I am an ASS. I did not read that entire article before I linked to it, and if I had I would have known it was bogus. There are a couple of ways to tell if your pieces are any good or not and the first is to do your research; secondly is to go with your gut and see if the article makes sense and is not too over the top. This one was. As I got closer to the bottom and the Author got more and more angry, I knew I was in trouble.
I have no excuses, but I will explain what happened. It is Spring Break around here, but for only half of my children; we have a case of unexpected Chicken Pox (and yes we were vaccinated) and things are nutty; I saw that article come across my email and it REALLY scared me, more on that in a minute. I started reading it, I swear I did....and messing with the "link to" buttons, and lo and behold there was one for Blogger. So I thought, what the hell???? Something distracted me, and that was that.
So, let's tackle this thing shall we? First and foremost, my apologies if I offended anyone (which I did). Period. Secondly, I truly am sorry for linking to bullshit; no other way to say it. I really try to pride myself on being an honest and up front writer with you all and that just really put a chip in my "armor" so to speak so let's just forget it happened, "K"? I could have just pulled that piece, but it still would have been cached, and it would not have been a reminder to myself of my mistake. As you see I did make a correction on that page.
Okay, so I tried to think through why I fell for this and it is because I truly feel that this is not far in the making. Through CREDIBLE research I have been reading all about raids on homes, yes homes of FAMILIES, that are being raided with guns abalazin' all at tax payers expense because of milk, eggs or cheese. This to me seems really quite incredible when our country is in such a time of crisis; like a foreclosure epidemic, a couple of possible overseas situations, starving residents, dirty oceans, my list could go on and on... Food that people are literally begging for does not top my list of things to prosecute people for.
I mean it really has nothing at all to do with what I do here on my own Ranch. Even if I did not sell my own products of this nature I would think this is total "you know what". I talked to a friend of mine, and this comes first hand. He had another friend that had a customer for three years. That customer talked him into harvesting some chickens for them; they begged him to do it, even after he explained the law, etc. Well, he went ahead and processed the chickens for the customers; because he had had a relationship with them for so long...BIG MISTAKE. He is still going through court battles.
See, it was all a sting operation. The whole three years! For that whole time these folks had been in the area befriending the locals, buying eggs and then just waiting to ask them to process their chickens and then BAM! they'd bust them for being neighborly! Which, yes, technically is against the law, but I mean really, I kinda wonder how many murders went unsolved during that three year time-frame???
And as far as health concerns go, well you are never going to win that argument with me. The whole reason we are having outbreaks of bacteria these days is because of commercial farming, not because of organic farming. IN MY OPINION, what has happened with CFO farming is that they have robbed the ground of all the nutrients so they have to spray it all back on, therefore using all sorts of chemicals, pesticides, etc. and that is what then causes the outbreaks. Overcrowding of animals is also a HUGE, I can NOT say it enough, HUGE problem of bacteria in CFO farms!!! A person can follow the CDC (Center for Disease Control) paths for themselves of any outbreak of any food at ANYTIME by going to the CDC website.
Now, as you will notice I did not take the time to link to anything with this first piece as I am a bit link shy right now. I have been looking at the great Cantaloupe breakout to see if I can use it as an example, but again the CDC didn't show it's findings very quickly and I really wanted to get my apology out there! But, from what I can gather, they were NOT organic farmers.
So, the bottom line is I screwed up and I'm sorry. And you will continue to see more of my REBEL side, just a bit more toned down! :)