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SQ777 has the potential to destroy the small local farmers.
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From Joel Salatin, Polyface Farm
Virginia Gov. Terry McCauliffe and his wife Dorothy have launched a major effort
to fully entrench dysfunctional food in our communities.
Dubbed the "Commonwealth Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide," Executive
Order No. 34 aims to alleviate Virginia's 300,000 hungry children with subsidies, take-home bagged
food, and more free school lunches.
These council members, carefully hand-picked from Virginia's food establishment elite,
are supposed to spend three years developing a solution. "We should not tolerate one child
going to school hungry," said the governor.
Chimed in the governor's wife: access to "proper nutrition isn't a privilege, it's a basic
Pardon me, folks, but may I offer some nonstereotypical ideas? Has anyone seen
"proper nutrition" coming out of any government initiative, any school lunch, any federally
subsidized program? Are they going to offer raw milk, kefir, lacto-fermented vegetables and
sprouted sourdough bread from long-stemmed heritage-based grains? Really? Grass-finished
beef and acorn-supplemented pork?
How about nitrite-free and MSG-free meats? Chlorine-free eggs from pastured non-hybrid
chickens fed NON-genetically modified organism (GMO) supplemental feeds? The fact is that
everything I have mentioned here is despised and rejected by the food establishment.
Furthermore, if the governor and his wife really want to help stop hunger, why don't they
call off their bureaucratic army that tyrannizes affordable local food commerce options? The
state food police intercept raw milk and neighbor-to-neighbor trade as if it's a drug transaction.
With twice as many obese as hungry, perhaps more food orthodoxy isn't the answer.
Perhaps we need a fundamentally different food system. One that is highly integrated rather
than segregated. One that enjoys freedom rather than criminalization. Right now several initiatives
are wending their way into the General Assembly to unshackle direct producer-to-consumer food
trade from the governor's food extortionists. The Food Freedom Act is one, and a constitutional
amendment guaranteeing every Virginian the right to choose their food is another. Both of these
initiatives would propel integrity food entrepreneurism in local communities.
No society can food bank its way or free lunch its way out of hunger. The answer is to allow
freedom of food choice in the marketplace so that a homemade quiche or cottage-industry lunch
meat does not have to be wrapped in five licenses, a ton of stainless steel, concrete and infrastructure
in order to serve a neighbor's food needs. In this context, the governor's new council simply solidifies
wrong-headed thinking and turns it from paradigm to written policy. That's despicable. Unfortunately,
it's also bi-partisan.
Now let's switch gears a little. Does someone have a right to nutritious food if they're spending
money on lottery tickets, soda, coffee, ci******es, alcohol, iphones, Taco Bell, KFC, and McDonald's?
Highly processed food is not only nutritionally deficient, it's extremely expensive. Potato chips run
about $4 a pound; organic heirloom potatoes average $1.50 a pound. What is in hungry people's
homes? Several years ago, the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank gave their left-overs to us to feed to our
pigs. After bringing home two tons of premium sweet potatoes, I asked the manager why people didn't
use them: "They're poor man's food. Our people want processed foods," he said. We quit helping not
long after that.
Frankly, it offends me that the governor and his wife use violence (try not paying your taxes
and see who gets violent) and demagoguery (you should feel guilty that a child is hungry) to
make me give industrial inhumanely raised chicken nuggets to a family who voluntarily chooses to
spend their money on inappropriate things. I'm tired of being told I'm responsible for people who
choose to stock their refrigerators and homes with junk that I would never buy.
I love to help people. I won't go into all the charitable things Polyface does because it would
sound self-aggrandizing, but these are situations with which we're familiar and have a relationship.
The good governor and his wife, and this establishment food council, tyrannize food relationships.
If you don't believe it, try selling a glass of raw milk to a church friend. Try making some baloney
and selling it to a fellow-Rotary Club member. You'll be arrested before the end of the day.
Or, or, or how about being a single mom in a food desert and making quiche or raw egg noodles
in your kitchen and selling them to your fellow-tenement dwellers? How long will the governor's food
police abide such voluntary relationship commerce? Not a day. The gun-toting violence machine of
the governor's cronies will be on your doorstep to arrest the heretic. The one who would dare develop
a liberty-based affordable nutrient-dense transparent integrated food system.
Be assured that this new council, touted and praised by decent, duplicitous food rights advocates,
will neither promote nutritious food nor tackle the endemic causes of hunger amidst obesity. No, it will
simply convene with many taxpayer-funded trips, dining on taxpayer-funded meals, in taxpayer-funded
meeting rooms only to further entrench the status quo dysfunction.
If the governor really wants to do something creative, he should put me on the committee. But he
can't afford to do that, because whatever he does and whatever he thinks, Tyson must be helped.
The industrial food complex must be applauded and encouraged. That's the way things work. And that
is why true solutions will not and can not come from the enslaved orthodoxy.
