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<== According to CREDO Action, this is the number of people who have called the President's office as of January 24 at 9:39 p.m.-- TEN HOURS after I initially published this blog post, Tell President Obama: No GMO alfalfa.

Please... Make the call. Our food chain depends on everyone taking action now...

Even Whole Foods, Organic Valley and Stonyfield Farms have decided to throw in the towel and speak against mass commercialization of GE crops.

I am heartsick.

Yeah, like, so... whatever?

How it is that Round Up is able to kill plants?

It kills them by starving them. The active ingredient, glyphosphate, disables the plant's ability to take up minerals including iron, zinc, copper, manganese, magnesium, calcium, and boron. Glyphosate annihilates beneficial soil organisms, such as Pseudomonas and Bacillus bacteria that live around the roots.

If the PLANT can't take up this mineral then when you eat the plant, you don't get it either!

Glyphosphate can contaminate soil not just through direct application. It can drift in from someone else's farm-- or it can come in with chicken manure.  So, those of us who thought "If I get my fertilizer from animals, it will be pure and organic" are wrong. If the chicken ate glyphosphate, he'll shit glyphosphate.

If you haven't already done so, please call Mr. Obama's office and register your voice with mine in a stand against the legalization and distribution of GMO alfalfa.

President Obama - 202-456-1111

Call President Obama and urge him to reject GMO alfalfa today.

The following text is from:

Smith, Jeffrey M.. " Genetically Modified Foods - Spilling the Beans - May 2009." MBBSoftware: Software, Hardware and Web Development, Software Consultancy. Institute for Responsible Technology, 20 May 2009. Web. 24 Jan. 2011.

Worst finding of all—GMOs remain inside of us

The only published human feeding study revealed what may be the most dangerous problem from GM foods. The gene inserted into GM soy transfers into the DNA of bacteria living inside our intestines and continues to function.[26] This means that long after we stop eating GMOs, we may still have potentially harmful GM proteins produced continuously inside of us. Put more plainly, eating a corn chip produced from Bt corn might transform our intestinal bacteria into living pesticide factories, possibly for the rest of our lives.

When evidence of gene transfer is reported at medical conferences around the US, doctors often respond by citing the huge increase of gastrointestinal problems among their patients over the last decade. GM foods might be colonizing the gut flora of North Americans.

Warnings by government scientists ignored and denied

Scientists at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had warned about all these problems even in the early 1990s. According to documents released from a lawsuit, the scientific consensus at the agency was that GM foods were inherently dangerous, and might create hard-to-detect allergies, poisons, gene transfer to gut bacteria, new diseases, and nutritional problems. They urged their superiors to require rigorous long-term tests.[27] But the White House had ordered the agency to promote biotechnology and the FDA responded by recruiting Michael Taylor, Monsanto’s former attorney, to head up the formation of GMO policy. That policy, which is in effect today, denies knowledge of scientists’ concerns and declares that no safety studies on GMOs are required. It is up to Monsanto and the other biotech companies to determine if their foods are safe. Mr. Taylor later became Monsanto’s vice president.

 
 
Kobe lived 21 of his 24 months on pastures on The 3-Bell Ranch. He was never subjected to the moo-hell of feedlots or toxic foods. Rather he lived on 30 acres of pasture, 1/3 of which was replanted last year. He shared this pasture with his childhood friend, Bruiser, and 10 other moos introduced in September, 2010. As far as I know he had a couple of really awful days in his life-- Those were the day Kobe-White-Face died and the following day when he and Bruiser mourned the loss of their dear friend.

I am committed to humane treatment of our animals. I raise my animals in rich social environments on quality pasture. I make every effort to consider the physical, social and emotional well-being of our animal from birth to death.

There has been a learning curve here.

Whereas Kobe died without stress or fear, we did not adequately consider the impact there would be on his moo-friends who discovered his demise through the scent of his blood left in their winter pasture. Willie in particular, was devastated. I report this to you, the reader, to tell you-- and to show you (The 3-Bell Ranch video, Who's Your Beef)-- that the capacity of love, devotion and empathy of one moo for another is something to which most people give no thought.

