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March 27, 2011

Weekend Link Love – Edition 136

By Mark Sisson
32 Comments

Remember when cops raided (guns drawn) that raw dairy co-op in Venice, CA last year? Residents of Sedgwick, Maine, should be careful; they just unanimously passed a “food sovereignty” ordinance that allows unfettered commerce between local food producers and buyers. Sounds like terrorism to me!

Move over, Primal Toad. Primal Yak celebrates her one-year anniversary of going Primal! (Toad, we still love you.)

Grass needs cows as much as cows need grass, apparently. Who knew? Don Matesz over at Primal Wisdom highlights the work of Allan Savory, who’s been restoring desertified grasslands to their former verdant glory by reintroducing roving hordes of those farting death machines of ecological destruction: cud-chewing cattle.

The Great Fitness Experiment wonders whether organics are really worth it. What do you think?

If you love ghee, coconut oil, and free stuff, check out the Pure Indian Foods giveaway at Three New Leaves. Leave a comment and possibly obtain a free jar of “artery-clogging” saturated fat!

“Knowing it in your gut” might have a physiological basis after all.

I may have given it a quick once-over, but everyone’s favorite IF expert Martin Berkhan provides a truly comprehensive analysis of the latest IF study. It’s kind of his thing, so check it out.

Should vegans and omnivores join forces against CAFOs? Melissa McEwen doesn’t think it would work. I’ve seen Trekkies and Star Wars fans try to come to terms, and I’m inclined to agree.

Recipe Corner

  • It’s been pretty cold (I know, I know – LA “cold,” but still) and I’m in the mood for something warm. Bison chili masala, anyone?
  • Get some bacon slices, a few andouille sausages, an onion or two, take it home, throw it in a pot, add some broth? Baby, you’ve got a cajun stew going! Does Carl Weathers run the Crankin’ Kitchen?

Time Capsule

One year ago (March 13 – March 20)

Comment of the Week

  • Horse: “eaten in the place of beef … a little sweeter … but in other respects much like it”
  • Cat: “something between rabbit and squirrel, with a flavor all its own”
  • Donkey: “delicious — in color like mutton, firm and savory”
  • Kittens: “either smothered in onions or in a ragout they are excellent”
  • Rat: “excellent — something between frog and rabbit”
  • Spaniel: “something like lamb, but I felt like a cannibal”

Daily News correspondent Henry Labouchère, giving his opinions on various meats after the German siege on Paris in 1870 forced residents to rely on non-traditional sources (hat tip to reader Mel).

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Allie
5 years 6 months ago

I think I could eat a rat. I might eat a horse or a donkey if I was starving … but a kitten, cat, or a spaniel … “meat is murder, tasty tasty murder” no longer applies …

DK
DK
5 years 6 months ago

The purpose of USDA meat inspection is to prevent us from buying directly from the farmers. My neighbor was arrested prosecuted, and fined for the crime of providing farm fresh high quality organic beef and pork for sale.

Chris
Chris
5 years 6 months ago

Great news out of Sedgewick Maine! Nullification of Federal laws like this are going to start showing up everywhere.

Karen P.
5 years 6 months ago

Wow, thanks for the link, Mark!

Also happy to hear about the food sovereignty ordinance. Hoping to be able to get some raw milk without wearing a cloak.

Julie C.
5 years 6 months ago

Man, I WISH Carl Weathers ran the crankin’ kitchen with me! Great AD reference, and thanks a bunch for the link love : )

Primal Toad
5 years 6 months ago

WOW! Thank you for linking to Don’s blog. The “meat is medicine” T immediately caught my eye. I don’t know which T-shirt to buy now!

Congrats to Primal Yak on her 1 year anniversary. That reminds me that my 1 year is on April 5!! I will be celebrating my visiting my bro in Chicago that weekend and hope to meet a few primal folks.

Then its off to Primal Con on Thursday!!!! Life is great.

I am really enjoying Three New Leaves as well. Great blog about the primal lifestyle and minimalism. I never knew it existed until today!

