I’ve left the title blank for now, as not sure what I’ll write about.
It’s feeling like a challenge sometimes to deal with items my mother has taken care of most of her life… Like paying house bills, laundry, etc. I’m learning her systems and not sure how long I will be doing it.
And there’s been a few times, like yesterday (10-27) when I went to see her in the ICU and she looked very out of it (due to pain killing drugs), but did perk up when I touched her and when Dad spoke with her (via iPhone speaker). Then the nurses moved her and she screamed out in pain… That was a challenge. Hearing and seeing that. I did weep profusely when that happened. Seeing that was so hard for my Spirit.
But then today I learned that she had been moved out of the ICU to a standard room, and some things had returned to more “normal” levels.
I’m just not sure what will happen with her. I know at some level, it’s her choice. And the Guidance of her Angelic Guides as well.
All in all I’m in uncharted waters right now, and any ideas about returning to the islands now feel like they are drifting away. They’re being replaced with how I’m going to allow this new phase of my life here… with the parents, to unfold.
Yet the crisp cold air I felt today during one of my two walks really resonated with my Inner Spirit. Part of me feels much more “alive” here than in Kona. We’re likely to have the first snow during the next couple nights.
The Light, the Inner Light, shows the way. It always has, and always will.
(Natural News) A far-left magazine recently published its list of “The Most Powerful Women in Washington,” highlighting 150 examples of females whom the world should worship simply because they have female reproductive organs and occupy positions of power in society. But there’s another glaring problem with this list: two of its entries are actually biological…
Some might call it an obsession, others a passion, but the quest to achieving a perfectly manicured green lawn is one shared by a significant number of Americans. One survey found that 81% of Americans have a lawn,1 which necessitate an extreme amount of resources, both financial and in the form of sweat equity, to maintain.
What has become a symbol of the American dream is, however, more of a tragedy. The Washington Post even described lawns as a “soul-crushing timesuck” that most of us are better off without,2 and this isn’t too far off. What is even worse than the thankless hours they demand for maintenance, however, is the damage they’re doing to the environment, one yard at time.
Why Lawns Are an ‘Ecological Disaster’
Gizmodo recently pinned lawns as an “ecological disaster,”3 citing native gardening writer Sara Stein, who summed up the problems with lawns rather succinctly:4
“Continual amputation is a critical part of lawn care. Cutting grass regularly — preventing it from reaching up and flowering — forces it to sprout still more blades, more rhizomes, more roots, to become an ever more impenetrable mat until it is what its owner has worked so hard or paid so much to have: the perfect lawn, the perfect sealant through which nothing else can grow—and the perfect antithesis of an ecological system.”
The large swaths of chemical- and water-intensive grass span 163,800 km2, or 40.47 million acres, in the U.S., which is an area three times larger than any irrigated crop.5 Lawns, which are mowed so often that they’re unable to produce even seeds, do little to support local wildlife and are so barren, environmentally speaking, that some experts compare them to concrete.6
While using up valuable land that could otherwise grow native plants and even weeds, which are popular food sources for pollinators, lawns soak up fertilizers and pesticides at an alarming rate. Gizmodo noted:
“We also dump roughly 10 times more fertilizer on our lawns than on crops, notes Columbia’s Earth Institute.
These fertilizers and the 67 million pounds of pesticides with which we drench our lawns ever year degrade, releasing compounds like nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas 298 times more potent than CO2. Potential damages from agricultural fertilizer runoff alone were estimated by one study to cost $157 billion annually.”
According to the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) serving the Kansas City metropolitan area, 67 million pounds of pesticides are used on U.S. lawns every year, and 580 million gallons of gasoline are used in lawnmowers. “A gas-powered lawn mower pollutes as much in one hour as 40 automobiles driving,” MARC noted.7
Lawns present problems both above and below the surface. Native plants, with their deep root systems, absorb and retain water better than lawns, which have shallower roots. Some common native plants can have roots that reach down nearly 16 feet, while common turf grass has roots that are only inches deep.8 Rather than soaking into the earth, rainwater runs off lawns, carrying chemicals into nearby waterways.
Massive Impact on Water Scarcity
New York Times author Michael Pollan was one of the first to tackle the absurdity of the pursuit of lush green lawns — which he says are a “symbol of everything that’s wrong with our relationship to the land”9 — over environmentally friendly and productive landscapes like vegetable gardens, meadows or orchards. It was 1989 when Pollan wrote in The New York Times, “Why Mow?” adding:10
“Lawns, I am convinced, are a symptom of, and a metaphor for, our skewed relationship to the land. They teach us that, with the help of petrochemicals and technology, we can bend nature to our will. Lawns stoke our hubris with regard to the land. What is the alternative?
