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Newsletter April 29, 2019

Video: GMOs and the Foundation of Existence

Dear brothers and sisters,

Heretofore we had considered the dangers from GMOs to include general debilitation, allergic reactions and serious illness from chemicals endemic to the use of GMOs.

We see now that our view was superficial, it did not begin to plumb the depths. We are beginning to understand that all of nature is under threat… from insects, to fish, to birds and to mammals… the natural world, in its entirety. In other words, GMOs threaten the foundation of existence. This for reasons, the most mundane, superficial and crass -to prevent an apple slice from turning brown, to have a salmon grow to full size in one year instead of three, to make crops resistant to certain pesticides so more can be applied.

Let Jeffrey Smith with the Institute for Responsible Technology tell you about it. Please watch the forthright video.

With good wishes for vibrant good health to you and family,

Jesse Schwartz PhD
Living Three Community Foods

Video: Comparing Farming In 1944 versus 2018

Recipe: Madras Lentils

by Rachel Karr

As if cheap and easy isn’t enough, this dish is bursting with nutrition. Lentils and beans are high in iron, and the vitamin C in the tomato sauce and red bell pepper helps increase the absorption of iron. Did you know there is 3 times more vitamin C in a red bell pepper than in an orange? (Those orange juice companies…making us think oranges have a monopoly on vit. C!)
Getting iron from plant sources (non-heme iron) has also been correlated with a lower risk of insulin resistance and diabetes. Several studies have linked heme iron with an increased likelihood of developing diabetes (you can see a couple of examples here and here). Just one more reason to get your iron from sources like lentils and greens instead of red meat.
I’ve made several test batches of this recipe, and my 1-year-old daughter has been the most enthusiastic taste-tester! I hope your kids love it as much as she does.
You can use any kind of lentils you have on hand. I’ve even used red lentils, which are mushier than brown ones, and it was super delicious, almost more creamy.

Madras Lentils
Prep time
15 mins
Cook time
25 mins
Total time
40 mins

1 onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp grated ginger root
2 cups vegetable broth
1 14-oz can tomato sauce
1 cup lentils, uncooked
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp smoked paprika (regular paprika won’t be as good–splurge and buy smoked!)
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
optional for more Indian flavor: 1 tsp garam masala
1 can small red beans
chopped cilantro for garnish
optional: rice or naan for serving

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New! Items For May

Cashew Butter 8oz – Alive & Organic

Sundried cashews have been transformed into a butter that retains its quintessential cashew flavor. Try it on apple slices, celery sticks or a wedge of persimmon.






Cashews (Whole) – Organic, Alive & Sundried – Back in Stock!

These large organic cashews are alive and sun-dried. They are grown by family farmers in Bali. They are of outstanding quality.






Joe Soghomonian’s Jumbo Flame Raisins – Alive Organic & Sundried

These raisins are grown by Joe Soghomonian and his magnificent daughter Natalie, storied grape growers of California.

Imagine these in school lunches!

Imagine them as a snack after jogging!






Icelandic Dulse Flakes – Alive & Organic

We are pleased to offer you Boreal Dulse Flakes (Palmaria Palmata). The dulse is harvested by Grettir Hreinsson, a live food aficionado, in the pristine waters of a remote part of Iceland. Dehydrated below 83F.




Black Beans – Organic

Our Local Organic Black Beans are grown by an Elmira farmer and inventor. Although he prefers his privacy and is publicity-shy, his thoughts and discoveries can be accessed online, where he openly shares Appropriate Technology for Small and Subsistence Farms at

The website states that his designs are public domain, a gift to humanity, and encompass a wide spectrum of topics, from how to grow organic black beans in the valley, to solutions for weed control and pests, to instructions on how to build a wood dryer, grain huller, grain thresher, and winnower. He has been growing black beans for Hummingbird for so many years, we’ve lost count!


Coconut Flour – Alive & Organic

Coconut flour is a delicious, gluten-free and beneficial alternative to other flours.

It is high in fiber, protein and healthy fats and free from wheat and other grains. It is also low in sugar, digestible carbohydrates and calories. Plus, this flour has a low score on the glycemic index.

This makes it a favorite among Paleo dieters, gluten-free eaters — including those with celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity — those with digestive problems, anyone with a nut allergy, those with diabetes, vegetarians and just about everyone else in between.

In reality, coconut flour is not actually “flour” in the way we normally think of it. It contains zero grains and consists of 100 percent pure coconut meat.



May 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!)

Brazil Nut Butter – Alive & Organic

Our rich and exotic Brazil nuts will amaze you with their power-packed nutrients. The Brazil nut is the most potent known food source of Selenium, an immensely beneficial mineral found in the soil. Eating only one to two Brazil nuts per day can provide all of the selenium one needs!

We have recreated our Brazil Nut Butter to enhance the distinct flavor of the Brazil nut. Starting with our alive, organic and wildcrafted Brazil nuts, we have added sesame seeds, our unique sesame oil, Brazilian honey and a dash of Royal Himalayan Pink Crystal Salt.



Vanilla Chocolate Bar – Alive & Organic

Our Vanilla Innovation is handcrafted in Berkeley, California, a wellspring of the human spirit. In Berkeley the portals of cognition reveal continents of insight each day. Twenty-five Nobel Prize winners have taught here. Perhaps Vanilla Innovation will inspire and empower you to restore and heal the nation.




Dark Chocolate Bar – Alive & Organic

We produced this bar for those connoisseurs who crave the clean, pure taste of alive, dark chocolate, undiluted with fillers or overwhelmed by sweeteners. 81% cacao made from cacao beans of exceptional quality from Bali. This alive chocolate is brimming with anti-oxidants and nutrients. Handcrafted with you in mind. Made in Berkeley, California. John Muir, Martin Luther King and Steve Wozniak walked the streets; 22 Noble Prize winners have taught here.





We Welcome Investors

Demand for organic food is booming. Last year sales of organic products jumped 11% to more than $39 billion. Also, the number of US organic farmers and processors has grown by 250% since 2002, when the natural organic program began. Indeed, organic food production has more than tripled since that time.

Thanks to your kind support, we too are growing. We wish to hire more teamworkers and to purchase tools and equipment. We are seeking long term, stable capital. If taking a strategic position in the organic food industry appeals to you, let’s talk!

Jesse Schwartz, PhD
Living Tree Community Foods

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