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Did You Hear The Big News This Week?

written by

Ben Simmons

posted on

August 26, 2018

Upcoming events:
August 21st I will testify before the MS Senate AG Committee in Jackson and then be interviewed by the documentary film crew.

Farm Update - we processed our chicken in our new facility Friday. After working out a few bugs it went very well. We have also added a vacuum sealer vs. heat seal bags. This will provide a much tighter seal. This time only half of the chickens were vacuum sealed as not all the bags I ordered would work.

Also, many customers have requested to buy chicken by the piece vs. whole. So, we have added the following items to our store. For your convenience I have listed our price as well as another local farm and an out of state farm.
Item        NGF         Local Farm        Out of State Farm
Breast     $8 lb        $12.99 lb          $8.75 lb
Leg Qtr   $5 lb        $5.99 lb            $6.00 lb
Backs      $2.75 lb   $2.89 lb           $4.50 lb (soup bones)
Wings     $4.50 lb    $5.99 lb           $4.60 lb
Feet      $2.75 lb    $2.99 lb            $5.75 lb
Liver/heart $3.75 lb $3.99 lb $4.50 lb
Items have been added to our store and can be delivered next Wednesday!

BIG News This Week - I have always believed the agriculture chemical/GMO issue was very similar to the tobacco industry. It includes a popular product that is deemed safe by USDA, FDA, AMA, and etc. It is touted by institutions and organizations as great for the economy and farmers. Then, we start to learn about deception and cover up of research. Health issues are on the rise but the main stream news does not link the cause to the problem.

Then, you have folks who start waving the flag saying there is a problem and THIS is what is causing all the health issues. They do not get much attention at first - then more folks start stepping up and agreeing! The companies, institutions, organizations, etc. start defending the product and criticize the folks who linked the issue to the cause. Oh, don't forget the politicians!

Then, a lawsuit is filed against the industry (company) and a jury awards a huge settlement. Suddenly the president is set for thousands of other lawsuits and what was once acceptable is now unacceptable. The "cat is out of the bag" so to speak.

That is what happened in CA this week. A jury awarded a California groundskeeper $289.2 million in a landmark lawsuit claiming Monsanto's weed killer Roundup causes cancer. Jurors believed Monsanto knew or should have known about the potential risks the product posed. There are more than 4,000 pending lawsuits waiting for trial and I am sure there will be many more.

When I first joined the Air Force in 1976 smoking in building, airplanes, etc. was common. Then, in the early 1980's things begin to change. Advertising could no longer be directed to children/teenagers. If I remember correctly, the first lawsuits against big tobacco started in the early 1990's. Today, it is uncommon and sometimes illegal to smoke in buildings, airplanes, etc. Even the town of New Augusta near my farm is a smoke free town! It takes time and a paradigm shift.

Your can read the complete article here.

Today, more than 95% of the "food" that folks eat contains way to much chemicals, is not grown sustainable, is not environmentally friendly, does not suppress/ hold carbon, has many of the nutrients processed out of it, creates a lot of packaging for landfills, is shipped on average 1500 miles, and etc. AND many folks have raised the flag saying this is the reason for the increased health issues we see today.

There is a better way. Eat "Real Farm Foods" grown by a Local farmer you know and trust.

Customer Feedback-
"I picked up our first order of beef on May 30, 2018. I have cooked two pounds of ground beef and one two-pound sirloin tip roast. This is the best beef I have ever eaten! Excellent flavor and melt in your mouth tender. My husband grew up on a cattle ranch in Kansas and he is also very impressed with your beef. We will not hesitate to purchase again and highly recommend to anyone considering purchasing from you. Looking forward to also purchasing chicken and pork." ~N Witt

Quote Worth Re-Quoting – “Carey Gillam, an investigative journalist and author of a new book, “Whitewash,” that details Monsanto's history with this chemical and the revelations found in the company's internal records, tells FOX Business that Johnson’s case shined a public spotlight on Monsanto’s attempt to cover up studies linking the chemical with the disease for decades. With this verdict and more than 4,000 other plaintiffs waiting in the wings, Monsanto could be in court for decades to come and it could cost them and its new owner, Bayer, hundreds of millions – if not billions – of dollars in damages."

As always, thank you for supporting our regenerative, local farm.
Ben & Beth

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