Fri, 10 June 2022
So many people I speak with say the same thing “ I can’t recognize this country anymore” and I believe they’re right. We currently face so many overlapping challenges that I fear things will get much worse before possibly getting better.
I know it’s depressing to think about, but we need to address and face these issues to help get through them together and protect our families and NOT be caught off guard like so many mothers needing infant formula they cannot find.
Never before in our history has so much been so wrong at the same time. In 2008 when the great recessions came, we did not have inflation this high or energy prices this high, or a crumbling supply chain.
Most of these problems feed off one another. Inflation makes people turn to crime. Empty shelves encourage hoarding and so on. The future has never looked this bleak in my opinion then it does right now.
Here is my list of these challenges, in no particular order…..
These facts in my mind are indisputable
Resources For This Episode:
Fri, 3 June 2022
I get a lot of inquiries regarding making mayo or Aoli as it’s also referred to. This is so simple and makes a better product than just about all store-bought mayonnaise. While this is basic, the exact same method can be altered by using flavorings such as garlic, lemon zest, fragrant herbs such as dill, tarragon, basil, thyme, etc.
The other point which is important to mention is that just about all commercial mayonnaise is made using GMO mono-crop seed oils which IMO are not the most healthy to eat. There is avocado oil mayo in the market but some (like my family) find it to be off-tasting and not as good as say…Dukes!
Thu, 26 May 2022
While many are focused on the Johnny Depp trial, Monkeypox, or other non-events much of the world, including the United States is entering into what I’ve coined “The Out Of Stockalypse!” Across most industries, American companies large and small are experiencing out of stocks at a rate never before seen in our history. I cannot understate the colossal challenges we are now facing that will be our reality for some time.
On March 28th, China locked down the biggest cities and ports in the world under the guise of a Coronavirus outbreak (more on that later) that has crippled global manufacturing and shipping resulting in a critical shortage of parts and materials.
The CCP has locked down over 26 million citizens in the most important manufacturing regions in China. Ports in Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Ningbo were shuttered. Since we’re extremely dependent on China to supply everything from prescription drugs to car parts to foodstuffs, to industrial components (pumps, switches, hoses, belts, etc) to plumbing parts, etc. this is a major problem. So many critical industries here in the US are facing serious challenges. Retailers are seeing inflation eat away at profits as consumers are struggling to pay higher prices while major retailers cannot raise prices fast enough to keep up with inflation. Couple that with out-of-stock items and the future is not bright.
Recently Amazon, Walmart, Home Depot, and Target have seen profits evaporate and sales slow, the worst is yet to come. As the supply chain empties out, the same retailers will have major holes in inventory resulting in lost sales.
I wonder if China is using this lockdown as a way to further weaken their enemy, the USA? The reason for this thinking is China does not give a rats rump about the Chinese citizens. They have shown contempt for their citizens many times throughout their history, so why are they so worried about a virus which we know has a survival rate of over 99% in most cases? Hmmm, I smell a rat! They can crash our markets and might just succeed with these supply chain bottlenecks that are causing our retail business to get clobbered.
Just imagine how many items are not going to be in stock and all the missed opportunities our retailers, service sector companies, and manufacturers will face. Scarier still are the hospitals and pharmacies that will be short critical life-saving medicines…not good!
I have read about the myriad of industries and businesses that are short critical items with lead times that are many, many months out, this is not good folks. I have been saying for years on this show that allowing offshore countries to make our critical stuff is a major mistake and a national security issue. Instead of these bumbling government officials and congress making stupid laws they should have focused on laws that prevent American companies with government contracts to offshore critical items, but they are too busy lining their pockets, lying their asses off, and generally making the people hate them.
Now many might shout we don’t want the government involved in our business and I totally understand that, but what about critical medicines and infrastructure parts? For example electrical grid components and water system items like pumps, controllers, etc. These are critical, national security infrastructure parts that should only be made here domestically, for the reasons we are seeing now….unavailable parts and parts with stupid lead times that cannot be guaranteed.
In closing, the next few months are going to be a rocky road as the supply chain empties of critical items needed by industries very important to our economy and way of life. Be sure to get the stuff you need NOW, items like shoes, car parts (belts, hoses, oil, filters, tires, etc.) foodstuffs, electronics, etc.
Resources for today’s episode:
Wed, 18 May 2022
Show notes at Keith Snow.com
If you have ever visited Charleston SC you quickly realize that among the southern charm and historic buildings there is something else that has visitors flocking to the Holy City. Charleston was founded in 1670 as Charles Town, honoring King Charles 11, and is literally a living history book. Once the heart of the slave trade almost half of all slaves arrived at Charleston, or course this stain on the city’s past should never be forgotten.
One of the results of this slave trade was that many slaves from Africa brought their Gullah cuisine and cooking methods with them as well as other traditions such as basket weaving, these recipes, methods, and skills have become a treasure to the Charleston area and all who visit. it
Many ingredients that are considered basic commodity staples like rice and corn are now heralded in the Charleston area and have become the stuff of obsession.
A reading from Fast Company….The Grit Awakening: Why Antebellum-Style Cornmeal Has Risen Again
Tim Mills remembers that as a boy growing up on a North Carolina farm, one of his favorite chores was riding with his grandfather to the local mill to get the corn ground. So when “the still voice of God” told the 71-year-old Methodist farmer to build a grist mill on his small farm in Clarke County, Georgia, Mills says he at least had some idea what The Almighty was talking about.
God had great timing: Mills’ brand of grits, made with 19th-century techniques and a pair of mules, are now a hit in upscale Southern restaurants. Mills’ brand, Red Mule, is one of a slew of successful pre-industrial cornmeal companies that are seeing sales surge across the New South and beyond.
There are a number of trends that help explain the increasing appeal of Antebellum-style grits. First there’s the increasing preferences among consumers for less-processed, locally sourced foods. There’s the well-documented Southern instinct to celebrate old ways of doing things. But above all, the success of Red Mule is probably about their taste, which for most Southerners is older than living memory.
“I grew up eating those bland grits, and they didn’t have any taste, other than the butter, salt, and pepper you’d put on them,” says food historian John T. Edge, director of the Southern Foodways Alliance. He’s referring to the familiar white stuff pooling beside fried eggs on breakfast plates. Those grits are processed on high-speed roller mills, which heat to a high temperature, damaging the flavor of the corn and smashing the germ to dust. Edge has watched, happily, as grits have been resurrected into an artisanal food. “What’s happened to the South isn’t some fad but a genuine unearthing of old foods and varieties,” he says. “Grits are a reintegration of a very old food being enjoyed in a very new time.”
