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The Worser Of Two Evils A Democrat Overseas Political Editorial

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Rewind 1972

The Worser of Two Evils

The Election of 2012

 

by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

 

 

Goodbye, President Obama !

 

 

 

Mitt Romney has the nomination for the Republican Candidate for President of the United States of America.

 

Big Whoop !

 

President Obama does not deserve to win re-election. Mitt Romney is just another in a long list of rich Republicans, who seeks to warm the seat in The Oval Office.

 

Neither Obama or Romney deserves to be:

 

“The President Of The United States Of America.”

 

Talking Suits

President Obama and Mr. Romney are, “Talking Suits” – the 21st Century Version of Max Head Room Becomes President – a character gets some phrases to spit out of The Boob Tube and voters fall for it – Welcome to American Presidential Elections from 1964 through 2011.

President Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton all came to “The Oval Office” with a plan, which was obvious from Day One. The rest of the so-called presidents from 1964 on have been “winging it – on a broken wing.” Those presidents relied on their party to get them elected and the party came through.

Popularity Contest

In 1960, the Campaign for President of the United States Of America became a “Popularity Contest.” Political strategists knew the handsome United States Navy PT Boat Commander would win the hearts of women voters and men would want to be the handsome young Democrat, who turned ladies heads and had the strong family and the proud military tradition behind him.

It is highly unlikely without the Death of President Kennedy, that Lyndon Baines Johnson could come any closer to The White House than to be on a tour. LBJ was a tall, grandfather type man, whose presidential speeches are best used when you are out of sleeping pills and need a good night’s sleep.

Puppet People Presidents

The Popularity Contest strategy really hasn’t worked well since 1960, but, when the majority of candidates are “paper doll” characters with lackluster backgrounds and bureaucratic administrative skills, then, voters have to go with the “best guess” theory, which always leaves America with puppets, rather than presidents.

It is time for both parties to once again start looking for “Leaders” and not “Puppet People Presidents”

Alas, The Presidential Campaign of 2012 seems to be another “Ho-Hum, Dumb-Dumb Personality Contest.”

 

The Worser Of Two Evils American Presidential

Campaign 1972 and 2012

But, 2012 is really “The Presidential Campaign Of 1972 – Again – Press Play.”

“Welcome To The American Presidential “Worser Of Two Evils” Campaign.”

In 1972, the only real issue was the Vietnam War. The American people wanted it ended.

In 2012, the only real issue is the US and Global Economy. The American people want their Dollar to once again have value and be able to put groceries on the table, pay the gas, electric, heating bills and provide a retirement income.

War Election Campaigns

Wars are popular and easy campaign issues, the candidate unfurls an American flag, has his speech writers dash off some “wave the flag” patriotic speeches. The candidate does some photo ops with American military veterans and poses for pictures with active duty troops.

Come Election Day, Americans’ “Red, White and Blue Adrenalin” kicks in and they rush to the polls and cast their ballots for that “baseball playin’, apple pie eatin’, I love my Mother, drive a Chevrolet and “support our troops” candidate.

Of course, once the candidate is sworn in and on the job, American veterans and active duty military people are once again dumped into the political toy box, next to “the plastic green army men of yesteryear” to wait for another four years.

In 1972, Americans wanted a leader. One of the popular slogans of that election was “This is no election. We have to choose between the worser of two evils: Republicans or Democrats.”

The American people had lost faith in their so-called leaders and didn’t believe either party could end the War. The people were right.

“Vietnamization” was not and end to the War; it was an “auto-pilot” function that allowed “Tricky Dick” Nixon to do his own thing while the War ended by reducing the amount of money being sent to Vietnam and “orders” were cut to send US troops back home.

There was no “Exit” strategy to Vietnam and the only “Mission Accomplished” was to get “Tricky Dick” in the White House.

In 2012, Americans again want “a leader.”

America does not need another Party Puppet President ; America needs a Leader.

Neither party is up to the challenge.

Republican Presidential Solutions:

ALWAYS Taxes and War

American Republican Presidents have only two answers for any crisis that faced America in the 20th and early 21st Century. Taxes and War. Look at US History since the end of World War II – Republicans raise taxes or go to War. George H. W. Bush hit the lottery – he did both: he raised taxes and did the Kuwait thing.

