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Food Chain Weekly News Topic
DON’T FEED THE BEARS
Food Chain Radio Show #913
March 30, 2013 • Sat 9AM Pacific
Michael Olson hosts Kevin Sanders, Yellowstone Outdoor Adventures
Should civilized people feed wild life?
“Dad! Why does the sign say, ‘Don’t feed the bears!”
“Because, son, Yellowstone Park does not want us to feed bears.”
“But Dad, the bears are hungry, and we have extra food. It doesn’t seem fair!”
Living in rural Yachats, Oregon, Karen Noyes did not have to abide by the rules of Yellowstone Park, and liked feeding the wild bears, and so fed them. And when she did, more bears came to be fed. Soon Karen Noyes had a yard full of bears to be fed, with more coming all the time.
It did not take long before things got out of Karen Noyes’ hands. One of her bear friends stormed a neighbor’s turkey farm and killed 60 of its resident turkeys. Another bear friend took a liking to the neighbor lady and got stuck trying to sneak in through the lady’s dog door for visit. And so on …
Consequent to all the bearishness going on in the neighborhood, poor Karen Noyes was arrested and convicted for “Harassing Wildlife.” She was then sentenced to three years of probation, which included an order not to go near her rural home.
Yellowstone Park has a long and storied history of wild bears and civilized people. When civilized people see the wild bears’ pleading looks of “feed me, feed me,” they often want to feed the wild bears. When they do, the wild bears often undergo a personality change, and the pleading looks become demanding looks that say, “FEED ME! FEED ME!”
FOOD CHAIN NEWS TOPIC
Food Chain Radio Show #913 • March 23, 2013 • Sat 9AM Pacific
*********Michael Olson hosts Judith McGeary,
Executive Director Farm & Ranch Freedom Alliance
What kind of farm will be able to grow government safe food?
Industrial production of peanuts, cantaloupes, hamburger and spinach reigned havoc on the nation’s food chain, sickening many and killing some.
In keeping with their stated policy of “never letting a serious crisis go to waste,” politicians flew into action, and in the waning hours of 2010, passed the Food Safety Modernization Act, which granted to government total and absolute control over the nations’s food chain.
Former Monsanto Executive Michael Taylor, now government’s Food Safety Czar, recently handed down 1,200 pages of new food safety rules. These rules are scheduled to go into effect in a few weeks.
Few have read all the 1,200 pages, and most seem resigned to follow a former Speaker of the House, who would likely say, “Let’s enforce all the rules so we can know what they are!”
Some, however, would like to have time to read all the new rules before accepting them. Their asking for time to read all the rules leads us to ask…
For whom is government making food safe?
FOOD CHAIN NEWS TOPIC
THERE IS A GARDEN IN THE MIND
Food Chain Radio Show #912 • March 16, 2013 • Sat 9AM Pacific
Michael Olson hosts Dr. Paul Lee, Author
As a student of Chinese language and literature, I had to spend many hours inside the language lab at the University of California, Santa Cruz. When finished with the day’s studies, I would stumble outside into the brilliant sunshine to watch a full-scale revolution in action.
Adjacent to the lab, on a parcel of steep, shrub-covered hillside, students from around the nation were dropping their studies in engineering, chemistry, and physics to dig in the dirt of a French-Intensive / Biodynamic garden under the tutelage of an actor from England by the name of Alan Chadwick.
This garden, which was always filled with youthful exuberance, was somewhat of an enigma to me. Having grown up with the chores of farming and ranching, which included hour upon hour of hoeing weeds under a hot Montana sun, I could not quite see what all the excitement was about, nor why anyone would drop their studies to dig in the dirt. ‘What am I missing here?’ I often asked myself.
(I was not the only one with the question. When those students called home to tell mom and dad they were dropping their studies in chemistry to become a gardener, the phone began ringing off the hook in the Chancellor’s office!)
