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The High Risk in Milk Futures is No Cash Cow - Nov 29,2010
Joseph Augusto has been a dairy farmer for the past 30 years. Joseph is the president of the California Dairy Campaign, which represents over 250 dairy farmers. The organization lobbies dairy farming issues and is currently focused on raising awareness for the milk pricing manipulation by Dairy Processors as well as special interest groups. He has also served on the Board of Directors of Dairy Farmers of America, which is the largest dairy cooperative in the United States. So, what is the real value of milk? There seems to be a huge gap between the actual value and what the producers are being paid. At one time, the CME (Chicago Mercantile Exchange) had the confidence of dairy producers in that it had a real value. Today, things have changed. We have record milk prices at the supermarket, record profits for the milk processors and the worst in record losses for dairy farmers with no hope for recovery. The CME is supposed to mimic a market and there is a handful of entities that have no interest in seeing the price of milk go up. The CDC maintains that there is a conflict of interest with the CME in that the entities trading on the CME have no interest in seeing higher milk prices but do have an interest in futures contracts and/or over the counter contracts. This is unregulated and is destroying the dairy industry. In this segment of The Organic View Radio Show, Joseph Augusto will talk candidly about the crisis dairy farmers are facing and the monopoly destroying the dairy industry. Stay tuned!
Gobble Till You Wobble! What's On YOUR Organic Menu? Charity Event! - Nov 24,2010
Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude! So, we asked our friends and colleagues to call in to answer the question, “What are YOU grateful for?” Throughout the entire show, previously featured guests will be calling in to offer inspiration and talk about what they are thankful for. This first time charity event is going to be covered LIVE from Coast to Coast! June Stoyer, the host of The Organic View Radio Show will be in New York on the East Coast and will be joined by her “GFF” (Good Food Friend) Dennis Weaver, on the West Coast. Many of you will remember Dennis, Founder and Good Food Guide for Change Your Food - Change Your Life!™. Also featured will be our Good Food Ambassadors, Organic Jazz Singer, Ellen Livesay and Teen Sensation, Keely Clark who will perform LIVE! We will also kick off our charity auction! Listeners can bid on an assortment of gifts that have been donated so generously by companies such as: * Maggie’s Organics, * Nature’s Path, Inc. * The Brooklyn Botanic Garden, * OrganicUniverse.com, * Uncle Matt's Organic, Inc., * Laura Lassiter * TruthAboutPetFood.com * DrHarveys.com * Melodylealamb.com * Diamondsbymarie.com The proceeds from these gifts will be auctioned off on EBAY/TheOrganicView and the proceeds will be going to 3 deserving charities. So far, our team has selected FamilyFarmDefenders.org and TruthAboutPetFood.com. We want YOU to select the 3rd lucky charity! Because there are so many great causes, we want YOU to vote for your favorite charity by leaving a comment on TheOrganicView.com. State the full name of the charity you would like to win 1/3 of the total proceeds. The charity can be located any where in the world! All of the votes will be tallied up and the winner will be announced on our December 15th segment. Good luck to all! Please also tell us what YOU are thankful for and spread the good news!
What To Do When Your Pet Gets Sick From Pet Food - Nov 23,2010
Imagine if all of a sudden your furry best friend and family member gets very sick from eating a bowl of kibble or a snack you bought as a special treat. You panic and call the vet as your poor dog or cat lays down in agony as you watch helplessly. You walk through the door of the vet and before you know it, have a $2000 vet bill. You are now forced to take off work and try to help this poor animal recover while the pet food manufacturer is completely not interested in hearing about your tales of woe. As unfair and heartbreaking as it is, pets get sick and often die from a pet food, a pet treat, or other pet product that is NOT related to any recall. When the panic subsides, the madness begins. Are other pets getting sick? What do I do now? Who do I call? Will I be reimbursed for my vet bills? Will my pet survive? And about a million more questions. The FDA has established a new 'Safety Reporting Portal', but the FDA does not provide pet owners with the number of adverse events reported directly related to pet food or pet treats, nor do we know which pet products are being reported on to the Federal agency. Where can you turn to advocate for your pet and be reimbursed for expenses? In this segment of The Organic View, pet food advocate and expert, Susan Thixton who is the founder of http://www.TruthAboutPetFood.com, will my guest to talk about the steps you need to take to deal with this crisis. Stay tuned!
