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Cosmovore vs Local Foods

From the November 15, 2011, Drovers article Enter the Cosmovores;* “Mr. Kenny adds a new word to our food vocabulary as he answers — negatively — the question: Is buying local the best choice? He writes, “…these First-World food fetishes are positively terrible for the world’s poorest people. If you want to do the right thing, give up on locavorism and organics über alles and become a globally conscious grocery buyer. This should be the age of the ‘cosmovore’ — cosmopolitan.”

Local food as the bad-guy image to global utopia equality economics is incredibly off the mark. This is a narrow view of how third world countriesactually function and the impact this misguided approach has on local US communities, poor third world villages along with food safety, local jobs and the general health of all communities, is disastrous.

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Burr it's getting cold in here

From my friend Mike:

Soon we will be hearing the environmentalist screaming about the new ice age!  Forget not that these are the same people who oscillate between warming and cooling about every 20 years or so.  There is speculation that the so called "Dark Ages" was in part caused by a cooling of world temperatures resulting in fewer crops and thus hunger, disease, and generally poorer living conditions.  This was followed by a warm up that may have been the reason for the "Renaissance." Our world revolves around the food supply, always has always will. 

So we had the 3rd coldest October in 115 years here in Wyoming, November warmed some but now we are in the deep freeze again.  I recorded 40 inches of snow in October.  Now that is some real warming.  Today it is 8 degrees with 50+ MPH wind and the furnace really is working overtime, along with the wood stove and the electric supplemental heater.

When the democrats get done passing "Cap and Trade" and energy prices start begin to rise, it should be real interesting. During the next 50 years, as some scientists predict that is the length of the cooling period.  The real goal of the Democrats, I think, is to get everyone on "Public Transportation," by raising energy prices beyond the reach of the average Joe.  This is hand in hand with the "public option healthcare plan." 

This cooling should throw a kink into gardening up here in the north!
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Going Away, Farmers the new endangered species.

There are a large number of anit-agriculture (or animal hate groups) that love spinning the truth to make anyone raising aniamals look like monsters.  If you want your pork made in the lab, beef from Mexico, chicken and pork from China, then by-all means let them continue the hate campaign and believe what they say without the benifit of two sides to the story.
In 2010 the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be allowing cooked chicken and cooked pork rinds in the US from China.  Butterball Turkey has left Colorado and moved to Mexico. How many of you want your Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey raised and processed in Mexico?
If you care about where your food comes from you'll look for the truth in the story not the spin.  The whole global warming is nothing more than a scam to crush agriculture.
Gloria has written a great commentary so I have included it with my rantings.  I love my sheep and goats and want only the best for them just like any good parent would for their children.
Gloria Hafemeister | 12/07/2009 7:48AM

Farmers have a challenge when it comes to educating nonfarmers

A commentary by Gloria Hafemeister, a correspondent from Hustisford.

During the last week I had the opportunity to attend some very interesting meetings. One featured a speaker from British Columbia who shared her insight on future demands by consumers relating to the way farmers care for their animals. Another was a two-hour hearing for the expansion of Wisconsin’s largest dairy farm.

Both of these meetings were a staunch reminder to me that we farmers have our work cut out for us when it comes to educating nonfarmers about the realities of today’s agriculture.

As for the proposed farm expansion, I remain neutral. I’m as nostalgic as the next guy when it comes to wanting to see little red barns scattered around the countryside with happy cows grazing in a lush green pasture. But that’s not reality.

I grew up on a farm where my dad milked 23 cows and made a living at it, but he didn’t have enough income to have any hired help. Every morning and every night, whether he was sick or healthy, he had to milk those cows. He never got a vacation or even a weekend off. I don’t know about you, but as much as I like farming, that’s not for me and it’s not what our son, who is taking over our farm, wants either. That’s why our farm is a bit bigger. But the size we choose to operate our farm is, and should be, our own business.

It disturbs me when I go to these events and hear so many totally false statements made about farmers and our methods of farming.

One person testifying at the hearing said she had driven by the farm in question and observed these were not “happy cows.” How did she know? Did she ask them?

I wanted to jump up and say, “Hey, I talk with farmers all the time who spend all their time and money striving for what they tell me is the number one priority on their farm – cow comfort.”

The meeting featuring the Canadian speaker was all about designing our facilities for cow comfort. Legislators in some states are now dictating to farmers how much room farmers will need to give their cows. The idea is a cow should be able to turn around in her bed without touching the animal next to her.

Hey, that’s more of a luxury than most people have. Have you ever tried to roll over in a double bed without kicking the person next to you?

We all know how much money and time goes into balancing the ration for our animals so they will have a perfectly balanced diet that keeps them healthy and controls their weight. That’s more than we do for ourselves.

There are other industries out there of varied sizes for different reasons.

There are cement companies that have 100 trucks on the road and others that have three. It’s a business management decision by the owners of their companies and no one else’s business.

There are microbreweries out there that create some of the finest beer around and there are also large breweries that fill the big demand for the product. While we would all like to see all of our beer brewed in these small facilities where we can watch the process while we eat our meal, the cold hard fact is there are just too many beer drinkers out there and these small breweries could never fill the demand.

Small farms with a few cows grazing leisurely on pasture could never fill the world’s demand for milk, cheese and dairy products, either. Just as importantly, these small producers could never supply enough milk to keep our dairy plants operating efficiently. If that would happen, those plants would pack up and move west where the milk is. Where would that leave Wisconsin’s economy?

The statement was made that large dairies discourage investors, environmentalists and sportsmen from coming to Wisconsin. My answer to that is, so what. Dairy and other commercial farming enterprises pay the bills in Wisconsin. Land sitting idle as “open space” does not. Deer, sand hill cranes, geese and wild turkeys do not generate income. Cows do.

I’m not saying I’m in favor of a such a large concentration of animals on one farm, but that’s their business how they want to run their farm. I would not want to manage a $2 million annual payroll. I have enough problems paying the part-time help on our farm. Again, it’s an individual decision how a person wants to run their business.

I realize not all farmers support the concept of such a large farm, but all farmers, big or small, ought to be concerned about the misinformation that floats around out there. Statements about drug usage on farms, manure composition and “dumping waste” on land are simply false.

Decisions regarding farming operations must be made on facts, not emotions.

Wisconsin needs all size farms and farmers. Like other industries, they should be able to adapt the latest technology without those who know nothing about the business dictating how their business should be operated.

Farms like the one in question this week are more regulated than any. As a reporter, I’ve been on many different types and sizes of farms. One thing I can tell you for sure, look at the financial numbers. Farmers aren’t in the business to get rich. They are in it because they care about the land and their animals. Why would they abuse either?

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