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Bad meat for school lunches
Bad meat for school lunches

Do not mess with the Federal Government or the Humane Society of America-This time both are the good guys.

U.S. Department of Justice Joins Suit Filed by Humane Society of the United States on Behalf of American Taxpayers

A federal district court in Los Angeles unsealed a major False Claims Act lawsuit filed by The Humane Society of the United States against the two companies—Hallmark Meat Packing and Westland Meat Company Inc.—responsible for the downed animal abuse scandal last year in Chino, Calif. The HSUS’s investigation into the mistreatment of animals too sick or injured to walk, which exposed abuses at the country’s second largest supplier of ground beef to the National School Lunch Program, led to the largest meat recall in the nation’s history.
The U.S. Department of Justice for joining The HSUS in seeking to hold federal meat suppliers accountable when they fail to provide humane treatment of animals in accordance with federal law,” said Jonathan R. Lovvorn, vice president & chief counsel for animal protection litigation at The HSUS. “The meat industry should take notice that if they defraud federal agencies and the American taxpayers by abusing animals, there will be serious consequences for their inhumane and reckless actions.”

The suit wants to hold Hallmark Meat Packing and Westland Meat Company Inc.accountable for the downed animal abuse scandal last year in Chino, Calif. In the HSUS’s investigation into the mistreatment of animals too sick or injured to walk exposed abuses at the country’s second largest supplier of ground beef to the National School Lunch Program this led to the largest meat recall in the nation’s history.

Sounds yummy for our childrens tummies-not so much.

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Excerpts courtesy of HSUS.org

Meat Supplier Faces $150 Million Lawsuit for Using Sick and Injured Animals in the Federal School Lunch Program 5/1/2009.

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Rural Farm land gold of the future

Conquering new lands is happening again. This type of take over of one country by another is happening through the buy out of the poorer country’s  arable lands which are now worth their weight in gold. As the world food shortage escalates and country’s run out of both food and water, countries short of resources and corporations desperate for profits are buying up arable land in emerging nations.

The non-governmental organizations representing the little poor guy are voicing alarm at this “global land grab,” which they say is threatening the survival of rural livelihoods in some parts of the world.

The practice is being carried out in part by countries which have little arable land and have been hit this year by soaring food prices, and by investors who are getting burned in the financial crisis and are tempted by the profits from food products.

“So governments that rely on imports to feed their people are snatching up vast areas of farmland abroad for their own offshore food production,” said the Spanish-based NGO Grain.

“On the other hand, food corporations and private investors, hungry for profits in the midst of the deepening financial crisis, see investment in foreign farmland as an important new source of revenue.”

The result is that fertile agricultural land is becoming privatized and concentrated and controlled by big agriculture and investment banks for GMO food production and the devastation of the environment.

The Arab countries in the Gulf, China, Egypt, India, Japan and South Korea are looking to buy out large areas in the Philippines, Cambodia, Uganda and Brazil, said Grain. While in South Korean  a group Daewoo Logistics is negotiating with the government of Madagascar for the acquisition of 1.3 million hectares of land, the equivalent of more than half of the land under cultivation in the country, to produce maize and palm oil.

The buying up of arable land “is a phenomenon of huge magnitude” which has undergone “a sudden acceleration,” said Paul Mathieu, of the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation’s Land Tenure and Management unit.

This could spell the end of small-scale farming, and rural livelihoods, in numerous places around the world.

Increasing transparency in transactions between investor states and local communities giving up territory is needed. The negotiations between outside investors and the local community,need to be clear and fair to both sides.

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Global land grab’ causing alarm among NGOs – Fabien Zamora  Dec 23, 2008. Terra Daily Express.

Almond growers to sue USDA

(NaturalNews) “After having their organic almond businesses devastated by the USDA’s bizarre ’07 decision requiring mandatory chemical fumigation of almonds, the almond industry is fighting back. Fifteen American almond growers have filed a lawsuit against the USDA in an attempt to repeal the requirements that all almonds grown in California be fumigated or pasteurized. (Virtually all almonds sold in the United States are grown in California.) Organic almond growers in California have been economically devastated by the mandatory fumigation of almonds.