In 1972, the Republicans outsmarted the Democrats the GOP pointed the finger at the Democrat and shouted, “Dove.” Americans freaked because they thought the Democrats would “surrender America” to end the War. “Tricky Dick” Nixon, of course, won by a landslide.

Bad President

In 2012, Republicans are ready to win. They have pointed the finger at President Obama and shouted, “bad president.”

Would someone care to remind the GOP of “George W. Bush and his Administration ? “

Two Wars and a busted US Economy under the Bush Administration – I would call that a “bad president.”

The US Economy started to unravel in October 2007, when the Baby Bush Administration was still holding court in Washington D.C.

Since that modern day Herbert Hoover Administration “propped” up the economy until Election Day, Americans “forgot: the financial sewer that was busting below ground and turning the American Dollar into play money.

President Obama’s Nice Guy Mistake

President Obama made the “President Jimmy Carter Mistake,” he came to Washington D.C., a nice guy and figured his fellow Americans were ready to get the country back on track.

In 2008, the American people thought they were voting for “A Gunslinger” or “A New Sheriff In Town.” What we got was a nice guy, who didn’t realize in a Crisis, some Americans step up and get busy. Some Americans have to know they are “out gunned” and the man or woman in charge is “In Charge !”

The American people in 2008 wanted a new “FDR” or a new “Harry S. Truman”, who wasn’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and get busy. President Obama thought “holding hands and singing “Onward Christian Soldier” would work.” It didn’t.

Take Charge”

President Obama needed to “Take Charge.” He didn’t. He let “America’s Clown College” – the Congress of the United States of America – once again, call the shots.

The Congress of the United States of America only worries about one thing – “Re-election.” Congress is a sweet job, tons of perks and the paycheck is so fat these days that Federal Law keeps the salaries of Congressmen and Senators from being known to the public.

Once a freshman Congressman or senator is elected, then, they can concentrate on “re-election.” The rest of the day to day business is simple: “Don’t Rock The Boat.” “Play The Game.”

The youngsters vote the way the old heads want them to and they learn how to keep getting re-elected until they retire or die in office.

The Congress of the United States is no longer a respective legislative body – it is a Federally subsidized Retirement Home For America’s Most Gifted Con Artists.

President Obama is unfortunately – finished.

If he want be re-elected he needs to find a way to deliver a biblical Miracle like walking on water or raising people from the dead because he never understood an American president is suppose to be “Presidential.”

Presidential

Guts And Gonads”

An American President is suppose to have the “guts and gonads” to stand toe to toe with Satan or God and be able to look both in the eyes and do what has to be done. 20th Century Presidents: FDR, Harry S. Truman, Dwight David Eisenhower, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton have all understood The President Of The United States Of America is at all times “Presidential.”

Presidential Pink Slip

The American People already know President Obama is a “One Hit Wonder.” American Democrats should realize President Obama has run his race and need to find a candidate in the ranks, who can and will do the job.

The ole “incumbency” routine is nice, when the person in charge is fighting the good fight and pushing for forward movement in public policy and the economy. President Obama is still letting Congress keep him manacled, shackled and under house arrest.

He is still playing “Nice Guy,” while the Republicans are in their Bastille mode and handing out pitchforks, shovels, hoes, mattocks and directions to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Democrats it may be unprecedented, but, to push America Forward the time has come to give President Obama his “pink slip” and find a Democrat, man or woman, who is “Presidential” and ready to do the job to get America moving.

American Republican Presidency In A Nutshell

More Taxes, More War

While President Obama is already yesterday’s news; Romney is a rich, conservative Republican, who will only have two choices as an American Republican president – raise taxes or go to War.

US History shows Republican presidents lack creativity and imagination. Republican Theodore Roosevelt was “Too Good A President” and the Republicans kicked the colonel out of their “tea party,” because he had too much individual initiative to get things done.

Ronald Reagan also had too much individual initiative to get things done. A Democrat, who crossed to the Dark Side and became a Republican. Reagan was on a roll – then, the Assassination Attempt happened.

US History, especially since the end of World War II, demonstrates that Republican presidents are “puppets,” who understand they are there to have their strings pulled. They can do their “photo ops” with everyone from the Boy Scouts to the Daughters of the American Revolution.

