RECALL: Where’s the beef?


Nearly 9 million… yes, MILLION pounds of beef products produced by a Northern California company has been recalled. Rancho Feeding Corporation in Petaluma, California has issued a recall because the products processed are “unsound, unwholesome or otherwise are unfit for human food” without undergoing a full federal inspection, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Saturday.

The products were produced between January 1, 2013 through January 7, 2014.. yes, nearly an entire years worth of meat. Products were shipped to distribution centers and retail establishments in California, Florida, Illiniois and Texas. They include beef carcasses, oxtail, liver, cheeks, tripe, tongue and veal bones. A list of the recalled products can be found here.

Last month the company recalled more than 40,000 pounds of meat products produced on January 8 that also didn’t undergo a full inspection. The problems were discovered as part of an ongoing investigation, the FSIS said.

The FSIS has not received any reports of illness. Because some of the products could still be frozen and in storage, a Class I recall was issued because the meat product could cause serious, adverse health consequences.

Consumers who have questions about the recall can contact the plant’s Quality Control manager, Scott Parks at (707) 762-6651.

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Is Monsanto to Blame For Killing Butterflies?

As if we didn’t have enough reasons to hate Monsanto.

The monarch butterfly’s life cycle has always been synchronized to the seasonal growth of milkweed, the only plant its larvae will eat. Successive generations of monarchs follow the springtime emergence of milkweed from Mexico to Canada. The hardy plant once flourished in grasslands, roadsides, abandoned lots, and cornfields across much of the continent. It fueled a mass migration that ended each winter with more than 60 million butterflies converging on pine forests in the Sierra Madres.

This week, the World Wildlife Fund announced that last year’s migration from Canada and the United States to Mexico had reached a record low since scientists started to monitor monarch butterfly colonies in 1993. This winter, butterflies were found in 1.7 acres across 11 sanctuaries, down from a high of 45 acres in 1996.

The monarch population began to steadily sink as more than a million of acres of grasslands rapidly are being wiped out in favor of corn and soybean fields, a rate of loss comparable to the deforestation of Brazil and Indonesia. Monsanto’s Roundup Week Killer is largely to blame for the decline, since it kills everything, including milkweed, which is down by 80%. The butterfly population has decreased by the same amount. Some states, such as Iowa, is losing more than 98 percent of their milkweed population. The weed doesn’t even grown on the edges of farmland anymore and the disappearance of the plant poses a huge risk to the insect’s survival.

There are other possible scenarios for the butterfly’s disappearance, including two years of unusual spring weather in the United States. 2012 was hotter than normal and the following year it was colder, disrupting the insects’ northward migration. Illegal logging has dwindled away the butterfly’s winter habitat. But nothing can match the lost milkweed in the Midwest, birthplace of roughly half of all the monarchs east of the Rocky Mountains.

This isn’t new news though. Declines in the population of Monarch butterfly’s have been reported for a number of years. Honeybee populations have been sliding downhill as well. Who are we going to listen to? An evil corporation preparing to take over the world? Or the beautiful living insects on this earth that keep everything else in sync?

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Tyson Foods Recalls 34,000 Pounds of Chicken

Tyson Foods Inc. is recalling nearly 34,000 pounds of mechanically separated chicken products due to possible Salmonella contaminant. The chicken parts were not shipped to supermarkets for customers, but instead it was intended for use in institutions and had been already shipped to California, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio and Wisconsin.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and Tyson Foods said they were voluntarily recalling the 40-pound cases of chicken. The products were produced on Oct. 11, 2013. The product can be identified by the establishment code P-13556, which is located inside the USDA mark of inspection, as well as with the code date 2843SDL1412-18. The product cases can be identified by code 17433-928 which is printed on the exterior label.

The recall was issued after FSIS was made aware of people at a Tennessee correctional facility was infected with the particular strain, Salmonella Heidelberg, on Dec. 12, 2013. After some investigation and working with the Tennessee Department of Health, results show that seven patients at the facility had been sickened by the bacteria between Nov 29, 2013 to Dec 5, 2013, two of them required hospitalization.

