Sunday, May 31, 2015

Last Post (or close thereto)

This will be one of our last postings to this Blog, or close thereto.

This video commemorates the last post (or close thereto) for the Blog of Small Flock Poultry Farmers of Canada ("SFPFC").

The yellow dots show the location of readers who came
to this Blog seeking truth, more than 147,000 visits from
more than 152 countries. Fortunately, Canada and Canadians
had 84% of the total pageviews.
This is our 402nd posting since starting this Blog of Feb. 28, 2013 more than 2 years ago.

The yellow dots in the world map to the right show the location of readers who came to this Blog seeking truth, more than 147,000 visits from more than 152 countries. Fortunately, Canada and Canadians had 84% of the total pageviews.

Our thanks to all those who came at least once, and especially to our loyal "Blog Dogs".

SFPFC advocates for the rights and freedoms of small flock farmers in Canada.  SFPFC helps small flock farmers to provide safe, nutritious, affordable, and locally grown food for all Canadians.

Currently, a select few millionaire farmers have over 99% market share for Supply Management food commodities in Canada (dairy, chicken, turkey, and eggs).

Those CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, or "Factory Farms") farms and farmers use their government created monopoly to price gouge all Canadians, charging 50% to 300% more than what the rest of the world pays for these essential foods.

SFPFC believes that if any monopoly is created or allowed to continue, it must be operated so that it's in the best interest of all Canadians, not just the 2,700 minority, but chosen few members of Canada's Chicken Mafia who dream of moving from millionaire to billionaire.

The Chicken Mafia use their monopoly to oppress and bully Small Flock farmers, strip them of their rights, and prevent them from growing the food needed by their families, neighbours and communities.

The Chicken Mafia use their monopoly to deliver poor quality, unsafe, or inferior chicken to their trapped customers.

I believe this Blog has informed and delighted most who came here.  Some, mainly the Chicken Mafia, government bureaucrats, and their henchmen, have been frustrated and very upset by this Blog.  They have suffered through one blow after the next as this Blog de-constructed and carefully examined and analyzed their corrupt and dysfunction system of Chicken Supply Management.  If they have mis-read or mis-interpreted this posting, they may incorrectly assume that they have won, their embarrassing exposure to the light of day is coming to an end.  Nothing can be further from the truth.

In our Feb. 28, 2013 Blog posting Campaign Strategy, I explained how we needed 23 doublings so that SFPFC's plight comes to the attention of 8.4 million people in Ontario.  Will 147,000 views so far, we have had more than 17 doublings.  Significant and worthwhile, as we are are 74% towards our goal, but we still need 6 more doublings.

To speed that doubling process even more, we need to shift tactics, and put our campaign vehicle in high gear.
Charles Boycott (1832 - 1897),
a Land Agent acting as the
henchman of an Absentee
Landlord, Lord Erne

First a little history so you can better understand what's coming.

Charles Boycott and Unfair Treatment of Irish Farmers

Irish tenant farmers were on starvation wages with no hope of escape for hundreds of years. When the Irish Potato Famine struck (1845 - 1852), approximately 1 million people died in Ireland, and a million more emigrated away from Ireland and the famine, causing the island's population to fall by between 20% and 25%.  Most countries in Europe suffered from potato crop failures in those years, but the policies of the English government and many decades of prior neglect turned Ireland's crop failure into a famine; far worse than any other country.

With a 25% drop in the Irish population, there was a shortage of peasant workers; first time since the Black Death.  Absentee landlords needed their tenant farmers more than ever before.  The relative power had shifted from the landlords to the tenants, giving the tenant farmers some additional negotiating power to improve their lot in life, and reduce their oppression and chronic abuse by the system.

Captain Charles Boycott was an English soldier posted in Ireland, who subsequently retired and was hired by an Absentee Landlord, Lord Erne. From previous hard times running his own farm, Boycott had become set in his mode of thought such that he had "strengthened his innate belief in the divine right of the masters, and the tendency to behave as he saw fit, without regard to other people's point of view or feelings".
In 1880, there was another poor crop in Ireland.  Boycott offered the tenant farmers a 10% reduction in their rents to assist their hardship.  The tenant farmers countered with a request for a 25% reduction.  Boycott refused, and the tenant farmers were evicted.  In solidarity for the evicted tenant farmers, everybody in the community banded together (or were coerced to do so) to shun Boycott, refusing to trade with Boycott, refused to talk to him, local businessmen stopped trading with him, and the local postman refused to deliver mail.  Boycott was never threatened, but mob discipline was in place to ensure the boycotting was maintained.

Boycott wrote a letter to The Times newspaper in Oct. 1880, to garner outside support for his difficulties.  Soon the new word "boycotting" was added to the English language all over the world.
The newspapers, landowners, and upper classes supported Boycott in his time of need.  Manpower to work Lord Erne's lands was eventually imported, with over 1,000 policemen to guard and protect the scab labor.  The harvesting of the crops cost at least £10,000 to harvest about £500 worth of crops.
In support of Boycott, as a test case of what could happen to other landowners, England subsequently passed many new draconian laws to prevent these similar types of tenant labor actions.  Backlash from those draconian laws subsequently lead to the formation of the Labor Party in England.

Boycott was severely damaged financially by the controversy, and finally left Ireland in Dec. 1880, but the controversy followed him for the rest of his life, everywhere he went.

What Comes Next

My condolences to the Chicken Mafia, but the public examination of SM's dyfunctional systems is not yet done.  Steel yourself, as everybody in Canada begins to more fully understand what you and your Supply Management system has been doing to innocent Canadians.

You may notice people looking at you in a funny way when you fill up with gas, or other encounters with members of your community; a slight but noticeable edge to the conversation.  If your position of respect in your community becomes somewhat tarnished, you'll know why.  While you and your family may be good people, people may judge you for the company you have been keeping; the dysfunctional and abusive Supply Management System.

Of course, you can circle the wagons and focus all of your efforts and social interactions with your family and other SM farmers; further isolating you, even more than today.  If your current friends and business associates are quick to judge you for your ties to the SM Mafia; the hell with them!

You, as a member of the Chicken Mafia, profit from the ill got gains coming from Supply Management.  While you didn't do it directly, you acquiesced and permitted it to occur and continue. Most Canadians will soon come to realize why you have a very comfortable lifestyle; perhaps similar to what Boycott felt 135 years ago.

Now that SFPFC's research on Canada's Chicken Supply Management ("SM") system has been completed more or less, we move to a different phase of our campaign to obtain freedom from this SM Tyranny.

Today, we announce the launch of our publicity, communication, education, and awareness building phase of our campaign.  This is where we make full use of all the research described in this Blog.

Today, we shift our primary focus from collecting fact, to communicating those facts.

Come learn, then choose if you will support our just cause.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Heritage Breeds, or Russian Roulette with Genetics

We have heard about conserving our genetic diversity in the wild, trying to undo the threatened extinction of thousands of species.  The same concept applies equally well to farms, livestock, and loss of heritage breeds, chickens included.

In Canada, only 7 people have self-identified as committed to sustaining 1 or more heritage breeds for fowl or poultry.

The Livestock Conservancy has created a map of their registry.  There are just 10 in Canada for all breeds of animal.  Some are with horses, pigs, sheep, goats, turkey, ducks, and chickens.

Of course, these are a few small farms with very limited resources (ie. knowledge, money, and hours in the day).  There are thousands of breeds in each of these species, far more than what a few individuals can focus on and sustain.

While there are similar individuals around the world, I suggest and fear that that dedicated effort will not be sufficient to stop or slow the commercialization of a few hybrids that are most profitable, and the extinction of all the rest.