Sarah Smith
5 years 6 months ago

Sadly, I think you are right that the people in Sedgwick need to be careful after having passed a food sovereignty ordinance. It seems like there are way too many corporate and government entities profiting for the poor American diet to allow people to try to think for themselves and make better choices. Oh well, all we can do is keep trying!

Ravi
5 years 6 months ago

… this is my response to yet another inane discussion about organics being “worth” it…

sorry – as a small organic grower – i am **very bored** with this post subject –

you want the earth to continue to be ruined – croplands laid to waste?? cool – then buy conventional.

you want any number of poisons and toxins allowed on your food? good- go for it.

GMO’s? go for it –

don’t trust your store?? then what the h*ll are you doing shopping there?? get into a CSA or local farmers market and buy direct

SHEESH!! this argument is just plain urbanite-ignorant.

Ravi
5 years 6 months ago

and PLEEESE stop whining about the costs – you are only whining cause you are used to the price of horribly produced factory farm food. buy one less cell phone subscription and buy some decent organic local food.

Michal
Michal
5 years 6 months ago

Right, let me sell one of my yachts, so you can buy one.

Sara
Sara
5 years 6 months ago
Ravi- I understand your irritation with the organic value argument, but don’t be so hasty. The truth is that there is no real way to know exactly what is going in our mouths unless we grow or kill it ourselves. Have you ever read the USDA’s National Organic Program regulations? There are holes big enough for several semi trucks to drive through. Did you know that Wal-Mart now sells organic eggs? That’s great– they are less expensive, and maybe Wal-Mart will pave the way, right? Or maybe not. I have no idea where the eggs are really coming from, and… Read more »
Andrea Reina
Andrea Reina
5 years 6 months ago
I agree. The main issue is that organic and sustainable do not always go hand in hand. Organic pesticides (most states allow this: http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~lhom/organictext.html) have about the same carcinogenicity as synthetic ones, and unless you ask the farmer you don’t know whether they’re organic, use mulch, companion plants sort of folks, or use organic sprays folks. On the synthetic side, there are pesticides being developed that break down quickly enough that by the time the produce reaches the supermarket the residue is reduced to the point that you don’t need to worry about it. http://www.food.gov.uk/safereating/chemsafe/pesticides/pesticidesmainqa/ “In addition, some pesticides, such… Read more »
Sarah
Sarah
5 years 6 months ago
Good comment, Sara. Personally, I have begun to be much more careful about my food source in the last couple of years. For me, organic meats are less of an issue than whether they are pasture-raised. When the big boys got on the organic bandwagon, they pushed to have the rules include their large-scale practices… so, “organic” doesn’t mean what it used to. I read any articles that I find about the best fruits and vegetables to buy organic – and they usually make a lot of sense. But, the biggest thing for me is to find local sources for… Read more »
Ravi
5 years 6 months ago
yes to almost all your points – but i am hardly being hasty – there are CSA’s and REAL farmers markets all over this country – and available to urbanites as well – perhaps with a little serious looking and evaluation. as far as being “aware” of the shortcomings of the USDA Organics – did i not mention I AM A SMALL ORGANIC GROWER! of OF COURSE i know the absurdities of that distinction and it’s shortcomings – and if you are still gullable to believe ‘ORGANICALLY GROWN IN MEXICO’, i have a bridge to sell you… here’s the BIG… Read more »
Michal
Michal
5 years 6 months ago

You really sound like an ignorant hick. With words like “urbanites”?

“GET OUT THERE AND FORAGE”?

Pay me lots of money “AND PLEASE STOP MOANING ABOUT IT”

Annie
Annie
5 years 6 months ago

“…like the hunter-gatherers you all fantasize that you are…” Are you not following PB? Why are you on this site?
Organics are not worth it.

mixie
5 years 6 months ago
I have to agree with Ravi here (and am a little offended at the “ignorant hick” comment). If you aren’t willing to do a little legwork to find locally sourced food, then don’t complain too much about being sold a bridge or two when making your food purchases from large corporations. I know sure as hell not to take food labels for face-value, and that big agribusiness is perfectly willing to twist the value of a labeling system (how many of you believe that foods labeled “heart healthy” truly are?). I spend a fair amount of time working to source… Read more »
mixie
5 years 6 months ago

And what’s wrong with the word “urbanites”? Do you prefer the extra few syllables of “people living in urban areas”?

