Culinary Delights, Organic Policy and Regulations, Social Implications in Agriculture, What is Organic

Five Things I’m Doing to Keep me Sane While Nestling in Place

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I was traveling and on holiday when the pesky virus unfolded into a full-blown pandemic. I went from mild consternation to great foreboding – mainly for fear that I might not make it back into the country.

I boarded one of the last planes out of Costa Rica, just before the frontiers closed.

Today, I nestle at home with a full larder and a fidgety mind. How can I stay relevant and at peace in the time of pestilence and social distancing? I found five things that are keeping me on track and focused on what’s important. Continue reading “Five Things I’m Doing to Keep me Sane While Nestling in Place”

Culinary Delights, Organic Policy and Regulations, Social Implications in Agriculture, What is Organic

Still Wondering if that Organic Turkey is Worth It? – A New Study Suggests It’s the Safest Choice

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It’s the weekend before the great holiday feast. Turkey is on the menu, and I haven’t even ordered mine – let along worked out if it will be baked, smoked, or set upon the barbeque for hours.

Organic, free-range and antibiotic-free are always my first choice because I want to support farmers who steward the land and care properly for the fowl.

If you haven’t already purchased your Thanksgiving gobbler, a new study gives you another good reason to buy an organic bird.

Organic and antibiotic-free poultry is half as likely to be contaminated with multidrug-resistant Salmonella. The stuff that makes us sick! Continue reading “Still Wondering if that Organic Turkey is Worth It? – A New Study Suggests It’s the Safest Choice”

Culinary Delights, Travel, What is Organic

A Gastronomic Gulet Getaway

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Traveling along the Turkish Turquoise Coast via Gulet is all about submitting yourself up to debauchery—one of Turkish delights.

It’s an excuse to feast on fresh Mediterranean fare while the sea tickles your hair and the sun slices the water.

The main objective of the crew is to take care of your every need and want. Specially to offer multi-course traditional meals from the Turkish Mediterranean basin. Continue reading “A Gastronomic Gulet Getaway”

Culinary Delights, Social Implications in Agriculture, Travel, What is Organic

In Search of an Honest Ham – How I Found it in Italian Prosciutto

We arrive in Reggio Emilia, a small medieval village between Parma and Bologna; it is smack dab in the middle of Prosciutto Ham and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese country.

We have come here to visit artisan Prosciutto and Parmigiano makers who use traditional methods specific to Reggio. We also come here to eat. Continue reading “In Search of an Honest Ham – How I Found it in Italian Prosciutto”

Environment, Organic Policy and Regulations, What is Organic

Dear Human, Glyphosate by Any Other Name is Now a Reality

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As a follow up to my interview with Chuck Benbrook, I was astounded to see the verdict come through on the case of Alva and Alberta Pilliod. The jury awarded them an astonishing $2 billion in damages for their exposure to the herbicide glyphosate and their subsequent fight with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Chuck testified in the case on April 17th, and he focused on Monsanto’s “stewardship” and lack thereof for its Roundup-brand herbicides.

Chuck comment that “This verdict will surely get Bayer’s attention. Talk about chickens coming home to roost.” His May 13thblog post, Has Bayer’s Day of Roundup Reckoning Arrived?, elaborates more on the verdict.

What does all this have to do with organic products? Herbicides like glyphosate are explicitly forbidden in organic production. Continue reading “Dear Human, Glyphosate by Any Other Name is Now a Reality”