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  • Homeowner Faces Jail for Front Yard Garden

    07/10/2011 5:48:44 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Oak Park, Michigan resident Julie Bass faces a possible 90-day jail sentence for planting an “unsuitable” vegetable garden in the front yard of her home. “We came up with the idea as both a way to cut back on our food bill and to teach our kids some useful skills,” Bass said. “Now, every kid in the neighborhood is over here playing ‘farmer.’ They’re also a lot more eager to eat their vegetables after growing them themselves.” Oak Park City Planner Kevin Rulkowski has ruled that the garden violates city code. “Ms. Bass’s household budget, nutritional and educational objectives are...
  • Westborough (MA) senior still in the game (Marine combat vet fought on Okinawa)

    07/02/2011 9:51:27 AM PDT · by pabianice
    Metrowest Daily News ^ | 12/23/2010 | Spitz
    William Carr of Westborough Most football coaches don't know how to build a submarine. Most student-athletes don't get a letter jacket from their alma mater on their 80th birthday. And most legally blind people aren't working toward a master's degree at the age of 82. Then again, most people aren't Bill Carr. "I've been doing things all my life they said couldn't be done," said the Westborough resident. He's proud of his achievements, but says he's "nothing special." Just a guy who still works out on the stationary bike and rowing machine a few days a week at the...
  • Photos: The Creepiest Trees on Earth

    06/30/2011 12:58:51 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 34 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 6/30/2011 | Thomas Ferdousi
    There are some things in nature and in the wider world that are disturbing. Humankind has definitely produced plenty of ideas and goods that have creeped out many. However, one element that is not usually thought of in this context is arboreal life. So now we're going to pick out some of the highlights (or if you prefer, the lowlights) from the world's creepiest trees. Not for the faint of heart or aboraphobes:
  • The Problem with Ethanol is the Mandate [Sounds Familiar.]

    06/16/2011 9:23:52 AM PDT · by 92nina · 21 replies
    ATR ^ | 2011-06-15 | Christopher Prandoni
    After a decade of experimenting with mandates, tax credits and tariffs, a national consensus has been reached that ethanol is just not worth it. Late to arrive at this conclusion are farmers, their Congressional representatives, and presidential candidates eager to win over primary voters—a coalition that has made it nearly impossible to begin unwinding the various policies designed to prop-up ethanol. The driving force behind U.S. ethanol consumption is the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), otherwise known as the ethanol mandate, which was established with the enactment of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.The RFS mandated that a minimum of 4...
  • Coburn: "I Support Ethanol" [Love/Hate Relationship]

    06/14/2011 8:07:15 AM PDT · by 92nina · 14 replies
    ATR ^ | 2011-06-14 | Christopher Prandoni
    ...Coburn and Thune on the floor: THUNE: “One of our colleagues from South Carolina has introduced an amendment to this bill which would end that, and I assume -- I don't know this for a fact -- that my colleague from Oklahoma would support that amendment. Which would do away with the Renewable Fuel Standard. Certainly.” COBURN: “You obviously didn't hear what I was saying as you were conversing. I said I support ethanol. I wouldn't support that. And I said that. And I’ve been very up front with you in the past. You know what my position is on...
  • Coburn Amendment Half-Baked Without DeMint Fix [Kill the Death Tax & Ethanol Subsidies]

    06/13/2011 10:29:43 AM PDT · by 92nina · 2 replies
    ATR ^ | 2011-06-10 | Christopher Prandoni
    ...The government’s mandate of ethanol usage distorts energy markets and raises prices for consumers. In order to fully repeal the government’s unfair, anti-free market support of ethanol, all three policies must be eliminated—the mandate, the tax credit, and the tariff. Only the combination of the Coburn and DeMint amendments completely kills the government’s support of the ethanol regime. The DeMint amendment which abolishes the death tax insures that repealing the ethanol tax credit is done in a way that prevents additional money from flowing to the appropriations committees. ATR has always opposed all forms of government support of ethanol. Our...
  • Wolves Kill Prized Quarter Horse in Darby, Montana

