I live near Emory University and was walking on the campus the other day and outside the dining hall, I stumbled upon this sign.


You may not be able to read the text in the purple box well, but it explains the importance of biological diversity and the role that heritage breeds play in diversity.  The sign is promoting a lunch feast serving heritage breed turkey from Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch.  Here’s what they have to say about what makes a “heritage” turkey:

Heritage turkeys are defined by the historic, range-based production system in which they are raised.

Turkeys must meet all of the following criteria to qualify as a Heritage turkey:

1. Naturally mating: the Heritage Turkey must be reproduced and genetically maintained through natural mating, with expected fertility rates of 70-80%. This means that turkeys marketed as “heritage” must be the result of naturally mating pairs of both grandparent and parent stock.

2. Long productive outdoor lifespan: the Heritage Turkey must have a long productive lifespan. Breeding hens are commonly productive for 5-7 years and breeding toms for 3-5 years. The Heritage Turkey must also have a genetic ability to withstand the environmental rigors of outdoor production systems.

3. Slow growth rate: the Heritage Turkey must have a slow to moderate rate of growth. Today’s heritage turkeys reach a marketable weight in about 28 weeks, giving the birds time to develop a strong skeletal structure and healthy organs prior to building muscle mass. This growth rate is identical to that of the commercial varieties of the first half of the 20th century.

And Emory’s serving them up to the college kids!  In a week where stories like this hit my Facebook feed, this sign was a welcome delight!

I found two fun grain-free versions of some ethnic foods this week:

As someone who is gluten free and nightshade free, this version of spaghetti from A Clean Plate has me saying wowsers.  I don’t know that I have the time on my hands to make it right now but I am filing it away for sure.

How would you feel if you worked to build and develop and edible garden, and your local government came and cut it all down?

I’ve seen some junk on the internet this week suggesting people stand all wonky.  Like we need to be coached to stand any more poorly than we already do?  So, to counteract all that bad alignment juju in the internet universe, I am providing a link to this piece on SI pain from Align Integration and Movement because I think her photos – top in poor alignment and bottom with a well-aligned body – offer up a fantastic visual.

Speaking of alignment, I keep getting (great!) questions on diastasis recti.  I love this video from PT Julie Wiebe because her premise is that treatments and “exercises” won’t do much to relieve or prevent DR when the way you align your body all day every day is off.  She offers up some great visuals.  Give it a look.

My friend J is one of those who finds the coolest things on the internet.  He posted about this page yesterday with hundreds of free online courses taught by some amazing profs.  If you have an academic itch you want to scratch, this is the spot!

I’m not sure how I feel about this piece from Elite Daily from a woman who misses some aspects of being anorexic.  But what hit me was at the beginning of her article, she finds her old diaries and opens them, anticipating many fun tales of her youth.  What she found was obsessive food counts and observations about her body.

It made me think, how much of life have we missed out on … this ONE life that we have … because we’ve been fixated on diet and body image?  If we could go back and read our thoughts, would we find adventure, romance and exploration?  Or would it be about the next big diet and the hot new workout?

That’s it for me this weekend.  For those of you prepping for Thanksgiving, happy cooking!


One Response to “Explore More : November 22nd”

  1. on 22 Nov 2013 at 9:41 amsandkpete

    When I was studying animal science one of the things that really upset me was the fact that turkeys are artificially inseminated because the have been raised to be so fat that they cannot breed naturally. That thought really bugged me…… Glad to see someone is trying to change that

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