I am simply a follower of Yahshua

Ok, this is going to be activist in nature, I admit it right off the bat. I can’t get away from it, though I am getting better at turning a blind eye to some issues. Especially when I read things like this – Israel Has Three Days Left to Save the World. (all links open in new window). Then I remember –

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah. Psalm 46:1-3,7

Any fear I might have had in the back of my mind evaporated last week when I read that. But I still get mad about what Congress is doing.

I don’t fear this next thing, the reason for this blog post, because I am going to eat what I want however I am hoping it will make some people afraid so they will wake from their complacent slumber, with their smug sense that the government is taking care of us (well them really because I don’t want anything from the government except to be left alone), their cut and paste activism, and I-liked-a-cause-on-Facebook, woowoo.

Do you know that FDA said that we and our children have no right to eat any particular food? Furthermore, FDA said that we have no generalized right to bodily and physical health. Read more here.

So, on to the reason for this post. Senate Bill 510, otherwise known as SB 510 or S 510, officially “To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to the safety of the food supply.” Yeah, it’s been floating around since last year along with a House version of it. This particular version is a full substitute bill. I know, it’s crazy how they put a bill forward and then overnight the bill morphs into something else entirely. If you are interested in reading all 225 pages (the previous version was 145), you can download the PDF here. I’ve parsed parts of it, looking for key words like ‘milk’ because they really do want to outlaw raw milk. Did you know that milk, according to the gov’t is the same as oil? I kid you not.

The CBO (Congressional Budget Office) put out their report –Budget Report: S. 510: FDA Food Safety Modernization Act on Aug. 12, which means they read this substitute bill. “As reported by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on December 18, 2009, incorporating a manager’s amendment released on August 12, 2010.” Manager’s amendment = substitute bill.

A few highlights from the CBO report:

S. 510 would broaden the FDA’s authority to regulate food facilities and would establish new requirements for those facilities.

News flash! FDA already has authority over food. USDA has authority over livestock. Why does FDA need more authority than they already have? Neither agency does the jobs they are mandated to do. Both are the marketing arms of industry, pharma and livestock.

What is a food facility? I’m not sure for several reasons, like I haven’t finished reading the bill plus I need to find out the official definition, but I do know from doing a keyword search (which is my usual MO with long bills, look for key words) in the substitute bill that:

IN GENERAL.—Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary, acting through the Commissioner of Food and Drugs, shall conduct a study regarding the need for, and challenges associated with, development and implementation of a program that requires a unique identification number for each food facility registered with the Secretary.

Unique Identification Number. Hmmm. Oh no! Not NAIS for lettuce and turnips.

The same subject, identification, come up in the CBO report:

The bill also would require the Secretary of HHS to establish several pilot projects to explore and evaluate methods of tracking and tracing food in the United States or for import into the country.

They’re determined to track food, aren’t they? (I was going to say something snappy about not being able to keep track of illegal aliens, but decided to stay on track.)

Record keeping (from the bill):

(h) SMALL ENTITY COMPLIANCE GUIDE.—Not later than 180 days after promulgation of a final rule under subsection (d), the Secretary shall issue a small entity compliance guide setting forth in plain language the requirements of the regulations under such subsection in order to assist small entities, including farms and small businesses, in complying with the recordkeeping requirements under such subsection.

Here’s a goodie!

NATIONAL FOOD SAFETY TRAINING, EDUCATION, EXTENSION, OUTREACH AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.—
‘‘(1) IN GENERAL.—In order to improve food safety and reduce the incidence of foodborne illness, the Secretary shall, not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, enter into one or more memoranda of understanding, or enter into other cooperative agreements, with the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a competitive grant program within the National Institute for Food and Agriculture to provide food safety training, education, extension, outreach, and technical assistance to—
‘‘(A) owners and operators of farms;
‘‘(B) small food processors; and
‘‘(C) small fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers.

What better way to get on the small family farm than to offer outreach training.

How about this?

The bill would require owners, operators, and agents of facilities that manufacture, process, pack, or hold food to conduct hazard analyses, implement and monitor preventive controls, institute corrective actions when necessary, repeat hazard analyses at least every three years, and maintain records of those activities. They also would have to develop written plans that outline how facilities would meet those requirements. All records and written plans would have to be provided to the Secretary upon request.

If you grow food and sell it at a farm stand or a farmers market, guess what? You ‘hold food’.

Listen, they want to prevent us from growing our own food, from selling wholesome, local food to our communities. They want to stop us from growing tomatoes, making pasta sauce out of them, putting the sauce in a lasagna and taking it to a potluck.They want to control the food supply, which really ought to scare you even if you don’t grow your own food.

I have to ask myself, what do the recent raids on raw milk farmers have to do with this bill. I do not know the answer yet, but I’ll find it.

Be sure your lamps are filled with oil (that means I hope you know Jesus, because He is all that stands between you and what is to come.

Peace and grace.

This afternoon FDA held a webinar aimed at teaching us, the unwashed masses, about how to read a nutrition label. (Oh durn, this post is going to become political.) When I was fighting against a USDA program meant to trace and track every livestock animal in the country I was privvy to information that told the USDA employees to keep their talks to a 6th grade level because that’s what we dumb hick farmers all, after all.

