25-40% of Wal Mart’s Revenues comes from Food Stamps…..and more from other welfare/government programs.
Then Wal-Mart uses those revenues to purchase billions from food manufacturing companies driving countless numbers of “PRIVATE” jobs that are funding by PUBLIC debt.
Without Food Stamps, a big chunk of America’s economy would collapse…..
Do people really think we produce stuff to support our GDP absent debt? Some days I wonder whether people think anymore quantitatively and factually.
A proposed ban of pesticides called neonicotinoids is gathering scientific support as some experts are calling for more field studies. The goal is to reverse massive honeybee hive die-offs, which also afflict U.S. farming
Across the globe, hives of honeybees are dying off in a phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder. Among the proposed culprits are pesticides called neonicotinoids, which are supposed to be less harmful to beneficial insects and mammals [...]
Twelve years after the fall of the Taliban, Afghanistan is heading for a near-record opium crop as instability pushes up the amount of land planted with illegal but lucrative poppies, according to a bleak UN report.
The rapid growth of poppy farming as western troops head home reflects particularly badly on Britain, which was designated “lead nation” for counter-narcotics work over a decade ago.
“Poppy cultivation is not only expected to expand [...]
Demand a Veto!!!
This past week Congress succeeded in passing Section 735, aka the Monsanto Protection Act, in the Continuing Resolution spending bill. Once again, Monsanto and the biotech industry have used their lobbying power to undermine your basic rights.
Please sign this petition to President Obama and tell him to veto HR 933 and the Monsanto Protection Act. Then contact Congress and tell them you are outraged. With the Senate [...]
March 28, 2013
Would you drink milk straight from the cow? [Editor's note: Yes I would.]
Some diary farmers think it should be up to you, not the government. It’s a debate, and it’s a bill, that’s moving forward in the state legislature in Helena.
Supporters of House Bill 574 say the measure would mean less government regulation and more opportunity for consumers, as well as for local farmers.
“We should be [...]
March 15, 2013
Thousands of dead pigs in a Shanghai river have cast a spotlight on China’s poorly regulated farm production, with the country’s favourite meat joining a long list of food scares.
As of Friday, the number of carcasses recovered in recent days from the Huangpu river — which cuts through the commercial hub and supplies over 20 percent of its drinking water — had reached more than 7,500.
Shanghai has [...]
Launching a lawsuit against the very company that is responsible for a farmer suicide every 30 minutes, 5 million farmers are now suing Monsanto for as much as 6.2 billion euros (around 7.7 billion US dollars). The reason? As with many other cases, such as the ones that led certain farming regions to be known as the ‘suicide belt’, Monsanto has been reportedly taxing the farmers to financial shambles with [...]
February 6, 2013
TheSun.co.uk: Reports in December found that two suppliers purchased battery chickens from farmers using excessive levels of antibiotics on their animals.
KFC has taken a pounding after an investigation found suppliers in China had provided chickens pumped full of excessive levels of antibiotics.
Parent company Yum Brands – which also owns Pizza Hut and Taco Bell – has been hit with a drop in profits in the wake of the [...]
It’s a combination of things all coming together at once, from high feed prices to high fuel prices to uncertainty of the federal farm bill that was temporary extended till September 30, 2013 along with mandated biofuels and crop insurance they are still saying milk prices could double before the end of the year.
Chicken was 3.79 a pound already, the old lady’s at the deli are making less now even with [...]
Spain is by far the biggest producer of olive oil in the world, accounting last year for around 50% of the total production worldwide.
However farmers in southern Spain believe their crop of olives this year is down by as much as 80%, and some think it is inevitable that the price of this increasingly sought-after commodity will rise.
Wherever you drive in Jaen, part of Spain’s southern region of Andalucia, there [...]
A Nigerian opposition party has condemned a government scheme to give 10 million mobile phones for free to farmers.
All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) General Secretary Tijani Tumsa said the plan was a “mischievous vote-catching exercise” for the 2015 elections.
Last week, the agriculture minister said the phones would help farmers “drive an agriculture revolution”.
Akinwumi Adesina said their purchase would be financed through a tax.
He denied reports that the government had [...]
Recent increases ‘just the tip of the iceberg,’ managing director Mark Price
Poor weather leaves farmers facing another poor harvest
Food inflation could reach 6 per cent this year
Massive rises in food prices will hammer family budgets this year, the boss of one of Britain’s biggest supermarkets warned yesterday.
Waitrose managing director Mark Price said recent increases in the price of bread and vegetables were ‘just the tip of the iceberg’, with prices [...]
The environmental (and social) costs of unregulated development are now increasingly visible. Hurricane Sandy has brought climate change back into public debate. At a more everyday level, hundreds of millions of people struggle with the consequences of rampant air and water pollution, the depletion of groundwater aquifers, the decimation of forests and the decline of biodiversity. In India and China, in Nigeria and Mexico, villagers battle townsfolk who dump [...]
…] Earlier this year, Michelle Bamberger, an Ithaca veterinarian, and Robert Oswald, a professor of molecular medicine at Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine, published the first (and, so far, only) peer-reviewed report to suggest a link between fracking and illness in food animals. The authors compiled case studies of twenty-four farmers in six shale-gas states whose
Fracking Our Food Supply
Today its reported that a Grantham man Andrew Berridge who sexually attacked a teenage girl received a 6 month prison sentence despite having previous form and he will only have to do half his time.
Yet Recently a couple were jailed for 3 years for farming cannabis and using the proceeds to fund charitable work in Africa.
In times of financial crisis central banking networks become supremely powerful, as those like Gordon [...]
