Ed-vise Episode 133

A windy GOOD MORNING!!! to you all! I have said it before and I will say it again: I hate wind. Wind makes Hershey all weird on the walk cause the shadows keep moving.

Today’s bit o trivia: Ethnobotany. Some call this studying plants of the world and how society uses them. And they would probably be right. This little known science actually has had huge impacts in modern medicine…and not just for the hallucinogenic affects. All those wild plants you hear about like peyotte or ayahuasca or cocoa, yup, all found in this little field of study. Anesthesia, tobacco, and other medicines also come out of this field. Richard Evans Schultes out of Harvard happens to be the “father of modern ethnobotany.” It’s unfortunate that this science, while producing so many great things for medicine, seems to have a devastating impact on indigenous people.


Tech Talk Tuesday Ed-vise today

Beef. Glorious beef. Cow produced quality beef.

It has a cool thing on it called fat. You’ve seen it, I’ve seen it, we’ve all trimmed it off. Did you know there is a difference in that fat? White fat and yellow fat. Yeah. I didn’t know about it until this pasts weekend.

See, white fat is the common fat from your store bought beef. It comes about because of cattle fed lots of grain. Usually at a big feed lot. See, cow farmers usually raise their beef out in the fields. A buyer comes along and offers so much money per pound of the cow. The farmer agrees to that price and the buyer then takes the cow to a feed lot. The feed lot then fattens that cow up by pushing a lot of grain on it. All that grain turns the fat white.

A smaller cow farmer (number of cows) will feed the cow on the grass in the field. Then, when it comes time to fill the freezer with steaks they will butcher the cow. Shoot it first; then butcher it. Because of the short amount of time between eating grass and being steak, the fat does not have a chance to lose it’s healthy yellow tint. Thus, you end up with yellow fat which comes from the beta carotene in the grass. It’s also much healthier for you overall. But, we don’t like seeing yellow fat in our store beef. Much to our healthy decline. I’m just saying.

That’s it for today. Take care of yourselves. Check in on each other and remember Beri Beri disease, if not treated properly will become Beri Beri Serious.


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