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WHO DO YOU WANT TO OWN THE SUPPLY CHAIN?

by Terry BoyleSandy Creek Organic Farm

If you control agriculture, you control the population. This is what you call controlling the supply chains. did you know the big players like Mondsanto, Bayer and closer to home, the big supermarket chains, are not the only ones wanting to control agriculture and organics. Bill Gates has a plan to control agriculture too with a corporate group!  I guess he has nothing else to do now and it is better than playing the pokies.

When you control the supply chains it goes hand-in-hand to control the distribution channels which includes the transport/logistic systems and the wholesale and retail outlets to distribute product – when you are the main source of revenue for a transport company, or distribution option for a farm, you are in control,  and you can buy up or squeeze out all the peripheral operators who are taking any of your pie, or not conforming to your influence. Those who wish to control markets  engage savvy marketers to create the messages to promote their products and story and to influence our buying behavior or patterns. Our 'buying motivators' (social, emotional, financial etc), are the root of ‘market drivers’ – or, ‘the market’. And, this is how, in summary, we can be got at, so to speak. 

The big marketers who really get to consumers in any meaninful way, make their money unscrupulously at the bidding of the big players so they can achieve their goals – ethics, morals, or our well-being does not come into it whatsoever because it is about control, which is about money, which is about greed, which is about power. Ringing true? Basically, this is all a way to describe ‘hegemony’ or power over something or some group by proxy. It is all done with a feel-good image so the gullible remain gullible and the controllable remain controllable.

Money-oriented marketers are just unscrupulous conceited 'tools' (in all its meanings) who fit well with these hegemonious systems of course and are another part of the food supply problem we are facing these days. It is quite reasonable to be totally averse to these controllers, their products and their modus operandi as we become more aware whilst we are questioning and seeking real alternatives, and authenticity in how we consume. It is prudent to stay informed about the tactics of big business-backed marketing, because after all they know how to push our buttons; what else is their job? Too bad their marketing messages in many ways are hurting our families: giving us less choice, deceiving us, wasting our precious time (which they helped steal from us in the first place), poisoning our food and us, manipulating our budgets via restricting our options whilst telling us we have more and things are getting better, or worse depending on what best suits their message. It's like political language, all about market-speak and talking things up fact or fiction. They are also tactically thwarting entrepreneurs/competitors and, they are hurting farmers. It is about control!

So stop whining about it folks! Do something about it! Don't focus on what these are doing, but take back control in a meaninful way, and give your family real choices and the best by weaning yourself off their food and grocery system and spending your groceriy dollars more and more with where you get real return on your investment!mass farming

Did you know that Your Organic Markets mission is about taking back control of the supply chain? We have been working on this for 2 years now. We are a social enterprise on a holistic food mission! We have a number of farms that are actually growing for us now, and we are growing together with them, supporting them.We have a valid understanding of their realities and how they are intrinsically linked to our own distribution channels. Being out there every day connecting with and sourcing produce directly from organic growers, then distributing at both wholesale and retail, we get a very good sense of the supply and demand or markets, how the supply chains and distribution channels actually work. We are proud to identify as part of a movement that is totally averse to the way supply chains are manipulated by the big players. But our group has a brilliant platform to offer great alternatives and that's exciting!

Solving the supply and distribution challenges for cottage independent operators amidst the bigger boy's systems including the centralized markets set up i.e. getting the product from the cottage farm back to consumer is a constant challenge when the whole system is rigged for big players.

But we have learned some great things and we are happy, keen even to keep sharing them with our members!

Walkers Farm Mass ProductionWe have come to a position on big farming. We can’t see how you can mass farm organically, authentically. We believe authentic organic farming, authentic permaculture, bio-dynamic and holistic methods are not for mass farming at all. We have noticed the most authentic and holistic products come from cottage farmers who do it, not on a mass scale. We noticed that when you ramp up too much, and cross over the line to large scale, or just cross over from big farming conventional to big organic farming, integrity is not convincing at best and at worst, misleading consumers into something that is not what it appears to be. No, cottage industry does not fit with the big players vision, you may have deduced already as we have.