For Susan's recipe for Pet Food Broth as well as other great recipes, please visit our recipes section http://www.theorganicview.com/category/recipes-health/
Are Pesticides and Gmos The Only Hope For The Cameroon Coffee Crisis? - Nov 22,2010
Horticultural expert, John Peter Thompson just returned from the North West Region of Cameroon. Sent by the Prince George’s County Africa Trade Office to assess the agricultural and business challenges and opportunities of Cameroonian Arabica coffee production and export from farm to port, he spent ten days in country speaking with officials and farmers. Visiting eight small farmers in the highlands around Bamenda, he observed the weed, insect and diseases that face the 1 to 7 hectare farms as well as the lack of basic farm tools such as pruners and wheelbarrows and equipment such as hand-pulpers. Heavy rains made some additional farm visits impossible due to road closures as many of the roads are unpaved. Standard coffee yields should produce 1000 kilos of beans per 1000 trees, but poor intercropping, lack of integrated pest management strategies, inaccessible chemical control, and lack of agronomic extension support reduced the farm yield to a mere 200 kilos per 1000 trees. Many Arabica beans fermented before processing adding to the farmers’ problems. Biting ants and stinging leaf caterpillars as well as stem borers, root fungus, rust and disease completed the list of immediate obstacles to successful harvests of the great tasting coffee which the farmers hope to sell in the US under the Kola Coffee brand. In this segment of The Organic View, John Peter Thompson, will my guest to talk about this coffee crisis and how it is going to impact our Cup of Joe! Stay tuned!
This Is Jeopardy: No Alex Trebek and Very Soon, No More Milk! - Nov 19,2010
Remember that little tag inside your jeans that said “Made in the USA”? Try finding a pair today. You can’t! Factories moved offshore where labor could be exploited to make cheaper products. Cheaper, is the KEY word. Jeans today are no longer made for quality but to simply satisfy the public’s demand. Quality isn’t what it used to be. We are paying top dollar for low quality products. When you take this into consideration, think about our food. Could you trust the very same foreign government officials, responsible for the numerous product recalls to insure the quality of your food? Most people don’t even trust our own government. So, what will people do when they can’t buy milk and other food grown on American soil? The race is on to wipe out all domestic agriculture and force us to import all food. This is a crisis we need to take seriously. The future of American dairy farms is in serious jeopardy due to the severe repercussions of the 2009 pricing collapse. Recently, prices paid to dairy farmers have dropped below the national average cost of production, putting the future of dairy farms in even greater peril. The majority of consumers, still clueless about this crisis, soon will be forced to purchase imported milk once the remaining dairy farms permanently cease operations. Farmers need to receive a fair price that covers their cost of production in order to thrive. As it is, most farmers are losing their farms to banks because they cannot afford to live on sub-standard wages with an 80 hour work week that has no benefits. The solution to the crisis lies in the reform of our domestic dairy pricing system so that it is no longer vulnerable to manipulation by a few powerful interests. Dairy farmers and consumers are hurt by the current system and must work together in order to sustain our future domestic dairy supply. In this segment of The Organic View Radio Show, Joaquin Contente, President of the California Farmers Union will talk about this crisis.
Jam Session With The Good Food Girls & Dennis Weaver - Nov 19,2010
Tonight, we are going to have a LIVE jam session with pop singer Keely Clark, jazz singer, Ellen Livesay and the best Good Food Guide around town, Mr. Dennis Weaver! So, come listen to our jam session as we prepare for the upcoming BIG 2 hour, Gobble Till You Wobble, What are YOU Thankful For Charity segment on Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 12pm. EST!
