Dictionary.reference.com defines a number of folk terms, and its second definition of “on the take” is “in search of personal profit at the expense of others”, and when a politician acts on behalf of special interest to promote his own political career, he falls under the purview of this definition. So . . . Keith Colwell rears his ugly head, declaring he wants to put an end to small farming in Nova Scotia by forbidding small farmers from raising and butchering livestock for their personal consumption. Keith Colwell, NS Min. of Agriculture, states he wants to do this protect the public from infection. To see the news bit in which he makes this statement, click here. (You need to watch all the way to the end where Colwell admits he plans to go after Nova Scotia’s small and home farmers.)
What Colwell knows and doesn’t want you to know is this:
“Buying safer meat isn’t simply about choosing the right kind, not because it doesn’t matter how it is raised, but because of cross contamination in the system. For an animal product to be legal for sale in Canada, it has to be slaughtered at a certified facility. This could be a federally certified abattoir, such as XL Foods, or a small provincial plant. Each province has different rules, but federal slaughterhouses are generally large and process thousands of animals a day. The provincial abattoirs tend to be smaller and typically cater to small-scale farmers.” (To see the full article, click here.)
Keith Colwell is either flat out ignorant or lying through his teeth, and I am pretty sure it’s either the latter or a bit of both. The risk to public health is almost entirely through industrial battery livestock husbandry and butchering, and you can be sure in some way or another, he is on the take. Here is the real truth about the harm of big farming. Ask yourself when was the last time you heard that dozens of people were sick, possibly dying, due to tainted meat from some industrial sized, government inspected butchering facility (like . . . oh . . . say, Maple Leaf)? Then ask yourself when was the last time you heard that dozens of people were sick, possibly dying, from tainted meat from the livestock of a small farm, butchered by the farmer for himself and his own family?
The simple fact is, evidence-based research shows that the main danger of meat becoming infected and spreading a pathogen is primarily because currently government (in their infinite wisdom and desire to cater to big business) requires all livestock for public sale to be butchered at centralized butchering facilities. So, when you buy ground beef, it is actually the blended meat of dozens or even hundreds of cattle. At such facilities, even a steak has been in proximity to steaks from hundreds of other animals. The shear illogic of this approach is staggering. Imagine a flu bug is going around at school. It’s like the government saying: “The best way to protect your kids from this flu is to keep them all together in a small classroom eight hours each weekday.”
Click the photo below to learn more. I advise all readers in Nova Scotia, go to your local feed and seed store or farmers’ co-op and sign the petitions against this. Let the government know Nova Scotians say, “No!” Write and make it clear to them this will be the end of their political careers if they try it.