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'FEEFO' CONFERS WOOD PRAIRIE FAMILY FARM WITH "2020 GOLD TRUSTED …

'FEEFO' CONFERS WOOD PRAIRIE FAMILY FARM WITH "2020 GOLD TRUSTED SERVICE AWARD." Established in 2007, Feefo has become one of the world's leading Customer Review platforms.
Wood Prairie has earned a lifetime Feefo score of 4.8 (out of a possible 5). The top-tier 'Gold Trusted' status validates our having exceeded Feefo's threshold rating of 4.5 for all of 2019. https://www.feefo.com/en-US/reviews/wood-prairie-farm…
What really sets Feefo apart is that they INDEPENDENTLY and EXCLUSIVELY track 100% Customer-Verified Reviews. Feefo Review submissions are limited ONLY to individuals who have actually made a Feefo-verified purchase. This protocol virtually eliminates fraudulent Reviews which have become a huge online market dilemma.
As important a tool as Reviews have become for online purchases (97% of online consumers look at Reviews and 73% report that it has an impact on their purchase decision), 48% of Americans report that it is find for them to spot fake Reviews.
Feefo has fixed that problem.
What has been your experience with Online Reviews? Caleb, Megan & Jim




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KATAHDIN & BAXTER STATE PARK, NORTHERN MAINE. Circa Winter 2020. An unusual sh…

KATAHDIN & BAXTER STATE PARK, NORTHERN MAINE. Circa Winter 2020. An unusual shot of Maine's tallest mountain, taken by Joel Richardson on a flight from Fredericton to Toronto, looking northward.
Baxter Peak (Elev. 5267') is in the center at bottom. The Knife Edge is to its right ending at Pamola (Elev 4902').
There are several routes to the top that can be hiked in a single day but to be successful you will want to get an early start. Snow stays late and best months are July & August. Caleb, Megan & Jim




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Opinion | This Is How Scandinavia Got Great

THIS IS HOW SCANDINAVIA GOT GREAT. Conservative 'NT Times' columnist David Brooks makes a good case that it was forward-thinking attention to education for the masses – begun in the 19th century – that is responsible for setting Scandinavia apart. Jim

"Almost everybody admires the Nordic model. Countries like Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland have high economic productivity, high social equality, high social trust and high levels of personal happiness.

"Progressives say it’s because they have generous welfare states. Some libertarians point out that these countries score high on nearly every measure of free market openness. Immigration restrictionists note that until recently they were ethnically homogeneous societies.

"But Nordic nations were ethnically homogeneous in 1800, when they were dirt poor. Their economic growth took off just after 1870, way before their welfare states were established. What really launched the Nordic nations was generations of phenomenal educational policy…

"When you look at the Nordic bildung model, you realize our problem is not only that we don’t train people with the right job skills. It’s that we don’t have the right lifelong development model to instill the mode of consciousness people need to thrive in a complex pluralistic society."

Opinion | This Is How Scandinavia Got Great

The power of educating the whole person.


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Groundbreaking Study Shows Massive Reduction of Pesticides in Humans after One Week Organic Diet – Sustainable Pulse

THE POWER OF A GOOD ORGANIC DIET: PESTICIDE IMPACT TURNAROUND IN LESS THAN A WEEK Complimenting yesterday's post about poor diets is this article about the "ground-breaking peer-reviewed" study from thirteen months ago.
The good news: "…switching to an organic diet significantly reduced the levels of synthetic pesticides found in all participants – after less than one week. On average, the pesticide and pesticide metabolite levels detected dropped by 60.5% after just six days of eating an all-organic diet." Caleb, Megan & Jim

"The study, Organic Diet Intervention Significantly Reduces Urinary Pesticide Levels in U.S. Children and Adults, found significant reductions in pesticides that have been associated with increased risk of autism, cancers, autoimmune disorders, infertility, hormone disruption, and Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. The most significant declines involved organophosphates, a class of highly neurotoxic pesticides linked to brain damage in children: the study found a 95% drop in levels of malathion and a nearly two thirds reduction in chlorpyrifos. Organophosphates are so toxic to children’s developing brains that scientists have recommended a full ban."

Groundbreaking Study Shows Massive Reduction of Pesticides in Humans after One Week Organic Diet – Sustainable Pulse

A groundbreaking peer-reviewed study published today in the journal Environmental Research found that switching to an organic diet significantly reduced


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Researchers find a western-style diet can impair brain function

NEW RESEARCH: OUR WESTERN-STYLE DIET IMPAIRS BRAIN FUNCTION & CAUSES OVEREATING. New research is fingering the Western-style diet for serious detriments to human minds and bodies. 'The Guardian' reports.
Not long ago we read a calculation that if you add up all the profits of the Junk Food industry, they are greater than the dollars spent in providing remedy to the myriad health problems caused by the junk food.
Bottom line, it would less costly to society if we paid Big Food to idly twiddle their thumbs and NOT manufacture their lethal wares than to continue with our current dysfunctional fake food system.
Now the good news: another study – from a couple of years ago – indicates that switching to a healthy organic diet can show measurably improved results beginning in as little as seven days. Caleb, Megan & Jim

"Consuming a western diet for as little as one week can subtly impair brain function and encourage slim and otherwise healthy young people to overeat, scientists claim.

"Researchers found that after seven days on a high saturated fat, high added sugar diet, volunteers in their 20s scored worse on memory tests and found junk food more desirable immediately after they had finished a meal.

"The finding suggests that a western diet makes it harder for people to regulate their appetite, and points to disruption in a brain region called the hippocampus as the possible cause.

