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Drunk Chicken Slayer

Joshua Shelton. Drunk Chicken Slayer. In one night Joshua managed to kill 70,000 chickens who were in their chicken houses.

As awful as it is, it really was just an accident.  A mistake on which switch he flipped off.  So, how could this happen? I mean, the farm is in Maryland, which experiences lows in the upper 60’s overnight. So it couldn’t have been from temperature related issues.  Why couldn’t a chicken survive without food, water or circulation for one night?  We have a chicken (her name is Chicken) and she perches herself on the table top all night long and won’t move.  She experiences the dark and she refrains from eating and drinking while sleeping… she won’t even entertain the offering of a tasty treat.  She is a hearty bird who lives outdoors.  Year round.  She experiences the darkness, lack of food and water at times, and the seasons… and she continues to survive and even thrive.

If you look at the satellite image of this “farm,” you can see immediately that these chicken “houses” are actually warehouses.  The chickens live indoors their whole lives.  They are completely reliant on the conventional farming techniques of keeping them healthy enough to either produce an egg product, or become a meal themselves.  These poor chickens probably never even knew when it was dark outside, what fresh air was, or when it was appropriate to eat based upon their biology.

If the chickens are that sensitive to the lights being out, to no water or food for a few hours overnight, then what does that say about their health and ultimately the health of the human that is eating them or the product they produce?  Would you eat such a sickly bird if you knew it was?

Tiffany B.

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Posted by on August 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Butterball Abuse

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I read a story today on a former employee of Butterball in North Caroline who pleaded guilty to some pretty awful abuse of live turkeys. He was one of six who were charged.  

So I guess stories like this have probably been around just as long as mass-produced animal farming has been.  Stories pop up and go away, but the frequency of these stories has become scary.  There is also the factor of USDA inspectors who are in place and inspect facilities DAILY to prevent such horrendous crimes against nature.   Will this type of unethical behavior ever stop and will the departments that are put into place to monitor them ever care enough to enforce their mission?  What can you do about it?

Research.  When you go to your local chain grocery store, look at the meats available to you.  Find out where the meat comes from and research those facilities.  The hamburger that you are serving your family was once a beautiful bovine who looked at the human that was slaughtering it with beautiful eyes just like these.

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Know your farmer.  Know your food.  Examine and learn because knowledge can be the extra muscle behind that dollar that you pull from your wallet.  

We are the only ones who can and will demand that corporation/conventional farmers change their ways.  The government (unfortunately) has refused to put this type of sentiment on the front burner.  It starts at your kitchen table when you provide the food for yourself and your family with love.  Love for all.  Isn’t that what it is all about?

Tiffany B. 

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Denature, Denatured, Denaturing… what does it all really mean?

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Taking the nature out.  Pretty simple.  The term is utilized to support whole food arguments and is quite often used incorrectly leading arguments about the science of eating healthy.

Heating food past 112 degrees denatures it.  This is a fact.  Right at 112 degrees proteins begin to unfold and change shape rendering structurally sensitive enzymes biologically inactive.  However, even when a food is heated, it still has enzymatic activity to help you break it down.  It takes a lot of heat and/or a lot of time to totally denature food.  The reality is that as we process foods, they lose enzymatic activity in relation to how hot and how long they were heated.  Microwaving is another way to denature food at an intense pace.

So, why does it matter?  A simple explanation is that enzymes are specific proteins with specific structures that allow certain metabolic activity, digestion. Denaturing enzymes or inactivating those processes will add stress, however minor, to your body when you consume the food. Accumulation of that stress over time can lead to further problems with digestion and subsequently other more serious symptoms and dysfunctions. This does not mean that any cooking is a horrible thing, simply that we must consider it a compromise and make choices accordingly. It would be ideal to only consume fresh whole raw foods but without the time and effort put in, it is just impractical in todays culture.   Making whole food choices whenever you can and using plant based digestive enzymes when you eat cooked food can be the best escape hatch to reducing the stress of digestion on your body.  Thus relieving many digestive issues like bloat, IBS, heart burn, reflux, etc.

Feed your body what it needs and it will love you for it!