This is not the first time Tyson Foods Inc. has issued recalls. In 2012, over 67,000 pounds of their “Honey BBQ Flavored Boneless Chicken Wyngz” were recalled due to mis-branding and allergens that weren’t reported on the label. In 2013, about 127,000 pounds of uncooked breaded chicken tenderloins and uncooked chicken tenderloin fritter products, for the same reason.

The public can contact Tyson Consumer Relations department at 866-886-8456 with any questions or concerns.

According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), there are about 42,000 cases of salmonellosis that is reported each year in the United States. The CDC also states that the actual number of infections may be 29 or more times greater, as not all cases are diagnosed or reported.

People infected with Salmonella may develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness typically lasts 4 to 7 days.

A recent report from Consumer Reports showed that 97 percent of raw chicken breasts researchers tested had contained potentially harmful bacteria.

People can prevent salmonellosis by cooking poultry, ground beef and eggs thoroughly. When preparing meat, wash hands, kitchen work surfaces and utensils with soap and water after they come in contact with raw meat or poultry. Those in contact with infants should not handle raw poultry and meat at the same time.

The TPP and Your Food

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 Will more or less regulations make food our safer? How about knowing where your food comes from and who is producing it?

Since Monsanto controls the government via the Monsanto Protection Act, it appears much of a shoe-in for big agricultural chemical companies (others include Dow Chemical, DuPont, Syngenta, Bayer and BASF) to control the food supply. Monsanto has a well known track record of intimidating and harassing farmers from replanting their seeds, cross contamination and what ever else their Gestapo employees find to start up lawsuits against small farmers.

So how would the TPP effect the food industry (not that Big-Ag needs any more help at the moment)? Here’s a quick run down.

Small farmers and producers will essentially be put out of business. The TPP could replace small farms and communities with large agribusinesses, more so than they currently are.

Food safety standards would be reduced to a bare minimum. More so than the FDA and USDA uphold today (personally, I wouldn’t trust much of anything these two agencies report even today. Their standards aren’t in our best interests).

The fight for labeling foods would be a thing of the past. Monsanto will use the TPP to pull a few more strings to make it illegal to label products containing GMOs.

Finally, governments would not be able to support local food. Under TPP, public institutions (universities, schools, hospitals, etc.) may not be allowed to use local farms as a source of food, as it would violate free-trade terms by discriminating against foreign farms.

It’s no wonder why these companies (including local, state and federal government agencies) make it hard for citizens to grow their own food and become self sustainable. It’s only a step towards world domination. It’s no accident TPP is being dealt in secret and GMO labeling isn’t being passed by our elected officials. But now is the time to step up and take a stand. Let your voice be heard and contact your representatives to stop Fast Track and vote NO on the TPP.

“Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control the people.“ –Henry Kissinger

Open letter to the city of LA…..

Dear city counsel members and homeowners of the city of Los Angeles,

Over the last few months, many of us have sat back and watched with utter horror and disgust as several cities face a problem they have to deal with, with blatant disregard for human rights and compassion for people suffering in need. Instead of acknowledging that they are cities with growing homeless problems, and begin to work on a humane solutions that help to get this population of people back to being healthy and assets to their communities, they choose to treat them like criminals or ugly blemishes, fining them, harassing them, jailing them or sending them away to be a problem for someone else. Shame on them!! Many of these men, women, and young adults would much rather be in a home of their own, and in a bed of their own, than sleeping on a park bench or cardboard mat on the street. The cities that have already voted to solve a problem with such lack of compassion and responsibility, have demonstrated for everyone to see, that they are more interested in protecting their tourism flow, property values, and public image than in creating solutions fair to all sides. Since when did one group of people become more important than another? Since when is it ok to not take responsibility for having ample resources and solutions in place to get these people back in homes and working?! Why are those who are fortunate enough to have food, clothing, jobs and roof over their heads suddenly judge and jury that have the right and power to look down on others who do not have the fortune of having the same. These are human beings, people Who are guilty of nothing more than being victims to an economy that shows no prejudice in who it tears apart or destroys, or in a country that supports and finds ways to fund wars, but cannot afford to feed and house their poor. And now we see a news story that very soon, local homeowners and city council members may very well join this circle!? SHAME ON YOU!!

