Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Is it just me, or...

Does time seem to be flying by at an exponentially fast pace?  Somehow it's been three weeks since my last post, but I swear it's only been three days (or so it seems).  I have a bazillion notes scribbled in random places of all the things we need to cover but just can't seem to in a timely fashion, which is why I'm left with no choice but to believe that time is passing by more quickly than normal.  For instance, the Dept. of Labor's (DoL) sad attempt at telling us what farm kids can and can't do.  Clearly, no one at the DoL has any remote clue of what it's like to grow up on a farm.  For those of you who don't know what happened, just Google "Department of Labor farm child regulations" or something to that effect to get the full story (I'll post links in the next day or two).  Many people are reducing it to a democrat v. republican issue which is just ridiculous because it has nothing to do with either party.  The brass tacks of the matter is that once again the government is trying to dictate how we as Americans can and can't raise our children.  Those in the dem or "progressive" camp want the nanny state to intervene by regulating farm chores that they deem "dangerous," but have no first-hand knowledge of.  In short, they want to impose regulations on other people's children based on only half the story because they think that having kids work on farms is cruel and unusual punishment.  They are reading left-leaning articles that leave out many important facts, such as the attempted restriction of farm kids having any contact with raw farm materials including produce and eggs, to removing safety training and certification programs from independent organizations such as FFA and 4-H.  Those programs would be replaced with a 90-hour federal safety training course.  ARE YOU KIDDING ME??  Anyone who has ever dealt with the feds knows where this is going.  If this type of information is new to you, let me break it down plain and simple: the government is doing it's darndest to put small family farms out of business because with the current surge in food awareness and the burgeoning and growing food revolution, agribusiness (which controls the USDA and FDA) is feeling the heat and is losing the market share.  The only way agribiz can retain their monopoly and control over the food system is to rid itself of the annoyance of small farmers whose market share is growing by leaps and bounds.  This leads to my next blogpost which addresses one of the most evil corporations on the face of the Earth, Monsanto.  Read on, my fellow good food fanatics!

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