USDA rules don’t apply to almonds being imported from other countries, however, the industry has seen a huge shift away from U.S. growers and towards almond growers in Spain and other countries. Some American almond farmers have even called the USDA’s decision “a plan to destroy the U.S. almond industry and put small organic farmers out of business.”

The USDA’s plot to deceive consumers over “raw”
The mandatory almond fumigation requirement is seen by health-conscious consumers as not merely bizarre, but downright fraudulent. That’s because the USDA’s regulations allow fumigated and pasteurized almonds to be labeled “raw,” thereby intentionally deceiving the consuming public and instantly destroying consumer trust in the labeling of all almonds.

By any honest measure, the people making these decisions at the USDA can only be described as either idiotic or criminal. To enforce regulations requiring the intentional mislabeling of raw food seems more like the actions of a criminal racket than a government agency. While online pharmacies selling mislabeled pharmaceuticals are routinely raided and shut down by U.S. authorities, when the government itself engages in similar deceptions, it declares itself above the law and immune to prosecution.

This lawsuit by U.S. almonds growers aims to overturn the USDA’s deception. These fraudulent actions on the part of the USDA have generated an enormous amount of criticism from the raw food community, whose members depend on almonds to make raw almond milk, raw almond “burgers” and other raw foods preparations. As leaders of the raw foods movement rightly insist, fumigating or pasteurizing nuts destroys as much as 90 percent of their original nutritional value, altering proteins and destroying disease-fighting phytonutrients. The USDA, however, remains remarkably illiterate on this topic, have never made a single statement acknowledging any qualitative difference between cooked foods and raw foods.

Is the USDA actually trying to destroy consumer health?
As the editor of NaturalNews.com, I find the USDA’s ignorance on fundamental matters of nutrition to be nothing short of astonishing. As it is the U.S. government department responsible for much of the food supply, it should be on the leading edge of nutritional knowledge, not stuck in the 1950’s, before scientists knew about plant enzymes and disease-fighting phytochemicals that are easily destroyed by heat or chemicals.

Notably, the USDA has also supported the FDA’s plot to irradiate the U.S. food supply while intentionally misleading consumers over the fact that their foods have been irradiated. See my article, “FDA Plots to Mislead Consumers Over Irradiated Foods” at http://www.naturalnews.com/023956.html

My only explanation for the USDA’s insistence that the U.S. food supply should be fumigated, irradiated and cooked to the point of nutrient destruction is that the USDA is pursuing a campaign of intentional nutrient depletion for the U.S. population. With Big Pharma now deciding key regulatory decisions of the U.S. government, the USDA’s actions seemed designed to create a nation of health degenerates who will demand unprecedented levels of pharmaceutical “treatments” that enrich the drug companies.

If that sounds a little too conspiratorial, rest assured that U.S. corporations engage in conspiracies all the time: Conspiracies to hide negative drug studies, conspiracies to influence the USDA’s Food Guide Pyramid to avoid saying things like “eat less meat,” and conspiracies to ensnare consumers in an endless cycle of consumption, disease and debt.

In fact, most of what happens between government and private industry today is founded on conspiracy — which simply means two people sitting in a room, plotting how to bilk consumers for the most profits.

Whether the USDA is openly conspiring to destroy the U.S. food supply — or is merely run by bumbling idiots who are nutritionally illiterate — is debatable. But the results of its actions are not. By destroying the healing qualities of fresh produce and nuts, the USDA is denying consumers access to the very plant-based nutrients that are just barely keeping people from developing full-blown cancer, diabetes and other serious medical conditions. As more and more fresh foods are destroyed by USDA regulations, our population will spiral downward into a state of degenerative disease and misery.

Why the USDA is more dangerous than terrorists
In doing so, the USDA will have accomplished what all the terrorists in the world could not do: Destroying the U.S. food supply and leaving its population to rot.

…No nation that destroys the nutritive value of its food supply has any real future. If such policies are allowed to continue, you can kiss the United States of America goodbye. It will never survive the disease, death and financial bankruptcy that’s sure to follow such assaults on its food supply.

That’s why this lawsuit by California almond growers is so important: It may allow us to free almonds from the destructive designs of the USDA, restoring the integrity of this important source of nutrients.

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