Posted by: Ben | March 3, 2010

This site is moving

I will no longer be hosting this site on wordpress.com.  It will now be moved to lafayette-wapf.com.  I’ll see you over there.

Posted by: Ben | February 8, 2010

WHOLE FOODS PROMOTES MILITANT VEGETARIAN AGENDA

I received this press release from the national office of the Weston A Price Foundation.

WHOLE FOODS PROMOTES MILITANT VEGETARIAN AGENDA
Has the Upscale Market Outlived Its Usefulness?

WASHINGTON, DC. February 3, 2010:  Whole Foods Markets has launched a nationwide “Health Starts Here” marketing scheme that endorses a low-fat, vegetarian diet, with promises that the diet will “improve health easily and naturally.” The plan promotes the books and private business ventures of Joel Fuhrman, MD, and Rip Esselstyn, both of whom worked with Whole Foods to formulate the new guidelines. Customers now receive a pamphlet urging them to adopt a low-fat, plant-based diet and to cut back or completely eliminate animal foods.  Many Whole Foods stores no longer sell books advocating consumption of meat, eggs and dairy products.

The plan will feature new Aggregate Nutrient Density Index (ANDI) labels for foods in the store; the index is designed to make plant foods to appear “nutrient dense” by favoring various phytonutrients in plants and ignoring many vitamins and minerals essential to health. “Whole Foods has stacked the deck against animal foods by choosing ANDI parameters that do not include a host of key nutrients, such as vitamins A, D and K, DHA, EPA arachidonic acid, taurine, iodine, biotin, pantothenic acid, and vital minerals like sodium, chloride, potassium, sulfur, phosphorus, copper, manganese, boron, molybdenum and chromium,” says Sally Fallon Morell, president of the Weston A. Price Foundation. “Many of the phytochemicals that Fuhrman includes in the index he developed for Whole Foods play no essential role in the body and may even be harmful.”

“Animal foods like meat, liver, butter, whole milk and eggs contain ten to one hundred times more vitamins and minerals than plant foods,” says Fallon Morell. “Plant foods add variety and interest to the human diet but in most circumstances do not qualify as ‘nutrient-dense’ foods.”

“For years before becoming deathly ill, I followed the dietary suggestions in the Whole Foods plan,” said Kathryne Pirtle, author of Performance without Pain. “I ate large amounts of organic salads, vegetables and fruits, lots of whole grains, only a little meat and no animal fat. I had chronic pain for twenty-five years on this diet, then acid reflux, then a serious inflammation in my spine followed by chronic diarrhea. Without switching to nutrient-dense animal foods, including eggs, butter and whole dairy products, not only would I have lost my national career as a performing artist, I would have died at forty-five years old! I am not alone in this story of ill health from a low-fat, plant-based diet, which does not supply a person with enough nutrients to be healthy and can be very damaging to the intestinal tract.”

“Consumers can send a message about Whole Foods’ misinformed scheme by voting with their feet,” says Fallon Morell.  “Most major grocery store chains now carry basic organic staples and a larger array of organic fruits and vegetables than Whole Foods markets. And citizens should purchase seasonal produce  and their meat, eggs and dairy products directly from farmers engaged in non-toxic and grass-based farming. It’s not appropriate for Whole Foods to promote a scheme that has no scientific basis and that bulldozes their customers towards the higher profit items in their stores.” The local chapters of the Weston A. Price Foundation help consumers connect with farmers raising animal foods in humane, healthy and ecologically friendly fashion.

“The growing emphasis on plant-based diets deficient in animal protein also serves to promote soy foods as both meat and dairy substitutes,” says Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD, CCN, author of The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America’s Favorite Health Food.   “Soy is not only one of the top eight allergens but has been linked in more than sixty years of studies to malnutrition, digestive distress, thyroid dysfunction, reproductive disorders including infertility, and even cancer, especially breast cancer.”

“Low-fat patients are my most unhealthy patients,” says John P. Salerno, MD, a board certified family physician from New York City. “The reason we are spiraling into diabetes and obesity is because of the low-fat concept developed by the U.S government decades ago. Low-fat diets have a low nutrient base, and phytonutrients in vegetables cannot be properly absorbed without fat.”

Fallon Morell cites recent studies from Europe showing that low-fat diets promote weight gain in both children and adults, and also contribute to infertility. A meta-analysis published January, 2010 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found no significant evidence that saturated fat consumption is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

“Whole Foods CEO John Mackay has stated that eating animal fats amounts to an addiction. But in fact, animal fats are essential for good health,” says Fallon Morell. “The nutrients in animal fats, such as vitamins A, D and K, arachidonic acid, DHA, choline, cholesterol and saturated fat, are critical for brain function. In the misguided war against cholesterol and saturated fat, we have created an epidemic of learning disorders in the young and mental decline in the elderly.”

