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

Government CANNOT Legislate A "Clean Energy Economy"

It simply won’t work.  The government cannot MAKE the market do ANYTHING!  As soon as they start to control parts of it, i.e. minimum wage laws, price controls, subsidies, etc., we see problems in the marketplace.  Government is there to protect the constitution – THE REST IS UP TO OUR ECONOMY, which means people like YOU and ME – it is up to US to solve our energy crisis, and I have full-faith that 300 million Americans are just as capable of making changes as the 400-some representatives at Capitol Hill.

In a free-market, consumers have access to information that allow them to make decisions.  If there was not so much government regulation to start with (i.e. subsidies to oil starting many years ago), then the market would have done different things.  Mandating people and companies to change through legislation will not work, it will just further hamper our already beaten economy.

– Joni Cave

Say NO to Genetically-Engineered (GE) Alfalfa

Sometimes you don’t get a second chance.  Our ecosystem is resilient and we have put it through quite a test, especially with intense conventional agricultural practices (fertilizers, chemical pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides).  For the most part, up until a decade ago, even this unsustainable methodology of growing plants was at least something that could be eventually mitigated and developed into alternative means of farming (i.e. low-intensity, no-till, natural and organic methods).

Genetically modified organisms (GMO) and genetically engineered (GE) substances – specifically seeds and crops – are a whole different issue.  The genetic modification of ANY seed, could never be tested enough to see and understand if it is safe.  But, no need to worry, we are now experimenting on ourselves, because much of the corn and soybean products that we may eventually consume already have genetically modified ingredients.

However, Monsanto now wants to use a GE alfalfa.  Alfalfa is used as forage for cows that produce milk.  Organic farmers who rely on organic alfalfa have reason for their concern of this GE alfalfa – once the product is in the environment, it can easily be spread around the entire ecosystem, thus destroying the potential for NON-GE anything. (We have yet to see the current impact of all of the GE-products already in our ecosystem.)

Want to read more?  Visit Food Safety News, and call your congressmen to make sure this does not get into our environment!  Ask them to sign on to the
“Dear Colleague Letter to USDA about Banning GE Alfalfa”

Senators should contact:
Adrienne Wojciechowski, Sen. Leahy’s office;

House Representatives should contact:
Emily Rohlffs in Rep. DeFazio’s office

– Joni Cave

The F136 Engine, Competition, & Monopoly

One engine, one supplier, over $100 billion in business would equate to “operational risk”?   Yes, absolutely.

What is competition?  When you allow the free-market to work, then the best product and the best price wins.  GE/Rolls-Royce appear to not have had an opportunity to compete in a contract (coming from the government/military), therefore affording ONE company the opportunity to take this business, cost the taxpayers more, and situate more risk into our national defense by having all of the product coming from only one place (i.e. monopoly).

The single contract could go to Pratt & Whitney, and this company that has already developed a viable engine and can actually save money – GE/Rolls-Royce –  needs your support to make sure Congress does the right thing for the market, for taxpayers, and for our national defense.


And Visit the Website HERE.

– Joni Cave

When Free Press Is Not Free

The Net Neutrality Act, which is still being pushed by special interest groups, has nothing to do with freedom.

Free Press, an organization that takes the very name and concept and has twisted it to mean something entirely different, is a proponent.  With the slogan “Save the Internet” they are using fear-based tactics to try and win people over into thinking that there is something that can be “saved” by this legislation (even though the Internet is VERY FREE and VERY SAVED as we speak – that is why I can write this).

You can read more from RedState, as well as from an interview with Glenn Beck.

NEVER EVER EVER trust anything that is said by anyone!!  You must check and verify your sources.  This “Free Press” is an example of this – they are against a free press in every aspect of the word “free”.

– Joni Cave

S. 510: FDA Food Safety Modernization Act

This particular Act raises questions about the true safety and security of our food system.  There are continuously recalls of various food products: lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, peanut butter, ground beef, etc.  However, instead of focusing on mitigating the problem, perhaps we should look at what is causing this problem in the first place (for example, an extremely large, unsafe, and unsustainable food system).

1.  S. 510 will subject small, local food providers to the same broad federal regulatory oversight that is required by large multinational corporations (for most small businesses this kind of red tape will put them out of business).  MOST dangerous outbreaks of food-related illnesses come from large corporations – NOT small family farms.  More regulations mean more cash-out-flow for small farms, and this will put small, local companies out of business.  That is the last thing that we want – our LOCAL, sustainable suppliers to not able to grow food for our local communities.

2 Adding regulations, record-keeping obligations and risk-based preventative controls (i.e. HACCP), will present a burden to small producers that will  hurt their cash-flows and operations.  The less people we have locally growing food, the more expensive, unsafe, and unsustainable our food supply will be.

3. The USDA serves a very important purpose with small farms and provide many useful and beneficial services.  Having the FDA involved with small-farms and local food systems is adding another level of bureaucracy and red tape to an industry that is already struggling.

4. Food safety and security means  a diversified, vibrant local food system served by local producers and community members.  KNOW YOUR FARMER – that, my friends, is food safety and security.

Read the Bill, Know What’s In It, and if you Support Family Farmers – Call Your Senators and Tell Them To Not Approve This!

Read the Bill HERE.

– Joni Cave


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