USDA Muzzles Scientists, Offers No Explanation

USDA Muzzles Scientists, Offers No Explanation

By Rebecca Raney

Two scientists who sought permission to speak with U.S. Right to Know were silenced last month by officials at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The officials gave no reason for their denials of the interviews.

In one case, a public relations specialist declined an interview after the scientist said that he was “happy to arrange a time to speak with you” in an email exchange with a reporter.

In the other case, officials denied a request after the scientist submitted it to the communications department for approval.

In all, U.S. Right to Know requested interviews with seven USDA scientists on the matter, which did not relate to the scientists’ work for the federal government. Several scientists did not respond to the inquiry.

Jeff Ruch, Pacific director of the nonprofit group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, or PEER, said that the First Amendment rights of government scientists are under attack.

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May 17, 2024 0

Garlic and Herb Pan-Seared Steaks

Garlic and Herb Pan-Seared Steaks

Background info: Despite accusations of contributing to global warming (incorrectly taking the blame for the effects of industrial, non-regenerative methods of livestock production), cattle have played an integral role in our transformation from hunter-gatherer to agrarian societies and have provided us with life-giving milk, meat and manure since the Neolithic Revolution, with genetic data indicating that the modern bovine is a direct descendent of the Wild Aurochs that roamed Europe over 10,500 years ago. Today, grass-fed beef continues to attract eaters with its impressive nutritional benefits. Higher in essential amino acids and omega-3 fatty acids than grain-fed beef, grass-fed beef is also a great source of antioxidants, such as alpha tocopherol (the most active form of vitamin E), and beta-carotene, a precursor to vitamin A, both of which are pivotal for preventing oxidative damage in the body. —Price-Pottenger (more…)

May 17, 2024 0

Creamy Cheese Cake (Uncooked)

Creamy Cheese Cake (Uncooked)

Background info: A globally-loved dessert that comes in many forms (such as ostkaka from Sweden or vatrushkia from Russia), cheesecake may have first originated in ancient Greece. According to the ‘De Agri Cultura’ (the oldest surviving Latin text) by Cato the Elder, savillum (which means ’cheesecake’ in Latin) was a simple affair and typically was baked over low heat and finished with poppyseeds, a spice that was especially loved by the ancient Romans.

Unlike the pasteurized, cream-cheese-based version that we are accustomed to seeing now, traditional cheesecake recipes, like savillum, called for fresh cheese (typically goat ricotta) and raw honey, the latter of which was an ingredient the ancient Romans used extensively and has been shown to provide cardiometabolic benefits.

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May 17, 2024 0

Asparagus, Feta, and Herb Salad

Asparagus, Feta, and Herb Salad

Background info: Among the most popular of foraged herbaceous plants, Asparagus has been prized by epicures and rulers alike since ancient Rome. In fact, according to Roman historian Seutonius, Caesar Augustus often used the phrase “velocius quam asparagi conquantur,” which means “faster than cooking asparagus,” to describe quick action. This aristocratic member of the lily family was also used in infertility treatment in the Indian Ayurvedic tradition and was thought to increase mother’s milk.

There may have been cause to believe this, as asparagus is particularly high in folate, which has not only been found to support a healthy pregnancy, but also plays a critical role in preventing high levels of homocysteine in the body, which can negatively impact proper production of “feel good” hormones, like serotonin and norepinephrine.

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Lemon Poppyseed Collagen Muffins

Lemon Poppyseed Collagen Muffins

Background info: Before poppy seeds became a world-renowned pastry ingredient, this colorful, herbaceous plant was cultivated for thousands of years for both medicinal and culinary purposes. Mentioned as far back as 1550 BC in the Egyptian papyrus scroll, Ebers, as possessing sedative qualities, poppy seeds were also used by the Minoans, who would mix them with milk and honey and administer to their infants as a calming opiate elixir. 

To this day, poppy seed use remains strong in many traditional cuisines, such as in eastern Europe, where it is commonly found in pastries like baklava or štrudla (strudel), and it is also widely used in many regional Indian cuisines. Along with poppies’ culinary importance, they also provide an important source of pollen for bees.

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May 11, 2024 0

Big Food Propaganda ‘Designed to Produce Wealth But Not Health’

Big Food Propaganda ‘Designed to Produce Wealth But Not Health’

By Dr. Joseph Mercola

This article was originally published by The Defender — Children’s Health Defense’s News & Views Website.

As early as the 1970s, the late Adelle Davis blamed processed foods for the “appalling amount of sickness in America.” Americans’ diets have only deteriorated since then, as the food industry promotes more and more processed foods over real, whole food. (more…)

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