“Perhaps the vegetarian diet has affected the thinking powers of Whole Foods management,” says Fallon Morell. “It’s time for the stockholders to insist on leadership devoted to increasing customer base, not promoting a personal vegetarian agenda.”

Posted by: Ben | January 16, 2010

January Chapter Meeting

The next chapter meeting will be held on January 28th at my apartment.  The topic of this chapter meeting will be making sauerkraut.  Non members are welcome to attend contact me if you have any questions or would like any information.

Date: Thursday January 28, 7:00 PM

Location:  1155 Anthrop DR APT 8, West Lafayette, IN

Contact with questions: 812-239-7073 or compbody@gmail.com

Posted by: Ben | November 6, 2009

November chapter meeting

The next chapter meeting will be on November 15th.  We will meet at noon and I will provide a light lunch.  We will discuss activities our chapter could do and what people would like to learn.
The chapter meeting will be held at my apartment.  My address is 1155 Anthrop Drive, Apartment 8, West Lafayette.  My phone number is 812-239-7073.  Feel free to call me if you are having trouble finding my place or if you have any questions.
Posted by: Ben | September 4, 2009

Chapter Meeting

Do you want to meet local people interested in Weston Price’s nutrition ideals?  Come to the chapter meeting next weekend.

No membership is required and a  light meal will be provided. We will meet in my apartment.  Give me a call (812) 239-7073 if you have any questions.

Details:

  • Date: September 13
  • Time: 12:00 noon
  • Location: 1155 Anthrop Drive, Apartment 8
  • Contact: 812-239-7073
Posted by: Ben | July 29, 2009

Fab Ferments

Fab Ferments
They sell lacto-fermented vegetables and sauerkraut at different farmers markets.
Madison, IN
e-mail:  rawkraut@fabferments.com
website  www.fabferments.com

Posted by: Ben | July 7, 2009

HR 2749 update

HR2749, the “Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009” has passed out of committee and is now on the floor of the house.  As you can see from the FAQs below, this bill would be an absolute disaster for small farms and artisan food production.

Defeating this bill is our most urgent priority at the moment.  Please take a moment to read the Frequently Asked Questions below and then proceed with the Action items as best you are able.  We will need the concerted efforts of thousands to defeat this dismal piece of legislation.

More HR 2749 information is posted through links athttp://tinyurl.com/mnm34s

Anyone with additional questions is encouraged to contact the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund directly by calling 703-208-3276 or emailinginfo@farmtoconsumer.org
Sincerely,
Sally Fallon Morell

ACTIONS TO TAKE

1.  Call Your Representatives
Personal contact is an effective way to change hearts and minds. To find your representatives, use the finder tool at www.Congress.org or call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. When contacting your representatives, use examples from the FAQs to explain your opposition to HR 2749.

2.  Sign the Petition
HR 2749 has been moving quickly through Congress. If you have not already done so, please send a personal message to your legislators through the online petition “Oppose HR 2749” at   http://tinyurl.com/lwble7

3.  Donate to the Fund
Help the Fund continue its valuable service – helping small farmers and protecting your access to quality food. http://tinyurl.com/lja2vj

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
HR 2749 – Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009

NOTE:  Answers are based on the June 17 Waxman version that was accepted by voice vote of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.  Page references are noted per this version posted at  http://tinyurl.com/na33dz

Q1:  Does FDA have jurisdiction over INTRAstate commerce?

A1:  As a federal agency, the FDA has jurisdiction over INTERstate commerce. For example, the prohibited acts regarding adulteration and misbranding in the current Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) all refer to INTERstate commerce. However, the existing law states that “in any action to enforce the requirements of [FFDCA] . . . the connection with INTERstate commerce required for jurisdiction in such action shall be presumed to exist.” [1a]  Combined with court decisions addressing the connection between INTRAstate and INTERstate commerce, it is unclear what kind of showing defendants would have to make to rebut the presumption and avoid federal regulation. The agency’s regulatory power is limited to commerce, however, so non-commercial activities (such as growing your own vegetables for personal consumption) are not regulated.

Under current law, a business qualifying as a “food facility” must register with FDA, even if that business only engages in INTRAstate commerce. [1b]  In addition, the agency can inspect the records of a business that engages solely in INTRAstate commerce if there is a “reasonable belief that an article of food is adulterated and presents a threat of serious adverse health consequences or death to humans or animals.” [1c]

[1a]  21 USC 379(a)
[1b]  21 USC 350(d)
[1c]  21 USC 350(c)

Q2: Would HR 2749 expand the FDA’s regulation of INTRAstate commerce?

