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Newsletter October 2, 2019

     

Planting Billions of Trees Is the ‘Best Climate Change Solution Available Today,’ Study Finds

Dear brothers and sisters,

Forty years ago Living Tree Community came into being.We began as a partnership between my humble self and John Kozak a teacher and administrator with the Biodynamic Gardening and Farming Association of Southern California. We created a nursery dedicated to propagating heirloom and historic fruit trees.We mainly grew old time apple trees and helped bring back such gems of yesteryear like Cox’s Orange Pippin, Winter Banana, Calville Blanc D’hiver and Reinette Semirenko.

After a decade we closed the nursery as we weren’t covering our costs. Mr.Kozak has since passed on.

I proceeded to found Living Tree Community Foods devoted to manufacturing nut butters, oils and chocolates.

More and more people are coming to realize the importance of trees in the life of the planet.

It seems that we may have been ahead of the times.Then and now planting a tree is a life giving act. Here is a fine article that suggests reforestation may be ““the most effective solution” for mitigating the climate crisis”.We feel privileged to call it to your attention.

We urge you to consider planting trees in your back yard or front yard. Moreover, community gardens are flourishing-so why not a community orchard?

We would appreciate your comments and suggestions.

Jesse Schwartz PhD
President
Living Tree Community Foods


Planting Billions of Trees Is the ‘Best Climate Change Solution Available Today,’ Study Finds

(Eco Watch) Planting more than 500 billion trees could remove around 25 percent of existing carbon from the atmosphere, a new study has found. What’s more: there’s enough space to do it.

The study, published in Science Friday, set out to assess how much new forest the earth could support without encroaching on farmland or urban areas and came up with a figure of 0.9 billion hectares, an area roughly the size of the U.S., BBC News reported. That makes reforestation “the most effective solution” for mitigating the climate crisis, the researchers concluded.

“Our study shows clearly that forest restoration is the best climate change solution available today and it provides hard evidence to justify investment,” senior study author and ETH-Zürich Professor Tom Crowther said, as BBC News reported. “If we act now, this could cut carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by up to 25 percent, to levels last seen almost a century ago.”

The new trees would remove around 200 gigatonnes of carbon, or two thirds of what humans have pumped into the atmosphere since the industrial revolution.

However, the researchers emphasized that tree planting was not a replacement for reducing greenhouse gas emissions or phasing out the use of fossil fuels.

“None of this works without emissions cuts,” Crowther told Time.

Even if tree planting began today, it would take 50 to 100 years for the new trees to soak up those 200 gigatonnes of carbon, he told The Guardian. And, as National Geographic pointed out, the researchers found that potential tree-planting land could shrink by one-fifth by 2050 even if global temperature rise is limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, as some tropical areas could grow too hot to support forests.

Even so, Crowther said tree planting was an important means of immediate climate action.

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Fake Meat Is Junk Food

(Mercola) The junk food industry has a new product they are offering in exchange for your health and finances. Using strategies to position it as a healthy alternative for natural meat, the industry’s fake meat is just another name for ultraprocessed food, full of genetically engineered (GE) and pesticide-laden ingredients designed to look as much like meat as possible.

In an effort to get you hooked on it, it’s marketed as healthier and better for the environment — which may lead you to believe you’re eating good food while protecting your local air and water supplies. The manufacturers are so intent on mimicking foods found in nature that they’ve even genetically engineered “blood” for their fake meat products.

Food critics2 are divided on the taste, with some finding the texture pleasing, but not tasting like a burger. Others say that only when the burger is piled high with caramelized onions, vegan mayo and mashed avocado, does the flavor likely approximate meat.

When it comes to organic offerings, food manufacturers would like you to believe they can improve on nature but, historically, this has been nearly impossible to achieve. Ultraprocessed foods have contributed to the obesity epidemic,3 rising rates of cardiovascular disease and an increased risk of all-cause mortality.