Now grits or corn are just one staple that is being celebrated and the focus of many Charleston area menu items, also oats, Carolina Gold Rice and other simple staples are making a huge comeback, and rightfully so. Several years ago I had the pleasure of filming an episode of Harvest Eating TV in an old steel building behind the railroad tracks in downtown Columbia SC with Glenn Roberts founder and principal of one of the most important companies in America, Anson Mills.
And then there’s Anson Mills in Columbia, S.C., which takes the term “heirloom” to a new level. Owner Glenn Roberts produces grits and meal made of corns that were raised as crops in the nineteenth century. But Roberts’ mission isn’t just to sell grits. He’s spent the last 20 years finding, protecting, and cultivating corn and other pre-industrial domesticated plants–called “landraces”–and resurrecting agricultural systems that existed in North America centuries ago. His Carolina Gold Rice, grown in the coastal area of South Carolina, is of the same variety that people were eating at the end of the Revolutionary War. In old journals and diaries Roberts discovered that in the South Carolina of the 1700s, many farmers followed a 17-year-long cycle of rotating specific crops to enhance their flavor, hardiness, and nutritional value without depleting the soil. -Fast Company
I literally could go on and on about how important the work Glenn Roberts does at Anson mills but suffice to say we all owe Glenn a debt of gratitude for his dedication to Antebellum grains and preserving southern foodways.
Resourced for this episode:
Mon, 9 May 2022
Many of you reading this are aware that some plants contain toxins as well as physical defenses that can injure. Some good examples are rhubarb leaves and wild mushrooms, both of which can make you very ill and possibly kill you. We all should know not to pick mushrooms without either having an expert forager with us or at the very least a field guide that shows which to avoid so you don’t die from poison.
Additionally think about very common physical defenses such as thorns on roses, blackberry and raspberry bushes, stinging nettles, cactus, poison ivy, oak, sumac, etc. There is much available evidence to demonstrate that plants do aggressively defend themselves with an arsenal of tools, none of which we enjoy.
Even though this is common knowledge most don’t equate plants having thorns or toxins as a way of defending themselves. Rhinos don’t have giant tusks just for show, those are weapons just like antlers, canine teeth, bear claws, etc. But plants don’t growl or run after you, they stay in place and hope their defenses keep them alive. Pretty amazing intelligent creations if you think about it.
Inside plants are also some pretty tough defenses, in the form of chemicals, enzymes, and other toxins. A few that you may have heard of are lectins, found in many beans, and oxalates, found in many plants, fruits, seeds, roots, etc. Of course, the “health experts” scream from the rooftops about NOT eating meat but instead healthy plants like kale, spinach, almonds, peanuts, and whole grains yet they do not mention the defense chemicals in these “foods”.
A great recent example of plant defenses happened the other day. I bought home a beautiful fresh pineapple, I cut it open and my daughter Ava gobbled up half a pineapple along with grapes and mangoes. Later she started getting rashes and hives all over her body, she thought it was a new deodorant she tried. My other daughter ate three or four pieces of pineapple then some nachos and blamed the nachos for her piercing stomach ache which had her in the fetal position for a few hours. The next day she also bought some fresh cut pineapple and ate it with a snack, within an hour she came home from work and laid on the bed miserable until I gave her club soda which seemed to help.
The next day Ava’s feet, and lips were STILL very swollen, she had to take allergy meds and Advil to curb the swelling and pain. So you see these innocent-looking plants can really mess with us humans.
In my quest for health, I have tried just about every fad diet there is in an effort to eliminate psoriatic arthritis that can damage joints and make a mess of your skin. Veganism destroyed my health (and my wife’s) in 5 mos, and we were forced to abandon the diet to heal. Paleo dieting which is rife with kale and nuts did not help me much either, yes it was better than vegan but still, I suffered from skin and joint pain.
For the last few years, I have read much about the carnivore diet which promotes eating grass-fed meats, organs, eggs, dairy and limited fruits, and very limited plants. While I love meat, the one thing I did not miss at all on a vegan diet was meat, the cheese is what got me most upset. I have been tinkering with a carnivore light diet and have started to research how plants defend themselves and if these defenses can affect me, and low and behold they do!
When I eat high oxalate foods my joints swell and my skin immediately shows signs of problems. It usually is nuts like almonds, peanut butter, and plants like broccoli that affect me. All of those are high oxalate. Oxalates bind with calcium and not only cause gut health issues they rob vital minerals too, making your electrolyte balance go whacky.
My father-in-law eats a few things in his daily regimen; black tea (he’s English), chips, peanuts, chocolate, potatoes, bread, all high oxalate foods, he shows many of the symptoms of oxalate poisoning; skin that bleeds easy, stomach issues like bloating, cramping, diarrhea, joint pain, mental fog, plus a history of kidney stones and gout. Of course, he just gobbles Advil and keeps going but will not change his ways, stubborn man he is! His doctors have never mentioned oxalates or any plant defense chemicals, yet they wear white lab coats :)
The list of high oxalate plant foods is long but the good news is many plant foods have tolerable amounts of oxalates. Both lists are below but first, let’s discuss what oxalates are.
There is much debate about whether cooking reduces oxalates in food, some say yes, some say no.
Here are some high oxalate foods:
beans, grains, bran, sesame and other seeds, peanuts, almonds, and other nuts, swiss chard, spinach, beets, potatoes, chocolate, rhubarb, figs, kiwi, blackberries, black pepper, cumin, turmeric.
Here are low oxalate foods:
meats, dairy, eggs, fats and oils, and other non-plant foods
A few words from the website of the foremost oxalate expert Sally K Norton who is. avast resource on oxalates and has a degree from Cornell University in nutrition.
Mon, 18 April 2022
Show notes https://keithsnow.com
Lactobacillus Reuteri (L-Reuteri) is a lactic acid strain of bacteria in the Lactobacillaceae family of bacteria. It used to be common in humans and most animals but a steady diet of toxins and pharmaceuticals like Advil, glyphosate, pharma drugs of all kinds plus food additives like polysorbate 80 that is found in many processed foods including ice cream and can slowly kill off L-Reuteri and other beneficial gut bacteria that can allow can overgrowth of bad gut bacteria leading to a common condition called SIBO.
L-Reuteri has immense benefits, a few include:
L-Reuteri was first isolated in 1962 and has been widely studied since. I could go on about the benefits of this magical microbe but suffice to say it’s darn good for you. In people that suffer from SIBO, L-Reuteri has antibiotic properties that can help reset proper gut bacteria balance.
L-Reuteri can help fight off many types of inflammation which are in many cases caused by the gut bacteria being out of balance, IE having SIBO.
SIBO stands for small intestine bacterial overgrowth. This is a very common condition that is responsible for many of the ailments we suffer with, everything from inflammatory diseases such as Crohns, to arthritis, to food intolerances.