A2: Yes. Under HR 2749, FDA’s regulatory control over INTRAstate commerce would grow considerably.  The bill would allow for inspections of firms whose business is strictly within a State. [2a]  It would impose, among other requirements, a mandate for all firms in the food business to comply with national performance standards for various foods set by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). [2b]  It would also require most firms in the food business to establish a traceback system for their products, even if those products never cross State lines. [2c]

[2a]  Section 105(a)-pp. 42-43
[2b]  Section 103(b)-pp. 36-37
[2c]  Section 107(c)-p. 54

Q3:  I have a garden and sell produce at a road-side stand on my property.  Would HR 2749 apply to me?

A3:  Yes, you would now have to follow federally-established standards for growing produce. [3a] Produce not grown as required by these standards would be considered as adulterated under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). [3b] Further, you would be required to make your business records available to FDA inspectors. [3c] The inspectors would have the power to show up unannounced without a warrant to search your records without any evidence whatsoever that you have committed a violation of the law.  If you refuse to let the inspector see your records, you would be guilty of adulteration under FFDCA. [3d]

[3a]  Section 104(b)-pp. 38-41
[3b]  Section 104(a)-p. 38
[3c]  Section 106(a)-p. 48
[3d]  Section 207(a)-pp. 119-120

Q4:  I sell produce from my garden at a local farmers market, under HR 2749 would I have to register as a “food facility” with FDA?

A4:   Farms are exempt from the registration requirement under current law. [4a]  HR 2749 would not eliminate this exemption.  “Farm” is narrowly defined under current regulations [4b]; so, it is possible that many farms that have not registered in the past, could be required to do so if FDA has more resources at its disposal to enforce registration.

For example, a farm that sells vegetables straight from the garden (i.e., no processing) would not be a “food facility”.  If FDA strictly interprets the definition of “farm”, a farm that sells canned vegetables at the market would be a “food facility” because canning is considered “processing” under the law. [4c]  Under federal regulation, a farm that processes food would not be considered a “farm” for purposes of the registration requirement unless ALL of the processed food is consumed ON the farm. [4d]

Under HR 2749, those who sell vegetables from the garden at farmers markets would be required to follow federal standards for growing produce [4e]; and their business records would be subject to random warrantless searches by FDA inspectors even if the agency has no evidence of any violation of the law.  [4f-see Q3/A3 above]

[4a]  21 USC 350d
[4b]  21 CFR 1.227(3)
[4c]  21 CFR 1.227(6)
[4d]  21 CFR 1.227(3)
[4e]  Section 104(b)-pp. 38-41
[4f]  Section 106(a)-p. 48

Q5:  I own a bakery and sell my goods at a local farmers market, how would HR 2749 apply to me?

A5:  HR 2749 would apply to you in the following ways:

1 – Your bakery would qualify as a “food facility” and you would need to register with FDA each year [5a] and pay an annual fee ($500 in 2010 [5b], and increasing in future years as indexed for inflation [5c]).
2 – You would have to register in electronic format. [5d]
3 – You would be required to have a unique facility identifier number. [5e]
4 – You would be required to conduct an analysis identifying potential hazards at your food facility; and you must implement controls to prevent those hazards from occurring as well as a plan for what to do in the event that any do occur. [5f]
5 – If your products cross state lines, you must develop a FOOD SAFETY PLAN. [5g-also see Q6/A6 below]
6 – You would also be required to establish and maintain a system for tracing the food you produce.  It is uncertain at this point what this traceability system will require, but the requirements are likely to be extensive.
[5h]

[5a]  Section 101(b)-p. 6 [4b]  Section 101(b)-p. 13
[5c]  Section 101(c)-p. 14
[5d]  Section 101(b)-p. 7
[5e]  Section 206(a)-p. 118
[5f]  Section 102(a)-p. 21
[5g]  Section 102, sec 418A(a)-p. 28
[5h]  Section 107(c)-p. 54-58

Q6:  What will a FOOD SAFETY PLAN involve?

A6:  Your FOOD SAFETY PLAN would have to include a hazard analysis that identifies potential hazards in your operation.  The plan must also include descriptions of a variety of procedures you follow to prevent hazards from occurring and corrective actions to take if any does occur.  In addition, you would need to describe your procedures for recordkeeping, conducting recalls, and traceback.  Further, the plan must include how you ensure a “safe and secure food supply chain” for the items and ingredients you use as well as how you implement any science-based performance standards required by FDA. [6a]

[6a]  Section 102, sec 418A(b)-pp. 29-30

Q7:  I have read a summary of HR 2749 and am alarmed by the provision giving the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) the power to quarantine any geographic area within the country.  How broad is this power?

