A day with Joel Salatin on Polyface Farm

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A day with Joel Salatin on Polyface Farm | The Urban Ecolife

If ever there were such a thing as farming celebrity (which I totally think there should be – take that mind numbing Hollywood), Joel Salatin would be an A-lister. Well, he kind of is if you speak with anyone hailing from any of the Permaculture, Paleo, Real Food, Sustainable Agriculuture, ‘Save the world from the plight of factory farming and earth pillaging’ movements. He’s got a voice and he’s not afraid to use it.

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12 Paleo Recipe Blogs To Drool Over

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12 Paleo Recipe Blogs To Drool Over - The Urban Ecolife

Since my current ‘circumstances’ that have something to do with gypsy-like global gallivanting often finds me far from the comfort of a kitchen (possibly the only downside of travel… oh, and missing loved ones at home probably ranks up there too), I don’t have a great deal of opportunity to get stuck into my usual weekly routine of real food recipe creation. If you haven’t noticed this, I’ll forgive you. I don’t shy away from the fact that sometimes I feel like I’m living in the shadows of some of the greatest recipe bloggers known to man. Truth of the matter is, my blog isn’t a recipe blog. SHOCK HORROR. It never intended to be though. I just love to freaking make a mess in the kitchen and stuff my face with glorious, healthy, real food. So I share these tasty creations (yes, I am intentionally protecting you from the ones that don’t turn out) with you when I can in hope of inspiring you on your own real, sustainable food journey.

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Is Your Love Affair with Organic Chocolate Sustainable?

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Is Your Love Affair with Organic Chocolate Sustainable? The Urban Ecolife

It’s one thing to eat chocolate, another to buy organic chocolate, and another to understand if this addiction is actually sustainable fullstop. Seriously, what would you do tomorrow if the chocolate stocks were to run dry?!

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Are You Really Eating Raw Cacao?

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Are You Really Eating Raw Cacao? - The Urban Ecolife

When the studies were doing the rounds boasting the health benefits of cacao, I’m sure many took that as permission to somewhat overindulge in this exercise of chocolate eating. What the studies explained as health benefits such as antioxidants that protect you from free radicals in the body and polyphenols which act as an anti-inflammatory, many read along the lines instead of “Chocolate is the elixir of life”. Don’t quote me on that, but yes, even I took that as queue to face dive into a few too many bars of the rich, dark, decadent stuff.

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Permaculture Paradise on Isla de Ometepe

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Permaculture Paradise on Isla de Ometepe - The Urban EcolifeImagine a lush green volcanic island teeming with such an abundance of natural beauty that as each day passes, you become more possessed by the temptation to scrap the rest of your travel plans and pitch a tent there for the remaining days of your life on planet earth and allow the mystic draw of the place to swallow your soul whole. An island with a sort of ‘Jurassic Park-like’ appeal that’s bursting with natural biodiversity, foliage the brightest shades of green one has ever seen, two large volcanoes towering over keeping watch from above, nutrient rich and fertile soil providing means for growing an abundance of native and organic food, and a melting pot of cultures where lost travelers come to find themselves.

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The Economics of Your Food Choices

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The Economics of Your Food Choices - The Urban Ecolife

Let’s start off with a quick (but rather loaded) question.

 

When you eat, do you eat for yourself or do you eat for the world?

 

No pressure. But just think about it for a moment.

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What Do All These Ethical Standards and Labels Mean?

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What Do All These Ethical Standards and Labels Mean? - The Urban Ecolife

We all want to make the best possible choices as consumers, not only for ourselves but for others and the environment, right? Right people? I’m imagining a wave of applause and shouting in agreement as I write this. After all, no one wants to be responsible for the plight of the Orangutan, the loss of biodiversity, over fished oceans, the deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest and the poverty of whole nations to be casting a shadow over their head as they weigh between two different brands of coffee beans before placing one in their shopping cart. That’s a weighty purchase you have there in your hands my dear friends.

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The Most Ingenious Recycled Pot Plant Containers

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The Most Ingenious Recycled Pot Plant Containers - The Urban Ecolife

As I made my way through El Salvador, I stopped by a lesser frequented town called Juayúa. Not only was I treated to a weekend of amazing local food at the renowned weekend food festival (think chargrilled meats, fresh tortillas, sides of yucca, vegetables and yes, even frog!), stunning crystal clear waterfalls and trekking through jungles and sustainable coffee plantations, but also an endearing little hostal where I couldn’t help but be inspired by their garden paradise. Hostal Casa Mazeta is like a home away from home where travelers meet to relax, enjoy good food together, have a few drinks and if you’re lucky, play some epic mega Jenga.

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