It is however, possible to remain authentic and deliver superior quality without compromise! This is why we source from, drive over dill and dale to, work with, support and encourage cottage industry, organic and holistic farming. It’s authentic and has integrity. It means too, this - we know our source, we have a real relationship (an exciting and rewarding one too) with them - we own our supply chain!  This is in a way the big players can't possibly do! We believe this is in fact where the focus of authentic organics and holistically produced products must indeed come from - cottage industry.

The information is out there, credible too, and others especially cottage farmers and consumers who are participating in ventures similar that is part of the alternative supply chain where we are coming from!  So it is in your interest folks to support Your Organic Markets food mission.  It's a soclial enterprise with some meaning. We are committed to being profitable, but not to profiteering; to viably and sustainably delivering the antithesis of what is being offered up to all of us en mass these days. 

Bayer sues EU Commission for banning bee-killing pesticides

Bees pic

by Terry Boyle

Did you know that Bayer are suing the EU Commission for the ban on the pesticides they are producing (which from public outcry had to outlaw) that has been proven to cause devastation to bee populations wherever their products are used? 

Did you know that one kernel of corn can contain enough 'clothianidin' to kill 80,000 honeybees? ((While corn does not rely on honeybees for pollination (it uses wind), corn pollen is a significant food source for honeybees.))

What is 'colthianidin' you say?   

Well it is made by Bayer. Got your antenas up? Masses of bees have been dying around agricultural crops and this is now a big issue with lots of forces at play. This product 'colthianidin' is one contributor (amongst some others by Bayer and Monsanto et al) - a main ingredient used to control fruit fly in peaches and nectarines (in Australia) but which ruins bees too. 

I investigated their brochure today (a product called Samurai, by Bayer is being used in Australia) after an honest farmer declared to me that he had no choice but to use it as the fruit fly was hurting his crop prospects. This was after the whole process to this point of harvest, had been totally chemical free and holistic. I don't judge this farmer; that our company can't take on their products because of our philosophy, but I am just highlighting facts about our food chains and the web of hegemony in the food industry. 

Apparently, the problem is just the first few picks of the nectarine and peach crops early in the season, and you can control nearly all other onslaughts at other times with natural methods including yeast traps. But, there is residual from the colthianidin product that stays around for some time and it has to be sprayed over the whole plant to be effective, including the flowers. Other farmers we know who are certified bio-dynamic and just holistically farming, aren't compromising and view things differently. They are prepared to lose output too, but also seem to find ways without compromise, to manage to deliver wonderful produce consistently enough to make it all worthwhile.

It highlights that either you are committed to chemical-free and organic and find ways, or you are not. You have probably heard it said, there is a fine line between 'faith' and 'presumption'. Well, similarly, there is obviously a huge difference between a 'preference' and a 'conviction' when it comes to farming. Conviction is better isn't it? A farmer told me actually that 'passion' and 'conviction' are intrinsically linked. He is right!

Your Organic Markets shares a deep passion that drives our mission with conviction, to ensure our supply chain has non-compromised sources for our members to rely on. And besides don't you just love bees like we do?



A reference for you to check out here:
http://rockrivertimes.com/2014/05/20/are-pesticides-a-threat-to-bees-part-two/

and another reference:
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Clothianidin

and another solid reference:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/markgibbs/2012/05/09/pesticide-profits-or-bees-bayer-responds/ 

MASS FARMED EGGS AND FREE RANGE - WHAT DOES IT REALLY MEAN

By Terry Boyle

I have written in a few blogs and here about the eggs labelling claim 'free range' farce (and the useless RSPCA labelling as well) of the supermarkets and of other outlets that sell falsely claimed free range eggs and for which they sell at double the price of normal eggs which are essentially no different. I have written to egg companies claiming to be free range and some organic ones too and the responses I receive may be surprising to some - that's why I am so glad we truly know the source of our eggs and exactly what they are about. all their inputs and farming methods. 

