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Fake Science Is a Real Danger

A FORMER SCIENCE EDITOR CONNECTS THE DOTS FOR US ABOUT HOW INDUSTRY WORKS TO CORRUPT SCIENCE WITH DISINFORMATION. The vast majority of scientists are honest, but as in any field there may be some rotten apples.
Big Tobacco offers the most commonly known example of how a powerful industry has covertly bought off scientists in a concerted effort to cast doubt on the preponderance of scientific evidence which happens to be harmful to business's financial self-interest.
However, Big Tobacco's collusion playbook has been studied and deployed by dominant titans in the worlds of pesticides and climate science.
Paul Thacker explains in this valuable article. Jim

"One day at the conference, while six or seven of us were standing in a circle during a break, the conversation shifted to climate change. Because I didn’t know much about the subject, I kept asking the others questions, trying to understand whether the research was any good. A woman who covered the environment for a newspaper out west began laughing, saying that there were about a dozen scientists who said that climate science was nonsense. She kept contact information around for all 12 of them, she told us, because her editors required her to put one of these doubters in every story to provide journalistic 'balance.'

"Several reporters in the circle giggled. This was my first hint that what I was reading in the media on climate science might be overemphasizing contrarian opinions. Because what everyone in that circle already knew, and I was learning, was that by 2004 thousands of climate experts around the world had published research showing global warming was real, and mostly caused by carbon dioxide pollution from burning oil, coal, and gas."

Fake Science Is a Real Danger

Reporter Paul Thacker once thought some scientists were being paranoid. Then he learned about the tobacco, pesticide, and climate disinformation industry target


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SPECIAL FLASH OFFER! FREE ORGANIC 'ORCHARD BABY' SWEET CORN SEED! I…

SPECIAL FLASH OFFER! FREE ORGANIC 'ORCHARD BABY' SWEET CORN SEED! Introducing our brand new heirloom, the rare Organic Orchard Baby Sweet Corn and if you like Sweet Corn you will want to give it a try! https://www.woodprairie.com/…/sweet-corn-seed-organic-orch…/

Organic Orchard Baby is a very early Sweet Corn bred in the 1940s by a Canadian farmer with the last name of Orchard. The "Baby" part is a reference to the short, stout and delicious 4-inch ears. We think you will agree that this is one of the best-tasting open-pollinated Sweet Corns ever. The plants reliably set two ears and you will be impressed how laser-focused they are on ripening ears early.

We just got back the lab tests and they confirmed that this Organic Orchard Baby seed lot we grew last season was free from detectable GE content. What this means is that in a sophisticated and costly PCR lab test, accurate to 0.01%, not a single kernel of the 10,000 representative seeds we supplied for testing came up positive for contamination by genetically engineered corn pollen. This purity is good news! However, what is really remarkable is the fact that thanks to our unique isolation on the edge of the North Maine Woods, despite having grown dozens of at-risk seed lots over many years, we have never ever tested hot for GE content in our Organic Seed! This unblemished record is a reflection of the exceptional quality you receive whenever you buy Certified Organic Wood Prairie seed.

With this Special FLASH Offer we'll make it easy for you to give Organic Orchard Baby a try! Earn a FREE Packet of Organic Orchard Baby Sweet Corn Seed (Value $3.50) when your next Wood Prairie order totals $39 or more. FREE Organic Orchard Baby Sweet Corn Seed Offer ends 11:59 PM TODAY Monday, February 24. Please use Promo Code WPFF470. Your order and FREE Organic Orchard Baby Sweet Corn Seed Offer – must ship no later than May 5, 2020. Offer may not be combined with other offers.

Remember, this Special FLASH Offer expires TONIGHT at Midnight! Caleb, Megan & Jim




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Best 2020 Garden Catalogs and Websites | Home, Garden and Homestead

'WOOD PRAIRIE FAMILY FARM' LISTED AS ONE OF THE TOP-EIGHT-GARDENING-CATALOGS OF 2020! Award-winning HomeGardenandHomestead.com has included Wood Prairie on its 2020 list of the '8 Best Gardening Catalogs and Websites.'
While we provide a wide array of Certified Organic Seed farm-direct to gardeners and farmers (www.woodprairie.organic) we have always specialized in growing early-generation Organic Maine Certified Seed Potatoes on our 40-year-old Maine organic farm.
HomeGardenandHomestead.com is a leading informational website about gardening. In 2019 it won the 'Best Gardening Website Award' from GardenComm (the new name for the well-respected group formerly known as 'Garden Writers Association'). Caleb, Megan & Jim

"It’s time to check out the best 2020 garden catalogs and websites, as selected by the editors of HomeGardenandHomestead.com. The weather is cold outside, and cabin fever has hit bigtime. Much of the country is still frozen solid and covered with snow.