If you think ultraprocessed foods are only found in the junk food aisle, though, it may surprise you to learn that, according to Current Developments in Nutrition, many foods you eat most likely include fake meat ingredients:

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Recipe: Pumpkin Pie Tart (Raw, Vegan)

by Raw Revive

Raw, vegan, gluten-free pumpkin pie tart made with an almond crust, coconut whipped cream and candied pumpkin seeds.

Ingredients

Candied Pumpkin Seeds
1 cup pumpkin seeds soaked and rinsed
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp coconut sugar
1 tbsp mesquite powder or lucuma
1 tsp cinnamon
6 drops vanilla medicine flower essence or 1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp high mineral salt
Almond Crust
1 1/2 cups almonds soaked and dehydrated
1 cup oat flour raw sprouted oat flour or rolled oats ground
1 tbsp mesquite powder or lucuma
1/2 tsp cinnamon

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Alive, Organic Bonus Program – Organic Nuts and Free Shipping

 


 

New! Items For October

Jujubes – Alive, Organic Chinese Date Apples

Ziziphus jujuba Chinese date apples are here! Experience their refreshingly pleasant flavor. They’ve been cultivated in China for more than 4,000 years. Jujubes are red outside with a crispy texture, edible skin, and a sweet-tart flavor. Grown for you by Judith Redmond with Full Belly Farms, an outstanding family farmer here in California.

Jujuberries contain a wide array of nutrients, including magnesium, potassium, copper, niacin, calcium, manganese, phosphorus, and iron. They contain 20 times more vitamin C than any citrus fruit, strengthening the immune system and fighting infections, which may be why they’ve been used medicinally for millennia in many cultures, as a tea for sore throat, for example.

 

 

 

Macadamia Nut Butter – Alive & Organic

As you know we’ve been out of alive, organic macadamias all year.We were getting them from Hawaii but they’ve become unavailable. We’ve found a source in Guatemala. Growing in a different clime and soil, their flavor, naturally enough, differs from their Hawaiian counterparts. To some tastes, the Guatemalan variety is a more nutty and earthy.

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

Absolut Honeycomb – Alive 11oz squares

We suggest that you consider adding honeycomb to your emergency preparedness kit. It has a shelf life of years.

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? 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.

 

 

 

 

Macadamia Nuts (Halves) – Alive & Organic

Halves and pieces.  

As you know we’ve been out of alive, organic macadamias all year. We were getting them from Hawaii but they’ve become unavailable. We’ve found a source in Guatemala. Growing in a different clime and soil, their flavor, naturally enough, differs from their Hawaiian counterparts. To some tastes, the Guatemalan variety is a more nutty and earthy.

Macadamia nuts contain a significant level of protein, comprising essential and non-essential amino acids.

 

 

 

 

Hazelnut Chocolate Almond Butter – Alive & Organic

Created from hazelnuts grown by Oregon family farmers and from almonds grown by California family farmers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

California Bee Pollen

We are proud to offer “Fluffy Fresh” California Bee Pollen, gathered and hand cleaned by fourth generation family beekeepers exclusively from their own hives in sunny Northern California.     

This bee pollen is 100% natural – never artificially processed, preserved or dried. The floral sources include a variety of wildflowers, trees, berries, and grasses. Once collected and cleaned to ensure purity, the pollen is immediately frozen to preserve maximum nutritional value.

 

 

 

Walnut Butter 16oz – Alive & Organic

We’ve put our popular alive, organic walnut butter into a 16ounce jar. This means a savings to you.We make it by slicing raw walnuts into a luxurious spread then seasoning it with a little Royal Himalayan Pink Crystal Salt. Try it on apple slices or carrot sticks, with some raisins and honey drizzled on top.

 

 

 

Turmeric & Honey Butter – Alive & Organic

We’ve renamed our Tumeric Butter- Tumeric and Honey because it  is a winning combination.  We urge you to research what people are saying about the benefits of turmeric and honey.
We have added raisins, sesame and spices to bring you a delightful spreadable.

 

 

 

 

October 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!)

