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By Rady Ananda
Food Freedom

WordPress.com provided some year-end stats, making my job of reporting to you, the reader, a little easier.

London Olympic Stadium holds 80,000 people. This blog was viewed about 1,800,000 times in 2011. If it were competing at London Olympic Stadium, it would take about 23 sold-out events for that many people to see it.

The busiest day of the year was November 22nd with 72,368 views. The most popular post that day was 15 Food Companies that Serve You ‘Wood’.

In fact, 15 Food Companies has seen over 450,000 visitors thanks to our Facebook fans. But, shortly after that Nov. 22 spike (it was originally posted on July 8), we received an official DMCA take-down notice and a warning that the blog would be shut down if wordpress.com got another complaint. The artwork in that piece was provided by Peter Combe at Stylembe who offered them to Food Freedom, being inspired by the article.

I have since snipped all the articles on FF that were reposts from other sites, rather than lose this blog, and I started a new section (near top right corner) that provides links to articles FF readers may find fun, interesting or informative.

The top referring sites in 2011 were:

Here’s a map WordPress provided, showing where most FF visitors hail from:

In 2011, there were 654 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 1,405 posts. That’ll be a whole lot fewer this year, with my time going toward generating an income. We accept donations, but not enough to fully support my efforts. We got less than $1,000 in donations, although one of them was $500. So, FF may begin accepting ads in 2012.

We broke some major news stories that corporate media ignored. Because we send many of our posts out to other alternative sites, some of those news articles garnered enough interest that MSM finally had to report on them. Here are some of those breaking stories, along with a couple others that MSM downplayed, but which received over 20,000 hits:

Frito-Lay sued for labeling its GMO-filled snacks as “All Natural”
Monsanto GM Corn in Peril; Beetle develops Bt-resistance (Written in August; MSM reported on it in December)
Scientists warn of link between dangerous new pathogen and Monsanto’s Roundup
Toxic botulism in animals linked to RoundUp (Above story in more detail)
Midwest Floods: Both Nebraska Nuke Stations Threatened
Suffolk Co. NY to hear proposal to ban chemtrails
Germany’s superbug is weaponized with Bubonic Plague DNA
‘No Food Rights’ Judge quits to work for Monsanto law firm
Australia proposes ban on 1000s of plants including national flower

In Jan. 2011, we published Fracking the life out of Arkansas, asserting that fracking causes earthquakes based on an analysis of Arkansas’ earthquake frequency and the advent and buildup of fracking operations. Since then, that meme has gone national.

A 2010 piece, Three Approved GMOs Linked to Organ Damage, got new life late in 2011 when the alternative media reposted the HuffPo piece describing that article.

A few of the pieces submitted to us in 2011 also got major play, for which we are most grateful:

A National Response to Two FDA Armed Raids on Rawesome
Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff Proposes Jail for Feeding Homeless

Only one of the top five articles in 2011 is original (No. 5). These are the posts that got the most views in 2011.

The discussion on FF articles is most illuminating and, imho, that’s what makes my effort worth it. That feedback informs me, along with others, and keeps the site interesting. Here are our 5 most active commenters:

  • 1 Dr. Paul Blake, N.D. 195 comments
  • 2 Morgana 152 comments
  • 3 Mark London UK 115 comments
  • 4 Ginaann 105 comments
  • 5 wanda 84 comments

Stay with us as Food Freedom transitions into an income-generating site, so we can provide more breaking news and tight analysis of current issues affecting food quality, food safety and, most importantly, food freedom — the right to eat what we want without government interference.

You can read the full WordPress report on Food Freedom here.