It’s springtime on the farm.
It means long nights, early mornings… and cursing at the rain clouds.
We’ve spent much of the last few weeks clearing brush. The new place had its fields leased out for the last decade or so. And when you don’t own something, you don’t care much about it.
The farmer who rented the land simply planted his crop in the spring and came back to get it in the fall.
He didn’t care if the fence line was getting a bit tight.
And because he went home to his own joint, the edges of the field went unmaintained and were overgrown with unwanted vegetation.
We’re fixing it.
It’s not easy. But it’s a grand reminder of why we’re doing what we’re doing.
We’ll deal with the painful joints, the achy muscles and the poison ivy (you should see our arm)… because we care about the land.
That’s the whole idea of the thing.
Our Liberty depends on us doing the work… growing our own food… and taking care of the land.
If you don’t believe us, take a look at the news this month.
It’s proof that if the farmer isn’t eating his own crop… he’ll feed you anything.
Take this crazy story out of Newark, New Jersey, for instance.
Customs officials at the busy port seized a million pounds of food this month. It was the largest bust of its kind in the nation’s history.
The tainted product was being imported from China.
The border cops nabbed the “food” because it was a violation of a critically important pork import ban.
You see, China’s pig population (the largest in the world) is suffering from African swine fever. It’s a deadly virus that can ravage a pig population – but doesn’t appear to affect humans.
It’s already killed more than a million pigs in China, and there’s no known cure.
If the highly contagious virus – which can live a long time even after its host is dead – gets to the States, it could cause immense economic harm. Some $10 billion is on the line.
But again… the pig farmers in China don’t care. They just need a place to offload their product.
That’s why officials at the port in New Jersey are using dogs to sniff out the smuggled contraband. It’s been hidden in all sorts of nooks and crannies… including, we’re told, inside laundry detergent bottles.
That’s right. The food that could have soon been on your dinner table was stuffed inside a bottle of Tide.
The idea makes the poison ivy on our arm itch a whole lot less.
The problem of smuggled meat is getting so bad that Canada just spent as much as $31 million to bring additional “detector dog teams” to its border to help sniff out the crooked meat.
In other words, while America is fighting over a wall… Canada is releasing the hounds.
Of course, it’s not just our bacon that’s been tainted.
When was the last time you ordered fish at a restaurant?
We hate to break the news… but you probably got tricked.
You’re Going to Eat That?
A group recently did some testing and found that as much as a third of the fish sold in the United States is mislabeled.
Yep… tilapia is pawned off as sea bass.
Greenland turbot (a greasy, stringy meat) is sold under the guise of Alaskan halibut.
And one of the East Coast’s largest grocery chains was recently forced to refund the money shoppers spent on dirty crabmeat. The label said they were buying fresh Chesapeake crabs… but after a tip and some DNA testing, the feds determined the stuff in the container was actually meat that had been recalled overseas.
In a similar case, nearly a dozen folks got sick after eating crabmeat from Venezuela. They had no idea where their food was coming from. After all, in Maryland, as long as the crab is processed and pasteurized in the state, it can be labeled as “Maryland crabmeat.”
It doesn’t matter what ocean it came from.
Again… all our time in the field doesn’t seem so bad.
We could go on.
But you get the idea. None of this is new.
Our Triad Wins Again
Our food system is a mess. And because there’s virtually no way to trace where our food comes from… nobody gets in trouble.
Most folks are fine with it. They close their eyes, hold their nose and take a bite. It’s cheap, and it’s convenient.
But the warning signs are there. The problems are getting worse by the day.
The government doesn’t care. There’s big money behind the imports. And, besides, food safety never got anybody reelected.
So what’s our advice?
Are we telling our hundreds of thousands of readers to sell their houses and go buy land?
Sure… if you’re capable.
But there’s another way.
It comes in the form of Know-How and our Connections.
We’ve said it plenty of times before. Get to know your local butcher. Ask him where his meat comes from. He probably knows the rancher by name… and gets a Christmas card from him.
Befriend a local farmer, too. Stock up on his products. At worst, they’re imported from down the street.
It may cost you a bit more. But it’s not too much.
And it’s certainly better than the alternative.
The next time your bacon tastes like laundry detergent or, worse, the doc gives you the bad news… you’ll certainly wish you’d have spent the money.
P.S. We took some heat for the claims in our newest book. Folks don’t believe our modern food system is harming them. But they quickly change their minds when they learn American life expectancies are now falling. Fortunately, there is a way to skirt the system. All the details are in my new book, Nature’s Miracles. Click here to learn more.