U.S. Growers, Ag Industry In Crosshairs Of Trump Trade War

soybean-harvest photo

By Lynda Bryant-Work “As we learned after President Herbert Hoover signed the Smoot-Hawley tariff at the outset of the Great Depression, vibrant international trade is a key component to economic recovery; hindering trade is a recipe for disaster.” Asa Hutchinson   Farmers across the United States expect to lose billions of dollars this year if the Trump trade war with China and other countries continues to escalate. The trade war comes at a tough time for farmers when prices for soybeans and corn have been stubbornly low. A February USDA report…

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Trump’s New Tariffs Set To Drive Up Cost Of Living

By Lynda Work Canadian lumber tariffs imposed in 2017 are already having an impact on the housing and paper industries and the new steel tariffs will make the crunch even worse. Home prices are set to be driven up making it difficult for young buyers and even the middle-class buyer to purchase a property. The steel tariffs tack on 25 percent to steel, which is used in home foundations, floors and high-rise construction, and 10 percent for aluminum from foreign suppliers. The Trump administration levied tariffs of more than 20…

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Expecting the Unexpected: How Survivalists Prep

by J. Lee Many people consider survivalists who are also called preppers as those who wear tin foil hats. That is not a true assessment. It is never a waste of time to be prepared or to learn basic survival skills. The opinion of skeptics is of no surprise. Many prefer to take it one day at a time. They never think of scenarios when not being prepared could become a matter of life and death. They think crisis will never happen to them. I have had a survivalist mentality since…

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Animal Farming – Rabbits Abused For Fur and Meat; We Must Be Their Voice

photo of an Angora rabbit

by J. Lee RABBITS ABUSED FOR FUR AND MEAT The horrors of rabbits farms Rabbits kept for fur and meat suffer from unimaginable cruelty. They are abused while being kept in dirty wire cages that injure their delicate feet. In fur farms rabbits are kept in solitary confinement. In meat farms they are crammed into overcrowded cages. Many of them suffer from untreated fungal infections that causes skin ulceration’s and their fur can fall out. They are unable to play, run, dig, feel solid ground under their feet or enjoy sunshine. Those kept…

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The Evolution In Non Animal Sourced “Meat” – The Impossible Possible Burger

image of the plant based ground beef alternative, "Impossible Burger" being grilled medium rare

by Richard Cameron   We all recognize that changes in agriculture and food production are advancing at a rapid pace. Some of the changes are controversial for a variety of reasons. The Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) debate has not abated and some of the most egregious behavior of multi-national ‘Big Ag’ corporations have tainted scientific advances. Despite that, more changes are coming in your diet.  The subject of this report, is one that my family has been examining from a practical standpoint for the past 5 years or so. We…

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Urban Community Gardens, Co-ops, Communal Farming and Farmers’ Markets: Healthy Food Production for Our Future

J. Lee Community Gardens, Community Farms and Farmers’ markets A trend that is gaining momentum is community gardens, co-ops, communal farms and farmers’ markets. They have always been around, but the idea has become more mainstream. They can be found throughout the United States. Community Gardens Community gardens, also known as co-op’s, are comprised of land purchased by a group of people or local governments. Regulations can be a challenge, but many governments will assist those who are serious. They are developed so that a group of people can produce…

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Animal Farming, Abuse of Pigs, Sows and Piglets – We Must Be Their Voice

J. Lee Horrors of Animal Farming – The Pork Industry This story exposes the horrors on pig farms. Pigs experience suffering. Writing this story was as heartbreaking as my poultry and cattle stories. Images of abuse I saw doing research for this story will remain a nightmare in my mind. My story is not to convince anyone to go vegan or vegetarian. Its purpose is to open your eyes to brutality and suffering of pigs. Future stories will disclose abuses in other animal farming industries. Wikipedia: Pork is the culinary name for meat from a domestic pig (Sus scrofa…

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Animal Farming, Abuse of Cattle and Calves – We Must Be Their Voice

photo image of a large factory dairy farm where cows are tightly corralled and injected with hormones and excessive antibiotics

By J. Lee Horrors of Animal Farming – Beef, Veal and Dairy Industry This story exposes the horrors on beef, veal and dairy farms. Writing this story was as heartbreaking as my poultry story. It is not to convince anyone to go vegan or vegetarian. Its purpose is to open your eyes to the brutality cattle and calves endure. Future stories will disclose abuses in other animal farming industries. All of the abuses are disturbing especially the cruel and painful debudding, tail docking and castration process. It will be a while before…

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Animal Farming – (The Poultry Industry) We Must Be Their Voice

photo of large, industrial poultry farm and the inhumane lack of room for the animals to move around even to the slightest degree

 by J. Lee Horrors of Animal Farming – The Poultry Industry This story exposes the horrors on poultry farms. Writing it was heartbreaking, but it is a story that needs to be told. Future stories will disclose abuses in other animal farming industries. Animal farming often exploits animals in an inhumane and overcrowded environment. The sad fact is unnecessary suffering occurs when profits are put above humane treatment of living beings. Before you buy poultry find out if the animal was acquired from an animal farm that have been cited for animal…

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Yulin Dog Meat Festival – It’s Time To Stop The Pain And Suffering

Meme with man comforting dog and text, "Say No To The Yulin Dog Meat Festival"

by J. Lee The 2017 China Lychee and Dog Meat Festival began on June 21st and ends on June 30th. The festival is not officially recognized by the government, but many see their silence as a sign of consent. Promoters justify the event by saying dogs eaten in the summer keeps the consumer healthy and it keeps summer heat at bay. The Independent:  Yulin Dog Meat Festival – “The Yulin “Lychee and Dog Meat” festival is an annual 10 day event where over 10,000 dogs are eaten. Cat meat, fresh lychees…

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