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May 02, 2010

Weekend Link Love

By Mark Sisson
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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.

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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

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tess
tess
6 years 4 months ago

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….

😉

peggy
peggy
6 years 4 months ago

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 😉

Mike
Mike
6 years 4 months ago

Yall stop it I’m drooling.

tess
tess
6 years 4 months ago

coconut bread is good with that shrimp pate from back in february, too!

Grant
Grant
6 years 4 months ago
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… Read more »
Loren
Loren
6 years 4 months ago

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…

Aaron Curl
6 years 4 months ago

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!

Dan
Dan
6 years 4 months ago

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.

Tauren
Tauren
6 years 4 months ago
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… Read more »
Henry Miller
Henry Miller
6 years 4 months ago

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…

Chris
Chris
6 years 4 months ago

Excellent post, however you did not mention the corporate welfare Big Agra receives from the government. So a search on marksdailyapple for welfare queen.

Michael
Michael
6 years 4 months ago

let me add to the links this week. From Men’s Health it is about game meats:

http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/healthy_recipes/345

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.

Sarah
Sarah
6 years 4 months ago

Grant,
Watch Food, Inc. and ask those farmers about their individual rights in relation to Monsanto.

Katherine
6 years 4 months ago

great links! thanks for sharing
Katherine

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Rodrigo
Rodrigo
6 years 4 months ago

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?

Primal Toad
6 years 4 months ago

I really enjoyed the interview with Free The Animal.

Helen
Helen
6 years 4 months ago

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.

Laurie D.
Laurie D.
6 years 4 months ago

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.

http://genetichemistry.com/genetic-science/how-monsanto-put-this-farmer-in-court-over-ge-seed/

Henry Miller
Henry Miller
6 years 4 months ago
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… Read more »
Henry Miller
Henry Miller
6 years 4 months ago
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… Read more »
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Leanne
Leanne
6 years 4 months ago
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,… Read more »
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Marko
Marko
6 years 4 months ago
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… Read more »
Jared
6 years 4 months ago

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!

Richard
6 years 4 months ago

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.

Digger
6 years 4 months ago

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!”

Helen
Helen
6 years 4 months ago

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?

Mike
Mike
6 years 4 months ago

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?”

Viceologist
Viceologist
6 years 4 months ago

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.

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