    06/03/2011 8:41:01 PM PDT · by george76 · 43 replies
    Black Bear Blog ^ | May 30, 2011 | Tom Remington
    What began nearly 20 years ago as denial of the many bad things that would happen in the Greater Yellowstone area if gray wolves were brought in from Canada, continues to this day. It was predicted that the wolves would kill off their prey base and that is happening. Information was presented to Ed Bangs, USFWS head of wolf reintroduction that wolves carry more than 30 different infectious diseases, some harmful and/or deadly to humans, and that was ignored. Disease is now becoming a common occurrence across the Northern Rockies where wolves are prolific. The same deaf, dumb and blind...
  • Corn on the Cob and the Summer of Discontent

    05/29/2011 7:43:42 AM PDT · by usalady · 34 replies
    Examiner ^ | May 29, 2011 | Martha
    Anyone looking forward to corn on the cob slathered with butter this summer may find that it has become an expensive part of their diet. Or it not be available at all.
  • USDA Shakes Down Missouri Family

    05/23/2011 5:04:34 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 33 replies
    What started out as a hobby for their son and turned into a family side-business grossing $4600 (with a net profit of $200 after expenses) last year has landed John Dollarhite of Missouri in a heap of trouble. For the “crime” of selling more than $500 worth of rabbits in a single year, Dollarhite has been hit with a $90,643 fine and been warned that the penalty could go as high as $3.9 million. US Department of Agriculture spokesman Robert Crook explained that “if you sell more than $500 worth of rabbits in any given year you have to have...
  • Boondoggle Ethanol Program Got You Down? Help End it.

    05/19/2011 5:04:09 AM PDT · by possum john · 46 replies
    Below the Gnat Line ^ | May 19, 2011 | Ken Carroll
    Ethanol is Not About Energy Independence Have you figured out that the federal ethanol program is not about becoming energy independent, but about putting Midwest corn farmers on the government dole? If not, keep reading. If so, are you ready to help end it? That's in here, too. If you think ethanol lowers fuel prices, then I guess you don't know that each gallon of ethanol is subsidized 47.5 cents per gallon by our tax dollars. In fact, Brazil exports ethanol, but we put a 54 cents per gallon import tax on Brazilian ethanol and then limit its import to...
  • GRAPE ARBOR

    05/10/2011 11:20:39 AM PDT · by SMARTY · 53 replies
    May 10, 2011 | Me
    I want to plant a grape arbor. What is the best grape tu plant?
  • Around the World in 80 Lines - Or Less for April 29th, 2011

    04/30/2011 3:45:12 AM PDT · by deaconjim · 12 replies
    Below the Gnat Line ^ | April 29, 2011 | Ken Carroll
    The Amish Mafia We’re lucky that the federal government has recently cracked down on the selling of contraband in the US. The Washington Times reports that a year-long sting operation conducted by federal agents has resulted in the bust of an illegal operation in Pennsylvania. The Amish-run Rainbow Acres Farm was selling non-pasteurized milk to consumers who knew the milk was non-pasteurized. The consumers of the illegal milk prefer the taste and say that pasteurization kills good as well as bad bacteria. There have been no complaints or charges filed against the dairy farm previously. According to Tamara N. Ward,...
  • Radical Muslims, Environmentalists, and the Green Jihad

    04/26/2011 11:26:03 PM PDT · by wheresmyusa · 2 replies
    usactionnews.com ^ | 4/26/2011 | Mark Musser
    Rep. Keith Ellison, the Muslim Congressman from Minnesota who shed tears in protest over the congressional hearings on the growing radicalization of Muslims in the U.S., wrote the foreword to a book entitled Green Deen: What Islam Teaches about Protecting the Planet. In Arabic, “deen” means religious creed. The author of Green Deen is Ibrahim Abdul Matin. He wrote his book to demonstrate that there is a close relationship between Islam and modern environmentalism. It turns out Ellison would have been a good witness to how Muslims are being radicalized as foot solders not only for global Jihad but for...
  • Food Prices Headed Higher: What You Can Do