They can carefully manage their historical legacy to ensure they get a presidential library built in their name and have a future United States Navy aircraft carrier named after them – but, the Republican president can not stray too far from party policy otherwise he end up in the company of Herbert Hoover and George W. Bush as “bad economic presidents.”

Hollywood Heroes

President Ronald Reagan was the first American president who had been an actor before becoming president.

From the founding of America until around the time of the Civil War candidates for president were farmers or military leaders. When America, as a nation, moved from the farm to the city, the whole “Lame Lincoln Lawyer Sillyness” kicked in. Americans bought off that they needed professional paper pushers to run the presidency and Congress.

America’s Democrats and Republicans still look for the rise through the ranks lawyer types to run for president, especially since the end of 1964. Time have changed.

America needs Leaders in The White House and Congress, who can respond on the fly and no they have made the right decision.

Internet and computer gurus will probably be the next evolution of Leaders who rise to national leadership.

In 2012, Democrats and Republicans should look to Hollywood. Henry Fonda always came off “Presidential” in his movies. It is too bad he never campaigned for the office.

Democrats and Republicans should pay more attention to the movies.

Michael Douglas in “The American President” and Harrison Ford in “Air Force One” are two actors that I would rush to the polls to vote for.  Martin Sheen portrayed the “President Of The United States Of America” in the series, “The West Wing.”  Mr. Sheen is another actor that if he ran for president I would be anxious to cast my ballot for.

Actors who have portrayed a “President Of The United States,” I’m sure have a better understanding of the overall commitment of the office and the job than some lackluster lawyer.

Lights, Camera, Mr. President ! ”

Since American Presidential Elections are National Popularity Contest both parties should start looking at great American actors, who have earned the respect and admiration of generation of Americans, rather, than just another “lackluster lawyer.”

Plus, actors often portray people in the United States Armed Forces. Once upon a time, members of Congress would usually serve in the military, Few Congressmen or Senators any more serve on active duty, so an actor who portrayed somebody on active duty already has more “Time In Service” and “Time In Grade” that the members of Congress.

Casting offices hire the actors for their roles, thus, I’m sure if Democrats and Republicans keep wanting to do their “Transition Team” scenarios, there will be plenty of people, who can step up and do the job to support the president. Hollywood hires technical consultants for movies, they should be able to teach the Democrats and Republicans how to hire the people to do the job.

Democrats and Republicans, “Fire The Lawyers; Hire the Actors.”

The 2012 Choice ?

Thus, 2012 is stacking up like 1972 American voter have a Democrat and a Republican to vote for.

Like 1972, Americans can only expect the parties to change.

What is the November 2012 Election Day Choice ? Buy a dart board, label each area: Democrat or Republican. Throw your darts and see which party The Fickled Finger Of Fate chooses most often. Then, Election Day you can blame Fate and not have to blame yourself for not having a “Leadership Choice.

2013 Hoovervilles ?

In 2013, Americans will still be angry about a “Mosquito-Infested Standing Water Swamp Economy.” A new Republican president and his new Republican “groupie” Congress will only have the standard two choices: “Raise Taxes and Go To War.”

Beginning in 2013, American Voter’s livelihood and wallets will remain destined for “Hooverville.” If the Republicans take the White House and Congress, then, American Voters’ sons and daughters should start paying attention to the news to try and figure out the next “Vietnam” that they will be “drafted” to serve in.

You can go ahead and put away your crystal ball, while America won’t have any new proactive, on the job, responsible, action-oriented leadership in 2013 and beyond, at least, President Obama will get his presidential library and Americans can start planning the Mitt Romney Presidential Library.

 

What ever happened to “Leaders” who worked and campaigned

for “The Highest Office In The Land ?”

 

Sam

Samuel E. Warren Jr. Editor’s Note Epilogue

I had finished writing this editorial, August 31, 2012. I had began editing the copy, when the Samar-Leyte Earthquake happened. The lights went out. While the laptop still ran off battery power, I decided to put the editorial away and concentrate on the events of the moment. September 4, 2012, I went back and read over the copy before arriving at the final draft.

America needs Leadership. The Democrats and The Republicans have quit looking for “Leaders” and go for party people who look good in a business suit and in front of a TV camera.