Starting with the Chicken of Tomorrow contest in the late 1940's, we have accelerated the pace of chicken hybridization.  Before that, there was a huge amount of diversity in the genetic pool.  Commercialization has led to monopolization of the genetic stock.  Make a small tweak to any bread, and you now "own" that genetic material.

David Bollier blogged:
"This trend got its start in 1980 when the U.S. Supreme Court first allowed the patenting of lifeforms in the Chakrabarty case, which allowed the patenting of microorganisms.  That in turn opened the floodgates to the patenting of genes, plants, bioengineered crops, and much else.  Harvard University famously owns the patent of a specially bred mouse for cancer experiments, the “onco-mouse.”  There is much to be said for the fruits of biotech research, but there is also much to be lamented and condemned as far as the needless privatization of knowledge and stifling of competition and innovation."
In Dec. 2002, Canada's Supreme Court ruled against the patenting of higher life forms. The test case was Harvard University’s 17-year quest for ownership of its genetically engineered "oncomouse".  Biotech plants, microorganisms, and seeds can be patented, but not higher life forms like mice or people.

How does this apply to chickens?  A 2008 study estimated that commercial broiler chickens are already missing about 50% of the genetic diversity contained in all historic breeds of chicken.  It is estimated that 90% of the improvement in chicken productivity came from selective breeding efforts (eg. kg of chicken meat per kg of feed consumed, or kg of chicken meat per week of growth, etc.).  The proprietary commercial breeds of today have rapid growth and extra meat (especially breast meat), but this has also included infertility, obesity, cardiovasular disease, lameness, ascites (abdominal fluid retention), sedentary lifestyles preferences, skeletal abnormalities, male-female aggression, irregular ovulation, .  Pushing genetic selection far past the optimum so as to maximize Big Ag profits, we have many drawbacks.

Disappearance of the heritage breeds, either now or in the near future, means that those genetics of maximum profit becomes a 1-way street, with no possible exit.

We have inadvertently (or negligently) stumbled down these 1-way genetic breeding and hybridization streets before.  For example:
  • Bovine leukocyte adhesion deficiency (BLAD, an autosomal recessive hereditary disease) in Holstein cattle was caused by one popular breeding bull, Osborndale Ivanhoe, that had his artificial insemination ("AI") semen sold far and wide, siring over 100,000 animals.  His semen is $4,250 a shot, and enough semen was collected for about 200,000 shots, so we have one bull's AI potential worth $850 million.  Do you see the source of this 1-way genetic road to hell?  Much later, it was discovered that this one bull had a genetic defect; BLAD.  This fatal disease started in the 1950's, but the disease wasn't identified until 1992; 29 years after the death of that bull.  Too late then, as we were already at the end of that 1-way genetic road to nowhere.  Today, there is a genetic test for BLAD.  Based on current trends of identification and prevelence reduction for BLAD carriers in Canada, it will be eradicated by Year 2167 (152 years from now).  Genetic mistakes are BIG mistakes, and take a long time to eliminate.  This Year 2167 prediction is based upon a 4.9% BLAD Canadian herd prevalence in 1992, 1% BLAD prevalence in 2006, a 272,774 Canadian registered herd size in 2004, a 550,000 herd size in 2015, steady exponential growth in herd size and BLAD prevalence.

  • The 1970 corn leaf blight outbreak was due to the widespread use of the Texas male-sterile cytoplasm in corn hybridization.
  • One type (ie. cultivar) of banana has 47% of the world's total banana production, and has 99% of the world's banana export market; the Cavandish banana cultivar.  The millions of Cavandish banana trees of today come from cuttings taken from just one mutant banana tree, discovered sometime between 1500's and 1850's.  The world's Cavandish banana monoculture is now being decimated by a new fungus that threatens to wipe out every one of those cloned banana trees.  Note that Cavendish took off as the Big Banana in the 1950's when the previous dominate banana (Big Mike) suddenly died off from Panama Disease.  We never learn.
  • Commercial chickens are controlled by just four major breeding companies (three broiler breeders and one layer breeder), which together account for ≈90% of meat-type and ≈40% of egg-type chickens supplied commercially worldwide.  Fortunately the genome mapping of the chicken (broiler, layer, silkie, and red jungle chicken, the common ancestor) was completed in 2004.  A chicken genetics study have found that there is significant in-breeding, and a loss of 50% of the prior genetic diversity in chicken.  If these lines are crossed with each other, it would somewhat improve the diversity, but not by much.  This sad state of affairs places the entire chicken industry at great risk if future shocks, emerging diseases or outbreaks, different selection criteria emerge in the future, or market trends must be responded to with chicken genetics.  Only the small flocks on the world's non-commercial farms have the required diversity and genetic pool from which to draw.
Thoroughbred racehorses have refused to use AI techniques for these very reasons.  Humans have already done much horse inbreeding before AI arrived on the scene in the 1950's.  The further down those 1-way genetic roads you go, the canyon walls become higher, steeper, and with fewer and fewer handholds, making it virtually impossible to climb out.

There were always those who warned of these potential 1-way genetic street risks that cause loss of genetic diversity.  However, the profitability for those who lead the way, and the moral hazard relief for them (ie. private profits, but the risk and its financial consequences will fall on the general public, not those who gained the profits).

These significant benefits with no risk have enticed many to turn a deaf ear to those prophetic warnings, and they have blundered ahead, driven by greed and self interest, in spite of the risk.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Secret Backyard Chickens Found in Midland Ontario

A secret cache of backyard chickens was discovered in Midland Ontario, under the care and control of a Midland Municipal Councillor, Pat File.
Ms Pat File, Midland Councillor, was alleged to have been
harbouring fugitive chickens in her backyard, contrary to
Midland Municipal Bylaw 98-42.  When confronted with
this allegation, the Midland Mirror reported that Pat File
confessed to being involved.

The Midland Mirror originally published the story on May 15, 2015 2:35 PM EDT at Fortunately, Google cached the story 28 minutes after it was posted, because the Midland Mirror deleted the story shortly thereafter. 

After significant work, SFPFC's Investigative Cub Reporter was able to find and retrieve the article, and makes the full version available here, and a cleaned up version (easier to read) here.

Why is this story important enough to dredge it up from the swamp of dead stories?

Backyard chickens is a growing trend throughout Canada.

In this case, a Municipal Councillor is associated (even though when caught, she disavows responsibility and blames her spouse) with those backyard chickens.

We therefore learn that the chickens are wanted, but being in violation of a Municipal By-law is not a comfortable place to be for a Councillor.

Of course, that Councillor blames the By-law as being unreasonable, not their behaviour contrary to the By-law.  The Midland By-law 98-42 was passed by Council in 1998, 17 years ago.  I assume there was no By-law before that, so backyard chicken was likely OK in Midland before that.

Araucana breed of chicken from
South America before the arrival
of Christopher Columbus
Perhaps Midland's First Nations people had traded for Araucana chicken from South America pre-Columbus in 1492.  More certain, white settler and their chickens have been in the Midland area since 1639 (Sainte Marie Among The Hurons).  So we conclude that backyard chickens were OK for at least 359 years, then made illegal for 17 years and counting.

Will Councillor Pat File ensure this loss of freedom for backyard chickens will soon come to an end?

Hopefully, with time, all Municipalities will re-assess their overly restrictive rules on backyard chickens.

People have the right to feed themselves, and backyard chicken helps ensure affordable food security.

SFPFC supports locally produced food, including backyard chickens in every municipality in Canada.  Do you?

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Bitch and Complain

An anonymous person claiming to be a pig farmer, presumably from Canada, complained that the fearless leader of SFPFC complains too much about the chicken Supply Management System.  Is he right?

