Rooting for Real Farms Series
Liz Earle MBE, founding farming member of Pasture for Life and an ambassador for Love British Food says, “There’s so much access to information, there’s no excuse for us not to be conscious of what we’re buying and eating.” In this short video, she cooks pork belly sourced from Rob Simonds’ herd of Large Black pigs in Norfolk. Rob says: “Our rare breed pigs are very fit and healthy so there’s absolutely no antibiotics used in their production and they live a happy healthy life.” Help support our local, high welfare farmers like Rob by giving this video a like and a share:
The Rise in Authoritarianism and Censorship
I feel like a broken record banging on about how we need to lobby our neoliberal politicians, on both the left and right, to stop signing so called free trade treaties that facilitate corporations’ ability to comb the globe for cheaper labour and lower environmental standards. Today we have global trade and competition on steroids destroying local economies the world over, not least in food and farming. To describe the corporate capture of our economy and their extremely effective PR machine, this newsletter will be in 4 sections;
I have always equated competition with war. We can produce fine products and achieve excellence through cooperation.
The winners in the global economic competition are a small cabal of wealthy oligarchs who dictate the rules of the game to help themselves to resources beyond their borders.
Read; The Role of Capitalism in the War in Ukraine by Richard Wolff;
‘That expansion, inside every capitalist nation, inevitably overflows its boundaries. Capitalist enterprises seek, find, and develop foreign sources of food, raw materials, workers, and markets. As competition becomes global, competing capitalist enterprises seek help from their nations’ governments to expand. Politicians quickly learn that companies in their nations that lose in global competition will blame those politicians for insufficient support. Meanwhile, companies that win in the global competition will reward such politicians for their help. The social result of this is that capitalism entails national competition alongside enterprise competition. Wars often punctuate capitalism’s national competition. The winners in those competitions thereby often tended to build empires, historically.’
Read; Bulletin of Atomic Scientists warns of “civilization-ending nuclear war; In Jan 2020, US Democratic Representative Adam Schiff, speaking during the second day of the impeachment trial of Trump, said,
“The United States aids Ukraine and her people, so that we can fight Russia over there and we don’t have to fight Russia here”.
As Andre Damon points out, ‘For most of the American population, the assertion that “we” are fighting Russia will come as a surprise’.
Read; Ukraine: The Moment of Truth by Prof. Ivaylo Grouev
‘The war in Ukraine will shape the global order of the 21st century. Even for those without a basic understanding of geopolitics, the war is in Ukraine, but not between Russia and Ukraine. The war, or military operation, as the Kremlin framed it, is between Russia and the so-called “Collective West”.’
Watch; Noam Chomsky and Jeremy Scahill on the Russia-Ukraine War, the Media, Propaganda, and Accountability.
Watch; ‘Ukraine, US, EU sacrificing Ukraine to ‘weaken Russia’. The Grayzone, Aron Mate‘s interview with Jacques Baud, who has held security and advisory positions at NATO, UN and the Swiss military.
‘Nobody is interested in Ukraine, the objective is to weaken Russia. Once done with Russia, it will be the same with China. You can already see a similar scenario with Taiwan of which the Chinese are aware so they won’t give up their relationship with Russia’.
Read; Jacques Baud; Blows the Whistle on West’s Ukraine Invasion Narrative.
Read; NATO Admits it Wants ‘Ukrainians to Keep Dying’ to Bleed Russia, Not Peace –
NATO sees Ukrainians as mere cannon fodder in its imperial proxy war on Russia by Ben Norton.
Watch: UK Media Hides Ukraine Nazis in Plain Sight by Brian Berletic.
Read; Ukraine Denazification by George Eliason;
‘…those few nationalists that gave Maidan teeth are running Kyiv from behind the scenes.’
‘The New York Times published on April 4 a satellite photo, dated March 19, showing a street in the Ukrainian city of Bucha strewn with corpses. The photo, disseminated by the mainstream on a global scale, was presented as evidence of a “war crime committed by Russian troops in Ukraine.”
Examination of the photos of the bodies by a forensic expert uncovers several clues to a staged event.
Other well-founded doubts on the official narrative of the “Bucha massacre” emerge from the same chronology of events: on March 30 the Russian soldiers leave Bucha, on March 31 the mayor of Bucha confirms this and does not mention any dead bodies, on March 31 the neo-Nazis of the Azov Battalion enter Bucha, on April 4 the satellite photo with the corpses in the streets is published. Moreover, instead of preserving the bodies in order to examine them and ascertain the causes of death, they are hastily buried in a mass grave where they remain for days. They are then exhumed to open an “investigation” and accuse Russia of a “war crime”.
