World-renowned expert on organic veterinary animal health joins Rodale Institute
(Kutztown, PA, October 1, 2013) Rodale Institute, a non-profit dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach, today announced the appointment of Dr. Hubert Karreman as the Institute Veterinarian. Dr. Karreman has led Bovinity Health as Founder and Principal since 2011, providing natural products for the non-antibiotic treatment of infectious disease. Previously, he was in full-time dairy practice for 15 years with certified organic herds in the Lancaster, PA area.
Well-travelled and widely published in his field, Dr. Karreman served on the USDA National Organic Standards Board from 2005 – 2010, and was Chair of the Livestock Committee from 2007 – 2010, where he wrote recommendations for regulatory implementation by the USDA. (more…)
I have recently noticed how my appetite aligns and abides to the seasons. Unconscious cravings overwhelming my senses like the stinkbugs in your house right now. Please do not be alarmed by this, but since living at Rodale Institute I have become… a… zombie foodie.
All these veggies have stripped me of the analytical and rational decision making skills afforded to most humans. Sigmund Freud could confirm I am lacking an ego and super-ego. Ruled by the “id” my plate is filled by needs, wants, desires and impulses. Sleepwalking through the harvesting, preparing and cooking of my meals. This is what the zombie ate/eats… (more…)
Every Friday we share some snaps from our 333-acres in Kutztown, PA. Our photographers? The staff members who keep this farm chugging along. Enjoy a sneak peek at what’s going on here at Rodale Institute! (more…)
The media has been abuzz with news of the government shutdown and the blame game is exuberant on both sides of the aisle. In 2011, after Republicans took control of the U.S. House, Congress passed just 90 bills into law. The only other year in which Congress failed to pass at least 125 laws was 1995. There are currently 5,628 bills and resolutions before the United States Congress. Of those, only about 5% will likely become law. These statistics make the 112th Congress, covering 2011-12, the least productive two-year gathering on Capitol Hill since the end of World War II. (more…)
Just a few weeks back, Nestle Waters North America CEO Tim Brown shared the stage with First Lady Michelle Obama and a dozen other public and private sector partners in Watertown, Wisconsin to announce support for the Partnership for a Healthier America’s (PHA) new “Drink Up” initiative. A powerful program with a simple message – drink more water, more often.
Why water? Drinking water is the easiest, most effective way for parents and children to adopt healthy habits as part of a healthier lifestyle. Yet, only 15% of middle school kids drink enough water to stay adequately hydrated on a daily basis, according to national research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (more…)
We all are familiar with the fact that the Native Americans were excellent hunter-gatherers, probably from our middle school textbooks. But, most of us were not informed of their laissez-faire system of symbiotic agricultural. What am I babbling about you say? I am speaking of the The Three Sisters, one of the farming techniques the Native Americans practiced.
Native Americans had their own distinct tribes, each with their own horticultural traditions. The Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) coined the term The Three Sisters although they weren’t the only tribe to use the method. This style of planting utilizes three different crops to their full potential in one space. A circle of interdependence based on giving and receiving. (more…)
Recently, I was filling out a form where I was asked for my ethnic origin. As I scanned through the list of choices I decided on “other” in deference to recent articles I have read citing that, as human beings, we may be only 10% human and 90% bacteria (see TED Talk by Bonnie Bassler of Princeton University). As I ponder the implication of such a discovery, I can’t help but wonder if it doesn’t represent a physical expression of a deeper spiritual lawfulness that we are all interconnected and interdependent, not just as human beings, but as a whole biotic community. If this is so, how can we give rise to experiences that will honor this truth and help us to re-member ourselves into this larger web of life? (more…)
“Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people acquire serious infections with bacteria that are resistant to one or more of the antibiotics designed to treat those infections. At least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these antibiotic-resistant infections. Many more die from other conditions that were complicated by an antibiotic-resistant infection.
Antibiotic-resistant infections add considerable and avoidable costs to the already overburdened U.S. healthcare system. In most cases, antibiotic-resistant infections require prolonged and/or costlier treatments, extend hospital stays, necessitate additional doctor visits and healthcare use, and result in greater disability and death compared with infections that are easily treatable with antibiotics. The total economic cost of antibiotic resistance to the U.S. economy has been difficult to calculate. Estimates vary but have ranged as high as $20 billion in excess direct healthcare costs, with additional costs to society for lost productivity as high as $35 billion a year (2008 dollars).”
Bacteria evolve quickly, and the development of some resistance over time can be anticipated. However, the more antibiotics that are used and the conditions under which they are used can dramatically speed this process. The CDC Report identifies the use (and overuse) of antibiotics as “the single most important factor in the development of resistant bacteria.” (more…)