SIBO is bad stuff! I was diagnosed with SIBO in 2021, January after I took a SICO breath test. I was put on Lauricidin a coconut-derived product that can help kill off bad bacteria. Now I am treating myself with Candibatin BR from Metagenics. I have seen benefits in less than 10 days already.
Making The yogurt is easy, just mix organic (UHT) high temp pasteurized 1/2-1/2, with 2 tbs potato starch per quart and 20 crushed probiotic pills. Then place it into your Instantpot on the yogurt setting for 36 hours.
Resources For This Episode:
Fri, 8 April 2022
Visit Keith Snow.com for the show notes and recipe.
In today’s episode, I share another recipe for bread that is very soft, slightly luscious, and amazing. This is a simple bread that I originally made using boiled potatoes but found that to take a long time and be a pain in the rump.
Using potato flakes is much easier and the results are the same.
This bread also freezes very well, so I made two loaves and froze one of them. I also used the bread both toasted and not toasted to make sandwiches, they are delicious. This makes perfect egg salad sandwiches and also a great Italian w ham, salami, mortadella, provolone, shredduce, and roasted peppers.
I hope you give this a try. Be sure to tag @harvesteating on Instagram with the photo of your bread.
Tue, 29 March 2022
Show notes here-www.keithsnow.com/episodes/gluten-free-banana-pancakes
I’ve eaten a bunch of gluten-free pancakes, many that I created, some store-bought. When you decide to avoid or eliminate gluten you likely will long for the foods you once ate, including pancakes, bread, pasta, etc.
Pancakes though have a special meaning for me, because I often make them for my children on the weekends, those big breakfasts and times spent together are memories I cherish.
Lately, I watch my kids eat those gluten-filled pancakes with a jealous eye and often much frustration. I often think of making them better and imagine me actually enjoying them….without gluten. But until recently, those attempts were never truly satisfying.
The trouble with most store-bought recipes is many have too much coconut flour and taste more like the tropics instead of the mountains of Vermont….where pancakes and syrup are very popular I imagine.
So I went back to the drawing board and created a gluten-free mix that is pretty darn enjoyable. You would NEVER miss the gluten or even ask if they were gluten-free because there is no chalky aftertaste or crumbly texture all-too-common with store-bought gluten-free pancake mixes.
Many today are aimed at Keto eaters and these are particularly “coconutty” and usually fall apart too easily, plus the overwhelming taste of fake sweeteners is not to my liking.
I will be testing this recipe without the banana mashed up in the batter and will evaluate the taste and texture minus the banana, because believe it or not, some people don’t like bananas, my son included.
Here is my recipe, you’ll see that the ingredients are easy to find and it could not be simpler to execute.
Thu, 10 March 2022
Show notes at https://keithsnow.com
As I write this there are many signs that America and the constitution that is supposed to protect our freedoms are in serious jeopardy. No matter what institution you observe you’ll find behavior and policies that until a few years ago, did not seem feasible. In this episode, I intend to point out which of these institutions are crumbling and discuss how it affects us as citizens.
I really feel for our veterans, who signed up to defend this country, and in many cases, are the most patriotic citizens we have. They must really be sad seeing what has happened to this country. I am patriotic too, but over the last few years, I have experienced a great awakening in my mind and have witnessed many others experience the same thing.
Let me outline just a few of the reasons I am coming to this conclusion and why I think we need to talk about it if we are possibly going to survive what is coming.
Corrupt Federal Reserve-Painted Itself Into A Corner
The Federal Reserve is corrupt and out of tools to help this economy. Did you know that a few months back Jerome Powell, the Chairman of the Fed had been exposed for making illegal and unethical securities trades.
The central banksters who supposedly manage our economy are caught making illegal “insider trades” right before policy announcements or decisions that would affect these trades.
Jerome Powell was not the only one, several other Fed officials were involved as well, making this a pretty big scandal. These people understand full well how their decisions affect markets and securities, so they should never be allowed to trade.
Most Americans are not familiar with the “repo markets” and what happened in the fall of 2019 which was a liquidity crisis or as I call it, a banking collapse. No liquidity equals no money equals collapse. I have asked many high net worth individuals about the repo crisis and they have zero clue of what I am speaking about. How did we get here? The Fed promised to “normalize” rates and liquidate the assets it’s been purchasing regularly since the 2008 fiasco. They finally started to taper and raise rates in December 2018 if my memory serves, then going into 2019 they raised .25 basis points for three quarters.
Then in September 2019, the bottom fell out of the repo market which is to say the interbank overnight lending rates at the NY Fed discount window which usually sees rates under 2% for short-term inter-bank loans went ballistic.
Banks were wanting over 10% on these short span loans which can be hours or a day or two usually. So the banks did not trust other banks to be able to repay because there was no liquidity in the system.
At that point, the Fed stepped in and injected huge sums of cash to avert this credit crunch that would have caused massive damage to the public’s trust in our banks. They pumped cash from 17, September 2019 until July 2020
And yet, the Fed only funneled a total of $3.144 trillion in repo loans to its primary dealers from January 2 through December 30, 2008. So this 11.23 trillion pumped into our banking system in 6 months should be eye-opening to anyone reading this and also why we needed a plandemic or war with Russia to divert attention from this collapse.
Some of you might not agree the election was stolen but I’ve seen and read enough indisputable evidence to know the real coup was not 1/6 rather 11/3/2020 when the fake president and his minions stole the election. I could go on forever here but just consider just this, Mark Zuckerberg funneled over $400,000,000 through front groups to pay for and place illegal drop boxes in swing state blue cities. They also paid the ballot harvesters for each ballot they stuffed into these boxes, video evidence documents this without dispute.
These drop boxes collected hundreds of thousands of ballots with zero chain of custody. These illegal votes were counted in the 2020 election, that is blatant fraud. Secretary's of state in these swing states arbitrarily changed election laws without going through the legislature which is illegal enabling them to count votes days after the election was over, to change information on ballots which is illegal, and to accept ballots without chain of custody which is illegal. In Wisconsin many locales, again in blue cities, recorded 100% turn out which is mathematically impossible. Nursing homes abused elderly residents by making them sign votes or forged their votes even if they were deemed not fit to vote due to dementia, etc.
So, the election was stolen and the administration you are being governed by is illegal, illegitimate, pretty much like a 3rd-world, banana republic.
Government Agencies And Corrupt Bureaucrats
Agencies like FDA, CDC, DOJ, FBI, etc. have all committed egregious crimes since the puppet was installed. the FDA knowingly approved a deadly injection, purposely hid evidence, and tried to release clinical studies rife with fraud and deadly results in 70 years as opposed to now. They went to court to fight the release of these drug trial data, does that not tell you what’s going on? That data is now coming out and it’s mind-blowing how dishonest, criminal and demonic these people are for allowing these shots to be forced upon our citizens, military and even children.