Orange You Glad It’s Winter? UncleMatt’s Juicy Scoop on Winter Citrus! - Nov 18,2010
For most people, winter means cold weather and snow. In sunny Florida, it means the start of the citrus season! Many people eagerly search for the first pick of the citrus crop to share with friends and family. After all, there is nothing like the taste of a freshly picked organic Navel Orange or organic Ruby Red grapefruit from Florida! However, many people will often find citrus that has been imported from far away places such as South Africa or even China. This just does not make sense, especially when the state of Florida produces some of the finest organic citrus in the world! There is actually a whole world of citrus that most people never even explore. Did you know that there are many different varieties of citrus? Most people have absolutely no idea what the difference is between a Valencia orange and a tangerine! There is a huge difference! Some citrus are used to make juice while others are meant to be peeled or used for cooking and baking. So, how do you know which ones to pick and the best way to use them? In this segment of The Organic View Radio Show, Matt McLean, CEO & Founder, Uncle Matt’s Organic, Inc. (http://www.UncleMatts.com) will be my guest. Matt McLean ventured into the organic juice business in 1999 with a passion for healthy living as well as a long family history of growing citrus in Florida. Matt’s goal was, and still is, to produce the highest quality juice, using only premium 100% organically-grown fruit that is free from synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Matt will talk about what kind of citrus is grown in Florida during the winter, what it takes to produce organic fruit that is consistently sweet and juicy and how the citrus industry in Florida has evolved to produce the finest citrus in the world! If you want the juicy scoop about citrus and to learn what makes Florida citrus so different from other areas, stay tuned!
Laura Lassiter: Healing Animals With Flower Essences - Nov 17,2010
Millions of physically fit and healthy animal companions are unnecessarily put to death every year to give their human companions peace and quiet from their behavior and emotional issues which can include aggression, excessive noisiness from barking, unruliness, incontinence, inability to get along with other family pets, possessiveness, jealousy, spraying and separation anxiety. Unresolved behavior issues are one of the main reasons animals are surrendered to the SPCA, Humane Society or Animal Services. They find themselves homeless, and the consequent price of animal suffering, cost of human regrets and welfare services are incalculable. Euthanasia for behavior problems is considered a treatment for many people and happens countless times a day. Fortunately, there is an inexpensive solution that can correct the behavior issue and reduce the overall suffering. In all parts of the world since the earliest times, flowering trees, shrubs and herbs have been used for healing purposes. All parts of the plant have been used. Flowers, the crowning glory of plants, have been considered to embody the fundamental nature or essential character of the plant and to have particular healing powers. They are very important in the treatment of animals because they can restore the balance and harmony of an animal’s true nature. They are safe, non-toxic and can be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment. They are gentle and inexpensive to use. But how do they work? Are they effective? Is it permanent? In this segment of The Organic View Radio Show, wildlife advocate and expert, Laura Lassiter will discuss how flower essences can help heal behavior issues, emotions in animals and their influence on behavior, the principles of flower remedies and their suitability for use in the treatment of animals and recommended flower essences for specific behavior patterns.
Eden Foods: Turning Old World Grains Into Modern Pasta - Nov 15,2010
If you ask the average person what they know about pasta, the typical response is often that it is spaghetti or some kind of Italian food without much further thought. In New York and other areas with large Italian communities, pasta is traditionally served on Sunday afternoons when friends gather with the family. Did you know that many fad diets discourage the consumption of pasta? This is because most pasta is made from highly processed flour and contains preservatives that are not very good for you. Many people are also finding that they have a low or zero tolerance of gluten. However, pasta that is made from whole grains IS very good for you! Spelt, Triticum spelta, is a non-hybridized ancient grain and a distant relative of modern wheat. Cultivated over 9,000 years ago in the Fertile Crescent, it was the staple bread wheat of Europe and the Middle East until replaced by modern wheat. The 12th century healer, St. Hildegard von Bingen, said “Spelt is the best of grains. It produces a strong body and healthy blood for those who eat it and it makes the spirit of man light and cheerful.” She believed that it was “the easiest to digest of all grain.” Recent research has found spelt’s highly water soluble gluten is easy to digest and can often be enjoyed by those intolerant to modern hybrid wheat. Eden Foods has turned making pasta into an art. They have not only created a whole line of certified organic and verified non-gmo pastas but have done so using whole grains. Their Kamut pasta is actually made from grain that is known as King Tut’s wheat! Even the boxes are fully compostable! In this segment of The Organic View Radio Show, Michael J. Potter, President and Chairman of Eden Foods, Inc.,(http://www.edenfoods.com) will my guest. Is it possible that pasta made from other grains can taste really good? Will it make you fall asleep right after you eat it? Is whole grain better than white wheat pasta? Is there such a thing as low-carb pasta? Stay tuned!