In a country that has proven capable of sticking together and helping each other in their time of need, why are so many cities so lazy and irresponsible, that they would rather sweep the dust under the designer carpet than grab the dustpan and get dirty. We have far more empty homes in this country than we have homeless! If our governments on every level focused less on getting rich and famous, and more on creating jobs and taking care of all of their citizens, what a different and wonderful world this would be! The real problems and criminals in these situations aren’t those who have already lost it all, no my friends it is you who choose to punish and look down upon people who need a simple stone to stand on. Is it that easy to forget what its like to e hungry? To be cold? To feel alone or not good enough? Is it really about benefit being a city known as a bully and only value those with money??

Every living thing on the face of this earth has value, and we have seemingly forgotten that! Shame on anyone who has deemed themselves greater than another just because he has more materialistic goods, and owns a home! What have we become? Worse what have we allowed our cities to become!? Is it that difficult to pull together as a community and work on real solutions, especially with so many people already in the trenches and fighting to save those with so much less?! At one point most of those now on the street, were job working, home owning, family loving taxpayers, but now that things in our country have gotten worse the dream of having a life of their own again seems even further out of reach. Unlike years before, the number of us who are standing up for these fellow human beings, is rapidly growing. While many of you curl up safe and sound in the comfort of your homes, millions shiver beneath the cold wintery night sky. This isn’t a disgrace, this is an outrage. A despicable act against humans that punishes a group of people for being forgotten and cast out by screwed up society. Somehow those in charge of our country, just as those of you in charge of our city’s, have forgotten who you work for and who you are supposed to be caring for and protecting. As men and women get raped, bullied, beaten, murdered and jailed, how have you succeeded in doing those simple things? With the exception of the photo opportunity and during the holiday season, when good will and compassion seem to grow out of thin air, these fellow human beings are forgotten and ignored as we drive and/or walk by. Unacceptable! Ignoring the rights of people in need, denying them proper access to the basic necessities, and ignoring the protests and voices of those of us who care and are willing to stand up and fight for them regardless of what it takes, is no longer an option.

To all of you activists, and our strong and compassion, passionate followers and supporters, the time has come for us this madness stop! This is a call to action for all of you across the globe, to stand up and do what is right. For far too long we have allowed the abuse and suffering of people who are in need to continue and enough is enough. There are other solutions, it is far cheaper to help these people than it is to do what they keep doing. Harassing them, jailing them, denying them access to free food, and continually treating them like animals isn’t the answer. Now is the time to stop signing petitions, stop pushing buttons on our pc’s, and be the voices for those already locked up, those who have already had their lives taken from, who need someone to fight for them now!! Let us use this opportunity to rise up peacefully, present realistic and doable solutions, and remind those who look down on those of us with so little, that we matter!! No more abuse! No more denial of the basic necessities that ALL humans rightly deserve to have! It is time that these cities and communities take their responsibility in this issue, and be held accountable for their decisions and actions. These are our fellow brothers and sisters, once thriving assets and soldiers in this country. Getting them healthy and well, and back on the road having a life of their own, whatever it may be is what needs to be done. Unity, working together, helping each other..especially those struggling and in need. The time is now!! Whether you are in a nearby city, across the country, or in another part of the world..you..we…they are human beings… and it is time we stopped allowing those who are elected into office to forget that they are supposed to represent each of us and not just a chosen few!

To the city council of LA, all human lives are valuable and precious, with many of us facing homelessness and poverty very soon. It is not your job to judge and convict, it is your job to create jobs and solutions, and focus on the people who call your city home. We will be the voice for the voiceless, and we will stand up for their right to live and thrive! Ignoring us is not an option, the time has come for change. It is time come together and write every news station, every newspaper, and the LA city council demanding justice for those who have already lost so much. We are, this is, where the change begins. People helping people..the way it was meant to be…Expect us!!

Sincerely,
the 99%

http://www.msnbc.com/the-last-word/please-dont-feed-the-homeless

Seed Bombs!! A brief look into the history to get you inspired!

