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Supporting Food Freedom

Support Michael Schmidt!

Image by cheeseslave via Flickr

Yesterday I posted a picture of Canadian farmer Michael Schmidt in my Wordless Wednesday post. He is currently in the fourth week of a hunger strike – his call to get Canadian Premier Dalton McGuinty to meet with him in regards to food freedom.

I wanted to talk a little bit more about what he is doing and some simple ways you can show your support for someone I’ve come to view as one of our modern day heroes.

Michael Schmidt has been battling with the Canadian government for over 17 years to legalize the sale of raw milk (Canada is the only G8 county that completely bans the sale of raw milk). In the meantime, Michael has worked to establish programs like cow shares – a group of people buy shares in a cow, so when they get the milk it is technically from their own cow.

Michael was recently found guilty of 15 of the 19 criminal offences charged under Ontario’s Health Protection and Promotion Act and the Milk Act – basically, for selling and distributing raw milk and raw milk products.

Ultimately, Michael Schmidt is fighting for our freedom to choose what we eat – something I consider to be a basic liberty – especially within our culture.

Ever since I started learning about real food and the benefits of raw milk (and coming to a greater understanding of the fake food I’ve consumed for most of my life) I have longed for the opportunity to reap its benefits, but as a resident of Canada, I cannot. Read the rest of this entry »

Wordless Wednesday: Freedom

 

Michael Schmidt, Canadian Raw Milk Farmer

Image by cheeseslave via Flickr

Canadian farmer Michael Schmidt has been on a hunger strike since September 29th, 2011. To find out more (including how to donate to his legal fund as he battles with the Canadian government over our freedom to choose our own food) please visit The Bovine.

Wordless Wednesday – Autumn Family

I’ve actually never done a WW post before, but thought I might give it a shot this week with a few pics from last year’s visit to the pumpkin patch. I’ll be linking it up at I Thought I Knew Mama – all kinds of cuteness for you to enjoy!

Bean & Pumpkin

My lil pumpkin

Happy autumn!

 

Crunchy Living is SO Expensive…Or Is It?

Welcome to the October Carnival of Natural Parenting: Money Matters

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared how finances affect their parenting choices. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.

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Example of an American grocery store aisle.

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I’ve been doing a bit of mental inventory lately about how our financial situation has altered since we’ve been ‘becoming crunchy’.

It’s been an interesting process. One of the main reasons I was never more then on the edges of ‘natural living’ was the idea that it cost too much – in both money and time. When we had Bean, the husband and I felt we were making some big sacrifices that we’d never been willing to make for ourselves in terms of spending extra for organics, etc.

But as we’ve transitioned so much over the past 13 months, I’ve come to realize that we’re not only (for the most part) evening out – we’re actually spending less in many cases, and the time saved in one place easily makes up for more time spent in another.

It’s been quite a shock really – the expense is one of the biggest objections you hear when you talk about getting into all that organic stuff – but how does it really end up breaking down?

Here’s something of a snapshot of what it’s been like for our family (I am guestimating on the prices)…

Things I Used to Buy vs. Things I Buy Now Read the rest of this entry »

Against the Grain eBook GIVEAWAY (CLOSED) (Worldwide)

I actually had the good fortune of winning this book myself from a giveaway hosted by the lovely Hybrid Rasta Mama, and it has easily become one of my all-time favorite cookbooks - especially since most of the recipes are GAPS friendly!

But whether you’re truly against the grains or not, you will love the recipes in this book – they are just that good.

Starting with the intro, this eBook is jam packed with great information – it’s actually the first place I heard about GAPS and how damaging grains can be to the health of our guts. Kate wrote it so well in fact that she made me look deeper and pretty much changed my entire mentality around foodhow’s that for an eBook?

I’ve had the opportunity to try out close to half of the recipes so far, and in the 3 or 4 months since I’ve had this book, several of them have already ended up in my regular rotation.

The garlic rubbed pork chops are super easy to make and amazingly good – just the other day I made a huge batch so I could take extras to lunch at work, and not a day went by that I didn’t get jealous glances and comments from my co-workers in the lunchroom!

The spicy lime marinated beef strips are FREAKING awesome (there is no better way to describe them lol) – we topped them with a little homemade guacamole and sour cream, served with a side of steamed broccoli, and it was one of the best dinners ever. I’ve just realized I want to make these again like, right now! Read the rest of this entry »

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