"…Many high-demand items, such as rare heirloom seeds or preplanned gardens, will sell out long before warm weather arrives."

Best 2020 Garden Catalogs and Websites | Home, Garden and Homestead

The best 2020 garden catalogs and websites, as selected by the editors of HomeGardenandHomestead.com. 2020 garden catalogs and websites for plants and seeds


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NEW ‘WOOD PRAIRIE SEED PIECE’ NOW POSTED ONLINE! Irrepressible Dr. West Joins a…

NEW ‘WOOD PRAIRIE SEED PIECE’ NOW POSTED ONLINE! Irrepressible Dr. West Joins a ‘Maine Tales’ About Canada, Tributes to Building the Common Good, Stunning Road Trip Photos, a Special Offer for FREE New Heirloom ‘Orchard Baby’ Sweet Corn, a Delicious Recipe for ‘Spelt Squash Rolls' and More!
This new 'Wood Prairie Seed Piece' may be found here:
https://www.woodprairie.com/newsletters/NL022220.html
Caleb, Megan & Jim Gerritsen
Wood Prairie Family Farm
Bridgewater, Maine
(207)429-9765
www.woodprairie.organic




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South Bristol’s ice harvest keeps ‘working history’ from melting away

MAINERS PRESERVING A LINK TO THE ICE HARVEST PAST. For one hundred years – prior to the rather sudden appearance of electrical refrigeration – commercial Ice Harvest was big business across Maine. While Winter's cold remains active in Maine, the Ice Harvest long ago followed the path of the horse-and-buggy.
However, citizens in the coastal Maine town of South Bristol are annually preserving the tradition of the Ice Harvest with a ice work session held every February. This article in the 'Bangor Daily News' tells the story with some great photos plus this video (2:27) provides additional good detail.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bl1hSWzCbvo
Back before our isolated Township got power lines, we stored ice the hard way every winter, but just for home use. Insulated with sawdust our ice blocks would last the entire cooling-season and kept an old-fashioned refrigerator-looking "ice box" in the cellar cool all year. To see if we could pull it off, we actually were able to save a few leftover blocks for three or four years.
If you happen to be in Maine in July you can take part in South Bristol's Ice Cream Social. Guess where they get the ice to make the hand-crank ice cream? Caleb, Megan & Jim

"Ice harvesting was a thriving industry in 19th-century New England. Using large, jagged-toothed saws, workers would cut heavy blocks from frozen rivers, lakes and ponds, pack it in sawdust and sell it around the world. Then came electric refrigeration, and ice-cutting became all but obsolete. But there are still a few places where the tradition is carried on.

"It was a postcard-perfect winter scene — a small, snow-covered pond framed by tall trees and a rustic barn. Here in South Bristol, Ken Lincoln and several other men were out early in the morning, doing what they learned to do as kids. They were removing the first blocks of ice from the pond."

South Bristol’s ice harvest keeps ‘working history’ from melting away

Ice harvesting was a thriving industry in 19th-century New England. But there are still a few places where the tradition is carried on.


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JUSTICE SERVED IN 'ECOLOGICAL DISASTER' TRIAL! MONSANTO-MALIGNED MISS…

JUSTICE SERVED IN 'ECOLOGICAL DISASTER' TRIAL! MONSANTO-MALIGNED MISSOURI PEACH FARMER AWARDED MASSIVE $265 MILLION AWARD IN LANDMARK DICAMBA-DRIFT LAWSUIT. The jury in this blockbuster federal lawsuit has ordered malicious Monsanto to pay $265 Million in damages to Bill & Denise Bader – owners of Missouri's largest Peach Orchard – after repeated 'Dicamba'-herbicide drift events destroyed crops and brought the farmers to the edge of financial ruin.
In ordering payment of $250 Million in PUNITIVE damages, the jury accepted the Bader legal team's assertions that Monsanto had engaged in a jaw-dropping extortion-marketing-scheme in which reluctant soy and cotton farmers were cynically bullied into purchasing Monsanto's GE Dicamba-resistant seed lest their own crops also be decimated from notorious volatilized-Dicamba-drift.
When combined with the to-date three unanimous Roundup-cancer jury verdict losses & 40,000 remaining Roundup lawsuits, this stunning Dicamba verdict serves as a clear indictment of Monsanto (merged with Bayer in a hapless and transparent attempt to make itself disappear from public scrutiny) as nothing short of a soul-less, on-going criminal enterprise which continues to threaten citizens and the environment. Jim

"The legal challenge was the first dicamba suit to go to trial and was brought forth by Bill and Denise Bader, owners of Bader farms. Dicamba is produced by Monsanto, which Bayer acquired in 2018.

