Putting the Squeeze on Farming



Lawyer Alexis Baden-Mayer is Political Director of the Organic Consumers Association, a US-based organisation advocating for consumers’ rights to safe, healthful food and other products; a just food and farming system; and a biodiversity-rich environment, free of pollutants. One of the many programmes she coordinates is the Real Farms Not Fake Food campaign. Its two interlocking aims are:

  • to stop mega-corporations, through the World Economic Forum (WEF), driving farmers off their land, and
  • to stop the replacement of natural foods with synthetic, genetically engineered molecules.

During Better Way Today on 4 March 2024, Alexis traced the historical roots of these issues with World Council for Health (WCH) Steering Committee member, Christof Plothe DO. In Part 1 of this two-part article we learn about efforts since the 1940s to reduce the number of small farms in the USA. Part 2 deals with concerns about synthetic foods.

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The ‘war on farmers’ that we see playing out in many countries is nothing new. Today the excuse may be mitigating damage to the environment from cow farts and nitrogen emissions, and the squeeze may be related to crippling emissions targets and legislation. But for decades farmers have been stuck in a debt trap, not being paid what it actually costs to produce the food and having to rely on bank loans and ever-declining government subsidies to stay in business.

Alexis identified the source of the problem as corporate control. In the USA the problem originated shortly before the end of World War II, when an industry lobby – the Committee for Economic Development – pressured Roosevelt’s federal government administration to get rid of what they called ‘surplus farms’. According to them, two-thirds of the existing six million farms were not producing at a high enough level to make them ‘worthwhile’ in the new hyper-industrialised system of agriculture they wanted to establish after the war. Their lobbying was so successful that, of the six million farms at the end of World War II, fewer than two million remain today. Alexis comments:

This wasn’t an accident, and it wasn’t the invisible hand of the marketplace. It was the corporations saying, we want to farm differently  and these small-scale farms are going to get in the way of that. 

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Two programmes that have helped to reduce the number of small producers and pave the way for replacing real farms with fake food have been federal meat inspection and mandating milk pasteurisation.

At the turn of the 20th Century, there were serious concerns about big meat-packing companies, with scandals including dangerous working conditions and companies selling tainted meat to the United States government. The largest companies figured out how to turn this situation to their advantage; instead of fighting regulation, they made regulation work for them. Since the late 1800s when meat inspections began, this could be done at local and state levels, as well as at the federal level. But in 1967 the Wholesome Meat Act declared that meat could not be sold unless it was slaughtered and processed at a facility inspected by federal regulators. This benefited the big meat packers but caused thousands of small-scale slaughterhouses to close, which also affected the butchers who relied upon them. Within 50 years the number of slaughterhouses in the USA shrank from about 10,000 to fewer than 3,000,  with negative impacts on farming operations. In Pennsylvania, the contrast is clear, with meat production continuing to benefit from the presence of small-scale Amish farmers and slaughterhouses.

A factor contributing to the loss of four million farms after World War II was mandating the pasteurisation of milk and making it illegal for farmers to sell raw milk directly to consumers. In 1948 Michigan became the first state to outlaw unpasteurised milk. Strangely, this did not start in big cities like Chicago or New York where there might have been a greater likelihood of problems with industrial dairies producing tainted milk. Instead, it started in a region where it would impact farmers directly. By 1987, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a regulation that prohibited the interstate sale of raw milk.

In addition to putting the squeeze on small farmers, these measures started slowly laying the groundwork for the replacement of milk and meat with fake food. Indeed, the vision that synthetic foods might one day replace the need for farms had been predicted long before by chemists such as Marcelin Barthelot (1827-1907) in France who proposed an end to farming if it proved cheaper and better to manufacture the same materials than to grow them.

Those who are committed to the Better Way know how important small farms are. We envisage a future where family farms remain an integral part of our lives. There is much we can do to secure this future: let’s get to know our local farmers, buy food directly from them using cash, and in this way build resilient local economies.

There are many organisations that can provide guidance and support. The Organic Consumers Association helped to create Regeneration International, which produces a regenerative farm map to help people find local meat and milk producers. Other US organisations involved in expanding access to local farmers and food include the Weston A. Price Foundation and the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund.

