BEFORE the DENNIS KUCINICH
Hearing JULY 29:
"In addition, FDA is leading an effort
through the Codex Alimentarius Commission,
the international food safety standards body,
with support of the Food and Agriculture
Organization/World Health Organization,
to develop commodity-
specific annexes to the Codex hygienic code
for fresh fruit and vegetable production,
starting with an annex for fresh leafy
vegetables and herbs."
--Mr MICHAEL TAYLOR
Our Food Czar for the FDA
Senior Adviser to the Commissioner on food issues
The above quote is from the written testimony
of MICHAEL TAYLOR July 29 at the
REP DENNIS KUCINICH
SUBCOMMITTEE ON DOMESTIC POLICY
COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT
AND GOVERNMENT REFORM
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
SEE MORE ON MR MICHAEL R. TAYLOR
one of the most influentcial forces
in helping us pass the FDA FOOD SAFETY
MODERNIZATION ACT below.
THE FUNDRAISER TO EDUCATE WASHINGTON
ON REAL FOOD SaFETY
NOVEMBER 2, set up, meet at Enchanted Garden
Intentional Community at 1 pm to help with set up.
Rooting Your Dream at the Enchanted Garden Altar
“The owner plead guilty, spent about an hour in jail and paid $4,000 in penalties,” said Industrial Relations representative Krisann Chasarik. “As with any other business, the farm can continue to operate as long as it abides by labor laws.”
La Milpa’s owner, the pony-tailed and soft-spoken Logan, decided to shut down the farm instead. Logan could not be reached for comment. But local CureZone blogger Leslie Goldman, who attended the last public event at La Milpa in September (click here for a video), had this to say:
“I’ve been pretty close to Barry, who is keeping a low profile right now. Barry Logan acknowledges he broke regulations that are currently on the books regarding farming. However you cannot do micro-farming and healthy food growing, as Barry Logan has been doing for seven years, without breaking those regulations.”
CHEWING ON FOOD SAFETY
TUNE IN LIVE OCTOBER 21 at 11 am
October 6, 2010
Silhouette of Barry Logan who shut down his seven
year experiment La Milpa Organica Farm, September 18, 2010.
Logan applied gardening principles to local Micro Farming
in San Diego, but broke regulations on the books that
are out of the beat with nature. He is on probation
for breaking laws. Current laws and proposed Food Safety
regulations will further define local farming
in the U.S. A national conversation
about food safety is needed. Logan has been
one of three Beet Keeper, Return! beet growers.
The project aims to create a nation of gardeners
through encouraging every one to grow a beet
in a pot. One pot+ one person = You're a Gardener.
LATE BREAKING NEWS!!
The Senate Adjourned September 29, 2010
without taking action on S.3767, The Food Safety
Accountability Act. They will pick it up again after the election November
2. These leaves time to open up a national conversation.
This conversation is vitally needed if we are to reclaim
our imperiled food supply. Track the bill here on Thomas, US Library of Congress S.3767
HUFFINGTON POST VERSION
1000 WORDS, WRITTEN
SEPTEMBER 29, 2010
Chewing On Food Safety:
A National Conversation is Needed
By Leslie Goldman
Your Enchanted Gardener
If beets could talk, and in my life they do, most of what is happening in Washington right now regarding food safety sounds certifiably nuts. I hear that we now have about 2% of the population controlling most of our money. One of the easiest ways to control the rest of us is to control our food supply. From the looks of it, large multi-national interests, big corporations and legislators who have never been inside a health food store, to their local farmers’ market, or grown a beet themselves, are giving the rest of us indigestion.
Food safety laws that were being discussed on the hill during September - S.510 and S.3767- may be on a break for the moment. The issues remain and will be taken up when the senate reconvenes. We need a national conversation about food that is making us sick, and ask each other: Why? Most of us do not know how to eat. This plays into the hands of those who would dictate food policy. We need a moment of awakening. We need to regain our beat with nature. We need to have some relationship with healthy soil and growing things.
From a beet’s point of view, food was never meant to be a commodity. Food was never meant to be a force in the political arena to restrict people from foods they feel they need for natural health. Food was never meant to be in the hands of large industrial growers who prefer to have fewer people growing food. They rely more on drugs and chemicals to provide a poor imitation of what nature had in mind.
What Washington knows about food has no ground from a beet’s point of view. The cornerstone of authentic food safety is first of all, growing some of your own food, and second, having a personal relationship with the farmers growing the rest of your food. This is an ideal. How many of us live in places like San Diego where we can grow food 12 months of the year and get to know more than 100 local farmers by name?