The CDC has hidden evidence through this pandemic and recently the head of the agency said “we relied on too little caution and too much optimism”. CDC has changed the definition of a vaccine, CDC changed the tables that inform parents how toddlers should be progressing with language skills due to the absolute flood of kids needing speech therapy because masking those around them causes developmental delays.
DOJ and its petty little dictator Merrick Garland, who was almost on the supreme court, is using his agency to threaten and scare concerned parents who show up at school board meetings. His daughter is married to a prominent company owner that provides “educational materials” filled with critical race theory to schools. Might this be a conflict of interest? He’s labeled these parents domestic terrorists and then lied under oath when asked about it.
FBI was involved with January 6th and they had many agents in the crowd urging people to rush the capital, that is incitement of violence, but they get away with it yet citizens who have been charged with trespassing are still locked up with no attorneys, no bail, nothing.
Our government is filled with corrupt liars that have gotten us into wars, overthrown democratically elected governments, fomented color revolutions, etc. Watch this demon Victoria Nuland.
Recently these pack of activist judges decided that the injection mandate was unconstitutional for workers of companies larger than 100 employees but decided that health care workers have to remain masked. The same workers who worked through this scam with no masks but all of a sudden Biden labeled them and forced them to be masked, and the court went along with it. During oral arguments, they even talked about the number of cases as a reason to make their judgment. Sotomayer who Obama appointed was using CNN’s case stats as her argument for keeping this mandate, never mind the constitution which is why these jackasses are even there. So, the court is corrupt, and cannot be trusted to make decisions based on the constitution.
Let's just say we need term limits, most of them are corrupt pieces of garbage and if I discuss these slime bags I will get sick to my stomach, just mentioning the word Congress gives me anxiety.
It just came out the Biden regime paid over $1 billion to media and social media outlets to promote the deadly jab and to silence critics. They censor you off social media platforms, payment platforms, fundraising platforms, etc. if you go against their fake news and medical tyranny.
I’m sure there is more….but suffice to say I envision a world where we all live out in the country, on vast properties, growing our own real food, canning tomatoes, and beans and milking cows and making butter, and loving our families in a healthy, old-schooled way, putting God first then family than neighbors.
Resources for this episode:
Fri, 25 February 2022
I tried to write a witty and humorous title but this situation is anything but, it’s a very serious issue that is life and death for the people involved, both in Ukraine and in Russia.
It’s also difficult to understand what's really going on, especially with the complicated history of these two countries and that every media outlet, the talking heads at the Whitehouse and all the rhino republicans and crazy liberals that are waving their American flags and chanting Orange man bad, Putin bad, start a war…oh, and get vaxxed, wear a mask and trust the science-its all bs.
What I want to illustrate is that taking George Constanza’s strategy here might be the best approach. You see the beloved character in Seinfeld George Constanza, had always failed in most aspects of life; with women, employment, his parents, and just about everything else. He then decided to do the opposite of the usual and things start turning around for him. Listen to this short video titled The Opposite to get a feel for my analogy.
So in trying to understand this Russia Vs. Ukraine situation, it might make sense to just think the opposite of what you’re always being told, especially when it's the same people we know are full of garbage.
I wanted to list a few of those here:
So all the same people who were in favor of lockdowns, injections, mandates, and other social activist ideas like transgenderism, open borders, inclusivity, letting unvetted refugees flood into countries…oh let’s not forget about weapons of mass destruction and the Arab spring….!
Just look at Germany, Sweden, France…they can’t allow their daughters to walk to school in a skirt because it invites rape by military-aged Muslim men….” just wear pants, we don’t want to offend or arouse anyone”
I won’t go too deep into Biden’s family corruption with Ukrain but I want you to hear this video…it takes place at the Council on Foreign Relations, a globalist think tank. Blowhard Joe is bragging to other guys about how he used 1 billion dollar aid package as a carrot to get the prosecutor in Ukraine who was investigating corruption of Burisma, an oil & gas company where Joe’s crack addict son Hunter Biden had a position on the board of directors for $50k per month, he knows nothing about oil and gas but was the vice president’s son at that time, now he’s the president’s son. the fact that Joe admits this on video and has not been charged with a crime tells you something about the state of affairs in our country….listen to this short video.
So while Putin is ex KGB, worth over 40 billion, a strong man & dictator who wants to run the world I don’t think you can listen to the folks I named here as reliable sources of info.
I know people who live in St. Petersburg Russia, Canadian citizens that have operated large businesses there and think Putin is a much better president than who we have. Putin was never going to stand by letting the comedian president who constantly berates Russia in favor of “western policies” and wants to join NATO, have all those countries aligned against him and right on his border, no functional president acting in his, or his people's own self-interest would allow that.
Putin does things for his own country’s interests….like investing in 2,300 tons of gold, securing vast oil and gas reserves, building pipelines, and his military…without woke policies…all while protecting his borders. I don’t want war…I want peace and stability…but our meddling across the world has not brought peace, in fact just the opposite.
I know this is a controversial topic because Fox news and Hillary Clinton say he is a bad guy that is responsible for every problem the world has…just consider the source and maybe think the opposite to find the real truth or a balance of truth. Maybe Constanza was right, I think so. There is always more to the story.
I invite your comments here and appreciate your thoughts too!
Resources for This Episode:
Tue, 22 February 2022
Unless you’re living under a rock you've been exposed to the non-stop drumbeat of the fake meat town criers. Fake meat is being touted in every single media outlet on earth; social media, online newspapers, magazines, podcasts like this one, websites, trade shows-heck I’m sure they are flying banners on the fourth of July somewhere pimping Impossible burgers, probably around LA or Long Island!
Industry sales of fake meats have zoomed past 1 billion in 2020 and they are growing fast. They are expected to reach over $10 billion in annual sales in the not-to-distant future. Who is buying this stuff? It’s not all vegans, I’m sure some unsuspecting meat eaters have picked up some of the “trust-the-science” burgers in the meat section of the supermarket.
In my opinion, the taste is rather insipid and I remember spitting out a sample of one while doing a tasting in a restaurant I was running recently. Yuk, they tasted disgusting. These fake meat pimps have sausage, chicken nuggets, chicken patty, burgers, “soysage” crumble, fake shrimp, tuna, etc. Popular brands include:
Investors in the space include Bill Gates-backed Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Temasek, Horizons Ventures, CPP Investment Board, Louis Dreyfus Co., Bunge Ventures, Kellogg, ADM Capital, Danone, Kraft Heinz, Mars, Tyson, SOSV, Viking Global, Thiel Capital, Generation Investment Management, Mayfield Fund, and Techstars.
