noNAIS has an article posted regarding the case of Mary-Louise Zanoni vs. the USDA. You can read the full article, plus all the history of the ridiculous, fear-mongering program that is NAIS at Here’s a small excerpt of the article:

“R-CALF USA was pleased to learn that on June 4, 2008, the U.S. District Court – District of Columbia forced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to suspend indefinitely its plan to establish a new Privacy Act system of records titled “National Animal Identification System (NAIS).”…The court-ordered suspension was a result of the Mary-Louise Zanoni v. United States Department of Agriculture case. ”

Keep up the fight R-CALF, Mary-Louise Zanoni and the millions of small farmers, homesteaders and other citizens interested in civil liberties. It’s not over yet. Don’t let your optimism turn you complacent.

Thanks to Henwhisperer who forwarded the following article to me from Feedstuffs (even they don’t think it’s real food)
the Weekly Newspaper for Agribusiness (that’s gotta be some interesting reading)

Rod Smith

Contrary to many news stories and organizations’ statements, the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) remains up and running, officials connected to the program told Feedstuffs this week…

Read the full article here

I am so grateful to all the food and freedom activists as well as the internet for helping raise awareness of this issue over the last couple of years. It is easy for us to get caught up in our day-to-day routines and think someone will take care of everything. Will they stop with domesticated animals? Doubtful. Do you smell Big Brother in the air? Keep a sharp eye, people…it ain’t over. How are the RFID chip manufacturers going to recoup their investment? How is our corporate-loving US government going to protect them?

Maybe we should teach our kids to “Just Say No” to RFID chips.


Welcome, Have Some Mango Salsa

Hi all:

Now while you wait for the next post, here is a fabulous mango salsa recipe.  I don’t really use exact amounts, so you’ll have to assume most items are “to taste”. The ginger and mango coalesce together to create this divine experience for the whole body, mind and soul. I created this recipe from 2 or 3 different ones that I found online and combined the best parts to make this variety that sends me swooning every time I eat it! Talk about fresh, tropical and cleansing. Great for a fabulous summer potluck!

  • 1 mango (you can sub peaches)
  • A bit of tomato, maybe a few small cherry tomatoes, or 1 small tomato, preferably heirloom varieties from your garden or a local farm. You can also sub cucumber, avocado, or cooked corn here. I tried it with corn, but didn’t like it. (I have also subbed Ro-Tel in dire emergencies, and it is still quite tasty)
  • A good-sized bunch of cilantro, what I call a “fistful” (about 1/4-1/2 cup)
  • Onion-red, sweet, white or green, or any combination (work with what you’ve got)
  • Garlic – one or two freshly grated cloves
  • Ginger – freshly grated, powdered ginger will not give the same impact. I use a good-sized chunk because I adore it! It adds a little spice itself, so if you have to leave out some of the spicy, leave out the chile pepper.
  • Chile Pepper– A little jalapeno or poblano pepper if you like a little more spice.
  • Lime juice – squeeze 1/2 to whole lime, or more if you prefer
  • A little salt and pepper

Flavors will mix and mingle if you let it sit in the fridge for an hour or two, or eight. But it’s awesome freshly made, too.

Cilantro BONUS: Dr. Yoshiaki Omura discovered in the late 90’s that cilantro (cilantro is the plant, coriander is the seed of the plant) rapidly moves heavy metals, like mercury, out of neural tissue (that’s the brain and nervous system). In other words, it is a natural chelating agent.

Here is an excerpt that is posted around the web. I am not sure if it is a direct quote from the journal below, but you can find more info on your own. “Further testing revealed that eating cilantro also increased urinary excretion of lead and aluminum. And when cilantro was used concurrently with antibiotics or natural anti-viral agents and/ or fatty acids like EPA with D.A., the above infection could be eliminated for good.” (Acupuncture Electrotherapy Research 95:20 (3-4): 195-229.)