I haven't had a problem getting any of the hops that I need.
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I think it says a lot about how far our species has progressed that we are so bored with what we eat that we must do this to make something tasty.
We never did things to animals "just 'cuz" and I don't think that is what farmers who raise geese for Foie Gras do either. We did what was needed to keep our (and your) food healthy and did our best to make as non-painful as we could.
I think the problem people have with Foie Gras is they see force-feeding the geese as unnecessarily cruel, and so the farmers are doing it "just because" people like extra fatty livers.
Morti brings up a good point about what is an "acceptable" level of cruelty. For better or worse cultures have the freedom to define those thresholds. Many Americans have no compunction with executing criminals, but think eating horses is barbaric. The French have the opposite opinion.
That is some awesome looking corn. Any tips on how to get the ears that big?
Shoot all the crows and coons that eat them.
Last year was my first time planting corn and I didn't get to pick a single ear. I don't know if it was crows or coons, but it is my intention to go postal this year. (I plan to keep the postage organic, of course...)
I forgot that there are 2 things I try to stay away from, stinging nettle and bull nettle. I have the later.
ahh, I hadn't heard of bull nettle but according to this random guy on the internet the seeds and roots are edible
(and if you can't trust some random guy on the internet what can you trust? Disclaimer: before consuming any wild plant, check with a knowlegable person to ensure the edibility of said plant or plant part)
I hit about an acre of those with Roundup a few years ago. Are you sure these are the same things? What I have will sprout white flowers and has prickly thrones on the leaves and the stalks. How could you even eat them? You'd never be able to scrape all of that off and what about the poison?
Yep, stinging nettles. They have tiny little hairs that make it miserable to grab the things. Hence, use gloves to pick. Cooking them makes them harmless. Not only are they delicious, they're super-crazy-good for you.