Headlines do it again… Is Organic food really not nutritionally better than conventional?

Headlines do it again… Is Organic food really not nutritionally better than conventional?

Reading news headlines is a lot like trying to figure out the weather by solely observing the clouds.  On occasion, what you see is what you get, but usually, the clouds at best only give you a partial idea as to what the weather may or may not have in store for you.

The recent headlines (http://news.yahoo.com/organic-food-no-healthier-non-organic-study-210536314.html) about organic versus conventional foods are similar. They do point to some important things, but the first impression you get looking at them belays the reality.

So, are organic food and conventional foods basically the same, save a few less toxic, disease causing chemicals?

As one of the articles admits, it all depends on how you define organics.

“Many of the studies didn’t specify their standards for what constituted “organic” food.”

Whoa doggy! Stop. Right. Here.

So, you are building huge, attention grabbing, view point pounding headlines based on…  a bunch of inconsistent, unanalyzed, faulty studies that contain all sorts of problematic assumptions and setups?

You treat all these studies of equal weight and worth… even when they are CLEARLY NOT of equal weight and worth?

Yet another article spins the study of studies this way,

The Stanford team combed through thousands of studies to analyze the 237 that most rigorously compared organic and conventional foods. Bravata was dismayed that just 17 compared how people fared eating either diet while the rest investigated properties of the foods themselves.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/09/04/study-finds-organic-food-is-no-better-on-vitamins-nutrients/#ixzz25UyHOHFt

Wait, so was it rigorous studies or not?  Seems even …

Where has Food Clubs and Coops been? Wisconsin Rally, Spring plantings, new articles and more!

I am sure many readers and visitors are wondering where we have been the past two months of AWOL postings.

Well, three things have been happening. First, in our home state we ended up suddenly having a window to push for small farm/food freedom legislation, and we went for it.

But it created dozens and dozens of hours of travel and work each week that was not planned or budgeted for… so the blog was one of the first things to go.

Second, national issues have also been of great importance, including this week’s coming Wisconsin rally (where I will be speaking) and hearing for Vernon Hershberger.

I hope any readers who are anywhere close by will attend and spread the word!

Here is more info about the events,




Third, Spring! Just as the legislative session will reach a crescendo here in my home state, stuff needs planted, started, and so much more around the farm.

All that being said, I have some great posts coming your way soon.  A few requested by readers, a few because it is that time of  year to go over some basic helpful info for old and new clubs alike!

Hope you all are well, and come back soon as I hope by end of week to have some new posts up!



Obama administration says, “No raw milk for you.”

Last week, the Obama administration gave its official response of “No!” to the 6,078 signors of a petition on WhiteHouse.gov who requested federal-level legalization of all raw milk sales.

Written by Doug McKalip, the White House senior policy adviser for rural affairs, the response is full of typical government double speak and sleight of hand with facts and figures.

For instance, the response starts off by saying, “We appreciate consumer concerns on food issues and understand the importance of letting consumers make their own food choices.”

But is there any evidence to support either of these statements? Zero. The Obama administration has continued the Bush administration policy of fast tracking GMOs and other dangerous foods while mercilessly targeting small producers of healthful things like Elderberry Juice (http://healthimpactnews.com/2011/fda-seizes-elderberry-juice-from-kansas-winery-to-protect-drugs/).

They continue to oppose consumer choice by blocking GMO labeling, something Obama campaigned for in 2007.

The Obama FDA, with folks like former Monsanto executive Michael Taylor (who also served in both the FDA and USDA under Bush and who has publicly stated he supports the continued multimillion dollar crackdown on Amish farmers and raw milk buying clubs, http://healthimpactnews.com/2011/obama-fda-chief-defends-raw-milk-raids-in-plan-to-increase-control-over-farms/) at the helm of the “food safety division”, had the audacity to state that people have no inherent right to choose the food they eat or what they feed their children (http://foodfreedom.wordpress.com/2010/05/09/fda-you-have-no-natural-right-to-food-health-or-private-contracts/, http://www.farmtoconsumer.org/news/050610–FDA_Response.pdf).

Does this sound like understanding the importance of letting consumers make their own food choices? Of course, you are free to consume tainted cantaloupe, turkey, and ground beef from …

Weekly Reads 1-4-2012, Why gov’t hates co-sleeping and breastfeeding, fat causes brain damage, real milk doesn’t need shaking and more…

Why does the government hate co-sleeping and breastfeeding?