Other technical evidence demonstrates the falsity of the official narrative of the Kramatorsk massacre, attributed to Russian troops.’
The Grayzone; Aron Mate with Junaid Ahmad, professor of religion and world politics at the University of Lahore, Pakistan.
‘… the straw that broke the western camel’s back was improving the relationship with Russia which Pakistan has historically been an adversary. This was right at the moment when Imran Khan was invited by Putin and, when he landed in Russia, which was the day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. From that point the US wanted him to strongly condemn which he refused to do. He has always advocated a diplomatic resolution….’
Watch; The Duran; Neocon regime change of Imran Khan puts world leaders on notice.
Read; Pepe Escobar On the Dawn of a New Global Financial System;
Pepe Escobar interviews the Eurasia Economic Union’s Sergey Glazyev, a man in the eye of our current geopolitical and geo-economic hurricane.
The world’s new monetary system, underpinned by a digital currency, will be backed by a basket of new foreign currencies and natural resources. And it will liberate the Global South from both western debt and IMF-induced austerity.
Multinational corporations spend their ill-gained millions not only on growing their transnational monopolies but employing an extremely sophisticated PR machine to ensure that we believe the lies about the benefits of their products and the justification for their wars.
‘It is easier to fool someone than to convince them that they have been fooled.’ Mark Twain
Read; Striving to Make Sense of the Ukraine War by Craig Murray, Scottish author, human rights campaigner, journalist, and former diplomat for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
‘As the West has entered more and more extreme stages of neoliberalism, the general trend is that the West has become more and more like modern Russia. The massive and ever burgeoning inequality of wealth has seen western oligarchs now overtake their Russian counterparts in terms of the proportion of national GDP represented by their personal fortunes. In the West, multiplying limitations on free speech and assembly, the reduction in diversity of the mainstream media landscape, internet suppression of views through corporate gateways like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, increased direct or indirect reproduction of security service initiated content in the media, these are all making the West more Russia-like…’
Read; How to Break Free of Fear Addiction – Be Brave, Speak Out, Find Your Tribe.
Fear is one of the most powerful motivators of behaviour and, clearly, people’s behaviour has been massively manipulated through the use of fear these past two years. Dr. Mark McDonald is a psychiatrist in the Los Angeles, California, area. He has written a book called ‘United States of Fear: How America Fell Victim to Mass Delusional Psychosis’.
Watch; Scott Ritter who, along with many independent journalists and politicians like George Galloway and Chris Hedges, has been cancelled from Twitter for not reporting the authorities’ Ukraine narrative.
As a bastion of truth, billionaire, Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter to counter censorship in the growing crackdown on dissenting voices. What is the good of this billionaire’s purchase if Congress ultimately has the power to close it down?
Read; Digital Tyranny – The March Towards World Government: The EU Digital Covid Vaccine Certificate Framework by Prof Michel Chossudovsky;
‘The object of the Pandemic Treaty consists in creating by 2024 a global health governance entity under WHO auspices.
In turn the Pandemic Treaty would be tied into the WHO’s QR Verification Code project, which is intent upon creating a global digital data bank of 7.9 billion people. Both initiatives are to be carried out concurrently by the WHO in liaison with ID2020 and the Gavi Alliance, both of which are funded by the Gates Foundation.
Peter Koenig describes the QR Code as
“an all-electronic ID – linking everything to everything of each individual (records of health, banking, personal and private, etc.).”
According to David Scripac ,
“A worldwide digital ID system is in the making. [The aim] of the WEF (World Economic Forum)—and of all the central banks [is] to implement a global system in which everyone’s personal data will be incorporated into the Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) network.”
The March Towards World Government
A Worldwide QR Verification Code lays the groundwork for the instatement of “a Global Police State” controlled by the financial establishment. It’s part of what the late David Rockefeller entitled “The March towards World Government” based on an alliance of bankers and intellectuals.
What is the legitimacy as well as the science behind this diabolical project?
NONE. Amply confirmed: THERE IS NO PANDEMIC. The alleged Covid-19 Pandemic is based on “Fake Science”. Both the EU Digital COVID Certificate Framework as well as the WHO QR Verification Code are based on outright lies and fabrications. It is now well established that the PCR test which has been used to “detect SARS-CoV-2” is totally invalid.
