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Gluten, or Glyphosate? Which is the Real Culprit in the Current Health Pandemic?

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What’s the Darn Deal with Modern Wheat?

Suddenly in the last 25 years or so,  many people in the USA have been diagnosed as gluten intolerant or with Celiac Disease.  This fairly modern problem has arisen through the eating of grains such as wheat, oats, rye and barley. Various symptoms occur in those affected. Problems such as intestinal pain and bloating, headaches, rashes, poor digestion issues, brain fog, body aches, autoimmune responses, and more. Those who are prone to the debilitating  properties of gluten can develop disease due to the damaged intestinal villi ( the finger-like projections that line the small intestines). Those who suffer from gluten intolerance and Celiac disease know this all too well.

BUT..is it actually the gluten, (a grain protein), that is the cause of this? Grains that have been eaten all through human history that are full of beneficial nutrients and complex carbohydrates when prepared properly? The growing, soaking, drying, grinding, fermenting and subsequent baking of breads of all types has been traditionally utilized and consumed throughout all of societal time. What is happening now that so many can not eat bread? Why is wheat so different now?

Whole Grain Bread

Whole Grain, Baked Bread

A “Glutton for Gluten”

I, as well as so many others, am a “Glutton for Gluten”.  Most everyone loves bread and wheat products (pizza and pasta!) Those satisfying carbohydrates that are full of iron, B vitamins, and minerals, as long as they are whole grain and not refined and processed. Why suddenly are we having problems with bread? What is happening to our modern wheat and grains that so many are unable to eat them anymore?

Toxic Chemicals

Toxic Chemicals in our Food System

The Evil Empire of ” M’Santo and his spawn Roun Dupe”

Could it be the wide spread prevalence of herbicides and pesticides? GMO’s ( Genetically Modified Organisms) or a certain product with the initials “R.U”? I believe so! What else could be the reason why folks can’t eat they way we used to eat? While these herbicide chemicals are not yet genetically introduced to the seeds of wheat (yet!), they are sprayed liberally all over the almost finished fields so that the grains die back, fall down, and then are easily harvested up my machinery. Industrial farming efficiency, at the cost of our health! It’s the large laboratory made chemical glyphosate that is the culprit. “Glyphosate is a broad-spectrum systemic herbicide and crop desiccant. It is an organophosphorus compound, specifically a phosphonate. It is used to kill weeds, especially annual broad leaf weeds and grasses that compete with crop.” (from Wiki). Glyphosphates, the dangerous chemical that most all of us are now exposed to and inadvertently consuming here in the USA, and elsewhere where countries apply it. And the GMO seeds and the resulting food plants are truly not designed for the human body. Yet most of the unsuspecting public masses are eating it up in droves.  It can’t be good for our health. It’s just not natural.

 

“Back in the Old Country”

Northern Israel

Fertile Hills Looking out to the Sea of Galilee, Israel

For many Americans who have their heritage not too far back from overseas, they may recall hearing stories from the Grandparents or Great Grandparents who talk of the food from their country of origin. How they were able to eat each day. Fresh, local, straight off the farm, and from the village or city butchers, bakers, and healthy food makers. The indigenous diets from “back in the day” were full of life giving nutrients. Heritage recipes and food preparations that were all natural and fit into a balanced lifestyle. They did not have any of these new chemicals sprayed all over and into their foods and the lab manipulated seeds that change the genetics the way we do now. Longevity with barely a disease were some of their lifestyle attributes. In our USA history, the Colonists came with their food and farming methods and learned so much from the Native Americans. For much of early American history, there was good health and balanced eating (proteins, fats and carbohydrates).  Small scale farming and raising of livestock that was prepared and consumed fresh (and mostly indigenous). Fish caught off shore or in lakes and rivers, not from ‘force fed fish farms’, pond farms that go against the nature of the fishes normal habitat and selected diet. How can we now get “back to the Old Country”?

 

“Bread, the Staff of Life” and “Wine, the Fruit of the Vine”

Grapevines of Israel

Grapevines of Israel

Last year we had the amazing privilege of traveling to Israel for 2 weeks. Besides all we saw and did in the Holy Land, on our amazing self designed tour, we ate the most incredible and delicious fresh food. Israeli and Middle Eastern cuisine. The wheat products tasted phenomenal. In most instances the wheat was fresh ground and baked into breads and pastries. I have many friends who are gluten sensitive in the USA, but were able to eat all grain foods in Israel with no ill effects. What does that tell you? As far as I am aware, they do not use glyphosates on their farms or gmo plants! First hand we were able to visit the farms and food fields of much of Israel. It was an encouraging experience.

