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Comment by Idaho Spud on March 25, 2015 at 8:46am
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 20, 2015 at 3:54pm

Ooppss, I forgot agains. Here is the URL

Why Can't Humans Eat Grass?

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 20, 2015 at 3:52pm

I wonder? I'm on the hunt:

"In principle, people can eat grass; it is non-toxic and edible. As a practical food source, however, your lawn leaves a lot to be desired.

"There are two main problems with a grass diet. The first is that human stomachs have difficulty digesting raw leaves and grasses. Animals such as cows, on the other hand, have a specialized stomach with four chambers to aid in the digestion of grass (a process called rumination).

Aside from the digestion issues, a second problem with grass as a food source is the mastication. Your dentist would not be pleased; grass contains a lot of silica, an abrasive which quickly wears down teeth. Grazing animals have teeth that are adapted to continually grow, replacing the worn tooth surfaces quickly."

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 20, 2015 at 3:49pm

Tillamook is my choice to. They have none of those homones that I can never remember, 

"Tillamook cheese is produced rBGH-free, but not their other dairy products."

Spud, thanks for posting the food recall items. We need that information. Also, Spud, I hope you read or watch the permaculture videos and articles. They provide some basic concepts on small home farms. There is one video in particular that I will try to supply for you, if I can find it. 

Randy, I hope you read or watch permaculture material. I talked to a soils guy the other day when I ordered the manure. He saId he found the principles to be sound, especially when grazing animals. He thought grazing animals are the way nature takes care of soil. One doesn't need to not get livestock, just realize there is a bad and a good way to manage a herd. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 20, 2015 at 2:51pm

I prefer Tillamook also.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 20, 2015 at 2:49pm

That reminds me:  I almost broke a tooth on some Del Monte food (Cherry Mixed Fruit cups) a couple of weeks ago.  

I almost never buy things like that, but they were on sale at a very low price.  Anyway, in the 2nd one I ate, I bit into something very hard.  Probably a piece of cherry stone.  Not going to buy that brand again.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 20, 2015 at 2:48pm

Not a problem for me; I stopped eating any kind of pasta the day I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes...almost 15 years ago.  I never enjoyed standing over a boiling pot, testing for "al dente" anyway. 

The only Kraft products I buy from time to time are their natural (non-pasteurized) cheeses when they are on sale (ie:rarely).  I prefer Tillamook brands.  Kraft makes some of the worst-tasting salad dressings in the world, and their mayo is only partially useful for emergency use on squeaky auto parts.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 20, 2015 at 2:19pm
  • Kraft Foods Group is recalling approximately 242,000 boxed dinners which may contain small pieces of metal.
  • The recall is limited to the 7.25-oz. size of the Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Boxed Dinner Original Flavor with the “Best When Used By” dates of September 18, 2015 through October 11, 2015, with the code “C2” directly below the date on each individual box.

For more details on this recall, read this release from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). For other food recalls visit


Comment by Idaho Spud on March 20, 2015 at 2:04pm

I've heard we can't tolerate grass also, so I'm not going to try it.

When I get some land, I'll raise catfish, rabbits, and perhaps chicken & pigs for food, but no larger animals.  It just sounds like too large an investment for me. 

Comment by Randall Smith on March 20, 2015 at 7:41am

Speaking of eating (or not) grass, I bought and ate a bison burger last night. Expensive meat, but so worth it--delicious and good for you.  For many years now, I've wanted to graze a half dozen or so bison on my farm. I keep trying to talk my son-in-law into including them into his overall management plan. He's skeptical. I'll continue working on him!


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