– Dr. Josh Carter, Contributor

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Seeds of Freedom

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The story of seed has become one of loss, control, dependence and debt. It’s been written by those who want to make vast profit from our food system, no matter what the true cost.  It’s time to change the story.

Seeds of Freedom (video)

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Water – What is the best choice anyway?

We all need water, all living things do.  Unfortunately a vast majority of us do not drink enough.  With so many beverage choices, it becomes difficult to make the right choice to quench our thirst.  However, water is the only truly suitable liquid for the human body.  The most common types of water choices include city water/tap water; bottled water; filtered water; and distilled water.  What is the wisest choice?  How much water should we have on a daily basis?  What are the various impacts of our water selection on our bodies?  You can read reports released by the associated press which states that bottled water is as polluted as tap water.

So, how much water should we consume?  The US government recommends drinking eight – 8 ounce glasses of water per day.  That equates to two quarts (1.89 ltrs).  This is not enough water for most people.  The average adult loses from two to three quarts (up to 2.84 ltrs) of water per day.  A person weighing 200 pounds (90 kilos) or more should drink at least four quarts/onegallon (3.78 ltrs) a day.  Based on those numbers, it is easy to see how woefully short most people fall with regards to their water intake.

The type of water we consume is very important and will have some variation depending on special situations.  It is important to note that our water needs to be cleaned in some way as the pollution in our fresh water is virtually global and unavoidable.  Industrial, agricultural, environmental, and pharmaceutical pollution is rampant and creates toxicity in our environment and bodies.  This means that spring water still needs to be purified as it must pass through polluted areas to get to you.  Mineral and sparkling waters are not usually meant to be our sole form of water as their properties are not always conducive to simple hydration.  Over 40% of the water sold in the United States is “purified” water from our municipal water supplies and sold to us by soda pop corporations.  Really, there is no major health problem with this, if you prefer paying inflated prices for filtered tap water.

Some health experts advise us to drink distilled water.  We cannot disagree more due to distillation process leaving the water’s pH level too acidic (5.8) and distillation leaves water with the wrong ionization, polarization, and oxidation potential.  High acidic content leads to stress on our body’s resources as the acidity is buffered to maintain a consistent safe blood pH, among other health concerns.  While it is true that we do not really gain minerals from drinking water, the absence of minerals in distilled water can actually act as a leach on the delicate balance of mineral supply.  Interestingly, many of the dangerous things we are hoping to avoid by drinking distilled water may actually be exacerbated by stilled water intake.

The best and safest answer is Reverse Osmosis.  Reverse Osmosis (RO) is a seperation process that uses pressure to force a solution through a membrane that retains the solute on one side and allows the pure solvent to pass to the other side.  It is best known for its use in desalination (removing the salt from sea water to get fresh water), but it has also been used to purify fresh water for medical, industrial and domestic applications.  RO can be teamed with many other purification methods but it is the RO membrane that will remove the really dangerous toxins.  RO water can be bought or you can filter it at home.  Whatever method you use, RO is the best filtering technique that ensures the safest possible drinking water.

In addition to addressing the health reasons, we would like to recognize the global economic and environmental impact of polluted public water systems and the plight of empty and discarded plastic water bottles.  We pay a lot to achieve clean water, and as we continue to pay even more for clean water, we further pollute our delicate fresh water sources.  Shipping and producing bottled water takes an enormous amount of petroleum, and surprisingly, it also takes more water to produce the water that is actually put into the bottle!  Every year, 1.5 million tons of plastic are used to produce bottled water.  Twenty-nine percent (29%) of the 89 billion liters of water consumed are consumed outside their country of origin.  That exportation increases the carbon footprint required to produce bottled water.  Additionally, hazardous chemicals like phthalates, antimony, arsenic, and other plastic and manufacturing derivatives leech into the water from the bottle.  In actuality, many bottled waters are simply untreated or carbon treated (for taste) municipal water!  In fact regulations on tap water purity are significantly tighter than those on bottled water in the United States and Europe.  Evidence of that is seen in a purity study done by the National Resources Defense Council on 103 different brands of bottled water.  The study showed that 30% contained synthetic organic chemicals and bacteria.  While it is expensive and energy-intensive to recycle the plastic, you must also consider the vast amount of these containers that end up in our waterways – rivers, lakes, and oceans.  Even scarier is that seawater by weight has been shown to have 6 times more minute, nearly invisible plastic particles than plankton.