A complaint about our complaining.  Hypocrisy at its best?

The pig farmer's posting on Better Farming was responded to as follows by yours truly:

In response to "Expert for a Guy Who Raises 1 Chicken"

Three years ago, all I knew about chickens was how to spell it, and eat it.  I had to learn the hard way in a very short period of time.  I still have much more to learn.  I am far from being an expert.

Currently, I have 99 layers and 1 meat bird.  I will be ordering meat bird chicks soon to pasture raise between 100 to 300 meat birds this year, depending on how many farm gate customers I can round up.

Your comment of "Raises 1 chicken" seems to be referring to our previous decision to have just 1 meat bird while our OMAFRA Appeal was active.  Is that issue still relevant for some reason?

I agree with you.  It does seem like I'm continuously  complaining about Supply Management Chicken.

Maybe I have cause to complain.

Perhaps I complain so much because I'm advocating for the rights and freedoms stolen from Small Flock Poultry Farmers all across Canada, myself included.

Perhaps it's because CFO, CFC, and most of the other players in Supply Management keep poking Small Flockers with their sharp regulatory stick.

If someone started poking you with a sharp stick, and they wouldn't stop when you asked them nicely, how many pokes would it take before you start complaining?

The sharp stick of the SM Chicken System isn't just poking Small Flockers.  They also poke every Canadian consumer when they reign over a system that charges 50% to 300% more than what other countries pay for chicken.

The SM Chicken Overlords allow and encourage steady increases in chicken prices, even more than what they are allowed under the law (eg. bogus FCR claims), so that chicken affordability dropped 37% between 1995 to 2005 for someone earning Minimum Wage in Ontario.

The SM Chicken Overlords sleep while 30% to 80% of the retail chicken sold in Ontario are contaminated with E.coli, Salmonella, Heidelberg, listeria, campylobacter, or other deadly pathogens.

The SM Overlords count their gold coins while crazy cocktails of drugs and chemicals are fed to some or most CAFO chickens so that those millionaire SM chicken profiteers maximize their profits.

Health Canada reports that 7.6% of Canadian families can't afford the food they need to feed themselves.  In Nunavut, 75% of pre-school chicken don't eat on any particular day because their is no food in the house.  Poor Canadians go "grocery shopping" by searching for food in the municipal garbage dump.  Between 1989 and 2014, Food Bank usage in Canada is up 220%.  Chicken should be the least expensive meat, and more affordable for all.  Yet the SM Chicken Overlords focus their efforts on moving their members from millionaires to billionaires.

By the death grip with which they hold and protect their precious monopoly, the SM Monopolists prevent 430,000 new jobs from being created all across Ontario, and the prosperity those jobs could bring to hundreds of small communities and remote areas.

So maybe you're right.  Maybe I do complain too much. 

If you (or anybody else who would like to do so) will kindly explain why I should stop complaining about any of the issues listed above, and provide reasonable and sufficient arguments that I can easily understand, I am willing to drop that issue from my list of complaints against Canada's SM Chicken Overlords.

Glenn Black
Small Flock Poultry Farmers of Canada
The posting above was submitted to Better Farming.  The majority of that SFPFC response was published by BF here.  It's interesting that BF censored the following parts with their comment "Editor: comment has been modified by editor in accordance with our guidelines.":

The SM Chicken Overlords sleep while 30% to 80% of the retail chicken sold in Ontario are contaminated with E.coli, Salmonella, Heidelberg, listeria, campylobacter, or other deadly pathogens.

The SM Overlords count their gold coins while crazy cocktails of drugs and chemicals are fed to some or most CAFO chickens so that those millionaire SM chicken profiteers maximize their profits.
The pathogen contamination of Ontario chicken is well documented by researchers at University of Guelph, Canadian Food Inspection Agency ("CFIA"), Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC"), and others (see Blog posting Contaminated Chicken and here).

For the drugs, antibiotics, and chemicals that are injected into and/or fed to CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) chickens, and the resulting consequences, see the following Blog postings:
Based on these and many other well documented and researched incidents, it would seem that there is sufficient prima facia evidence to make the allegations that I have made against the CAFO chicken factory operations that operate under Canada's Supply Management System.

It is therefore curious that BF censored these two issues from my posted response to our disappointed pig farmer.  I hope to hear BF's logic and reasons for the censorship.

One response on BF to the pig farmer's complaint about SFPFC suggested that:
"Evil prevails when good men do nothing",
That appears to be a paraphrasing of a quote widely attributed to Plato, who said:
 "The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men."
 or the original movie of Leo Tolstoy's book War and Peace, where the narrator said in Russian:
"All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"
or Albert Einstein's quote:
"The world is in greater peril from those who tolerate or encourage evil than from those who actually commit it."
or perhaps from Edmond Burke (1729 - 1797)

In the meantime, what is your opinion?  Do we belly ache and complain too much?  Are our issues mere triflings that we need to forget about, get a life, and move on?  Please leave your comments on this important issue.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Bird Flu Disaster

Can we learn something from the recent and on-going Bird Flu disaster?  I believe we can learn that CAFO commercial chicken factories are defective, corrupt, and biosecurity disasters.

Bird Flu Risk for CAFO factory farms is 77 times higher than for small flock farms
How do we explain this?

In Ontario, Chicken Farmers of Ontario ("CFO") reported in 2014 there is 1,138 commercial CAFO mega chicken factories, but 15,500 small flock chicken farmers.  In Canada, there is about 2,700 CAFO commercial chicken farmers, but we estimate there are far more than 60,000 small flock poultry farmers.

The largest Ontario flock in CAFO (Confined Animal Feeding Operations) factory barns is around 200,000 birds.  However, a small flock can be just 2 birds.  In Ontario, half of the small flocks have less than 57 birds according to CFO's data.

According to USDA data, 85% of the Bird Flu infections occur for CAFO factory farms.  It is suggested the same ratio holds for Ontario and Canada.

As of today, USDA estimates that roughly 10 percent of egg-laying hens and 6 percent of live turkeys in the U.S. have died because of the virus

We will assume the the number of flocks that could be infected, multiplied by the Probability of infection, gives us the number of infected farms.  This is in accordance with typical disease spread modeling.  We assumed that 1 Small Flock becomes infected.  This indicates that 5.7 CAFO flocks will become infected, producing an 85% infection ratio for CAFO.

In spite of these flock ratios of between 13 to 22 to 1 (ie. an average of 17.5 small flocks for every commercial chicken factory in Ontario), the CAFO mega chicken factories have 85% of the Bird Flu outbreaks, a 1:5 ratio.

With a 17:1 flock ratio but a 1:5 Bird Flu infection ratio, it appears that the commercial CAFO factory farms have an Bird Flu infection rate 77.18 times higher than what the small flocks have. 

How do we explain this 77 time higher probability that CAFO chicken factories become infected?

It may be easy to assume that God has smitten the CAFO chicken farmer and Chicken Supply Management with a plague as retribution for their past sins.

However, there is an easier, and less judgmental answer.  The easiest explanation it that the CAFO chicken factories are defective, corrupt, and biosecurity disasters.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Chicken Bone Soup

The crushing of Canada's Middle Class, the poor, and Small Flock Poultry Farmers continues unabated.  The millionaire Supply Management ("SM") beneficiaries, who aim to soon be billionaires, continue to receive the unjust benefits that their lobbyists have arranged for their Special Interest SM Mafia Masters.  Will these crushing conditions have any impact on the Fall 2015 Federal election in Canada?

At least we get a chicken bone.  Perhaps we can use it to make some Chicken Soup

If Canadians don't wake up from their long, deep sleep, the abuse will continue.

