Thoughts and Links: Arsenic Chicken, Farmageddon, Whole Foods, Play-based Learning, Kidney Strain, Turd Burgers

June 18, 2011

A round-up of paleo/primal-related stuff:

1) Arsenic Chicken

Another reason to buy organic – arsenic in conventional chicken. It’s last week’s news, just posting in case you haven’t seen it. Though really, it’s been going on since 1944, and the NY Times did an article about it in 2006, so perhaps it’s not really news at all (even though it was practically breaking news on the local radio station a few days ago). Apparently now sales of Pfizer’s arsenic drug are being suspended.

2) Farmageddon

Check out this trailer for Farmageddon, a documentary about small family farms getting shut down.

3) Whole Foods

On a lighter note, this’ll probably be stuck in your head next time you’re pushing around “those little shopping carts they’ve got” at Whole Foods.


4) Play-based Learning

BC’s experimenting with a full-day kindergarten program modeled around play-based learning. Interesting experiment in there to test a child’s “self-regulation” which is said to be a good indicator of future success:

About 40 years ago, researchers at Stanford University developed of way of testing aspects of self-regulation through something called the Marshmallow Test. A group of 4-year-olds were left alone in a room with a marshmallow, and instructed that if they managed not too eat the fluffy treat they’d be given a second one at the end of their wait. About 30 per cent of the kids were able to resist 15 or more minutes of temptation, and held out for a second marshmallow. The researchers followed up with the children as teenagers and adults, and found that those who were able to control their impulses were better adjusted as high school students, scored hundreds of points higher on their SATs, were less likely to be overweight or have drug problems.

If you have kids, it might be interesting to try it out with a favourite paleo treat. If the self-regulation’s lacking, perhaps it’s something that can be cultivated early on. Let me know if you try it out.

5) Kidney Strain

New York Time’s article concludes “that in healthy adults, increased protein intake does not put excess strain on the kidneys.”

6) Turd Burgers

I don’t even know what to say about this one. I mean, it’s a burger patty made with three ingredients: 1) human feces, 2) steak sauce, and 3) soya. Is there really anything else that needs to be said? I would not be at all surprised if it was a spoof. Come to think of it, I also wouldn’t be surprised if it was for real. The world’s a crazy place.


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