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October 16, 2011

Weekend Link Love – Edition 160

By Mark Sisson
30 Comments

Like Yoda a new paper proposes that early humans spoke.

I guess it doesn’t require giving up all worldly possessions or camping out under a fig tree to be effective. Small servings of meditation have large (positive) effects on brain function and focus.

From Wired, a visual guide to the ecosystem of the human microbiome.

Fifth Ape, a natural movement training group out of North Carolina, recently released a “big fancy marketing video.” Go check it out. They’re doing some great work.

The many joys of bottled water, courtesy of Primal Palette.

Remember Joanne, one of our success stories from a couple months ago? She has good news for us, and I’ve just updated her story to reflect it.

The results from a 30-year study comparing organic farming to conventional farming are in, and it seems multiple myths are busted. Organic crops were more resilient, productive, sustainable, and they brought in more money for the farmers and produced better soil. In short, organic left conventional in the (crop) dust.

Kipping squats: for the trainee who wants a few extra reps and is willing to sacrifice a sliver of meniscus to get them.

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Aaron Blaisdell
4 years 11 months ago

Re: kipping. Why stop at “exercise” moves? How about kipping sex? Kipping car racing (watch out for kip lash!)? I may throw kipping into my next lecture just for kicks.

Bodhi K.
Bodhi K.
4 years 11 months ago

That Fifth Ape video was great! I also really liked the article on the study of organic vs. conventional farming. Another great WLL. Thanks Mark!

Primal Toad
4 years 11 months ago

I thoroughly enjoyed this video. This beats crossfit any day!

Abel James
4 years 11 months ago

Regarding the Primal Palette… While clean, unpolluted water is undeniably essential to health, it is a shame that so many people opt for bottled water instead of filtering it at home.

It’s absurd and upsetting that it is common and expected to buy a bottled drink, consume it, and promptly throw the bottle away. It’s clearly not sustainable or necessary. Baby steps, I suppose.

Primal Toad
4 years 11 months ago

My brother in Chicago recycles nothing… he’s a lazy ass… their are recycle bins all over the streets!

liberty1776
liberty1776
4 years 11 months ago

Recycling is a good idea but like anything else, at what cost? Think about the energy and water footprint that goes into recycling.

Burn
4 years 11 months ago

hahaha! love that vegetarian quote… classic!

Kia
Kia
4 years 11 months ago

Re: Organic farming.

Its a shame organic food cost so much more. And unless that changes its not going to be the norm in industrialized nations with high food consumption. Even I, who could possible afford a splurge here and there find myself unable to pay $2 for a head of organic lettuce when I can get a non-organic one for $1. It sounds like not a big deal buying organic can be a $100 grocery bill compared to a $50 one. $50 can be a bill, gas for the week, or to get more food.

Hopeless Dreamer
Hopeless Dreamer
4 years 11 months ago

+1

Gino
Gino
4 years 11 months ago

Farmers markets, farmers markets, farmers markets! Grass fed meat and chicken is pretty expensive though. I’ve been able to find buffalo and lamb on sale sometimes. I still buy pasture raised eggs, milk, butter, cream. Plus get some grass fed neck bones and make your own stock, cheap cuts and lasts for awhile 🙂

Kim
4 years 11 months ago
I’ll be researching the grass fed meats and free range chicken options here and will be blogging about it. Next month I’m going to buy free range turkey. They do grain feed, but I think they also let them forage. It’s a start. It’s a pretty well known turkey farm here in central Illinois that takes good care of their birds. They sell for about 2.29 a pound. That really isn’t bad…I usually get a conventional turkey on sale for .99 a pound. Usually they are closer to 1.69 or higher. (I do miss the days when they were .69… Read more »
dragonmamma
dragonmamma
4 years 11 months ago

That kipping video was hilarious, but I was getting sympathy spasms in my back as I watched it.

Kim
4 years 11 months ago

After watching Food, Inc, I’d gladly pay the $2 for a head of organic lettuce. I’m tight as can be with $$$, but I refuse to pay for garbage any more. Lately I’ve been finding organic food at the farmer’s markets for cheaper than conventionally grown at the grocer. Unfortunately, they’re almost done for this year (I’m in the Midwest). I’m hoping next year to grow my own. I think there are very good and inexpensive alternatives to conventionally grown food. Just requires some extra creativity.

spincycle
spincycle
4 years 11 months ago

Kim, I’m in the midwest too (Chicago area). What do you plan to do the 7-9 months of the year when there are no farmer’s markets? My favorite closes at the end of Oct. and I’m at a loss as to where I will be able to afford to shop for organic produce.

