Factory Farms: Big Business in Ohio

  Originally uploaded by pjchmiel These innocent buildings hide much from the public. These are factory farms. The windowless buildings may house chickens, turkeys, hogs — in crowded conditions with little room to move. I’ve seen news clips of the inside of these facilities where chickens live in tight cages their whole lives strategically placed with their heads above their grain and water supply. These are prevelant in Darke County in Western Ohio. You never see animals outside. The evidence that animals are inside are the grain silos strategically located outside to easily provide feed to the animals. I am
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Healthy Eating Tip: Lower Your Cholesterol with Flaxseed Meal

If you’re of a certain age — say baby boomer and beyond, most likely your doctor has tried to peddle Lipitor or Crestor in order to lower your high cholesterol. While these prescription drugs may work to a certain extent, the side effects are scary  and if you don’t have health insurance or don’t have health insurance with a good drug plan, you could be paying hundreds of dollars for a month’s supply. My friend Jon had high cholesterol and his other health problems preclude him from taking prescription drugs that claim to lower cholesterol. Instead, a nutritionist recommended flaxseed oil capsules. He
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Americans Concern With Food Safety Not Shared By All Cultures

With the recent scandal regarding China and the melamine in pet food, we Americans are finally justified in our concern about food safety.  But I just learned that food safety is not a concern shared by all cultures. According to Clotaire Rapaille in his new book “The Culture Code – An ingenious way to understand why people around the world live and buy as they do”,  the French are far more interested in taste than safety. “In France, there is a method of preparation known as faisandee.  It involves hanging a pheasant (the source of the name) or some other gamebird
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Cloning: Madder Cow Disease

I just read an article where the FDA said that milk and meat from some cloned farm animals is considered safe. Yeah, like the FDA is an authority on what’s safe. Don’t forget the FDA said that Vioxx was safe as well as hormone replacement therapy (HRT). When women stopped taking HRT, the amount of breast cancer plunged. I wonder if the cloning lobbyists finally paved their way with payola into the FDA’s door step. Most consumers are against cloning to begin with much less eating and drinking their products. Cloning is just too science fiction. I don’t mind watching a science
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Cocktails: 5 tips for responsible holiday entertaining

Frozen cocktails – gefrorene Cocktails Originally uploaded by roxania. My kingdom for a cocktail. Tis the holiday season and the end of a year. If you’re hosting a party or attending one, please practice the following tips: 1. Instead of letting guests make their own drinks, hire a bartender or designate an adult to mix responsibly and keep his or her eye on your guests’ consumption. 2. Alcohol is alcohol whether it’s 12 oz of beer, 5 oz of wine, or 1.5 oz of spirits in a cocktail. 3. Provide food to complement coctails. Fresh seafood and bread accentuate vodkas,
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Food Humor: Kitchen Chaos – What’s in Your Refrigerator?

At the end of every month, I somehow feel that a milestone has passed and want to conquer some project whether it be big or small. I looked at my desk and almost fainted. Then I looked at my other desk neglected across the room and had a panic attack. Thinking that the refrigerator would be a good place to start, I opened it. Ugh. The contents were not pretty and it was just as cluttered as the rest of my life but at least I wouldn’t have to decide to file or read everything. I’m embarrassed to write this
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