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Newsletter June 18, 2018:

Editorial: “The difference between man and the other animals is unbridgeable”

Dear brothers and sisters,

If you walk onto a college campus and ask the first student you meet where we have come from , “Darwin”, is the answer you will invariably get. Now the idea of evolution through “survival of the fittest” is appealing. Indeed it seems to reflect the reality in which we live. But there are difficulties. Even in Darwin’s time these were difficulties. One small consideration: – The fossil record – It records a sudden explosion of life in the Cambrian era. A myriad of living things came into existence and this largely without antecedents. Darwin suggested that life was a product of slow incremental change over an immense period of time. Wholly random and chance variations occur and those that are useful are maintained through natural selection. Furthermore, according to Darwin, all life evolved from a simple organism and branched out in a sort of treelike pattern, if you will. The fossil record on the other hand, shows most animals appearing at more or less at 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? Darwin, a man of utmost integrity, acknowledged this; he noted that the fossil record of his time was most imperfect. He postulated that further research and exploration would yield evidence in support of his hypothesis and that if it was not forthcoming it would constitute a rebuttal.

Today, nearly 159 years since the publication of The Origin of the Species, Darwin’s hypothesis remains controversial. Let’s go deeper.

The idea of evolution was not original with Darwin. In one of the most remarkable events in intellectual history, Alfred Russell Wallace came up with the concept before Darwin was able to publish.

It happened. In February 1858 in a remote Island in the Malay Archipelago, it happened. An Englishman, Alfred Russell Wallace,a botanist was suffering from an attack of malaria . Feverish in his delirium,suddenly he saw it.He saw it! A vast panorama unfolded for him-the most primitive species-an amoeba or protozoa gradually evolving during immense eons of time-into sea creatures,birds,the land animals-the guiding mechanism being “survival of the fittest”. Between bouts of fever, Wallace gathered sufficient strength and wrote an detailed essay explaining his theory and sent it together with a covering letter to Charles Darwin, who he knew from correspondence was interested in the subject of evolution.

This was essentially the same theory that Darwin had been ruminating on for 20 years but never got around to publishing as he continued to collect evidence. Wallace’s letter prodded Darwin to rush out his famous book the following year — in part to avoid being scooped by Wallace.

Darwin panicked on receiving the Wallace letter, writing privately that his life’s work was “smashed.” A couple of his distinguished friends — geologist Charles Lyell and botanist Joseph Hooker — came to the rescue, quickly organizing a joint presentation to the Linnean Society of London on July 1, 1858, of an unpublished letter and a manuscript by Mr. Darwin on natural selection together with Wallace’s letter. This was indeed a singular event in the history of ideas.

Yet Wallace’s concept of evolution was deeper and more profound than that of Darwin. Darwin claims that all biological life can be explained through a directionless process of “survival of the fittest” and random mutation. Attributes in an organism will only develop when they accord the organism a survival advantage. Wallace, on the other hand suggests that there are areas of the biological world beyond the scope of natural selection’s operations and some purposive intelligence must be called upon to explain their existence. For example, Wallace reasons that man’s intellect – his reason, his artistic and musical ability, his wit, his talent, and most important, his moral sense – his kindness, compassion, honesty, integrity… cannot be explained via the Darwinian mechanism of “survival of the fittest” and random mutation. Rather this must be caused by an Intelligence that guided evolution. Wallace insisted that man’s mind was created by a Mind. In place of the primitive materialism of evolution we have a natural world that is designed. Wallace enunciated intelligent evolution, that is, evolution as part of a designed and guided universe.

In 1910, at the age of 87 Wallace granted an interview to a reporter. It is a bold declaration for intelligent evolution. Whereas Darwin says nothing about the origin of life, Wallace postulates a definite act of creation. As he says, “an honest and unswerving scrutiny of nature forces upon the mind this certain truth, that at some point of the Earth’s history there was an act of creation, a giving to the earth of something which before it had not possessed; and from that gift, the gift of life, has come the infinite and wonderful population of living forms. Then in a subsequent act of creation, according to Wallace, man is given a soul or spirit. He says, “nothing in evolution can account for the soul of man. The difference between man and the other animals is unbridgeable.”

In reply to the question, “But, in any case, you believe that there is purpose in creation?” Wallace replied, “it meets me everywhere I turn. I cannot examine the smallest or the commonest living thing without finding my reason uplifted and amazed by the miracle, by the beauty, the power, and the wisdom of its creation. Have you ever examined the feather of a bird? I almost think a feather is the masterpiece of nature. No man in the world could make such a thing or anything in the very slightest degree resembling it.

He goes on to say, “The scales on the wing of a moth, have no explanation in evolution. They belong to Beauty, arid Beauty is a spiritual mystery…. What is the origin of Beauty? Evolution cannot explain.” Why indeed are a butterfly, a deer, and antelope beautiful?

It seems to me, that Wallace nicely summarizes his work when he says, “My contribution is made as a man of science, as a naturalist, as a man who studies his surroundings to see where he is. And the conclusion I reach in my book is this: That everywhere, not here and there, but everywhere, and in the very smallest operations of nature to which human observation has penetrated, there is Purpose and a continual Guidance and Control.”

With vibrant wishes to you and family, for good health, prosperity and success.

