Recipes came about by evolution?

Recipes Came About By Evolution

What a fascinating idea! An evolutionary mechanism/relationship between an ingredient’s position on the list and how commonly used it was.  I would imagine there is a correlation between vitamin/mineral combinations, flavor, and maximum nutritional value which cause us to put items together.



Recipes came about by evolution

COQ AU VIN and steak-and-kidney pudding may not bring to mind the principles of evolution. Yet evolutionary mechanisms may well be reflected in recipes for these tried-and-tested dishes.

Physicist Antonio Roque of the University of São Paulo in Brazil and colleagues analysed thousands of recipes ( drawn from the French Larousse Gastronomique, the British New Penguin Cookery Book, three editions of the Brazilian Dona Benta spanning nearly 60 years, and a medieval cookbook. When they looked at how often ingredients appeared in recipes and ranked them accordingly, they saw a precise mathematical relationship across the board between an ingredient’s position on the list and how commonly it was used. “There’s a remarkable similarity,” says Roque, “independent of culture and author.”

The war on raw milk gets rough

FBI? Wiretaps?  Federal investigation?  C’mon, folks, it’s MILK!!!  It never fails to surprise me how low giant agri-business will stoop to have their way.  This kind of behavior also helps to confirm the high “tin foil factor” involved in agribusiness and the ideas behind the genocide of human beings in the quest for profits, sigh.  But that is another whole rant.

Huge Raw Milk Victory in CA


March 20, 2008.
For Immediate Release:
See Blog for details
 Raw milk consumers won
a major victory yesterday
as Judge Harry J. Tobias of the San Benito Superior
 Court in Hollister, California granted a temporary
restraining order against the enforcement of AB 1735.  

Described as a "stealth attack" against raw milk, AB 1735 calls for a strict coliform limit of 10 per ml or under in bottled raw milk.  In court papers filed on March 6, Organic Pastures Dairy Company and Claravale Farms argued that raw milk from their dairies has a superlative safety record in California and that the new coliform limit would effectively put them out of business. Coliforms are beneficial bacteria found in raw milk.

The plaintiffs were represented by Gary Cox of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, which gives legal support to member farmers who provide raw milk and other farm products directly to the public.

Ruling from the bench after nearly two hours of oral argument, Judge Tobias concluded that the two dairies would both be irreparably harmed if the coliform standard imposed by AB 1735 continued to remain in effect, noting that existing testing data proves the dairies cannot meet the standard.  

In issuing the temporary restraining order, Judge Tobias set the matter for a preliminary injunction hearing for April 25th to determine whether the temporary stay should remain in effect until the parties actually go to trial, which could conceivably be later this year.  If Judge Tobias issues a preliminary injunction at the conclusion of the April 25th hearing, then raw dairy products will be safe in California until the parties go to trial. 

"This is a huge win for raw dairy consumers in the State of California" said Taaron Meikle, president of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund.  "With this ruling, consumers can continue to enjoy the health benefits of raw dairy.  We are pleased with Judge Tobias' ruling and hope the stay remains in effect after the April 25th hearing." 

The Legal Defense Fund argued on behalf of its members, Organic Pastures and Claravale Farm, that without an injunction, both dairies would go out of business.  In addition, Fund lawyers noted the lack of evidence that any pathogens causing human illness have been found in any of the dairies' products.

"The Judge's ruling is consistent with the evidence and the law of the case," said Fund attorney Gary Cox.  "We had provided evidence that our members would both go out of business should AB 1735 be enforced, and that there was no scientific or reasonable basis for using coliforms as the standard for safety and health," Cox further added. 

The parties will now begin preparing for the April 25th hearing.  At that hearing, both parties are free to submit declarations and affidavits as well as introduce live testimony with expert and lay witnesses.  The hearing is scheduled for one day and a ruling is expected within a month thereafter.  In the meantime, legislative efforts continue to gain momentum, as several concerned legislators have introduced bills to rescind AB 1735 and replace the 10 coliform limit with another, more reasonable and scientifically based limit. 

Tax-deductible donations in support of the upcoming legal efforts may be made to the Farm-to-Consumer Foundation,

CONTACT: Taaron Meikle, President, The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, (703) 964-7421

More evidence on the benefits of a traditional diet

The Town That Lost 1200 Pounds

This is a great article about the positive benefits of a traditional diet/low carbing being beneficial for folks.  These were Canadian Native Americans eating trad foods (ooligan grease, salmon, etc) and becoming healthier as a result. Many reported significant weight loss and reduction of measures to intervene with diabetes (meds, etc.)  I know I feel best when low-carbing it.  I plan on working on a series of posts for traditional foods for Scotch-Irish and German folks soon.

Excerpt: The Town that lost 1200 pounds

His town was shrinking, and Greg Wadhams was determined to shrink with it. So on a cold December night in 2006, the 55-year-old commercial fisherman sat down to say goodbye to the past.

He devoured a spread of chicken chow mein, fried rice and deep-fried prawns to triumphant delight.

Then, with the final bite, he bade farewell to his favourite foods.

Wadhams was returning to a traditional aboriginal diet for the next year, joining a village-wide experiment in tiny Alert Bay aimed at fighting the obesity and diabetes that plagues First Nations people.

The rules were simple: Eat all the fat you want, and all the seafood and meat and starch-free vegetables. Dairy fats like cream and cheese were fine, but not milk. Everything else with carbs — bread, pasta, chips — were off-limits. No ancestor of Wadhams’ ever feasted on pasta and rice. Or ice cream bars.

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