Wednesday, January 30, 2019

It’s the Ethanol Stupid

We suffered a national tragedy shortly before our last mid-term election to which President Trump responded with great compassion and form, as always when he is not contending with an adversary.

Supportive comments were also conveyed by our President as he spoke at a Young Farmers conference, where he in an expression of support for our farmers confirmed that he had given them their legislation on ethanol.

Mr. President, you won an astounding election and have proven the people right with your incredibly accomplishments. You won this election as an outsider because the people have become completely disillusioned with our government, because the government has inserted itself into every aspect of life with ill effect. It has inserted itself into our diet and food with great detriment to our health. People are beginning to recognize this on an ever increasing scale. These issues are of particular vital interest to a demographic that is waning in the conservative cause, in your cause, and that demographic is the suburban housewife. There are few things more important to a suburban housewife than what she feeds her loved ones.

Let me explain what ethanol represents to the people of this country.

But let us first define exactly what is meant by farmers, in regards to legislation. Farmers refers to the ‘agricultural industrial complex’; a system of production highly subsidized and manipulated via government and corporate intervention. The farmers in this system have become completely dependent on the government and toxic practices corporate interests have instituted for profit alone, holding no regard for the welfare of the public.

To the contrary we have a truly ‘market based agriculture’. They are dependent upon markets alone. These new age farmers, instituting age old practices, make their profits in the same way all farmers do; hard work. Market based agriculture is composed of market gardeners, spin farmers, organic farmers, holistic farmers, regenerative farmers, farmers using general natural processes to produce food locally as well as those investing in the technologies of hydroponics and aquaponics.

The market based agriculture farmers emphasis healthy living soils that produce nutritionally dense foods, sent fresh, directly to the consumer to get the most from its already enhanced nutritional content. They generally make substantial profits on even small parcels of land. The start up costs can be minimal with many hand tools, push seeders etc. catering to these farmers which have been brought to market for a movement that has been growing for decades. The biggest obstacle to such enterprises is the high cost of agricultural land driven by a government subsidized agricultural industrial complex.

Mr. President you have a farmer very near to where you currently reside who pioneered market based agriculture and the use of holistic and natural processes. His name is Joel Salatin author of “Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal” as well as eleven other books.

The Savory Institute is the culmination of the successful life work of Allan Savory, who devotes his life to rejuvenating degrading pasture land, rebuilding ecosystems, through the intensive grazing of animals.

Ethanol, to the American public represents far more than an inefficient damaging fuel that adds far more CO2 to the atmosphere via its production process that it professes to cut.

Ethanol is the poster child for all that is wrong with not just agriculture, the food and diet the government dictates for us, but for all that is wrong with healthcare. The majority of the American public today is on the fast track to type 2 diabetes. The characteristics of those that are not, is generally their youth. Give them time. Big pharm will get them all on pharmaceuticals.

I and thousands of others have reversed type 2 diabetes, a disease defined as a ‘complex chronic illness’ by the American Diabetes Association. They define it as ‘progressive’ and a disease that needs to be ‘managed.’ I am sure the pharmaceutical companies are in full accord with the ADA.

You’ll never be free of your diabetes so get on our drugs!

Yet diabetes is being reversed in the vast majority of cases amongst those seeking out non sanctioned treatments. Some reverse their diabetes simply by taking a chromium supplement; through nutrition. Others through a low carb diet, often including intermittent fasting (eating only within a 6-8 hour window daily), which rids people of insulin resistance a leading cause of type 2 diabetes in older adults.

Doctors, AKA pharmaceutical companies, treat high blood sugar through medications that push more sugar into the body’s cells. Not only is high insulin the cause of many health issues in itself, an issue doctors do not address, but the saturation of the body with sugar rots a person from within. Some call it the leading cause of heart disease and stroke. Alzheimer's is gaining the moniker of Type 3 Diabetes.

I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes with an A1c of 11.6. (that is very high) A third year intern wanted to put me on insulin. I took no medications, followed advice I discovered on YouTube and have no blood sugar issues four months later. Though I am not drinking any high fructose sodas and am wary of pasta, potatoes and the like, my glucose monitor, which may not be extremely accurate, has my average blood glucose level well below 100 (99 being a 5.4 on the A1c).

What do I think of the Surgeon General? Listen to, read the comments of the Surgeon General carefully. He says nothing. He speaks in terms of possibilities, guidelines that are considered healthy. He speaks in terms that support the agricultural industrial complex, comments most likely driven by lobbyists who have convinced the Surgeon General that alternative perspectives could bring down our whole food industry due to massive numbers of lawsuits the validating of contrary evidence would create. Yes I wrote ‘evidence.’