To turn them into gardens. I’m not suggesting that there is no place for lawns in these gardens or that gardens by themselves will right our relationship to the land, but the habits of thought they foster can take us some way in that direction.”
The issue of water usage on lawns is a major factor in why they’re so detrimental to the environment. According to the U.S. EPA, of the 320 gallons of water the average American family uses every day, 30% is for outdoor uses.
Of this, more than half goes toward watering lawns and gardens, with landscape irrigation estimated to make up nearly one-third of residential water use, an amount totaling nearly 9 billion gallons daily.11
Further, much of this water is wasted because it evaporates, runs off or is misdirected by the wind.12 Making matters worse, runoff from lawns treated with chemicals increases water pollution. On the opposite end of the spectrum, again, are native plants, which require little water to thrive. As noted by the EPA, “Once established, native plants require little water beyond normal rainfall.”13
Gizmodo added, “All America’s farmland consumes 88.5 million acre feet of water a year. Lawns, with a fraction of the land, drink an estimated two-thirds as much.”14
Artificial Turf Isn’t the Answer
Artificial turf eliminates some of the problems of grass, as it doesn’t require chemicals, watering or mowing. But synthetic turf, which is used as a grass replacement in parks, sports stadiums, schools and other areas across the U.S., poses another environmental threat in the form of PFAS chemicals.
In samples of synthetic turf grass tested by the Ecology Center, a nonprofit environmental research group, “unexplained levels of fluorine-based compounds” were detected.15
Polyfluoroalkyl or perfluoroalkyl chemicals (PFASs) include perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), one of the highly toxic chemicals used in the production of the Teflon-coated fabrics, and a similar chemical, perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS).
They’re sometimes called forever chemicals because they persist in the environment. As for health risks, those related to PFASs continue to grow. In May 2015, more than 200 scientists from 40 countries signed the Madrid Statement, which warns about the harms PFAS chemicals and documents the following potential health effects of exposure:16
Disruption of lipid metabolism, and the immune and endocrine systems
The ATSDR report further noted evidence of negative liver, cardiovascular, endocrine, immune, reproductive and developmental effects, while other studies have revealed subtle effects such as an increased risk of obesity in children when exposed in utero and lowered immune response.17
The pollution problems posed by existing synthetic turf and that that has been disposed has made it a source of controversy among environmental groups, and research has also pointed to the existence of cancer-causing chemicals, including benzene, in such products.18
More than 11,000 synthetic turf athletic fields exist in the U.S., along with more than 13,000 in Europe,19 and it’s estimated that 1,500 new synthetic turf fields may be installed annually in the U.S.20 While grass isn’t environmentally friendly, replacing it with artificial turf is only swapping one set of problems for another.
Embrace Gardens, Ditch Your Lawn
When it comes to your yard, the less lawn, the better. If you live in a neighborhood with an HOA and a societal expectation to keep a neatly manicured lawn, it may seem impossible to veer from this norm, but allowing nature to return to your yard is becoming more commonplace. According to Ed Osann, senior policy analyst and water efficiency project director with the National Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) Water program:21
“We’re on the cusp of a transition that will likely take place over the next 10 to 15 years, away from the conformity of mowed turf … We’re not declaring war on turf or suggesting that we remove every square foot of it. But we want to encourage people to think about whether there are places in their yards that can be converted to allow for a more diverse and sustainable landscape.”
NRDC describes four categories of no-mow yards, each of which offers benefits to wildlife:22
Unmowed turf grass that’s left to grow wild
Low-growing turf grasses that require little grooming
Native landscapes where turf is replaced with native plants and others that thrive locally
Yards were vegetable gardens and fruit-bearing trees replace turf
Your unmowed yard may contain a combination of these, such as a vegetable garden along with native plants and mowed grass pathways. Some HOAs may be appeased by swatches of manicured lawn bordering the unmowed areas, as it shows the design is intentional, not neglectful.
A number of organizations, including the National Wildlife Federation, Audubon Society, your local Department of Natural Resources and Monarchwatch, will certify your natural yard as a wildlife habitat, which may make you exempt from any HOA rules about mowing. You may even qualify for a property tax exemption.23
To get started, identify native plants that will thrive in your area, and start chipping away at your lawn little by little, gradually expanding the areas that cater to nature and provide you and your surrounding ecosystem with food while whittling away at those that do not.
In speaking with one woman who went against the tide and planted a native garden amongst a sea of lawns, naturalist Lianna Gomori-Ruben wrote in Medium:24
“Social norms are powerful. So is individual choice. Behind the conventional lawn lurks its hidden cost: the sacrifice of our wildlife heritage. But perhaps we can renegotiate these terms to find a new agreement. In our backyards and courtyards, we can choose to cultivate reciprocity with nature.”