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Chlorine Dioxide & Electro-Molecular Medicine: A New & Hopeful Paradigm

Chlorine Dioxide & Electro-Molecular Medicine: A New & Hopeful Paradigm


During the Covid-19 event, establishment forces made it their business to ensure that the public was denied access to existing safe, effective, and affordable treatments, while waiting for ‘the vaccine’ to save the day. We all remember how Ivermectin was smeared by the media and banned by regulatory bodies. Another compound that suffered an early fall from grace was chlorine dioxide; as soon as it was mentioned by Donald Trump, the media mocked him loudly for ‘injecting bleach’. In 2024, the war against chlorine dioxide continues. Dr Tess Lawrie caught up with Dr Andreas Kalcker, a biophysicist who has spent the past 17 years researching chlorine dioxide, to set the record straight.


Dr Tess Lawrie in conversation with Dr Andreas Kalcker about Chlorine Dioxide Solution (CDS)

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Our cells are based on electricity, or electrons moving within the cell that are able to create 100,000 chemical reactions per second in each cell!”

Conventional medicine is fixated on treating symptoms with pharmaceuticals (i.e. chemicals). As a Biophysicist, Dr. Kalcker recognises the limitations of this biochemical view of physiology and medicine, which ignores the electrical nature of energy production in our cells. More fundamental than molecules are sub-atomic particles – protons and electrons – and it is this perspective that makes what Dr Kalcker calls ‘electro-molecular medicine’, not just an ‘alternative’ to allopathic medicine but a truly novel and innovative approach.

Chlorine dioxide has been used to purify water for over 100 years, but it is now also used internally. Many people are wary of chlorine dioxide, confusing it with bleach or chorine. Dissolved in water, it forms Chlorine Dioxide Solution (CDS), a yellow gas in liquid that breaks down to oxygen and harmless chloride ions (as in table salt).

On the other hand, bleach is a transparent solution of sodium hypochlorite, which should definitely not be taken internally. Chlorine dioxide is also not molecular chlorine, which consists of two chlorine atoms and exists as a corrosive gas.


.Chlorine dioxide is a completely different molecule from either bleach or chlorine.

Chlorine dioxide is known as an oxidant, and oxidants have a bad reputation, as they can damage cells through the production of free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS). But Dr Kalcker points out that viewing oxidation as something negative is irrational; it is a natural and necessary process of life that needs to be better understood and optimised.

Oxidants can be toxic or helpful in the body – it depends on voltage differences. Fluorine, for example, is a toxic oxidant due to its very high voltage (2,870 mV) and hydroxyl groups (OH-) that harm the cells. Our cells work best at voltages between 1,000 and 1,500 mV, and oxygen – an oxidant essential to life – falls within this range. At the lower end of the range, chlorine dioxide, with a voltage of 940 mV, does not produce hydroxyl groups and is safe for human cells; however, it destroys bacteria, fungi, and heavy metals, which have lower voltages and are therefore oxidised.

What’s interesting is that chlorine dioxide can work both as both an oxidant (neutralising pathogens) and an antioxidant (reducing damaging hydroxyl groups). It therefore plays the role of a modulator, restoring electrical charges within a voltage range that is perfect for the human cell.

Dr Kalcker has come to view illness as a lack of energy related to poor mitochondrial function and metabolic acidosis. He sees chlorine dioxide as helping to address this by providing the cells with oxygen. While oxygen is normally transported to the tissues in red blood cells, chlorine dioxide is so tiny (three atoms only) that it can diffuse anywhere in the body. In effect, the chloride ion is the carrier that takes oxygen to tissues with an acidic pH and releases millions of oxygen molecules, supporting the cells to produce energy, and therefore to heal.