Agriculture has the most active corp of lobbyists at both the Federal and Provincial levels; far greater than any other sector of the economy.

Supply Management ("SM") lobbyists constantly whisper into the ears of politicians and bureaucrats, befriending them, supporting them financially and otherwise.  Is it any wonder we continue to have a SM system that benefits a select few while the public is kept in the dark and a propaganda-induced coma?

Some cracks in the palace walls of the SM castle can already be plainly seen by all who look.  Click on the link to read one or many examples under that topic:
Those 8 main cracks listed above (and others) continue to grow each day, mainly due to the inherent design flaws in the SM system.

Eventually, a small but significant shock event will occur from some unknown source.  That exogenous shock will suddenly accelerate the growth rate of those 8 SM cracks which previously grew naturally.  When one of those 8 cracks meets another crack, significant structural weakness will eventually occur in those SM walls.  The walls of the SM temple will then be weak enough to pose a danger, and a solution.  For at that time, those weakened walls of SM can be more easily breached and removed, freeing Canadians from their oppression by the SM Mafia.

Canadians have the primary role and natural strength to defeat the SM powers that enslave and persecute them.  First however, Canadians must wake up and learn the truth of how they have been abused and oppressed by the SM Mafia and their dysfunctional systems.  

Who knows.  A modern day Joshua may arrive to help topple the SM castle walls of today, perhaps similar to what happened to Jericho in 1,400 BC.

The timing of this awakening is unclear.  It could happen in time to impact this Fall 2015 election.  The Conservative Government of today certainly hopes that the citizens stay asleep in the dreamy work of propaganda they have created.

The sooner the Canadian citizens awake, the better.  SFPFC will be ready to share and help the awakening, whenever it occurs.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Public Awakens

We need a few more incidents like Gordon Fraser and Nova Scotia's Turkey Trauma to get the public fully awake and aware.

Gordon Fraser, in his Nova Scotia butcher shop, has been
stopped from butchering turkeys after more than 34 years.
Photo: CBC News
I had previously blogged about the Nova Scotia small rural butcher, Gordon Fraser, who has been butchering and an abattoir for 34 year without incident (see here, here, here, here,and here).

In one recent article by CBC News about Gordon Fraser being shut down from processing turkeys any more, the article attracted 15 comments from the public.

I find it interesting that all 15 comments are in support of Gordon Fraser.

When was the last issue that 100% of the public's opinion was in support of something?

With the 5,000 signatures on the MLA's petition to the Nova Scotia Legislature, will it be enough to turn the tide against the millionaire monopolists, in favor of small, safe, affordable, and local agriculture?

If not, the LIberal Government had better watch out.  This could soon become an election issue, if not in Nova Scotia, perhaps all across Canada.

Canadians are awakening, slow but sure, from their long deep sleep.  Like a grumpy bear coming out of their den in Spring, the government had better ensure that they have been doing the right things while the bear slept.

The consequences could be deadly.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Mis-Guided Mission?

Nova Scotia's Turkey Trauma continues unabated.  Is it based upon a mis-guided Mission by the Honorable Minister of Agriculture, Keith Colwell?
Does anybody recognize this person?  Who
might it be?  Could it be the nameless
bureaucrat who decided, approved, or acquiesced
to shutting down all of Nova Scotia's
small, local abattoirs?

The Chronicle Herald in Truro, NS covered the Minister's address and Q&A session at the annual meeting of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture held on Nov. 27, 2014.  This may seem like ancient history to write about this 6 months later, but you'll soon see why the review is necessary.

A Good Question

Farmer Robert Richards from Dutch Brook, near Sydney NS started it off by telling the Minister "This is not appropriate business” for the NS government to allow an inspection crackdown on small meat processors that has forced longtime turkey processor Gordon Fraser of Pictou County to turn off his turkey plucker.

Minister Colwell responded that:
  • "Food safety takes priority over everything"; and

  • Warned that if that facility or any other uninspected facility in the province processes food that causes someone to get gravely ill or die, Nova Scotia producers won’t be selling their product anywhere, and

    "That’s the last thing we need in Nova Scotia."
I find both of the Minister's answers to be very telling.

Analysis of Minister's Answers

The Minister's first answer seems to be hyperbole on food safety.

Yes, food safety is important, but isn't the only issue to be considered.

For example, if food safety truly take priority over everything else, then this means that striving for food safety perfection comes first and foremost.  The Minister is proposing that it doesn't matter if adequate quantity of food is available to feed the people, or that its affordable, or distributed to all regions, just as long as food safety is perfect.  Obviously, that leads us in the wrong direction.

First of all, there is no such thing as "perfectly safe food".  There will always be some risk, no matter how small that risk may be for a particular food.  What we need is adequate levels of safety from managed risks, that considers safety, nutritional content, affordability, tasty, and readily available in all areas of the province.  Balance, not extremeism of food safety, first & foremost, regardless of the cost and feasibility.

If a wildcat farmer or incompetent food producer causes a food safety disaster, it can severely hurt the industry, both big and small producers.  In that, I think everyone agrees.  However, that risk is far greater with the large, mechanized, poorly inspected, widely distributed foods; not a small local producer with 34 years of excellence.

By placing too restrictive controls or prohibitions onto the people, the government makes it less safe.  When people lose their freedoms unjustly due to some bureaucratic whim, the people will become frustrated and seek alternatives to restore their rights and freedoms.  Non-compliance with the law is often an option.  Black market operations, where the consumer helps sponsor and hide the back alley solutions, will naturally spring up.  Eventually, something will go wrong, and the disaster will occur, in spite of the government's ban.

Another Question

Robert Parker of Central West River asked the Minister why a solution could not be reached to keep the small butcher shops open while ensuring health and safety.

No answer by the Minister to Robert Parker's question was recorded in the Truro Daily News article.

Pictou North Colchester Federation of Agriculture passed two resolutions in support of gordon Fraser and similar other abattoir-butcher shops.

Unfortunately, their parent organization, Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture defeated both of these motions when they were asked to ratify the local chapter's actions on a providence-wide basis.  See coverage on this NSFA meeting here.

Robert Parker believes the NSFA defeated these motions because the provincial body is more concerned with the mega farms, rather than the small farmers, and mega-farms are helped by destroying the small. local farms.  That theory was dismissed and denied by a spokesperson for NSFA.

When the province-wide NSFA defeated the two motions, the Nova Scotia government likely assumed incorrectly that they had adequate cover to ignore the situation.

Mis-Guided Mission

I have been told that when Minister Colwell took office, he adopted a personal Mission (or vendetta ?) to close down all non-certified abattoirs and food processing plants.  He is said that prior governments and MLA's were not willing or able to take on that Mission, but he was going to do it.

Some may think that Colwell's personal Mission is due to lobbyists working for the millionaire Big Ag-Big Food bosses who whisper in his ear.  The Minister sayshe is only motivated by better food safety for the people of Nova Scotia.

For now, I will take the Minister at his word, until we have prima facia evidence to the contrary.

However, the question remains, is Minister Colwell more committed to food safety, or to shutting down all of the small abattoirs?  Is Minister Colwell more interested in the means, or the goal?  What would he decide if he learns that shutting down the small abattoirs makes food safety worse, or more risky?  Would he still be committed to the means, rather than the end goal?

Reasonableness and flexibility, or stubborn pig-headedness?  Is Minister Colwell willing to listen, and consider other facts?

Hopefully the Minister will re-consider his priorities and plans before it is too late.