Indeed, aside from the practical and environmental reasons to ditch your lawn is an intrinsic one that may speak to the undeniable connection humans have with the natural world. “Clara,” who took the leap and converted her lawn to a wildlife habitat, echoed this, stating:25
“The beauty feeds my soul … The wonder of nature never stops delighting me. I’m thrilled every year when I see a caterpillar — it never gets old. Each swallowtail butterfly is just as wonderful as the first. I feel rewarded that my damage to the planet is mitigated and am hopeful that it doesn’t take that much to undo it. Nature is forgiving if we let her.”
To get started, check out the Audubon’s native plants database,26 which allows you to enter your ZIP code for a list of the best native plants for your area, along with vegetables and fruits that appeal to you. No matter how big or small your yard is, you can make a difference by ditching your lawn and creating a natural refuge instead.
Since Bayer acquired Monsanto in 2018 for $63 billion, they’ve been grappling with lawsuits alleging their (formerly Monsanto’s) glyphosate-containing Roundup caused health problems, including cancer. Approximately 18,400 U.S. lawsuits from individuals alleging that glyphosate caused them to develop cancer have already been filed,1 but Bayer expects this to rise sharply.
In a written statement shared by Reuters, Bayer said, “With the substantial increase in plaintiff advertising this year, we expect to see a significant surge in the number of plaintiff filings over the third quarter.”
In August 2018, jurors ruled Monsanto must pay $289 million in damages to DeWayne “Lee” Johnson, a former school groundskeeper who claimed the company’s herbicide Roundup caused his terminal cancer.2 The award was later slashed to $78 million,3 but it signaled the beginning of a running trend in Roundup cancer lawsuits — one that was not missed by attorneys.
Advertisements rounding up people who may have been harmed by this ubiquitous chemical are plentiful, and analysts at JP Morgan suggested the number of glyphosate lawsuits may surpass 45,000.4
Will Glyphosate Lawsuits Reach a Settlement?
According to Bayer, the rise in glyphosate lawsuit filings “may reflect a campaign by plaintiffs’ lawyers and lead generators to increase the volume of plaintiffs as quickly as possible in connection with” settlement negotiations.
U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria5 ordered attorneys for Bayer and the plaintiffs to meet for settlement talks, appointing attorney Kenneth Feinberg as the mediator.6 Feinberg has been involved in dispute resolutions in a number of high-stakes cases, including for victims of September 11th and the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster.
Bayer said it will act in “good faith” and participate in the mediation, but initially said it doesn’t plan to negotiate until its appeals have run their course, a process that could take years. Bayer also continues to defend glyphosate’s safety, and said it expects U.S. appeals courts to reverse or “tone down” the first three court rulings they lost.7
After Johnson’s case, a judge ruled in favor of another plaintiff, Edwin Hardeman,8 who alleged his repeated exposures to Roundup, which he used to kill weeds on his 56-acre property, caused him to develop cancer.
Bayer was ordered to pay more than $80 million in this case, which also found Monsanto failed to warn consumers that the product carried a cancer risk. Hardeman was awarded $75 million in punitive damages, $5.6 million in compensatory damages and $200,000 for medical expenses, but a judge slashed the amount to $20 million.
When the compensatory damages are factored in, Bayer owes Hardeman $25,267,634, down from the original $80 million.9 In a similar trend, the third Monsanto Roundup case involved a married couple, Alva and Alberta Pilliod, who both developed Non-Hodgkin lymphoma after regular use of Roundup.
The jury ordered Bayer to pay $2 billion in punitive and compensatory damages,10 but the company appealed, asking the judge to throw out the verdict, claiming it wasn’t supported by the evidence.11 While the verdict wasn’t thrown out, the judge said the punitive damages, which make up the majority of the award, should be reduced.
Additional trials continue to be postponed until 2020, including the first set in the area of Monsanto’s former hometown, St. Louis, Missouri. According to U.S. Right to Know:12
“The mysterious delay of what was supposed to be a closely watched St. Louis showdown over claims that Monsanto’s Roundup herbicides cause cancer has stirred speculation that a settlement may be in the offing and heartened investors in Monsanto’s German owner Bayer, who feared a fourth trial loss.
The trial in St. Louis … was set to begin Aug. 19 and feature live testimony from several Monsanto executives subpoenaed by the legal team representing plaintiff Sharlean Gordon.
Gordon is one of roughly 18,000 plaintiffs suing Monsanto alleging not only that the company’s glyphosate-based herbicides cause Non-Hodgkin lymphoma and that the company knew about the risks but rather than warning users instead acted to suppress and manipulate scientific research.”