The American Presidential Campaign of 2012 is 1972 revamped, but, unless either party can reveal a Leader before November, then, “The Worser Of Two Evils Campaign” will continue to unfold to another “Ho-Hum, Dumb, Dumb Election Day.

EDITORIAL: America’s 1970s Health Craze: Death For Dinner

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 Editorial: America’s 1970’s Health Craze: Death For Dinner

America’s

Poison

Food ?

by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Consider the possibility, for a moment, that Society’s efforts in the 1970s to “get America healthy” may have inadvertently poisoned our food.

Did we create stronger diseases by misunderstanding nature’s processes?

Then, America’s Health Craze of the 1970s becomes a social fad, rather than a movement. And, the issue of changes in farming practices and the preservatives added to extend the lives of fruits, vegetables and meats should make us wonder what we are really eating for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

America’s Health Craze in the 1970s took off like a brush fire in a high wind. But, America’s Health Craze spread like an infectious disease that could not be stopped. Time and again people were told if they got “healthy” they would live longer.

1960s’ Bad Health Habits

Rewind to the 1960s. In 1960, many adults smoked cigarettes like choo choo trains and they drank like fish. By the 1960s, it was fairly common knowledge that a chemical known as “Red Dye Number 2” was routinely added to meat to give off a color that shoppers expected their fresh meat in the butcher shop to have.

DDT Outlawed

In the 1960s, DDT had been a popular pesticide that was used to kill insect pests in farm crops. By the 1970s, the serious concerns about the after effects of DDT was getting it off the market quickly and farmers would have to rely on pharmaceutical companies to come up with a safer pesticide.

The 1970s arrived and the American Health Franchises sprang up like Texas oil wells belching crude sky high. As the Ecology Movement and the First Earth Day was gearing up in America, the idea of organic farming and gardening was catching on quickly. Americans wanted “natural” methods used to treat the crops and feed the livestock, which would end up in their supermarkets and on their dinner tables.

From The Soil To The Table

Spade and Seeds – Organic Gardening became popular in the 1970s as Americans sought for natural ways to control insect pests in their gardens without running the risk of endangering the vegetables for the supper table. Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

While people in the cities were wondering how to “safely” grow their food. Small family farms kept planting their “truck patch” gardens and kept “fattening” up a calf or feeder pig like they had done for generations. The majority of their food came straight from the soil of their gardens to the dinner table.  

Corn in the garden – Home gardeners in Stone County, Missouri use their skill and knowledge of the soil, insects, local wildlife and weather conditions to grow “roasting ears” for the dinner table. Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.



A farm family’s meat was usually a calf or feeder pig that had been penned up and fed to a given weight. In the fall or the winter, the calf or pig would, then, be “processed” with the pieces of meat being “sugar cured” and hung up in the smokehouse.

Red Angus calf in a pasture on Warren Land – In the 1960s, in Stone County, Missouri, rural farm families would usually select a calf to fatten up and a pig to be a feeder pig for their beef and pork for the winter. By fall or early winter, the animal would be taken to either Crane or Highlandville to the packing plant. Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

By the 1960s, in southwest Missouri, the fattened calf or feeder pig would be taken to the Crane or Highlandville packing plants. The meat would be wrapped in paper and readied for families to pick up to put in the freezer until ready for use.

Meanwhile, in American cities in the 1970s, gymnasiums sprouted up like weeds. The enthusiasts were pushing “Running” like carnival barkers at an amusement park. “Jogging” quickly became the fad of the day and by 1973, it seemed everyone in America had a gym membership, polyester headbands, wristbands, jogging suits and sneakers.

Even before critics and legislators went after cigarette smokers and breweries, the health entrepreneurs were churning out everything from powdered health drinks to the “No Pain, No Gain” T Shirts.

The American Health Craze Theory of the 1970s

The theory was America was going to get healthy. Americans would live longer. Some optimists even claimed that most major diseases would be a thing of the past.

In 2011, it seems “America’s Health Craze” was simply a “craze,” that flashed like lightning and disappeared like white shoes, white belts and platform shoes of the 1970s.

American Health Craze Significant Results ?

