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Monday, February 11, 2008

Cloned Meat and Milk Coming to a Store Near You!

With meat and milk from cloned animals expected to be allowed into the U.S. food supply in a matter of months, and their offspring already permitted, consumers have two choices.

These bulls were cloned from Panhandle Slim, the 1997 Professional Bull Riders bucking bull of the year. Cloning advocates say cloned animals are to be used for breeding, not eating, and that it's unlikely a cloned animal would reach the food supply.

They can ignore the controversy and chow down with abandon, or they can quiz each of their grocery stores, restaurants and dinner hosts about their policy on using food developed with cloning.

That's because, unless Congress intervenes, regulators have decided that the products require no special labeling.

USDA revamps organic standards body

The body that monitors organic standards in the US is to be restructured, the US Department of Agriculture has announced.

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), an office of the USDA, is reorganizing the National Organic Program into three branches - accreditation, auditing & training; and compliance & enforcement.

Lloyd Day, administrator of AMS, which oversees the programme, said it had been experiencing growing pains along with the organic industry. "This new year brings an opportunity to make changes in the programme to keep up with growth in the organic industry," he added.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Advice for Worried Pet Owners -- What's the Safest Food for Your Dog or Cat?

Advice for Worried Pet Owners -- What's the Safest Food for Your Dog or Cat?: "I understand that people are scared," said Dr. Tony Buffington, DMV, Ph.D, a professor at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. People are upset and I appreciate that."


Another quote regarding making your own pet foods:

'These recipes are all generally fine, but certainly home-cooked diets are not created with the care that these commercial pet foods are,' he said. 'Commercial pet foods for dogs and cats are designed by Ph.D. nutritionists. There are very few humans that have diets that are designed by Ph.D. nutritionists.'"

Reeeeeeally Dr.Buffington? Methinks thou hast not read "Food Pets Die For: Shocking Facts About Pet Foods." By Ann N. Martin. NewSage Press (1997).

I just put an excerpt from this book on my Organic Foods Mom website here. It's one thing to measure the protein and other nutrients in the rendered meat meal, or meat and bone meal to seemingly balance the finished product. It's quite another once you understand where the meat and bone meals come from.

From the book excerpt at my site above:

"At the rendering plant, slaughterhouse material, restaurant and supermarket refuse, dead stock, road kill, and euthanized companion animals are dumped into huge containers. A machine slowly grinds the entire mess. After it is chipped or shredded, it is cooked at temperatures of between 220 degrees F. and 270 degrees F. (104.4 to 132.2 degrees C.) for twenty minutes to one hour.

The grease or tallow rises to the top, where it is removed from the mixture. This is the source of animal fat in most pet foods. The remaining material, the raw, is then put into a press where the moisture is squeezed out. We now have meat and bone meal."

Read the whole excerpt at my website. I have a recipe for dog and cat foods along with some guidlines about the specific needs of each if you'd like a copy just contact me.



I market an organic product for people with wrist and joint pain like I had, who don't want to take drugs or have surgery. Similar product for pets and horses coming April 1st.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Mad Cow - This is your brain on meat

This is your brain on meat: "How safe are Americans from being exposed to the human variant of mad cow disease? In France, a nation with only 5.7 million cows, 20,000 are tested each week with 153 found infected in the year 2000. Out of the nearly 40 million U.S. cattle slaughtered annually, only about 1000 are tested. You do the math.

Kirchheimer concludes: 'The growing number of British victims of 'new variant' CJD, mostly young people in their prime who contracted the brain sickness from tainted meat, is a grim precursor to an uncertain future.'"

I posted recently On my blog about how the USDA has recently chosen to test fewer cattle, (as of March 1, 2007) not more.



I market a product for people who have writst and joint pain like I did, but who don't want to take drugs or have surgery.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Decoding the 39 Ingredients in a Twinkie - Newsweek Health -

Decoding the 39 Ingredients in a Twinkie - Newsweek Health -

"March 5, 2007 issue - As Steve Ettlinger dropped down a Wyoming mine shaft, plummeting 1,600 feet in an open-mesh cage, he wondered how many other food writers had ever donned hard hats and emergency breathing equipment in pursuit of a story. But it was too late to turn back. He'd promised his editor a book tracing the ingredients in a Hostess Twinkie to their origins—and one of them was down this shaft. "

I was just shopping for a birthday present for a friend of my daughter when I spied this title on the shelf. I used to read Stephen King for a good scare, but now this is more my kind of horror novel. I am so into this sort of thing. People have no idea what goes into processed foods. No idea...

Including me for that matter. What the heck goes into Twikies from down that mine shaft?? I gotta know!


Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Honeybees Dying

Weekly Reader Lead Story Honeybee Woes:

"'One third of the food you and I eat every day can be traced back to honeybees,' says Hayes. 'If the honeybees aren't there, the grower doesn't have any options. If you don't have honeybees to carry pollen from one crop to another, you get zero crops.' "

Here's a map of the states reporting honeybee loses so far:

"Every third bite you take is backed up by a honeybee," Webb points out. "Without bees, we wouldn't eat very well."

"If we didn't have honeybees, we wouldn't have any fruit or hardly any veggies," adds local beekeeper Jo Haugland, one of Webb's former students.

"Until you corner her, step on her or grab her, she's not going to sting," Cochran says. "She's busy doing her job."

In fact, says Webb, the sting is a suicidal last act that only about one in 10,000 honeybees will ever commit. Most stings, he notes, are not from bees at all; wasps, hornets and yellow jackets are the usual culprits.

"People blame everything on bees, but they do so much good," Webb says.

"Honeybees take a bad rap," Haugland adds. "They're industrious, clean, organized and interesting. They're completely focused. You can even walk up to a honeybee that's collecting pollen and pet it on the back, they're that intent."

'Tis true. Try it. Reach out to the honeybee sipping nectar from a bud and ever so gently, stroke her furry back just between the resting, lacy wings. She may startle and move to another flower. Or, she may continue suckling, sides heaving gently, as she communes with her flower and you with your bee.

Read more here.

From the American Beekeeping Federation, ABF:

Reports on their losses coming from beekeepers vary widely. Some commercial beekeepers are reporting their losses as about the same as the last several years. Others report losing thousands of colonies: one lost 11,000 of his 13,000 colonies; another 700 of 900; another 2500 of 3500; another virtually all of his 10,000.

“Beekeepers overwintering in the north many not know the status of their colonies until they are able to make early spring inspections. This should occur in late February or early March but is dependent on weather conditions. Regardless, there is little doubt that honey bees are going to be in short supply this spring and possibly into the summer."

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Saturday, March 17, 2007

DIRLINE National Library of Medicine

DIRLINE National Library of Medicine

The National Library of Medicine's DIRLINE (Directory of Health Organizations) now offers an A to Z list of 8,500+ organizations concerned with health and biomedicine.

DIRLINE can also be searched for specific topics:

Y0u'll find contacnt info and websites for both conventional and alternative therapies.