Tuesday December 12, 2017 Jenner CA.
Looks like a good day to kayak
While reading my email once I got it going this morning Ray said he’d be down at Jenner kayaking today.
Stuck tight on a rock
I was paddling along at a pretty good clip when my boat ran up on a rock that was just below the water surface and was stuck on it. Now I had to get off the rock without tipping over and getting my camera wet. I was really stuck good on the rock and couldn’t back off. The only thing to do in a case like this is to use the paddle and push on the rock to cause the boat to rotate around the rock and hopefully slide off it without turning the boat over. I had to work at it, but the boat finally moved a bit and I was able to get off the rock without getting wet.
Headed down to find Ray
That must be Ray
Ray and I watching things
Eventually we headed on up the river going up the island’s back channel. Just as we were entering the channel, Ray says there’s an eagle which just landed on the lower end of Penny Island. It was eating something.
Guys in the poison oak
That area is full of poison oak and no one goes there except me and my friends. But once a few years ago I found some Mexican guys working for the state spraying non native plants, the white things there. At that time they had on full white suits, but not this time.
I hope they don’t catch poison oak as they were in it up to their ears and it sounded like they were cutting it with their machetes too. It’s actually useless to spray the non native plants, a waste of money as there are so many seeds in the ground that you could never eradicate it.
Not many birds around today
We had to go out in the middle of the river to see the guys which put us over by Paddy’s rock, so we continued on down that side where there are usually a lot of birds along the shoreline, but not today. Could be the eagles scared all the birds out of this area?
Strange sea lion
It actually climbed into one of the boats and was resting there until someone came down to the boat so it left.
Sea lion from the bay area docks
We thought it must be one of those see lions from the bay area which rest on the docks by the people down there, that’s why it wasn’t too afraid of us. I thought it was looking poorly.
We pulled onto the boat ramp and went on home for the day.
When I got home the sun was already behind the mountains so I didn’t get anything done in the yard today and went in the house where it was warm.
An email from Salmon Creek Ranch
Later I got an email from the Salmon Creek Ranch where I buy my grass fed beef. I’d inquired about what their meet processors use to process their meat as I’d heard meat processors are required by the FDA to use citric acid to wash down the meat carcasses and wanted to know what her meat processors used. If they were using citric acid, it would corn me and also if they were using citric acid that would mean her grass fed beef was using a GMO product which grass fed beef should not do as it is supposed to be healthier than feed lot beef which is full of bad stuff.
She sent me an email on what citric acid is made from saying it was made form citrus fruit, but she failed to read down.
The top part said it was made form citrus fruit, but reading down, it said it was now grown on corn which she and the meat processors missed.
Here’s the article.
And you will see in that article citric acid now comes from corn since 1917.
It’s much cheaper to make it from corn than citrus fruit.
Here’s the corn part:
In 1917, American food chemist James Currie discovered certain strains of the mold Aspergillus niger could be efficient citric acid producers, and the pharmaceutical company Pfizer began industrial-level production using this technique two years later, followed by Citrique Belge in 1929. In this production technique, which is still the major industrial route to citric acid used today, cultures of A. niger are fed on a sucrose or glucose-containing medium to produce citric acid. The source of sugar is corn steep liquor, molasses, hydrolyzed corn starch or other inexpensive sugary solutions. After the mold is filtered out of the resulting solution, citric acid is isolated by precipitating it with calcium hydroxide to yield calcium citrate salt, from which citric acid is regenerated by treatment with sulfuric acid, as in the direct extraction from citrus fruit juice.
She also said white vinegar also does not come from corn, but it does. If a label says white vinegar it’s assumed it comes from corn as when it doesn’t, the label says white vinegar(rice) or whatever, the source is listed, but never when it’s comes from corn for some reason. Anytime it’s not stated it has to be assumed it’s from corn, which it usually is.
And white vinegar is used in many, many things like mayonnaise, most of the salad dressings, most condiments and it goes on and on.
So eventually I’ll get these people trained and maybe be able to get some good beef.
It’s a real battle to get away from.
That was my day.