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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:

  • Joe Biden

  • Kamlala harris

  • Hillary Clinton

  • Cnn, Fox news, Msnbc

  • Lindsay Grahm

  • Sean Hannity

  • Morning Joe & Miki

  • Emanuel Macron

  • Justin Trudeau

  • Angela Merkel and Olaf the new guy

  • The clowns at the UN

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:

https://nypost.com/2022/02/24/who-is-ukraines-president-volodymyr-zelensky/

https://borgenproject.org/10-facts-about-corruption-in-ukraine/

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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:

  • Beyond Meat

  • Beyond Meat & Sausage

  • Impossible Burger

  • Tofurky

  • Field Roast

  • Quorn-nuggets

  • Gardein fishless filet

  • and on and on……

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?

“that the Impossible Burger tested positive for glyphosate. The levels of glyphosate detected in the Impossible Burger by Health Research Institute Laboratories were 11 X higher than the Beyond Meat Burger. The total result (glyphosate and it’s break down AMPA) was 11.3 ppb. Moms Across America also tested the Beyond Meat Burger and the results were 1 ppb.

“We are shocked to find that the Impossible Burger can have up to 11X higher levels of glyphosate residues than the Beyond Meat Burger according to these samples tested. This new product is being marketed as a solution for “healthy” eating, when in fact 11 ppb of glyphosate herbicide consumption can be highly dangerous. Only 0.1 ppb of glyphosate has been shown to destroy gut bacteria, which is where the stronghold of the immune system lies. I am gravely concerned that consumers are being misled to believe the Impossible Burger is healthy.” credit-Indian Health Journal

The Problem with Monocropping

The legumes and grains that make up both conventional livestock feed and most meat alternatives are farmed in industrial monocultures, large areas of just one species that are simple to maintain and harvest. While monocultures take less labor than biodiverse farms, they are environmentally intensive to maintain, with a heavy reliance on chemical fertilizers and pesticides. 

In recent decades, food scientists have developed more sophisticated, lab-based ways of changing the textures and flavors of foods. Unlike earlier plant-based foods, the latest generation of meat alternatives are ultra-processed, meaning that they are made almost entirely from isolated ingredients like protein concentrates, purified oils and extracted flavorings containing no whole-food ingredients. When these ingredients are put through high-tech, proprietary processing, food companies can produce imitations that come much closer to the tastes and textures of animal meat. foodprint.org

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:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/chipotle-is-ignoring-beyond-and-impossible-s-fake-meat-in-favor-of-creating-its-own-and-experts-say-it-s-a-brilliant-move/ar-AASvqP5

https://foodprint.org/reports/the-foodprint-of-fake-meat/#section_4

https://navdanyainternational.org/fake-food-fake-meat-big-foods-desperate-attempt-to-further-the-industrialisation-of-food/

https://gfi.org/press/1-5-billion-invested-in-alternative-proteins-in-2020-including-a-record-435-million-in-the-next-pillar-fermentation/

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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.

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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.

“John Deere employs more software engineers than mechanical engineers now, which completely surprised me. But the entire business of farming is moving toward something called precision agriculture, which means farmers are closely tracking where seeds are planted, how well they’re growing, what those plants need, and how much they yield.”

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.

“The other signal I’d ask you about is that prices of pre-computer tractors are skyrocketing. Maybe you see that a different way, but I’m looking at some coverage that says old tractors, pre-1990 tractors, are selling for double what they were a year or two ago. There are incredible price hikes on these old tractors. And that the demand is there because people don’t want computers in their tractors. Is that a market signal to you, that you should change the way your products work? Or are you saying, “Well, eventually those tractors will die and you won’t have a choice except to buy one of the new products”?

I think the benefits that accrue from technology are significant enough for consumers. We see this happening with the consumer vote by dollar, by what they purchase. Consumers are continuing to purchase higher levels of technology as we go on. So while yes, the demand for older tractors has gone up, in part it’s because the demand for tractors has gone up completely. Our own technology solutions, we’ve seen upticks in take rates year over year over year over year. So if people were averse to technology, I don’t think you’d see that. At some point we have to recognize that the benefits that technology brings outweigh the downsides of the technology. I think that’s just this part of the technology adoption curve that we’re all on.

 

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:

https://www.theverge.com/22533735/john-deere-cto-hindman-decoder-interview-right-to-repair-tractors

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8JCh0owT4w&t=9s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGH6pxNouCY&t=737s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLM5ONE7dBE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSGIHpc9ThU

 

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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:

Many supermarkets, unable to find substitutes, are leaving pet-food shelves empty. Pet-food manufacturers, struggling to secure ingredients and expand production, have signaled that shortages could persist. J.M. Smucker Co. notified retailers in November that it would limit shipments of some pet-food products through January 2023, citing transportation challenges with the supply of wet food — which typically uses imported ingredients.

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.

Omnivore Traits

  • Dogs have teeth (molars) with relatively flat surfaces designed to grind up bones as well as fibrous plant material.

  • Dogs can digest almost 100% of the carbohydrates they consume.2

  • Dogs have a small intestine that occupies about 23 percent of the total gastrointestinal volume, which is consistent with other omnivores; the small intestine of cats occupies only 15 percent.3,4

  • Dogs can create vitamin A from betacarotene found in plant

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:

In January, Hill’s Pet Nutrition announced that it was recalling several kinds of Prescription Diet and Science Diet canned dog food. Allegedly, these foods contained too much vitamin D, which was causing some dogs to become sick. In severe cases, some customers said their dogs died from eating the affected food. Unfortunately, the problem has not abated. CBS News reports that Hill’s Pet Nutrition has expanded the recall to 85 total lots of 33 different kinds of canned dog food.

