True Beauty In Minnesota – Duluth


Duluth, located on Lake Superior in northern Minnesota, is one of my favorite places to visit! Why? It's a place I can let myself go and forget just about everything. It is a peaceful and relaxing place to get away from the busyness of life. We try to visit Duluth when we can fit it into our schedule, even if it's only for a few days. By car, it's about a five hour, well worth the trip. But the true beauty in Duluth is well worth the trip. Sometimes farming affords you small breaks. And we … [Continue]

Boar Studs – Turning Semen Into Pigs


In the vast majority of pig farms, breeding boars are no where to be found. So with that information, how are sows bred? The majority of sows in the U.S. are bred using a technique called Artificial Insemination, OR AI. AI is not new and was first used in swine in the 1930’s. Boar studs (boar farms) are used to collect boar semen, which is then used to breed sows. I interviewed an employee from a boar stud to learn more about it and also to learn exactly what they do there. Hopefully you … [Continue]

Top 5 Food Questions Asked of Dietitians


5 Common Food Questions Asked of Dietitians Minnesota's CommonGround recently participated in a breakout session at the 2015 Minnesota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics … [Continue]

10 Things You May Not Know About GMOs


10 Things You May Not Know About GMOs Confused about GMOs? Are you constantly bombarded with news that GMOs are harmful and then turn around a few minutes later to read they are … [Continue]

“Pig Tales” – Now for the Rest of the Story

Sow and piglets

As I finished listening to Barry Estabrook's talking about his new book, "Pig Tales - An Ominvores Quest for Sustainable Meat," I thought to myself, he didn't finish the book! He … [Continue]

New Dietary Guidelines – Politics Run Amok!

Dietary Guidelines

I'm the first to admit that I have a love/hate relationship with politics. I love the process of making changes for the betterment of our society and country, but I hate politics … [Continue]