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Health and modern farming

While obesity is on the rise, ironically so is malnourishment. It is strange how such well fed people can be lacking in basic vitamins and minerals. This malnourishment is contributing to issues as severe as cancer or to the daily misery of chronic fatigue syndrome. We all know that the modern diet of most Americans is unhealthy. In fact, the average American is deficient in at least three vital nutrients. Data on American eating habits show that we prefer a one item meal, already prepared. Vegetables are side dishes and Americans don’t have time for something so superfluous.  In just…

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in Blog, Natural Health, Pigs, Published in Daily Press

Why you should eat Lard

I don’t know what it is about pigs, but I love raising them.  Of all the animals we have, pigs have been the easiest to take care of, needed the least attention and hey, they give us bacon.  But don’t forget the other fantastic product they give us: Lard Eww lard, right?  I know that’s what everyone is saying.  I mean just the thought of deep frying something in lard makes you gain a pound.  But it’s not as bad as you think, just hear me out. Bacon pigs versus Lard pigs At Flip Flop Ranch, we raise American Guinea…

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Monsanto's Herbicide Linked to Fatal Kidney Disease Epidemic: Could It Topple the Company?

In Central America, India and Sri Lanka, a disease has been rampaging through farmers for the past 30 years.  This disease is called CKDu or Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown etiology, meaning that nobody knows what causes it.  It seems to occur most often in poor farmers who do hard labor in hot areas.  Farmers who acquire this fatal disease have always been exposed to herbicides and heavy metals.  This diseases is unheard of by most medical practitioners.   However, CKDu is now the second leading cause of mortality among men in El Salvador. Besides El Salvador, India and Sri Lanka are…

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in Blog, Farmlife, Natural Health, Recipes and Cooking

My Water Kefir Bomb

I have a bomb.  It’s on the kitchen counter.  I’m very worried. My wonderful, dear neighbor gave me a jar of water kefir grains.  I was very excited.  I’ve wanted to try making water kefir for a long time but I’ve been too much of a cheapskate to actually purchase the grains.  Water kefir is basically fermented water.  Kefir grains are crystals of probiotic bacteria that ferment sugar water into a glass of pure digestive delight.  So when my neighbor gave me some of her kefir grains, I was very excited. However, I have no idea how to care for…

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Tell USDA to Keep Apples GMO-free

Submit Comments by Monday, December 16 The biotech industry keeps promising to solve major problems, from world hunger to malnutrition. Instead, they’ve given us herbicide-resistant and pesticide-producing crops, increasing Americans’ exposure to toxic chemicals. What’s the latest genetically engineered crop that’s heading for your plate?  Apples that never turn brown. Like all genetically engineered crops, these new apples have not been proven safe for human consumption. Even worse, they use a troubling new genetic engineering technique, RNA interference. A 2012 Cell Research study indicated that ingesting RNA material from certain plant-based foods can have unexpected effects in mammals.   Humans should not have…

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in Blog, Chickens, Livestock, Natural Health, Poultry, Uncategorized

Caged chicken vs. Free range chicken vs. Pastured chicken

Ali asks: “Can you explain the difference between Cage free, free range, and pasture raised chicken and eggs?” Unfortunately, the truth is that there are many conventional farmers manufacturers who are very unethical and are working the system to get what they want.  While the “spirit” of the various labels are promoted, the laws are very loose and provide loopholes for getting around the labels.  Also, note that any of these can be “organic.” Conventionally-raised chickens To start this explanation, it’s best to compare it to the conventionally-raised laying hen, i.e. the most common method for producing the grocery-store egg.  Conventional hens…

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in Natural Health

Treating ant bites naturally

I hate these little suckers and of course the fire ants are even worse.  This morning I was pulling weeds in an area where there is a pipe leak so there is grass and weeds everywhere.  I waded into that area to save our Texas Wisteria vine from being overrun and got overrun myself…by dreaded ants.  Now my foot is itching like crazy.  Benadryl itch spray didn’t help and who knows what is in that crap anyways.  I typically try vinegar as most of the ants here have a base venom.  But there are some ants with an acidic venom…

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Hair-like fibers in McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets?

Seriously?  This is ******** I don’t think I can legally say whether this is disgusting or not because of all the laws protecting these big companies, but you can guess what I think.  Let me just say that although I nor my company feel any negative thoughts towards any McDonald’s product, I certainly have some negative thoughts towards unidentifiable black fibers in my food…although certainly not if it was in a McDonald’s product…of course… I have no idea what these fibers are, but you know as well as I do how healthy these things are going to turn out to…

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Hair-like fibers in McDonald's Chicken McNuggets?

Seriously?  This is ******** I don’t think I can legally say whether this is disgusting or not because of all the laws protecting these big companies, but you can guess what I think.  Let me just say that although I nor my company feel any negative thoughts towards any McDonald’s product, I certainly have some negative thoughts towards unidentifiable black fibers in my food…although certainly not if it was in a McDonald’s product…of course… I have no idea what these fibers are, but you know as well as I do how healthy these things are going to turn out to…

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