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By the way, it is probably not so much what you eat that is the biggest problem, it is what your food eats. Wheat being a very good example of farmers applying roundup to the plant to help "kill" it to allow an earlier harvest.
Too bad that our government subsidizes ag in a way that yields the currently nutrient depleted food that it does. Those grain subsidies have altered the free market and helped to destroy the local food sheds that used to exist.
Scott, they never once said to watch sodium, fat or caloric intake. They did say it is okay to have those days of indulgence but stay active the rest of them.
The only real advice there was to eat proteins, vegetables, while trying to avoid sugar - with a valid reason for doing so.
I understand that you have been led to believe that fat and salt are demons of the food world though they are not. Salt might be a little bad as it does help to retain water and thus probably increases pressure within. However, as our food is depleted of micro nutrients, because of how it is grown, salt helps to fill the void, if not processed.
Enjoy your holiday of indulgence, as the author suggested. Though take a walk and give thanks for the world, people plants and animals, that produced your food, to stay active as the author suggested.
Rhys, you did read the quote from the head of the Agency heading up nutrition for the US govt?
We have been led to believe for years that fat is bad. It is not and the paper and yvmc's director of marketing and communication are promoting a diet that very well are making people more prone to dis-ease. I guess the medical community does not care as they get to make more money with more sick people.
"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food". Hippocrates
Unfortunately the way our food is grown has reduced its nutritional value, so that is becoming hard. In addition if we are what we eat then it stands to reason we are what our food eats. Enough of the soap box rant.
Just one last quote as it would be nice if people trying to make a positive difference would review what they have been indoctrinated into believing as gospel.
"It is easier to fool someone than to convince them they have been fooled" I think Mark Twain is the source.
My guess as to where the whole myth came from is the dairy "industry", as my father in law used to pour the skim milk down the drain at the creamery he worked for. Now only if that waste product could be sold, the dairy "industry" would be more profitable. If you keep it on farm then you have a feed additive for pigs and chickens. But specialized farms can not do that.
However, generally, most organizations are focused on their one issue, Housing, Open Space, etc. and they do not necessarily work towards a better solution for the "whole". Also, the primary driver of the winter economy, wants more and has influence to keep promoting marketing for more.
So while it is easy for someone with little in the local economy to say maybe this does not work, the government depends on sales tax which means they want more also. So it is also easy to see that the paradigm is hard to shift, based upon the economics of all of it.
"Progress happens one tombstone at a time." Max Planck, Nobel Prize Winning Physicist.
At what point will the crusade against fat stop?
The top scientist guiding the U.S. government’s nutrition recommendations made an admission last month that would surprise most Americans. Low-fat diets, Alice Lichtenstein said, are “probably not a good idea.”
I understand Scott, the more we try to make things "better" generally, the more things get out of balance, because we forgot that the world we live in is very dynamic with lots of variables. So when you tinker with one, you ought to be watching all the other variables because you might be moving the needle in the right direction for that one variable, and yet all the others could be going the wrong direction.
Open space is a great example, it saves some open space, yet makes housing less affordable, it concentrates wealth in those with more than most being taxed to save open space, and on and on. Working towards a viable local food system, would cause more ranches/farms to stay in agricultural production, create more jobs and solve more problems than the current way of preserving open space. That solution probably also has issues, if one simply grants money to others to create that system.
Unfortunately, we have been conditioned to compartmentalize issues and only deal with them one at a time. From my experience in ag, once you start messing with one variable it changes the whole system. The complex and dynamic systems that we have, rarely get looked at from a wholistic perspective, people just want to fix what they are after fixing and fail to view the "whole under management".
Because that is the model that has been followed for 30 years. Why change, even if it is causing other issues... the government can fix those for us. They are doing a knock up job with housing. They are now housing those seasonal workers, to keep the machine running.
The S&P 500 is up 8.34% - That is year to date.
Second thing I checked was the price of Milk is up 20% year over year.
So maybe quite a bit.
Employment is actually faring fairly well and wages are starting to climb. Pretty soon, there will be a ten percent increase in the interest charged on T-Bills, which will help increase the annual federal deficit.
While not Monday, I obtained my permit today. It was not like talking to a wall where I would think that I came up with a reasonable solution to the problem previously presented and then told that no really that is not the problem and this is it. I generally can deal with any situation, however, the moving target I appeared to be shooting at, brought me to the point of losing marbles.
Done reading and commenting on this forum for a while as I have oodles of work to complete in the next 20 days. Thankfully after presenting a video of trying to burn the product the consultant I am using, who is fitting me in with General Mills work and working with the FDA to design rules that work for the cheese "industry" (I am not part of an industry, just trying to make my ag product shelf stable) as there are many problems with the allowed rules and food safety.
Anyway, I am grateful, that for the next 20 days, I will be able to immerse myself in work to winterize my farm and get ready for next summer, so we are not waddling in mud as it was this spring and fall.
While the new head of the building department has been a breath of fresh air, the county still needs someone acting as a fiduciary to ensure that the county is not simply trying to have full employment. The "weed patrol" was out in force today and spraying the 2-4-d, I think, and most of it was not ending up somewhere positive and the work, essentially makes it difficult to certify my "farm" as organic, stealing my private property rights to save us from something that found a home and is extracting CO2 from the atmosphere.
Pax and adios until I take the winter off and hopefully ski many days a week.
Sorry for any grammatical errors as I have had a few libations.
By the way if you can not even get your local officials to see that an error may have been made. How does one ever hope to get the officials to realize that civil asset forfeiture is probably in direct conflict with the unreasonable search and seizure clause.
Also, how do you get rules at the federal level changed that seemingly do not actually improve the general welfare, except maybe the general welfare of the corporations who can not test their beeves for mad cow disease. The processor that spent a couple million to be able to test all their animals was told they could not by the USDA and yet it would have allowed them to export their product to Japan. It would have also set the bar too high for the corporate packers.
So I fail to see how both of those federal provisions are constitutional. Are we as citizens just to sit back at every level and take whatever the government officials throw at us? That was the point, I was trying to make via my own circumstances at the local level trying to get people to realize the rules were either wrong or interpreted incorrectly and should we just sit back and live with the rules as I think was suggested or do we stand up for what we believe is right?
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