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:

https://dinovite.com/dinovite-for-large-dogs/

https://www.hillspet.com/dog-care/behavior-appearance/are-dogs-carnivores-or-omnivores

https://www.actionnews5.com/2022/01/15/pet-food-short-supply-across-us/

https://www.wspa.com/news/local-news/pet-stores-and-owners-feeling-impact-of-pet-food-shortage/

https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/pet-food-shortage-pet-stores-feeling-effects-of-supply-chain-problem-increased-pet-ownership/2840372/

https://www.dailywire.com/news/a-dog-eat-dog-economy-pet-food-shortage-hits-united-states

https://topclassactions.com/lawsuit-settlements/consumer-products/pet/what-dog-food-is-killing-dogs/



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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….

“Canadian and U.S. truck drivers who arrived in Ottawa Jan. 29 to protest COVID vaccine mandates showed no signs of leaving, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today said sending in the army to clear the protesters is “not in the cards right now.”

The statement came after Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly said Wednesday “there may not be a policing solution to this demonstration” and that he and other commanders were “looking at every single option, including military aid to civil power” to end it.”
https://childrenshealthdefense.org


When petty dictators like Trudeau push too hard, eventually people stand up and say NO, I’m glad the truckers are doing this and I pray they stay long enough to make things change, hopefully long enough to rid us all of this gaslighting, race-baiting dumpster fire of a PM.

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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.

“We are on the cusp of the deepest, fastest, most consequential disruption in food and agricultural production since the first domestication of plants and animals ten thousand years ago. This is primarily a protein disruption driven by economics. The cost of proteins will be five times cheaper by 2030 and 10 times cheaper by 2035 than existing animal proteins, before ultimately approaching the cost of sugar. They will also be superior in every key attribute – more nutritious, healthier, better tasting, and more convenient, with almost unimaginable variety. This means that, by 2030, modern food products will be higher quality and cost less than half as much to produce as the animal-derived products they replace.”
— rethinkX.com

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

The smallest class of dairy farms (fewer than 30 cows) still accounted for nearly 30 percent of all operations with milk cows in 2006, but had only 2 percent of all cows and provided just over 1 percent of total dairy production.

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.

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Resources for this episode:

https://www.realmilk.com/

https://alexandrefamilyfarm.com/

https://scmilkywayfarm.com/

https://www.farmprogress.com/farm-life/average-age-us-farmer-climbs-575-years

https://hoards.com/article-18-Class-I-Milk-Price.html

https://www.usfarmdata.com/number-of-dairy-farms-in-the-us

https://www.ers.usda.gov/webdocs/publications/45868/17034_err47b_1_.pdf?v=41746

PDF  https://www.ers.usda.gov/webdocs/publications/45868/17034_err47b_1_.pdf?v=41746

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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.

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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.

““We chose homesteading to have more control over what we eat (healthier, fresher) and to teach our children these skills. It’s important to us that they become good stewards of the land and it’s provisions, valuing what has been provided. It has also taught the basic principle ‘you have to work to eat’ in a very real way.””

— 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.

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Resources:

https://www.thejustinrhodesshow.com/

https://www.youtube.com/c/PeteKanarisGreenDreamsFL

https://afarmishkindoflife.com/reasons-to-homestead/

https://afarmishkindoflife.com/reasons-to-homestead/

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jrose/2020/08/06/time-to-move-data-suggests-americans-may-flee-to-rural-areas-post-covid/?sh=4504dba17161

https://www.northamerican.com/migration-map

https://www.ninemile.farm/

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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.

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Resources:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/us-residents-kept-moving-from-blue-to-red-states-during-pandemic-year-report-finds/ar-AAL4DO3

https://www.thelibertybeacon.com/countless-more-americans-moving-from-blue-states-to-red-states-in-2022/

https://www.electionforum.org/economics/surprise-democrats-moving-to-red-states/

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There is a movement underfoot across the country, in fact, the world, and it’s called Regenerative Agriculture. It’s based on 5 principles:

  1. Limit or eliminate soil disturbance (do not till)

  2. Keep armor on the soil at all times (plant matter covering bare soil)

  3. Plant diversity, no mono-crops (multiple species planted at once in fields to build diversity)

  4. Keep living roots in the fields all year long if possible (do not leave fields fallow)

  5. Move ruminant animals over the land (cows, sheep, goats)

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.

 

“In the last month, several major initiatives have launched to promote farmers’ transition to this style of farming. Just this week we report on a program in Montana to help ranchers transition to rotational grazing, two weeks’ ago dairy giant Danone launched a regenerative dairy project with some major players including Corteva, DSM, Yara, MSD Animal Health, and leading agriculture university Wageningen. Earlier in June Indigo Ag, the ambitious Boston-based startup launched the Terraton Initiative, with the intention of sequestering one trillion tons of carbon from the atmosphere through regenerative agriculture methods. Earlier this year, General Mills and Anheuser Busch also made commitments to regenerative agriculture.”

— https://agfundernews.com/

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!

Resources:

https://agfundernews.com/regenerative-agriculture-investing.html

https://www.sare.org/

https://agfundernews.com/rotational-grazing-pays-montana-ranchers.html

https://www.agriinvestor.com/regenerative-agriculture-investor-perspective/

 

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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.

“U.S. agricultural exports in fiscal year (FY) 2022 are projected at $175.5 billion, down $2.0 billion from the August forecast, but still a record if realized. This decrease is driven by reductions in oilseed and oilseed product exports that are partially offset by increases in livestock, poultry, dairy, cotton, and ethanol exports.”

— USDA

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.

“Texas A&M economists found heading into spring planting, fertilizer prices are up 80% compared to 2021, and in some cases, farmers are seeing certain fertilizer prices more than double what they saw last year. But for the report, AFPC was conservative in its estimate, using a 50% increase in fertilizer costs. ”

— 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!

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