Despite mainstream media denials, large clinical trials during the Covid-19 period showed that CDS was highly efficacious in treating and preventing Covid-19 disease. A study of over 1,000 patients showed 99.3% efficacy, with recovery within only four days compared with nearly a month with standard treatments. While six percent of patients experienced minor side effects (dry mouth, headaches), there were no adverse effects. Another clinical trial of 1,000 people living with patients infected with coronavirus was over 98% effective prophylactically. One of the most exciting findings was that a number of people treated with CDS found that other serious conditions resolved, including high blood pressure, diabetes, and even end-stage cancers. Dr Kalcker feels that CDS and its mechanisms of action represent the biggest discovery in medicine over the past hundred years.  

How do you make CDS?

CDS is a concentrated 0.3% aqueous solution of chlorine dioxide with a neutral pH, lacking sodium chlorite (NaClO2). For step-by-step instructions on how to produce it yourself, see the video of Dr Kalcker’s protocol.

When we’re stuck in a well-established paradigm, it’s really hard to embrace radical change. Being sceptical of unfamiliar ideas is normal! But just as a shipbuilder working on one of Columbus’s caravels would never have imagined flying from the Old World to the New World in a winged metal tube, so we need to be willing to unlearn much of what we know in order to create a Better Way for medicine. Electro-molecular medicine offers many insights to help us forge a path beyond Big Pharma-captured medicine, which has clearly lost its way.

While there are still many aspects that need to be explored further when it comes to Chlorine Dioxide, the results seen thus far have indeed been promising.

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New Law Would Make COVID Vaccine Makers Liable for Injuries, Deaths in US


This article was originally published by The Defender — Children’s Health Defense’s News & Views Website.

New Law Would Make COVID Vaccine Makers Liable for Injuries, Deaths in US


Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) on Tuesday introduced a bill that would allow Americans to sue the manufacturers of COVID-19 vaccines for vaccine-related adverse events, including deaths by removing the vaccine makers’ liability shield.

The Let Injured Americans Be Legally Empowered Act, or the LIABLE Act, would “allow Americans who took vaccines that were misleadingly promoted and forced onto many Americans via federal mandates to pursue civil litigation for their injuries,” according to a summary of the bill publicized by Fox News.

“These vaccines were given emergency use authorization unilaterally and did not go through the normal FDA [U.S. Food and Drug Administration] approval process,” the summary stated.

Commenting on the proposed legislation, Children’s Health Defense (CHD) President Mary Holland said:

“The damages and fatalities caused by the COVID-19 vaccine demand accountability. This legislation represents a critical milestone in rectifying these injustices and paving the way for a more accountable future. This legislation is crucial for holding vaccine manufacturers accountable.”

CHD is among the organizations supporting the legislation.

According to Roy’s office, “COVID-19 vaccines are considered ‘countermeasures’ under the Public Readiness and Preparedness (PREP) Act, which broadly shields their manufacturers from civil liability related to losses stemming from the vaccines.”

“Instead, injured Americans must seek relief under the onerous Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program (CICP) — but only 11 COVID-19-related claims have been paid out of CICP.”

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Holland said the CICP is “wholly inadequate and inconsistent with constitutional principles in providing just redress.”

The proposed legislation would remove all federal liability protections for the COVID-19 vaccine, preserve the ability of injured Americans to access pre-existing compensation programs, such as the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), and would be retroactive, allowing Americans vaccinated and injured before the bill’s passage to sue.

In a statement, Roy said, “The long train of abuses committed by the government and public health establishment in response to COVID-19 will continue to impact the American people for years to come.”

As a result, Roy said he is “introducing the LIABLE Act to empower Americans to remove crony federal liability protections for COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers and empower injured Americans. The American people deserve justice for the infringement on their personal medical freedom and those medically harmed deserve restitution.”

React19, a nonprofit organization that advocates on behalf of vaccine injury victims, also welcomed the proposed legislation. Dr. Joel Wallskog, a Wisconsin orthopedic surgeon who no longer practices due to injuries he sustained from the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, is co-chair of the organization. He told The Defender:

“React19 supports the LIABLE Act. The COVID-19 public health emergency ended in 2023. Despite this, pharmaceutical companies, the government, and health care organizations are still protected from all liability through the PREP Act until at least Dec. 31, 2024.