 

“What Can We Do?”

Fresh Garlic from Grow in Grace Farm

Fresh and Organic Garlic!

In my personal experience, I have found that I can make a difference for myself and in my own circle of family and friends. For right now in my life, it’s what I can manage. I can immerse myself getting educated, ( by researching and through first hand experience, learning from others around me), and by spreading this knowledge in my community (and in the occasional blog post!) Living in the countryside of Virginia has enabled us to have an organic farm in which we can grow food for our family. Also the ability to take part in, and help out with, a State wide food and farmer advocacy group called VICFA ( Virginia Independent Consumers and Farmers Association), that was co-founded by the “now famous farmer” Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm. Getting involved by joining this group, and by my being on the board of directors for a few years now, has helped me to learn and get active on the food and farming freedom movement in so many ways. Supporting VICFA can make a noble impact and important difference for the lives of so many, and especially for the next generations. This farm and food freedom advocacy group’s main mission and story is: “Our purpose is to promote and preserve unregulated direct farmer-to-consumer trade that fosters availability of locally grown or home produced food products. Working to bring Farm and Food Freedom to the Virginia people. VICFA was started by a handful of individuals in central Virginia who are deeply concerned about the over-regulation of small farm sales direct to consumers. Consumers were, in fact, being denied their right to have fresh, wholesome foods from farmers whom they knew and trusted. Incorporated in April of 2001 as a non-profit corporation, VICFA’s mission statement was and remains: “To promote and preserve unregulated direct farmer-to-consumer trade that fosters availability of locally-grown or home-produced food products.”

Local farmers growing and raising natural and organic foods without the use of toxic chemicals, and implementing the wisdom from the past, ( farming before chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides), can be supported by us all buying from them at the farmers market. Or if you can, grow and raise the foods yourself!

Polyface Farm

Susan V., Joel Salatin, and Dr. Sina McCullough

http://www.vicfa.org

Please consider joining VICFA today. We are hosting an event in Richmond, Virginia, “A Night of Solutions”, on June 22, 2018 featuring Joel Salatin and Dr. Sina McCullough (author of the highly informative book ” Hands Off My Food”) http://www.handsoffmyfood.com . It will be an educational and fun evening to learn and fellowship with others who care about health, food, and farming freedoms. Please visit the vicfa website to learn more and get tickets to our event. http://www.vicfa.org

 

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Virginia Raw Milk and Farming Freedoms Prevail! Virginia is for Food Freedom Lovers.

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Persistence Pays Plenty! Virginia is for ‘Food Freedom Lovers’.

Through grass roots efforts, the voices of the multitudes of farm and food freedom lovers has been heard. On Thursday, February 1, 2018, at least 100 Virginians showed up in force at the Richmond, Virginia General Assembly hearing to oppose SB962 Bill. A Bill sponsored by Senator Mark Obenshain (R-26). Many that were not able to attend the hearing spoke up through phone, calls, emails, social media, and by word of mouth to spread through communities. The Farm and Food freedom advocacy group in Virginia VICFA ( Virginia Independent Consumers and Farmers Association), has been working feverishly and diligently since 2001.

VICFA was started by a handful of individuals in central Virginia who were concerned about the over-regulation of small family farm sales direct to consumers. Consumers, (potential customers), were being denied their right to have fresh and wholesome foods from the farmers with whom they knew and had trusted. So VICFA was formed as a non profit corporation with the mission statement “To promote and preserve unregulated direct farmer to consumer trade that fosters availability of locally grown or home produced food products”. 

http://vicfa.org/about.html

The bill, SB962 and what would have been on the docket for next week HB825, is an invasion of private property rights. The herd share agreement is a private contract between the farmer and the consumer giving the consumer an ownership interest in a dairy animal. Distribution of milk through a herd share contract is a private transaction which should not be subject to government regulation.

VICFA

Virginia Independent Consumers and Farmers Association

Here is the update from VICFA

VICTORY!!!

SB 962- killed by 8/7 vote

HB 825 will be struck

Delegate Barry Knight will be striking HB 825 in the upcoming House Agricultural Subcommitte meeting scheduled for this coming Monday February 5, 2018.

