford, so Congress has no alternative but to stop the change," UW-Madison agriculture economist Bruce Jones told the Wisconsin State Journal. "We’ll be swimming in milk, with nobody to consume it."

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Amazing and Healthy USDA Food Stamp Diet

Karen De Coster, Contributor
Activist Post

This is one of those things that make you think: real or satire? I’ve checked around, and everything I come up with seems to point to the fact that this ad really is a product of the federal government. If anyone finds anything different, let me know. This isn’t just a promotion of the welfare state; in fact, it is much more. It is an endorsement of the federal government’s grain-laden food pyramid, as well as the corporate state, corn-and-sugar, processed-food empire. Because no one on food stamps buys quality food. In fact, the food those folks tend toward buying is the cheapest, most processed, sugar-laden, economy food available on the market. But, according to this commercial, the welfare-and-food stamp set all look spectacular! Thanks to Travis Holte for the link.

Monday, February 27, 2012

4 Cases that Prove the USDA Isn't Protecting Our Health

Anthony Gucciardi
Activist Post

Despite being tasked to defend public health, the USDA instead continues to not only go against public interest, but recklessly endanger the public with unacceptable and outright ludicrous policies that threaten our health on a routine basis.

Perhaps most compelling is the fact that not only does the USDA allow for the widespread use of GMO crops, which have been pinpointed by scientific research as harmful to your health, but the USDA has now announced that they will be expediting the approval process for these genetically modified creations.

What’s more, the organization actually said that one major hurdle they had to face when speeding up the regulation process — which cuts in half the regulatory time period in which GMO crops are studied for safety — was public interest. Does this sound like an organization that actually cares about our health? Here are 4 examples demonstrating that the USDA cares more about securing corporate profits than our health.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

USDA Steps Back and Gives Monsanto More Power Over GMO Seeds

Modern Farming with Monsanto - Wiki image
Anthony Gucciardi
Activist Post

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has decided to deregulate two of Monsanto’s genetically modified seed varieties, giving the company a further grasp on the food supply of the nation. One of the modified corn seed varieties is engineered to resist drought conditions, and the other is an herbicide-resistant soybean that has been genetically engineered to produce more fatty acids. Of course research has found that Monsanto’s GMO crops, despite claims to be resistant to herbicides and pesticides, actually require significantly more harsh chemicals. Apparently these studies do not concern the USDA, an organization that has always been adamant about genetically modifying the entire food supply.

The USDA continues to grant Monsanto further power over itself, despite evidence linking Monsanto’s creations to health conditions and environmental devastation. This is also the same organization that has continually pushed for the approval of genetically modified salmon, which was rejected by Congress due to health concerns. The USDA is so dedicated, in fact, that they decided to help forward the approval of genetically modified salmon by generously funding the cause with nearly $500,000.

Monday, September 26, 2011

The ‘Lemon Tree Lady’ Speaks Out About USDA Threats Over TREE (this is NOT satire)

Actual 'menace to society'
Heather Callaghan
Activist Post

When life hands you a lemon tree . . . the USDA takes it away! And don’t even think of making lemonade with any more trees – they’ll take those too.

A special interview with Bridget Donovan, aka “The Lemon Tree Lady,” USDA’s Most Wanted. Or rather, her little beloved lemon tree was. The real USDA mode of operation is in the details below -- we can’t make this stuff up!

Did you know she was facing fines up to $60,000 and a federal raid if she did not comply? They invaded her privacy, tracked her down through her purchases, and sternly warned they would get that tree one way or another. It appears she is on a “citrus watch list.”

Please read the details below --  it will help you if you ever face such a situation. Bridget was no pushover -- she did her very best to keep her tree and we wanted to know more. The USDA knows that most people will crumble under such threats and don’t have the funds to fight. And just how far is someone willing to go over a lemon tree?

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Amish farm banned from selling fresh milk after sting operation by Feds

Amish Dairy Farm, Pennsylvania
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Daily Mail

An Amish farm in Pennsylvania has been stopped from selling contraband milk after a year-long federal government sting operation.

The Rainbow Acres Farm was found to have been smuggling banned unpasteurised milk to customers in Maryland.

Raw milk drinkers claim that pasteurisation eliminates good bacteria and changes the taste.

But the Food and Drug Administration say unpasteurised milk can carry harmful bacteria such as salmonella, E.coli and listeria.

Sales are illegal in 11 states and the District, with other states having varying restrictions on purchase or consumption.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

USGS: Glyphosate pollutes air, rain and rivers in US

Rady Ananda, Contributing Writer
Activist Post

Two new studies by the U.S. Geological Survey reveal the pervasive spread of the biocide, glyphosate, mostly used as a weedkiller for crops genetically engineered to resist it.

Used in formulations by Monsanto, Bayer, Dow and others, glyphosate has been linked to spontaneous abortions in livestock, birth defects in humans, insect resistance, and weed resistance.

Worse, regulators have known for years of these links, Earth Open Source reported.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

USDA Signs MOU with Rockefeller’s Council of Foundations to Exploit Rural America

Ted Gardner and Rady Ananda
Food Freedom

On Friday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA has signed an agreement with the Council on Foundations “to provide new sources of capital, new job opportunities, workforce investment strategies,” and, last on the list but the heart of it: “identification of additional resources.”

The group will work with Obama’s newly created Rural Council, which Vilsack also chairs, to implement UN Agenda 21 – a 300-page, 40-chapter, “soft-law” policy that came out of the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Brazil in 1992.

Though couched in eco-friendly motives, Agenda 21 will “severely limit water, electricity, and transportation- even deny human access to our most treasured wilderness areas, it would monitor all lands and people. No one would be free from the watchful eye of the new global tracking and information system,” wrote Berit Kjos in 1998. (Patrick Wood believes that smart grids are doing just that, and gives an excellent 40-minute speech here.)

Ironically, the Secretary made the announcement while hosting a White House Rural Forum at the Iowa State Fair, the same day news broke about how the USDA lied to farmers and ranchers about federal drought insurance. Vilsack has refused to pay up during the worse drought in US history.

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