One of the major sectors of the growing fake meat gold rush are companies specializing in fermentation. Fermentation companies focused on alternative proteins have raised more than $837 million in venture capital funding, starting with the first GFI-tracked investment in 2013. Eighty-five percent of this funding was raised in 2019 and in the first seven months of 2020 alone. The $274 million raised in 2019 is nearly five times the capital raised in 2018. Source-Good Food Institute
These fake meat Barrons want to eliminate animal agriculture in all its forms from industrial feedlots (good riddance!) to backyard chickens to hogs and even all types of fishing. The global elite is not satisfied to reach a few billion in sales and buy a yacht and retire on a private island, no, they want to decimate all forms of protein that interfere with their fake meat revolution. In short, they cannot be trusted. Remember, competition is a sin!
These “marketers” use all kinds of “data” to promote their healthy alternatives to meat, they are rife with statistics about how amazing these products are for the environment, how much they taste like real meat and other unsubstantiated claims that sound really nice.
In my opinion, any product that has so much “science” and so many ultra-processed ingredients cannot be called food. The following quote came from the founder of Whole Foods Market-John Mackey, “If you look at the ingredients, they are super highly processed foods,” Mackey told CNBC, “I don’t think eating highly processed foods is healthy. I think people thrive on eating whole foods.”
The debate over the health of fake meats is raging and anyone who speaks out is quickly demonized by the creators of such food. Just shut up and do not learn how this stuff is produced. The components to make fake meat; soy, corn, peas, etc. are planted into degraded soils that are heavily sprayed with herbicides like glyphosate and others so this crap is NOT good for humans.
Studies show 0.1 ppb (parts per billion) of glyphosate can kill precious gut bacteria in humans leading to all sorts of auto-immune diseases and conditions such as SIBO (small intestinal bacteria overgrowth) and SIFO (small intestinal fungal overgrowth) which are present in the vast majority of us Americans, hmmm I wonder why?
Of course, they never mention that these “foods” are made with mono-cropped industrial agriculture products like soy, corn, peas, etc. Comparing a chemical agriculture system to a CAFO’s (confined animal farm operations) may sound positive but it’s really not much better. If you have traveled along I-80 through Nebraska you will pass a few enormous CAFO’s where cows are trapped in dirt lots that are destined for burgers. These feedlots are abysmal and the smell is nothing short of disgusting. Animals wade through rivers of manure and are crammed together in highly stressful situations that lead to sickness. Neve fear, the antibiotics are just fed to them daily to keep them from getting too sick before slaughter.
So why do vegans not want to eat meat?
There are many reasons people turn to plant-based foods and stop eating meat. Some do it for ethical reasons that are motivated by animal abuse, the widespread use of antibiotic-laced feeds, frightening slaughterhouse practices, removing calves from their mothers within days of birth, and so on.
Environmental reasons also top the list of why people stop eating meat. I believe the answer to this is Regenerative Agriculture as I opined in another episode. Animal agriculture is a destructive practice for the environment in all its forms. Confinement operations cause air pollution, water pollution, and require so much acreage to grow food that is turned into silage.
Many doctors believe eating animal protein causes sickness and disease and therefore they advocate for plant-based options. This is very controversial and I do not believe this for one minute, especially as more and more research come to light showing that strictly plant-based diets are not for everyone.
Why do people turn to over-processed fake meat? What is a better solution?
When people go plant-based they usually try to replace foods they once loved like burgers, cheese, milk, etc. This often leads to people becoming junk-food vegans. Stores are filled with alternatives to meat, dairy, fish, etc. Most are not healthy. Instead, the approach I recommend is to fashion a diet from whole foods like potatoes, vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, fruit which is much healthier than junk food vegan products.
However, I still firmly believe that most people will do better without excessive grains or sugar-laden vegetables or fruits. I could (likely will) do a whole sho just on this topic.
Resources For This Episode:
Support this show by visiting Keith Snow.com/support
Sun, 20 February 2022
Recently I have been avoiding gluten-containing foods as it causes me difficulties such as skin lesions and even stiff joints. I have purchased some gluten-free cookies over the holidays to accommodate my English father-in-law who has cookies (biscuits) with his daily morning tea. He too is avoiding gluten so we both tried these cookies and found them edible but not really enjoyable.
So my quest to make some gluten-free cookies that are chewy, tasty and satisfying began. After a few rounds of making cookies using different ingredients, I settle on using almonds. Almonds can be purchased ground or even ground using a food processor, but it can be tricky as they go from almond flour to almond butter quickly so, in my opinion, it’s easier to buy already ground.
I've found Costco to be the most reasonably priced option for buying almond flour, 3 pounds is under $11. I paid $12 for 1 pound at a grocery store, and that store was the most reasonably priced store in town.
The resulting cookies are made with few ingredients and are extremely easy to put together. I use only 7 simple ingredients, almond flour, sugar, almond extract, vanilla extract, lemon zest, and powdered sugar.
They can be in the oven in less than 15 minutes and you don’t need a stand mixer, just a bowl, rubber spatula, Microplane, sheet tray, and parchment paper. Give them a try, I think you'll love them.
Wed, 16 February 2022
Show notes at Keith Snow.com
Nothing runs Like A Deere…….Having been a John Deere tractor owner I understand that these machines can be immensely useful for all types of farmers; from small hobby farmers like I was, to large-scale growers who manage 10’s of thousands of acres of beans or corn or wheat, etc.
Sadly as John Deere has grown, they have incorporated many new technologies that are not favorable to farmers such as the excessive use of sensors and software. Basically modern Deere tractors are nothing more than rolling data collectors that incorporate more technology than you could possibly imagine.
All this technology renders these units almost unrepairable unless John Deere is part of the equation because as we know, technology can break often! Currently, John Deere employs more software engineers than mechanical engineers which says a lot. Gone are the days when farmers fix their own equipment as they have done forever.
Just like the practice of farmers saving seeds which has been erased by greedy and corrupt seed company agreements, repairing your OWN damn equipment is becoming nearly impossible.
John Deere makes farmers sign a software agreement (AKA Monsanto’s Marketing Agreement) at the time of purchase that forbids the farmers from suing John Deere for crop loss, lost profits, loss of goodwill, damage to land or machines, loss of use of the machines, etc. when the machine breaks and there is a delay in repair.
If you put any new part on a deere machine, the ECU (engine control unit) will not allow the machine to run again unless it’s unlocked by a technician, who of course charges the farmer to do this software restart. This also forbids farmers from using any part or modification that is “ third party”. All or most parts have to come from Deere. So do you really own the machine?