Ontario went too aggressive in 2004 after Justice Haine's Meat Report, contrary to Justice Haines' recommendations (see Meat Regulations Gone Wild).  Ontario subsequently lost almost all of its small independent meat processors in the following years.  Since then, OMAFRA had to admit its mistake, offer grants and subsidies to build new replacement abattoirs, and retract the excessive regulations.  The Ontario meat industry still has not recovered, in spite of these huge efforts and expenditures.

If nothing else works, a total pig-headed unwillingness to look facts in the face will see us through.
If nothing else works, a total pig-headed unwillingness to look facts in the face will see us through.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Food Safety, but at what Price ?

The NS's Turkey Mafia moved to shut down a rural butcher shop-abattoir that served the local small flock turkey farmers for 36 years. Nova Scotia's Agriculture Minister Cowell justified the actions of the Turkey Mafia by claiming that uncertified butcher shop-abattoirs cannot be allowed to continue operating due to the food safety issues and liability.

The re-use of the Mockingjay broach from
The Hunger Games seems fitting for Nova Scotia's
war against Small Flock Turkey Farmer
For our previous Blog postings on NS' Turkey Trauma, see here, here, and here.

I call them the Turkey Mafia, as they are a handful of special interest, millionaire turkey farmers who somehow got a monopoly on turkeys in Nova Scotia by getting friendly politicians to pass more and more restrictive laws under Supply Management.  Armed with lobbyists whispering into the ears of bureaucrats and politicians, the Turkey Monopolists can safely act like their namesake Mafia, shutting down small flock turkey growers and those who supply them.  This unfair and unjust action under cover of Supply Management rules and food safety smoke screen, helps the Turkey Mafia protect their monopoly from any competition.  This helps the Turkey Mafia more quickly move from being paltry millionaires, and more quickly become newly minted billionaires.

It is our view that these Supply Management rules should be for the greater good of the public.  Supply Management should not be encouraging and enabling the Turkey Mafia to do price gouging, oppression, and abuse of the public; all of which have been going on for decades, all across Canada.

However, Minister Cowell is correct that food safety is important; but at what price?

If the food produced becomes too expensive to afford, it will rot unsold on the grocery store shelves; a loss for everyone.

Inspection and testing is important.  Restaurants throughout Canada regularly get inspected for cleanliness and following food safety protocols, and if necessary Health Inspectors can take bacterial swabs from key, critical surfaces in those restaurants.  Why can't that occur for small, rural abattoir-butcher shops too?

The formal, government approved systems for huge Big Ag, Big Food, Supply Management Mafia and their huge slaughter plants are the ones that have been killing Canadians.
Witness Maple Leaf Foods in Toronto, a Federally inspected & approved (supposedly, Federal inspection is a higher standard than just Provincial inspections) abattoir & meat processing plant that killed 22 people and made 58 seriously ill from food contaminated with deadly listeria bacteria.  Where were all the government protection systems then?

Witness XL Foods in Alberta that in 2012 poisoned 18 people with deadly E.coli 0157:H7.  In spite of XL Foods being the 2nd largest beef slaughter plant in Canada (or perhaps because it was), it was allowed to continue running with poor operating procedures, and even non-compliance to those half baked procedures, resulting in numerous batches of beef trimmings being contaminated for up to 2 years before the massive recall in 2012; all occurring under the government's negligent eyes.  Where were all the government protection systems then?

Unfortunately, there are many other examples of the government's system enabling the poisoning and killing of Canadian citizens who put too much trust in the government and their faulty food inspection systems.

University of Guelph, CFIA, and other scientists report that 30% to 80% of the raw chicken on grocery store shelves are contaminated with deadly bacteria, and 50% of those contaminated birds have Superbugs, resistant to 1 or more human antibiotics.  Again, all of these are produced by millionaire Big Food, Big Ag systems under the government's negligent eye and their mandatory inspection system.

Joel Salatin, a farmer with an on-farm butcher shop in Virginia USA regularly produces chickens and turkeys, one at a time with a sharp knife and a farmer's skill and care.  His birds have 1/10 of the bacterial contamination that's usually present in the birds produced by the large, automated factories operated under the USDA's approved system and inspectors.

It's the skilled and caring people, not the government's paperwork, that keeps the food safe. 

So based on these facts, should Gordon Fraser be allowed to continue to serve his customers and community with safe, nutritious, and affordable turkeys?

It appears the answer is a resounding YES!

Most or all of Gordon Fraser's customers for the past 34 years feel the same way.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Send Emails for NS Turkey Trauma

All readers of this Blog are respectfully requested to send an email to the government of Nova Scotia, asking them to back off the destruction and persecution of small flock turkey farmers and their supporting services in Nova Scotia.

We became aware last week of the repeated attacks upon small flock turkey farmers.  See Blog postings Turkey Trauma and Turkey Talk for Nova Scotia.

To help you get started, I have drafted a quick start.  It is better if you customize that draft so that it eactly matches for facts and feelings.

Click on the following link.  It will open your email program, then you can modify to suit.  Feel free to use any of the info that was in my email to these NS politicians (copy & paste at will).  See:   My previous email

Email the Government of Nova Scotia on Trauma Inflicted to Small Flock Turkey Farmers

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The following is the text of the email I sent on 2015/05/11.  Borrow freely, as you please, to use in your email.
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To: Nova Scotia's Premier, Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Health, and MLA for Pictou West

I would like to support the continuation of small flock turkey growers in Nova Scotia, and the supporting infrastructure, such as Larkin Bros. PEI who raise turkey poults for NS turkey growers, and Gordon Fraser's 35 yrs. as a butcher shop-abattoir in Milbrook NS.

After being contacted by News 95.7 in Halifax this morning, I did a posting on our Blog (see, and a radio interview with Sheldon Macleod on News 95.7 FM radio Halifax NS.  I am glad to see the growing quantity and passion of support for small flock turkey farming in Nova Scotia.

I was also able to get a friend to get Nova Scotia some additional coverage too:

Hopefully this will soon be on the CBC National News, or equivalent.

Unfortunately, the "official, approved" system for commercial turkey production under Supply Management and/or Provincial/Federal Meat Regulations, in spite of best efforts and intentions to the contrary, puts everybody's life at risk; whether from bacterial contamination, Superbugs created from improper use of antimicrobial drugs, inferior nutritional quality of the resulting meat, or unaffordability.

In my experience, the Supply Management System, whether in NS or elsewhere in Canada, usually wants to hide behind the "food safety" smoke screen.

University of Guelph, CFIA, and other studies have repeatedly shown that 30% to 80% of retail chickens are significantly contaminated with deadly bacteria.  I assume similar problems with commercially produced turkeys under Supply Management.   A butcher with a sharp knife is often better than an expensive, high speed poultry processing machine usually used by the commercial factory farms and processors under Supply Management.  For manual evisceration done properly by a farmer or butcher, the resulting meat will often have 96% less bacterial contamination than the commercially produced meat (see ) .

There is a world-wide health crisis, and Canada is included in that crisis.  There are now more obese people in the world than the under-nourished.  Small flock turkeys in Nova Scotia can be (and is) a significant part of the solution to that health crisis.  In Nova Scotia, health care eats up about $4.5 billion of the province’s $9.5 billion annual budget; a whopping 47.4% of the NS provincial budget.

Many studies now indicate that up to 75% of human disease is caused or contributed to by poor nutrition, which includes poor eating habits.  Unfortunately, this can't be simply solved by "eating healthy".  For example, a hundred years ago, the potato was a rich source of Vitamin A and C, and many trace nutrients.  Not today, as the typical potato has lost almost all of its Vitamin A, lost 47% of their copper, lost 45% of their iron and lost 35% of their calcium.  It isn't just the potato that has suffered this terrible fate.  Many fruits, vegetables, grains, meats, and other foods are becoming more and more depleted.  For commercially produced chicken, there is now more fat, and the fat Omega-3 to Omega-6 ratio has totally flipped to the unhealthy side in the last 50 years (Ref: BANT ). In other words, the good food isn't so good anymore.  Foods high in carbohydrates are now known to be addictive, and often result is a positive feedback loop, causing us to consume more of what is not good for us.  Blis point food research by large corporations and very powerful individuals (commonly called "Big Food") has purposefully (or inadvertently at least) caused the creation and marketing of foods that are more and more addictive.

