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  • Bill Gates and Neo-Feudalism: A Closer Look at Farmer Bill

    02/09/2021 4:36:41 PM PST · by bitt · 37 replies ^ | 2/4/2021 | Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
    Bill Gates has quietly made himself the largest owner of farmland in the United States. For a man obsessed with monopoly control, the opportunity to also dominate food production must seem irresistible. "Gates has a Napoleonic concept of himself, an appetite that derives from power and unalloyed success, with no leavening hard experience, no reverses.” — Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson, presiding judge in the Gates/Microsoft antitrust-fraud case The global lockdowns that Bill Gates helped orchestrate and cheerlead have bankrupted more than 100,000 businesses in the U.S. alone and plunged a billion people into poverty and deadly food insecurity that, among...
  • This Chinese cockroach farm houses a billion roaches, kept contained by a moat filled with hungry fish

    09/18/2020 3:16:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    ABC News (Australia) ^ | 9/18 | Bill Birtles
    For a final assignment to cap a five-year posting to China, I never would have chosen this. But deep inside a cavernous setup of tight corridors and shelves, I'm standing in the dark, sweating profusely as the rain-like sound of millions of cockroaches eating fills the silence. It's a peaceful ambience that would go well on one of those calming sleep apps. Everything else about the situation would probably keep people awake. Around me on walls, the ceiling and floors, cockroaches large and small scurry about, scattering whenever my cameraman Steve Wang points his camera light at them. This is...
  • Food Is Freedom: How Washington’s Food Subsidies Have Helped Make Americans Fat and Sick

    08/31/2020 2:49:56 PM PDT · by ammodotcom · 21 replies ^ | 8/31/2020 | Sam Jacobs
    Farm subsidies are perhaps the ultimate, but secret, third rail of American politics. While entitlements are discussed out in the open, farm subsidies are rarely talked about – even though they are the most expensive subsidy Washington doles out. All told, the U.S. government spends $20 billion annually on farm subsidies, with approximately 39 percent of all farms receiving some sort of subsidy. For comparison, the oil industry gets about $4.6 billion annually and annual housing subsidies total another $15 billion. A significant portion of this $20 billion goes not to your local family farm, but to Big Aggie.
  • Polis appoints activist to vet board, signs egg bill ( Colorado )

    07/09/2020 9:30:13 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    Fence Post magazine ^ | July 9, 2020 | Rachel Gabel
    Colorado's First Gentleman Marlon Reis and Ellen Kessler, an animal activist who has been appointed to a position on the State Board of Veterinary Medicine ... Kessler is a self-proclaimed animal rights activist .. “Vegan AF” and “Extreme. Annoying. Vegan.” Kessler posted support of the recently signed HB 20-1343 Egg-laying Hen Confinement Standards, calling the legislation a baby step “to get to the true goal of animal lovers and that is to not keep chickens for eggs nor food.” The board Gov. Polis appointed Kessler to regulates and licenses veterinarians ... The board activities include licensing veterinarians, investigating complaints about...
  • Following Huge Protest, Oregon Farmers Get Big Win, Thanks to Trump Administration [ Klamath ]

    06/15/2020 2:41:11 PM PDT · by george76 · 37 replies
    PJmedia ^ | JUN 15, 2020 | Jeff Reynolds
    A 29-mile convoy through southern Oregon, followed by a rally, followed by a direct appeal to the White House, and a decision by the Department of the Interior. That’s what it took to open up irrigation water for farmers in southern Oregon last week. It all started with one of the biggest protests you probably didn’t even notice. In a June 9 press release, the Bureau of Reclamation announced that it had restored the 140,000-acre-feet of water originally promised to farmers in the Klamath Basin at the beginning of the season: Today, the Bureau of Reclamation confirmed the 2020 water...
  • Illinois farms find new channels to distribute produce to consumers during COVID-19 pandemic

    05/03/2020 3:54:16 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    ABC 7 Chicago ^ | 5/03/20 | Steve Dolinsky
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- You may have heard stories of farmers having to dump milk in Wisconsin or plow under potatoes in Idaho. Since there are no farmer's markets in operation, and most restaurants have severely cut back on their regular orders, a lot of farmers in the area have been pivoting, working with companies that have existing distribution channels. ABC7's Hungry Hound talked to a couple of them this week, to see how they're helping downstate farms stay in business. **SNIP** That's why he's turning to people like Jon Schiff, the CEO of Real Good Stuff Company, which focused on...
  • A Town of Immigrant Farm Workers Says No to ICE Detention Centers