Ravi’s right. Even most “people living in urban areas” have access to truly earth-friendly, locally-produced foods. Check out eatwild DOT com and the Slow Food Network. It’s not as convenient as a quick stop at the local Kroger’s, but I assure you, it’s worth it (Hazlenut-fed, orchard-raised pork, anyone?).

Ravi
5 years 6 months ago
thanks for the intelligent support and comments Mixie – strong opinions strongly expressed always separate the wheat form the chaff – (or in this primal thread, the evolved thinking humans from the monkey-brains who just discovered meat) anything good in this life takes a bit of work – finding the best food (and paying for it) is no exception. Lemme give the intelligent people (and the ignoramuses) a little example: 1) i had a army caterpillar problem this spring – buying HIGHLY TOXIC conventional control – 1/2 gallon (good for years of applications in our small greenhouse) $9.95, kills immediately… Read more »
Helen
Helen
5 years 5 months ago

I hope that doctors, dentists, nurses and heck – even plumbers and electricians (which can take forever to get hold of here) – don’t start feeling obliged to ‘GET OUT THERE AND FORAGE’ any time soon.

DIVISION OF LABOR exists for a reason – some of us are good at gardening, some aren’t. And should a heart surgeon who has spent ten years studying be wasting his time on a hoe when he could be saving lives? it sounds like something out of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Yes, lets get all those lazy artists, teachers and intellectuals out doing Real Work….

Mitchell
5 years 6 months ago

The bison chili masala does seem to fit the mood of our “horrible” rainy weather.

Johnny Palmer
5 years 6 months ago

Organics may be worth it – if you commit to long term. It’s not like eating an organic carrot every second week is going to do much now is it..

Stabby
Stabby
5 years 6 months ago

It is fairly easy to get all of the vegetable nutrients one needs through conventional produce (at least in Alberta) so long as one is willing to eat greens. Now fats and animal products are a different story all-together. Definitely worth it for pasture-fed.

gilliebean
5 years 6 months ago

I’m a “trekkie.” 😉

Ben
Ben
5 years 6 months ago

Agree with LaBouchere regarding horse – had horse sushi in Japan last June – yes, raw horse – delicious – better/sweeter than beef.

Sarah
Sarah
5 years 6 months ago
I get a bit frustrated with the “organics aren’t worth it because I can’t get local stuff all year round and if I buy imported it’s just as bad for the environment and who really knows what goes on at an “organic” farm in Chile anyway” argument. I grew up in the Yukon. We ate home-grown, organic produce ALL YEAR LONG. OMG! How in the world…? It’s a simple little secret: we had a freezer, and a root cellar/cold room. Dun dun duuuuuun. Yes, with the miracle of modern technology that is the chest freezer, you can take produce picked… Read more »
mixie
5 years 6 months ago

Three cheers for Sarah =)

Sara
Sara
5 years 6 months ago
I have never said that organics are not “worth” buying, nor did I ever say that my family does not store (i.e. freeze, dry, etc.) food so that we may have our homegrown garden food all year round. I buy organic, but I also do the research behind it, and it does cost me more money but I think it’s worth it. What I AM saying is that we SHOULD question the value of any food we purchase. The article posted in the Huffington Post was pinning organic vs. non-organic, not one type of farmer/state/country organic label against another type… Read more »
rafa
5 years 6 months ago

I apinted my house over the weekend (you can read it here (http://livinprimal.blogspot.com/2011/03/mini-challenge-month-1-update.html) I am wondering if that classifies as Primal exercise

Bob Crason
Bob Crason
5 years 6 months ago
Taisch
Taisch
5 years 5 months ago

Primal Yak, congrats.
I like your blog, but the animal pictured is not a yak, it is a Highland Cow, source of some of the best beef for the primal diet.
Tasty, tasty Highand beef . . .
Just sayin’ . . .

Taisch
Taisch
5 years 5 months ago

Tasty, tasty HighLAND beef . . .
Still just sayin’ . . .

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