Meanwhile, the rest of us who dare to think liberty creates security, who dare to think that integrated
community-based food-choice systems are better than top-down violence-dependent government systems,
can enjoy our domestic culinary arts and honest farmers. We can participate in a dysfunctional food system
on many levels. The most important is getting in our own kitchens, preparing, processing, packaging and
preserving whole foods ourselves. We can patronize local farmers who get it and who practice an open
door policy for final customers.
Any food producer/processor who greets you with a security force and "No Trespassing" signs is
part of the problem, not the solution. If the governor and his wife really want to do something innovative,
they will distance themselves from the industrial food complex and embrace the heretics. Only then can
real change occur. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
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BIPARTISAN PILLAGING AND SOCIETY'S COMPLICITY
Today's news screams for an ecological rebuttal.
Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McCauliffe announced a major slam-dunk: a Chinese paper
manufacturing company is building a plant on 850 acres near Richmond to turn crop wastes into
paper and organic fertilizer. Projecting 2,000 jobs and promising $31 million in direct state funding
and tax concessions, McCauliffe grins like a Cheshire cat at bagging this trophy for Virginia.
Like most news articles, completely devoid of analysis, this one fails to even address the notion
that this carbon crop waste--wheat straw, peanut hulls, corn fodder--in a properly functioning agricultural
system would never be a waste stream. Instead, nature intends this carbon to feed the soil in situ, either
through direct residue application or via compost as livestock bedding.
Let's think about this just a minute. Nature's template is to convert solar energy, on site, into biomass
to either digest or decompose proximate to its growth and feed the earthworms and soil bacteria (5 billion
per handful in healthy soil). That this biomass, which is nature's investment fund, should be viewed as a
waste is like viewing children as a liability because they need toothpaste.
This biomass is the future, like children are the future. To use taxpayer funding to attract a business
predicated fundamentally on an anti-ecology premise indicates both political and societal r**e of nature's
template. This is especially egregious since this new governor touted himself as ecologically minded.
Instead, he's just as ridiculously earth-raping as the Republicans.
At Polyface Farm, we run our entire program on a carbon-based compost-driven soil-building dynamic.
That means we pay--yes pay--for straw, wood chips, peanut hulls and anything else carbonaceous we can
get our hands on. In fact, if Virginia farmers would put their money in carbon and composting instead of
chemical fertilizers that require military action around the world to maintain cheap oil, not only would we
create far more than 2,000 jobs, but they would be jobs that honor nature's template.
The fundamental paradigm flaw is that we live in a segregated economic ecology rather than an integrated
one. The fields generating this alleged carbon waste are being kept productive--for now--with chemical
fertilizers produced using astronomical amounts of petroleum. How many fertilizer factories have
exploded? And these crops, grown as massive monocultures, require herbicides, pesticides and fungicides
since the segregated production practices cannot capitalize on the synergistic and symbiotic complex
relationships that make natural ecosystems beautifully functional and productive.
So let's get this straight. We remove animals from the ecosystem to grow mono-cultures. We're not
creative enough to recycle the carbon generated by these mono-cultures back onto the soil to grow another
crop. Oh no. We must clean off that carbon waste to make room for the next mono-crop. Since our soil
does not have organic matter (from carbon) we need affordable chemical fertilizer to grow the next crop.
This requires American military and empire-building and policing actions around the world to keep petroleum
cheap and imports stable. All of this creates a carbon buildup we can't figure out how to use. In fact, we
employ scientists to call it "crop waste." That sounds insidious. Indeed, insidious enough for our duplicitous
and complicit populace to rejoice that our politicians have had the foresight and negotiating prowess to take
the citizens' money in taxes and sprinkle it on a Chinese multi-national to turn this magnificent example
of ecological injustice into a day of ribbon-cutting and celebrations. Despicable.
What if Virginians actually became interested in soil health and a carbon-centric agricultural system?
What if we adopted an integrated biomass and farming model rather than a segregated one? What then?
This Chinese company would have no waste to fuel its paper mill. And tragedy of all tragedies, it would not
be able to turn its byproduct into organic fertilizer. Dear folks, the ultimate organic fertilizer is the biomass
the company will use to make paper.
That we are so ignorant and disconnected from ecological reality that we would consider a trickle of
organic fertilizer worthy of back slapping and handshaking while destroying the Amazon-flow of organic
material from the original carbon indicates a universal ignorance and commitment to Conquistador pillaging.
Now that the paper plant juggernaut is launched, we absolutely must and will maintain a fundamentally
inefficient, petroleum-gobbling, segregated, soil-depleting agricultural system to keep "crop waste" flowing
into the plant. This is the nature of the beast. Whether we realize our mistake or not, the status quo must
continue because we can't emotionally afford to discard this expensive toy. We've invested too much in it
to walk away. So here we are, stuck.
All over this Commonwealth animals plead for carbon bedding--what I affectionately call a "carbonaceous
diaper." All over this Commonwealth, the soil pleads for compost and organic matter. But these pleas go
unheeded in a universe driven by ignorance and myopia. In a time of alleged vitriolic partisanship, one thing
universally unites our political leaders: exporting carbon and depleting Virginia soils. Now that's an objective
broad enough to attract all parties. Heaven help us. - Joel
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