For recipes using Eden Pasta and other great organic foods, check out http://www.theorganicview.com/category/recipes-health/
Defenders.org: Resolving The Human Conflict With Wolves - Nov 12,2010
For much of human history wolves have been mythologized, demonized and idolized. Wolves were wiped out from the Western landscape in the early 20th century by settlers who saw them as a threat. Through dedicated conservation efforts, wolves have now been restored to the Northern Rockies and are making a strong comeback. Continued recovery depends on finding ways for wolves and humans to coexist, and a big part of that is working with ranchers to protect their livestock. Defenders has been working hard for nearly 20 years to prevent conflict between wolves and livestock by encouraging the use of nonlethal deterrents. Portable fencing, guard dogs, cowboys and better husbandry techniques have proven successful in reducing livestock losses and creating a better future for wolves. (For more background, please visit http://www.defenders.org/coexistence) In this segment of The Organic View Radio Show, wolf advocate and educator, Suzanne Stone, from Defenders.org will discuss wolf compensation and proactive conservation. Suzanne works directly with ranchers and farmers to provide compensation for wolf-related livestock losses and helping livestock owners devise and implement strategies to reduce wolf depredation conflicts. Suzanne is the lead author of Defenders' recent publication Livestock and Wolves: A Guide to Nonlethal Tools and Methods to Reduce Conflict, and she authored a chapter titled Building Tolerance for Wolf Restoration in the Rockies: Compensation and Nonlethal Deterrent Programs in University of Calgary's new publication: The World of Wolves: New Perspectives on Ecology, Behavior and Policy. Suzanne also developed Defenders' Livestock Producers Advisory Council. She currently serves on the Western Wolf Coalition steering committee to help promote wolf conservation within the region. If you want to learn more about these amazing creatures, the crisis they face and how you can get involved, stay tuned!
Resolving Wildlife Conflicts With Joel Thomas - Nov 10,2010
Do you live in a remote area and are finding that there are new creatures in your back yard such as coyotes, bears, and skunks? Or do you live in the suburbs and are constantly chasing squirrels and rabbits out of your garden? Often people will jump and call an exterminator but then find that other critters will soon become a nuisance. Is there a better way? Can we actually co-exist with wildlife and maintain the same lifestyles we are accustomed to? Due to the rapidly decreasing amount of land for wildlife and the increase of land developments, we are forced to deal with more and more conflicts without any real solution. In this segment of The Organic View Radio Show, author and naturalist, Joel Thomas, will be my guest to talk about his experience dealing with wildlife conflicts and better solutions for co-habitation for a more peaceful planet. He will also discuss his new book, “Creature Comforts-Wildlife Stories and Solutions” which was just recently published and is now available on Amazon.com. If you are dealing with a conflict involving wildlife, tune in to hear Joel’s expert advice. Stay tuned!