This is why I call in to question the notion of 'free range' at the supermarkets as being a farce, and further I question how much of the labelled organic eggs are authentically organic in method, really? For egg laying hens that are mass farmed, getting their amino acids and proteins from anything but mass synthetic additives such as synthetic methionine (synthetic MET) is not part of the method. In other words; mass methods leave no alternative but to use it! 

Synthetic MET cannot be fully absorbed by chooks and whatever good it does the research shows it infects and enlarges the chickens liver, causes a higher death rate, lowers muscle mass and increases fat, and causes other disease. Hey, but it is the only feasible way to mass farm if you are a mass farming egg farmer.

In addition, you have to ask yourself the question ' how can it be possible to supply hundreds of thousands of eggs each day from one or two hegemonic suppliers (who are selling them under different brands so it looks like lots of different suppliers) every day, free range, really"? What does 80,000 chickens on one farm really mean in terms of being authentically free-range, or organic, or healthy? These two legged chick-a-dees need fresh shoots and insects. Walking around on trampled dirt and anundersupply of bugs doesn't cut it! There are organic farms with 300,000 chickens too. Can you really organically farm this many chickens? To me it raises more questions about authenticity and makes me wonder about the marketing tactics and how honest they are.

I have done extensive research on this topic and started to share some of these type of topics here in this blog. Please fee free to comment of add topics.

Slick labeling by marketers is well constructed often with the aim to assist us not to read between the lines - marketing for the big players is about getting your money no matter what the method or product. And, in the face of people's desire to eat more healthy where do you think marketers are focusing? They use fantastically contrived terms, slogans, tag lines, strap lines, half truths, inferred associations, and, well even withholding of facts and glossing over them or covering them up. It's their job to sell, and morality or ethics is only a theory to these. The truth is, to mass farm organically. authentically is almost impossible for many products, so you are not going to find authentic free range or organic for many things in the big supermarkets whose supply chains cannot cater for organic produce in any authentic way. You have to look more local for authentic organic folks.

And... good story in today's online news here about mass farming eggs calling themselves 'free -range' when they are not..

http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/food/freerange-eggs-ruling-meaning-defined-as-court-finds-pirovic-enterprises-misled-customers/story-fneuz8wn-1227068547412

Monsanto fighting against truth in food labelling

Monsanto piccompanies opposing GMO labelling


Truth in labelling is Monsantos greatest fear!

Monsanto (thinkAgent Orange, GMO crops, Round-Up and pesticides, the practice of suing farmers, and genetically destroying masses of bees, gmo products that make up all your favorite brand foods etc...)  and food conglomerates (such as in the graphic above to name a few only), are spending massive dollars to control food labelling so they can cover their poisons and part of the strategy is to destroy opponents, and to lie: They claim that "GE crops are "necessary" to feed a growing population is a popular mantra among those who do not have an understanding of the whole picture. It's actually 180 degrees from the truth, as what we really need is to focus on strategies that will promote soil health, and GE crops decimate soil fertility".  Dr Mercola says that Monsanto are not going to let GMO (genetically modified food organisims) labelling happen and they are spending not millions, but hundreds of millions on it.

For more this topic here are some sources:  http://www.organicconsumers.org/monlink.cfm

Monsantos may have dire consequence for agriculture : http://www.organicconsumers.org/monlink.cfm

Animals raised on genetically engineered feed are different: http://www.organicconsumers.org/monlink.cfm

Monsanto sues more family farmers : http://www.organicconsumers.org/monlink.cfm

USDA Reccommends co-existence with Monsanto - we say HELL NO!:  http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_22240.cfm

Pro-GMO Industries Increase Spending and Launch Attack to Discredit World-Famous Environmentalist in an Effort to Thwart GMO Labeling in the US

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/09/16/us-gmo-labeling-expenses.aspx?e_cid=20140916Z3_DNL_art_1&utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20140916Z3&et_cid=DM55924&et_rid=660022261


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Coca Cola makes false label claims

No coke symbol

DID YOU KNOW COCA COLA WANT US TO BELIEVE COKE IS A NATURAL DRINK - SUBLIMINALLY IF NOT FACTUALLY?Coke poison pic

All these greedy manufacturers that want our dollars which they get from selling us their polluted products are always planning how to mis-represent their ingredients until they are forced not to - now Coca Cola is about to embark on a campaign to tell us via labelling and smartly redesigning their cans and bottles so that we might subliminally justify to ourselves that it is not so bad to drink their proven poison, that it is actually a naturally derived poison drink. 

