June 20, 2023 3-5PM ET
Tuesday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
USDA to Crack Down on Misleading Meat Labels like ‘Free-Range and ‘No Antibiotics’ The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is taking steps to help protect consumers from misleading labels on meat. Many consumers opt for meat raised without antibiotics for health reasons or personal preference. But some producers may be misrepresenting their products with false marketing claims on their product labels. On June 14, the USDA announced that it will strengthen its processes to substantiate claims made by producers about the raising of livestock and poultry. The initiative dovetails the USDA’s efforts to “protect consumers from false and misleading labels,” according to a news release. For instance, lawsuits against companies mislabeling foods as “all-natural” have increased in recent years. “Consumers should be able to trust that the label claims they see on products bearing the USDA mark of inspection are truthful and accurate,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in the release. “USDA is taking action today to ensure the integrity of animal-raising claims and level the playing field for producers who are truthfully using these claims, which we know consumers value and rely on to guide their meat and poultry purchasing decisions.” Claims like “free-range,” “grass-fed” and “no antibiotics ever,” are marketing claims found on a growing number of animal products, which should be approved by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
USDA Wants to Let ‘Organic’ Chicken Producers Stack Birds From Floor to Ceiling At a time when organic farmers are going out of business and being gobbled up by corporate agribusinesses by the hundreds, draft regulation currently under consideration would legalize factory farm conditions for organic chickens, thereby pushing even more of the smaller organic farmers out. While the proposed rule claims to protect and improve “animal welfare,” all it will accomplish is the further destruction of independent organic farmers who do things right and therefore cannot compete with “organic” mega-corporations that can sell their foods at far lower prices because they cheat on the organic standards. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service, in 2019, nine organic-certified corporate-owned confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) in Texas produced 1.5 times more “organic” milk than all 530 family-owned organic dairy farms in Wisconsin combined. As of 2021, there are 13 corporate dairies in Texas with organic certification, and they’re producing 2.8 times more “organic” milk than the remaining 407 organic family farms in Wisconsin. In those two years, 123 family farms went out of business in Wisconsin, as did hundreds more in other states. When small organic farms go out of business, it’s not just that family that loses something. Consumers also lose. They lose access to authentic organic milk that meets their environmental expectations, and they’re deceived, because they think the higher price they pay provides economic justice and reward for farmers who are doing things right.
Special Guest Phillip Meece
Phillip Meece was a combat medic who served in Afghanistan and returned with gut dysbiosis after his health was derailed by preservative-laden junk food and antibiotics. Upon his return to civilization, Phillip set himself to the task of making something better – the ideal food for travel, performance, and survival. He thought of pemmican, a high fat all-meat Native American food. People wanted a way to take a high fat all meat product on the go, something that wasn’t just jerky…so The Carnivore Bar was born! He launched a Kickstarter in 2019 and the rest is history. Even today Phillip continues to have all of his symptoms of PTSD, dysbiosis, asthma, and anxiety in remission from eating a carnivore diet. As a result, you won’t find him anywhere without fatty red meat, hence The Carnivore Bar!
Question of The Day!
What are your recommendations for treatment of lymes disease (active) for 10yo?
Thanks so much!
Synthetic human embryo raises ethical issues Scientists have created the synthetic human embryos – using no eggs or sperm – provoking deep ethical questions, according to reports. The synthetic embryos – only days or weeks old – could help researchers study the earliest stages of human development and explain pregnancy loss. Nobody is currently suggesting growing them into a baby. But the rapid progress has outpaced discussions on how they should be dealt with ethically and legally. Prof James Briscoe, from the Francis Crick Institute, said the field needed to “proceed cautiously, carefully and transparently” to avoid a “chilling effect” on the public. The development of human synthetic embryos was announced at the annual meeting of the International Society for Stem Cell Research. Synthetic embryos are also known as “embryo models”, as they resemble embryos, for the purposes of research, rather than being identical to them. The work comes from the laboratories of Prof Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz, from the University of Cambridge and the California Institute of Technology. The full details have yet to be published and made available for scientific scrutiny, leading many researchers to feel unable to comment on the significance of the reports. But the principle is the synthetic embryos are made from a stem cell rather than a fusion of egg and sperm.
Special Guest Paul Hutchinson
Paul Hutchinson Co-Founded Bridge Investment Group, a large real estate investment firm based in Salt Lake City, UT. Paul retired from Bridge Partners in 2017. Mr. Hutchinson’s is well known around the world for his philanthropic and charity contributions. He has dedicated countless hours and donations to making a difference in the world with a specific focus on changing the lives of children throughout the world. Not only does he raise and personally donate millions of dollars to child related charities, he actually risks his life for the rescue of the children in slavery. Paul is active in donating time to civic organizations, charities, political groups and universities. His influence and success is highly respected by top political and business leaders everywhere.
Question of The Day!
We would like to know your thoughts on grounding or earthing? We’ve been learning more about the health benefits through Laura Koniver MD videos on YouTube and her website https://intuition-physician.com
We have never heard you talk about this and would really like to hear your thoughts. Maybe at some point you could have Laura Koniver on your show.
Dan & Cindy