    02/20/2020 1:38:38 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    New York Times via Yahoo! News ^ | February 20, 2020 | by Miriam Jordan, The New York Times
    McFARLAND, Calif. — As an immigrant in the country illegally, Maribel Ramirez does not officially have a say in the affairs of the small agricultural town in California’s Central Valley that she has called home for 20 years. But late into the night Tuesday, she stood with hundreds of field workers and other residents outside McFarland’s City Council chambers, a bullhorn in her hand. “No ICE! No GEO! We’re farmworkers, not delinquents,” they chanted in Spanish, led by Ramirez, 42. At issue was a multibillion-dollar corporation’s proposal to convert two state prisons slated for closure into detention centers for immigrants...
  • Wisconsin dairy farmers suffer massive blow thanks to Trump's trade war

    01/11/2020 5:54:01 PM PST · by Fawn · 116 replies ^ | 1/10/2020 | Dan Desai Martin
    Wisconsin lost 818 dairies in 2019 as farmers across the country suffer from Donald Trump's trade war with China. The state of Wisconsin, famous for its cheese, lost 10% of its dairy farms in 2019, Dairy Herd Management reported on Thursday. The loss of 818 dairies was the largest decline in Wisconsin history. Trouble for dairy farmers started in 2018, when Donald Trump engaged in a protracted trade war with China. In retaliation for increased tariffs from the United States, China placed tariffs on a number of U.S. agricultural exports. As a result, exports of U.S. dairy to China dropped...
  • “Farmageddon”: Trump Announces More Emergency Bailouts As U.S. Farm Debt Soars To $416 Billion

    11/19/2019 4:55:55 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 21 replies
    eotad ^ | 11/17/19 | Michael Snyder
    President Trump just announced yet another round of emergency bailouts for U.S. farmers. This emergency aid will be greatly welcomed by countless struggling farmers, but a few thousand dollars won’t be nearly enough to save most of the farms that are on the verge of failing. Coming into 2019, farm debt was already at a record high and farm bankruptcies were already rising. But then crazy weather patterns made planting season a complete and utter mess, and more crazy weather patterns have turned harvest season into a major disaster. On top of everything else, the Trump administration’s trade dispute with...
  • Rooster pecked woman to death in 'rare' attack, report says

    09/04/2019 12:36:28 PM PDT · by Pontiac · 72 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/4/19 | Alexandra Hein
    On the heels of a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about backyard chickens spreading illness to people in 49 states comes a harrowing tale about a woman who was killed by a rooster that delivered a lethal strike to a varicose vein in her leg.
  • Ancient nomads spread earliest domestic grains along Silk Road, study finds

    04/05/2014 8:57:03 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | April 1, 2014 | Gerry Everding
    Charred grains of barley, millet and wheat deposited nearly 5,000 years ago at campsites in the high plains of Kazakhstan show that nomadic sheepherders played a surprisingly important role in the early spread of domesticated crops throughout a mountainous east-west corridor along the historic Silk Road... "Ancient wheat and broomcorn millet, recovered in nomadic campsites in Kazakhstan, show that prehistoric herders in Central Eurasia had incorporated both regional crops into their economy and rituals nearly 5,000 years ago, pushing back the chronology of interaction along the territory of the 'Silk Road' more than 2,000 years," Frachetti said... ...several strains of...
  • South Africa horror as white farmer activist beaten to death with hammer

    05/24/2019 6:37:03 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 46 replies ^ | PUBLISHED: 00:14, Fri, May 24, 2019 | UPDATED: 09:29, Fri, May 24, 2019 | By Rebecca Perring
    A SOUTH African farmer activist who spoke out against brutal attacks on the the country’s white farmers has been found dead. Annette Kennealy, 51, was founded with multiple wounds to the body on her land in Limpopo province. Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe, a police spokesman, said: “Family members tried to call her without success, until one of them went to investigate. “On arrival he found the deceased inside the house.” The victim was staying with an employee on her farm in the town of Louis Trichardt when she was attacked. A friend is said to have found her body lying in...
  • Trump hosts US farmers at White House after rolling out $16B aid plan

    05/23/2019 2:14:36 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | 23/4/19
    ..."this is a do-nothing Congress". ..."Nancy has lost it..."
  • Farmers remain silent at auction so young man can buy his family farm back