All of this has been caused (or taken advantage of) by Big Food who are focused (exclusively, or nearly so) on maximizing their profits, regardless of the societal costs.  Seeking profits by corporations is what their government's charter and incorporation bylaws requires them to do, so it is no wonder that they do so.  Unfortunately, there are insufficient constraints on this inbred search for profits.  One of the indirect consequences of this profit seeking by Big Food is the slow evolution from locally produced food on local, family farms toward huge factory farms run by (or terribly influenced by) huge corporations.

In short, Big Food is directly and indirectly causing your provincial health budget to explode, and cruel suffering to be inflicted on millions of Canadians, including almost a million people in NS.  There are some indications that Big Food is somewhat aware of the terrible impact of their actions, but they choose to do little to nothing to remedy the situation.

One particularly gruesome example of Big Food is the Supply Management System in Canada for table eggs, hatching eggs, chicken, turkey, and dairy; a system which has been around for about 50 years.  It was created by the Federal and Provincial governments so as to help the farmers, so they can better provide the necessary food to Canadians.  The monopolies created by the governments and delegated to these industry sectors as a self-regulating and self-policing system has slowly evolved away from its intended focus on the greater good for the public.  It is now used as a weapon against Canadians.  For example, eggs in Canada are about 52% more expensive than in the USA.  Cheese and milk are 38% to 100% more expensive in Canada.  These are bad enough, but chicken is between 50% to 300% more expensive in Canada; king of Big Food's kleptocracy.  Farmers get some of this unfair and excessive profit, but it is mainly other players in the Big Food cartel who are the gluttons feeding on the consumer's pocketbook through these exorbitant prices.

Health Canada studies show that on average, 7.6% of Canadian families can't afford the food they need to feed their families; as high as 28% in Nunavut.  If Canadians can't afford the food they want and need, they are forced to buy what they can afford; which means even lower quality food.  This has a direct causal link to their subsequent poor health, and the extra health care services you are subsequently required to provide, and the extra bills taxpayers eventually have to pay.  Diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, fatty liver, rheumatoid arthritis, and Alzheimer's Disease are just some of the diseases linked to poor nutrition; most of which are seeing world-wide pandemics in incidence and prevalence rates, in both Canada and around the world.  It is estimated that if the current trends continue, diabetes alone will consume 100% of the total health care budget by 2045.

In the 1950's Canada was one of the best in the world for chicken FCR.  Today, New Zealand chicken farmers are the best with an FCR of 1.38 (versus Canada's 1.72), which places us 24.6% behind the world leaders, wallowing in mediocrity.  FCR directly affects price of chicken, so that a bad FCR puts Canada at a 14.8% price disadvantage with foreign chicken producers (if we assume non-FCR costs are similar, and since feed costs are 60% of the total cost of production; 0.6*1.246+0.4*1.0= 1.148= 14.8% price disadvantage for Canada).   Here is the background info on the poor FCR (Feed Conversion Ratio) that the 2,700 fat, dumb, & happy multi-millionaire chicken farmers in Canada have done to almost destroy the Canadian chicken industry.

The commercial poultry growers have also been doing weird things with drugs and chemicals.  See Frankenstein Chicken:

In Ontario, we estimate that 430,000 new jobs can be created by allowing Small Flock farmers to have just 10% of the provincial chicken market, producing local food, and helping the rural economy.  If we assume the same ratio for NS, you could create 29,700 new jobs for NS via small flock farming and local food.  (see ).  That could be achieved with the stroke of a pen by the NS Minister of Agriculture, with 30 days notice.  No expenditure required.  How's that for job creation cost & speed?

There will soon be 10 Billion people on this planet as the current population demographic holes fill in over the next 50 years or so.  The world needs more food, and Canada could supply a significant part of it.  Unfortunately, we are blocked by Big Food, especially Canada's Supply Management System.  For example, Canada is currently in last place (7th out of 7) of the OECD nations for chicken exports; a mere 1.4% market share of this Billion dollar export market.  If we changed Supply Management, we could slowly improve, catch up with the rest of the world, and eventually provide up to 50% of the OECD market.  At that level, Canada would have to produce 5 times more chicken than what we do today.  That would be Billions in additional GDP for Canada, and thousands more of good permanent jobs, reducing your Nova Scotia unemployment rate, as well as Canada's overall.  We can't do that today because Canada's Chicken Mafia is content with the continued raping and plundering of innocent Canadians, rather than exporting.

The Feb. 2014 Iveny Report (One Nova Scotia) noted that a crisis currently exists in NS, especially for rural areas, and recommends agriculture, local food, and exporting food as viable solutions.  Small flock turkeys in Nova Scotia are an example of the recommended solutions.

Since your NS political predecessor and your provincial political neighbours created this Frankenstein monster of Supply Management that repeatedly attacks Canadian consumers and small flock poultry producers, I believe it is the politicians who are responsible to rein in this out-of-control Big Food monster.  Since it is better to start with the root cause rather than the symptom, that is why something needs to be immediately done, first and foremost, about the Supply Management wing of Big Food, as this is the worst of the worst.

If you seek documentation to convince you of the statements and allegations made here, please feel free to visit our Blog where I have documented and explained these chronic sins against Canadians by Big Food, the Chicken Mafia, and the Egg Mafia (see ).

You will have to convince and enjoin your Cabinet colleagues to act in unison with you on this important issue.  If you or your Cabinet colleagues ignore, doubt and fail to verify, delay, lose your perseverance, or forget about this issue, then thousands of people (some of them your constituents), will suffer the cruel consequences.

As to your NS citizen Mr. Gordon Fraser, who is currently being attacked by the Turkey Mafia, if Mr. Fraser wants to help small flock turkey producers by continuing to provide turkey abattoir services, as he has done for the last 35 years, in an ecologically sustainable, efficient, safe, clean, and nutritious manner, I think it is paramount for the Nova Scotia government to find some way to convince, encourage, or force the Nova Scotia branch of the Turkey Mafia to consult and accommodate him in some reasonable manner (and all other small flockers and local abattoirs of a similar nature)  in their current supply management system.  Similarly, we must permit small flock farmers to continue obtaining turkey poults from Larkin Bros. in PEI, and other local food endeavors to thrive; in spite of the entrenched Big Food monopolists, and the swarming of their lobbyists in the back halls and offices of government.

Beyond the current Turkey Trauma in Nova Scotia, here is how we suggest the overall Supply Management system be improved:

Thank-you for your prompt attention and consideration of these important issues for immediate resolution by your government.

Glenn Black   President
Small Flock Poultry Farmers of Canada
c/o 576 Firehall Rd.    P.O. Box 101
Providence Bay ON P0P 1T0
Phone (705)-377-4039

Small Flock Poultry Farmers of Canada is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to communicate, discuss, and advocate for the civil rights and important role that small flock poultry farmers can play (and should play) in Canadian Society.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Turkey Talk for Nova Scotia

Small Flock turkey growers in Nova Scotia are in trouble, under attack from the Turkey Mafia.  Here are some letter of support for our members and friends Down East.