Americans are still dropping dead of Heart Attacks, Heart Disease and Strokes. Cancer seems even more vicious now than in 1960, or, perhaps, we have felt the need to “segregate” the different types of Cancer into specialized categories

I remember some adults in the 1960s had diabetes, but no one ever said “Type II Diabetes.”

I remember a few overweight people in the 1960s, but, in 2011, it seems “Every American alive has a weight issue from kids to adults.”

Old Timers or Alzheimer ?

In the 1960s, I remember, there were some elderly people who were said to be going senile or had a case of “Old Timers.” The name Alzheimer had not been used yet. I remember very few people who became so stricken that they would be helpless and bed-ridden until death. “Hospice” and “Home Health Care” were unknown terms in the 1960s, especially in southwest Missouri, where rural families looked after one another.

In 2011, Alzheimer seems to have become an accepted step on the road to an elderly death.

If Americans health is getting worse in 2011; what really happened in the 1970s ?

I suspect, two major changes: (1) A Significant Change In Farming Procedures and (2) Preservatives allowed more foods to be stocked on grocery store shelves

In the 1970s, the first heart transplant was performed. It would seem the American Medical Community was on the right track. Where did the American Health Craze Train slam into the mountain?

Why The Change In Farming Procedures ?

The healthy ideas to improve America’s Food Supply may have poisoned it. A farming idea to improve poultry and livestock in the 1970s may have backfired.

Livestock Logic

Livestock gets their nutrients from the soil. Cows eat grass and the nutrients get absorbed into their bodies. Hogs root their noses in the dirt and you can watch them smacking away at insects in the soil. Chickens scratch at the soil and peck their beaks in the dirt. But, the concept of “Confinement Farming of the 1970s” was aimed at changing the traditional approach.

A Red Angus and a Polled Hereford cow in the old tomato field pasture on Warren Land. These cattle are in the pasture that in the 1970s bloomed with “Red Gold of Stone County, Missouri ” – tomatoes. Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr. Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Poultry Penitentiaries

The poultry change seemed to happen quickly. Chickens and turkeys were no longer free to roam around outside and peck and scratch in the dirt. Suddenly, they were confined into long poultry houses that became Maximum Security Prisons For Poultry. Rows of cages in a controlled environment of heating and cooling. They either laid eggs or remained in their cages until plump enough to be shipped off for “processing.”

Since chickens and turkeys were no longer free to scratch in the soil and absorb minerals into their bodies that would mean that those minerals would have to be artificially induced, either through feed or vaccinations. Nature quit feeding the chickens and the turkeys, who were being raised in controlled “cradle to the grave” environments with no access to nature.

Confinement Farming

My 1970s Ag Ring. Hand model- Samuel E. Warren Jr. Photo by Christy Warren.

I was in the Future Farmers of America and the vocational agriculture courses in the early 1970s. I remember in 1972 information was everywhere about “Confinement Farming,” especially beef cattle. farmers were being encouraged to “confine” their cattle into new styles of barns to restrict and eventually eliminate the livestock’s movement into the outdoors.

On the surface, the idea seemed logical. Data was being distributed that a single cow could eat X amount of pasture that translated into significant amounts of money in terms of acres of pasture needed to feed a cow.

Plus, in the fall and winter, when pasture dies, farmers had to have the money to supply bales of hay to feed their cattle through the winter. A dry spring or summer in southwest Missouri meant local farmers would try to contact farmers in Arkansas or Texas for hay, which then added the cost of transportation to the cost of the hay.

Thus, Confinement Farming would be cheaper and reap more profits faster if cattle were taken out of the field and imprisoned in these barns. It was a hard sell issue. I remember, farm magazine after farm magazine seemed to applaud the ideology because it was aimed at cutting expenses and increasing profits. The obvious size difference of cattle in comparison to chickens was one of the drawbacks to trying to confine cattle into barns from the cradle to the grave production cycle.

In southwest Missouri, in Stone County, cattle are still allowed to graze in pastures. There are no large cattle beef farms or factory farms in southwest Missouri.  In 2011, the majority of Stone County farmers are part-time farmers, who have to have a “day job” to make a living and supply money for farming.

