It seems like every day there are more and more reasons to be confused by labels. Chances are, if you’re a label reader, you’ve noticed the words “grass-fed” on your meat labels.

The first time I came across these words, they conjured up images of happy animals, calmly cropping green pasture grasses, living a life of comfort and ease until the end. What a nice thought and definitely worth the investment if it begins to put an end to the concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO) that are basically hell for animals, the environment, and any surrounding beings (you can read more about CAFO’s in tomorrow’s post).

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Bohemian Mojo has been following the nightmare unfolding in our fields, pastures and orchards with the terrifying collapse of the honeybee population.

Like others we’ve watched it happening with a sense of despair and disbelief. How could mankind do this we ask ourselves? We realize the implications this collapse holds for the human food chain will be dramatic. After all around a third of our fruits, vegetables and cereals depend on bees for fertilization. A third is a lot; a hell of a lot. But here we are again.

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It seems appropriate to start the year off with a conversation about one of the biggest food concerns on the proverbial table.The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has been in the works since last year with discussions occurring under the radar and away from any chance for an open forum of thoughts and ideas.While the TTIP agreement has many facets, the one that is of most concern to Bohemian Mojo (and hopefully to every individual) is the call for a “regulatory convergence” where food production is concerned. If this agreement goes through unchallenged it will be potentially devastating to sustainable and heritage food all across the EU and US.

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Tangy, sweet, sour, crunchy, and smooth; the first bite of a home pickled Vidalia onion is a flavor adventure. 

So there’s a couple things going on with the conversation on Vidalia Onions. First of all, the Vidalia onion is one of a very small handful of foods that are the equivelent of a protected status. Vidalia onions are a specific variety of onion grown in particular counties in the state of Georgia (U.S.).  They are relatively new to the onion world, being an accidental hybrid that occurred in the depression era and then, according to historical data, began to make a name for itself, until finally it has now become the Georgia state vegetable and its name is legally protected and references only a 20 county region in the south. What's the big deal about vidalia onions? 

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It was a foolish King who didn’t pay attention to his Barons when they pleaded their cause at his court. Take evil King John for instance. He ignored his Barons and faced revolt and the humiliation of being forced to sign the Magna Carta in 1215.

You might well argue that in the long run it was a good thing with the ‘Great Charter’ signposting and underpinning the world’s great democracies centuries later.

Perhaps so but be under no illusion 800 years later little has fundamentally changed. A much more sophisticated system of Kings and Barons exists today.

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