“'After a week on a western-style diet, palatable food such as snacks and chocolate becomes more desirable when you are full,' said Richard Stevenson, a professor of psychology at Macquarie University in Sydney. 'This will make it harder to resist, leading you to eat more, which in turn generates more damage to the hippocampus and a vicious cycle of overeating'…

"In the longer term, eating a western-style diet contributes to obesity and diabetes, both of which have been linked to declines in brain performance and the risk of developing dementia."

Researchers find a western-style diet can impair brain function

After seven days on a high saturated fat, high added sugar diet, volunteers scored worse on memory tests


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8 Places for Incredible Stargazing (and Star Partying) in the U.S.

8 OF THE BEST PLACES IN THE USA FOR VIEWING THE STARS. Not surprisingly, this star-studded listing is tilted towards the spread out West but does include special spots in Texas and Nebraska, and even one in Pennsylvania.
Do catch the beautiful photos which accompany each location on the list – they are ones you won't want to miss!
Deserving and recognized but not in this listing are two spectacular stargazing spots in Maine: 'Acadia National Park' and the new 'Katahdin Woods and Waters National Park' here in Northern Maine. Caleb, Megan & Jim

"The first step in finding somewhere incredible to stargaze is to get as far away from other humans as you can…When you finally escape all that light pollution you’ve grown used to, you’d be surprised how much of the Milky Way you can see with the naked eye."

8 Places for Incredible Stargazing (and Star Partying) in the U.S.

Planning a camping trip? Consider these big-sky destinations.


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Which Tech Company Is Really the Most Evil?

'THE EVIL LIST': THE LOWDOWN ON THE 30 MOST DANGEROUS TECH COMPANIES. The infatuation stage with Big Tech has ended and now restraining orders may rate more appropriate than patronage.
Forewarned is forearmed. Some of these companies you will never have heard of, others will surprise you to see on the list. Can't live with 'em, won't let us live without 'em. 'Slate' investigated and now reports. Jim

"The tech industry doesn’t intoxicate us like it did just a few years ago. Keeping up with its problems—and its fixes, and its fixes that cause new problems—is dizzying. Separating out the meaningful threats from the noise is hard. Is Facebook really the danger to democracy it looks like? Is Uber really worse than the system it replaced? Isn’t Amazon’s same-day delivery worth it? Which harms are real and which are hypothetical? Has the techlash gotten it right? And which of these companies is really the worst? Which ones might be, well, evil?…

"Which brings us to this list. Slate sent ballots to a wide range of journalists, scholars, advocates, and others who have been thinking critically about technology for years. We asked them to tell us which tech companies they are most concerned about, and we let them decide for themselves what counts as 'concerning.' We told them to define the category of technology companies as narrowly or broadly as they liked, which is how, say, Exxon Mobil made the list. Each respondent ranked as many as 10 companies—subsidiaries counted as part of parent corporations—with more points going to the choices they placed at the top. Then we added up their votes and got this."

Which Tech Company Is Really the Most Evil?

The 30 most dangerous corporations in the industry, ranked by the people who know.


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SNOW ROLLER, CARIBOU, MAINE. Circa 1930. Photo shared by Jeff Clark. Prior…

SNOW ROLLER, CARIBOU, MAINE. Circa 1930. Photo shared by Jeff Clark.
Prior to the early years after World War II, roads in Northern Maine were not plowed free of snow. Instead, large diameter horse-drawn 'Snow Rollers' were used to pack down the snow on the roads creating thoroughfares which were smoother than their Summer counterparts.
In the Winter horse-drawn pungs and sleds were used to convey people and loads locally. Medium and long distance travel were the domain of the railroads.
Motorized cars, trucks and tractors were parked in the shed until Springtime after roads had dried out signaling the end of 'Mud Season.' Caleb, Megan & Jim




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Autopsy of an Organic Grocery

IN THIS ERA OF FAST-MOVING MARKET CONSOLIDATION DO INDEPENDENT STORES HOLD ANY CHANCE OF SURVIVAL? Adam Erace opened his neighborhood specialty grocery boutique ten years ago in South Philly. NYC destination icon Dean & DeLuca. opened its first store in 1977. Both suffered similar fates and have been shuttered in recent months, the victims of a brave new world of massive retail scene consolidation and commodification. https://www.nytimes.com/…/…/dean-and-deluca-closes-soho.html
Twenty-five ears ago we were approached by Dean & Delucca, anxious to carry several of our packaged specialty Organic Kitchen Potatoes, replete with our unique 'Potato Postcards' reminiscent of Fruit Crate Label Art. https://www.woodprairie.com/pro…/potato-postcards-set-of-19/
Several months into our business arrangement we were called by a D&D manager asking inarticulately how he could identify which sacks of potatoes were which. Mystified, we replied each variety had its own sturdy Potato Postcard glued to the bag-closing crepe sewed to the top of the sack. Eventually we came to understand wily art-loving NYC customers were surreptitiously detaching & stealing the Potato Postcards leaving the sacks naked and unidentified. Caleb, Megan & Jim

"On Veterans Day, 2009, Grub Street wrote about the opening of a new food market specializing in local, organic, and gourmet foods on East Passyunk Avenue in South Philly. The shop was called Green Aisle Grocery, a 260-square-foot boutique painted the colors of key lime pie…

"…From tiny shops like Green Aisle to big players like Dean & DeLuca and Fairway, it’s been death by a thousand cuts: the rise online shopping and grocery delivery, big-box incursions, and the proliferation of food halls have been 'whittling market share from fine-casual restaurants as well as upscale grocers,' according to Washington Post food business reporter Laura Reiley.

"But the mortal blow, in my experience, is the commodification of specialty foods…"

Autopsy of an Organic Grocery

An owner of this Philly shop reflects on the closing of a passion project


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