Food Industry

Voting In The Real World

As you know, this past Tuesday was election day. According to FairVote, presidential elections bring out about 60% of the voting population, while mid-term elections only attract about 40%, and odd year elections even less. On Tuesday, election day, I was walking out of Wal-Mart, and met a man walking in wearing an “I Voted” sticker. Not being a registered voter,… Read More

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To Drink or not to Drink

Broach the subject of milk with 5 of your friends and you could have 5 differing opinions (each being delivered passionately?). It can get quite complicated. Many folks harbor some degree of paranoia toward raw milk, others prefer raw milk. Some say milk is designed for baby cows and not for humans, others consider it a super-food and lose weight… Read More

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Integrity Food, Is it Worth The Effort?

Whether we face the fact or not, integrity food sourced from local farms—that care about more than the almighty dollar at the end of the production stream—is not the convenient or cheap option out there. I’m sure most of you can attest that it takes extra commitment—not to mention time and money—to dedicate to integrity food. Is it worth the… Read More

The Unmentioned Alternative?

If you’ll recall, two weeks ago our featured  article dubbed Chicken Poop with Your Beef, Anyone?, discussed feed content in feed rations fed to beef, which in turn becomes the food we eat, indirectly. Although I find the thought of feeding chicken poop to herbivores downright disgusting, as most of us likely do, to me the thought of plant-based meat mockup… Read More

Chicken Poop with your Beef, Anyone?

I should probably title this blurb “Why not Feedlot Beef” instead, because to truly understand the benefits of grassfed beef we need to delve into the disadvantages of feedlot—which is to say “supermarket”—beef. Although there are a number of reasons grass-fed beef is healthier for the human body—and the land it’s raised on, I prefer to begin with animal health.… Read More

Freedom and Risk

Good afternoon and Happy Fourth. I’ll be glad for rain but hope your party doesn’t get rained out. We know the original Independence Day was to celebrate the newly declared freedom from British rule. That we still collectively celebrate Independence Day after 243 years is remarkable, in my opinion. I dare say many American citizens today have only a vague… Read More

Meatless Meat

There’s a rising tide of on the shore of the food scene called “fake meat”.  According to the primary sources of information—which, so far, originates from the manufacturers (and the news media, of course) it sounds very positive—and hip. But I question the credibility of those information sources. Fake meat is coming from two directions. The only one being very… Read More

The Post-Antibiotic Era

Speaking of changing in increments, most of us learn in increments as well. Schools don’t teach first graders algebra or math equations for good reason. By the same token, as adults we usually accept certain ideas and truths more fully if they come incrementally. The first exposure to a new idea or occurrence may spark an interest—only to fade soon… Read More

Beyond Organic

What is “organic” and what does it mean? The Encarta dictionary on my computer defines it as; of living things; relating to, derived from, or characteristic of living things. Or as: developing naturally; occurring or developing gradually and naturally, without being forced or contrived. At the beginning of the organic food movement in the 1960’s—yes, it began as a fringe movement—these definitions were… Read More

Respect

Respect. What is it? My Thesaurus defines it as; to feel or show admiration and deference toward somebody or something. Another definition is; to pay due attention to and refrain from violating something. I like both of those and it is our foremost desire to portray these definitions of respect on our farm and in our interaction with the consumers of our… Read More