At the bottom end of the scale of food growers are the micro farmers - small food growers - and everywhere now, from New York City to the West, people are returning to food growing. Micro farmers, in a truly healthy food safe economy need to be encouraged, yet currently they are falling between the cracks. For authentic food safety, we need more food growers, more gardeners and farmers, not less. We are being called to be a nation of gardeners. This is essential if we want to return to true food safety.
Micro farmers and gardeners growing on less than a few acres live by other codes. They grow food that is labor intensive. The 15% of people who still micro-farm are part of that tradition. Modern conventional food and its PR are ensuring a growing climate in America that is not good for small growers.
Take as an example the case of Barry Logan, who had a final harvest celebration September 18, 2010. Barry Logan, with the help of his live-in community, served San Diego for seven years with fresh food. I am talking about food that can turn health around. He sold food at three farmers’ markets. His customers were his regulators. He had been running La Milpa Organica Farm as a social experiment, as an open university. He farmed on a small field, organically. His workers were from around the world. His customers became friends and he would invite them to the farm for potlucks and pizza each month. That life does not exist any more on that land.
He broke a lot of rules: Workman’s Compensation codes, tax codes,
and numerous other regulations. Enough of the larger organic farmers can live within these rules, and do; and yet, our laws are out of touch for the most part with what it takes to grow quality real food that is safe food. Safe food, healthy food, and food safety are not on the same plate.
Do local farmers really need more red tape? Truly Big Ag does. Logan believes micro small growers should not be regulated. A system of labor intensive farming that has existed for 10,000 years is butting heads with legislators, regulators, and regulations who would benefit from on the farm training at a La Milpa Organica Farm Open University. The farm is gone. But we can still learn from it.
Shift happened. We are now being asked to be stars in a real-life Rock Your Soul Opera by Keep The Beet Media Star called Beet Keepers, Return! Can you hear the “beet”? Yes, people can die from contaminated food. But regulations without a healthy conversation create more illness, not less.
Nature’s original technology is here to stay on an Enchanted Garden planet. We can grow 1000 years of peace in harmony with nature if we begin now to regain our beat with nature. Gloria Estefan sang, “Turn the Beat Around!” Truly, to reform food safety, we are asked to turn the beet around. Small size growers are part of nature’s original technology - and healthy legislators should be too. High tech and GMO’s give us the option to have fewer people on the farm; they need a thorough vetting. A true dialogue between science, ethics, and food is coming into focus. Indeed, we are only now beginning to understand the true meaning of food safety.
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EARLIER VERSIONS AND MORE STUDY LINKS
CHEWING ON FOOD SAFETY:
A NATIONAL CONVERSATION IS NEEDED
ARE STORED ON THIS PLANT YOUR DREAM BLOG
My customers are my regulators, says Barry Logan, a Micro Farmer who did a social experiment in farming for seven years in San Diego (2003-2010). There are many lessons to be learned by Senators before voting on Food Safety Laws. Please make sure that Micro Farmers and those who want to grow their own food are encouraged rather than discouraged. America needs thousands more organic local farmers that need to be protected from GMO seeds. Food Safety laws will be looked at when the Senate reconvenes after elections.
Your Enchanted Gardener
Leslie Goldman, AKA Your Enchanted Gardener, is the ultimate gardener planting seeds for super ripe people and their dreams. The Ultimate Gardener, published by HCI in 2009, authored by Charlie Nardozzi, a consultant on the White House Organic Garden, morphed from a “Seed Dream” from Leslie to publisher Peter Vegso. Leslie’s companion is Keep The Beet Media Star, the world’s first talking beet plant. The beet’s message is that we can each grow our own food, starting with growing a local, organic beet in a pot. Keep the beet. Eat the beet greens.” Her celebrity began in the Huffington Post in December 2008 when Blogger Paige Donner heard her say at Hollywood Goes Green, “I am committed to create a nation of gardeners.” She writes her own column with a little help in the international Space of Love magazine. A little bit of humor, during these times of turning our beet around with nature, is good medicine, she says. Her latest project is her Rock Your Soul Opera called Beet Keepers, Return! She is calling forth new stars to root the dream of the Enchanted Garden Era, 1000 years of peace, His companion is Keep The Beet Media Star, the world’s first talking beet plant. They write on the Plant Your Dream Blog on Curezone.com.