Jesse Schwartz PhD
Living Tree Community Foods

Recipe: Blueberry and Cream Milkshake

by Master Live Food Chef Barbara Kessler of Rawfully Tempting

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New! Items For June

Milk of Paradise – Cashew & Macadamia Butter – Alive & Organic

Cashews and Hawaiian Macadamia Nuts make for a profoundly rich and creamy combination.

At first we were using sustainably grown Hawaiian macadamia nuts. We have switched over to organic macadamia nuts, henceforth Milk of Paradise is organic!




Absolut Honey – Alive 11oz squares

“Deliciousness itself,” as Mark Twain said about cherimoya. For culinary adventurers who demand the ultimate in aliveness. An elegant natural confection. We are delighted to say that Absolut Honey is back. This is honeycomb filled with honey just as the bees made it. A single cell of honeycomb is filled with the concentrated nectar of innumerable flowers. What could be more alive?

The bees are cared for with loving devotion by Walt Broughton and his sons Abram, Luke and Jeb. Together they have in excess of ten decades of being with the bees.

Honeycomb is completely edible. Many aver that honey tastes especially alive when eaten straight from the comb. It is chewy, pleasantly sweet,fresh and vital. The wax cells of honeycomb are both edible and beneficial because they contain natural vitamin A as well as roughage. For an ecstatic taste spread on a slice of apple that has first been spread with a layer of tahini or almond butter. With cheeses, fruit, and edible flowers it is a gorgeous and delicious spread.

A fine choice for “preppers” and “survivalists”.The shelf life of honey is 4000 years.


Ohi’a Lehua Blossom Hawaiian Honey – Alive & Organic

A sonata with with high notes of floral and fruit.

Lehua Honey’s rich, slightly floral taste and silky texture complement, but don’t overwhelm, other flavors and ingredients, making it one of the most versatile of honeys in the world.

Lehua Honey is becoming one of the rarest on Earth. It is recognized for its unique quality, taste and connection to the islands of Hawaii. The Lehua is the official flower of Hawaii. It is sad that the Ohia Lehua tree is facing the threat of extinction.

Our Ohia Lehua Honey is gathered by a family devoted to beekeeping.




Hawthorn Honey – Alive & Unfiltered

Hawthorn honey is light in both color and flavor with tropical, fruity highlights that reflect the fragrance of the hawthorn blossoms.

Honey will naturally crystallize over time, which does not diminish the quality or flavor. If desired, you may heat gently in a warm water bath to liquefy.




Lake Baikal Siberian Pine Nut Butter – Alive & Organic

These pinenuts nuts are wildcrafted from trees in a pristine wilderness, the Siberian taiga. This is the most extensive virgin forest in the world. We invite you to experience the taste of the primordial!

Siberian pine nuts are quite different from the pine nuts you find in stores. The latter are imported from China and are a species of Korean pine nut, Pinus Koraiensus. Siberian pine nuts are a different species, Pinus Sibirica. They are the fruits of a majestic and beautiful tree.




June 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!)

Cashew Butter – 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.




Hemp Heart Butter – Alive & Organic

Hemp Heart Butter is one of nature’s richest sources of complete protein (35%) and Omega-3 and Omega-6 Essential Fatty Acids (40%).

Hemp hearts offer a high concentration of omega 6 and omega 3 in a ration of about 3:1. This exceeds the ratio recommended by health authorities and compensates in part for omega-3 deficiencies in the rest of our diet.





Pistachio Pesto – Alive & Organic

All the ingredients came together for your happiness: alive pistachios grown by family farmers in the rich, alluvial soil of California’s great Central Valley, sun-dried black olives and sun-dried tomatoes, sesame, apple cider vinegar, aromatic spices (cayenne, garlic, cumin, curry powder) and herbs (basil, thyme, rosemary) and sea salt, all blended with Living Tree Alive Olive Oil- unfiltered, unheated, UNPRESSED.

Serve on freshly, crunchy vegetables or crackers. Mix one TBS per serving with your favorite pasta, alive soup or finely shredded zucchini or carrots. Go ahead–surprise, delight, and nourish yourself!





How Farmed and Frankenfish Salmon Endanger Our Most Perfect Food

(Mercola) In November 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved AquaBounty salmon, a genetically engineered (GE) “frankenfish” that’s being touted as a way to solve overfishing and world hunger. The GE salmon are engineered to grow about twice as fast as typical farm-raised salmon, an eerie feat achieved by inserting the DNA from two other fish, a growth-promoting gene from a Chinook salmon and a “promoter” gene from the eel-like ocean pout.

This genetic tweaking results in fish with always-on growth hormone, and because they grow so much faster than other salmon, they also require less food. The fish are being grown on land and have several other supposed safeguards in place to prevent both escape and breeding with wild populations but, in nature, nothing is foolproof.

If you live in the U.S., the fish haven’t reached grocery store shelves — yet — but there’s a chance they could become the first GE animal food to be sold in the U.S. to date, with completely unknown consequences.

GE Salmon, Already Sold in Canada, May Soon Be in US Grocery Stores

While the FDA approved AquaBounty’s salmon over two years ago, a rider attached to an Alaskan budget bill imposed an import ban, effectively blocking the FDA from allowing GE salmon into the U.S. In Canada, however, the GE fish are already being sold and eaten, to the tune of 5 tons in 2017 (none of which were labeled as such). Meanwhile, AquaBounty has recently acquired a fish farm in Indiana, where they’re making plans to start raising GE salmon.

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