Most Americans are eating significant amounts of feces on a regular basis without even realizing it. You might not mind this, but most people out there would not willingly eat feces if they could avoid it. Not only is it disgusting, but feces is also a breeding ground for all kinds of dangerous diseases. Unfortunately, as a result of the never ending quest to cut prices even lower more [...]
Do they know that the drought will linger for years and are making OTHER plans??
With soy prices soaring and a lingering drought in the US, farmers like Corzine are looking at places like Brazil to add new land. But they are facing new challenges, as Brazil debates restricting the amount of farmland foreigners can purchase.
In August 2010, Brazil’s attorney general issued a re-interpretation of a 1971 law – which was [...]
John Lennon’s troubles must have seemed so far away on the tiny island off the west coast of Ireland in 1967 that he decided to buy it as a retirement hideaway with Yoko Ono. Dorninish Island, aka Beatle Island, is now up for sale for $384,000.
Lennon reportedly cherished a dream to build a home on the picturesque island located in Clew Bay in County Mayo. He even obtained planning permission, [...]
A US pharmaceutical company is set to introduce a controversial new genetically modified corn to help farmers fight resistant weeds.
Dow Agrosciences says its new GM product will use a chemical that was once a component of the Vietnam war defoliant, Agent Orange.
It is needed they say because so called “superweeds” are now affecting up to 15 million acres of American crops.
Dow argues the new approach is safe and sustainable.
Stories like this is a big part of why many farmers have filed for bankruptcy and food prices are getting outrages.
The Progressives want to spend over $750 BILLION giving out food stamps, but they’re willing to throw a bone to farmers, give them around $220 billion or so on top of that so they can call this monstrous boondoggle a a “farm bill.
The good folks at AmericanCommitment.org are rallying against [...]
In May, the Institute for Justice filed a lawsuit against the state of North Carolina on behalf of blogger Steve Cooksey. The suit claims the state violated Cooksey’s First Amendment right to free speech when it informed him that his anti-diabetes blog runs afoul of North Carolina laws requiring a license to dispense anything the state considers dietary advice.
This week, Forbes is reporting that the main driver of the [...]
WASHINGTON, August 10, 2012- Two groups of activists known as the ‘Raw Milk Freedom Riders’ and ‘Lemonade Freedom Day’ are taking their raw milk and lemonade to the lawn of the US Capitol to celebrate what they call their right to voluntary exchange.
Recent shut downs of children’s lemonade stands and swat-style raids on small farmers have inspired mothers and activists to take their message to the Capitol where they plan to risk criminal charges, [...]
Hyperinflation is always a possibility for any national government or central bank. If a national government is running massive deficits, it can call upon the central bank to buy treasury bills or treasury bonds with newly created money. This digital money is transferred to the treasury, which then spends the money into circulation.
There have been cases of hyperinflation in the past which have become legendary. The most famous of all [...]
President Barack Obama will announce Monday that his administration plans to purchase as much as $170 million of pork, chicken, lamb and catfish in attempt to alleviate the burden put on U.S. farmers hurt by drought, a White House official said.
The products, which will be bought by the Department of Agriculture, are to be used in food-aid programs, the official said. The government purchases will include up to $100 [...]
Corn for December delivery rose 16 cents, or 2 percent, to $8.165 per bushel. November soybeans rose 15.5 cents, or 1 percent, to $15.812 per bushel.
Prices for soybeans and corn have climbed all summer as a devastating drought wreaks havoc on crops. Analysts predict it could soon start affecting prices that shoppers pay in the grocery store. They’ll have more clarity Friday, when the U.S. Department of Agriculture releases updated [...]
How does a modern farmer fight back against a genetically modified enemy intent on destroying the very thing his business rides on? The same way our military defends against its enemies: Kevlar. While these augmented tractor tires can’t be cheap, they should at least outlast their thin-skinned counterparts.
The use of Kevlar in tires might seem extravagant, but in fact it’s very appropriate. The material was invented in 1964 by DuPont [...]
Senate-passed bills to cut farm subsidies and food stamps and overhaul the financially teetering Postal Service have been put on hold by House Republican leaders wary of igniting internal party fights or risking voters’ ire three months before the election.
The House is scheduled this week to take up a bill to replace the Obama administration’s offshore drilling plan, and the Senate will ignore it, and some measures to reduce [...]
Nations that harvest soy, corn, and wheat will be seeing money heading to their country as people seek alternatives. When the United States can’t produce soy, Argentina picks up the slack. When India is experiencing a below normal monsoon season, Argentina picks up the slack.
People in other countries are seeking ways to profit from this drought:
Here is an article on the global impact of the drought:
According to the article, for [...]
(Reuters) – The drought in the Midwest is getting worse for hard-hit farmers and the wilting crops will mean higher food prices, the top U.S. agriculture official told President Barack Obama at the White House on Wednesday.
While USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said he was praying everyday for rain, he told Obama the drought is not as bad as in the last great drought of 1988.
“I get on my knees everyday [...]
These are Dangerous Times For Millions in the USA
These are DANGEROUS TIMES
Soon if not SOONER for millions in the USA who are about to
find great SHORTAGES in their foodstuffs and badly needed water supplies.Right now, because of Drought, over 1,000 counties
in 26 States, for starters, have been classified as DISASTER AREAS
and there are many more soon to follow.Folks, things are really bad off for THOUSANDS of Ranchers and Farmers!
And, it’s going to [...]
USDA Gives Millions to Farmers Who Aren’t Actually Farming
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has doled out millions of dollars in subsidies to farms on which farming isn’t actually taking place, according a new report from government watchdogs. Billions more have gone towards supporting farms that don’t grow the crops for which they’re being subsidized.
USDA gave nearly $3 million last year to 2,327 farms that had not grown any crops since [...]