In a previous Blog posting (see Turkey Trauma ), we described the loss of an important, small abattoir-butcher shop in Millbrook NS, run by Gordon Fraser.  We described how the supply of turkey poults (young turkeys) to small flock turkey farmers has been cut off from Larkin Bros. in PEI.  With no source of poults, and nowhere to get your fully grown turkey butchered, the small flock turkey farmers of Nova Scotia have been totally stranded and beached on the rocky shore of Supply Management.  The Turkey Mafia have done their dirty work very successfully.  They made no coup de grace, but indirectly made the fatal blows that will cause the withering on the vine.  A sneak attack from the rear.

In support of our brothers and sisters in Nova Scotia, SFPFC has written a number of letters to call attention to this mean spirited attack by the Turkey Mafia.

Here are copies of the letters we sent so all to see:

Email 1: To the Liberal Government of Nova Scotia (Premier, Minister of Health, Minister of Agriculture), and local MLA Karla MacFarlane, PC

Email 2: To News 95.7 FM (Halifa NS), thanks for their news coverage of Turkey Trauma in NS

Email 3: Request for additional Ag. News coverage of Turkey Trauma in NS

Email 4: To MLA Karla MacFarlane (PC), Pictou West NS

What more can we do to expose these insideous, indirect attacks on the small flock turkey farmers of Nova Scotia?

While Nova Scotia's small flock turkey farmers are under attack today, don't think that this is the end of the SM Mafia's attack on Small Flockers.  If you breath a sigh of relief that you have escaped their persecution, think again.  Political apathy will seal our fate.

They Thought They Were Free
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
 Martin Niemöller ( 1892 - 1984), a German Lutheran pastor
and theologian born in Lippstadt, Germany
speaking of the Jewish Holocaust in Nazi Germany

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Power of the Powerless

The Chicken Mafia, their bureaucrat supporters and enablers, and the cheerleading politicians believe that Small Flockers and consumers are powerless.  They believe that they own and control Small Flockers and consumers as their pawns, to be used and abused as they please.

They may want to reconsider their flawed assumptions.

Misguided Assumptions

Many people feel they are powerless.

Just because we all feel powerless, doesn't mean it's true.

Humans naturally go along to get along.  It's easier that way.  It's protective.  It's less complicated.

If there is any path through the woods, regardless if it goes in the right direction or not, it's easier to follow the path, rather than blazing a new trail through the woods.  Once we've gotten to the other side of the woods, we can always circle around to go the direction we had wanted to travel in the first place.  Somehow, that makes sense to most people.

However, that logic doesn't work forever.

Eventually, things get so bad that we are no longer willing to travel the path of least resistance in the wrong direction.  Sooner or later, we realize this is just wrong, and somebody has to do something about this terrible situation.

That moment comes every century or so, when things are so screwed up, somebody eventually decides to push the reset button.

Adam & Eve had it happen to them.

Babylon had their moment.

The Pharaoh thought everything was going great, then this guy called Moses showed up.

Even the Romans had the Visigoths get uppity in 376 AD, sacking Rome.  Who saw that coming?

After World War II, the Russian Empire took over many small countries and force them under Communist governments.  The people were terribly oppressed, but the oppression continued, firing squad ran up a huge bill for bullets, so they eventually invented Gulags and slave labour, reducing the cost of munitions and getting free stuff from political prisoners and their families imprisoned for the slightest, whimsical reason.

People under Communist rule were  propagandized, and told what to think and believe.  Slogans and right thinking was freely provided.  If you were a little slow on coming up with the right answers, a few decades in a Gulag were applied to sharpen your skills with constant remedial training programs.

Two-faced lies and propaganda of
totalitarian governments, and
Canada's Supply Management System
People put the right signs with the right slogans in their windows, because they had to.  At the public meeting they were coerced to attend, they were expected to say the right thing.  They were required to vote the right way in "free" elections where the outcome was known years in advance.  Kids were taught to watch their parents, and turn them in to the government Secret Police if they spoke against the government's official position.  Like in George Orwell's novel 1984, war was peace, truth were lies, freedom was slavery, and so on.  People were forced to live lies.

Some people got so good at living the lies, they no longer were aware of the truth.

People learned to say and act exactly as they were  required to do.  Go along to get along.

Fortunately, they didn't yet have the Thought Police.

Family and friends sometimes spoke in double entendres, to hide and share their true feelings.  They came to know and trust each other more and more, having sufficient incrimination on each other that they could not expose the other without convicting themselves.  Eventually, they risked smuggled books, listening to forbidden free radio broadcasts, and the creation of Samizdat by secretly copying and sharing these forbidden thoughts.

Finally, in Oct. 1978 Vaclav Havel wrote his famous and powerful essay "The Power of the Powerless"

This essay helped people to understand the lies they lived, and why they did it.  It showed them a way out.

The people thought they were weak, but in reality they were powerful.

Eventually people realized that some truths were worthy enough to suffer for.  They were no longer willing to go along to get along.

Eventually, thousands of people were in the streets every evening, protesting these lies they had been forced to live.  The government sent their elite troops to quell the demonstrations.  The government ordered these troops to fire on the crowd so as to end the protests, but the troops refused to obey the orders.  The government fell within the week.  Next, the Berlin Wall was breached, and existed no more.

SM Vs. The Sleeping Powers of the People

So much for the history lesson.

We are not yet at one of those crossroads, but we passed the big yellow diamond road sign alerting us to the intersection that we are quickly approaching.

Supply Management ("SM") for dairy, eggs, chicken, and turkey in this great country of ours is a lived lie, deceiving thousands of Canadians, if not millions.  The SM system doesn't live up to the SM Mafia's propaganda.  The henchmen of the SM Mafia live the lies and promote the lies every day, for that is how they earn their pay cheques.

This Blog of Small Flockers is similar to the secret writings of Samizdat.  Nobody admits they read this Blog, but the Internet pageviews keep counting up as these ghosts come back for the latest sample is cooked up and served to them via this Blog.

We have not yet had the galvanizing essay on SM that rallies and catalyzes the public.  When that essay appears, the SM goons will feel forced to react.  They will attack without mercy.  Fortunately, the sleeping public will be awakened by the noise and confusion created by the SM henchmen.  Most people will not see the essay, nor understand the meaning.  However, they will know and feel the SM response.  That response will be the force that awakens them from their long, 50 year sleep.

That day approaches soon.

We need to prepare ourselves for the day when that event arrives.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Turkey Trauma

Small Flockers are again under attack from the Supply Management Mafia; this time its all about turkeys.

The Turkey Farmers of Nova Scotia ("TFNS") have ordered Larkin Brothers in PEI to cease and desist in the selling of turkey poults to small flock poultry farmers in Nova Scotia.

Turkey poults are young birds raised from day old chicks.  Turkey chicks are somewhat difficult to raise, so there is often a high mortality rate.  Small Flockers often choose to pay more for poults, raised from day old chicks for the first week or so by experts, helping guarantee their success.  That is how Larkin Bros. help and service Small Flockers.

Larkin Bros. is not a hatchery.  They buy the day old chicks at retail as a farmer is allowed to do, then raises them to poults, then re-sells the poults to other farmers.  Property rights are supposed to be enshrined in the Canadian constitution.  That means that you can buy or sell your property to others, unless the law specifically prohibits you from doing so, and that law is reasonable and justified under the circumstances.

