Muffins that make a statement.

In a recent email to Sherman County, Oregon, while balking their idea of eradicating noxious weeds by spraying the entire county with herbicides, I found myself saying  things like: “…forcing to fund and deploy {herbicides} is heavy handed at best, and dictatorial at worst.” and “Let us not think that such a gross overstep of regulation would go unnoticed.” and “Removing obstacles for the ease of growing corn and soy does not justify regulation, even for beloved {local/familiar} mono-crop farmers.”

Given the fact there is no current food shortage, no famine*, I cannot see the justification for spraying toxins on farmland. Sometimes, in matters such as these, it’s all about who is louder, and you can bet corn and soy farmers are pushing for higher yields. And why not? Managing thousands of acres and supplying the world with ethanol, corn syrup, and animal fodder; these farms are leveraged with the expense of hundreds of thousands of dollars of equipment, the value of their commodity always in flux, and their biggest obstacle is mother nature, who may as well be a god.

If the demand were to shift, I do not doubt that these growers would adjust, just as they do now with changing weather and fluctuating prices. So, let’s focus on shifting the demand by being conscious of what we’re eating and continuing to vote with how we spend our grocery dollars.

This concept is easily demonstrated when it was my turn to bring snack to Girl Scouts. It’s no lie that making three dozen muffins from scratch took only slightly more time than popping to the grocery store for fruit snacks, packaged cookies, and juice boxes. The muffins contained zero undesirable ingredients, were pretty stinking healthy, and were devoured with equal enthusiasm of any pre-made packaged goodie.

The recipe is from Cedar Ring Mama blog, where the blog does not appear active, but the Puffin song is awesome!  I’ve tried apple cinnamon, lemon poppy seed, chocolate chip, and orange cranberry. All delish. And for our vegan friends, I did have success with substituting eggs with a flax egg or two.

What are you cooking up that is making a statement?



*EDIT – A broad-brushing comment of famine was not appropriate and deserves an edit, because malnutrition exists. Even if we’ve eradicated famine from developed nations, lack of nutrition exists in parts of the world. As infuriated as that is, in these days of advancements in food production and food access, nutritionally dense food is not as globally accessible as it needs to be.


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