4/16/17
This is Bistek al la Mexicana a common dish found many places. There are several places I get this some better than others but all real decent! Kind of a tomato based sauce with generally pretty tender pieces of beef and a fair amount of it. The rice is pretty generic but the frijoles can be something else. This also includes as many fresh made in front of you tortillas you want and brought to you with a smile. Something like this costs around 50-60 pesos or $3. The squeezed as you watch orange juice is 20 and brings the price up a bit but worth it. Nothing in the States I've ever had compares to this not even close plus it'll cost 7-10 smacks. I don't know what I'm going to eat when I return. It will be an adjustment as I do this so much that is go into Puerto Vallarta on the south side and have me a excellent lunch with "real" Mexican food not the slop I get back there. I do not plan on eating out much at all only at maybe three select places. Pricey yes but worth it because it's so good. I threw away so much money last summer eating way overpriced shitty food. Several times the food got thrown away as well. The whole of Mexico is an eating machine I tell you. I'm gonna miss this.

I feel good and and think the higher temps and humidity contributes to that. It's the same every time. After a month or two you realize and say " Hey I feel pretty damn good!"

Just as important I believe the food made fresh with wholesome fresh ingredients as well contributes to that. Get off the bus in town the food smells everywhere make me hungry just like that.

9/23/08

Organic Farming And The New Farm Bill

The bill offers farmers as much as $20,000 a year to cover the cost of converting their farms to organic agriculture. For organic farmers, controlling weeds often means keeping rows cultivated — which can be hard to do when the fields are too soggy for a tractor — or torching the weeds with a propane burner. At one point this summer, Albers hired 30 people to cut weeds. "If you're just in it for the money, you're probably not going to survive," he said. "It's a lot more work."

There are actually a number of incentives in this bill to promote organic farming or at least get those interested started. Provisions that offset the costs of doing so.

The key though is in the last sentence where this it states "it's a lot more work". That alone is enough to shy farmers away from this. You have to actually perform manual weed removal at times and it's been years since that's been done. I've done it a bunch and it is very demanding. Nobody wants to do this anymore not when you can get the job done with chemicals.

3 comments:

  1. It ain't gonna happen until the survivors have to grow their own food.

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  2. Organic farming isn't easy. It requires a lot more work and attention than most realize. Companion planting helps a lot but yield is usually a lot lower when all is said and done. Any way you look at it people better start learning how to feed themselves. I am extremely qualified for that. Take Care!

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