TFNS has a different opinion.  In a letter to all Small Flockers in Nova Scotia, TFNS said (copied from the Facebook page of Larkin Bros.):

Monday, February 23, 2015
Please take note of this notice.
PO Box 407, Canning, NS B0P 1H0 • Phone: (902) 582-7877 • Fax: (902) 582-5326 •
This notice is to advise that you are not to order poults from Larkin Brothers. as he is not a registered Hatchery.
You are to order direct from a registered Hatchery as noted below. For your convenience we have added their contact information.
Quebec Turkey Hatchery Gerry Paquet QC G2A 2E2 418-842-3687
Cuddy Farms Judy Glover ON N2p 2N7 519-245-1592 ext229
P&H Hatchery Gail Ruttan ON N4N 3L7 519-364-1770
Couvoir de Mont 1986 Inc Richard Dumont QC G0L 1K1 418-898-2747
Hybrid Turkey ON N2G 3W5 519-527-0847
Couvoir Unik Inc Sylvain Rocheleau QC J0J 1K1 450-347-0126
Frey's Hatchery Ken Frey ON N0B 2N0 519-664-2291
Hybrid Turkey ON N3H 4R7 519-653-3527
Cuddy Farms Ltd 2008 ON N7G 3H6 519-245-1592ext234
Couvoir de Chicoutimi QC G7H 5B7 418-693-8244
Couvoir Simetin Inc. QC J7N 1P3 450-258-2404
Any free range license producer or Vendor that orders poults from a business that is not on the list will jeopardize their status as a free range producer or Vendor and subject to a monetary penalty.

The Turkey Mafia has their million dollar monopoly to protect, and they will do any devious or other action to stop or slow down Small Flockers from serving themselves and their local customers of safe, affordable, nutritious, and locally grown turkeys.

This is same or similar to the attacking of Aaron Hiltz by the Nova Scotia Egg Producers  in Oct. 2013.

More recently, TFNS has attacked Gordon Fraser (see also herehere, here, here, here, here, here, here, herehere, here, here, here, and here. ), a 4th generation farmer in Millbrook Nova Scotia who also operates a safe, clean, and humane butcher shop cum abattoir for the past 36 years.  Last Fall, TFNS told him he was no longer allowed to process turkeys in his on-farm butcher shop, unless he becomes a licensed abattoir under Provincial or Federal Regulations.  Gorden Fraser specializes in serving Small Flockers and small farmers for beef, pork, and lamb.  Removing this rural butcher shop-abattoir means Small Flockers have no where to go with their turkeys in Pictou County, as the next nearest licensed abattoir is too far away.

Gordon Fraser estimates he would have to spend around $500,000 to build an abattoir in full compliance with TFNS' requirements.  That isn't possible, nor affordable.

Bureaucratic over-reach by TFNS, plain and simple.

NS' Dept. of Agriculture could implement exceptions for butcher shops, farmers, and small local abattoirs who offer full disclosure to the public.  Unfortunately, they cater to the millionaire and their lobbyists who constantly whisper into the politicians ears, protecting their client's monopoly to the detriment of the public.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Vampire Chicken: Affordable Chicken Vs. Government's Priorities

This Blog has dedicated itself to helping solve purpose and poverty through more affordable chicken and eggs.  What do the people of the world (and Canadians) tell us about these proposed priorities?

The World Values Survey ( is:

"... a global network of social scientists studying changing values and their impact on social and political life, led by an international team of scholars, with the WVS association and secretariat headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden.

The survey, which started in 1981, seeks to use the most
rigorous, high-quality research designs in each country. The WVS consists of nationally representative surveys conducted in almost 100 countries which contain almost 90 percent of the world’s population, using a common questionnaire. The WVS is the largest non-commercial, cross-national, time series investigation of human beliefs and values ever executed, currently including interviews with almost 400,000 respondents. Moreover the WVS is the only academic study covering the full range of global variations, from very poor to very rich countries, in all of the world’s major cultural zones."

We have looked at a number of the questions and answers published in that database in hopes of confirming our proposed priorities.

Here are the findings from the World Values Survey:

  1. The most serious problem in the world is people living in poverty and need.  Canada agrees with the rest of the world, but feels the magnitude of this same issue somewhat less (likely due to the relative affluence of Canadians, as compared to other countries).

  2. When asked for the most serious problem in their own country, every country again voted people living in poverty and need as the #1 biggest problem, and also the #2 biggest problem.  Again, Canada agreed with the rest of the world.

  3. When asked about their opinion on competition (good vs. harmful), all of the world agreed that competition is good, to varying degrees.  The people of Jordan were the most convinced that competition was good (a weighted score of 85% support).  Canada ranked in 26th, with 84.5% of Jordan's score (ie. a weighted score of 71.85%), but strongly supporting competition.
So how does all of this apply to Small Flockers and Canada's Supply Management system for chicken and eggs?

Exactly how does the Chicken Supply Management System support and use competition?  Supply Management is the opposite to competition, the anti-thesis.  There is no competition whatsoever under Supply Management; neither within any province, nor between suppliers from other provinces, nor from suppliers outside of Canada.  Supply Management is a monopoly enjoyed by a chosen few millionaires, at the detriment of the vast majority of Canadians.  Supply Management gives unfair profits and privileges to just 0.01% of Canada's population, that must be paid by all consumers of chicken.

Exactly where and how does Canada's Supply Management system support or solve the social ill of people living in poverty and need?

The Chicken Mafia steals money from Canadians by charging 50% to 300% more for chicken than what the rest of the world pays on a $/kg. basis.  Therefore, Canada's Chicken Mafia makes the poverty and need worse.  The Chicken Mafia isn't making the situation better.

Chicken is (and should be) the cheapest meat, but chicken should be cheaper than what the Chicken Mafia allows.  Canada should have the goal of all grocery stores selling chicken that can be afforded by ALL Canadians.

If people can't afford chicken, they are forced to be vegetarians.

Health Canada reports that on average, 7.6% of Canadians cannot afford the food they need to feed themselves.  In some communities and social strata, it is as high as 75%.  I believe that is what the World Values Survey was discussing.

True, the chicken and egg millionaires give a few chickens and eggs to Canadian food banks each year.  Remember that this tiny bit of gifting is funded and derived from the greedy gouging and unfair conditions that the Chicken Mafia benefit from every day.

Giving back a tiny portion of those ill got gains is an insult, an attempt to bribe us with our own money.

Consider bank robbers who throw a handful of loose change into the air as they exit the bank with their huge bag of loot.  They throw those coins at the crowd so as to more easily escape in the crowd, by creating a riot and confusion as the starving masses try to grasp some of the loose coinage thrown at them.  Is that true charity and assistance by the bank robbers, or a ploy?  Is that the kind of charity we should applaud?  Those bank robbers are only giving away a tiny fraction of what they just stole.

Obviously lower cost chicken would help alleviate poverty and need.  Note the data this Blog previously presented, where somebody earning Minimum Wage in Ontario has seen the price of chicken become 37% less affordable during the 10 year period of  1995 - 2005 (see Blog Posting Unaffordable Chicken in Ontario).  Note that we found similar results for those living at the poverty line (see LICO Chicken), and the average Ontario family).

Canada's Chicken Supply Management System
is a Vampire, sucking on the blood of
all Canadians.  When will the governments
muzzle the Vampire Chicken they helped create?
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Obviously, under the reign of the Chicken Mafia, we are going in the wrong direction.

Canada is a democratic country, and the Canadian people clearly told our governments and the world that people living in poverty and need is the #1 and #2 problem in both the world and Canada.

Should Canada's governments listen to the Canadian people, or listen to the millionaire Chicken Mafia and their lobbyists?

The time will soon be here when the Canadian governments will need to listen.

For example, there is a reason the PC's no longer run the government of Alberta, after a reign of more than 40 years.  Simply put, we can call it a failure to listen, and a vote on Non-Confidence.

Listening by the government is best demonstrated by muzzling the vampire fangs of the Chicken Mafia who suck on the blood of Canadians every day.

Who knew that chickens had such sharp vampire fangs?

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