Curiosity ensures success

This amazing video is the winner of the RSA Student Design Awards, played along with an excerpt from Ian Leslie’s book called Curiosity. See the excerpt in text on the BrainPickings.org site, where each article is highly satisfying. As you listen, you might consider what it has to do with nutrition and health… or, read on to see my interpretation.Continue reading “Curiosity ensures success”

Safe, natural pesticide from mushrooms?

Want a safe, natural pesticide? Paul Stamets, one of my heroes, has invented a “universal biopesticide” which is derived from mushrooms! Big Ag has called this patent “The most disruptive technology that we have ever witnessed.” (I love it when huge companies that create destructive products whimper and cower under the loom of a natural solution.) Continue reading “Safe, natural pesticide from mushrooms?”

Medical research fraught with fraud

This is a hugely important read for anyone who’s affected by medical science (i.e. you). It’s scary to realize the level of unethical behavior in an area as important as medical research… But, hopefully the more people who know, the more likely those involved will clean up their acts! (By the way, this is likelyContinue reading “Medical research fraught with fraud”

Spooky Supplement News

Here’s something spooky for Friday the 13th: An investigation by the New York State attorney general’s office into store-brand supplements at four national retailers — GNC, Target, Walgreens and Wal-Mart — found that only 21% actually contained the herbs listed on the labels. This study was done on herbs, but I imagine vitamins and mineralsContinue reading “Spooky Supplement News”

Do you eat abused chickens?

Sorry to say, you probably do… after reading this, you might be compelled to go purchase your chicken from local farmers who treat the animals with compassion. Perdue proudly displays a seal of approval from the Department of Agriculture asserting that its bird are “raised cage free.” But, a farmer who actually raises Perdue chickens is incredulous!!Continue reading “Do you eat abused chickens?”

Sustainable meat

Enjoy the following excerpts from this article from the LA Times. It’s  a review of a book that makes a case for the sustainability of raising cows for their meat. It’s written by Nicolette Hahn Niman, who is co-owner of cattle farming company, a lawyer and a vegetarian. She believes that “cattle are necessary to the restoration and futureContinue reading “Sustainable meat”

Clucking about backyard hens

“Cluck” below to “chick” out the video presentation I created to explain why backyard hens should be made legal in Staunton. It was presented to City Council by Staunton City Backyard Hen Advocates on October 23, after which City Council unanimously voted to move the proposal forward to the Planning Commission! The 6-minute video comes from 3+ hours ofContinue reading “Clucking about backyard hens”