Prancing pygmy goatlet

A grad school chum of mine, who practices permaculture on her farm, posted this video on her blog recently—a mere two days after Daisy, one of her three adult pygmy goats, gave birth. I admit it; I'm easily amused when it comes to animals, especially wee ones. But I dare you not to chuckle—even just a...

Making bacon from scratch

Last Sunday I made bacon and eggs for breakfast. Nothing earth shaking about that — but I didn't buy the bacon from the farmer's market or even Farmer Joe's. Actually, I made the bacon myself — from a 2 lb. package of pork belly I received through Operation Pork. The pig who provided the pork belly was born...

Red bowl full of winter comfort

Winter and soup go together like cold feet and comfy, goose down slippers. Once the weather turns cooler, I begin my seasonal longing for soup's warmth and comfort. And when I find enough time to make a huge pot of soup for sharing with friends and family -- with enough left over for another meal -- I...

Real food now!

From the rabble-arousers who brought us The Meatrix I, II, and II 1/2, as well as Store Wars... Take a gander at Free Range Studios' latest short film, "The Mouth Revolution!" Who said the food revolution couldn't be...

not milk?

Good news! It's not too late to help keep animal clones from entering our food supply. A few weeks ago, I wrote to encourage readers to write and send an editorial to their local papers about their feelings on this recent "clones-are-just-fine-to-eat; don't-you-worry-you-can- trust-us" development. Now the...

It’s time to get pickled!

Maybe it's my German roots, but I have always loved pickled foods: dill pickles, pickled beets, olives, sauerkraut, and, especially, pickled herring. One of the things that the celebration of Christmas and New Year's Eve brings to mind for me is pickled herring. Herring was always one of the special treats...

Do we condone cloning?

When I heard the news last week that the FDA approved the use of cloned animals and their offspring as food for the American populace, I almost puked at the thought. Not as much from the thought of actually eating cloned food, but more so as a guttural reaction to what I feel is happening all too often...

Penguin population plummets — sheepdogs to the rescue

Last Saturday, like I do on most Saturday's, I scanned the "Earthweek" feature that shares space with the San Francisco Chronicle's weather page. On the world map, my eye caught a graphic of a penguin placed on the southern coast of Australia. Intrigued, I read that wildlife officials have decided to employ...

Digesting: GMO roundup

Certifiably man-made crop circles such as this one featured on Greenpeace's website have begun "cropping up" in fields around the world: in the Philippines, France, Spain, and Mexico—the birthplace of corn. The message is clear: we do not want genetically engineered corn in our fields or in our food. (To...

Apple date or how to drink from trees

Last Sunday I made my first-ever batch of homemade apple juice. Earlier in the week, Lady Persimmons, my friend and next-door neighbor, and I decided that Sunday night would be our apple date. I agreed to pick the apples beforehand from the two apple trees in our backyard, and Lady P would provide the...

Illegal rice: outrage and outrageous acts

OK, now I'm angry. Really angry -- in a good way. After more that three weeks of trying to find my writing voice — and not having enough procrastination time built into my schedule to coax it out — it's finally back! Nothing like a little David and Goliath drama to spur me back into action. "Where's the...

Spreading democracy right here in the U.S.A.

Sometimes miracles do happen. At least the failure of the California Preemption Bill -- SB1056 -- to even make it out of committee in the California Senate yesterday seems like some kind of miracle to me. (And one worth celebrating, I might add.) From what I've read, we owe its apparent death -- at least...

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