Saturday, October 31, 2009

Joel Salatin on global warming

Several years ago I engaged Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm to give a talk to the area WAPF Chapters. His talk was titled "Heal the planet by healing your plate".

Recently he spoke at a college and is still singing the same song. I wanted to share this with all you meat lovers so you can have the verbiage to respond to the "Red meat is destroying the planet" articles out in the world.

“Every bit of the alleged science linking methane and cows to global warming is based on annual cropping, feedlots and herbivore abuse. It all crumbles if the production model becomes like our mob-stocking-herbivorous-solar-conversion-lignified-carbon-sequestration fertilization. America has traded 73 million bison requiring no petroleum, machinery or fertilizer for 45 million beef cattle, and we think we’re efficient. At Polyface, we practice biomimicry and have returned to those lush, high organic matter production models of the native herbivores. If every cow producer in the country would use this model, in less than 10 years we would sequester all the carbon that’s been emitted since the beginning of the industrial age.”

Stop and think about that for a moment: Raising beef cattle with biomimicry can stop global warming in its tracks almost singlehandedly.

Yet another reason to support our small farmers and avoid at all costs animal products from CFO's (Confinement Feeding Operations)

(Quotes copied from

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Cultured Vegetables

How cool is this!? One of my favorite blog writers has put together a free e-book on cultured vegetables. To quote the blog:

Each recipe in Get Cultured focuses on nourishing probiotic, naturally fermented vegetables and all the recipes are dairy-free. I strongly recommend that you purchase a vegetable fermenter (see sources) for these recipes, though mason jars will due in a pinch. Fermentation is an inexact art and variances in the temperature of your home, the weather or the season may yield a quicker or slower fermentation period than outlined in the book, so use your judgment in preparing these wholesome probiotic foods.

And here is the link to the e-book

Which one will I start today?

Enjoy and please share your successes with me.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Homemade Laundry Soap

Preston and I love this concoction for it's simplicity, effectiveness and almost "greenness" It sure is a lot kinder to the environment than Tide or the like and works tons better than Seventh Generation and such. Not to mention it is CHEAP to make.

All the ingredients can be found in to laundry soap aisle at the grocery store.

1 Cup Fels Naptha (grated and powdered)
1/2 Cup Washing Soda
1/2 Cup Borax

Use 2 TBS average load or 3 for heavy load

That's it!

You can add a scent if you like when you mix to powder but I find it lovely on its own.