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SHORT VERSION BIO
FOR HUFFINGTON POST
Leslie Goldman, AKA Your Enchanted Gardener, is the ultimate gardener planting seeds for super ripe people and their dreams. His companion is Keep The Beet Media Star, the world’s first talking beet plant. They write on the Plant Your Dream Blog on Curezone.com. He received a U.N. Peace Medal in 1984 for the work he would do in his life. Magical Character Keep the Beet
is here to teach us that we can turn our beat of nature around through growing a beet in a pot.
THIS VIDEO MADE AT SAGE MOUNTAIN FARM
IN 2009, EXPLAINS THE KEEP THE BEET PROJECT.
Many thanks to Phil Noble of Sage Mountain Farm
and Joe Rodriguez Jr of JR Organics for support
of Beet Keepers, Return!
ABOUT BEET KEEPERS, RETURN!
Beet Keepers, Return! is an international movement
inspired by Keep The Beet Media Star
The World's First Talking Beet Plant.
We can regain our beat with nature
through growing a beet in a pot.
One Person + One Pot = You're a Gardener
RELATED BEET KEEPERS, RETURN!
PROJECTS FALL 2010
KEEP THE BEET MEDIA STAR,
THE WORLD's FIRST TALKING BEETING PLANT
THANKS YOU FOR BEING A STAR
IN HER ROCK YOUR SOUL OPERA
CALLED BEET KEEPERS, RETURN!
LA MILPA ORGANICA FARM OPEN UNIVERSITY
La Milpa Organica Farm (2003-2010) is gone.
The lessons we can learn from the experience
of Barry Logan and the many who worked there
are vital if we want earth based Homeland Security
and food safety based on real food.
NEEDS TO SPEAK BEFORE THE SENATE
BEFORE WE PASS ANY FOOD SAFETY LAWS
BARRY LOGAN SPEAKS OUT
about the regulations that govern small farming.
Many across the nation and world
believe that these regulations will likely increase
with the passage of S-510,
The Food Safety Modernization Act
and related Food Safety Laws now before congress.
A rush in on to get something passed.
An arbitary deadline was set last December
by the Codex Alimentarius Commission
with offices in the USDA to get us in
alignment with agreements that impinge
on Trade alliances. I see that as part of
the rush to get a law passed.
WHAT IS THE Food and Drug Administration
definition of OF FOOD SAFETY????
MICHAEL R. TAYLOR, our current Food Czar,
one of the primary orchestrators behind Food Safety Policy
in America and Risk Assessment Toxicology.
The efficacy of Natural Supplements is gauged by this
therefore saying therapeutic doses should be outlawed.
(From Kevin Miller's outstanding blog)
Michael R. Taylor, our first commissioner
on food. and the most influenctial man
in US Food Safety Policy, expressed his desire to get the FDA
and US in alignment with the Codex and WHO
when he spoke July 2009 before the Kucinich
commission. For those links, go to the
more extensive version of the Huffington Post
1000 word edition of this story published on this
Plant Your Dream Blog. I am not against
the Codex Alimentarius Commission; I merely
want to see its Food Codes and Rules in alignment
with the Beat of Nature. Food Codes are healthy.
We all need them. The current Food Codes
sponsored by Codex 2010 are influenced
by its main supporters, the pharmaceutical industry,
the biotech industry, and Indurtrial Ag that calls
for centralized farming. The latest information
suggests that Organic Agriculture can feed the world.
"FDA scientists at the Division of Food Chemistry and Technology wanted to see testing performed to ensure that GMO foods didn’t increase levels of naturally occurring toxins, create new, previously unidentified toxins, increase the tendency to gather toxic substances from the environment such as pesticides or heavy metals, and alter the level nutrients.(6) Ignoring their scientific objections, the politically-appointed Taylor let loose GMO technology on the nation of guinea pigs without requiring any legitimate safety and toxicology investigations to protect public health. He also ensured that the public would remain ignorant of GMOs in their food by instituting a no-labeling policy. Now, almost 80% of the food sold in grocery stores contains GMOs. Monsanto subsequently rewarded Taylor for his government work by making him its Vice President of Public Policy. "
Updating of slaughterhouse regulations to afford smaller, alternative producers better access to markets.
Smaller meat producers have a difficult time getting their products slaughtered and to market due to the concentration of power in the processing industry. This limited access of small and medium-sized producers to slaughterhouses is exacerbated by USDA inspection requirements.