    04/26/2011 8:18:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    CBS News' MoneyWatch ^ | April 26, 2011 | Carla Fried
    Carnivores, brace yourself for even steeper food price hikes this year than originally forecast. The unholy trinity of rising feed prices, spiking oil costs — it takes money to transport food from farm to table — and increased global demand has pushed the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ratchet up some of its 2011 food price forecasts, with beef and pork prices getting the most costly upward revisions. Here’s how you might want to rethink your food intake/grocery shopping to deal with the expected price increases: Stick with chicken. At the start of the year, the USDA said it expected...
  • DHS Taking War on Weed to Morocco

    04/21/2011 11:12:59 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 3 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | April 19, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    What struck me most about this contract is that we are going to teach the Moroccans "critical thinking skills."
  • Gulag Night Monday 10pm ET: Ann Barnhardt + Soros Watch

    04/11/2011 6:15:46 PM PDT · by unspun · 2 replies
    Gulag Bound and Gulag Media ^ | April 11, 2011 | Gulag Staff
    Click in to listen. Feel free to post, email, etc. Gulag Night Reports the Breaking News on the Soros Front, Monday & Thursday, 10pm ET We’ve been breaking the news for years and we’ve got critically important subject matter to discuss this week, in the soft war against freedom and sovereignty — and our return fire of knowledge and First Amendment action.  No blackboard, but we do have a chat room during the programs. (Or… you’re not one of those people who say it’s about the “entertainment,” are you?) Join us at 10pm each night.  Here’s our agenda and links.Monday...
  • (Vanity) Any environmental lawyer Freepers out there to help with a NY DEC issue?

    04/06/2011 6:14:28 AM PDT · by MatD · 6 replies
    Me ^ | 4/6/2011 | Me
    My first time posting a vanity request but it's pretty pertinent to the contined land grab going on in our country by our government. I have a timely issue of dealing with the New York State DEC and my property. I think I am getting shafted and need some advice. Hate to bring it here but I always appreciate helpful FR folks. It's a long story but the DEC is saying I need a permit for wetland crossing on my property. They say I am in violation of the Freshwater Wetlands Act. Problem is, I've seen their map and my...
  • What Is Stabenow Afraid Of--Voters?

    04/05/2011 5:44:02 AM PDT · by jenk · 25 replies
    jenkuznicki.com ^ | 4/5/11 | Jen Kuznicki
    She should be. She is the Chair of the Agriculture Committee in the Senate, the most liberal Senator of all 100, and she votes with environmentalists 100% of the time. Which of these things don't go together? The National Farm Bureau is very opposed to the ever-increasing power of the EPA, and they are more pro-active about it than ever before. But then, the strangulation of farming interests and industry by the EPA created that friction. Yet Stabenow probably believes she has covered all of her bases in her cover amendment to the small business bill. She delays the EPA...
  • Brazil imports record amount of ethanol in 1st quarter; almost all from U.S.

    04/04/2011 4:19:17 PM PDT · by decimon · 24 replies
    Autoblog Green ^ | April 4, 2011 | Eric Loveday
    Brazil, the world's ethanol superpower, has had to import unprecedented volumes of the biofuel from December of 2010 through March of 2011. Due to a culmination of factors – an insufficient 2010 harvest, weak expectations for the 2011 growing season and booming domestic demand – Brazil imported an estimated 80 to 200 million liters (21.1 to 52.9 million gallons) of ethanol during the first quarter of 2011. According to some sources, this is only the second time that Brazil's has resorted to importing the biofuel, with the first being in 2009 when Brazil's harvest was devastated by heavy rains. So,...
  • Stanley Ann Dunham Beyond the Grave