A low fat diet is one of the most dangerous diets ever formulated. Much of your body, particularly your brain and nerves are composed of more fat than not. (the brain almost 60%) Think about it.

But this topic is about farming, agriculture and even to some extent food production.

Hello High fructose corn syrup.

Not only is fructose the most damaging of sugars to the body, it now comes from a source, that historically has never been relied upon for fructose, a source genetically modified, and saturated in glyphosate.


And do not get me started on soy.

…I want my movie theater popcorn popped in coconut oil, not soybean oil, and covered with real butter, not a soybean based butter substitute. Did I mention all soy is GMO (genetically modified organism) and humans have never consumed soy but in fermented form. …

…And there are no shortages of healthy fats such as coconut oil and butter! My God, they charge enough for a tub of popcorn, it can’t be cost. …

… I’m done. …I think.

The argument in support of GMO’s (corn, soy, cotton etc.) is that we need to feed an ever increasing population and must create crops that produce greater yields.

First, do we have a food shortage? There is one word that tells us that absolutely we do not have a food shortage: Ethanol.

If we are short of food, corn, why turn it into fuel? Are we short of sugar also, that we need to turn this sustenance, corn, into high fructose corn syrup which sweetens almost everything in our lives? Then why is Brazil turning all its sugar into, wait for it, …


There is no shortage of food. GMO crops do not produce high yields long term. They need ever modified genetics and chemical herbicides and pesticides to keep them viable, a practice that depletes the soil of its microbial life greatly reducing the nutritional value of the produce. Add to that, the loss of nutrition through the passage of the time it takes all agricultural industrial complex produce to get to the market, and you are left with little more than filler. Filler that some believe is dangerous to our health because of the artificial (done in the lab) genetic modifications. And then there is the glyphosate and other applied chemicals. Not healthy.

Glyphosate is sprayed on wheat crops as a drying agent to facilitate a timely harvest.

I could go on.

The number of farmer’s markets across the country are exploding. They have been for more than a decade. People, housewives, are seeking out local grown, naturally grown nutritionally dense foods. They are rejecting the agricultural industrial complex and all that comes with it.

We have a Winter Farmer’s Market here in Milwaukee at The Domes, a Milwaukee landmark. This will be their final year at the site. The county wants to use the associated green house for what they perceive as more lucrative endeavors.

One county supervisor suggested that the Winter Farmer’s Market find a location on the north side, not the most affluent area of the city. Implied in the remark is that farmer’s markets are a response to food deserts, areas of cities lacking quality grocery stores and/or produce.

This supervisor obviously never visited the Winter Farmer’s Market, or any farmer’s market, as the clientele is far from needy. Some of the most affluent areas of this region host highly successful farmers markets.

One could speculate that the entire nation has become a food desert.

A conservative, a libertarian or anyone not suckling from the government teat believe in market driven economies. An ever more powerful and profitable market based agriculture is booming here in the United States despite corporate interests trying to smother the movement through legislation.

Yes, smoking is legal, the government establishment is happy with legalizing marijuana, but we cannot buy raw milk?

I want to buy raw milk.

I do not have health insurance. I have no desire to buy it. There are alternative means to pursue health and healing, All extremely less expensive, even if that includes seeking treatment oversees, than the cost of premiums the government wants me to pay though I may not be sick. In the worst of cases I am content with the life God has given me.

I see so many people consumed with worry under the media driven hype over healthcare. I see people consumed for weeks and over good portions of their life in research into what is the best plan for them, where do they get the most benefit, coverage. An insurance company even advertises that it will make the process easy for you.

There are so many better ways to spend one’s time. Yet we are directed by the mainstream media, the government’s propaganda branch, as to what to think, what to eat, what they deem important, egged on to worry about possible though improbable tragedy rather than to live one’s life.

Not the way I want to live.

Now we find we are all sick from a diet the government told us was healthy. All the while they rake in the profits (government via lobbyists or lucrative jobs waiting in the wings) from selling us the food and then the medicine we need because the food made us sick.

Big pharm to the rescue.

The industrial agricultural complex, with its allies in big pharm, where lawyers, board members, executives and government overseers pass freely and often from one institute to the other, pursue an ever increasing desire for control. I used to believe it was all about money. It is more about control.

Mr. President, ethanol represents all the above and more to the American people.

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