Many of you may have caught the recent headlines that “high fat diets cause brain damage…”, “fat kills brain cells…” and the like…

No, no, no… listening to the media causes brain damage.

Here is one of the study’s authors pointing out what it really means and does not mean…


Why Organic is no longer enough, on a number of levels…


Did you know, “real milk” needs no shaking?

Or so say the makers of “real” milk in their newest disinfomercial,


(BTW, there are three commercials here, so please make sure you go to the shake one).

Of course, the real reason that woman is going crazy is because the regulators in her state deny her and her children access to real, nutrient dense, locally raised foods…

And just for fun, the ultimate Amazon product review…


(BTW, if you go to Amazon and to the actually item and the actually review, you can look up other entertaining reviews of other products by this guy,


Also, if you order any items from Amazon after taking this link, it will help raise money for Kentucky Food Freedom efforts!)


Enjoy your weekly reads!

Weekly Reads for the last week of 2011! John to appear on Agricultural Insights webcast…

Yes, things have been very quiet around here the last week or so.

But things have not been quiet on our farm, in our family, or in our home state of Kentucky.

A chicken brooder is being built, our chickens housing is getting a few needed upgrades, old man Winter seems content to stay mostly north and west and far away from the Midwest, giving us a much enjoyed second opportunity at Fall.

Hopefully, he isn’t saving up all his fury for a few big and bitter months before Spring. But either way, with the new year just around the corner, it is time to get moving forward again on many matters.

Hoping your new year is blessed,

Now, for your weekly reads,

While mega-industrial, government subsidized farms are raking in billions (and getting subsidized via the farm bill… and our over seas wars… and government policies that destroy their competitors…), small farmers are facing increasingly tough times, and dropping out…


This is one of dozens of such stories I have read or been told this past year, sadly.

Remember, no real farmers, no real food.

The vindication of salt has come,


Traditional nutritional wisdom prevails again… but don’t think the diet dictocrats are going to stop their war on salt (and your basic freedoms) anytime soon, just because a few facts now stand in their way…
I will be appearing on the Agricultural Insights podcast, http://agriculturalinsights.com/ .

My interview is today at 12.00 EST, and I think Chris will publish it today but may …

Weekly Reads 12/19/2011

Ron Paul knows why we are sick, and why big gov and big corp wants to keep us that way, and he ain’t afraid to say it, or challenge the FDA…


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In the train of, “things that have been going on for over a decade…”


But don’t’ worry, the Federal Reserve and government number crunches have made it clear, “there is no inflation…”, well, that is if you ignore food and energy… and game the CPI numbers and the COLA calculations…

There is a really good word for this… lying.

In the vein of not understanding what organic is truly about,


The problem with industrial ag isn’t just the addition of toxic, dangerous, persistent, disease causing chemicals to food, water, and land… but the loss of nutrients!

Modern food has up to 80% less of many key nutrients, nutrients that help you stay well, fight off bacteria and viruses, so that you don’t have to take antibiotics and other medications that make you well fat…


Of course, pseudo food made out of high quality ingredients like wood pulp would never make one ill anyway… but watch out for that raw milk!

Tree beard will treat you like Saramaun if you don’t stop eating his grand kids …

What Tuesday was Really Like and We Want to Hear from You

First, I want to say thanks to all our readers and all those who have purchased a copy of my book.

Between paper and e-copies, over two hundred have already been sold and we are quickly approaching three hundred.

We are very thankful and wanted to say, “Thanks!”

Also, we want to hear from you, both about the book and also about what you want to see more of on the site.

What kinds of questions do you want answered? Issues you want addressed? Ideas you want to share?

Please let us know.

The blog and website are intended to be an integral companion to the book, but that can only happen with your input and involvement.


So, follow up to Tuesday. Wouldn’t you like to know how my day actually turned out?

Well here you go.


I posted on Tuesday about the importance of planning well and taking advantage of trips to minimize expenses and environmental damage while maximizing time and effort.

I also mentioned the need to be flexible, since most trips will never go 100% according to plan.

My Tuesday fit the bill perfectly for a followup.

Below, I italicize places my schedule had to be adapted or adjusted and how that impacted decisions throughout the day.

