I haven’t been updating this blog, but I’ve been doing fine this summer. Unfortunately, the temp job has ended for good, but I’m going to get a Master of Public Health from Ohio State, starting this fall, and I’m excited about that.
I also have a link to an article at the Food Revolution Network:
In the years since I’ve become an environmentalist, I’ve hated lawns. This article confirms that the problems with growing lawns far outweigh the benefits.
This Saturday, my family and I went to Lynd Fruit Farm and picked up some Jonagold and Golden Delicious apples. Lynd, which is in Pataskala, Ohio, has the best apples we can find anywhere; we go there every year.
They have seventeen varieties of apples you’re allowed to pick yourself, but we usually go for six: Gala, Honeycrisp, Jonathan, Jonagold, Golden Delicious, and Fuji. The Jonathans, because of their high acidity and tartness, are good for using in meat dishes, and all the apples listed make great sauce and pies. I usually use Jonathans and Jonagolds for pies.
All these apples last until December if you refrigerate them. The Fujis, which are picked in mid-late October, last until April and May.
If you have a local fruit farm near you and an opportunity to buy apples from them, I highly recommend it. When they’re in season, local apple varieties taste much better than the typical Red Delicious you buy in the grocery store. And if you pick enough, you’ll be able to have pie throughout the winter.
(Note: the bottom three pictures were taken from the Lynd Fruit Farm website: http://www.lyndfruitfarm.com/apple-varieties/)
Great news for the meatless and animal rights movements! According to this Food Revolution Network article, people in developed countries are eating less meat, and it’s already starting to show. In 2014, 400 million fewer animals were subjected to industrial farming and slaughter.
I like meat, but I’ m trying to do my part for these animals and for the environment. When I was in Wooster for the past two years, I bought very little meat, and what I did buy was from local sources. I also found out last night that I can’t eat a huge steak (conventionally-raised beef) without feeling nauseous, though I’m not sure if that’s due to my feelings about factory farming or to a smaller appetite from dieting.
Whatever the reason, here’s hoping I can keep it up.
(The picture was originally taken from the article).
Nicholas Kristof, a New York Times journalist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, has written a shocking article about how Perdue, a company which puts a “humanely raised” label on its chicken products, really raises its chickens.
Spoiler alert: it’s not humane, and it’s not pretty. See this link for details. It just goes to show that when it comes to buying humanely raised meats, it’s always best to do your research first.
I’ve just started volunteer work for the Ohio Ecological Food and Farming Association (OEFFA). I’ll be doing office work and learning about organic certification of Ohio farms. Even though I’m not being paid, I’m still happy to be working in my field. Maybe I’ll have an opportunity to gain connections, and maybe a paying position will open at OEFFA.