I guess FDA ate the same mushroom as USDA because that was the same tone the presenter took. She has a PhD, wowsers. I guess she never had to give her thesis in front of anyone because she had terrible presentation skills. I gave her a D- for that.

And what would you guess was their nutritional label example? Macaroni and cheese. Sweet. When I go to the grocery store on the first of any month, which I’m trying to remember to not do, it upsets me to see how they’ve rearranged the endcaps and filled them with junk. I cannot stand to see the worthless foods those EBT golden ticket holders cram into their carts and make their obese little children eat on the way to the check out because they are obviously starving . I think obesity in children is child abuse. You may not agree, but keep it to yourself.

Anyway, during the webinar the presenter made comment about saturated fats and how we should stay away from them in favor or mono- or poly-. That is a lie. Hold on, I need a slab of butter…

(That one was for you Tamrah.)

They discussed transfats, well, discussed isn’t the correct word. She mentioned transfats but neglected to say, even at the end when someone asked about transfats, that by special agreement with industry, a food product can contain up to 2 grams of transfats and still be labeled as Zero transfats. God hates liars. We must tell the truth at all times.

My friend and I were both listening to the webinar together, she in one state, me in another. We knew questions would be taken so we brainstormed about what we would ask. She said she’d take nano-particles (nano titanium dioxide found in Bisquick and other powdery things that need to be free flowing). I said I’d ask about GMOs. Well, we did, but they only picked the less informed questions. Huh. No surprise there.

The daily recommend value of calories is 2000 a day. That’s pretty many, as they say around here.

Oh, I hope this link is going to work for you, friend. (I’ve got to learn how to add links in WordPress)
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=dPooAAAAIBAJ&sjid=hGcFAAAAIBAJ&pg=3735,4701040&dq=food+quotes+from+the+bible&hl=en

It is an article from the Lewiston (ME) Evening Journal, Sept. 5, 1925 – “Quotes Bible to Prove Milk’s High Food Value, Is mentioned 49 times in Scripture, says head of Nat’l Dairy Council.”

Now, go eat your own slab of butter.

This is high fruit picking season. Have gathered the best harvest of blackberries ever in our 10 years here. Have nearly a full gallon ziplock bag of them, not to mention the same for blueberries. Summer before last we had an embarrassment of riches, so to speak, of plums.

This place came with a full orchard. Some previous owner spent alot of money putting in several varieties of apples, hazelberts (filberts and hazelnut cross), pears, Nanking cherries, sour cherries, honey locust, black and red currents, and two types of plums.

That embarrassment of riches had so many plums of both types that we couldn’t even use them all or give them all way. And that was not for lack of trying. Made some really good plum jam that year and I was so overwhelmed with the quantity that I didn’t get around to drying any.

The next spring a frost took out all the blooms of not only the plum trees, but nearly everything else. The pear tree, the one that gave us fruit before, not only lost its blossoms, but it fully died from that frost.

This year, there was late frost two night in a row. The trees were in full bloom and we shuddered at the thought of losing fruit again. Made me realize how in the early days, those days we hearken back to in our minds when we think of living a simpler life, it was probable a family might go a few years without any fruit at all, or another crop, due to frosts or freezes, before there were grocery stores.

So we knew about the frost coming. I told my husband that I prayed there would be no frost, but he came up with a better prayer. “Lord, we ask, for your glory and in His name, that you keep any frost off the blossoms.”

We came out expectantly in the morning to discover that there had been a frost, sure enough, but the frost stopped at the edge of the orchard and none of the blooms were affected. Same the second night. We serve a mighty God!

Now, we don’t have that same embarrassment of riches with plums this year. Apples, yes, and the other fruits, blackberries, blueberries, hazelberts, etc. But I just picked several quarts of plums and this year I’m going to dry them.

Do you know the Lord? Ask yourself this: One minute after you die you are going to be standing naked in front of God Almighty. What are you going to say for yourself? He won’t hear you if you do not have Jesus by your side. If you say you don’t know Him, is it really because you won’t know Him?

I am abandoning my previous blog with this new blog. Stepping away from politics and going back to what I love; my farmstead, eating local, growing my own food, and cooking. And of course, I won’t leave out stories about my mare.

Butter…what everyone should eat copious amounts of every day. It is a wholesome fat, especially if it comes from raw milk. Raw butter is recognized by the body as food and the fat does not store in your thighs or muffin top.

Lard…quality, quality, quality fat. I have rendered my own recently from the leaf lard that previously surrounded that good sow Molly’s kidneys.

Ordered a bushel of organic Amish peaches that arrived on Saturday. It was such a lovely thing to behold. Peaches ended up being canned in a medium syrup, as a jam, and a peach pie. That’s where the butter and lard comes in. No self respecting pie crust can be made without butter and lard. What a tender crust it makes!

With a peach pie like that, you can eat a piece of it for breakfast and you’ll know you’ve fed yourself in the best possible way.

I hope that we will continue to be allowed to produce food like this, wholesome, nutritionally dense, good for the body. If Congress has its way, H.R.2749 – Food Safety Enhancement Act and S.510 – FDA Food Safety Modernization Act in combination will put the FDA in charge of food. They have a one-size-fits-all plan of action. What is good for Sara Lee cakes is good for you, all permits included.
http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-s510/show

Opps, I slipped back in to politics… I need an intervention. heh.

Grace and Peace to you, dear reader, from the Lord of Lords.