A Typical Tuesday in Town…

Wake up, do chores, miss breakfast, hug wife and kids, hit the road.

Head from farm to farm.

Head from farm to butcher in the real lost lands of nowhere.

Pickup butchered hog.

Head from butcher to Louisville.

Forgot about coffee grounds at coffee shop.

Arrive at club (about an hour earlier …

How to Make the Most of Trips and Tasks – Good Planning and Efficient Movement

It is very early on Tuesday morning, and I have a full day ahead of myself. You will see why I give the itinerary in a moment.

Wake up – finish post, do morning chores, eat breakfast, hug wife and kids, finish loading van, hit the road!

Note that when I hit the road, my van will be almost completely full, with most of the seats removed for additional space.

Head from our farm to hog farmer’s farm. Head from his farm to butcher. Pick up hog along with other items. Head back to his farm.

Head from farm to Louisville. Stop at coffee shop (get coffee grounds for composting), buying club (drop some items, pickup other items, such as compost, cardboard for worm feed/garden, pallets for stacking firewood at farm), bank (deposits for club, other work, and personal), local health food store (pick up pitch items for composting), friend’s house to do chainsaw maintenance and sharpening.

Back to home, on way home get gas and fill gas cans for farm.

If anything shows up on Craigslist this morning that I need to take a look at, I will look over the itinerary and see where it best “fits” into the flow of this trip.

Whenever I have cell phone coverage while on the road, I will try to catch up on various built up phone calls.

By the time I get home later today, the van will be completely full again, a sure sign that the …

Weekly Reads 12/12/2011 – Breakfast Cereal More Sugar than Twinkies/Cookies…Cookie Dough Ain’t Clean and More…

Eating industrial cookie dough is dangerous… but doesn’t everyone already know that industrial foods, raw or cooked, are a major health hazard?
The possible pathogens in store bought cookie dough can’t be too much more dangerous than the toxic additives, highly refined ingredients, chemical by product and pesticide residues, incredible amounts of sugar, and complete lack of any real nutritional value…

Nasty Germs in Industrial Cookie Dough

I will keep eating my homemade raw cookies… and raw cookie dough… and raw milk ice cream… and raw milk yogurt, and raw milk cheese, and raw eggs in my raw yogurt smoothie… from small farms, who are not bought and owned by MonSatan via big banks like MF Global… whose failure now further puts these farmers into economic peril and doom

MF Global failure hits farmers hard…

And perhaps will be factor that contributes to continued rising food prices next year if this is severe enough…

And perhaps, if phony, industrial food and thus sugar was not so cheap, breakfast cereals would not have more sugar than desserts!

EWG finds that breakfast cereals contain more sugar than desserts!

Ah, the breakfast of champions, brought to you by big banks and broken national agricultural policy…

Speaking of banks, banks bring up politics, since the banks own (or are they now owned, or just bailed out… oh, it is so confusing) by the government… with our tax money…

So skip if you don’t want anything political in nature…

Most people blindly or foolishly think …

Breaking News: FDA doesn’t have much of anything to say… save expanding their harassment of small farmers and their supporters across the nation.

Since I was unable to attend the Chicago Raw Milk Freedom Riders event, I figured a good use of my time would involve contacting the FDA to see if they had or planned on giving an official response.

Unfortunately, just like their no show at the rally, the people at the FDA are strangely difficult to reach and generally fit the bill, “the lights are on but nobody is home.”

First phone call… person, transfer, transfer, voicemail.

Second phone call… person, transfer, transfer, person, transfer, person, transfer, voice mail.

My third and fourth calls followed the same pattern.

Shuffled around to some other person who told me that some other person would be able to give me some sort of answer.

My friend Max’s videos of the sad reality are only too accurate.

I didn’t leave any messages, as a phone call next week or the week after just isn’t what I was calling for.

And nothing happened with the Freedom Riders in Chicago, save some delicious milk and cookies and the dreary silence of no real discussion or engagement by the powers that be.

The FDA Responds in a Unsurprising Way…

Later in the day, I discovered that the FDA did indeed have a response – another enforcement action, shaking down a drop location in Virginia (and unsurprisingly arriving at the same time as the delivery guy – anyone wonder how much money they are wasting doing surveillance on all these dangerous Amish and small farmers and their domestic terrorist small farm supporters?).

The FDA also served Dan Allyger cease …