    03/26/2011 8:22:10 AM PDT · by Mortrey · 12 replies
    Lame Cherry ^ | March 26, 2011 | Lame Cherry
    "..this blog focused upon the Obama regime's nefarious plans to enslave the 3rd world to debt, as this blog traced Stanley Ann Dunham Obama Soetoro's sadistic plans as a once sociologist who became a banker for the globalist Ford Foundation, under Tim Geithner's old man's direction in Indochina..........to create a syndicate which started out of European finance to lend money to the poverty stricken, which was termed MICROFINANCE."
  • Hummingbird Feeder

    03/14/2011 8:33:06 AM PDT · by SMARTY · 62 replies
    March 14, 2011 | Me
    I bought a hummingbird feeder. I wonder if anyone knows what I ought to put in the feeder.
  • Facebook Game for Barack Obama "My Country"

    03/06/2011 3:26:34 PM PST · by geraldmcg
    888 Web Today ^ | 3/6/2011 | Victor Du Bois
    Washington D.C. (IMpossible News) - Have you been so fortunate as to have played any of the land developing games found at Facebook.com? There are several like Farmville, Frontierville, Cityville and so forth. The object is to settle in, set up shop or manage the land and resources in a way that increases your points and levels of experience. My wife, the real estate tycoon has been at it longer than myself, the hobby farmer. I think these games have tremendous merit when it comes to teaching the basics of freedom and free enterprise. You basically make your own choices...
  • Survive - One Family In California Grows 6,000 Pounds Of Produce On Just 1/10th Of An Acre

    03/03/2011 9:08:03 PM PST · by blam · 112 replies
    Yes, You Can Survive The Coming Economic Nightmare – One Family In California Grows 6,000 Pounds Of Produce On Just 1/10th Of An Acre If you work hard and get prepared, you can survive the economic nightmare that is coming. All over the United States and around the world there are millions of people that are learning how to become more self-sufficient. For example, there is one family that is actually producing 6000 pounds of produce on just 1/10th of an acre right in the middle of Pasadena, California. In fact, they grow so much food that they are able...
  • Evidence from the land of fruits and nuts; Agenda 21 updated

    03/01/2011 9:15:03 PM PST · by wheresmyusa · 10 replies
    PRonlineNews ^ | 3/1/2011 | James Simpson
    California is the unfortunate testbed for almost every new lunatic idea promulgated by the radical left—which is to say, every idea they offer—the complete explanation for why the state is such a train wreck. One of the worst examples is California’s oppressive environmental statutes. In combination with these, Agenda 21 has spread like cancer throughout California. Today I received some explicit examples of how this is playing out in Ventura County. The county Board of Supervisors is attempting to impose, almost word-for-word, the Wildland Project’s despotic edicts that will turn wide swaths of rural private property into complete wastelands. A...
  • "Global Warming" in the schools

    02/23/2011 11:34:09 AM PST · by Seth Forman · 1 replies
    http://www.mrformansplanet.com ^ | February 23, 2011 | Seth Forman
    I live in a wonderful suburban community on Long Island. My three children attend the excellent public schools in our district. As the two oldest children have made their way through middle school, though, I've been bothered by the rather flimsy instruction they've received on the subject of "global warming." Both my 14 year-old daughter and 11 year-old son have been shown Al Gore's movie An Inconvenient Truth in sixth grade, but have been given nothing to suggest that some of the information in the movie is either controversial or misleading. So I've decided to put together this bullet point...
  • Thrifty Gardening

    02/18/2011 7:45:57 PM PST · by kimmie7 · 140 replies
    Kimmie7's blog ^ | various | kimmie7
    We've all seen 'em. You know the ones. The folks who walk into the local big-box garden center looking to fulfill their dreams of growing 4 pound tomatoes or blue ribbon-worthy pumpkins. Whatever their motivation - from a yearning for simplicity, a desire to eat more organically, or frugality - they've now decided to put in a garden. And could there be anything more inviting to a salesperson than the sight of the new gardener staring at the mountains of plants and supplies? Whether they grew up on a farm or could rival Billy Crystal for the lead role in...
  • Been to the supermarket lately?