This is posted on the agenda-
“PLEASE NOTE-At the request of the patron (Knight) HB 825 will be struck at this meeting. Any citizens interested in HB 825 (Herd Shares) need not attend the meeting.”
Yesterday Senate Bill 962, was heard by a packed house of 100+ citizens who filled the room beyond standing, spilling into the adjacent hall and beyond. In a joint effort, VICFA members, Weston A. Price members, FTCLDF members, herd share farmers, herd share holders, their families, and many others were there to speak against the bill.

Many had visited the General Assembly throughout the week talking with Senators and Delegates on SB 962 and HB 825. The phone lines were flooded and email inboxes were filled Virginians opposing the bill.
Because of the massive public outcry, SB 962 failed to pass and was killed by a narrow 8 to 7 vote..

NAYS–Ruff, Petersen, Stanley, Black, Chafin, Dance, Suetterlein, McClellan–8.

Voted to kill the bill
YEAS–Stuart, Hanger, Obenshain, Marsden, Ebbin, Lewis, Mason–7.
Voted to pass the bill

To see the recorded session, here is the link http://virginia-senate.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php…
(Start at the 45 min mark to go straight to SB 962)
Thank you!!
We would like to thank all who called, emailed, shared, and came to the General Assembly to speak about these bills.
Please contact the Senators that voted to kill SB 962 to thank them for their support and please thank Delegate Barry D. Knight for striking HB 825,
for striking the bill…

Senator Phon Email
Richard H. Stuart (804) 698-7528
district28@senate.virginia.gov

Emmett W. Hanger, Jr.
(804) 698-7524
district24@senate.virginia.gov

Mark D. Obenshain
804) 698-7526
district26@senate.virginia.gov

Frank M. Ruff, Jr.
804) 698-7515
district15@senate.virginia.gov

J. Chapman Petersen
(804) 698-7534
district34@senate.virginia.gov

David W. Marsden
(804) 698-7537
district37@senate.virginia.gov

William M. Stanley, Jr.
(804) 698-7520
district20@senate.virginia.gov

Richard H. Black
(804) 698-7513
district13@senate.virginia.gov

Adam P. Ebbin
804) 698-7530
district30@senate.virginia.gov

Lynwood W. Lewis, Jr.
(804) 698-7506
district06@senate.virginia.gov

A. Benton “Ben” Chafin
(804) 698-7538
district38@senate.virginia.gov

Rosalyn R. Dance
804) 698-7516
district16@senate.virginia.gov

David R. Suetterlein
(804) 698-7519
district19@senate.virginia.gov

T. Montgomery “Monty” Mason
(804) 698-7501
district01@senate.virginia.gov

Jennifer L. McClellan
(804) 698-7509
district09@senate.virginia.gov

Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources

Butter is Better at ButterWorld

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Forget Disney, Let’s Go to “ButterWorld”

Learn all about the history of butter and butter making in Atlanta, Georgia this November.

Raw vs Factory

Raw vs Factory

“Back in the day” as they say here in the South, butter was made fresh from local dairy’s. Hand crafted, creamy, freshly churned out in the country air on the front porch. Healthful goodness straight from the cow. Filled with essential fats , enzymes and vitamins. And delicious. Those were the good ole days. Starting around the 1950’s, butter went from farm produced to factory processed. And then it became a nuisance to make and easier to just buy it from the refrigerated grocery shelves. Convenience gave way to get us off track from the homespun life. In the process, we lost much of the best benefits of fresh butter ( and many other foods, for that matter). Coming to the USA this November is an exhibit displaying and chronicling the history of butter and butter making. Here is the press release from The Weston A. Price Foundation.

Fresh Made Butter at Patrick Henry's Homestead

Fresh Made Butter at Patrick Henry’s Homestead

Rare, Traveling Dairy Artifact Exhibit to Debut at Wise Traditions Conference in November

Washington, DC –September 23, 2013 ( GlobeNewswire ) Butterworld, a traveling exhibition of 17th through 20th century dairy artifacts from around the world, will open to the public for the first time from November 8-10, 2013 at the Wise Traditions Conference in Atlanta, GA.

This rare collection is made up of over 150 artifacts, including historical books, vintage advertisements, antique bottles, butter churners and other equipment. Many of the artifacts will be displayed with historical context. In the mid-19th century, for example, there was a common superstition that cream would not turn into butter if it was haunted by a witch, who could only be scared away by a red-hot horseshoe. The Osborne’s Improved Thermometer Churn, which houses an internal tin tub to heat the cream, was marketed as a solution to keep away the “cream witch.” Another can’t-miss item in the collection is the cream-separating bottle, which allows raw milk drinkers to pour cream into their coffee without allowing any skim milk to come with it.

