PLEASE join me in vocal protest of this

http://news.yahoo.com/hsus-president-wayne-pacelle-announces-candidacy-board-seat-164649808.html

Please go and read this announcement.  It is fairly factual if totally in support of HSUS being involved in your meat supply system.  Apparently, HSUS already is part owner in Tyson Foods.

BUT you can just about count on bacon becoming less and less available and costs rising all the time, with HSUS messing in agriculture.

So, if you’re planning to embrace vegetarian living and growing your own garden, please dismiss this plea.

 

Otherwise, please sharpen your pencils and write to local newspapers and media, TO TYSON FOODS, and to anybody and everybody you can think of in protest of this vegan agenda, animal rights activism leader being involved in Tyson Food management.

Thank you for your consideration.

 

Cheval, Anyone?

http://ideas.time.com/2011/12/28/the-case-for-eating-horse-meat/

The above link has some interesting info, especially if you have the stamina to read through the responses!

I want to reiterate that my stand on horse slaughter comes from the viewpoint that I believe it’s inclusion as an industry in the US has value in a “green” world.  It should have merit as part of the cycle of life and making all animals useful.  I don’t believe that euthanasia is a realistic alternative for the majority of horses out there; I don’t expect people to start eating horse meat but also I don’t think the average horse owner keeps a horse all throughout it’s life and plans for how it will eventually end it’s life.   Circumstances are not stable throughout life for most people, incomes fluctuate and why should everyone be expected to spend at least several hundred dollars to dispose of a horse when in fact, EPA does not want you to have to worry about how a horse will be disposed of?….but that info is for another day.

Here’s a copy of an article that I have edited from another source, also discussing horse meat facts:

Four reasons to eat horse meat

From its surprisingly good nutritional values to the arbitrary reasons it was considered “taboo” in the first place, this list gives you a rundown on horse meat

1. Horse Meat is Taboo Thru Tradition, Not Fact

Horse meat has been taboo in the U.S. and U.K. at various points during their history, but they are some of the only countries to do so. In large part, horses are not seen as meat products simply because they have not been used that way.  Horse was commonly eaten throughout pioneering U.S. history and was greatly consumed by all during the years of WWII when there was also an overpopulation of horses left from their discontinued use on farms.

In countries like France, Italy, Belgium, Japan, Spain, horse meat consumption has been widespread for centuries, and is therefore considered a staple or a delicacy.

In fact, one reason why it’s so strange to consider horse flesh as meat may be because the English language has no word to describe it. While pig meat has four terms (pork, bacon, ham and gammon), two for cow (beef, veal) and three for sheep (lamb, mutton and hogget), horse has nothing except the rarely used euphemism “cheval meat” (“cheval” is French for “horse”).

When it comes down to it, everyone who’s a meat eater must ask themselves: why is it acceptable to eat very useful animals like cows (who provide dairy and can be work animals) or intelligent animals like pigs (who are very similar in bone structure and musculature to humans), but somehow wrong to eat horses?   There are lots of people in the world who eat meat protein from innumerable sources; guinna pigs, rabbit, beaver, squirrel……not to mention bear and pronghorn, elk, etc. and birds/fish.

2. Horse Meat (and Slaughter) Has Been Widespread in U.S. Before Now

Even if one doesn’t count the illegal horse slaughter that’s happened in the four years since the practice was banned in the U.S., horse meat hasn’t always been a taboo source of food in America, and has reappeared in American cuisine again and again over the past century.

During World War II, due to beef’s high prices and low supply, some states legalized its sale, and it became a (largely unremarked) staple into the 1950s. A 1951 issue of Time magazine laid it out on the table: “People who used to pretend it was for the dog now came right out and said it was going on the table.”

People even began providing recipes for horse pot roast and equine fillets, a trend that reappeared during the heavy inflation of the mid-1970s.

3. Feeling  ‘Just Wrong Somehow’ Likely Cultural Leftovers

Beyond simply not being used to horse meat, many people oppose horse slaughter (while condoning the slaughter of pigs, sheep and cows) is because it “just feels wrong.” The feeling is likely triggered not by some instinctive moral compass, however.

In fact, it’s likely that many people’s revulsion to eating horse meat comes from the Roman Catholic Church, as far back as the eighth century.  Popes Zachary and Gregory III both instructed St. Boniface, a German missionary, to discourage those he converted from eating horse meat because it was tied to pagan ritual. As Christianity spread, the attempt to stop “heathen” practices eventually morphed into a general religious taboo against horse meat, which has lasted into the present day.

4. Horse Meat Is Both Tasty and Good for You

Here’s the dirty little secret about horse meat: it may be the best “red meat” out there. Though the taste of horse varies, the general consensus is that the meat is tender and sweet, like a blend between beef and venison (deer).

