Some of you may remember that Alan Beat started the Smallholders online newsletter back a few years ago during the disgraceful burning of thousands of cattle and sheep here in the UK. The newsletter was extremely informative and also served as a communications vehicle especially for those smallholders who had their land invaded by government personnel who often burned healthy cattle and sheep tested perfectly free of foot and mouth just in case!! I think it is fair to say that Alan’s research and experience qualified him as, at least, one of the best informed farmers in the UK on the subject.
The following information contains the details of Alan’s new blog on Mother Earth News.
Here is the main reason why vaccination was prohibited:
“Currently, the World Organisation for Animal Health recognizes countries to be in one of three disease states with regard to FMD: FMD present with or without vaccination, FMD-free with vaccination, and FMD-free without vaccination. Countries designated FMD-free without vaccination have the greatest access to export markets, so many developed nations, including Canada, the United States, and the UK, work hard to maintain their current status. Some countries such as Brazil and Argentina which have large beef exporting industries, practise vaccination in some areas but have other vaccination-free zones.”
These were frightening and extremely sad days for many farmers and smallholders in the UK who were victims of the decision not to vaccinate.
“Alan Beat trained as a mechanical engineer, working 20 years in the profession before making a deliberate change of lifestyle by moving to a 16-acre smallholding (homestead) with his family in 1987. He restored an historic water mill to working order, and now grinds locally grown organic wheat for demonstration and to feed his family. Alan has written a regular monthly feature in Country Smallholding magazine for the past 25 years and has contributed to a number of other UK publications on a freelance basis.”
Smallholding: A practical guide to self-sufficient living Paperback – 16 Jun 2015
Alan is an established author with six, 5 star Amazon reviews of his first book on the subject: A Start in Smallholding.
This is great support for what most people who grow and eat wholesome food already know.
You don’t have to pay £400 to grow your own –even if it is in tubs on your front/back porch – or find vegetables grown in healthy soil. Healthy animals eat healthy grass and that means weed infested variety.
The Surprising Healing Qualities … of Dirt
A doctor discovers exposure to healthy farm soil holds keys to healthy bodies.
by Daphne Miller
This is a foundational idea of the Wholesome Food Association. Unfortunately, it seems that so many people have been taught that food is either certified organic or poisoned. Local common sense and integrity is not trusted. An inspection system presupposes that a grower cannot be trusted not to poison the food. Advertising the inspection system propagates the idea that people, generally, cannot be trusted. Yes, there are cheaters, but they are few and far between. Believe me; some certified organic growers find a way to cheat despite the inspection system. What the inspection system verifies is that on the day of the inspection, no cheating was revealed. Nobody in their right mind would keep and display a receipt for the purchase of pesticides etc. Perhaps the inspection of records and receipts is used to calculate the extra amount [by percentage] of fees owed the certification body. It has always amazed me that lots of people will trust a company in the business of inspections, in another country where they have no way of checking them out rather than taking an interest in where their food comes from and satisfying themselves by investigation, visitation, etc. that their local producer is honest. With local food, the grower may be visited and verified. Word gets around and a reputation is then acquired and constantly maintained.
Locally produced food is the way forward as we repeatedly see evidence that the global food market has turned into a profit driven vehicle for shoddy, non-nutritious substitutes for wholesome food. If you want nutritious food and a thriving local economy, then seek out your local food producers. However, remember that produced locally does not necessarily mean that the food is not poisoned. Only you, the consumer, can verify the integrity and honesty of those who supply your food.
What’s maintaining health worth to you?