I’ve heard local farmers complain that it seems the state and federal governments are constantly coming up with new laws to force farmers to increase record keeping and vaccinations of beef cattle. The Mad Cow Scare of the 1990s is the supposed justification for the mandated government changes, but the rise in cattle vaccinations began in the 1970s in Stone County, Missouri.  

My mother, a hog farmer, who had a herd of 25 Hampshire, Yorkshire and Duroc hogs in the 1960s and 1970s had begun to complain in the late 1970s that there were fewer “feeder pig” buyers coming to farms to buy the pigs

And, the rumors of hog farmers being forced by the government to adopt the practices of “confinement farming” for hogs was a persistent rumor and concern in the late 1970s.  By the early 1980s, my mother  had sold off the swine and “gotten out of the hog business.”

Beefing Up The Beef”

As a kid, a Black Angus bull normally weighed in about 400 to 500 pounds. In 2011, they seem to look more like 800 pounds. That might not be a problem if the cattle are naturally evolving into bigger beef physiques, but if government regulations are forcing the “beefing up” of bulls, then, essentially you may have the “bodybuilder using steroids issue” being forced on cattle through official channels.

The increased weight could also cause a problem for farmers. If the bigger bulls are being used to service the cows then there is the possibility that the cows will be unable to breed.

Like a woman, it takes a cow nine months to deliver. If a farmer has a cow that does not give birth to a calf or the calf dies then that is a year’s time plus a year’s food and water is wasted. In a herd of 25 or more cattle, you multiply the sterile or still births and the outcome is a farmer is facing the real possibility of bankruptcy.

The irony is that Black Angus was always a favored breed among local farmers because the calves were born small and naturally and quickly grew to a respectable size for beef to be taken to the market in a short period of time in comparison to other breeds of cattle.

Pork Prisons

Once the move to imprison turkeys and chickens had caught on and the idea to confine cattle seemed to be catching on , then, the experts focused on hogs. Again, the solution was essentially the same as with cattle. Confine the hogs to a building to reduce the amount of pasture needed and increase profits quickly by fattening up the hogs and getting them processed quicker.

While a cow chews the grass in a pasture, a hog roots their snout deep into the dirt and enthusiastically consumes the minerals in their mouths. Experts may not have realized the importance of the minerals being naturally consumed. Hogs will also find a shade in a hollow and lie on beds of dead leaves or root up the dirt to create a hog wallow, where they can roll in the dirt to refresh themselves.

After a rain, they will wallow in these ruts and cover themselves with mud to stay cool, during a hot day. Since hogs root under fences in search of earthworms, grub worms and plant roots, farmers would put a ring in their noses to keep the swine in their own pastures. Hogs always seemed committed to making a major environmental impact on nature.

Experts’ theory was that hogs could be kept in buildings with concrete floors that would be easy to clean. No longer able to root around over acres of land, the cradle to grave production cycle of hogs would result in savings to farmers who wouldn’t need acres of land to raise herds of hogs.

However, the inability of hogs to root in the ground and wallow in the pasture to interact with nature would mean that the swine would have to receive the minerals artificially in the feed or through shots.

Another benefit of the hog confinement operation over the traditional hog farm was: The Smell. Growing up on a hog farm you learn quickly that hog manure has a distinctive strong odor and if the wind shifts toward your nose, then, you have no doubt you are on a hog farm. Confinement farming of hogs solved the problem of neighbors’ sensitive noses and local planning and zoning regulations.

Vegan Victims ?

Vegans and vegetarians are not immune to the changes in farming. Without livestock in the pasture to continue Nature’s chain of recycling; there has to be a way to replenish the soil. In southwest Missouri in the 1960s, farmers basically relied on the Holy Bible instructions of farming a piece of land for six years and letting it lie “fallow” – unused for the seventh year.

Burning Brush

While the land laid unploughed and unplanted for a year, brush was cut off of the land. Farmers would then choose a calm evening in the fall and stand watch as they burned the brush piles. Burning the brush piles, destroyed winter habitats for snakes, chiggers and ticks, while the burned woods would contribute minerals back into the soil to promote pasture growth in the coming year.

In 2011, in Stone County, Missouri, local farmers haven’t burned any of their brush piles for years. Natural decay of dead leaves and rotting wood takes years to return the minerals to the soil. Spring and Summer of 2011, I have noticed several snakes on the land and the number of ticks seem overwhelming just by walking through the yard.

