About Patrick Crawford

Patrick Crawford was raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He attended college and law school at the University of Notre Dame, spending one year during law school studying at Notre Dame’s campus in London, England. He is now living and practicing family law in Annapolis, Maryland. When he is not practicing law, he follows the strong interest that he has acquired in the interaction between big business, government, the media, and the lives of individuals affected by these influences. He is particularly interested in the severely negative effects these forces have on nutrition, food production processes, local agriculture, and therefore, on health. He hopes that, through his articles, he will be able to educate others on the importance of traditional and sustainable foodways and agricultural practices, for the sake of both individual health and the security of local food systems. He runs his own website, called: National Fork.

Book Review: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

I recently read the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, by Barbara Kingsolver.  This book tells the story of the author and her family who, having lived for a long period in Tucson, Arizona, packed up and moved to a rural area in western Virginia where they attempted … Continue reading

There is No Such Things as Completely Safe Food

The goal of government regulation in the area of food and agriculture, at least according to rhetoric, is to ensure that food is safe.  Complete safety is the stated top priority.  But is such a goal possible? Yes, but only by severely compromising nutrition. All of nature is mixture of things that are … Continue reading

Making Sense of Grocery-store Eggs

Grocery stores have lots of different kinds of eggs. All come from chickens, but some are labeled “all natural”, others “organic”, and still others “free-range”. Some are even “organic free range”. So what are the differences and which are best? All Natural: This term is generally meaningless. This is what … Continue reading

Risk of E. Coli is Much Lower in Grass-fed Ground Beef

People may intuitively understand that local, grass-fed ground beef is safer than conventional ground meat, but I doubt that they understand just how much safer it really is, and why. There are three basic reasons why it is safer. First, cows are ruminants and evolved to eat grass.  Unfortunately, cows that … Continue reading

The Nourishing Foods of a Christmas Carol

In the mid-1800′s, Charles Dickens published his novella called A Christmas Carol.  It tells the now-famous story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a grouchy, miserly, and lonely old man living in England, who had no Christmas spirit and who, one Christmas Eve, was visited by four ghosts who attempted to show him the error of his heartless … Continue reading

The Wholesome Foods of Huckleberry Finn

I recently re-read Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.1  I had read it once as a kid and didn’t appreciate it then.  Reading it now, I found it extremely entertaining and culturally revealing, however, my original purpose in re-reading this piece of literature was to learn of some of the foods that … Continue reading

Homesteading is Possible for Most People

Since becoming interested in nutrition and the overwhelming effect of politics upon it, I’ve gradually come to the conclusion that the only way to obtain nutritious food is to either (1) buy it from a small farm or (2) grow it yourself. The first option is becoming more and more … Continue reading

Nothing is More Healthy Than … Fat?

Fat has a bad reputation in our modern culture.  And that is putting it mildly.  Its consumption is blamed for everything from heart disease and strokes to earthquakes.  Alright, I made the last part up, but fat certainly gets a very bad rap. Is the bad rap deserved?  Absolutely not. … Continue reading

Nourishing Food Need Not Be Expensive

I often hear that obtaining a traditional diet is too expensive.  People argue that eating a nourishing diet that avoids all industrial foods and that includes some lacto-fermented foods, quality fats, raw dairy, and wild seafood or pasture-raised animals products is simply not financially feasible for the vast majority of the population.  In other words, even if people wanted to eat traditionally and … Continue reading