Food Safety?

18,000 Cows Killed in massive Texas farm explosion?


The following excerpt is courtesy of Texas Public Radio – In April of 2023, more than 18,000 cows died and one farm worker is in critical condition following a dairy farm fire in the Texas Panhandle (Lubbock). The 18,000 cows killed represent just a fraction of the 13 million cows in the state, according to the Texas Almanac. Large amounts of cattle have died in Texas before. During Winter Storm Goliath in 2015, 35,000 cattle froze to death. The state fire marshal’s office is conducting an investigation into the cause of the fire.

Who’s targeting the U.S. Food Supply?

More than 12-years-ago CBS News reported: The latest terror threat to America involves the possible use of poisons aimed at food in hotels and restaurants over a single weekend.

‘Sushi Terror’ Prank

3 Arrested in Japan Over a Viral Stunt Branded ‘Sushi Terrorism’ – A young man licked a soy sauce bottle in a restaurant, in one of several cases that have provoked a national wave of revulsion.
Source: The New York Times

What is Global Food Defense?

Food Defense is the effort to protect food from acts of intentional adulteration or tampering.  Source: FDA

A functional food defense plan is an important tool an establishment can use to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from an intentional contamination incident.

What makes a food defense plan functional?
A food defense plan is functional when it meets all four of the following conditions:

1. Developed – the plan is documented and signed
2. Implemented – food defense practices are implemented
3. Tested – food defense measures are monitored and validated
4. Reviewed and maintained – the plan is reviewed at least annually and revised as needed

Who’s Taking Care of America’s Farmers?

In July of 2022, Fox News Channel reported National Black Farmers Association President John Boyd, Jr. discussed the hardships American farmers are facing as President Biden aids those suffering from famine in Northern Africa.

Accidental Food Processing Plant Disasters?

The following excerpt is courtesy of the National Fire Protection Association: There’s nothing to see here – Experts say there’s no credence to recent internet rumors that a number of fires at food processing plants across the country are suspicious or in some way linked. Source:

Inside America’s Seed Vault

Gardener Scott tours The National Seed Storage Laboratory (NSSL) in Ft. Collins, Colorado. The NSSL is part of the USDA Agricultural Resource Service and houses hundreds of thousands of seed samples along with world-class researchers and scientists.

Polyculture Gardening?

Polyculture gardening is a type of gardening where multiple crops are grown together in the same area. This is in contrast to monoculture gardening, where only one crop is grown in a given area. In polyculture gardening, the different crops are chosen based on their ability to complement and support each other, creating a mutually beneficial ecosystem.
For example: certain plants may attract beneficial insects or provide natural pest control, while others may help fix nitrogen in the soil or provide shade and support to other plants. This type of gardening can be more sustainable and environmentally friendly, as it promotes biodiversity and reduces the risk of soil depletion and pest infestations. It can also lead to higher yields and healthier plants, as the diverse ecosystem provides a more balanced and nutrient-rich environment.

What happened to Sonic Bloom?

In the not so distant past a few farmers used Dan Carlson’s “Sonic Bloom” to help increase the nutritional value of their herbs, fruits and vegetables. The secret* to those great tasting foods, came from feeding the leaves and not the roots. *Liquified seaweed, chirping bird (sounds) and orchestra music.