2015 Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which makes it legal for farmers to hack their tractors for repairs but still has not helped all that much. Using third-party software from China or Russia can be very sketchy…and might likely void warranties on the equipment.
For deal dealers, parts and sales are 3-6% more profitable than selling the equipment. Dealers have a monopoly as no one else can work on the tractors, making reliability a key for farmers as having the dealer come out is not always convenient. Especially during critical planting and harvesting, where 1 day can mean disaster. And in many cases Deere requests the farmer bring the machine back to them for repair, imagine having to take a huge combine back to a dealer, this would require hiring a tractor truck and flatbed as these machines can be wide loads.
Returning to a Deere dealership can also cause significant delays for planting or harvesting, which farmers who operate on razor-thin margins can ill afford. As of January 2022, John Deere is in the midst of a class-action antitrust lawsuit accusing them of creating a repair monopoly.
Resources For This Episode:
If you enjoy this content please support the show!
Wed, 9 February 2022
Show Notes at Keith Snow.com
As with most things these days, pet food is in short supply and many retailers have large gaps in their offerings. Pet food is yet one more way we have outsourced everything only to lose control and become vulnerable to these shortages. I found this in a simple search:
I know I can make food that my dog loves, but is it nutritious? I am not a pet nutrition expert but I feel pretty confident I can easily get my dog the nutrition he needs with some simple additives or supplements.
This is not meant to be an exhaustive research exercise on feeding pets so I will tell you what I do, some supplements you may want to try.
Let's stick to dogs in this conversation, my dog HATES even the most expensive kibble, $40-65 dollar bags and he wants nothing to do with them. Will he eat it before starving? Yes!
Would he also gladly eat a whole raw chicken? Yes! Which do you think is more nutritious; extruded kibble or a raw chicken with bones, skin flesh etc?
I bet you said the raw chicken and that makes sense given the fact that dogs are carnivores, or are they omnivores? Hmmm
The term "opportunivore" may best describe the dog's natural desire to eat whatever is available — plants as well as animals. Strict or true carnivores, such as cats, have a higher nutritional requirement for taurine (an amino acid), arachidonic acid (a fatty acid), and certain vitamins (niacin, pyridoxine, vitamin A), which are readily available in animal protein and fat sources. Omnivores, such as dogs and people, don't have higher requirements for taurine and certain vitamins and can create their own arachidonic acid from vegetable oils.
Most dog food kibble is basically cheap corn, soy and other grains or legumes, coated in fat and sprayed with protein “meal” ground chicken, turkey, pork, salmon, beef. Etc.
But is still is a rather low-quality food that oftentimes shortens the lifespan of dogs and cats, can make them sick, cause allergies, cancer, and much more.
What dog food is killing dogs? See This:
As you can see the so-called pet food experts have been sued repeatedly for killing or sickening many different pets.
So my point is can we make our own pet food? Cats..I'm not sure, but I know my dog loves his homemade dog food.
With real meat, clean carbs, fresh vegetables, and healthy fats I am pretty sure I can keep him alive and well.
Worst case scenario I could buy some supplements to add to the food to make sure there are no deficiencies which would help me sleep better at night.
Bottom line, we love our pets, and just as our own food security, we are responsible for theirs too, so why not learn to be free of the system.
$50 for 30 lbs of grains sprayed with crap meat is a rip-off, no question.
Resources for this episode:
Enjoying the content? Please support The Show!
Fri, 4 February 2022
Show notes at Keith Snow.com
In this episode of Keith Snow, Off The Cuff, I just outline my thoughts on the Canadian truckers convoy and why I love what they are doing. I read this the other day on Children’s Health Defense and wanted to share a quote….
Fri, 4 February 2022
Dairy Failures Are accelerating, Many Thousands of Farms Will Be Lost Each Year, But Some Operations Adapt And Thrive-Epi-458
Show notes at Keith Snow.com
The United States of America used to be dotted with dairies farms, but the industry has seen a steady decline in the total number of dairy farms while the average size of herds has increased, super dairies are becoming the norm, not the exception.
My uncle, John Snow (one of my dad’s older brothers) had two beautiful dairies, one in Goshen NY, the other on a 174-acre farm in Carlisle, PA (car-lyle).
Uncle John milked Holsteins and grew corn and other crops, the farms were so beautiful. Both farms had classic red barns with hay lofts and tractors, I was in love!
I can vividly remember sitting in the farmhouse kitchen drinking milk fresh from the bulk tank that was so creamy and thick and raw! My Aunt Judy reminded me I had to finish all my beans and corn before leaving the table. No problem I thought!
I also remember being with my cousin Greg in his third-story bedroom listening to a tiny transistor radio with an extra-large antenna pointed out the window that was broadcasting AM radio, circa 1974!
To say that I have a fondness for people who raise and milk cows is an understatement. My kids were raised on raw Jersey cow milk and we had a few Jersey heifers in 2010 but we sold them before they calved, their names were Cinnamon & Ginger.
So all of this dairy doom makes me sad! Between 1970 and 2006, the number of farms with dairy cows has fallen steadily, from 648,000 operations in 1970 to 75,000 or so in 2006, probably lower in 2022.
Technology such as printing food, yeah I said printing food, will become common, and fake meat and dairy substitutes will be ubiquitous. I find these statements hard to believe and grandiose, but time will tell.
Over 60% of dairy farms are less than 25 cows. The current price per hundred lbs is averaging $21.64 for every hundredweight (100 pounds) of fluid milk so the dairy farmer is netting about $1,400-$1,700 per week, depending on the cow breed they milk and the gallons produced, this is for a 25 cow herd.
So dairy farmer gets roughly $21.64 for 11.62 gallons yet the supermarket gets $42. If farmers sold direct and could attract customers to a small farm store, and had some value-added products like butter, cream, half & half, creme fraiche, yogurt, etc. they could potentially meet or top what is made selling to the dairy coop.
However, this usually requires the younger generations to stay on the farm and help as the job of tending to cows and crops leaves little time for research, planning, and large changes to the farm’s business model.
One amazing benefit of such an arrangement would be interacting with the people who consume the products, instead of just a driver who pumps milk into a tanker to take it to the coop/processor.
Reading from an article…..
The emergence of large dairy farms, and the continued shift of production toward such farms, is the principal focus of our analysis. We also touch on geographic shifts in production, a closely intertwined component of structural change.
Between 1970 and 2006, the number of farms with dairy cows fell steadily and sharply, from 648,000 operations in 1970 to 75,000 in 2006, or 88 percent (fig. 1). Total dairy cows fell from 12 million in 1970 to 9.1 million in 2006, so the average herd size rose from just 19 cows per farm in 1970 to 120 cows in 2006.
Moreover, milk production per cow doubled between 1970 and 2006 (from 9,751 to 19,951 pounds per year), total milk production rose, and average milk production per farm increased twelvefold. These changes reflect a trend toward greater specialization as well as greater size.
However, like much of agriculture, dairy farms come in a wide range of sizes. The largest U.S. dairy farms have over 15,000 cows, though farms with 1,000–5,000 cows are more common.
Large dairy farms account for most inventory and production in the Western States, and a growing share of production elsewhere
Such farms, which frequently combine a very small dairy enterprise with other commodity enterprises or with off-farm work, are disappearing rapidly.
Non Dairy Milk (soy, almond, oat, macadamia, hemp, hazelnut) is cutting into the share of milk sales rapidly. Average consumption is off 40% as of 2019 compared to 1975.
There is an ongoing label war between the dairy lobby and the non-dairy “milk” producers. They call their products milk, which the dairy industry sees as competition.
In my mind, people who drink milk are not mistakenly buying oat or soy or almond milk, rather sales of non-dairy milk are fueled by highly educated consumers who either have dairy allergies or are plant-based or vegan or environmentally aware.
So what does this mean to today’s dairy farmers? Well, we all know the average age of the American farmer is 57.5 years of age. Farmers are much older in other countries like Japan!
This portends problems in the future as today's youth, even if they were raised on farms and taught work ethic, are routinely leaving the farm for “easier” ways of making a living.
We are talking only about dairy farms here but the same scenario plays out on our cattle, hog, grain, and vegetable operations. Who knows what this means for the future of ag.
With so much pressure to “get big or get out” small dairies either choose to invest in larger operations or sell their land to developers or, invest in on-farm processing to be able to sell to local customers and DSD(direct store delivery) and cutting out the coop and keeping the vast majority of the profit themselves.
I know of several dairymen who sell both to a growing number of customers who want farm-fresh products and want to know who grows their food.
They have made on-farm investments in processing equipment and been awarded permits to process their own products and they know their customers.
A good example of this model in action is SC Milky Way Farm in Starr SC LD Peeler has been milking his Jersey cows for decades. We used to buy raw milk direct, which had been legal in SC for years. His A2-A2 Jersey cows are raised on grass and produce milk that is nothing short of amazing, at least 3-4 inches of cream on top of each gallon.
We were paying $4-6 per gallon back in 2009 and it was worth every penny! LD has increased the number of products he produces on the farm to include some vat pasteurized milk, chocolate milk, cream, etc.
He even has a really nice, clean refrigerated milk truck to make deliveries with.
I can remember him using a metal hook he built to grab milk crates instead of bending down each time. He wore the typical wrangler jeans, a ball cap, and flannel shirts.
Another dairy that is doing great work is Alexander Dairy in California. I regularly buy their certified organic, A2-A2 milk which is also certified Regenerative and tastes amazing.
They have many products that are sold to retail stores and distributors, they leave the butterfat on top (non-homogenized) and only pasteurize at 165 degrees for 30 minutes, unlike most dairy that is UHT, Ultra High Temperature pasteurized at over 200 degrees.
This is a large dairy with over 4,300 acres and about 4,000 cows. They have built soil organic matter from 2% to as much as 15% in some pastures using regenerative principles I outlined in episode 454.
They are sequestering a great deal of carbon in the soil, using ruminant animals, the way nature intended. Even a hard-core Al Gore tree hugger cannot argue the fact that they are not helping the environment, even with all the cow farts!
Finding Raw Milk…
The laws in this country regarding the sale of raw milk are pretty frustrating, but progress has been made in most states. People should have access to this life-giving product, without bureaucrats restricting it. I have not looked in a while to see how things are progressing with the law but the website Real Milk lists hundreds of dairies across the country that sell raw milk. See this handy interactive map to find local raw milk.
Support this Show at Keith Snow.com
Resources for this episode:
Tue, 1 February 2022
Show notes at Keith Snow.com
Are you a germophobe? Do you have children? Have you heard the term “widespread flu”? If you answered yes to these questions your family might be a lot like my family.
We had our first child in 2002, Olivia was such a gem, she’s 19 now and has turned into an amazing young lady. She has taught us so much over the last nearly 2 decades including much about germs and staying healthy.
As she went from infant to toddler we eventually tried to introduce her to daycare and found a little place in South Carolina a few miles from our farm that has a spot for her where we could introduce her to other kids and let her socialize. I think I took her there a total of 5-6 times before witnessing the junk food they fed kids (frozen chicken nuggets etc.) and also how often the kids were sick.
It was common to see the children with gnarly green mucus dripping down their faces and in their mouths (I know, a gross image I’m describing here) which I found disgusting. I never saw the caregivers ever wipe the noses either, rather they would just let the kids use their arm sleeves, etc.
Being the type of guy who is not shy about questioning people I laid into these folks a few times only to receive poor excuses and other bullshit. The last straw for me was seeing a tiny female toddler on the same playground as a 10-year-old boys, and how she was hammered by walking in front of a large swing set where an aggressive boy nailed her on his way down.
The 21-year-old worker who witnessed this never even got up to assist. I threw a fit and took Olivia out and went to see the owner, I described what I saw and told her she was presiding over a rather dangerous and substandard daycare and I would not subject my daughter to that. Her response was “we usually don’t mix toddlers with older kids”, usually”?
That daycare experience led us to keep Olivia home, wash hands frequently and keep hand sanitizer in the cars, my wife's purse etc. We fed our daughter organic, farm-fresh foods since she could eat solid foods and we made sure she had fresh air, sunshine, and everything good parents tend to provide.
When we started going to church we found the same sickly kids and junk-food snacks being fed to kids there as well. We sent Olivia with her own snacks that were healthy as we wanted her to be well-nourished.
In winter if the news channel reported flu being “wide spread” we would just stay home until things cleared up a bit. We have always been aware of the risk of seasonal viruses such as cold and flu and how these target the elderly and young children.
I often looked at statics and was amazed at how many cold & flu cases happened each winter, and sadly deaths! It’s not uncommon to have 30-50 million flu cases each year. And tens of thousands of deaths.
So we have always done our best to stay healthy by keeping germs at bay on hands, surfaces, eating well, and supplementing where appropriate. We also believe in getting dirty outside to build immunity by being around pets, livestock etc. Our kids walked barefoot, played in the garden, yard, woods, etc., they were not sheltered from bacteria, but viruses yes.