For example, no lie can compensate the fact that Coke is riddled with phosphoric acid (E338) and that phosphoric acid is a preservative and an artificial flavor. AND it is not derived from natural sources as they are now claiming! No, it is mass produced from totally non-natural chemicals. Coke in the face of a class action in the USA for this mis-representation, is going to of course still push the boundaries because they exist for this purpose.

Notwithstanding this, among other findings, it has been conclusively shown that this poison ingredient lowers the bone density and can cause kidney disease and other health issues (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition).

Your health is not the factor in any of the big player's such as Coke's agenda, but playing on your health needs is, so they can keep their sales up for their shareholders. Nothing more, nothing less is involved, but dollars - there are no ethics or moral values other than this 'by any means' strategy because of what these monsters are. 

Shall we now talk about the health damage from the massive amount of sugars in the product too, or how these soft drinks contribute to obesity and diabetes more than nearly all other foodstuffs or drinks? Another topic folks for another day I guess. 

Anyway, the full article to support this information is here:http://www.drcolbert.com/blog/2014/09/coca-cola-makes-false-label-claims/

Health crisis prompts change in eating habits

Australian Organic (formerly Austrlain Biological Farmers) has latest research which shows that Australian shoppers are motivated to change what they eat if they experience a health crisis.

The survey of 1,000 primary grocery shoppers was conducted by Mobim Group which researched consumer behabiour. It found that 16% of people who buy organic started to do so because of illness.

In addition Horticulture Australia produced Australian Organic Market Report, which is regards as the most comprehensive assessment on the state of the sector in Australia, combining data from Swinburne University, the Australian Bureau of Statistics and Mobium Group.

Initial survey results show that half of organic shoppers first bought organics because they became more aware of the positive impact organic food, fibre or cosmetics had on their personal health.

A further 32% said that they first bought organics for environmental reasons and 25% because of animal welfare concerns associated with conventional food producing systems.

Chair of Australian Organic, Dr Andrew Monk, says this is the first time the organisation has asked people why they started to buy organic.

He says, “Anecdotally we hear that people are motivated to switch to organic diets because of health reasons, but this is the first time we’ve measured it.

“The survey also shows that primary grocery buyers who would otherwise not consider buying sustainable goods, have significantly increased their consumption of organic products.

“This is a major and interesting shift. Overall consumption of organics is increasing and it appears the ‘late adopters’ are significant contributors to this growth.”

Dr Monk expects the trend to continue as more researchers study the difference between organic and conventional foods.

He says, “Results like RMIT University’s study that showed you can reduce pesticide exposure by 90% by switching to an organic diet and a recent study by UK’s Newcastle University showing that organic crops can be up to 70 per cent higher in certain antioxidants are building scientific evidence that many organic consumers already take for granted.”

Australian Organic announces that The Australian Organic Market Report 2014 will be available November 14.

Ref: http://austorganic.com/health-crisis-prompts-change-in-eating-habits/ ; sourced 10th Sep, 2014

BEE ALERT! What are the big companies doing to bees?

Bee pic

Some of the great things from our wonderful creation are babies and, 'bees'!  

Did you know worldwide, in many countries including OZ, BEES are fighting for survival? Suddenly, there are a couple of bugs/viruses that get at bees that is killing them off, literally, everywhere. There is a lot of evidence that the big manipulators like Monsanto and Bayer have contributed significantly to the bee problem with their chemicals which are used in so many agricultural situations and impact so much along the food chain, including the work and the life of bees.
 