BARRY LOGAN, ORGANIC FARMER SPEAKS
@ THE FINAL HARVEST, SEPTEMBER 18, 2010
This shutdown, due to the inablility to exist
with the current regulatory climate, was made
September 18 while Washington was attempted
to establish more regulations. Many feel
the new laws in their present state would
add undue red take to local micro farms.
Logan was busted for breaking various
local and state codes including allow
students from all over the world to come
and learn how to farm in exchange for
receiving a weekly stipend.
He influenced for the better hundreds
of lives and is a local farm hero, providing
the highest quality of Safe Food for seven years
for his many San Diego friends who were also
customers at his Farmers' Markets.
The loss of La Milpa Organic Farm
is the writing on the wall, a sign of the times.
September 28, 2010
DO you consider Barry Logan a criminal
who broke laws or a national hero?
"CRIMINAL ELEMENT" IN FARMING NOW
ON PROBATION IN SAN DIEGO FOR
Photo of Beet Keeper beet grower
Barry Logan. Taken at the HIllcrest Farmers' Market
Logan feels it would have been impossible
to have grown the high quality food he
served his customers for seven years without breaking
the regulations now in force. The FDA has been
regulations in place already that apply to large
scalle farming, however, as they recent egg
regall showed, they do not apply them to
consistently to large farmers. Many around
the internet want to make sure that micro
farmers will be safe after Food Safety Laws pass.
A national conversation is needed first.
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with 25 years in food service,
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to turn the beat around
THE INTERNET MARKETING TOOLS
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Today is September 28, 2010
The first video above, Barry Logan Speaks Out,
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I am turning this over to Mike Koenigs of
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These internet experts inspired me with
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September 25-26, 2010.
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Our Beloved Earth needs your seed dreams in
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He is turning the beat of nature around
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was invited to be with President Barack Obama on Earth Day,
but he choose to be at San Diego State University. The day
we met, deepwater happened in the Gulf. Jerome understands
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KEEPING THE BEAT WITH NATURE
THROUGH GROWING A BEET IN A POT.
Your Beet is intended to become
a life partner helping you
enter Plant Parenthood--
We are each called now to
regain our beet with nature.
Growing a Beet in a pot
is a good beginning.
When Gloria Estefan implored us to "Turn the Beat Around," she probably didn’t know that the position of the beat…or beet…is of little consequence when planting the fine vegetable -- as long as it's not upside down.
According to Leslie Goldman, a San Diego-based activist passionate about healthy living through the art of drawing closer to the Earth, the beet is one of the easiest vegetables to grow. He spreads the word about this concept through Keep the Beet Media Star – a mascot of sorts that has drawn attention from locals, diplomats and celebrities like model Ashley Van Dyke and actor Ed Begley Jr., known for his dedication to the environment. Keep the Beet and Goldman’s message is traveling so widely that they earned a piece of cyberspace last year on The Huffington Post, continually one of the highest-ranked political websites on the Net.
RELATED STUDIES FROM THE LA MILPA ORGANICA FARM
OPEN UNIVERSITY, BEET KEEPERS, RETURN!
L TO R, Mark Victor Hansen, Keep The Beet Media Star,
The Worlds FIrst Talking Beet Plant, and Regina Jensen,
editor of Space of Love Magazine. I want to thank Regina Jensen
for editing Version #7 here of Chewing On Food Safety:
A National Conversation is Needed. This edition
September 29, 2010 11:24:25 PM PDT
This Plant Your Dream Blog
was inspired by a homework assignment
from Ariella Ford given at the 21 Century Book Marketing
Event September 25-26, 2010 in San Diego.
The assignmnet was write a blog for the Huffington Post.
I sent this blog to Adriana Huffington, editor of the
Huffington Post September 28, 2010
QUOTE FROM ARIANNA HUFFINGTON
SEPTEMBER 26, 2010
"We now have legitimate anger
but that we need to channel it in the right direction.
The government is not a spectator sport, she said.
The public needs to get involved."
-- Adriana Huffington,
September 26, 2010
This story began as a homework
assignment from Arielle Ford at the
21st Century Book Marketing Event
first written September 27, 2010
for Ariella Ford, co-host with MIke Koenigs
of the 21st Century Book Marketing Event
September 25-26, 2010
at the Hilton Bay Front,
Arianna Huffington spoke through Skype.
Russell Bishop, Senior Editor of Huffington Post.
Extensive recording of the event were made.
EXTENSIVE VERSION OF THIS STORY WITH LINKS
For a Plant Your Dream Blog with extensive links
and research to study go here: