Saturday, March 10, 2012

Things you already know, or oughta.

  • Contessa reports on bottle houses in Mexico.  Very cool.  Better than throwing your bottles under a tree.
  • Humanure vermicomposting.  You got poop on my worms!  You got worms in my poop! ... Hey!  It's the Reese's peanut butter cup of doo-doo.   I admire the pioneers and their experiments, so I'm keeping my eye on this.
  • Sherry and David, with their decades of medical research experience, give The China Study four thumbs up.  With my little bits of knowledge about how epidemiology ought to work, I have to agree that this study is the real deal.
The China Study 
  • If you don't want to invest time reading on my say-so, try watching Forks Over Knives on HuluNetflix, or Amazon.  A much more modest 1:36 investment.  Then you'll get the book anyway.  
  • Roadrunners* do not say "meepmeep."  They say "phbrrrrrrptt!" I can say this authoritatively because I just watched one "phbrrrrrrptt!" past my window.

*Having read this page, I can't decide if I'll call them "chaparral cocks" or "ground cuckoos."  What would you call them?  Cuckoo cocks?

 


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20 comments:

Wild Blue Yonder said...

Too much info at once! yikes! LOL

Sherry said...

Thanks for the shout out! Wouldn't it be great if everyone read this and changed the way they eat. That would totally fix the health care problem but lots of doctors and drug companies would be none to pleased.

Now how do you pronounce phbrrrrrrptt??? I can't believe you saw a real live roadrunner. I was out there in that there west for months and saw nary a single one. Unfair I say!

Merikay said...

Since I'm on a new track for eating right, I'm going to watch it on NetFlix!

Merikay said...

I found Forks Over Knives as an ebook from the library! I'm on the waiting list.

The Good Luck Duck said...

Wild Blue, I should have written it more slowly. :D

Sherry, we're both very happy to have heard about this study from you. We have been wanting to reveganize for a while now, but needed some sort of push to do it. Voila!

I believe, phonetically, it's phb rrrrrr ptt. I was pretty excited to see him scurry himself along so close to me.

Merikay, you're definitely in the right frame of mind to enjoy it. Maybe you'll talk about it after you've read it; I haven't read that one.

Wayne and Maureen said...

Your blog is so diverse! Love it!!

Merikay said...

I watched half of Forks on NetFlix and then had to go make dinner. I felt odd making the Crab cakes I had ready. I did use my homemade bread crumbs from my whole wheat bread! Craig and I watch NetFlix together all of the time. I wonder what his reaction to this will be. We may not be ready to become Vegans yet, but we have been eating much less animal protein than ever before.

Spotted Dog Ranch: said...

The roadrunners are coming north as the climate warms up - they've been spotted in Monticello, Utah, just 45 miles south of Moab and in the mountains. I saw one in Snow Canyon by St. George, but that's pretty warm country so maybe not so unusual. They're very cool birds.

Andra Watkins said...

Did the roadrunner cause you and Annie to fall off a cliff or give you an anvil or blow you to smithereens with dynamite? I hope the appearance of that creature leaves you in peace.

Teri said...

I'm trying to go vege, I've already made a lot of changes. I've read so many of these books in the past 10 years. Sherry's comment talks about everyone changing their eating habits. How do we get rid of all of the processed junk in the grocery stores and then what happens to the people that work for all of those companies. The world would need a major shift to keep everyone employed if eliminating all of this junk, processed food.

EcoCatLady said...

"Cuckoo cocks" .... oh the mind reels...

Page said...

Fixing vegan lasagna with cashew cheese (recipes from "Veganomicon") for dinner. Quite tasty. Don't miss dairy or meat one teeny bit! When you eat this way, your taste buds wake up, your weight and blood pressure go down. What's not to love about it??

The Good Luck Duck said...

Thanks, Wayne and Maureen!

Merikay, I know what you mean. After we watched it, the cheese in the fridge looked so sinister.

Chinle, those ground chaparral cuckoo cocks seem so exotic to me! And, I heard it do another call that was like "COO COO coo coo coo ... " They're versatile!

Andra, it was fraught with anxiety. I used to always hope Wile E. Coyote would get that damn bird JUST ONCE. So smug. However, I did not try to get him into an ACME cooking pot, so I hoped I was safe.

Teri, my picture of a perfect world would have demand for healthy foods way up and demand for "junk" food down so much that economic pressure would create more need for produce and plant foods in general. We'd still need people to grow it, and land that has been used for concentrated animal harvesting could be repurposed. That's my "perfect" world. In real-life, I think that higher demand for plant-based eating would still drive agriculture, so that small farms and CSA's (community-supported agriculture) could grow and fill that niche. Instead of industries growing so huge and then telling US what we want, our dietary demands would push industry.

And, we can't really talk about everyone eating this way until everyone can afford to eat this way. Beef and corn are so highly-subsidized in the US that it's much more affordable to buy highly-refined, highly (corn) sweetened, low-nutrition foods than to fill your cart with whole grains and vegetables and fruits.

Kat, it does, doesn't it?

Page, cashew cheese?!? Is this something you make? Someone (Annie) will have to use the Google. Yeah, we liked being vegan, and I'm not sure what lured us back to the cheesey side ... oh yeah.

Annie said...

Nice mention of The China Study (the book that nudged me to veganism) and Forks Over Knives!! PS cashew cheese is da bomb!!

An Unrefined Vegan

The Good Luck Duck said...

That's what did it, huh? I can believe it; it's very powerful. I just looked up a video on making cashew cheese. It reminded me of Annie making "mac and yeese" years ago, and of the unsatisfactory outcome. This looked better.

Teresa Evangeline said...

Cuckoo cocoa Poops Redux.

The Good Luck Duck said...

And, so, we come full circle and another mystery is solved.

Seeking Serenity said...

We watched forks over knifes and it has completely changed the way we eat.

Spotted Dog Ranch: said...

Hey, getting ready to hit the road with a cat - do you have any posts about that? (It rhymes!)

Or advice? May be tent camping... :)

The Good Luck Duck said...

SS, us too. Cool, huh?

Chinle, our whole life is one big post about hitting the road with cats. Is your cat a stay-around-camp kind of kitty, or a let-me-outta-here kitty? Does she already travel well? I think a comfortable carrier might be a part of tent camping, a bigger or smaller part depending on her temperament. Are you bringing Quoth the raven? Wow, do I love that name, or what.

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