FOOD CHAIN NEWS TOPIC
Food Chain Radio Show #913 • March 23, 2013 • Sat 9AM Pacific
*********Michael Olson hosts Judith McGeary,
Executive Director Farm & Ranch Freedom Alliance
What kind of farm will be able to grow government safe food?
Industrial production of peanuts, cantaloupes, hamburger and spinach reigned havoc on the nation’s food chain, sickening many and killing some.
In keeping with their stated policy of “never letting a serious crisis go to waste,” politicians flew into action, and in the waning hours of 2010, passed the Food Safety Modernization Act, which granted to government total and absolute control over the nations’s food chain.
Former Monsanto Executive Michael Taylor, now government’s Food Safety Czar, recently handed down 1,200 pages of new food safety rules. These rules are scheduled to go into effect in a few weeks.
Few have read all the 1,200 pages, and most seem resigned to follow a former Speaker of the House, who would likely say, “Let’s enforce all the rules so we can know what they are!”
Some, however, would like to have time to read all the new rules before accepting them. Their asking for time to read all the rules leads us to ask…
For whom is government making food safe?
FOOD CHAIN NEWS TOPIC
THERE IS A GARDEN IN THE MIND
Food Chain Radio Show #912 • March 16, 2013 • Sat 9AM Pacific
Michael Olson hosts Dr. Paul Lee, Author
As a student of Chinese language and literature, I had to spend many hours inside the language lab at the University of California, Santa Cruz. When finished with the day’s studies, I would stumble outside into the brilliant sunshine to watch a full-scale revolution in action.
Adjacent to the lab, on a parcel of steep, shrub-covered hillside, students from around the nation were dropping their studies in engineering, chemistry, and physics to dig in the dirt of a French-Intensive / Biodynamic garden under the tutelage of an actor from England by the name of Alan Chadwick.
This garden, which was always filled with youthful exuberance, was somewhat of an enigma to me. Having grown up with the chores of farming and ranching, which included hour upon hour of hoeing weeds under a hot Montana sun, I could not quite see what all the excitement was about, nor why anyone would drop their studies to dig in the dirt. ‘What am I missing here?’ I often asked myself.
(I was not the only one with the question. When those students called home to tell mom and dad they were dropping their studies in chemistry to become a gardener, the phone began ringing off the hook in the Chancellor’s office!)
What I was missing was a revolution in thinking about gardening, about food, and about how we go about living on planet Earth. There is a Garden in the Mind, and it leads us to ask…
DIVINING BY DOWSING
Food Chain Radio Show #781 • March 9, 2013 • Sat 9AM Pacific
Michael Olson hosts Dowsers Steven Herbert and Sue Trumpfheller
What else might be devined by dowsing?
Do you believe dowsing can find water?
A few years back, I watched as a friend contracted for a water well to be drilled on his newly purchased parcel of mountain ridgetop!
Other landholders on this ridgetop had not faired well in their drilling of water wells, and consequently most of the neighborhood’s wells produced mere trickles of water.
The well-driller, a grizzled veteran of decades of drillings, said, “I won’t drill on this property without a dowser!” And so the recommended dowser was contracted to “witch a well.”
The dowser, an equally grizzled veteran of decades of dowsing, cruised the property behind a well-used forked willow branch, occasionally stopping here and there at the dipping of the forked willow. Finally, he stopped dead in his tracks and said, “Right here! You will find 30 gallons per minute at 365 feet.”
And that is, within a foot or two, where the well-driller found 30 gallons per minute on the bone dry ridgetop.
Having seen this dowsing, and the proving up of its call, one simply must ask…
What other answers might be divined by dowsing?