    05/08/2019 11:41:54 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 113 replies
    News 360 ^ | May 8, 2019 | Sophie Michael
    David’s family’s 80 acres of land was sold to a distant relative and the family’s property was gone. What they had spent decades building vanished in a split-second bank interaction. Throughout his life, David dreamed of somehow getting back the family’s land and rebuild their business. Several years after losing the family land, it suddenly appeared on auction. David and his father decided they would do their best to collect whatever modest means they had to try to get it back, reports They spent many days and sleepless nights trying to come up with every possible way to acquire...
  • Solar farms are cropping up in Will County, ILLINOIS

    09/05/2017 8:07:23 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 27 replies
    Chicago Tribune Southtown ^ | Sep 5, 2017 | Susan DeMar Lafferty
    Solar farms are cropping up in Will County As harvest season approaches, some Will County farmers may already be considering alternatives to the future of their corn and soybean fields. They are learning that the sun they now rely on to produce vegetables, could be harnessed into a new cash crop. Empowered by Illinois' new Future Energy Jobs Act, solar companies have approached area farmers in recent weeks about converting a portion of their property into solar farms. Cypress Creek Renewables, which currently operates solar farms in eight states, has an agreement with a landowner in Crete Township to convert...
  • Why American Farmers Are Hacking Their Tractors With Ukrainian Firmware

    03/22/2017 1:08:15 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 128 replies
    Motherboard ^ | 3/21/17 | JASON KOEBLER
    To avoid the draconian locks that John Deere puts on the tractors they buy, farmers throughout America's heartland have started hacking their equipment with firmware that's cracked in Eastern Europe and traded on invite-only, paid online forums. Tractor hacking is growing increasingly popular because John Deere and other manufacturers have made it impossible to perform "unauthorized" repair on farm equipment, which farmers see as an attack on their sovereignty and quite possibly an existential threat to their livelihood if their tractor breaks at an inopportune time. "When crunch time comes and we break down, chances are we don't have time...
  • Rich gap-toothed farmer dies, glamorous ‘gold digger’ wife fights for fortune

    12/21/2016 8:53:55 AM PST · by tekrat · 49 replies
    The Sun ^ | 12/21/2016 | KATE JACKSON
    RESSED in a floppy hat, with his wiry grey hair poking out of the side, Marcel Amphoux gave a wide grin to the camera, showing his missing teeth. In his neatly tied claret cravat, with his attractive younger bride on his arm, the affectionately nicknamed “Hermit of the Alps” had never looked so smart or so proud. But to Marcel’s friends in the small French village of Puy-Saint-Pierre, the 67-year-old’s marriage to this glamorous blonde, 25 years his junior, would be his undoing. They were convinced that property agent Sandrine Devillard was a calculating gold-digger, who connived to marry the...
  • Regulators Vow Revenge Against States for Opposing Federal Land Grab

    07/24/2016 3:54:51 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    Freedomworks ^ | July 20, 2016 | Kenny Stein
    On Tuesday, the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) formally announced the removal of the lesser prairie chicken from the endangered species protection list. They did not take this step voluntarily; FWS lost a court case last year which ordered the agency to remove the bird from the list. However, even as they complied with the court’s order, the FWS issued a threat that the agency’s land grab under the guise of conservation was not over. In the words of Director Dan Ashe, “Responding to this court ruling by removing the bird from the Federal List does not mean we are...
  • USDA Putting Solar Panels on Chicken Coops

    08/08/2015 8:11:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 7, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is spending millions on green energy projects for farms, including putting solar panels on the tops of chicken coops.The federal agency announced Friday that its Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) will spend $63 million on solar panels and wind turbines for the farming industry.One project, totaling $16,094, was awarded to Blue Sky Poultry, Inc., of Bainbridge, Ga., to “install a solar array on the roof of poultry houses.”Other projects announced by the USDA included $18,000 for solar panels for a fruit farm in Ohio, and $19,750 for a wind turbine for a farm...
  • The Colossal Hoax Of Organic Agriculture

    07/29/2015 8:36:45 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 30 replies ^ | 7/29/2015 | Henry I. Miller and Drew L. Kershen
    Organic agriculture is an unscientific, heavily subsidized marketing gimmick that misleads and rips off consumers. The federal government should stop promoting and subsidizing it. Consumers of organic foods are getting both more and less than they bargained for. On both counts, it’s not good. Many people who pay the huge premium—often more than a hundred percent–for organic foods do so because they’re afraid of pesticides. If that’s their rationale, they misunderstand the nuances of organic agriculture. Although it’s true that synthetic chemical pesticides are generally prohibited, there is a lengthy list of exceptions listed in the Organic Foods Production Act,...