Food Chain Weekly News Topic
DON’T FEED THE BEARS
Food Chain Radio Show #913
March 30, 2013 • Sat 9AM Pacific
Michael Olson hosts Kevin Sanders, Yellowstone Outdoor Adventures
Should civilized people feed wild life?
“Dad! Why does the sign say, ‘Don’t feed the bears!”
“Because, son, Yellowstone Park does not want us to feed bears.”
“But Dad, the bears are hungry, and we have extra food. It doesn’t seem fair!”
Living in rural Yachats, Oregon, Karen Noyes did not have to abide by the rules of Yellowstone Park, and liked feeding the wild bears, and so fed them. And when she did, more bears came to be fed. Soon Karen Noyes had a yard full of bears to be fed, with more coming all the time.
It did not take long before things got out of Karen Noyes’ hands. One of her bear friends stormed a neighbor’s turkey farm and killed 60 of its resident turkeys. Another bear friend took a liking to the neighbor lady and got stuck trying to sneak in through the lady’s dog door for visit. And so on …
Consequent to all the bearishness going on in the neighborhood, poor Karen Noyes was arrested and convicted for “Harassing Wildlife.” She was then sentenced to three years of probation, which included an order not to go near her rural home.
Yellowstone Park has a long and storied history of wild bears and civilized people. When civilized people see the wild bears’ pleading looks of “feed me, feed me,” they often want to feed the wild bears. When they do, the wild bears often undergo a personality change, and the pleading looks become demanding looks that say, “FEED ME! FEED ME!”
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…