Walnut Butter 16oz – Alive & Organic


We’ve put our popular alive, organic walnut butter into a 16ounce jar. This means a savings to you.We make it by slicing raw walnuts into a luxurious spread then seasoning it with a little Royal Himalayan Pink Crystal Salt. Try it on apple slices or carrot sticks, with some raisins and honey drizzled on top.

 

 

 

Almond Cashew Brazil Nut Millennial Butter – Alive & Organic


Dedicated to Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, the creative geniuses who have done so much to shape the modern epoch. Starting with almonds grown by California family farmers, we’ve added Brazil Nuts. We’ve added cashews for smoothness and spreadability along with California sundried raisins, honey for delight and a pinch of Royal Himalayan Pink Crystal Salt to bring out the flavors.

 

 

 

Hazelnut Chocolate Almond Butter – Alive & Organic


Created from hazelnuts grown by Oregon family farmers and from almonds grown by California family farmers.

 

Opportunities at Living Tree Community Foods

We Welcome Investors

The U.S. organic market in 2018 broke through the $50 billion mark for the first time, with sales hitting a record $52.5 billion, up 6.3 percent from the previous year, according to the 2019 Organic Industry Survey released by the Organic Trade Association.
Characteristics that are identified with organic, such as clean, transparent, fresh and sustainable helped boost organic sales to unprecedented levels, according to the survey.

New records were made in both the organic food market and the organic non-food market. Organic food sales reached $47.9 billion, for an increase of 5.9 percent. Sales of organic non-food products jumped by 10.6 percent to $4.6 billion. The growth rate for organic continued to easily outpace the general market: in 2018, total food sales in the U.S. edged up just 2.3 percent while total non-food sales rose 3.7 percent.
Almost 6 percent (5.7%) of the food sold in this country is now organic. Today’s consumers can find organic products – food and non-food items — in every aisle of their grocery stores. They can choose organic in their favorite big box store, their club warehouse store, even in their neighborhood convenience store, and increasingly on the internet. Organic is no longer a niche market.

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
President
Living Tree Community Foods

jesse@livingtreecommunity.com


Consider An Alive, Organic Internship

This is for someone interested in building a career in the organic food industry. We offer a well-rounded program of training in sales and marketing of organic foods as well as manufacturing of organic nut butters, oils and chocolates.
We take pride in supporting family farmers and your internship will include visits to outstanding organic farms.

At Living Tree Community Foods we manufacture organic nut butters, oils and chocolates. We are an ethical business and treat our colleagues and clients with kindness and respect. We are celebrating our 40th anniversary. We invite you to visit our website to learn more about our work www.livingtreecommunity.com We also suggest that you visit our YouTube channel.

We are located in Berkeley, California one of the world’s great centers of learning. Over 25 Nobel Prize winners have taught here.

Jesse Schwartz, PhD
President
Living Tree Community Foods

jesse@livingtreecommunity.com

     

The GMO American Chestnut: Restoration of a Beloved Species or Biotech Trojan Horse?

(In These Times) About a century ago, the American chestnut tree was attacked by the invasive fungal pathogen Cryphonectria parasitica. The fungal blight drove the tree—an estimated 3-4 billion once grew in the United States—to functional extinction.

Now, scientists at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) claim to have genetically engineered a resistant American chestnut variety. They aim to petition the required regulatory agencies (USDA, FDA, EPA) for approval of their genetically engineered chestnut in the near future, with the stated goal of restoring the species to nature.

However, the choices made about the genetically engineered (GE) American chestnut will set a precedent for the future use of biotechnology on other forest tree species and, even more broadly, on the use of biotechnology as a tool for conservation.

If approved, the GE chestnut would be the first GE forest tree species to be planted in forests with the deliberate intention of spreading freely. Monitoring or reversing their spread, once released, would likely be impossible due to the hampered ability to perform valid risk assessments of the potential consequences of GE American chestnuts as a result of our lack of knowledge about the ecology of both the American chestnut and its forest ecosystems. And since American chestnuts can live for over 200 years, risk factors may change over the tree’s lifetime in unpredictable ways.

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