The vast majority of people purchase their meat from the local grocery store. There is no way to know how the animal whose meat you eat was treated or considered during his life. Beyond "did s/he eat pesticides? herbicides? FrankenFoods?; did s/he live his/her life in the squalor of a feedlot?, there is the consideration of what the quality of his social and emotional life was. I fervently believe that no mass producer or processor can attend to the overall well-being of an animal to the level at which a small farmer can.

No comparison can be made between the experience Kobe, Willie or the other animals have had on The 3-Bell Ranch to those raised in the Factory Farm. There is only contrast.

"CAFO - The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories :: The Book, Essays." CAFO - The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories. UC Press Distribution , 1 July 2010. Web. 24 Jan. 2011.

 
 
The 3-Bell Ranch produces beef, pork, chicken, rabbit and hay.

I do NOT grow GMO crops. I will not feed my animals GMO frankencrops.

I do not want it in my farm's food chain. I do not want it in my soil. I do not want my farmland contaminated and permanently damaged. I do not want it in my body or in the food I eat.

It is becoming increasingly difficult to find grains that have not been grown/ produced as GMO crops:

Corn: Not unless it's CERTIFIED organic.
Soy: Not unless it's CERTIFIED organic.

Genetically modified (GM) plants now include soy, corn, cotton, canola, and sugar beets.

I found an advertisement for weed-free hay published in the Back Country Horseman's newsletter. I went to the web site and learned that the grower achieved his weed-free planting because he sprayed herbicides on his fields. I want to know that my animals are not eating pesticides, herbicides and other -cides.

Furthermore, "Monsanto’s Roundup Ready resistant superweeds have already spread to at least 10 species of weeds and have infested millions of acres in 22 U.S. states since 2000".4 So, I decided I had to grow hay I knew I could trust. No -cides. No GMO genes.

Alfalfa is on the GMO hit list.

The following is an excerpt from the Blog, Monsanto's Roundup Triggers Over 40 Plant Diseases and Endangers Human and Animal Health:

"Roundup Ready crops dominate US livestock feed. Soy and corn are most prevalent—93% of US soy and nearly 70% of corn are Roundup Ready. Animals are also fed derivatives of the other three Roundup Ready crops: canola, sugar beets, and cottonseed. Nutrient loss from glyphosate can therefore be severe.

"This is especially true for manganese (Mn), which is not only chelated by glyphosate, but also reduced in Roundup Ready plants (see photo). One veterinarian finds low manganese in every livestock liver he measures. Another vet sent the liver of a stillborn calf out for testing. The lab report stated: No Detectible Levels of Manganese—in spite of the fact that the mineral was in adequate concentrations in his region. When that vet started adding manganese to the feed of a herd, disease rates dropped from a staggering 20% to less than ½%.

"Veterinarians who started their practice after GMOs were introduced in 1996 might assume that many chronic or acute animal disorders are common and to be expected. But several older vets have stated flat out that animals have gotten much sicker since GMOs came on the scene. And when they switch livestock from GMO to non-GMO feed, the improvement in health is dramatic. Unfortunately, no one is tracking this, nor is anyone looking at the impacts of consuming milk and meat from GM-fed animals."

The plant's lack of ability to take up minerals means the minerals are absent from our food. We need minerals.

"Alzheimer’s, for example, is linked with reduced copper and magnesium. Don Huber points out that this disease has jumped 9000% since 1990."

GMO organisms are considered experimental. Yet there is enough evidence to convince thinking people that the permanent damage to genes is NOT worth a continued effort in this direction.

Those of us who do not wish to produce crops contaminated with GMO genes have no rights. Our crops are contaminated by GMO growers and Monsanto sues us! AND MONSANTO WINS!

There is something radically wrong with this system.

Please join me in our concerted effort to fight our government to forbid GMO alfalfa from entering our food chain.

 
 
Cindy moved her herd of 24 goats here a week or two ago. Most are does about to kid, and today the first of the lot had three!
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The horses have not seen babies born since Stormy had Ernie.

It appeared Ganny had witnessed these three little tykes being born!

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Cindy has a wonderful relationship with her goats.

After they were born, she splashed a little Betadine on each umbilical cord under the watchful eye of their mama.

It turned out the doe had triplets, two boys and one girl!

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