Beyond its taste, however, horse meat is also incredibly good for you, and is USDA-recommended. It’s low in fat, very high in protein, and has double the iron of lean beef and other meats. It also has a high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids, which help fight stroke, heart disease and neural degeneration.

If the U.S. government lifts its ban on horse meat and slaughterhouses, it will also open an avenue for the federal government to regulate/test for acceptable levels of possible dangerous chemicals such as “Bute” commonly used as a pain killer in performance horses.  Some people include de-wormer medication use in the argument against consumption of horse meat as well, but studies would likely reveal that horses expel   toxins faster than cattle and other livestock raised for consumption where it’s use (de-wormer) is common, because horses have lower fat body composition and possibly higher metabolism.

 

Activism in Action the Sequel

Today I was made aware of a story that seems typical of today’s “no-fault” thinking in modern life.

“Sue if you don’t want to take responsibility for your actions”  Lawsuits are everywhere because of moral breakdown in our society, in my opinion.

In this story it says that,  “Ryan Shapiro, a longtime animal rights activist from Cambridge who is one of the plaintiffs in the Boston lawsuit, said he no longer conducts undercover filmed investigations of animal treatment on factory farms because he is concerned about possible prosecution.”  Well, thank goodness this law has slowed down the activities of some of these people who think they can just be disruptive and destructive for the sake of their passionate belief!

Here’s the story:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/animal-rights-activists-sue-to-challenge-constitutionality-of-animal-enterprise-terrorist-act/2011/12/15/gIQAG40wvO_story.html

 

Followup:

http://brownfieldagnews.com/2011/12/29/the-law-must-protect-farmers-and-ranchers/

 

Activism in Action

http://raybowman.wordpress.com/2011/11/25/the-court-of-public-opinion/

My friend Ray comments in his blog about some issues that are in the current events in his area of the world.  But he brings up a point that is relative to how people react to agriculture issues overall, and how in ends up affecting our pocketbooks; as well as changing the way some things are done, not necessarily for the better of the majority but because a minority has made a big stink about something.

Here is a link about a recent story that will not make the local news, but gives evidence that there ARE activists out there who in general are looked at from the public agriculture side as most likely connected to an organized group such as HSUS or PETA; people who are fanatics about perceived wrongs of some practice related to an animal, and their mission (similar to the terrorists who attacked on 9/11) to do what they can to create a change.  Unfortunately, they don’t go about it from a fully informed and educated viewpoint, they strap on the bombs and go to work for the virgins awaiting them on the other side.

Prepare yourself if you attempt to read the attached story PLUS all it’s responses….there are many passionate supporters of the idea horses should NOT be slaughtered; but their voices are important nonetheless.

http://www.thesocialsilo.com/2011/12/13/what-are-they-thinking/

 

Vegetarian for a Cause

My understanding is that a great number of people who are involved in animal rights activism are vegetarian or some variation of it because they believe that this is the more perfect way to live life as a human; and since they believe this way of life is better for humanity, it just makes sense that they should stand up for the animals who are consumed and try to “free them”, in any way shape or form that they can accomplish.  And that means animal agriculture is evil and deserving of whatever results ensue from their efforts to free the animals.

The fact  is that humanity has had eons to prove that they can live without some variety of reliance on meat protein.  But in reality, basicly, humans have always been lazy.  It’s really hard to get your physical needs met with a vegetable diet.  Modern people rely on supplements/vitamins.   Another personal gripe I have is that  modern vegetarians  seldom proudly proclaim when I have been around, “I grow a big garden every year and live in a sustainable way without using animal products!”   Yet my farm family and many others have a large garden that provides a great portion of the food we eat throughout the year, including meat and eggs.  Where there is a will there is a way, and urban gardens need to be the focus for the future.  But that is another day’s topic.

Today we look at whether humans can be vegetarians:

http://voraciouseats.com/2010/11/19/a-vegan-no-more/

http://letthemeatmeat.com/

http://blog.beefmagazine.com/beef_daily/2011/11/17/75-of-american-vegetarians-eat-beef-again/

 

A Visit to the Farm

http://haley-farms.com/blog/2011/11/30/visitors-on-the-farm-oh-my/

http://haley-farms.com/blog/2011/09/20/an-open-letter-to-america/

I want to share these two blog entries from Mike who was a kind leader at the AgChat Foundation seminar that I attended this past August.

In the old days when people were closer to the land, you at least had an aunt/uncle or grandparents who still lived on the farm and likely had the old fashioned now iconic farmyard life with the garden that Gramma was chasing chickens out of, while gramps slopped a couple hogs and the cow was standing nearby chewing it’s cud waiting to be relieved of it’s milk-swollen udder pressure.  And the horses were still around even though gramps was trying to figure out how to keep that new iron horse contraption running.

