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.

The Dangers of High-Fructose Corn Syrup

High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is healthy because fructose is found in fruit, right?  Wrong. Coke contained traditional cane-sugar until 1984 when the sugar was replaced entirely with HFCS. Fructose is found in fruit, but fructose is not healthy.  A USDA study observed that rats fed large amounts of sugar developed … 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

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

Video: Take a Lesson from Nature … Eat Like a Fungus

Decay and spoilage are necessary and natural parts of life.  As an illustration, a tree grows leaves that are healthy and green.  Those leaves soon turn brown and fall to the ground.  They quickly decay and provide nourishment to the microorganisms in the soil.  Such microorganisms feed the tree and allow it to grow more healthy … Continue reading

Is It Masculine to Care About Nutrition?

I’ve noticed something about the healthy food movement of which I am a part. It lacks MEN. Sure, some of the prominent figures are men, like Joel Salatin, Mark McAfee, Peter Kennedy, Esq., David Gumpert, Russell Blaylock, MD, and some others. But leaders alone don’t make a movement. A movement … Continue reading