Pink Slime Satire… the Colbert Report

You CAN effect changes… with your dollars and your feedback to people who WANT your dollars. I don’t think ethics or health matter much to the bean counters. Last summer when we went to “farmer’s market” I took along a laminated info sheet about “pink slime”. It was quite an eye-opener to many people. You know the left-overs that are scrapped up, chopped up, and extruded into pellets that look like ground beef?…. and then hit with ammonia to kill any nasties it has embedded in it.

We sell our own home-grown grass-fed beef because of the stuff that goes on in the industrial food system. I want the choice… and better yet, I want the taste and the quality of my own meat. So we are blessed at having that choice to grow our own… and to offer it to others who want that same choice.

Here is a hilarious satire I wanted to share.  It’s your smile for the day. (I think there is a brief commercial 😦  )

(looks like link does not return you to the rest of the blog post..working on it.)

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Field Trips to The Heritage Farm

On a side note, we’ve been quite busy on the farm.  We did a couple of school field trips (3rd graders to the farm)… roughly 75 people in all.

It’s awesome to watch the kids get to scratch a pig, see a cow being milked (up close), and watch a mini-horse get trained to trust a human. To feel how warm a pristine egg is, just after it’s been laid by a hen.  To notice what wonderful smells and warmth comes from a small home built greenhouse.  I also appreciate how much the adults value the visit as well!

When I get the pictures, I’ll have to post more.

Another event where school kids got to see calves & mini horses, on the school campus

Two-Income Trap…

This talk by Elizabeth Warren is an excellent overview, done in March of 2007, of what has happened to the American Middle Class.  She follows the development of the changes in middle class american from WWII, up until 2007.

It’s especially pertinent because the “progress” we thought we were making had some subtle traps that created rather unexpected results.  This youtube presentation, through the Univ of Calif channel, starts off a bit slow with intro but after the first 4 min, it quickly kicks into high gear.

Warren’s research into the causes of bankruptcy shoots down many commonly held beliefs and shows how we are especially vulnerable.  Note that this talk was done BEFORE the economic stresses of 2008.

Her contention that adding the 2nd income triggers unexpected fixed costs (example: moves you into a higher tax bracket), leaves you less resilient (i.e. fewer options) to deal with changes that WILL happen in your life. I would suggest that there were even more repercussions, significant ones, than she brings up.  But first, take a look at what Warren has to say… map out an hour to watch this!

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