A Measure of Make Believe?

Ranchers, who raise their animals outdoors on pasture, often find themselves attacked from two very different sides of what sometimes seems like a binary debate. (It isn’t). On one side, there’s an industry that wants to maintain an industrial system of production. This system of production has a lot of vested interests (meat packers, pharmaceutical companies, agro-chemical /seed companies) who want to maintain the status quo. On the complete opposite side is a very small, but vociferous, abolitionist vegan community that will use any rational or irrational argument to further their fundamentalist foodie jihad. When arguing against pastured based systems, … Continue reading A Measure of Make Believe?

LA Chef review- UCLA Science and Food discussion on restaurant GHG emissions

(Originally published May 30, 2016 on Examiner.com). “In effect, everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” Roger Sessions paraphrasing Albert Einstein “The stupidity of man comes from having the answers. The wisdom comes from having the … Continue reading LA Chef review- UCLA Science and Food discussion on restaurant GHG emissions

LA Chefs issues: thoughts about 7 strategies to control opening costs

(Originally published April 10, 2014 on Examiner.com). Interesting article today from “Restaurant Hospitality” entilted “7 strategies to control opening costs.” Here’s the link to that article. Please click through to read the article before reading my thoughts below regarding this article’s “advice.”  RH’s article contains some good advice, some bad advice and some very glib advice. For example, item #4, local codes vary in difficulty and enforcement so yes having an architect aware of the local code enforcement (as well as submission processes) is important, but an architect who knows the building type is also important. There are a lot of specific … Continue reading LA Chefs issues: thoughts about 7 strategies to control opening costs

LA Chefs editorial: A response to Moby, and a case for pastured livestock

(Originally published September 30, 2014 on Examiner.com). What follows is a response to “Save the Humans” by environmental “expert” DJ, singer-songwriter, musician and vegan Moby published on 09/29/14 online at HuffingtonPost.com (see http://huff.to/1rFaGD7 ). Again like the previous movie review, this … Continue reading LA Chefs editorial: A response to Moby, and a case for pastured livestock