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2 May

Weekend Link Love

Remember Michelle from the Primal Challenge (and recently from my Where are They Now? post)? She’s had so much success living Primal that New Zealand television featured her as an inspiring Kiwi last week. Grok on, Michelle!

Want another sign Conventional Wisdom may be changing for the better? Read Scientific American‘s article titled Carbs Against Cardio.

For urban Primalists, Hunt. Gather. Love. found a neat little tutorial on growing your own salad bowl.

Seven states are investigating agricultural giant Monsanto: Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, Texas, Virginia. And get this, Monsanto is such a dominant force that two states declined to be identified. Mercola has the round-up of facts and opinions on Monsanto’s history of abuse of power.

Zen Habits wrote a stellar posts about 5 ways to combat reactionary workflow. What is reactionary workflow? Read the post.

Free the Animal interviewed me earlier this week. It’s a nifty 35 minute split-screen video chat about the business side of Primal health.

The NY Times stands up with the rest of us. And by the rest of us, I mean the “large online subculture of stand-up fanatics who swear that getting rid of your chair will change your life.”

And finally, an alternative source of protein… and magic. (thanks, Weston!)

Wharf Master’s Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

Two years ago (April 18 – 24)

  • 8 Unusual Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide – In your salad? In your kitchen soap? A few handy uses of hydrogen peroxide; blondification not included.
  • The Art of Compromise – Red wine? Dark chocolate? One of the first posts to discuss what would later become the 80/20 concept of the Primal Blueprint.

Comment of the Week

I think I speak for a lot of us when I say that we NEED a video of Mark dancing as if no one is watching. ;)

-Sonia from Primal Play: Dance

You want comments? We got comments:

Imagine you’re George Clooney. Take a moment to admire your grooming and wit. Okay, now imagine someone walks up to you and asks, “What’s your name?” You say, “I’m George Clooney.” Or maybe you say, “I’m the Clooninator!” You don’t say “I’m George of George Clooney Sells Movies Blog” and you certainly don’t say, “I’m Clooney Weight Loss Plan”. So while spam is technically meat, it ain’t anywhere near Primal. Please nickname yourself something your friends would call you.

  1. this is off-topic, but i feel an urge to share…. in revenge against the purists who chide us for making nut-based baked goods — i just had a cream-cheese and bacon sandwich on coconut bread, and DAMN. it would have been even better with guacamole….


    tess wrote on May 2nd, 2010
    • WOW Tess – great minds, etc. I just had bacon, onions, eggs & lamb kidneys while my 1st loaf of coconut bread was baking. hmmmm, I have a ripe avo, so thanks for the idea for lunch at work tomorrow 😉

      peggy wrote on May 2nd, 2010
      • Yall stop it I’m drooling.

        Mike wrote on May 3rd, 2010
      • coconut bread is good with that shrimp pate from back in february, too!

        tess wrote on May 3rd, 2010
  2. Just because Monsanto produces products that are undesirable to the paleo community does not mean that this community should support their being prevented from doing so. What they’re being accused of – violating antitrust laws – is certainly illegal, but it shouldn’t be. Monsanto has earned their market position fair and square, and if that means that they have the power to leverage out competitors, so be it. No where in any of this is Monsanto using coercion against consumers or competitors. Being “too big” should not be a crime. No one has a right to the products of any company except at the price that company agrees to sell them, and no competing company has a right to agreeable market conditions unless they earn them (ie: they out compete Monsanto, and not just use the government to bring it down to their level). The government’s purpose is not to protect “consumers” or “competition”, but individual rights.

    Political issues are not the purpose or focus of this blog, but when they are touched upon, they shouldn’t be presented so casually; as if the statement “Monsanto’s history of abuse of power” were not at all controversial. Simply because someone shares a dislike of Big Ag’s products it doesn’t follow he also has the same political views.