Kim
4 years 11 months ago
Spincycle, I’m sad about the farmer’s markets too! I will certainly miss them. I’ve stocked up as best I can, and have canned this year (as well as made some lacto-fermented veggies). A few of the farmers sell directly from their farms through the end of this month. But you’re right, that leaves November till at least April or May with no market. 🙁 I’ll do my best to catch organic produce on sale (I’ve found very good deals at Hy-vee) and citrus in season this winter, even though it’s not local. There’s a local health food store here that… Read more »
Joanne - The Real Food Mama
4 years 11 months ago

Awww…Thanks for the Link Love!! Only 8 more weeks until Baby #3!!!

Baby Grok or Grokette?? What do you think?

Mary Hone
4 years 11 months ago

Great links again. (I love Sunday’s) Meditation for me is a lifesaver. When I am stressed, take me to a quite spot. preferably by water, where I can meditate. Self healing for sure. Love the grilled banana idea Yum.

Mary E. Clark
4 years 11 months ago

So can we run kipping marathons in crossfit endurance?

Milla
4 years 11 months ago

LOOOL the vegetarian quote is brilliant. If I were a very mean, nasty person I’d send it to my vegan mum…but I can’t bring myself to upset her :-(!

Brenda Living Primal
Brenda Living Primal
4 years 11 months ago
In the article from Wired on the human ecosystem… Can I get some feed back on the Diets. From what I have been learning on the Primal lifestyle on a Higher Calorie, high fat diet it should keep the rare species-rear and common species-common. In the article it reads: “We are what we eat, and so are our gut flora. When people switch to a high-calorie diet, their microbiome changes, with rare species becoming common and common species becoming rare. It also becomes less diverse. Scientists have tested the effect of the obese microbiome by rearing mice without any bacteria… Read more »
Sigi
Sigi
4 years 11 months ago

Oh, I SOOOOO want a Fifth Ape trainer in my city! That looks awesome.

Caroline
Caroline
4 years 11 months ago

mmmmmmmmmm grilled bananas. Try throwing some into the fry pan next to your crackling, sizzling bacon. What a flavor sensation!

Sarah
4 years 11 months ago

Wow, that sounds AMAZING!!

andrew
andrew
4 years 11 months ago

The study on organic farming looks very interesting, except of course that it was done by the Rodale Institute, self touted “organic pioneers.” I haven’t read the full text yet, but if you choose to, please keep in mind that bias can go both ways, even against the team you’re rooting for. Read it with an aim for information, not to further your viewpoint, because there is an obvious potential for bias here.

spincycle
spincycle
4 years 11 months ago

I thought the same thing when I saw the name Rodale. I’m taking it all with some healthy skepticism.

Deannacat
Deannacat
4 years 11 months ago
I think healthy skepticism is fine. After all, when I listen to the news these days everything said is automatically subject to suspicion for me. Having said that, I’ve used Rodale’s methods in my own home garden for years and they work. I’m a bit more likely to place a modicum of trust in a study of organic farming conducted for 30 years by Rodale than one, say, by Monsanto. I seriously doubt Rodale is a billion dollar business. They may sell some how-to books, magazines, or even farming classes or consultancy, but once the knowledge is learned by others… Read more »
Fifth Ape
4 years 11 months ago

Thanks to Mark for the link and to all of you for the great feedback! If you’re in or around the Triangle area of North Carolina we’d love to have you come play with us!

Eirik
4 years 11 months ago

Very interesting article you linked to about conventional vs. organic farming. The truth about farming needs to get out! Hopefully we will see a larger shift towards organic farming in the near future, as people become more aware.

Ps. loved the vegan quote! haha 😀

alley cat
alley cat
4 years 11 months ago

I totally loved the Fifth Ape Video. It was very inspirational and has given me many ideas!
And the kipping video was fantastic. Man, the guy is obviously a genius.

Animanarchy
4 years 8 months ago

I read a Men’s Health article on the MMA fighter Georges St. Pierre and according to it he does kipping pushups, called judo pushups in the article. He also does a lot of other explosive calisthenics like clap pushups.

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