Monsanto and pesticide makers have engineered their poisons so that they are in the vascular system of the plant via GMO engineering, and bees doing what they do, are effectively taking in these poisons directly or indirectly, and the issues they are facing are in fact secondary effects of immune breakdown as a result....it all makes sense.
Dr Mercola covers this in much more detail here
And now for some market-speak – organic style!

NUTRIENT RICH - NATURALLY DERIVED - ANTIOXIDANT INFUSED -TREATMENT FROM NATURE (can if finish this without laughing) - add
BIO 'this' and BIO 'that'... and the laughter should become less because of the realization of the market-speak thrust at us to get our bucks!

Now why did I believe this product was mainly fermented fruit? Was it the claim “Treatment from nature”? Or just the term ‘PawPaw’ ointment that got me, or the red jar and that it was originally only sold in health food shops? Guess I didn't look close enough for 30 years when I was applying it to my barnacle caused cuts from the rocks at Noosa after a cyclone surf session.

Bet you didn’t know that Lucas’ paw paw ointment is actually petroleum based and not too dissimilar to, ah, yeah that’s right…Vaseline. Here is the full ingredients list:PawPaw ointment pic
Fermented Fresh PawPaw Fruit, Rhus Succedanea Wax, Glycerine, Petrolatum, Canola Oil, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Beeswax, Corn Starch, Potassium Sorbate (0.1 mg/g).

... and bet you didn't know they don't have to list all the minor ingredients on the pack... wonder what they are? Anyway, plenty of research shows the petroleum based ingredients are actually toxic!

Here is another:
Oh the blessed Moroccan oil claims. “Our antioxidant infused, nutrient rich, innovative formulas are unmatched and provide "dramatic results"” 

The harmful ingredients: cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone, cyclomethicone, butylphenyl methylpropional, fragrance supplement, D&C Yellow-11, D&C Red-17, coumarin, benzyl benzoate and alpha-isomethyl ionone.

Yep... that's nutrient rich alright! (Oh, don't be so 'dramatic")

Here is one that is actually ‘97% naturally derived”! It has to be true, if they said it, don’t it? ‘Natures Organics’ Skin Cleanser product is made up of: 

TEA-Stearate, Stearic acid, Cetearyl alcohol, Glyceryl stearate, Decyl oleate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium lauroamphoacetate, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Sodium benzoate.

Yep guess it depends on weather naturally derived means anything good or bad? Cigarettes and alcohol are naturally derived - come to think of it! Hey so is Turtle Wax car polish and Chlorine!

Ref: http://naturalnewagemum.com/is-your-pawpaw-ointment-toxic/ 

Some say 'CACAO' - some say 'COCOA'

Hey what is the difference between CACAO and COCOA? Well in true raw form? Nothing!

 raw cacao powderCacao beans drying on roofby Terry Boyle

In language use: Hispanic speakers use CACAO because it derived from their native linguistic roots and that is the right spelling and use... English call it COCOA. (Referring raw form). Manufacturers of raw food products have usurped the more authentic spelling of the word in an attempt to distinguish their products from products which use roasted cacao beans (i.e. raw cacao powder vs. cocoa powder). But the lines are getting blurry as trends in dieting co-mingle with trends in marketing and trends in linguistics. 

In marketing and making money: you get a lot more for CACAO than COCOA but you have to take the word of marketers and companies engaging them!

Confused? ...This article is well written and she has done some good research which untangles the hype and brings in some balance... 

http://nourishmylife.wordpress.com/2013/04/24/raw-cacao-vs-cocoa/

The new food (chemical) economy

Are we allergic to food or, are we allergic to what is being put in it? It's all about profitability... we don't have a food system in conventional food... we actually have a chemical system - what our grandparents called food, we are calling organic...

This video is a must see if you want to be informed not with emotionalism, but with facts about our 'food (chemical) system' and the dominating artificial ingredients makers who are substituting real food for profits.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsBvUF3-rdw