Without brush being burned to put minerals back into the soil, some local farmers have to resort to buying chemical fertilizers to spread on their pastures to promote the growth of grasses. Thus, minerals have to be artificially replaced into the soil for livestock to consume.

Usually cattle, hogs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, sheep, and goats would digest the nutrients in their bodies and return the digested waste in the form of manure to the pasture, thus, Nature’s fertilizer would break down and naturally feed the plants and grasses.

Once poultry and livestock were taken out of pastures and confined on concrete floor rather than the earth, then, of course, alternative fertilizers had to be added to the soil. Plus, without getting the minerals naturally from nature meant that the poultry and livestock would have to receive the nutrients through either feed or shots.

Vaccinations for Disease not Vitamins

In the 1960s, farmers usually vaccinated their livestock to prevent or quickly stop the spread of a possible disease. In 2011, I’ve noticed that farmers seem to be required to give their cattle a series of seemingly never ending vaccinations.

Danger of Preservatives ?

The real issue of the distances of geography in the United States means that businesses have to have a solution to keep food “fresh” from the pastures to the market. While the government seemed to support the “confinement farming” concept, there would also have to be a way to try and preserve “freshness” in the foods until they reach their destinations.

In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration is the agency that is charged with trying to figure out what works and doesn’t work when it comes to food and drugs. The fanatic push of health enthusiasts of the 1970s had to have FDA officials and Department of Agriculture inspectors under the gun to get healthy produce on the shelves quickly.

In the 1970s it seemed almost every week there was a new powdered health drink going on the shelves that suggested it could turn 98-pound weaklings into buff bodybuilders and do it healthy. Perhaps, rigorous testing was done, but, the persistent push for healthy foods quickly expanded the ingredients labels on boxes to include a plethora of words that read more like the periodic table of elements rather than natural ingredients.

Personal Conclusion

The claims of the American Health Craze of the 1970s were that by living healthy and eating healthy fruits, meat and vegetables, Americans would live longer and not have the debilitating diseases and health problems of their parents and grandparents.

Yet, in 2011, I notice that virtually every American wrestles with weight issues in their lives. Middle age and senior Americans visit their doctors to be put on diets to control their blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, calories, weight and the amount of salt in their diets. I don’t remember hearing adults in the 1960s routinely going to their doctors for diets.

Vegetables Grow In The Garden – In the 1960s, Stone County farm families usually picked their vegetables straight out of the garden and took them into the kitchen to wash, clean and cook for the evening’s dinner table. Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Personally, my parents and grandmother seemed healthier physically than middle age, senior and, even the younger people that I see on the sidewalk.

Vegetable Row In The Garden – In 2011, Americans and Missourians, who live in major metropolitan cities like Kansas City, St. Louis, Jefferson City, Springfield, Republic,Nixa and Branson may have to rely on supermarkets for fresh fruits, meats and vegetables. In rural communities like Galena, Abesville, Crane and Reeds Spring, southwest Missouri residents can “go to the garden” and pick their produce. Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

There is even news stories in 2011 of how medical officials are suggesting to legislators to pass laws to remove children from their parents because the kids are “obese.” The irony is the issue may be that Society is responsible for the childrens’ weight gain overall and not necessarily the parents.

In the 1900s, arsenic was used to kill pests on tomato plants. A buildup of arsenic in the body leads to death, thus, people quit using arsenic to kill off tomato plant pests.

Buying bottled water, counting calories, watching the cholesterol number, jogging and working out on a regular basis to live longer may not mean much if we are all eating poisoned food on a regular basis that have added preservatives and artificially substituted synthetic minerals rather than natural minerals from the earth.

The irony of America’s Health Craze of the 1970s is in our enthusiasm to get healthy and live longer, we may have created new health problems, increased old ones and essentially “poisoned our own food supply” by trying to take short cuts to produce healthier meat, fruits and vegetables while trying to make more money quicker for businesses within the overall food processing system.

Bon Appetite !

Sam

Story Sources

Confinement Farming – Factory Farming – Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Factory_farming

DDT – Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DDT

Mad Cow Disease – Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bovine_spongiform_encephalopathy

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July 18, 2011 at 6:01 PM

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