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Newsletter March 5, 2017:

Editorial: “Evolution”- the New Theology

Dear brothers and sisters,

It can be said that “evolution” is the theology of the late industrial age. That man is a sort of animal that has arisen through a roll of the dice, has dominated thought for the last 150 years. The basic mechanism is quite straightforward: – Wholly random and chance variations occur and those that are useful are maintained through “natural selection” or “survival of the fittest”. Come to think of it, this is a reflection of the industrial ethos of Darwin’s time and ours, wherein “start-ups” arise continuously and competition insures that only the “fittest” survive.

According to Darwin, all life evolved from a simple organism and branched out in a sort of treelike pattern. The fossil record, on the other hand, shows most animals appearing at, more or less, the same time rather than branching out from a simpler form. The major challenge to the theory of evolution is to explain the large-scale changes that lead from one order or class to another as the transitional forms are absent in the fossil record. There were plenty of examples of transitional forms at the level of genus and species but where are the transitional forms at the level of phylum, class and order?

Here is Professor David Berlinski, a deep thinker, offering some brilliant insights into the foibles of Darwinism.

As he will explain, not only is “evolution” unable to explain the fossil record, its prognostications have yet to be replicated in the laboratory. Hence it fails on its own scientistic pretensions.

We came away with the impression that Darwinism is best understood as a sort of theology of materialism, both primitive and puerile.

We would appreciate your comments.

Jesse Schwartz PhD
Living Tree Community Foods

Recipe: Asian “UnFried” Rice

by Barbara Kessler of Rawfully Tempting

Prepare this delicious dish in minutes and gently warm it in the dehydrator, or, eat as is. It’s colorful, delicious and so very light. I used what I had available, but would add snow peas, fresh parsley, shredded carrots and sprouts. Select your favorite veggies and create this dish your family and friends will adore.

Asian “UnFried” Rice Ingredients
1/2 head of cauliflower
3/4 cup red bell pepper, finely chopped
1/4 cup fresh green beans, chopped in 1/4 inch pieces.
1/4 cup snow peas, chopped in half
2 scallions or green onions, chopped
1 teaspoon ginger, grated
2 1/2 Tablespoons tamari or coconut aminos
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon maple syrup
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon sesame oil (toasted tastes better)
dash cayenne, to taste
1 Tablespoons sesame seeds

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Featured Item: Walnut Butter – Alive & Organic

We make our Organic Walnut Butter from Walnuts grown by Judith Redmond with Full Belly Farm. Judith and her friends are among the finest organic farmers in California. We slice her raw walnuts into a luxurious spread. Try this delicious Walnut Butter on apple slices or carrot sticks, with a few raisins or a little honey drizzled on top.

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New! Items For March

Golden Turmeric Butter – Alive & Organic

Beginning with turmeric, we have added raisins, honey, sesame and spices to bring you a delightful spreadable. We urge you to research what people are saying about the qualities of turmeric.






Brown Whole Grain Teff Flour – Grown by Oregon Family Farmers

The Teff grain used to make this flour is grown in Junction City, Oregon on Hunton’s Farm. They are a third generation family farm in the Willamette Valley.

Teff is a tiny whole grain best known as an ingredient in injera, a traditional Ethiopian spongy sour flatbread on which salad and stews are served. Injera is made with fermented Teff Flour, often in combination with wheat. Teff flour can also be used to make pancakes, as a substitute for part of the flour in baked goods and breads, and as a thickener for soups, stews, gravies, and puddings.

Brown Teff Flour has a taste reminiscent of hazelnut, with a hint of chocolate. Our Teff Flour is stone-ground at Camas Country Mill in Eugene. The mill also grinds other grains, so this flour is not guaranteed gluten free.


March Victory Garden Sale

10% off this month’s featured items (Remember, if you buy 3 or more of any Living Tree manufactured product, you get an additional 10% off!)

Olio Nuovo Olive Oil – Alive, Organic & Dry Farmed

Olive oil aficionados! This is the moment you’ve been waiting for all year!
Olio nuovo is here! The first expression of the olive harvest!The first pressing! The ultra-green first bottling of the new crop! Skimmed from the vat before the sediment has settled, olio nuovo has a creamy texture and heightened notes of fruit, grass and pepper.





Pistachio Butter – Alive & Organic

This delightful and fresh nut will nourish your body and your taste buds! Our pistachio butter is made from pistachios grown by California family farmers in the rich, alluvial soil of the wondrously fertile Central Valley. We add our raw Black Sesame Oil and sesame seeds to organic pistachios and season them with honey and a dash of Royal Himalayan Pink Crystal Salt.





Coconut Butter – Alive & Organic

Our alive coconut butter is created from alive coconut. Savor its fragrance. Ponder its texture.





Black Sesame Tahini – Alive & Organic

Our Organic Raw Black Sesame Tahini is a glorious, shining black. Made from organic UNHULLED black sesame seeds.The taste is profoundly sesame – robust and enlivening. This is our original creation (others have since tried to copy it). We presented it to the organic food industry at the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim, California in March 2003. People were delighted, they called it “caviar”!





Buffalo Field Campaign: Yellowstone Turns a Blind Eye to the Sacred, Facilitates Genocide

It’s just below zero as we trek through freshly fallen snow on an unusually windless early morning, in the high hills above the Gardiner Basin. Taking advantage of the calm air that won’t rock our scopes and cameras, our patrol is on the way to a lookout spot high above Yellowstone’s Stephens Creek buffalo trap. The trap is miles away. The spot we’re at is one of the few places that we can see even a far-away glimpse into the industrial size monstrosity that has entrapped more than 450 of the gentle giants in the past couple of weeks. Yellowstone initiates a massive seven-mile public closure around their trap, obviously wanting to hide the horrible things they are doing to this sacred species, our national mammal. On our way to the lookout, our footsteps squeaking through the freezing cold snow, one of our crew shouts out, “wolves!” We all stop dead in our tracks. To the south of us, we can hear them, the beautiful, haunting serenade of a wolf pack, singing blessing songs to the morning, or, more like mourning songs to the travesty unfolding before us. The wolves know. We get to the lookout spot and it’s as bad as we thought: hundreds of buffalo in the trap, huddled together, eating hay rations, trapped on death row. Four park wranglers on horseback, and a white SUV are coming into the northernmost paddock of the trap which holds approximately 60 of the country’s last wild buffalo. This paddock is the veritable end of the line before the buffalo go in even deeper, to places they will never return from.

“Genocide,” our Blackfeet brother says. We nod in agreement. The U.S. Government continues the systematic destruction of the sacred buffalo, and for the same reasons, too. Only, these days, instead of Buffalo Bill and Wild Bill Cody, they call it “management” and the killers are the so-called guys in green: Yellowstone National Park. Donning buffalo on their uniform badges, they are the very ones who are obligated to protect the buffalo — the buffalo who are the main reason this park even exists, that people even come here. These “caretakers” are facilitating all of the trapping and most of the killing. As we watch through our scopes and binoculars, eyes teary from the blistering cold, or the pain in our hearts, the wranglers go in for the attack. It’s just another day in the park. Frantic, the sixty buffalo run away from the wranglers, but the only path open to them is the dark corridor that leads into the labyrinth of the trap, towards the bull pen and the squeeze chute, towards the end of freedom and family, into the tiny holding pens where they will spend their last hours in feces and fear, before being loaded onto livestock trailers headed for the slaughter house. The mournful howling continues. The wolves know. We join in.

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