    02/14/2011 9:06:08 AM PST · by patriotgal1787 · 63 replies
    The Radio Patriot ^ | Feb. 14, 2011 | Andrea Shea King
    . . . . . Last night I sent out an email to all on my list about the rising price of food in our supermarkets.  It included a post by Director Blue. This morning, as I was hearing Glenn Beck -- in a lead in to a commercial spot for a food storage company -- give out some facts and figures about how much food prices have risen, I was reading the responses to my email.  (I've  included them at the end of this post). Friends, I went shopping for groceries last Friday -- green peppers were $1.24 each...
  • The Goal: Control of land use

    02/12/2011 10:33:40 PM PST · by wheresmyusa · 5 replies
    CFP ^ | 2/12/2011 | Henry Lamb
    Which is more important: reduce America’s dependence on foreign energy sources, or add 2.85 million acres to the existing 200 million acres of protected areas? According to the United Nations, 27% of the total land area in the United States is already locked up in some kind of protected area and 67% of the total marine area. This means, of course, that there can be no development of energy or other natural resources in 27% of the nation’s land and 67% of the nation’s marine resources. Only the most avid preservationist, or the most anti-American, could possibly choose to lock...
  • Savor That Chocolate While You Can Still Afford It

    02/12/2011 6:41:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies · 1+ views
    Free Internet Press ^ | February 12, 2011
    In the not-too-distant future, chocolate will become a rarefied luxury, as expensive as caviar. John Mason, a Canadian expert on cocoa, first made this prophesy six years ago from his base in West Africa, the epicenter of production. He was confident enough to repeat it, over and over, to the directors of the biggest chocolate companies in the world. “Sometimes they were rude. Sometimes they were polite,” he said. “Behind me, they were sort of snickering.” Today they treat him like a guru. An influential set of senior industry heavyweights flew to Ghana last week to hear him speak; the...
  • Obama is sneaking “Reparations” by us to buy Black votes with our money

    09/02/2010 9:17:06 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 33 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | Sept. 2 2010 | Kevin “Coach” Collins
    "... There is every reason to believe that at least some sizable portion of the 95% of Blacks who voted for Obama did so in hopes that a Black president would jab his hand into America’s pocket and pull up a wad of money to be turned over to the decedents of slaves. This has been a dream of Black America at least since the 1890’s when it was fought and defeated by the Union veterans who felt they had given former slaves enough on the Civil War’s battle fields, and who could disagree. The Union dead statistics were a...
  • Will Pigford vindicate Andrew Breitbart?

    12/09/2010 3:28:44 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    daily caller ^ | 12/9/10 | Caroline May
    This summer Andrew Breitbart, publisher of a number of conservative news sites, found himself in the throes of a media scandal of dramatic proportions — and one which he later discovered went far deeper than a mere contextual snafu. For those unfamiliar with the story, in July, when liberals, the media, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) were slamming Tea Partiers as racist, Breitbart released a now infamous video of United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) official Shirley Sherrod’s speech before the NAACP describing how she had discriminated against a white farmer. Her comments were...
  • Steve King: Congress Will Investigate ‘Reparations’ (Pigford, Acorn)

    12/30/2010 10:02:09 PM PST · by PROCON · 8 replies
    biggovernment.com ^ | Dec.30, 2010 | Publius
    President Obama earlier this month signed into law a measure to pay American Indians and black farmers a total of $4.6 billion to cover decades of government mistreatment. Now, a Republican congressman says the GOP-controlled House next year will hold hearings to investigate the settlement, which he says amounts to “reparations.” Conservative Rep. Steve King of Iowa told local radio station KCIM that the Pigford settlement, which was part of the legislation, “is full of fraud” and “amounts to paying reparations to black farmers in America. We don’t do reparations in America.”
  • Live blog: Breitbart presser on Pigford