“This blanket immunity provided by the PREP Act robs the American public injured by the COVID-19 shots of their right to due process and jury trial. We are relegated to CICP, which is an obvious failure.”

According to Fox News, the PREP Act “limits liability for the manufacturing, development and distribution of medical countermeasures related to a public health emergency.” COVID-19 vaccines were distributed in the U.S. on this basis.

In turn, the PREP Act created CICP, “which has a one-year statute of limitations and only provides compensation in the event of death or serious injury,” Fox News reported. As a result, COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers “are mostly immune from civil lawsuits, even if those seeking money damages have medical proof of their vaccine-related injuries.”

“Millions of Americans were forced to take a COVID-19 shot out of fear of losing their livelihoods and under false pretenses,” Roy told Fox News on Tuesday, contrasting the 11 claims compensated by CICP with the 700 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines which have been administered in the U.S.

Wallskog said CICP “has a 98% denial rate” and, as of Jan. 1, has issued a total “of about $41,000” for the 11 claims it has compensated — an average of approximately $3,700 per claim.

Ray Flores, senior outside counsel for CHD, is an expert on the PREP Act and CICP. He told The Defender he “would be thrilled” to see PREP Act manufacturer protection removed. “Someday, hindsight will show this was absolutely necessary,” Flores said.

Flores noted that U.S. government guarantees made to vaccine manufacturers early during the pandemic prohibited the government from “using or authorizing COVID-19 vaccine” unless they were “protected from liability under a declaration issued under the PREP Act, or a successor COVID-19 PREP Act declaration of equal or greater scope.”

“If this bill proceeds, this will be the battleground,” Flores said.

Big Pharma did not welcome the proposed legislation. In a statement shared with Fox News, Andrew Powaleny, senior director of public affairs for PhRMA [Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America], an industry trade group, said:

“COVID-19 has been a reminder of why we need safe and effective vaccines. All vaccines, including those for COVID-19, are subject to a rigorous safety and efficacy review process and post-market monitoring.

“By upending the existing liability framework manufacturers rely upon to provide predictable vaccine development, our ability to address future public health threats will be at risk.”

But other experts disagreed. Writing Tuesday in The Blaze, commentator and author Daniel Horowitz asked, “Should a product that is completely funded, marketed, monopolized, and then mandated by government be less liable than Toyota is for its airbags?”

Horowitz added, “Ideally, the NCVIA [the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986] and the PREP Act should be repealed entirely.”

Still, he welcomed Roy’s proposed legislation. “Giving consumers their day in court will be the perfect way to sort out whether Pfizer’s and Moderna’s products are as safe and effective as they claim,” he wrote.

“It’s highly likely that tens of millions of people are currently without recourse for compensation from a product that was fraudulently foisted upon the American people by these companies in collusion with the federal government,” Horowitz said. “Knowing that, Roy’s bill comes as welcome relief.”

According to Fox News, “Roy has led the charge against those vaccine mandates, including leading efforts to roll back COVID-19 vaccine mandates in the U.S. military.”

Co-sponsors of the bill include Reps. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), Josh Brecheen (R-Okla.), Eric Burlison (R-Mo.), Michael Cloud (R-Texas), Warren Davidson (R-Ohio), Bob Good (R-Va.), Clay Higgins (R-La.), Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), Mary Miller (R-Ill.), Barry Moore (R-Utah), Ralph Norman (R-S.C.), Randy Weber (R-Texas), Troy Nehls (R-Texas), Andy Harris (R-Md.), Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Eli Crane (R-Ariz.), Russ Fulcher (R-Idaho), Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) and Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.).

“Americans injured by the COVID-19 shots deserve better,” Wallskog said. “They did what they thought was the right thing for themselves, their families and the nation. Now, they are left abandoned. This legislation gives them a chance at fair and just compensation.”

“The time has come for our nation to recognize these injuries and allow them legal recourse,” he added.

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This article was written by Michael Nevradakis, Ph.D. and originally published by The Defender — Children’s Health Defense’s News & Views Website under Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. Please consider subscribing to The Defender or donating to Children’s Health Defense.

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