July 19th, 2010


Five tips for surviving a raid on your farm.

When the 20 agents arrived bearing a search warrant at her Ventura County farmhouse door at 7 a.m. on a Wednesday a couple weeks back, Sharon Palmer didn't know what to say. This was the third time she was being raided in 18 months, and she had thought she was on her way to resolving the problem over labeling of her goat cheese that prompted the other two raids. (In addition to producing goat's milk, she raises cattle, pigs, and chickens, and makes the meat available via a CSA.)

But her 12-year-old daughter, Jasmine, wasn't the least bit tongue-tied. "She started back-talking to them," recalls Palmer. "She said, 'If you take my computer again, I can't do my homework.' This would be the third computer we will have lost. I still haven't gotten the computers back that they took in the previous two raids."

As part of a five-hour-plus search of her barn and home, the agents -- from the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office, Los Angeles County Sheriff, Ventura County Sheriff, and the California Department of Food and Agriculture -- took the replacement computer, along with milk she feeds her chickens and pigs.  

Via flutterby. Would that they granted the same freedom to others that they claim for themselves. Unfortunately, no doubt many of the liberal hippies who buy from these farms cheer when the FDA cracks down on trans fats and cigarettes.

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German company sells 'liquid wood'

"Two German scientists invented "liquid wood," which has the potential to save significant fossil fuel and natural resources.

How about a renewable plastic that has wood-like qualities but can be cast by a machine? A group of scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology in Pfinztal near Karlsruhe invented just that in the late 1990s.

On a quest for more sustainable products, Juergen Pfitzer and Helmut Naegele worked with Norbert Eisenreich, Wilhelm Eckl and Emilia Inone-Kauffmann. The scientists found that lignin, a key ingredient in every piece of wood, can be "transformed" into a renewable plastic if it's mixed just the right way.

Lignin, combined with resins, flax and other natural fibers forms a mass that can be processed like any other thermoplastic material. The bio-plastic can be molded via injection machines, is durable and forms super-precise when it's cast. The bioplastic was called Arboform (arbor is Latin for tree)."

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