Internal Emails Show Monsanto Questioned Glyphosate’s Safety
To the public, Monsanto long stated that glyphosate was safe for people and the environment. Glyphosate — identified as a probable human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in 201513 — is now the most heavily used agricultural chemical in history. In 2016, Midwest farmers used an estimated 188.7 million pounds of glyphosate, a fortyfold increase from 1992.14
However, internal Monsanto emails released during the glyphosate trials paint a much more sordid picture, one in which Monsanto-affiliated scientists question the chemical’s safety. As reported by Medtruth:15
“In a 2014 email exchange, Monsanto toxicologist Donna Farmer warned a company spokesperson to not call glyphosate safe. ‘We cannot say it [glyphosate] is ‘safe’ … we can say history of safe use, used safely etc,’ Farmer wrote.
She encouraged the spokesperson to instead call the chemical ‘one of the most thoroughly tested herbicides,’ and one that ‘poses no unreasonable risks to people’ when used according to directions.”
Further, Monsanto consultants and epidemiologists specifically warned against stating there’s “no evidence” that glyphosate causes cancer, while company emails suggest Roundup had never been tested to see if it causes cancer in people, despite company claims that it was safe.
Germany to Ban Glyphosate by 2023
When the EU’s approval period for glyphosate ends in 2023, Germany announced it would be banning the chemical, with the phase-out starting even sooner.16 Germany’s decision to ban the chemical is based on its effects on insect populations, including pollinators that support the food supply.
Worldwide, more than 40% of insect species are threatened with extinction in the next few decades.17 Overall, the total mass of insects is said to be falling by a “shocking” 2.5% a year. If this rate continues unchecked, insects could disappear within 100 years.18
“It is very rapid. In 10 years you will have a quarter less, in 50 years only half left and in 100 years you will have none,” researcher Francisco Sánchez-Bayo, at the University of Sydney, Australia, told The Guardian. The study, published in Biological Conservation,19 is but one to suggest that chemicals like glyphosate could be harming insects.
Researchers cited compelling evidence that agricultural intensification is the main driver of population declines in birds, small mammals and insects. In order of importance, habitat loss due to land converted to intensive agriculture, as well as urbanization, are major problems.
The next most significant contributor named is pollution, primarily that from synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. For instance, a 2017 study published in the journal Ecography noted a strong connection between large-scale Monarch deaths and glyphosate application.20,21
The Guardian quoted Germany’s environment minister Svenja Schulze, who stated, “What harms insects also harms people … What we need is more humming and buzzing … a world without insects is not worth living in.”22
In the first phase of the ban, starting in 2020, glyphosate will be prohibited in city parks and private gardens. Use of glyphosate will also be banned in areas with rich biodiversity, such as grasslands, orchard meadows and some river and lake shores.23 Not surprisingly, Bayer objected to the ban, arguing glyphosate is “an important tool for ensuring both the sustainability and productivity of agriculture.”24
Glyphosate May Trigger Aggressive Breast Cancer
While the glyphosate trials heard so far have focused on Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, there is evidence that glyphosate may also cause other types of cancer, including breast cancer. Research published in Frontiers in Genetics found glyphosate exposure in low concentrations (in parts per trillion) may induce cancer in cells when combined with microRNA-182-5p (miR182-5p).25
MicroRNA-182-5p is a gene regulatory molecule found in everyone, and overexpression of the molecule has been linked to cancer. Michael Antoniou of King’s College London, who peer reviewed the study, stated, “These observations highlight for the first time a possible biomarker of glyphosate activity at the level of gene expression that could be linked with breast cancer formation.”26
Study author Sophie Lelièvre of Purdue’s College of Veterinary Medicine, added, “What was particularly alarming about the tumor growth was that it wasn’t the usual type of breast cancer we see in older women. It was the more aggressive form found in younger women, also known as luminal B cancer.”27
Stephanie Seneff, a senior research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has also noted that the increase in glyphosate usage in the U.S., as well as in Canada, is extremely well correlated with the concurrent increase in the incidence of multiple diseases, including breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, kidney cancer, thyroid cancer, liver cancer, bladder cancer and myeloid leukemia.28
Cut Your Glyphosate Exposure Now
If you’re still using glyphosate (found in Roundup and other formulations) in your yard, stopping is one simple way to reduce your exposure to this toxic chemical. To avoid glyphosate in your food, choose organic or biodynamically grown foods, which are neither genetically engineered nor sprayed with glyphosate as a desiccant. This includes foods such as oats, which are often contaminated with glyphosate residues.
Also, invest in a good water filtration system for your home to lower exposure that may occur via drinking water. If you’re interested, the Health Research Institute (HRI) in Iowa developed the glyphosate urine test kit, which will allow you to determine your exposure to this herbicide. They’re also in the process of doing hair testing for glyphosate, which is a better test for long-term exposure.
If it turns out that you have measurable levels of glyphosate in your body, Seneff shared some tips for detoxing glyphosate, including consuming organic, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar, as it contains acetobacter, one of the few substances known to break down glyphosate.
Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, who is a specialist in metal toxicity and its connection to chronic infections, also recommends taking 1 teaspoon (4 grams) of glycine powder twice a day for a few weeks and then lower the dose to one-fourth teaspoon (1 gram) twice a day. This forces the glyphosate out of your system, allowing it to be eliminated through your urine.
If you live in the U.S. and frequent Costco, you’re probably familiar with their $4.99 rotisserie chicken. It’s one of the standard items Costco sells that pull in repeat customers. As reported by CNN:1
“The chickens have become almost a cult item. 91 million were sold last year, double the number from a decade earlier. They have their own Facebook page with nearly 13,000 followers. So Costco is willing to go to extreme lengths to keep its chickens at $4.99.”
However, as with all foods raised in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), this cheap fare comes with steep, hidden costs. CAFOs are a primary contributor to several problems, including environmental pollution and antibiotic-resistant disease.
The fact that Costco is willing to go to great lengths to keep the price of its chicken at rock bottom means the problems associated with its CAFOs are likely to only get worse. As reported by CNN,2 Costco is now planning on opening its very own poultry complex in Fremont, Nebraska, which will allow it to “control the production process from farm to store.”
One of the stated reasons for Costco’s decision to invest in its own poultry operation is because they’re having trouble procuring the right size broilers. Rotisserie chickens need to be right around 6 pounds, and many CAFO chickens today can go as high as 7 or 8 pounds,3 which are too large for the rotisserie.
Chicken Farming Isn’t What It Used to Be
Critics have rightfully pointed out that Costco’s move to open a 400,000 square-foot chicken CAFO in Nebraska will have negative repercussions for the environment. When interviewed by CNN, Randy Ruppert, a Fremont environmental activist, pointed out the facility will produce toxic runoff such as ammonia and nitrates.
He rightfully refers to it as “degenerative farming,” which it is. CNN also highlights the unfair contract agreements involved. A vast majority of American chicken farmers work under a contract system that shifts the financial risks to the farmers while providing them with few benefits.
Contract farmers are responsible for building and maintaining the barns, while the companies supply the chicks and feed and set all the rules. As noted by Robert Taylor, Professor Emeritus of agricultural economics at Auburn University, this type of contract “essentially makes the farmer an indentured servant” or “chicken house janitor.”4
As reported in a 2018 article5 in The Atlantic, a chicken farmer will typically need to take out a large loan, often in excess of $1 million, to build the facilities. They must then raise the chickens according to the chicken company’s rules. Once the chickens are fully grown, they’re sent off to the chicken company’s processing facility for slaughtering, packaging and distribution.
For all of the work the farmer does, he or she may only be paid 5 to 6 cents per pound of meat, and he has virtually no say at all in how they raise, feed or care for the chickens. Jonathan Buttram, president of the Alabama Contract Poultry Growers Association, told The Atlantic that in these contract relationships:6
“The company has 99-and-a-half percent control over the grower … I’ll list what they tell you: what time to pick up the chickens, what time to run the feed, what time to turn the lights off and on, every move that you make. Then, they say we’re not an employee — we are employees, but they won’t let us have any kind of benefits or insurance.”
In 2001, former chicken farmer Alton Terry contracted with Tyson Foods to raise chickens, after taking out a $500,000 loan to build houses for the chickens. After a couple of years, Tyson told Terry to purchase more equipment, which he refused.
Terry believes the company gave him sick chicks the year after that, then canceled his contract. With no other chicken companies in town, Terry couldn’t find another customer to buy his chickens, essentially putting him out of business.
The Hidden Cost of Cheap Chicken
The hidden costs of cheap factory farmed chicken can be divided into three primary categories, all of which are hidden from the public, even though we are ultimately the ones paying these hidden costs:7
• Environmental costs — CAFOs are notorious for producing massive amounts of offensive waste that disturbs and pollutes the local ecosystem. Were chicken companies to pay for the prevention or cleanup of this pollution, the price of chicken would be significantly higher.
• Human health costs — Besides the health ramifications suffered by those who happen to live near a CAFO and are exposed to the environmental contamination caused by these factory farms, CAFO chicken is also taking a hidden toll on your health when you eat it, in several different ways:
? The nutrition is inherently inferior — A study8,9 by the American Pastured Poultry Producers Association, which compared the nutrient value of pastured chickens with the USDA’s National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference values for CAFO chicken, found pasture-raised chickens contained:
? 406.8% more vitamin E (1.86 IUs per 100 grams compared to 0.367 IUs)
? About half the fats of CAFO chicken (saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated)
? An average omega-3-to-6 ratio of 1-to-5, which is near ideal, compared to the USDA’s value of 1-to-1510
? CAFO chickens are contaminated with antibiotics, which can raise your risk for antibiotic-resistant infections — According to a September 2019 global trend report11,12 in the journal Science, antibiotic resistance in bacteria known to transmit from animals to humans has nearly tripled since 2000. In chickens, the proportion of antibiotics with rates of resistance exceeding 50% increased from 0.15 to 0.41 between 2000 and 2018.
