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Soul Food

In the ragged hills of Andalucia, by whitewashed villages and ancient trails that wind from Africa to Spain, old Tomás was known as the ‘cabrero’, which roughly translates to ‘man who cares for goats’. On foot and horseback, he shepherded hundreds of goats around these mountains. He was guardian, midwife, nurse, milkmaid, cheese and sausage-maker. He was like a goat himself, nimble despite his advanced age, energetic and mischievous. He worked long, hard hours, providing a variety of staple foods to the inhabitants of this area, as generations of cabreros before him had done. What he managed was the antithesis of the modern ‘factory’ farm. It was agriculture as it has been practiced for thousands of years.

What Tomás and his family produced was real food. From the goats came milk, fresh and aged cheeses, chorizo and more. The locals washed this down with Continue…

The Whole Truth

I have ventured into dating again for the first time since I was a kid. I had no idea whether the rules had changed, whether there are any rules, or if there are rules, whether anyone bothers following them. Blindly wading into something that I suppose may one day result in a steady girlfriend, and after that who knows, I decided there was only one way to handle the situation.

No matter what kind of chemistry is apparent on a first date, I figure it is in both our interests to be forthright, honest and open right from the start. After all, if you are willing to consider making a long term emotional ‘investment’ in someone, isn’t it best to be telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth? Why would one party withhold information from another that may cause the ‘investment’ to turn sour Continue…

Food for thought…Hain Celestial and Whole Food Markets

In the last issue of The Word, I profiled an investment that most people would find appropriate for a ‘socially responsible’ portfolio. The Clean Energy Income Fund is a well-regarded income trust holding a variety of alternative energy providers. This trust currently returns an income of approximately 9% a year to investors. In future columns we can examine other clean energy investment opportunities but for now, what’s really getting my juices flowing is the subject of food.

My wife of 20 years long ago convinced me of the benefits of a more healthy and humane diet. I make a very decent tofu burger. I know at least 101 ways to make a tasty meal out of textured soy protein. When you’re in my profession, this is the stuff of which investment ideas are born. While I prefer to make my epicurean creations from scratch, time is not always on my side, so I’ve found that Yves Cuisine has a number of products that are pretty good substitutes. I also like the preparations sold under the Casbah Natural Foods label and the herbal tea concoctions from Celestial Seasonings. Guess what? All of these companies are part of Continue…

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