Health & Nurturing
Pg 7 - The Sunshine Express
2012 June
by Sandy Lauzon
Sweet Anticipation
Daddy was a man's man. Football, wrestling, swimming/diving were
the sports he participated in, and very well, as I recall. But spring
training leading up to the baseball season was his passion. My grand-
mother (Mom's Mom) spent the summer in a continual battle between
the Boston Red Socks and any team that they played. Memere was a
Red Socks fan, and Dad favored any team that they played against.
Memere lived in the studio apartment right next door to our house.
Both houses had a phone, but you could actually stick your hand out
the kitchen window and almost touch. We had an 8 party line: 910-J4,
J3, J2, J1, and 910-R4, R3, R2, R1. To make a call, you first lifted the
receiver quietly to be sure that no one from the other 7 families were
not on the phone. The operator would ask "number please", and to
call Memere you would reply "J3 on the line, please". The moment
that the other team, especially the New York Yankees hit a home run
or scored a run, Daddy would go to the phone, follow the procedure,
wait for Memere to answer and sweetly ask, "did you see that, Chop?"
In a voice that anyone could hear without having the phone to your
ear came the reply, "GO TO HE**!" Then you could also hear the
phone slam down. This went on all summer long.
Daddy was the eldest of four. Uncle Billy was killed in Okinawa dur-
ing WW2, Bounia's husband died before the war, so that put Daddy
in charge of the family, unless you count Bounia. Bounia raised her
family to love family first, then music, dance and food, none more im-
portant then the other. Bounia's philosophy was simple. If you want
to eat, bring up the rain barrel from the cellar, help me in the garden,
chop what I ask you to chop and clean up after yourselves. Lessons
New Research: Grass Fed Beef Is Best
for a happy life.
Daddy's favorite holiday was the Fourth of July.
Research reveals that grass-fed beef is better for people and the environment
By July 4th, it was nearly always warm enough
Feeding cattle on grass throughout their lifecycle is the most environmentally
to swim in the lake, and go clamming at Matunic
sustainable way to rear beef, according to new research for the National Trust.
Beach. A few days before the holiday was
One of the biggest global challenges is how to increase food security whilst
wonderful. My uncles and Dad would load up
reducing the environmental impacts of food production. Livestock produce
the trunk of his ole Chevy with burlap sacks,
high levels of methane as part of the process of digesting grass. This has led to
pails, pitch forks and lemonade for the 45 minute
suggestions that intensive production methods should be preferred over more
trip to the ocean. Piled into the car beside the uncles and aunts, Dad and
traditional grass fed livestock farming.
Mom, was Bounia, and the oldest cousins, There was no radio in the car, so
However, in a report issued May 16, research at 10 Trust farms shows that
we sang all the way. Once at the beach, the men unloaded the trunk, and each
while the carbon footprint of grass-fed and conventional farms were compa-
and every one of us had a tool of sorts to ferret out the unsuspecting clams
rable, the carbon sequestration contribution of well managed grass pasture on
from beneath the sand at low tide. Bounia awarded a nickel to the grandchild
the less intensive systems, reduced net emissions by up to 94%, even resulting
with the most clams in his or her pail. Everyone else was on their own. Task
in a carbon `net gain' in upland areas. The farms that had recently converted to
completed, everyone and everything back in the car for a sleepy ride home.
organic status showed even greater gains.
The next two days were even better. Daddy made the best New England clam
Rob Macklin, Nat. Agriculture and Food Adviser at the National Trust, said,
chowder on the planet. The aunts were in charge of peeling potatoes and
"The results are contrary to recent thinking that livestock farming methods
chopping onions. The uncles were in charge of setting up the picnic table and
must intensify further, in order to lessen carbon emissions while feeding an
chairs, digging a large hole for the cooking fire, and finding strong switches to
increasing population. Maximizing carbon efficiency alone is too simplistic.
cook the hotdogs and marshmallows. Dad got the huge stock pot down and
Many less intensive systems would be classed `inefficient' on the carbon emis-
the delicious concoction soon was bubbling away. It was tasted by Bounia at
sion scale, yet are much less reliant on artificial inputs and tend to have less
lease 20 times. "Michael, more pepper, Michael, more milk," and Dad did not
impacts on water quality, loss of soil organic matter and reduced biodiversity.
argue. Mom was in charge of pies, and the oven was in overdrive. All cousins
"We believe that optimized beef production, deliberately accommodating less
were out from under foot.
than maximum output in order to secure stronger and broader ecosystem pro-
Soon it was tomorrow and more activity. Dad then got going on the clam
tection, is the best sustainable use for the grasslands in our care.
cakes, sweet corn, steamed clams and hotdogs for the younger cousins. The
"The debate about climate change and food often calls for a reduction of meat
rest of the afternoon was spent in lip smacking delicious food, music, and
consumption and a more plant based diet, but this often overlooks the fact that
dancing. Daddy and my brother played the violin, Uncle Willie the harmoni-
many grasslands are unsuitable for continuous arable cropping.
ca, and I played the accordion.
"Grasslands support a range of ecosystems services including water resources,
My Dad was far from perfect, but I would not have traded for anyone else's
biodiversity and carbon capture and storage. Grazing livestock not only con-
Dad. My deepest regret is that he never met his two grandchildren and
tributes to their maintenance but also turns grass into human-edible food."
shared his love of life and sense of humor with them. He passed away at age
Other recent research found that the health benefits of beef (and lamb) are
42, way too young. Our loss and Heaven's gain.
greater when animals are fed totally on grass, their natural food. Omega 3 fatty
(Sandy Lauzon is a Shaklee Distributor located at 200 4th St, in Dolores.
acids, essential to good physical and mental health, are higher in meat from
grass and the levels of saturated fat are a third of grain fed beef.
"Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We
ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented,
fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child
of God. Your playing small does not serve the world."
- Marianne Williamson