Seed Bombing is a term used since the 1970’s, which is about the time when the guerrilla gardening movement began. According to research, it was in the 1970’s that a group of garden activists known as the “Green Guerrillas” was founded by NYC artist Liz Christy who threw seed bombs into abandoned lots and wastelands. Christy went on to become the creator and founder of the Bowery Houston Community Garden which is still a heavily active garden today..A garden that has received both local support in addition to local government, to help preserve it as a community growing space. Since then, there have been so many different kinds of seed bomb inventions. These include things like seed balloons, seed condoms, seed-filled christmas ornaments, seed capsules, and even seed paper. The most common technique that most of us guerilla gardeners use today, happens to be the ancient method of using natural materials that were used by Masonobu Fukuoka, who used earth clay and seeds to create his successful balls of seeds. No matter where you live, or what recipe or method you use, one thing is for sure. Seed bomb and seed bombing groups are tripling in popularity and numbers, and as more and more consumers jump on the Seed Bomb wagon, even us here at the Food Revolution truly believe the Biotech Companies and Food industry should be very afraid. With every seed and every chemical-free seed bomb thrown or planted, we are in fact taking back our food supply, one bomb at a time!

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TODAY IS A GREAT DAY TO GET UP, GET OUT, AND GET GROWING!!!

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Did you know?

Is it really any surprise that the Washington labeling battle lost? Or Prop 37 proposal fell to the same fate in pretty much the same fashion. It’s not just the big bad chemical companies that are to blame for this recent demise folks, the dollars you have been spending every day can carry some of the fault as well. Here’s how:

“Members of the Grocery Manufacturers of America, which was forced to create a political committee to comply with state law, have contributed more than $11 million to No on 522, the campaign opposed to the labeling initiative” (shocking, no?). To break it down even further:

Pepsico ($2.4 million)
Coca-Cola ($1.5 million)
Nestle ($1.5 million)

That’s according to a review of state records. These are the same three companies that also made large contributions to defeat the California labeling initiative last year. That was of course after the big processed food companies joined with the biotech firms and helping to raise $46 million for the opposition.

Still there are others:
General Mills ($869,000)
Conagra ($828,249)

You can add to the list the Campbell’s Soup Company, Kellogg’s Company, Land O’Lakes, Ocean Spray Cranberries, Cargill, Dean Foods and The Hershey Company as well. Yes, every time you spend your hard earned dollars on their products, you contribute to their ability to continue spending large fortunes to make sure labelling doesn’t happen. The thing is, you don’t need labels! I cringed as I watched the amount that either side was spending on labels that people don’t really read right now. And what people do read, they can’t understand. No longer are ingredients simply water, flour, sugar, eggs, etc. If you have to look up ingredients on your smartphone, or online at home to know what you’re eating, it’s not real food and shouldn’t be eaten. The processed food industry is getting richer and richer off making consumers sicker and more overweight. The lies that the government spews out showing reductions in this or that, simply isn’t true. The next time you’re out and about take a good look around you. What do you see? Do you see healthy and energized people, or are most of the adults and children you see in dire need of healthier food and a nutrition intervention? I think you’ll find that things aren’t as healthy and wonderful as what some people try to convince you of. Over 85% of all processed food has at least one or more GE (GMO) ingredients in them! That means that unless verified otherwise, grocery store shelves lined from ceiling to floor with GMOs. Most of the food we eat today isnt real food at all. It concerns me that we are so focused on labels, for food that shouldn’t be consumed in the first place. And by continuing to waste time and money on fighting to label garbage food, we’re continuing to allow the same food to be purchased and generating additional demand. Knowing that just about every single processed food product has one or more GMOs in it, how does it slip the minds of so many that purchasing products that contain GMOs, supports the growth of GE crops!!!