In summary, we need to drink clean water!  While bottled water may be somewhat more preferable than tap water, RO filtered water remains the best choice for our health, our economy, and our environment.  If it is impractical to filter your own water, then commercial delivery of RO water will have a more positive environmental impact than buying cases of individual bottles.  Having 5 gallon bottles of water delivered and simply filling your glass or reusable bottle often can be the absolute best solution for any household.  Just look up Reverse Osmosis water companies in your city!

Dr. Josh Carter, Contributor

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

New Ways to Not Waste Time or Expired Foods!

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Perhaps you are one of those folks who tosses the potato when it starts sprouting without even thinking about it.  The fact is that the potato knows that it is time for it to reproduce.  It is actually letting you know that you could benefit even more from the investment you made when you tossed it in your shopping cart.  

Listed below are some tips on how to grow from some regulars we all know.  But for full representation and great ideas, pick up a copy of Grow it, Don’t Throw It!: 68 Windowsill Plants from Kitchen Scraps by Deborah Peterson. She walks you through all the specifics of growing 68 different things from your kitchen supplies. The book is packed with tons of helpful information!

Apples- http://www.ehow.com/how_2135774_grow-apple-seeds.html

Tomatoes- http://www.ehow.com/how_5581958_grow-tomatoes-fresh-tomato-seeds.html

Potatoes/Sweet Potatoes- http://www.gardenguides.com/117543-plant-cuttings-potatoes.html

Green Onions- http://www.17apart.com/2012/02/how-to-grow-green-onions-indefinitely.html
http://tipnut.com/nifty-food-plants/

Leeks- same technique as green onions

Carrot Tops- http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/children-in-the-garden/grow-carrot-tops.htm

Pineapple (revisited) – http://www.rickswoodshopcreations.com/Pineapple/pineapple.htm

Romaine Lettuce- Same technique as celery

Cabbage- Same technique as celery

Celery- http://www.17apart.com/2012/02/growing-celery-indoors-never-buy-celery.html

Avocado –http://www.thehungrymouse.com/2009/09/09/how-to-grow-an-avocado-tree-from-an-avocado-pit/

Lentils- http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2009/02/19/how-to-grow-sprouts/

Pumpkin- http://pinterest.com/pin/98375573080950437/

Ginger- http://www.gardenswag.com/2011/12/5-foods-you-can-grow-from-kitchen-scraps/

Garlic- http://www.gardenswag.com/2011/12/5-foods-you-can-grow-from-kitchen-scraps/

Bonus: Bok Choy – http://www.17apart.com/2012/02/how-to-regrowing-bok-choy.html

What do you want to grow?

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Illegal Front Yard Garden

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I came across a story today with one of the most absurd laws I’ve ever heard.

In Drummondville, Quebec a couple, Josee and Michel put in an absolutely beautiful front yard garden.  The garden is their entire front yard and feeds not only them, but their neighbors also.  With cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchinis, onions, brussels sprouts and beets, on and on – Michel lost 75 pounds and Josee lost 25.  It is a wonderful story of how anyone can eat fresh right out of their own front yard and lose weight to boot! 

Apparently the Canadian government thinks all of this is bad and have deemed the garden illegal.  Front yards can only have gardens if they are a certain yada yada size and don’t take up too much yada yada yard.  Whatever.  These folks are personally solving their food sourcing problems by walking out their front door.  No carbon footprint, no chemical lacing, saving money, sharing, getting outdoors… the list is absolutely endless on the benefits.

The couple have a blog.  Please visit it.  It is in French, so be forewarned.  They are actually seeking signatures on a petition to legalize their vegetable garden.  Sounds absurd…”legalize a vegetable garden.”  I’m appalled and I’ve signed the petition.  Won’t you too?

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

 
 
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