? They’re also frequently contaminated with other drugs, including some with known toxic effects in humans. I reported on this in “More Bad News for CAFO Poultry”
? CAFO chicken is notoriously high-risk for foodborne illness, and bacterial contamination has been specifically linked to the rise in drug-resistant urinary tract infections (UTIs), which I’ll discuss further below
• Ethical costs — Research has shown that chickens are not only quite smart, they experience suffering just as animals higher up in the food chain. As reported by the Cornucopia Institute:13
“Chickens have nervous systems similar to ours, and when we do things to them that are likely to hurt a sensitive creature, they show behavioral and physiological responses that are like ours.
When stressed or bored, chickens show what scientists call “stereotypical behavior,” or repeated futile movements, like caged animals who pace back and forth.”
Over the past decade, questions have been raised about the possibility that CAFO chickens are contributing to the ever-expanding waistlines of Americans. As noted in a 2012 Huffpost contributor article14 by Kathy Freston:
“Virtually all commercially-available chickens now have what many call the ‘obese gene,’ which makes birds gain weight quickly to speed up production from birth to slaughter.
That, combined with no exercise and a constant supply of high-energy (caloric) food, makes today’s chicken the opposite of lean: The amount of fat in modern chicken may be five or even 10 times what it used to be, according to a UK-based study15 …”
The study16 Freston cites, published in the Public Health Nutrition journal in 2010, found that modern CAFO chickens not only have more fat than protein, but also have lower amounts of omega-3 fats and higher omega-6 than they used to.
They found the omega-6-to-omega-3 ratio was as high as 9-to-1, whereas government health guidelines recommend a ratio of about 2-to-1. What’s more, modern broilers were found to have far higher levels of the omega-3 fat DPA than DHA. In earlier analyses, chickens used to have more DHA than DPA.
Omega-6 fat, on the other hand, are overabundant in the modern diet, and most of it is oxidized, which adds to the problem.
You only need around 1 to 2 grams of omega-6 linoleic acid per day, ideally from plant seeds and tree nuts, whereas optimal levels of marine omega-3 fats are around 3 to 4 grams per day, which can be obtained from small fatty fish such as anchovies, sardines, herring, wild-caught salmon or krill oil. As concluded by the authors of that Public Health Nutrition study:17
“Traditional poultry and eggs were one of the few land-based sources of long-chain n-3 fatty acids, especially DHA, which is synthesized from its parent precursor in the green food chain.
In view of the obesity epidemic, chickens that provide several times the fat energy compared with protein seem illogical. This type of chicken husbandry needs to be reviewed with regard to its implications for animal welfare and human nutrition.”
Another study,18 published in 2013, highlighted evidence linking diets high in omega-6 to a rise in obesity. According to this paper:
“Exposure of the developing fetus/neonate to a typical Western diet increases their risk of obesity and metabolic disorders throughout the life-course, creating an intergenerational cycle of metabolic disease.
In Western countries, this epidemic of metabolic disease has coincided with a marked increase in the intake of omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (omega-6 PUFA), leading to suggestions that the two may be causally related.
Recent studies have emphasized the proadipogenic properties of the omega-6 PUFA, and provided evidence that rodents fed on diets with omega-6 PUFA contents similar to the typical U.S. diet (6-8% energy) have an increased fat mass.
Importantly, recent studies have shown that perinatal exposure to a high omega-6 PUFA diet results in a progressive accumulation of body fat across generations.”
CAFO Chicken Linked to Drug-Resistant UTIs
Yet another significant hazard linked to CAFO chicken is the spread of antibiotic-resistant disease, specifically drug-resistant urinary tract infections (UTIs), which are on the rise.19
UTIs affect anywhere from 25%20 to 50%21,22 of women over the course of their lifetime. A study23 published in the journal Open Forum Infectious Diseases in 2017 noted hospitalization rates for UTIs in the U.S. rose by 52% between 1998 and 2011 — a direct result of increasing antimicrobial resistance.
In the past, recurrent UTIs were thought to be caused by reinfection by the same pathogen,24 but research25,26,27 published in the Journal of Molecular Biology suggests this pattern has changed.