Complaining about such defeats just seems so ridiculous. What should we be doing then? The bottom line is this…real food doesn’t have an extended shelf life. Real food doesn’t have a dozen ingredients in it that you have to look up in order to know what you are eating. We’re so wrapped up in labelling food that needs to be taken off the shelves and replaced with real and whole foods, that we aren’t taking time out to realize that we’re fighting to label the very same foods contributing to the chronic diseases and illnesses, food allergies and weight issues we have today. The answer isnt easy or simple, because it makes us have to take responsibility for our own health and wellness, and for that of our family. The only way we are going to solve this problem is by getting out and getting growing. And with air pollution and the nasty chemicals being sprayed on us, learning how to creatively grow indoors is even better. Until we start growing our own food, going out into our communities and starting community gardens/greenhouses and take the reliance from buying and consuming these fake foods, the cycle will continue and this will be an ongoing battle. I look at the amount of money raised to try and pass the label initiatives and then I look back at how that same money could have been spent on school lunches programs and getting them away from the clutches of Monsanto, or on nutrition programs that are designed to to not only teach people what they should be eating and how to cook without using GMOs or toxic chemicals and additives. Think about it. Labelling continues the GMO cycle. It allows the nutritional oppression that has plagued us for far too long, to remain a burden to our health and wellness, as well as to our pocketbooks as we stay prisoners to the OTC medications and prescription we rely on to get through each day. It just seems like we are wasting so much time and money to label products we need to have gone, when we should be working on the root of the problem.

We here at the Food Revolution support self-reliance, self-sufficiency, and personal responsibility. The time of blaming and crying over spilled milk is over. it’s time to grab those containers if you live in an area that is now in winter mode, educate yourself on aquaponics and hydroponics, relearn how to cook and eat healthier, and get growing. Until we take back the reigns on this stage coach, we will remain conforming GMO supporters. There are so many amazing new grassroots groups and organizations that are popping up all across the world that are willing and able to help you make the change. It’s time to get our bodies back on real and chemical free foods and beverages so that they can begin to detox and function as they should. If you start today, replacing even just one meal a week with a healthy and processed free foods, you are already starting the process. Together we can take back our food supply! Together we can learn how to help and take care of each other! Together we can make a difference. We can do it together!

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References
Food Companies and Monsanto Spend Millions to Defeat Washington GMO Labeling Initiative. http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/19698-revealed-big-processed-food-companies-spend-millions-to-defeat-washington-gmo-labeling-initiative

Helping those in need is not an only in warm weather job…

Over the past few months there have been so many amazing grassroots groups and organizations popping up all supporting the grow your own food and feed the hungry movement. So many awesome and wonderful people coming together not because they want to have their face and name plastered on a facebook page, in a newspaper, or blog, but because people helping other people out is how it should be. Many of these heroic groups and people come from pasts that have had them in the very shoes of those in need, that is the fire that is lit under their unselfish and forward moving determination. They, much like us, don’t keep track of the hours of sleep lost, the number of dollars spent out of pocket without hesitation, or how many people thanked us. There are no medals of honor, no world peace prize, no monetary awards. The feelings you feel when you see the smiles, feel the hugs, and hear the thank you’s is worth more than anything in this world.

The need for healthy and chemical free food has never been greater, and every dollar of every day that is spent funding the food industry and chemical companies who are in charge of it, is another day of illness and death that shouldn’t exist. We need people to step out of their getting by lives, and want to do what is right because its right. Because one day,, sooner or later, we may very well find ourselves in that same position if we haven’t already been there before. When I look into the faces of those I am blessed to be able to help get healthier and in a better position to get back on their feet, I don’t see someone who is lesser than me, or asks to be where he/she is. I see a man, woman, and more often than innocent children who have had their lives yanked out from underneath them and just need a solid ground to stand on. These are our fellow brothers and sisters, people with just as much value and purpose in this world as you and me. When we stop looking at them as equals to us, we far too easily turn our backs on them, many only feeling the spirit of giving during the holidays.

Friends and blog followers, this is simply not acceptable. I get that there are many who don’t know where to start or what to even do. I get that there are many of us who live in states and countries that have cold winter months. But hunger, homelessness, and poverty don’t go off to a warm weather place until the cold hard months pass, neither should we. Food banks and soup kitchens are simply failing to provide food with sufficient nutrition on a regular basis, and it shouldn’t have to be their burden anyways. WE have the ability to make a difference and create change. It won’t make you rich and famous, or get you a presidential medal. We already see and know that our government and the companies they are so deeply in bed with no longer have our best interest at heart any more…then again it has been that way for quite some time hasn’t it?! It has to change…

Hunger doesn’t break for the winter, neither should your green thumbs!