When this current health situation started in 2020 we were in the midst of a nasty cold/flu season, with close to 80 million flu cases yet once faulty PCR covid testing came onto the scene in early April, the flu disappeared magically. The seasonal flu and cold and other virus became Covid 19. My bullshit radar was in full swing and while I admit they had us scared for a month or so, we quickly realized we were all being gaslighted and we knew this was a giant goat screw.
We did however start taking the following supplements and we have remained pretty healthy even with kids in school and a wife that sees “covid positive” elderly patients daily. We made sure other families and close friends were on this same regime, they all have done well.
We take the following supplements daily: (diff. Amounts based on weight, age, etc.)
Vitamin d, Vitamin K2-7, Vitamin c, zinc, quercetin, digestive enzymes
We also consume fermented vegetables such as kimchi, sauerkraut, pickles, kefir, yogurt. If we felt like we might get sick, we upped the c, d, zinc, quercetin and it has worked fine. We try to get out in the sun as often as possible.
We limit junk food and be sure to eat a varied diet and cook 99% of our own meals. I think if you follow this advice you will fare just as well.
Support this show by becoming a member!
Tue, 1 February 2022
Show notes at Keith Snow.com
Unless you are living under a rock you’ve witnessed the utter explosion of homesteading that is happening in the united states. For a variety of reasons, people from all walks of life are ditching cities and suburbia with their traffic, consumerism, the explosion of Karens, plandemic mandates and nonsense, Hoa’s, and other factors to live in the country.
Terms like regenerative ag, Permaculture, permaculture orchard, pasture-raised, rotational grazing, homes-steading, home butchering, family farming, free-range chickens, mini-farm, off-grid, decentralized food movement are terms that are becoming common in our cultural vernacular.
— Stephanie, The Accidental Country Girl
Why is this happening? What is causing an old-school lifestyle that most of our grandparents participated in so attractive to us modern, computer & tech-savvy people? Who wants to scoop poop or collect chicken eggs or make compost piles or milk goats or cows?
Isn’t our next-day Amazon deliveries, Uber shuttle, Grub hub, Hello Fresh wifi, and wired lifestyle so awesome? All the screens, Tic Tok, youtube, Instagram….pandemic pay, gaming…this is all we need right?
Many millennial farmers have found the personal freedom that comes with sustainable living as the main benefit of this lifestyle. Days that begin and end outside are dictated by what the homesteader chooses to do.
A peaceful Montana Farm in The Bitterroot Valley
There is visible proof of the homesteader’s accomplishments at the end of each day, whether that is a new mulched no-dig garden bed, batch of yogurt put to innoculate, baby goat kids jumping all over, cover crops planted, potatoes dug, etc. Satisfaction is built in!
There’s a world of difference between driving in traffic, sitting in climate-controlled office space, dealing with bitchy customers, woke human resource policies, spreadsheets, sitting at a desk sending hundreds of emails compared to pruning peach or apple trees, and canning green beans.. Life on a property is much more relaxing, less stressful, and more rewarding.
There can be a feeling of freedom if producing some or most of one’s own power or food, solar panels, wind turbines, micro-hydro are all possible with the right property.
Please Consider Leaving a Comment and becoming a member.
Tue, 1 February 2022
Show notes at Keith Snow.com
America is on the move like never before. Some would say at a tectonic level and for many, the driver is as much political as it is economic or for safety. The top five blue states seeing a mass exodus are all Democrat-controlled. The U.S. Census Bureau says, California, New York, New Jersey, Michigan, and Illinois lost a combined 4 million residents between 2010 and 2019, so this phenomenon is ongoing, not new.
U-Haul reported that the top five states to see the greatest influx of new residents include the Republican-led states of Florida, Texas, Tennessee, Ohio, and Arizona. The safer red states with a government that tends to be more freedom-oriented, have less taxes, and fewer mandates.
People are not only moving between states but between counties in the same states. So out of blue cities to more rural or suburban outside cities.
The financial effect of this is not good for cities making the problems that existed to cause departure, even worse. Crime, high taxes, mandates, cultural poison all contribute to people’s reasoning to leave.
In most states, the plandemic mandates, lockdowns, dictates, etc. are overblown, clearly not science-based and people know it. The riots and lawlessness in 2020 (mostly in dark blue cities) clearly demonstrated that these places are not safe and not a place to live long-term.
Please chime in and comment below.
Tue, 1 February 2022
Show notes at Keith Snow.com
There is a movement underfoot across the country, in fact, the world, and it’s called Regenerative Agriculture. It’s based on 5 principles:
Some amazing farmers are preaching the good word around the country to educate other farmers. I think these farmer-educators are national heroes.
Photo Credit-Brown’s Ranch, ND
Farmers who are tired of being tied to a failing system that is harming their land and their wallets are finding a new way, a regenerative way to heal their land and build the profit back into farming. If you look at the photo above you will see a large herd of cows being rotationally grazed or mob-grazed, they will be moved onto fresh pasture in a short time and the area they are in now will be left to rest and regrow.
These methods build amazing soil health and the plants that grow can nourish profitable livestock of all types which is a very in-demand product to produce. Consumers are becoming more involved with where and who grows the food they eat.
Big business also knows full well this is the future of agriculture, some large companies have invested billions into Regenerative Agriculture.
As you can see, the word is out and the future is clear, Regenerative Agriculture is the way forward. Many large companies will see the market share of their products decline and more and more customers (farmers) reject the old way for the new way. This is good news folks!
Tue, 1 February 2022
See full show notes at Keith Snow.com
s This End Of Chemical Agriculture?
Since the mid-19th-century usage of NPK fertilizer has increased by over 800% up to 2019. This has allowed modern AG to produce a massive amount of food that is used for all sorts of products from cereal, non-dairy milk to fuel additives and beyond. The USA exports billions of tons of commodity foods each year to countries all over the globe.
All this food production comes at a steep cost to farmers, the environment, and most importantly, this soil! Studies show that foods grown on American soil have steadily declined in nutritive value.
Vitamins, Minerals, and other components of basic foods (fruits, vegetables, grains) are less nutritious than they were decades ago. This is because modern agriculture used methods that destroy soil life, water infiltration, organic matter, photovoltaic capacity, etc.
The use of chemicals such as Glyphosate (Round Up), herbicides, pesticides, and other inputs are very harsh on soil and surrounding watersheds.
These methods only work when farmers can afford these costly inputs, they have been rising each year but in 2022 input costs are astounding. NPK cost is rising so fast it’s becoming untenable for farmers to plant crops, even with subsidies.
— Ag Web
My point to this whole episode is many, small to medium-sized farmers will start to reject this whole system and decide to use Regenerative Agriculture instead of being controlled by “the system” and basically forced to continue injuring their land with this modern chemical-laden system.
I hope it happens, it will be painful, but if there is a will, there is a way!