Anyway, people had opportunities to touch the rural hands that were at work trying to feed the nation.  I am in my 50’s now and I know that from my generation, we have lost that contact and our grandchildren are growing up not even knowing what animals look like sometimes, and certainly no connection to how their chicken nugget came into being.

So, we ponder the ways to connect with the urban masses again….there are lots of risks to be considered with inviting the general public onto your property.  General ignorance of farm life can create little accidents within minutes because there might be things that are part of your operation that people don’t understand.  We use electric fencing to contain our animals; that is frequently the first thing that we have to stop and educate people about, and hope to make sure that the human is aware of the obstacle before the obstacle makes itself known. 

I could go thru a whole list of things that are rather routine on farms and to an outsider, considered high risk for injury (which they are, but we exist with them because, well, because that’s just how farmers get along….making due with risks daily).  So, perhaps virtual farm tours are the answer.

I hope to see you passing by the neighborhood and I’ll give you a yell; ya’ll come up on the porch and visit a spell……

 

Are you in or are you out?

….of the discussion regarding  the current landscape in the horse industry nationwide?

http://blogs.equisearch.com/horsetalk/2011/09/02/horse-breeding-the-big-correction/

The above webpage from this fall, written before the prospect of horse slaughter being reinstated in the USA, has an interesting presentation of horse numbers overall; and the full gamut of readers’ responses follow.   It is a thought-provoking discussion to read thru….

Thirsty Thursday

The theme for today will probably through time encompass lots of concepts, related to hunger and thirst.  Food and agriculture should be my focus after my recent AgChat conference experience where I got lots of good advice and training about social media opportunities, as well as met so many great people; but people also thirst for other things….many people think of thirst for power, for example.  But  today I focus on my personal recognition of my thirst for success (financial).  I have always tried to be a really good person.  But sometimes it seems like being a good person does not help you be successful in life, which has always puzzled me greatly.  So I continue to ponder.  But at this point in my life I am devoting tons of energy and focus towards making my dream of the miniature gypsy horse come into being.  I am amazed when I run into opposition to the idea.  But that is a really long term effort on my and my family’s part.  And I have to be thankful for the successes (non-financial)  in life which I have had, including being blessed to have a supportive family.

Short term goals for being successful right now include being involved with a business family I am really impressed with:  Visalus.

This company, Visalus, has amazing people as leaders.  The primary product of the company is a protein (soy) based powder meal replacement that is of the highest quality available within the competitive market.  This recent few months have seen a bunch of athletes and body builders get involved, because of the opportunities the product and the company offer.   Personally, I and my family use the protein Vi-shake to help limit calories since we are “easy keepers” like our cob ponies….but it is a product that is a nutritional supplement not only for those who want to build muscle mass, but those who need to maintain muscle mass without the extra calories, those with health problems like diabetes, high cholesterol or digestive issues such as post gastric surgery.  But the most magical thing about the Vi-shake product is that is tastes SO GOOD!  and of course, you can use it as the basis for a multitude of fruity or frozen shakes to build variety in your diet (as well as adding it into other food dishes to add nutritional value!).

To find out a little bit more about Visalus, please visit my website:

http://minigypsy.bodybyvi.com/

And to see one of the three founders of Visalus at work, watch this:  (I guess making flip videos and driving is not against the law in California!)

http://youtu.be/qGrADRIGEZk

I am also currently involved in a CEO course offered by another of the three founders of Visalus (Ryan Blair), and at the beginning I am being reminded of the things that make people successful:  unwavering commitment to success.  I will likely be sharing some of these Youtube videos quite often because they really do contain information that cannot be disputed contain great advice for anyone.  But it reinforces why I believe Visalus is a great company and I agree with Blake Mallen in his video above; this company is going far.  I invite you to join with me on the ride!

http://youtu.be/qGrADRIGEZk

Today is Tuesday…

My goal for Tuesday posts is to bring in someone other than myself to present a topic for the day.  I want to invite people who have special talents or gifts to showcase what they know.  My mother-in-law is an amazing cook and is retired from a career as a Home Economics teacher, which has become something rather lost in today’s educational system.  She spends every summer enjoying the work of having a huge garden, and starts canning jellies even before fruit of any kind is ripening.  This year she made dandelion jelly which I had never had before, and surprisingly, to me it tasted very much like honey!  I think people such as MaryAnn Block have so much to share!

I hope that you will enjoy visiting my page on Tuesdays to see my special guest for the day.

I’m joining the postaday challenge

I want to try to maintain writing a post on my blog every day.  I hope that you will enjoy my endeavors