    02/10/2011 10:47:58 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 9 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 10, 2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Andrew Breitbart held a press conference today on the Pigford controversy, and it began with high-profile Congresswoman Michele Bachman’s introduction. Bachmann asked why Eric Holder has yet to investigate the allegations of widespread fraud. Bachmann said that “people are milking the system for all it’s worth,” and that the money belongs to black farmers who actually suffered discrimination. “We have a tremendous story to tell today,” Bachmann said, calling it “a stunning story.”
  • Food “Safety” Modernization Act! (Last chance - scheduled for vote 7pm today)

    11/29/2010 8:30:39 AM PST · by DelaWhere · 56 replies · 1+ views
    FreedomWorks ^ | Nov 22, 2010 | Julie Borowski
    Beck and others are telling you - TODAY at 7pm Senate is scheduled to vote. If passed, the misnamed Food Safety and Modernization Act would authorize the FDA to tell farmers how to grow their crops. Federal bureaucrats who likely know little to nothing about farming will set the guidelines on appropriate temperatures, what soil to use, how much water to use and what animals are allowed to be on certain fields. S. 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act, gives broad powers to the FDA to regulate small farms and gardens.
  • Farm Guns And The Jobs They Do (The Best Gun Control)

    08/14/2010 7:12:44 PM PDT · by Copernicus · 9 replies · 2+ views
    John Jacob H’s RKBA Commentary ^ | 08/14/10 | John Jacob H’s RKBA Commentary
    Frank W. James demonstrates the proper way to blog about guns-specifically the 10MM Auto- as in how well they function in the context of a tool to carry to accomplish certain tasks. (CLICK LINK HERE) His comments remind me just how different is life out on the farm. About 10-15 years ago I started to hang around an Old Farmer’s “back 40″ on a fairly regular basis and came to appreciate how common views about guns and shooting over the course of my lifetime have become skewed in favor of complete foolishness. Whether the foolishness is the foolishness of “responsible...
  • Forget politically correct; is ag morally correct?

    12/27/2010 4:58:26 PM PST · by Dominic L. Fottfoy · 6 replies · 1+ views
    “I hate to be an alarmist, but I have to tell you: there is a time for urgency, and the time is right now.” That’s how Kevin Murphy, founder and owner of Food-Chain Communications LLC (truthinfood.com), prefaced his remarks to cattlemen attending last month’s Feeding Quality Forum in Grand Island, Neb., and Amarillo, Texas. Murphy says production and economic issues won’t matter if agriculture is regulated out of business by the activist groups that he says are leading “an attack on agriculture that is literally unrelenting.
  • The Pigford Downpayment

    12/06/2010 7:25:12 AM PST · by pinstripes715 · 4 replies
    Big Government ^ | 12/06/2010 | Gary Hewson
    This past Tuesday, Nov 30th, the Democratically-controlled lame-duck House passed the $1.2 billion Black Farmer’s Settlement funding known as Pigford II. The previous week the bill had passed the Senate with assurances of strict measures to protect the taxpayers against the rampant fraud that has been widely documented from multiple sources in both the media and government. The bill passed the House 256-152, and is now headed to President Obama to sign: the man who single-handedly introduced the Pigford II legislation in 2007 to curry favor with rural black Southern voters, to which he was trailing significantly to then front-runner...
  • Your Hometown & the United Nations’ Agenda 21

    02/10/2011 6:32:13 PM PST · by wheresmyusa · 8 replies · 1+ views
    The New American ^ | 2/10/2011 | William F. Jasper
    In March 2010, Nor-Cal Produce, a family-owned produce business in West Sacramento, was fined $32,500 by the California Air Resources Board (ARB, or CARB). The company was not charged with, or even accused of, illegal emissions; like many other businesses, it had merely failed to notice a new regulation posted by CARB requiring all semi-trailers, shipping containers, vans, and rail cars with diesel-powered refrigerators to file a report with the agency. “We had no knowledge of the law,” Nor-Cal’s Chief Financial Officer Todd Achando told CalWatchDog, a news blog that monitors California government. “My operations manager happened to see it...
  • First Lady Taking Health Work Global