    Grant wrote on May 2nd, 2010
    • The statement by Grant is depressing, demoralizing, and in blatant disregard of the moral implications of a company’s actions. Yes, capitalism reigns strong, but that does not mean we cannot combine ethical, moral, and sustainable practices with business. And to state that Monsanto is not using coercion against consumers or competitors is scary… very scary…

      Loren wrote on May 2nd, 2010
      • Does Grant work for them? I have never heard anyone say one good thing about Monsanto. When a company gets that much control on the consumer and in the govt…..we should be scared! I AM!

        Aaron Curl wrote on May 3rd, 2010
    • Monsanto has not earned its market share. It has manipulated farmers into inescapable contracts. It has intimidated and blackmailed farmers who weren’t even using their products. That is illegal and unethical.

      Dan wrote on May 2nd, 2010
    • Actually even a fan of free market capitalist economics should have more sense than to make that argument.

      The whole point of capitalism is improvement and efficiency through competition. Monopolies kill competition. They are too big to be competed against. You just end up with a huge organisation that can get away with overpricing and poor levels of service because it has the financial resources and market share to kill its competitors.

      Also, being “too big” in itself can be a bad thing. Small companies can fail and the world moves on. Big things can’t fail, or other things fail with them – eg. half of the Western world now having a state owned banking sector, because the banks got “too big” to be allowed to go bankrupt.

      So yeah, even if you dislike government intervention…. monopolies = bad.

      Tauren wrote on May 2nd, 2010
      • Monopolies can only persist with government intervention. In all other cases someone will arrise to take care of you the first time (and this happens all the time) they do something to make you mad. That someone might be yourself…

        Henry Miller wrote on May 3rd, 2010
    • Excellent post, however you did not mention the corporate welfare Big Agra receives from the government. So a search on marksdailyapple for welfare queen.

      Chris wrote on May 3rd, 2010
  3. let me add to the links this week. From Men’s Health it is about game meats:

    They still ooze over the low-fat, low-cholesterol characteristics but hey, it is about as good as you can expect coming from Men’s Health.

    Michael wrote on May 2nd, 2010
  4. Grant,
    Watch Food, Inc. and ask those farmers about their individual rights in relation to Monsanto.

    Sarah wrote on May 2nd, 2010
  5. great links! thanks for sharing

    Katherine wrote on May 2nd, 2010
  6. Thanks for the links, Mark! The Scientific American’s article was great. Wouldn’t expect much from the Department of Agriculture though. But, who knows?

    Rodrigo wrote on May 2nd, 2010
  7. I really enjoyed the interview with Free The Animal.

    Primal Toad wrote on May 2nd, 2010
  8. I’ve always thought that standing wasn’t an option, as years of working on hard concrete floors (plus having babies and dodgy circulation anyway) means that I’m getting varicose veins.

    However, I often wonder about the effect of sitting on the gut – it seems like the ribs squish in on the belly and I don’t breath as deeply as when standing.

    I wonder if I could use compression stockings to assist the veins and do some standing work.

    Helen wrote on May 2nd, 2010
  9. Monsanto doesn’t use coercion? I think a lot of farmers who try to use non-RoundUp Ready soybeans would beg to differ when they are sued by Monsanto lawyers when parts of their fields are infested with GMO soybeans or when a seed cleaner is forced to turn in farmers for the same reason.

    Laurie D. wrote on May 2nd, 2010
    • I’m no fan of Monsontt, but they are in the right here. The farmer was trying to grow round-up ready crops, by planting his seeds from a field next to one where round-up ready crops were used, and then spraying with round-up. If he hadn’t been trying to get the round-up genes into his seeds, but it happened on accident – I’d be on his side. But then nobody would have known that some of his seeds were round-up ready because nobody would spray them with round-up – that would kill 90% of your crop.

      Note that if you are arguing patents should not exist at all, I might be on your side, but assuming patents, Monsonto is in the right.