The reason UTIs tend to have such a high recurrence rate in postmenopausal women is because the infection can be caused by several different pathogens, including Escherichia coli (E.coli), Klebsiella pneumoniae, Proteus mirabilis, Enterococcus faecalis and Staphylococcus saprophyticus.28
Of these, about 80% to 90% are caused by E.coli.29,30 Conventional wisdom has maintained UTIs are primarily caused by a transfer of naturally-occurring E. coli via sexual contact with an infected individual and/or the transfer of fecal bacteria from your anus to your urethra by poor personal hygiene. However, more recent studies have conclusively demonstrated that a majority of UTIs are actually caused by exposure to contaminated chicken.31
Importantly, factory farmed chickens are the source of most antibiotic-resistant UTIs — a problem that can be traced back to the routine use of antibiotics for growth-promotion purposes, which has allowed resistance to develop.
Many Studies Have Identified CAFO Chicken as Source of UTIs
Drug-resistant E. coli strains from supermarket meat were matched to strains found in human E. coli infections as early as 2005.32 Research33,34 published in 2006 confirmed that humans could develop antibiotic resistance by eating poultry treated with antibiotics.
Bacteria from conventional chicken, and those who ate such chicken, were found to be more prone to developing resistance against Synercid (generic names: quinupristin and dalfopristin35), a strong antibiotic used to treat vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium.36
In short, handling and/or eating antibiotic-treated chicken can cause you to develop resistance to the last lines of defense currently available in the modern medicine cabinet — a steep price for inexpensive meat.
American, Canadian and European studies37,38,39 published in 2012 all confirmed close genetic matches between drug-resistant E. coli collected from human patients and those found on poultry (chicken and turkey).
More recently, a study40 published in the journal mBio in 2018 found 79.8% of chicken, pork and turkey samples purchased from large retail stores in Flagstaff, Arizona, were contaminated with E. coli. The researchers also tested blood and urine samples from people who visited a major medical center in the area, finding E. coli in 72.4% of those diagnosed with a UTI.
In particular, a strain of E. coli known as E. coli ST131 showed up in both the meat samples (particularly poultry) and the human UTI samples. Most of the E. coli in the poultry was a variety known as ST131-H22, which is known to thrive in birds. This specific strain was also found in the human UTI samples.
“Our results suggest that one ST131 sublineage — ST131-H22 — has become established in poultry populations around the world and that meat may serve as a vehicle for human exposure and infection,” the researchers noted, adding that this E. coli lineage is just one of many that may be transmitted from poultry and other meat sources to people.
Eat the Egg, Not the Chicken
Historically, chickens were rather scrawny little birds that few thought to consume as a primary meal on a regular basis. The chicken we eat today bears almost no resemblance to the backyard chickens of old, as they’ve been specifically bred for meat.
The routine use of antibiotics for disease prevention and growth promotion played a pivotal role in this transformation. Unfortunately, chicken production in the U.S. has become an industry that places profits over just about everything else, including animal welfare and farmers’ rights.
Overall, the evidence is clear: CAFO chicken is best avoided if you’re concerned about your health, the environment and/or animal welfare. If you do want chicken now and then, I recommend making sure it’s organically raised and pastured.
Organic, free-range chickens are allowed to engage in their natural behavior in a natural environment (outdoors), and can serve an important role in regenerative agriculture and holistic land management. The lack of stress and access to a natural diet, fresh air and sunshine make for healthier birds that don’t need antibiotics.
Another option is to forgo the chicken meat and just eat the eggs — again making sure they’re from hens raised organically on pasture. Keep in mind that when it comes to labels such as “free-range” and “natural,” there are loopholes that allow the commercial egg industry to call eggs from their industrial egg laying facilities “free-range,” so don’t be fooled.
True free-range chickens and eggs come from hens that roam freely outdoors on a pasture, where they can forage for their natural diet, which includes seeds, green plants, insects and worms. If you live in an urban area, visiting a local farmers market is typically the quickest route to finding high-quality chicken and eggs.
Another alternative is to raise your own, if you have the space and local regulations allow it. Earlier this year I finally got my own chickens and now have seven birds that provide me with a steady source of eggs for my diet.
As a general rule, you can tell the eggs are pastured by the color of the egg yolk. Foraged hens produce eggs with bright orange yolks. Dull, pale yellow yolks are a sure sign you’re getting eggs from caged hens that are not allowed to forage for their natural diet.
For store-bought eggs, be sure to check out Cornucopia’s organic egg scorecard that rates 136 egg producers based on 28 organic criteria. According to Cornucopia, their report “showcases ethical family farms and their brands, and exposes factory farm producers and brands in grocery store coolers that threaten to take over organic livestock agriculture.”
Preparations inside Russia are being made in case the ultimate banking sanctions are placed on them, cutting off commerce inside the all-encompassing Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecomm SWIFT system – which runs credit, debt, and banking card transactions across a real time global network.
As it would be doled out by the banking elites, the price for misbehavior at the Kremlin could be ostracization from this global commerce vehicle.
I’ve seen a portion of this video, so I’m not commenting much, but they are always excellent.