    02/08/2011 7:04:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies · 1+ views
    The New York Times ^ | February 8, 2011 | Sheryl Gay Stolberg
    Michelle Obama, who has planted a vegetable garden, swiveled a hula hoop, done yoga poses, lobbied Congress and crisscrossed the United States to promote the virtues of healthy eating and exercise, wants to take her campaign to reduce childhood obesity to a bigger audience: the global one. During a wide-ranging luncheon interview with reporters, Mrs. Obama said she intended to spend part of the coming year shaping a more international message, with a possible focus on issues of maternal and child health. She expects to talk about fighting obesity when she travels with President Obama overseas, she said. “What I...
  • China in business with drug cartels

    02/07/2011 10:42:14 AM PST · by AuntB · 6 replies
    Examiner ^ | Feb. 4, 2011 | Dave Gibson
    Last week, Mexican authorities seized over 23 tons of ethyl phenylacetate, which is used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. The drug component was discovered at the Pacific port of Manzanillo, in a shipment from China. In April 2010, Mexican officials seized 80 tons of phenylacetic acid and its derivatives shipped from Shanghai, China. Imports of ethyl phenylacetate require authorization from the country’s health ministry, so the shipments are intentionally mis-labeled before leaving China. Last year, an anonymous U.S. official told Reuters that between October and November 2010, Mexican authorities seized 818 tons of chemicals used in making crystal meth. Due...
  • Dairy farmers can't catch a break from EPA

    02/05/2011 8:13:24 PM PST · by WriteStuff · 41 replies
    Across the Back Fence ^ | 02/05/2011 | Todd Fitchette
    At the same time the US EPA is causing food prices around the globe to skyrocket as a result of policies to use corn as a fuel additive instead of an international food staple, one of the victims of the federal agency is in the cross hairs because of — what else — the food they create! US dairy farmers are now being tasked to construct hazardous materials containment facilities and create disaster preparedness plans equivalent to those required by refineries and companies that store bulk hazardous materials.
  • Will Ethanol Break the Muslim World After All?

    02/02/2011 9:00:05 PM PST · by 6ft2inhighheelshoes · 24 replies
    Sultan Knish a blog by Daniel Greenfield ^ | February 2. 2011 | Daniel Greenfield
    Ethanol has proven to be an inadequate solution to the problem of foreign oil, but it has toppled at least one Arab ruler and may not be done yet. The Soros backed college students and the Islamists have done their part in the protests, but the Tunisian and Egyptian mobs would never have made their showing without a goad. And the goad was high wheat prices. Part of the spike in wheat prices was due to the shift to ethanol production. Remember when Americans were lining up with cans of gasoline during the OPEC oil boycott? Arab Muslims are now...
  • Got Snow?(Vanity)

    02/01/2011 7:28:07 PM PST · by One Name · 114 replies
    2/1/2011 | One Name
    We're getting hammered by wind, but the snow appears to be done. Most of what fell here should be relocated to Oklahoma by morning. Some places are heavy snow, some are heavy winds, some both. Did anyone get a bad ice storm? So far, rural power here is holding up. Tough on the outdoor animals. Little birds are flitting around sideways, low to the ground. Hard to beat a wood stove on a night like this.
  • Price rises could make juices a 'luxury'

    01/28/2011 7:24:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies
    United Press International ^ | January 28, 2011
    Rocketing prices of fruit juice in commodity markets could soon make apple and orange juice an unaffordable "luxury," a trade publication says. The Grocer magazine says a series of bad harvests from Florida to China, combined with increased demand from Asian countries, has pushed the price of orange and apple juices up on the world market, Britain's Daily Telegraph reported Friday. Industry experts say prices could increase by as much as 80 per cent for orange juice and 60 per cent for apple juice in 2011, the newspaper said. In the past year, the price of a one-quart carton of...
  • Bachmann details $400 billion-plus in spending cuts