Don't Get Mad...Get Glad Rags! - Nov 09,2010
Women have used menstrual pads in various forms throughout history. Sometimes they were made from natural fibers such as grass, papyrus, sponges or some kind of natural fiber cloth such as cotton or wool. According to The Museum of Menstruation, in the early 19th century, there were two companies that emerged with commercial products. They were the Hartmann company from Germany and Johnson & Johnson, from the U.S.A. Both companies began addressing this important part of a woman’s life and so began this multi-million dollar industry. In the mid-1920’s, the German company Camelia began selling disposable pads. The evolution continued with the introduction of yet another disposable product in 1936 by Tampax. This product was the first tampon with an applicator. Although there were so many options, women began looking for alternatives to disposable products that were not only cost effective but were good for the environment. Sometimes the advancement of technology is not always what people want. At times, people do want to go back to basics without having to go back in time. Women wanted a product that was reusable and not chock-filled with chemicals to absorb their menstrual fluids. This was the vision of Brenda Mallory, Founder and President of Glad Rags, Inc. (http://www.gladrags.com) Glad Rags have become a recognized name in the line of feminine hygiene products all over the world. These washable menstrual cloths are made in the USA, not tested on animals and contain no plastics, perfumes or over-packaging. In this segment of The Organic View Radio Show, Brenda Mallory, will be my guest to talk about eco-friendly alternatives for women’s feminine hygiene products and how her company has worked hard to educate women about menstruation. Stay tuned!
Label Lies: Deciphering Pet Food Ingredients & Advertisements - Nov 08,2010
Most people do not pay much attention to their food labels much less their pet’s food labels. After all, it is a $53 million dollar industry, so we assume that as consumers, we are buying something of quality. Even the labels show dogs and cats running and jumping around because they are so happy to be eating that product. However, did you know that pet food labels can lie to you? While other food industries are closely scrutinized by the Federal Trade Commission, this multi-billion dollar a year industry is privileged to continue to lie to consumers penalty free. In this segment of The Organic View Radio Show, Susan Thixton, Animal Advocate and Founder of the Truth About Pet Food (http://www.truthaboutpetfood.com.com) will be my guest to talk about what is really in your pet’s food. Susan will share some secrets to pet food advertising to prevent you from being caught up in the pet food advertising scam. While some pet foods lie, others do not. How can you tell the difference? Learn about some of the most popular pet food ingredients; what they are, which ingredients are quality ingredients and which are not. Susan will also discuss tips for all pet owners to learn how to decipher the truth from the lies. Feel free to call in with any pet food question at 917-932-1068 or send us a tweet to @Twitter, post your question on our wall on Facebook or simply send an email to the show for more information. Stay tuned!
Chef Bryan Au: The New Way To Do Gourmet: Organic, Raw and Vegan! - Nov 05,2010
For some people, the thought of raw food means basically eating a salad or a piece of fruit. The vegan diet is also perceived as eating something that taste like cardboard with the sole ingredient being tofu. Both have come such a long way! The organic raw vegan method of cooking has become one of the fastest growing trends in gourmet cuisine. The dishes are not only tasty but are purely raw and provide the maximum nutrients and vitamins that can be obtained from eating the food you eat. Celebrity Vegan Raw Organic Chef Bryan Au was vegetarian at age 12, went Organic and Vegan at age 27 turned Raw Organic Vegan at age 29 and now is 38 years old with several best-selling “RAW IN TEN MINUTES” recipe books. Chef Bryan Au has seen countless miracles, healings, transformations, and more from eating and meeting people who enjoy Raw Organic Vegan Cuisine. Part of the reason why it works in preventing and reversing many modern day diseases and conditions while providing radiant health, vitality, energy, anti-aging naturally and more is because it is Organic, all natural, fresh, wholesome and the recipes are literally designed to be from garden to table within just a few minutes all the delicious recipes are only 5 to 10 minutes to make and is ready to serve, eat and enjoy! Even for the total beginner to the professional chef, or if you can't cook or do not have time to cook then try Chef Bryan's recipes there is no cooking! It is all raw organic and amazingly delicious, fast, easy and fun. Even children and kids can make it safely with supervision. In this segment of The Organic View, Chef Bryan Au will be my guest to talk about his work as an educator and advocate of health, nutrition, organic eating and to teach his healthy recipes for their benefit. If you want to learn more about this popular healthy trend, stay tuned!
Please visit our recipes section at http://www.theorganicview.com/category/recipes-health/ for recipes from Chef Bryan Au as well as many of our other featured guests!