“Both the WHO and the CDC (with the usual innuendos) have confirmed what was known from the very outset in January 2020, namely that the RT-PCR test used to justify every single policy mandate including lockdowns, social distancing, the mask, confinement of the labour force, closure of economic activity, etc. was flawed and invalid”
Read; The More You Vax, the Weaker Your Immune System Becomes By Steve Kirsch
“Data was very easily used by influencers and decision-makers to fit particular narratives,” Norman Fenton, Ph.D., a mathematician at Queen Mary University of London, said in an interview with Robert Kennedy Jr on “RFK Jr. The Defender Podcast.”
Read and watch; Amish Communities Become The First To Achieve Covid “Herd Immunity” Without Higher Death Rate, Shutdown, Masks, Or Vaccines” by Sharyl Attkisson.
There’s no evidence of any more deaths among the Amish than in places that shut down tight— some claim there were fewer here. That’s without masking, staying at home, or” vaccines, Attkisson reported.
Globalism and Big Ag vs Humans and the Planet
Read and watch; ‘The New World Order Tried to Kill Me,’ Gilles-Eric Seralini, the French Biologist Who Exposed Roundup Weedkiller Talks to Robert Kennedy Jr.
Kennedy says, “He (Seralini) [did] something nobody else dared to do, which is to take the exact same test [on rats] that Monsanto did for 90 days and do it for two years instead, which is the typical lifespan of a rat. And he found … 80% of the rats that consumed Roundup developed tumors compared to 30% in the control group.
“Not only that, but the tumors in the rats were 130% larger.”
“Séralini said; Some people linked to [Monsanto] tried to kill me … at least first scientifically, and then physically. “I have the chance to survive all this system. … Many people didn’t survive.”
Monsanto mounted a campaign to suppress and discredit Séralini’s research. The infamous Monsanto Papers revealed the company’s strategy.
Listen to; Farming Today 16/04/22 (3.55 mins into the program). In Scotland in 2021, nearly half of all estates purchased are being bought by corporate bodies, investment funds or charitable trusts, motivated by the potential income from carbon off-setting and developing large-scale environmental improvement. Limitless pockets of equity funds to provide offsets for wealthy corporations to keep polluting, have sent land prices skyrocketing. Despite the recent introduction of the Lump Sum Exit Scheme, to help older farmers leave farming with greater financial security – what chance of the young accessing land and of food being grown in the UK?
Watch this comedy piece about bullshit carbon offset schemes from an Australian perspective.
Read; New Animal World Protection report into the public health impacts of factory farming
Read; DEFRA report into labour shortages in the food and farming sector. Again they say the cause is Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic but the real cause is that, to compete with cheap imports, farmers were forced to import cheap labour. Instead we should follow the Indian way, where the government negotiates a fair price to cover the farmers cost of production that includes local labour.
Read; True cost accounting, does $5 dollars for a chicken make sense?
Read; The cost of our food is not only paid at the checkout, but through damage to the environment, to soil, to the climate, to biodiversity, to rural communities and to public health.
Watch; The End of Medicine Trailer: Producer Joaquin Phoenix’s Documentary Blows Whistle on Factory Farms.
Read; Big Agriculture Is Printing Children’s Books That Say Pesticides Are Great.
Read; Sustainable Food Trust; Lessons from COVID-19: US funds to help small abattoirs and independent meat processors are destined to fail due to giant processors’ market domination.
Read; RBST’s new Rare Breeds Watchlist raises concerns for Large White pig and iconic Hackney horse breed
We have the knowledge to remedy the bleak outlook. It is time to act.
European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC) has today released a new publication on its vision of peasant agroecology, capable of offering solutions to the present-day major environmental, social, economic and political challenges we are facing.
Watch; Countryfile; inspiring David Wilson, former director of Highgrove Harm and now partner at Fir Farm, explains regenerative farming.
Read; Farmers can save the world, says new ‘regenerative’ community.
Read; Why small family farms should be the future of agriculture in Britain; by Jason Goodwin in Country Life.
Read and watch; Big Barn Schools Project.
Read; A group of 53 ethical companies have delivered an open letter to Number 10 calling for the government to reconsider their reauthorisation of a toxic neonicotinoid pesticide.
Watch; Nature & Net Zero & Food Security? Exploring the agroecological solution 28 April 2022 | 10AM – 4:45PM | Online
Write to your Council and join Feedback’s divestment campaign; Big Livestock. vs.The Planet. UK Council Pensions invested in industrial meat and dairy – pose a significant threat to our environment, our health and our future. And just like the fossil fuel industry, these big companies are created and supported by global finance. The steaks are high. It’s time we called a halt to Big Livestock.
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