What I was missing was a revolution in thinking about gardening, about food, and about how we go about living on planet Earth. There is a Garden in the Mind, and it leads us to ask…
DIVINING BY DOWSING
Food Chain Radio Show #781 • March 9, 2013 • Sat 9AM Pacific
Michael Olson hosts Dowsers Steven Herbert and Sue Trumpfheller
What else might be devined by dowsing?
Do you believe dowsing can find water?
A few years back, I watched as a friend contracted for a water well to be drilled on his newly purchased parcel of mountain ridgetop!
Other landholders on this ridgetop had not faired well in their drilling of water wells, and consequently most of the neighborhood’s wells produced mere trickles of water.
The well-driller, a grizzled veteran of decades of drillings, said, “I won’t drill on this property without a dowser!” And so the recommended dowser was contracted to “witch a well.”
The dowser, an equally grizzled veteran of decades of dowsing, cruised the property behind a well-used forked willow branch, occasionally stopping here and there at the dipping of the forked willow. Finally, he stopped dead in his tracks and said, “Right here! You will find 30 gallons per minute at 365 feet.”
And that is, within a foot or two, where the well-driller found 30 gallons per minute on the bone dry ridgetop.
Having seen this dowsing, and the proving up of its call, one simply must ask…
What other answers might be divined by dowsing?
Ubiquitous Soy & Precocious Puberty
Food Chain Radio Show #911 • March 2, 2013 • Sat 9AM Pacific
*********Michael Olson hosts: Nancy Chapman, Executive Director, Soyfoods Association of North *********America & Pharmacist Ben Fuchs, Host, Bright Side Radio Show
Could ubiquitous soy cause precocious puberty?
A challenge: Go out into the world and find a loaf of bread that does not contain some form of soy. Good luck!
Soy is in the hamburger, in the hamburger bun, and in the milkshake. In fact, soy is in many, if not most, of the processed foods we eat, including:
Baked Goods: breads, cookies, crackers, etc.
Breakfast cereals: hot cereal mixes and protein bars
Pasta: including U.S. National School lunch pastas
Beverages & Toppings: coffee whiteners, whipped toppings, protein drinks
Meat, Poultry, Fish: products processed from whole parts
Dairy: imitation milks, cheeses, frozen yogurts, milk blends
And of course, soy is in the baby formula.
We now feed our children soy in many of their foods from the day they are born until the day they go out into the world on their own.
Wait! There is another thing to consider about our children: They are becoming sexually mature at a much younger age. In the 19th century, girls began menstruating at the average age of 15. Today girls begin at the average age of 12. Boys also are maturing years earlier, with some groups developing at the age of nine!
The ubiquity of soy in our children’s foods, and the precocious puberty of our children, lead us to ask…
Can Animals in Agriculture be Treated Humanely?
Michael Olson talks with Matt Rice, Director of Investigations for "Mercy for Animals". They discuss, along with callers, whether or not animals can be treated humanely in a food market as large as that of the United States.
Solutions for the Labor Shortage
In a follow-up to last week's show, Michael Olson continues to address the labor shortage that is causing some of our crops to go unpicked. What are some of the solutions to this problem that would have been unheard of just a few years ago.
Where are all the farmworkers?
With 30 million Americans out of work and millions more underemployed, farmers are still having a hard time finding the help needed to keep a farm profitable. Michael Olson's guest for this week is Dr. Ann Lopez, Executive Director of The Center for Farmworker Families. www.farmworkerfamily.com
GMO's and Monsanto Woes
Michael Olson invites Professor Emeritus of Perdue University Dr. Don Huber. They discuss concerns over the possibility of a newly discovered pathogen that could be causing spontaneous abortion rates of 20-45% in animal that feed on genetically engineered crops. Some believe that this new pathogen is a direct result of Glysophate, a herbicide developed and sold by the Monsanto corporation .If this is true, what will the Monsanto bug do to us?