Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are highly debated. Some people are completely against it, some for it, and others do not even know it exists. So, the question is: what is the debate and why is it important to avoid genetically modified organisms? Continue reading
If you thought it disconcerting that horse meat was found in hamburgers sold in the United Kingdom, consider the hapless South Africans.
Last month, citizens of that former Dutch colony learned that the great majority of beef burgers and sausage sold in grocery stores there were found to contain the flesh of donkey, goat and water buffalo. Another 37% of products labeled “beef” were found to contain pork.
According to a study published by three professors at Stellenbosch University, “99 of 139 samples contained species not declared on the product label, with the highest incidence in sausages, burgers and deli meats.” 1 Continue reading
In the 1980s, we heard stories about a so-called “Welfare Queen” pulling in $150,000 a year at the expense of the gullible taxpayer. And while the existence of that woman turned out to be a myth, there is a class of persons currently scamming the welfare system to their own advantage. You guessed it: politicians.
Today, a staggering 48 million Americans find themselves currently enrolled in the federal food stamp program. A good many would prefer not to be on the dole but would rather be working. But in today’s economy, these people find themselves with no alternative. Leave it to the political class to turn this tragedy to their own advantage. Continue reading
When I was a young disc jockey working at a radio station in a mid-sized American city, the News Director left for greener pastures and I was promoted to his position. Not only was my new title prestigious, the job was a lot easier.
My duties consisted of watching the news coming off the teletype, selecting the five stories I felt were most important, then reading them on air at the top of the hour.
Back then I aspired to one day landing a similar position at a radio or TV station in a major city. My duties as a news reader would have been essentially the same; I would still select the stories I felt were important, then I would read them on the air. The only difference was I would get paid a lot more for doing it. Continue reading
The severe drought that was all the news last summer is now making itself known all over again in the prices you’re paying for food this spring. As Forbes Magazine reported last September:
“This year’s drought has been the worst since the 1950s. Farmland that was scorched by July was truly desiccated a month later, as the intensity of the disaster worsened rather than abated as the summer progressed.1
How bad was it? “By the end of summer, 39% of the contiguous U.S. was in ‘severe’ to ‘extreme’ drought at the end of August.” Continue reading
Imagine sitting down for a nice breakfast with your family when all of sudden your child starts coughing up mucus, and then soon after is gasping for air. You try giving the child an antihistamine, but to no avail. The reaction continues. You race the child to the emergency room and by the time you arrive, the child can barely breathe. Imagine the sense of panic you would feel. Imagine the sense of helplessness. Continue reading
Listen, I’m not Jewish, but there is one thing I do know. Those guys know how to do it right when it comes down to high-quality food. Kosher certification for food is done by state, national, and even international agencies. But what IS kosher? “Oy vey!” There is a LOT that goes into it, so let’s try and sort it out.
In the Jewish culture and religion, Kosher food complies with Jewish dietary law. These laws trace quite far back into history – you can even read the book of Leviticus in the Bible for some examples of Kosher foods. Not only does it identify which types of food are proper to use, but also about how food is to be prepared and handled. Even the way in which animals are slaughtered is done in a proper and humane manner, consistent with Kosher law. Continue reading
Whatever the century or the technology, the way we get from here to there has always been a matter for comparison and often-heated debate. Modest though they are, feet are the survivalist’s wheels, his/hers hooves, chariots, wings. It’s our feet that do our drudge work step by step. Finding the right footwear/boots is easily the most important decision a backpacker makes. But it is easier said than done.
Today’s recipe compliments of Cherrie S. in Utah.
Peanut Butter Cookies
1/4 c. butter
1/4 c. peanut butter
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. brown sugar
3/4 c. eFoodsDirect Pancake Mix
1/4 tsp salt
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes or until done. You may need to add more flour depending on your elevation.
If you try this recipe, let us know your thoughts in the comments!