"Mr. Bader's suit challenged (pdf) Monsanto's 'willful and negligent release of a defective crop system—namely its genetically modified Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans and Bollgard II Xtend cotton seeds ('Xtend crops')—without an accompanying, EPA-approved dicamba herbicide'…

"The Baders, who did not use dicamba, said they lost over 30,000 trees due to Monsanto's actions, as journalist Carey Gillam wrote earlier this month:

"Bader claims Monsanto sold GMO dicamba-tolerant soybean and cotton seeds despite knowing the actions would trigger chemical damage to farm fields that were not planted with the new seeds. The intent, the Bader Farms' lawsuit alleges, was to induce farmers to buy the specialty seeds as a means to prevent crop damage from herbicide drift coming from neighboring farmers who were planting the GMO crops and spraying them with dicamba.

"Testing showed that leaves of his dying peach trees carried traces of dicamba. The 5,000-acre family farm, which produced 5 million to 6 million pounds of peaches annually along with corn, soybeans, various berries, apples, and tomatoes, is now struggling to survive, according to Bader.

"The jury sided with Bader Farms on Friday and awarded them $15 million in damages, as St. Louis Public Radio reported:

""Monsanto and BASF were found liable for negligent design of the products and negligent failure to warn regarding the products. The jury also found that the two companies created a joint venture to manufacture and sell dicamba-resistant seed and low-volatility herbicides, and that they conspired to create an 'ecological disaster' to increase profits.'

"The jury followed up Saturday with a determination that Monsanto and BASF pay $250 million in punitive damages."




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ACLU Defends Amish Community’s Religious Freedom Against Lenawee County’s Threat to Bulldoze Homes

UNFOLDING TRAGEDY IN MICHIGAN: PETTY BUREAUCRATS THREATEN TO BULLDOZE AMISH HOUSES BECAUSE OF FAKE 'PUBLIC HEALTH CONCERNS.' Michigan needs to get its act together, follow the US Constitution and act as though it holds respect for religious freedom. The Michigan Legislature must update its seriously flawed 'public health' laws and NOT dictate bogus uniformity and normalcy in the name of fictional 'public safety' standards.
Old Order Amish whose religious beliefs include avoiding such modern conveniences as electricity and indoor plumbing represent ZERO "health" risks to the public or themselves. That's a fact.
We now have Old Order Amish here in Aroostook County and we do business with them. As a group they are model citizens and much more industrious, capable and responsible than we 'English' (English-speaking non-Amish). Our Amish friends have demonstrated their competence and good-living for more than 300 years. We English pale by comparison.
Over-drive Nanny-Government needs to back down, focus on real problems (or if there aren't any, cut back on budgets and save taxpayers money) and adopt Maine's "live and let live" sensibilities.
Thank goodness for the ACLU! Let justice reign. Jim

"Today the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan (ACLU) and the law firm Wright & Schulte, LLC counter-sued the Lenawee County Health Department for violating the constitutional and civil rights of an Old Order Amish community by threatening to demolish every Amish-owned home in the county, in effect expelling an entire faith community from its borders. The Amish community, which lives in accordance with their religious beliefs by abstaining from using electricity, hydraulic power, running water, and other modern technology, faces expulsion from Lenawee County as a result of lawsuits that local officials filed against them last month."

ACLU Defends Amish Community’s Religious Freedom Against Lenawee County’s Threat to Bulldoze Homes

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‘Entire aisles are empty’: Whole Foods employees reveal why stores are facing a crisis of food shortages

DOES YOUR WHOLE FOODS MARKET HAVE EMPTY SHELVES? The nearest WFM is almost 300 miles away in Portland, Maine, and we haven't been inside in over 5 years, well before Amazon took over ownership.
We were recently sent this 'Business Insider' article from 2018 which depicted numerous photos of WFMs from around the country with empty shelves, apparently thanks to a then-new dubious 'just-in-time' ordering system with some very, very rough edges.
Have you seen scenes like this in WFMs? Caleb, Megan & Jim

"Whole Foods is facing a crush of food shortages in stores that's leading to empty shelves, furious customers, and frustrated employees…

"But Whole Foods employees say the problems began before the acquisition. They blame the shortages on a buying system called order-to-shelf that Whole Foods implemented across its stores early last year.

"Business Insider spoke with seven Whole Foods employees, from cashiers to department managers, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retribution."

‘Entire aisles are empty’: Whole Foods employees reveal why stores are facing a crisis of food shortages

Whole Foods employees say stores are suffering from food shortages because of a newly implemented inventory-management system called order-to-shelf.


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