Thistle Hill Farm – Blog

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Category: Government

Big Brother moves in….

….when Barack Obama said he was going to “fundamentally transform” American, he meant it. Of course, EPA is here to “protect our health” from….whatever.

The EPA stands guard….

….protecting our health!  Don’t dare light up a cigarette on the beach. But when it comes to pesticides in your food…the EPA says not to worry.  It’s just Monsanto doing its thing!

The war on farmers….

….continuing the theme of an earlier post.  The government continues to get really tough…on farmers who aren’t causing the problems.  Again and again, it’s clear that the real threat to our health comes from factory farms and factory food processing. But it’s a lot easier to go after the little guy.,0,6831660.story#axzz2u528ngu5

Crocodile tears….

….after making war on small farmers for the past five years, Ag Secretary Tom Vilisack has the _____(fill in the blank) to put out a self-serving press release decrying the decline of small farms.–politics.html;_ylt=AwrBJR9tSgZTHlsAuEHQtDMD And to top it all off, he sees a “bright spot” in the number of young farmers just getting started.  […]

The numbers don’t add up….

….or do they? We have a new Farm Bill and the “official story” is that there’s been a cut in spending.  As the song goes:  that’ll be the day.  Despite reports, the fact is government spending is going up tens of billions of dollars, including for such as things as promoting Christmas trees. There’s also […]

More than you want to know….

….about the new Farm Bill.  But here’s a detailed look at the details from both the Left and the Right.  It starts by making the point that it should be really called “The Food Stamp Bill”.  More money goes to food stamps than farmers and, despite the claims that the bill cuts spending, it does […]

The “new” journalism….

….here comes “the old fogey” again.  You’re warned! Back when I was learning to be a reporter, there was a course you had to take at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism that was based around a book with the title “How to Lie with Statistics”.  The idea was that great lies were always buried in […]

I’m from the government…..

  …and I’m here to protect you.  Not! The USDA is announcing a plan to open our markets to cattle and beef from Brazil….despite the fact that that country is plagued by Foot and Mouth Disease…the most deadly disease that can infect cattle. Apparently the plan is to chop down the prices US cattlemen have […]

The bugs win!!!

An important milestone that won’t get much press coverage:  A top-level health officials say we have indeed “run the course” of antibiotics.  Super-bugs have won the battle and there’s nowhere we can turn. Just a few days ago, there was an article…one of dozens we’ve seen…worrying about where all this is headed.  But now, […]

It’s not enough….

….we have to fill out forms, register and track our animals, etc, etc.  We also have to keep the place neat.  Certainly no bushes growing near the road. A small organic farm in Texas committed that sin but the sheriff just didn’t drop by with a warning….or just a summons.  Nope, he sent the SWAT […]