[Kp note: although these decodes can be very deep, I feel each of them can encourage learning to use one’s own discernment and find what “rings the Inner Bell”. Personally, I find it useful to both read the SB2 posts and view the And We Know videos (Bitchute channel) at the same time… I find I get more complete data input that way.]
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I keep saying–bluntly– you are all victims of identity theft. You are Americans but you have been deliberately and with malice aforethought misidentified as US Citizens–as if you were born in Puerto Rico.
Your credit cards and other assets have been stolen by your federal employees and used as collateral for their debts and investments. Now they are going bankrupt and leaving you on the hook as the “presumed” co-signers of their loans.
This is after they already embezzled and double-billed and extracted the value and benefit out of all the money and assets of yours that they seized upon and used as collateral.
This is the same situation, howbeit, on a much larger scale, as some con artist taking out a loan in your name and leaving you to pay for it. Or a credit card hacker going out and buying things on your card and leaving you to pay for it.
This is as plain and simple as I can make it and still, people aren’t quite getting what has gone on here.
In this situation you are the Priority Creditors in the bankruptcy, but your claims are not being brought forward and your assets are not being protected and these Odious Debts are not being discharged because the people on your payroll who are supposed to be protecting your “Persons and property” have done the exact opposite.
They have preyed upon and pillaged you instead.
So, waking up to this nightmare is not pleasant. You are on a runaway train. Your employees have run amok and gone rogue. And what are you going to do about it?
1. You are going to correct the falsified political status records they foisted off on you, to make it appear that you are a “US Citizen”– that is, Federal Employee.
2. You are going to boot up the actual American Government you are owed, assemble your States of the Union, and present yourselves, instead of being “represented” by these crooks.
3. You are going to bring forward your claims as a victim of these fraud artists and you are going to hold the foreign governments responsible for these wildly mismanaged corporations to account– specifically the Holy See and the British Monarch.
Your actual Federation of States, the unincorporated version of The United States of America, has been in the field working to protect your interests and expose this criminality — but God helps those who help themselves.
Imagine waking up one day to find jack-booted UN Troops on your doorstep, waving AK47’s and telling you that you and your family are being evicted from your homes and land for failure to pay debts you never authorized and never knew about?
Debts accrued “for” you under totally False Pretenses and False Presumptions?
These same UN Troops tell you that your “share” of this debt is $750,000.00 for each person in your household. Pay up within 30 days or else they will be back to physically remove you from your home.
This is what THEY have planned for you and every other American.
We have a different plan.
We expose the criminality and double-dog dare them to deny it.
We demand remedy and restitution– the discharge of all these Odious Debts and the return of our Persons and other assets free and clear of debt or encumbrance.
As their Employers, we order them to stand down, and we tell the rest of the world the God’s honest truth– we were not aware of and did not authorize any of this fraud.
Our contracts with these con artists are clearly spelled out in the Constitutions and any presumption of any other “power” is disallowed and not in evidence.
These fraud artists have sat on our shores since 1913 making “equitable exchanges” of our silver for their paper and because the American Public was fooled into thinking these charlatans were their Lawful government, they trusted these interlopers and didn’t hold them to account.
But now we are.
Now we have no other choice, but to wake up and see the situation for what it is.
We don’t owe the “US Debt”. We are owed the American National Credit instead.
All those scheming foreign powers and for-profit corporations are being given the boot by Americans just like you, who know who they are, and who have taken the time to correct their falsified political status records and put together their State Assemblies.
I have asked this question before– if you knew that you were the victim of identity theft, how long would it take you to take action and report it?
If some credit card hacker stole your card and charged $3000 of unauthorized charges how long would it take you to object to the charge and report it?
So if foreign governments abscond with $25 trillion dollars worth of your credit and assets — and leave you on the hook to pay for it all — how long is it going to take you to wake up? And take action?
As of this morning, 33 States of the Union have Assembled. The United States of America — your own unincorporated Federation of States — is issuing the proper paperwork to protect you and to redirect the federal Subcontractors.
This isn’t taking place in a vacuum.
People around the world are waking up to the same nightmare of unaccountable incorporated “government” entities that are merely for-profit corporations in the business of providing “governmental services” –yet posing as their own legitimate government, racking up unauthorized debt against their credit and assets, and parading around as if employees had the right to harass and bilk and intimidate their employers.
Support the only government that is supporting you– your own.
For Americans that means the unincorporated Federation of States doing business as The United States of America and your own State Assembly.
Get busy! Join today!
Don’t have an Assembly in your State? There are some States that are lagging behind and so, remain easy targets for the fraud artists.
Form your Assembly and stand up for your own State of the Union. You know how. And if you don’t, there is plenty of help already on board to get you started.
All that Government of, for, and by the People really needs is what? People.
Your country–the actual factual country– and your countrymen, need you to wake up and lend a hand.