A7:  Under HR 2749, the HHS Secretary would have the power to prohibit ALL MOVEMENT of ALL FOOD within a geographic area.  No court order is needed to exercise this power.  The Secretary only has to notify the appropriate official of the State(s) affected and issue a public announcement. [7a]

[7a]  Section 133(b)-pp. 98-99

Q8:  I am a raw milk consumer.   Is it true that under HR 2749 would give FDA the power to institute a complete ban on the sale of raw milk?

A8:  Yes, HR 2749 requires the HHS Secretary to issue “science-based performance standards . . . applicable to foods or food classes.”  The Secretary is to “identify the most significant foodborne contaminants and the most significant resulting hazards . . . and to minimize to an acceptable level, prevent or eliminate the occurrence of such hazards.” [8a]  FDA would have the power to make pasteurization of all raw milk a performance standard.  Based on both its public statements and its record of taking enforcement actions against farmers, FDA is vehemently opposed to the consumption of raw milk and would like to ban its distribution.

Even if FDA does not issue a performance standard requiring pasteurization, the likelihood is that if HR 2749 passes into law, the agency will be increasing its enforcement actions against raw milk producers whose products cross state lines.  FDA has indicated that raw milk is a priority item with the agency; with the passage of HR 2749, it would have much greater resources to go after raw milk than it did before.  FDA could take enforcement action directly or through state agencies funded by FDA.

The way to stop this threat is to support HR 778, a bill that would, in effect, end the ban on raw milk for human consumption in interstate commerce. [8b]  If you have not already done so, contact your Representative and Senators asking them to co-sponsor and/or vote for HR 778.  You may send a message to them through the petition service by clicking on “Support HR 778 Now” at http://tinyurl.com/lwble7

[8a]  Section 103(b)-p. 37
[8b]  21 CFR 1240.61

Q9:  I purchase products from an Amish producer who has said he would not register his facility because the electronic filing requirement violates his religious beliefs.  What are the criminal and civil penalties he could be facing if he is charged with violating the law?

A9:  Under HR 2749, failing to register a food facility would constitute “misbranding.” [9a] If any of the “misbranded” products are introduced or “delivered for introduction into interstate commerce”, the producer could be sentenced to up to ten years and be assessed criminal fines. [9b] Under HR 2749, anyone knowingly violating certain prohibitions contained in the FFDCA such as the prohibition against introducing adulterated or misbranded food in interstate commerce, could face these penalties.

In addition, the Amish producer could be facing substantial civil penalties.   Under HR 2749, any individual who knowingly violates a provision of section 331 of FFDCA (prohibited acts) relating to food, can be fined up to $100,000; a corporation can be fined up to $7.5 million. [9c]

[9a]  Section 101(a)-p. 6
[9b]  Section 134-p. 100
[9c]  Section 135(a)-p. 101

Q10:  I’m a farmer who sells products direct to consumers.  I want to protect the privacy of those who purchase from me and do not want to turn over to FDA any customer information I have in my records.  What are the potential penalties if I refuse?

A10:  Under HR 2749, FDA would have access to all records relating to the food producer’s distribution of products.  Failing to provide records to FDA would constitute adulteration. [10a]   The criminal penalty for refusing access to records would be up to ten years imprisonment. [10b]  The civil fines could be up to $100,000 for an individual and $7.5 million for a corporation. [10c]

[10a]  Section 207(a)-pp. 119-120
[10b]  Section 134-p. 100
[10c]  Section 135(a)-p. 101

More HR 2749 information is posted through links athttp://tinyurl.com/mnm34s

Posted by: Ben | June 16, 2009

New site

I decided to host this site on wordpress.com instead of off godaddy.com.  I may have lost a couple of comments in the transition though.  Sorry if that happened to you.

Posted by: Ben | May 30, 2009

Update on first chapter meeting

This is just a reminder that the first Lafayette/West Lafayette chapter meeting will be held next Saturday. You do not need to be a member of the Weston Price Foundation to attend the meeting.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Details

  • Date:  June 6
  • Time: 5:00 PM
  • Location:  1155 Anthrop, APT 8
  • Bring: yourself
  • Contact Information:  812-239-7073, compbody@gmail.com
Posted by: Ben | May 17, 2009

Cooley Family Farm

The Cooley farm sells vegetables and allows you to order them online.  They have a selection of vegetables for sale throughout the year. You can contact them by phone:  765-296-8834, e-mail, or visit their website at cooleyfamilyfarm.com.

Location:

24 N. 900 E.
Lafayette, IN 47905

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