When we began our Seed Bomb event, it started out as a one time thing, with a specific designated day. The emails and comments we got reinforced what we had already known but weren’t
sure others felt the same…During the winter months, the ground is frozen, and the hungry and poor are even more in need of proper nutrition and food. Food banks and soup kitchens, with all of their GMO foods, see even more hungry mouths to feed, including teenagers and young children. And yet, with the ground covered in a blanket of snow, the cold winter months deters us from continuing the gardening that must be done if we are to save our fellow human beings and fight for our food supply.

Today, with our creativity and inventions, we can bring outdoor gardening on every level, inside. Growing hundreds of pounds of food or just enough to get through each month. Apartments, condos, rentals, houses, etc..it no longer matters where you live there’s a solution and means to continue growing food. Aquaponics, Hydroponics, window gardening, container gardens..with a little bit of re-education you can grow your own food inside for you and to give to those in need. The key words to take from that, is re-education. By continuing to spend your dollars on the toxic and chemical filled foods we are so used to eating and addicted to, you are in essence continuing the legal poisoning and forced nutritional oppression that has taken so many lives already and forced so many more to suffer through chronic diseases, illnesses, food allergies, and weight problems we are seeing such a rise of today. Convenience and cost become the most important things to us, sacrificing the future health and wellness of our children.

There are a rapidly growing number of grassroots groups popping up all across the world! In order to step out of the vicious circle of pain, sickness, obesity, depression, etc..we have to leave behind everything we have been fed and look back to before we had shelves with lab created food and fake food drive thru’s, to the times when people came together and grew the real food they planted and harvested. With the brain power, creativity, and technology we have today the excuses of the past should stay in the past. The food industry has been allowed for too long to force us into the unhealthy and medicated lives we live today. Organizing community gardens in every village, townships, and city isnt a pipe dream, it has to become a reality. We don’t need grass to decorate our lawns, we need chemical free and nutritious food. Our health issues and hunger don’t take time off during the coming the holiday season..why are we?

If you haven’t had a chance to check out our Food Revolution page, take some time and check it out! Not only are we creating change every day and helping others to eat better, live healthier, and cook healthier, but we are also sponsoring an ongoing seed bomb event that gives people creative ideas on how to continue growing all year-long and share it with those who need it the most. We have the most amazing bunch of supporters and followers and they continue to spread the word and help us to get others motivated every day! We must begin to come together and work together if we are going to take back our food supply and get our lives into a healthier and more wholesome life..We have the power and numbers..Power to the people..It’s Time For A Food Revolution!!

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Marigold Graveyard

Picture1000 125It’s been a distracting last few months, I hope to get back into this and entertain and engage you all. I am calling this year’s backyard garden a success!! My tomatoes were nonstop, once I fed the ground with some nutrients. I had to pick all of my tomatoes off the vine before the frost/freeze got to them. I still have quite a few sitting on the kitchen counter waiting to turn color.

I have ignored my little garden plot since I picked the last of the fruit, up until the other day. I took notice that my pretty colorful marigolds had all turned brown and dying. My empty dead vine filled trellis stood bare. The last of the wilted tomato plants hanging by strings tied to the nearby tree. A layer of brown dried leaves covering the garden plot. The only green I could see from the distance was a few snapdragon plants still holding on. Along with some Dusty miller plants that have grown 50x bigger since I planted them.

I decided to take a stroll over to say one last good bye before winter sits in. And to my surprise, I found some green sprouts popping up through the bed of leaves. My long forgotten onions! Not sure what their story is, or what they plan on doing, but seeing their greens gave me a warm fuzzy feeling.

I didn’t plan on any fall and winter gardening, which now I am feeling a bit left out. However, for the time being, I do have a pot full of dead marigold heads to de-seed. Would anyone like a packet of seeds? 🙂

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