Butterworld was curated by Sandeep Agarwal, whose interest in dairy history grew out of his family’s ghee business and the significant role that dairy plays within his Indian culture.

“The opportunity to debut this unique exhibition at the Wise Traditions Conference just made sense,” says Agarwal. “Attendees of this conference are passionate about traditional foods, and dairy products have been an important part of traditional diets across so many cultures. This is a wonderful opportunity to share these rare artifacts that have been collected from around the world.”

For a limited time and only for the Wise Traditions Conference, Butterworld will also include a special exhibit examining the history of cod liver oil. This exhibit will showcase historical cod liver oil pamphlets, antique cod liver bottles and a Victorian-era spoon from England purposed specifically for taking cod liver oil.

The Wise Traditions Conference brings together nutrition and health experts from across the country to examine nutrition, health and other holistic wellness topics. The event is open to the public and is sponsored by the Weston A. Price Foundation, an educational non-profit focused on promoting “traditional” foods rich in essential nutrients, including raw milk and animal fats. Butterworld will be open to attendees throughout the duration of the conference. Tickets will be available for $5 cash at the entrance to the exhibit.

The Weston A. Price Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nutrition education foundation with the mission of disseminating accurate, science-based information on diet and health. Named after nutrition pioneer Weston A. Price, DDS, author of Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, the Washington, DC-based Foundation publishes a quarterly journal for its 16,500 members, supports 574 local chapters worldwide and hosts a yearly international conference. The Foundation phone number is (202) 363-4394, westonaprice.org, info@westonaprice.org.

Date: November 8-10, 2013

Location: Sheraton Downtown Atlanta Hotel, 165 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Event Website: WiseTraditions.org

Butterworld Website: www.butterworld.org

Some of the Healthiest Foods in the World ( And How to Eat Weeds )

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Some of the Healthiest Foods in the World ( And How to Eat Weeds )
Eating the Trees

Eating the Trees

Eating Indigenously 

Before mankind had large boats, vehicles and airplanes to travel beyond walking distances ( or a donkeys journey), humans ate only what they had access to locally. Now that we can eat almost anything we want, should we? Do we really need it to thrive? beyond those living in extreme climates where food is scarce, we should have enough food sources all around us, provided for us by God.

We have had some new friends recently visiting us who walked our land and started eating pine needles, dandelion leaves, wild sorrel, clovers and wild lettuces. Showing us a few plants on our property that we mostly considered annoying weeds or inedible botanicals. Although we have books on the subject along with photos, illustrations and descriptions, we still hesitated to venture out to pick and eat these plants due to fear. Fear of mistaking true edible weeds for toxic ones. So it was entertaining to see this guy munching on our pine needles and dandelion leaves and proclaiming the great source of vitamin c and blood purifying properties of them. The knowledgeable YWAM missionary lady who has learned to forage around the  world and can gather together a big healthy salad just by taking a stroll out the back door.

Pond Snacks

Pond Snacks

So we are learning from these adventurous folks on how to eat many healthy weeds for the cost of a walk in the woods. I am surely not totally prepared to delve into the world of foraging ( remembering the true story and film ” Into The Wild” ). And we all need to be certain that no herbicides or pesticides have ever been used on our near these weeds. We will continue to learn from others by their pointing out what we can actually eat in the wild and trust in their demonstrations. It’s a beneficial education for us and our children.

Wood Sorrel Weed Feed

Wood Sorrel Weed Feed

And mushrooms are another subject for a another topic of discussion. We have some expert books on the matter of mushrooms, but we are not going there just yet.

Food Out Back

Food Out Back

Here is some good info on what Rodale states are the healthiest foods on the planet. I agree on all of them ( with the exception of the pig). Some foods are hard to come by if you do not live in regions where it is natural ( kelp if living inland, coconut if not living in the Tropics). To me it makes sense to try and eat just what is indigenous to where you happen to live ( or are visiting).

Read this link from Rodale about some of the top healthiest foods in the world.

worlds healthiest foods | The 11 Healthiest Foods in the World | Rodale News.

healthiest nutrients | 13 Nutrients You Aren’t Eating Enough Of | Rodale News.

The Crazy Thing To Do With Weeds – Prevention.com