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Why we’ve decided to drop organic certification

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We produced a certified organic crop for the first time 17 years ago in 1998 – organic food grade white hilum soybeans. A decade later, a partner and I were running 2000 acres of certified organic land. The land on our current farm was completely certified in 2009. However, we are now at an interesting cross-roads, our land is certified organic but none of our products are since we don’t certify our animals. When we started meat production, the home farm was in transition and we were growing hay and pasture as our transitional crop and therefore our cattle and sheep...

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We got a mention in an article in The Star on Paleo

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The reporter spent a fair bit of time out in the pastures shooting pictures of me with the cattle and sheep. I even risked a momma cow’s wrath by getting up close with her calf as she hovered in the background giving me not so subtle warnings that she was contemplating giving me a new orifice if I didn’t back away from her calf! I thought at least one might make the paper. Oh well, they spelled my name right. I’ve heard my pic did make the print version. The online version featured a different image. Here’s the link:  ...

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Can Industrial Agriculture Feed the World?

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Industrial agriculture opponents have been on the offensive of late, bolding asking the question: “Can organic agriculture feed the world?” Organic advocates have been taking the bait. There are innumerable articles outlining why organic agriculture can feed the world. However, no one seems to be tackling the statement implicit in the question. By asking the question, people are inferring that industrial/conventional agriculture CAN feed the world. I hate to break it to you, but the answer to the question “Can industrial agriculture feed the world?” is an emphatic “No.” Industrial...

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I’m featured in my publisher’s July newsletter

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I made the Iguana books newsletter this month! Here’s the link: http://us6.campaign-archive1.com/?u=c508f7edd34e289ba1946c3b0&id=33fc7f890b&e=f18540643f

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Some of Your Best Friends are “Germs”

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Michael Pollan has a new article out on the microbiota that inhabit our bodies. I wish I had seen this before I completed my book – I could have expanded on several themes in a couple of chapters. It’s a long but fascinating discussion of the nascent study of the 90% of cells in our body that aren’t actually “our body”. They are cells of the organisms that live in and on “our body.” We are just beginning to understand why farm kids tend to be healthier than city kids. The link between breast milk and proper gut colonization. The link between the...

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Interesting Animation of Water Cycle and Global Water Issues

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This animation is beautiful and lays out the problems. Not much on solutions. <iframe src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/66087863?color=ff9933″ width=”400″ height=”300″ frameborder=”0″ webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe>

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Harry Stoddart: Renaissance Farmer

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Harry Stoddart: Renaissance Farmer

I did an interview with a local lifestyle magazine – Kawartha Life – a few months ago and completely forgot about it. Today I walked into my optometrist’s office (apparently grass-fed beef isn’t a miracle cure for the effects of aging on one’s eyes – I need reading glasses!) and the receptionist says, “you look a little different than in your picture.” She then handed me the new issue of Kawartha Life and there I was on the cover! Here’s a link to the article: http://issuu.com/issuuprofi/docs/kl_may_2013_web/1  ...

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Harry’s Interview on Food Integrity Now

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I was interviewed on another blog radio show. We cover a lot of ground from GMOs to my personal journey to the contents and whys of the book.  

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Simple Climate Disruption Math

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A great video summarizing the climate disruption math.

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Tristram Stuart: The global food waste scandal | Video on TED.com

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TED Talk on food waste. Very informative.   http://www.ted.com/talks/tristram_stuart_the_global_food_waste_scandal.html

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Harry and others speaking at LifeStock

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Harry and others speaking at LifeStock

This video is a montage of the various speakers at LifeStock. I start at approx 6:47.

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Harry’s Humorous Toastmasters Speech – The topic was sheep.

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Harry explains the impact of sheep on a number of historical events. Many of you will be surprised by the role that the secret sheep society “The Brotherhood” has had in world events. Harry reveals that the innocuous, cute and cuddly sheep is in fact the most cunning and devious animal in the barnyard. Harry placed at the club level and went on to compete at the area level – this video is from the area contest.

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Harry’s Radio Interview

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Harry’s Radio Interview

This is a podcast of an interview Harry did with a blogRadio program in New York City. His interview starts at about the 5 min mark and runs for 20 minutes. Hear about our philosophy direct from Harry. Listen to internet radio with Frank Ferrante on Blog Talk...

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Coffee, Beer & The F*** You Economy | Hypenotic

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Yes the title is a little salty but you have to know my colleague Barry Martin. He has very succinctly and rather directly summed up what you’re losing when you choose cheap over your values. But I’m not a snob. I’m discerning. The difference is that I’m conscious of the value of what I’m paying for. And while chain coffee and commercial beer might boast a lower price tag, they’re still ripping me off. It’s like a mandate. They’re in the business of figuring out how to create margins anywhere they can, as long as the customers will still buy it and their risk assessments say they can...

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Text and Pictures from August Newsletter

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Text and Pictures from August Newsletter

We FINALLY Imported the White Parks I committed to purchase two Ancient White Park bred cows and a bull back in May. They finally arrived in Ontario on August 7th (technically it was the 8th by the time they were safely in our yard but we did cross the bridge before midnight). Silvia and I spent three days on the road covering over 2500km. Our truck passed the 300,000km mark just south of Pittsburg on the way home. I have learned an incredble amount about all the minutiae of importing livestock into Canada. The first stumbling block was a test to prove freedom from Brucellosis that is...

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Stressed Aquifers Around the Globe – NYTimes.com

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I’ll explore this a little more in my upcoming book but here is one more reason why I refer to our current food supply as “fossil food”. Not only are fossil fuels consumed but also fossil water. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/13/stressed-aquifers-around-the-globe/

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We’re tracking ahead of what we projected 30 years ago

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A retrospective on what we knew about anthropogenic climate change 30 years ago. The projections made then have turned out to be conservative. We’re warming faster than projected and ice is melting faster than projected. A little sobering. OK a LOT sobering. <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/OmpiuuBy-4s” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>

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First Multi-coloured Lamb!

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First Multi-coloured Lamb!

We’ve been working for a number of years to eliminate the environmentally damaging aspects of dyeing wool. We think we’ve almost succeeded. The lamb pictured at right is the first GMO lamb successfully expressing a gene for multi-colourism in it’s wool. We isolated the gene from a bird of paradise and inserted it in the embryo of this lamb. We need to work some more on getting solid colours but this is a good start. It will be interesting to see what we get when we cross this ram with our white ewes.

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Archives of Toxicology – Roundup Toxicity

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Academic paper demonstrating cytotoxic and genotoxic effects fo Roundup     http://www.springerlink.com/content/62n6007449g75742/

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Video Explanation of Basic Mechanisms of Antibiotic Resistance in Bacteria

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Here’s a short video that does a good job of explaining how antibiotic resistance is created and then transferred between species of bacteria. As you watch the video remember that almost 80% of antibiotics consumed in North America are given to animals in agriculture and most of them are used at sub-therapeutic doses (doses low enough to only kill part of the population). Additionally, everything we touch is covered in bacteria. Our bodies are covered in bacteria. Our intestines are full of bacteria. There is no escaping them. Thankfully, the vast majority of bacteria are not disease...

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