      Henry Miller wrote on May 3rd, 2010
    • I’m no fan of Monsonto, but they are in the right here. The farmer was trying to grow round-up ready crops, by planting his seeds from a field next to one where round-up ready crops were used, and then spraying with round-up. If he hadn’t been trying to get the round-up genes into his seeds, but it happened on accident – I’d be on his side. But then nobody would have known that some of his seeds were round-up ready because nobody would spray them with round-up – that would kill 90% of your crop.

      Note that if you are arguing patents should not exist at all, I might be on your side, but assuming patents: Monsonto is in the right.

      Henry Miller wrote on May 3rd, 2010
  10. Regarding the link on salad bowls: Great idea but I can’t believe they charge $20! I live on the 4th floor of an apartment building with a small north facing balcony and I have three large pots of different types of lettuce which provide for all my salad needs for about four to five months at a time and each pot cost me about $1.50 to plant with organic lettuce plus the $10 I paid for a 20 litre bag of organic sea soil to fill the pots plus several others. I also have pots of basil, rosemary, chives, thyme, garlic, beets (which I mostly use for the baby greens) sugar snap peas, green beans and grape tomatoes and garlic. My little urban garden doesn’t provide for all of our produce needs but it provides enough for four or five salads each week for my lunches or as a side for dinner and the herbs make it easy to pick a few leaves of basil or stalks of chives to add some flavour to omelettes or marinades and dressings. It costs next to nothing to start and only takes an hour or two to put it all together plus the occasional watering, reduces my grocery bill, provides me with fresh herbs and salad ingredients and makes me feel good knowing what I am eating is organic with no question about where it came from or what was added to it. Plus it is FUN sitting on my balcony eating a salad I picked from the pretty greenery growing all around me in little space and shady northern sun exposure.

    Leanne wrote on May 2nd, 2010
  11. I just read something about the Kitava Study — have you all heard of that?

    Basically, the island of Kitava is near New Guina. The island has one of the last populations on Earth where the living conditions (expecially the dietary habits) are similar to what our Homo sapien ancestors ate during the stone age.

    These people on the island of Kitava are very strong, flexible, and have little to no indications of coronary heart disease. There are few to no cases of strokes, diabetes, dementia. No one is overweight. They have excellent blood pressure.

    So what’s this miracle diet they eat? It’s almost ridiculously simple. They basically eat as much as they want of the following:

    – Fruits, nuts, tea with honey

    – Eggs, fruit, vegetables

    – Cooked meat or fish, fruits, vegetables

    Marko wrote on May 3rd, 2010
    • Kudos to Mark and the worker bees for reaching that market since they’re obviously reading the PB!

      I wonder if they wear Vibram FFs!

      Jared wrote on May 3rd, 2010
  12. I’ve heard a lot about Monsanto. They’re really not a great company. The island of Kitava has an interesting diet. Reminds me of a book I read about Okinawa in Japan.

    Richard wrote on May 3rd, 2010
  13. The Article in the “Scientific American” is certainly encouraging, but what’s with this statement, it doesn’t even make sense.
    “Stampfer’s findings do not merely suggest that saturated fats are not so bad; they indicate that carbohydrates could be worse.”

    They just can’t bring themselves to say it can they? The sentence should read”Reaserch indicates that not only is saturated fat good for you,it also shows processed carbs are very bad for you!”

    Digger wrote on May 3rd, 2010
    • That’s so true. I’ve seen it in several places where they’ve reported recent sugar studies – they just ignore anything about fat. Cognitive dissonance, anyone?

      Helen wrote on May 3rd, 2010
  14. WOW That article by Scientific American sounds like it could be from MDA. What high-fiber carbs wherre they talking about when they said they were, ‘unquestioningly good for you?”

    Mike wrote on May 3rd, 2010
  15. I think the point that is being missed about Monsanto is that their monopoly is only made possible because the government grants it to them. The intellectual property laws in this country combined with their enormous clout as a lobby in Washington stacks the game, and the courts, in their favor.

    Theirs is not a capitalist exploit…it is a fascist one, only made possible through government interference.

    Viceologist wrote on May 3rd, 2010

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