A Bird’s Eye View of Dr Joel Murphy - Nov 03,2010
According to the 2009-2010 National Pet Owners Survey, approximately 62% of U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 71.4 million homes. Of those homes, 15 million of those pets are birds. This year, it has been estimated that $47.7 billion will be spent on our pets in the U.S. That is a lot of money not to mention a lot of animals that need proper care. If you have ever had a bird as a pet there is a lot to consider before introducing these creatures into your home environment. Birds are very intelligent creatures. They are very sensitive to light and are very finicky eaters. Most of the typical mixes you find in the average pet food section are actually inadequate for their dietary needs. If you are going to purchase a bird from a store, keep in mind that they are extremely stressed in a pet shop environment and really need time to be “themselves”. In this segment of The Organic View, Dr. Joel Murphy will be my guest to talk about his work with birds. Dr. Murphy has written four books on pet care. His latest book,”How To Care For Your Pet Bird: Practical Advice From Dr. Joel Murphy” is one of the best references every person who has a bird companion should have. Dr. Murphy is one of the first veterinarians in the world to become diplomat, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners Certified in Avian Practice. This is the only advanced certification for exotic bird medicine and this level of expertise requires an extremely high level of training and testing. Dr. Joel Murphy has never been satisfied with the status quo and has spent his professional life pushing the envelope in both traditional medicine and surgery and holistic veterinary medicine. He has been pushing the boundary in such diverse subjects such as parrot/pet bird medicine, herbal medicine/ nutraceuticals, homeopathy, flower essences, energy therapy, rainforest research, meditation and nature photography. If you would like to learn more about proper care for your birds, stay tuned!
John Bunting: Milk From China? Coming Soon To A Fridge Near You - Nov 02,2010
Today is election day in the USA. Candidates from all over the country have been duking it out to convince voters that they are worthy of being elected. The general focus of the political rhetoric is consistent nationwide. Promises to cut taxes and create jobs with no explanation much less how to save the existing jobs are left to the voter’s imagination. As for the American Dairy farmer, there is little or no comfort with this election when it comes to their jobs. Big Ag is taking over and wiping out the little farms. It is one big monopoly game and unfortunately, if nothing is done by our elected officials, we will land on Income Tax, no longer have Free Parking, probably take a Chance and then wind up on the Short Line Rail Road only to find out that the luxury tax we are to pay is going to be for imported milk, directly from China! In this segment of The Organic View, John Bunting, American Dairy Farmer, activist and writer for The Milkweed (http://www.themilkweed.com), which is a publication written by and for dairy farmers, will be my guest to talk about the impact this election is going to make on dairy farmers in the USA. Stay tuned!
Interview with Joel Greeno and John Kinsman: Hey Wisconsin: You're Not Going To Milk Their Vote! - Nov 01,2010
The gubernatorial election for the state of Wisconsin is one that will significantly impact our food. How? If the newly elected governor does not fight for the American Dairy Farmer, once they are wiped out, the other sectors in agriculture will tumble. Joel Greeno, the President of the American Raw Milk Producers Pricing Association otherwise referred to as ARMPPA and the Vice-President of Family Farm Defenders will be my guest to talk about the key politicians that will impact this industry. With the fiasco that hit the dairy farmers when the current Wisconsin governor vetoed Senate Bill 434 this past May, which would have allowed for direct farmer-to-consumer sales of raw milk, it sent a message that the dairy farmers have very few allies. This election is clearly one that needs to support the dairy farmers but yet neither candidate has reached out to either Joel Greeno or John Kinsman, President of Family Farm Defenders who also blew the whistle on the Bovine Growth Hormone. (rBGH). In fact, very few politicians across the board have mentioned anything about agriculture much less the environment. Just why are dairy farmers being ignored? What exactly is going on in the state of Wisconsin? Why isn’t the environment a concern? Are they pushing for all of our food to be imported? Tune in to hear Joel talk about the crisis with American Dairy Farmers. Stay Tuned!