Food Freedom – We Can Decide What Is Best for Us

A good fight, or a good challenge, is what keeps us achieving our best. As individuals, as a team, as a family, a community, even a country. So our Food Fight is one to be recognized and embraced by people who respect that each of us should have the opportunity and ability to decide for ourselves what we want to eat, what we want to use as medicine, and what we put both in and on our bodies. Consumer choice is the basis for free-market capitalism.  If you let people decide what they want to buy, then this leads to innovation, lower prices, and ultimately competition – which again, is a very good thing.

 

I have been drinking raw milk on and off for several years now – it is so good for me – I notice immediate benefits in how I feel, my complexion, and the health of my teeth (see disclaimer on cover page). I am actually lactose-intolerant, but can drink milk that has not been pasteurized (from a source that I trust) because of the enzymes (enzymes are destroyed when milk (or anything for that matter) is pasteurized). I do not want any governmental entity telling me that I cannot decide for myself if I can drink raw milk. I want to be able to make that choice and vet my farmer – I do not need a health department or any federal agency doing that for me – guidelines are fine, but at the end of the day, I do deserve to make the ultimate decision.

 

I also believe that genetically-modified organisms are a rather recent and untested phenomena in the span of human existence, and that people should have a choice whether or not they consume products that contain such entities. Consumers can hold farmers and ranchers accountable for what they are doing with their land and crops – consumers do this through voting with their dollar – and supporting farmers and ranchers that are engaging in practices that they like and trust.

 

Alternative and naturopathic medicines are another category where the food fight is alive and well – people should always have the opportunity to choose for themselves what medicines they use to treat sickness and disease – no government entity should stop people from choosing what goes in or on their body. We are individuals, and we all have a responsibility to protect and feed our body and mind. Oftentimes, in an effort to “help others” or “protect others”, people use the law (force) to try to make people make decisions that are better for them. These laws can eventually be interpreted to stop people from engaging in freedom of choice. I see that with raw milk, with organic and natural foods, and with alternative medicines (e.g. herbal supplements).

 

Our food freedom is everything – it allows us to embrace agriculture (the basis for all human development), our roots, our being – and choose how we want to take care of the body and mind that we enjoy life with. It is a very good fight, and one… that’s natural!

 

Tisha Casida is running for Congress as a former Independent in Colorado’s District 3. She is an advocate of food freedom, knowing your farmer, and supporting our local economy here in Colorado. 

Raw Milk – Let ME Decide What Is Dangerous or Not

In Minnesota, several lawmakers are trying to make it easier to purchase raw or unpasteurized milk (yay for representatives making laws to re-create a free market).  Big Dairy (large conglomerates of the food machine that seeks to not allow people to make free choices about what they eat or do not eat) is apparently fighting this.

Believe it or not, modern pasteurization as a process is relatively new in the scheme of human existence (late 1800’s).  That means that for THOUSANDS of years people were consuming raw milk.  Hmmm…

So, if I decide that I like raw milk – I should be able to consume it.  Just like if I would like to consume chocolate, or beer, or lawn clippings for that matter.  I, being an independent and “free” American should be able to make choices about what I do or do not put into my body.  And, I don’t want anyone protecting me from that OR forcing me to be protected.  That is simply wrong.

I believe in the powers of raw milk because I have consumed it for over three years.  I am not afraid of it because I KNOW the people who produce it, that is the best type of check and balance one can have with food – KNOW WHO GREW IT, RAISED IT, OR MADE IT.  Simple.

So, in a perfect world (which I create in my head every morning), people would learn about what they are eating and government would stay out of the process.  Yes, some regulations are absolutely necessary, however, even with all of the protections we already have, there are slip-ups and mistakes and people who get sick and die.  That is a process of life, and we need to understand that – we are human.

And, as a human being exercising a free will to as I like with my body, brain, and soul – I can tell you that raw milk should be able to be bought and sold where we the people demand it.

It's Finally Time for Farmers' Markets!

Across the country and in your community it is time for fresh fruits and vegetables, delicious home-made baked goods, and local hand-made specialty items!  Have you researched where there are farmers’ markets or community-supported agriculture programs in YOUR community?  Local Harvest is a wonderful resource where you can find items in your locale.

In Colorado, our good friends at That’s Natural! have started their farmers’ market where they are not only educating the community about local farmers and producers, but also how important free markets are to the local and small-business scene.  In an epic story between the public versus private sector, the vendors have overcome diversity to be able to operate and compete against a city-run market.  Stay tuned for more of the drama, but in the meantime, eat local and know your farmer!

– Joni Cave

REAL FOOD MEDIA

Baked Bread by Paul Alhadef Photography

We have come across a very good site featuring various articles on what we like to call “real food”.  This is food that is (according to this site, as well as our standards):

  • Organic
  • Humanely raised (animals on pasture, not in factories)
  • Grown locally when possible
  • Whole and unrefined (real maple syrup instead of high-fructose corn syrup)
  • Processed as little as possible (raw milk instead of pasteurized and homogenized)
  • Nutrient-dense (enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and probiotics)
  • Free of additives and preservatives
  • Free of synthetic and chemical ingredients
  • Not genetically modified
  • Traditionally produced and prepared

CHECK OUR REAL FOOD MEDIA HERE!

Buying Local Means Taking Responsibility

Being an avid fan of good food, it has take many years to learn about the food industry, and I learn more every day.

From many sources comes the bashing of the big-box store Wal-Mart, and its industry practices that make it a market-leader (i.e. cutting prices and cutting what is paid to the producer, forcing producers to change and “accelerate” their practices).

What I do know, as that is only does so much good to continually harp on the culprit, what REALLY needs to happen, is consumers have to start learning about their food sources, CARING, and then paying a higher premium for local and sustainably-grown or sustainably-raised food.  That’s it – it is going to have to come from the consumer.  That is how the market, essentially, works.

So in defense of freedom of choice, liberty, and the free-market – let’s win over consumers with good marketing and sustainable practices.  This is a much more positive and productive way of changing a fairly centralized food-supply – and that is what our publication is all about.  Free Markets – New Media, Postive and Sustainable Change, through supporting local communities and building local economies.

By Tisha Casida

Farm-To-Fork

The concept of Farm-To-Fork, knowing where one’s food comes from, is a growing trend in America.  There are many reasons for this.  Some people are concerned about the safety of our food supply, and want to know the person who is growing or raising the products that they are putting into their body.

Some people see the value in keeping their money in the local economy, and supporting local producers, in turn, has a net positive impact on rural communities.

Some people see the cost-advantages to purchasing locally.  And some people just realize that food grow locally tastes thousands of times better than that which has been shipped thousands of miles and artificially ripened (if not artificially grown from the start).

We see the value in connecting the farmer to the consumer, hence, “Farm-to-Fork”.  If you are a farmer who wants to get in our database of producers, or if you are a consumer who is interested in sourcing your food locally, please visit our website:  www.goodamericanpost.com, and click on the link to email us about Farm-to-Fork.

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