Please don’t hate on the new test tube burger.This just might be the answer to feeding billions of people around the world. But… it’s going to be a tough sell.I’m sure you know that Dutch scientists in London just served up the first in-vitro burger, made from harvesting stem cells from cows....more
Cows are herding animals, social creatures. They travel in bunches to grass, water, grass, water, shade, grass, grass. You get the idea. In fact, they become very stressed when forced away from the group. It's this instinct that makes them easy, and difficult, to manage. Easy because when you get the lead cow to start moving, the others invariably follow. Things become a challenge, however, when you want to separate one or more from the group. ...more
From my blog Happy Hippie Homemaker "What is that?" Nora asked looking out the window.I answered absentmindedly. "I don't know, honey. What's it look like?""It's a big, dark animal. Like a beaver!"...more
A few years back, my oldest daughter came home from school one day and announced that one of her friends was going to stop eating meat and become a vegetarian. I asked why and she responded, “I don’t know—she said that she wanted to stop using/eating products that were made from animals.” I am always looking for ways to broaden my children’s horizons and increase their knowledge, and this seemed to be a great opportunity so I ran with it…...more
Chipotle Mexican Grill ran a doozy of a commercial during the Grammy Awards - it's been two weeks and it's still buzzing. The company went all out for its' first national ad buy, a two-minute spot during which it screened a short film celebrating sustainable agriculture. ...more
You may think you have a great hair stylist, but you ain't seen nothin' yet. My girls know how to wash, cut and curl 'til the cows come home — and that's not hogwash.
Speaking of hogs, have you ever seen pigs on parade? Head over to Farmgirl Follies for a daily accounting of life at the county fair....more
Now that the kids are back in school, it is time for me to head back to the gym and out on the roads. I am trying to reorganize my life around the nine hours I have free five days a week. A couple of days a week I go to the gym and swim, the other three days I walk…with my dog…he needs the exercise more than me. Huey has lounged around all summer, and he is becoming fat and lazy. To think he was a skeleton when he showed up on our doorstep 10 months ago....more
The Farm Sanctuary is exactly what it sounds like - a haven for barnyard animals - and it is surely one of the more blessed places on Earth. I was fortunate to spend time with National Shelter Director Susie Coston, a passionate force of dedicated energy, who gave me a tour of their New York location.
If you consider yourself a mindful omnivore, be aware of the American Grassfed Association (AGA). Based in Colorado, the AGA works with ranchers and livestock farmers across the country to promote a more back-to-basics livestock industry by building "a bridge from the farm to the table." I scored some face time with Carrie Balkcom, executive director of AGA, at her office in Denver. She keeps a demanding schedule: "I have been running like crazy, I apologize. My husband says when people call, “Her address? Seat 2A, United.”
Though we never met, I want you to know how much I appreciate you giving up your heart valve so my mom could live longer and breathe easier. Mama Iva's aorta was busted but thanks to you, it's working fine now. I meant what I said the night before in my dead-of-night conversation with God, that I would give up meat (especially pork) if your valve could pull her through. I'm keeping the fish though.
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