What is so great about Quinoa? 1

What is so great about Quinoa?
Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah) is the edible seed from the quinoa plant, a plant related to spinach and chard. Although technically a seed, it is normally classified as a grain since its appearance is similar to the grains we are familiar with. What is so special about Quinoa? Complete Protein – it contains all 9 essential amino ...

Backpacking with Olive Oil 1

Backpacking with Olive Oil
Olive Oil is an excellent choice to take when backpacking. Not only is it healthy and contain a high calorie per ounce weight ratio, but it also has a multitude of non-cooking purposes. In cooking, it can be used in place of butter to provide additional flavor and calorie in foods such as soups, pasta, rice, and ...

America – Corn Fed & Bred

America - Corn Fed & Bred
The American food system is simply supplying what the American consumer is demanding.  Blame the consumer, not the system.  If you don’t want it or like it, don’t buy it.  There are always alternatives – maybe not as cheap or convenient, but they are there… be aggravated enough to search. ~Safdy The Consequences of Fast ...

The Western Diet: Smart for Profit, Dumb for Health – Part 2

The Western Diet: Smart for Profit, Dumb for Health - Part 2
Capitalism wins more food opportunities. It is no surprise, that in a capitalistic society, our food system has devoted its energies to increasing production yields so it can sell food as cheaply as possible. Obviously, making profit is necessary to sustain a business, as is creating efficiencies to maximize profit. But, profit can be realized ...

The Western Diet: Smart for Profit, Dumb for Health – Part 1

The more people believe in something, the more accepted it becomes.  The more we believe something to be “wrong” the less accepted it becomes.  We don’t know why we practice certain behavior if we never stop to question it.   Most people do not stop to question their dietary choices until they become sick.  We just ...

Edibility Tips

Edibility Tips
Not Safe White, green, and yellow berries.  Nearly all are poisonous. Never eat the berry (or the leaves) from a plant that has a milky sap. 50% of red berries are poisonous, so unless you can positively identify it, it is not worth the risk to eat it. Avoid any leaves or seeds with an ...