    01/24/2011 12:20:11 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 32 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 1/24/11 | Jeremy Herb
    For weeks, Rep. Michele Bachmann has touted $450 billion in spending cuts to help get the country’s debt under wraps. A detailed list of the cuts, which actually add up to a little more than $430 billion, reveals a conservative wish-list of federal programs to be downsized or outright eliminated. Bachmann’s spending cuts span across the government spectrum, slashing everything from agriculture to Homeland Security to science funding. Some of her ideas, like defunding federal abortion grants, are red meat for conservatives. Others, like abolishing the Department of Education, would be considered more controversial. The time period for the cuts...
  • Ethanol's ROI not just bad for MPG's

    01/22/2011 11:41:24 AM PST · by WriteStuff · 8 replies
    Across the Back Fence ^ | 1/22/2011 | Todd Fitchette
    Corn belongs on the dinner plate, not in the gas tank. America’s food and energy policies are severely twisted. How else can you explain the fact that America refuses to mine its own energy sources, choosing instead to import most of our oil, while arguing that to meet our needs for something to power our cars and trucks, we ought instead to simply use a food staple used the world over?
  • Cattle Network Warns Farmers: Big Time Inflation Is Coming and You Better Have an Explanation

    01/18/2011 9:13:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Economic Policy Journal ^ | January 18, 2011 | Robert Wenzel
    The insiders know, they see it coming. A spike in food prices is just around the corner. Here's what Drovers Cattle Network is telling farmers: Americans have spent less than 10 percent of their disposable income on food for many years now. That’s about to change. Food prices are on the rise and there will be new records set for some, actually many goods, this year. Meat, dairy and poultry prices are among the products on pace to set records. While the general inflation rate was nearly zero in 2010, food and fuel presents another story. Predictions for 2011 food...
  • FOOD SAFETY WINS ONLY BECAUSE OF DIRTY TRICKS (HR2751)

    01/05/2011 9:39:43 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    National Health Federation ^ | 12-21-2010 | news release
    Once again, outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, along with her sidekicks Waxman and Dingell, has used legislative "sleight-of-hand" to force through the “Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act” (H.R.2751) with S.510 attached. Just today, the Bill passed on a vote of 215 For and 144 Against. It is rich irony indeed that the "Cash for Clunkers" reauthorization bill (H.R.2751) has provided the ride for S.510, another “clunker” that will unleash an avalanche of useless, business-killing paperwork upon the food industry and a swarm of parasitic FDA bureaucrats. The result will be, as we have said all along, a food...
  • Was Sarah Palin Right About Inflation? (Mild Barf Alert)

    01/05/2011 12:12:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Death & Taxes Magazine ^ | January 5, 2011 | Alex Moore
    Last November Sarah Palin got in a spat with the Wall Street Journal about inflation in food prices—she insisted food prices had inflated dramatically over the past year, and the Journal they hadn’t. A new UN report cites food prices are on a highway to the danger zone. Was Palin right? First off, it’s important to note that an argument about food prices is really a stand-in for a much bigger issue when it comes to Sarah Palin arguing with the Wall Street Journal. Palin been derided as a lightweight know-nothing who’s clueless about pretty much everything fact-related. Since inflationary...
  • EPA Document Shows It Knowingly Allowed Pesticide That Kills Honey Bees

    12/16/2010 12:57:10 PM PST · by frithguild · 33 replies
    Fast Company ^ | December 10, 2010 | Ariel Schwartz
    The world honey bee population has plunged in recent years, worrying beekeepers and farmers who know how critical bee pollination is for many crops. A number of theories have popped up as to why the North American honey bee population has declined--electromagnetic radiation, malnutrition, and climate change have all been pinpointed. Now a leaked EPA document reveals that the agency allowed the widespread use of a bee-toxic pesticide, despite warnings from EPA scientists. The document, which was leaked to a Colorado beekeeper, shows that the EPA has ignored warnings about the use of clothianidin, a pesticide produced by Bayer that...