The One Question You Should Be Asking at the Farmer’s Market

Farmers Market Stand3What questions do you ask the farmers at the farmer’s market? Here’s how mine used to go:

  • Me: Are your vegetables organic?
  • Farmer: No, sorry.
  • Me: That’s too bad.
  • Farmer: It’s really expensive to get certified, you know.
  • Me: Ok, well what pesticides do you use, exactly?

The conversation quickly goes over my head. By now I’m also getting dirty looks for holding up the line. Sheesh, all I wanted to know is if these sweet potatoes are worth the slightly higher price compared to those at the neighboring stand. Isn’t there an easier way to differentiate the quality of the products at the different stands? Why yes, there is a better question. And one whose answer you can judge in 5 seconds or less. Continue reading


10 Everyday Examples of German Resource Efficiency

I’m a glutton for American convenience; big cars, big homes, space from my neighbors, cheap gas and electricity and easy shopping around the clock. Yet I can’t help but feel like a wasteful pig every time I’m in Germany. Here are 10 examples of how the Germans are so much less wasteful and more resource efficient than me. Continue reading


Bullying the Anti-Vaxxers

Father and babyImagine reading an article about cutting-edge new treatments for breast cancer, only the story isn’t actually about the treatments. It’s about the selfishness of women who receive these new treatments without ever having donated to breast cancer research charities.   The article then suggests that these “free-loaders” bear some responsibility for the deaths of thousands of breast cancer victims who might have been saved by a new therapy that just needed a bit more funding. Could you imagine finding such an article in a prestigious journal like The Economist?

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Lessons Learned from the Green Pasture Fermented Cod Liver Oil Scandal

fclo-300x300The news spread like wildfire over the weekend. Dr. Kaayla Daniel of the Weston A. Price Foundation published a scathing report about one of the natural food world’s most beloved products: Fermented Cod Liver Oil from Green Pasture. Continue reading


Why Low Food Prices Hurt the Economy and the Poor

dollar menuFood in America is ridiculously cheap. According to this 2014 article in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, entitled Obesity and Economic Environments, “Americans are spending a smaller share of their income (or corresponding amount of effort) on food than any other society in history or anywhere else in the world, yet get more for it.

American politicians would argue that low food prices help the poor and the economy; the poor now rarely go hungry and the economy is boosted through higher sales and exports. At least that’s the theory, but it is an extremely short-sighted one. Continue reading


Media Bias and Censorship of Vaccine Reporting

censorshipShortly before my 3 year old son was born, I began researching vaccines. I quickly realized I had opened a Pandora’s box. There was a lot of controversy surrounding vaccines. Confused and wanting to get my thoughts organized, I blogged about what I learned in this post, which is now one of the most popular on my blog.

Since then, the debate has only intensified – especially in the wake of the California measles outbreak, which has triggered a slew of stories on the subject. Articles and editorials in outlets like The Washington Post, The New York Times, BBC News, Time MagazineThe Economist and many others vilify the unvaccinated and pro-choicers, portraying them as being ignorant and irresponsible. A few even suggest that the unvaccinated be sued and that doctors who support vaccine choice have their licenses revoked. But why haven’t I seen any stories that mention any of the concerns I raised in my post about the Vaccine Controversy, I wondered?  I decided to look into it and now I’m now horrified by what I have discovered. Continue reading


Why is water coming out of my meat? How can I brown wet meat?

IMG_0199-2Have you ever tried to brown patties, stew meat or a roast in a pan, only to find that it releases so much water that it ends up being braised or boiled instead? This happened to me recently after trying to brown some stew cuts, as you can see in the photo. I’ll explain why this happens and how to overcome it.

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My Favorite Cookbooks

Cookbooks are for me like women’s shoes: they’re very tempting, but it’s hard to know how much you’ll actually use them until you buy them. Five years later, you’ll look back and see that a quarter were practically never used, another quarter were used, but if they got lost, you wouldn’t even notice, a third were probably worth the price you paid and the remaining 15% are AMAZING and should probably be replaced, given how dirty and run-down they’ve become.  Here’s my top 15%. Continue reading