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Newsletter October 30, 2017:

Video: Keeping the Soil In Organic

Dear brothers and sisters,

We can only smile at the unending efforts to dilute organics. The latest is from the hydroponics people who grow fruits and veggies inside buildings, warehouses and even 40 ft. shipping containers – under LED lights of course! Instead of soil they use chemical soup – a concoction of cooked soybeans and who knows what else. But, of course, they want it to be certified organic. It is up to us to stand up and be counted. Please watch the video. Please sign the petition. Today is the last day to sign.

Jesse Schwartz PhD
Living Tree Community Foods

Since last July there have been 15 Rallies to Protect Organic. Some of these Rallies were big, and some were small. They happened from California to Maine. The central theme of the Rallies has been to honor healthy soil as the essential foundation of organic farming.

There is one more Rally still to come; the final Rally at the Jacksonville Florida NOSB meeting on October 31. Please join us at the Jacksonville Rally.

Over 54 people have gotten up and spoken at these Rallies. These people represent a broad coalition of organic advocates, from eaters to policy advocates to farmers. These Rallies demonstrate the growing and widespread discontent with the failures of the National Organic Program.

It is becoming clear that the organic movement will not just silently march along wherever the NOP leads. The NOP was created to serve, not to reinvent. But the NOP mission seems to be changing from serving the organic community to serving corporate agriculture. The organic movement is based on developing a saner agriculture than radical capitalism will lead us to. The NOP has lost track of this fact. They have lost sight of organic farming.

This November the NOSB will vote on the most important recommendation in organic standards in the last twenty years. The recommendation addresses the basic question of what the National Organic Program stands for. Will they continue to permit hydroponic to be certified organic? Or will they insist that organic farming is based on healthy soil?

NOFA Vermont has made a short film with Eliot Coleman and Dave Chapman talking about why soil matters.

Why is soil important to all of us? As global citizens, this is a very important question. This film was made to reach out and inform the NOSB. Please check it out. In this time of social media, anything over 3 minutes long seems daunting, so just watch the first 3 minutes! If you are still interested, watch the next 3 minutes, and so on.

If you like this film, please share this email. Or share it on Facebook at Keep The Soil In Organic.

Don’t Water Down Organics — Keep Soil in Organic Agriculture

Read more and Sign the Petition

Recipe: Perfect Pear Tart

by Master Live Food Chef Barbara Kessler of Rawfully Tempting

I like this recipe even better than apple pie. With pears in season, the fruit is tender, sweet and juicy! It’s easy to prepare Irish Moss Paste in advance and freeze in cubes. Defrost, and you are ready to go. This recipe is actually pretty quick and easy. Give it a try…and comment below.

Perfect Pear Tart

Crust Ingredients
1 cup almonds (soaked overnight)
12-14 medjool dates, pitted
1/2 t vanilla extract (or 2 drops Medicine Flower vanilla)
pinch Himalayan salt

Filling Ingredients
1 1/2 cups apple, peeled, cored and chopped
1/4 cup *Irish moss paste ( or 3 Tbs ground chia)
3 cups pear, peeled and coarsely chopped
1/2 cup ripe pear, thinly sliced (use remaining pear for garnish)
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract (2 drops Medicine Flower Vanilla)
2 Tbsp lemon juice
dash of nutmeg, to taste
1 Tbsp sweetener maple syrup
1/2 cup pecans, divided (chop 1/4 cup)
1/4 cup golden raisins, optional
pinch Himalayan salt

Crust Preparation
Process nuts a bit. Add dates and salt, and process. Use spatula to scrape from sides and process until mixture starts to stick together.

Coat 9 inch (removable bottom fluted tart pan, or pie plate with a bit of coconut oil and press crust mixture into pan and up along sides. Refrigerate.

Filling Preparation
In food processor,. mix apples until an applesauce consistency. Add Irish Moss Paste and process.

Add 1 cup of pears and pulse, leaving chunky.

Add 1 1/2 cups of remaining pears, and pulse process leaving chunks.

Transfer to a bowl and stir in remaining ingredients (except for garnish pear and nuts).

Pour mixture into crust. Garnish as desired with thinly sliced pears dipped in lemon juice, chopped pecans, cinnamon, etc. Refrigerate several hours or overnight to set.

To Serve
Warm gently in dehydrator or serve as is.
Store in refrigerator up to 3 days, or freeze.

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Featured Item: Black Sesame Tahini

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”!

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Alive Bonus Program – Heritage Olive Oil and Medjool Dates for the Month of November

New! Items For November

Hemp Hearts – Alive & Organic

Hemp hearts are a nutrient dense source of protein, essential fats, and antioxidants.
We suggest you add to soup, salad or vegetable dishes. Sprinkle onto cereal, oatmeal or yogurt. Add to desserts. Add to smoothies. Sprinkle onto almond or cashew butter spread on a slice of apple or pear.
Sprinkle in sandwiches or wraps.





Golden Berries – Alive & Organic

Golden berries, also known as Physalis peruviana, is South American fruit that’s highly concentrated with nutrients and bioactive compounds. They can be eaten fresh or dried – they have a delicious “sweet and sour” taste that both adults and kids enjoy. They can be added to any recipe that calls for fruit (fresh or dried), including salads, as a jam, on top of granola or yogurt.





Ohi’a Lehua Blossom Honey

We invite you to plunge back to sun – filled days of times long past with the lilting, floral flavor of the essence of Ohi’a Lehua blossoms.

A white honey, delightfully thick and spreadable.

Mix with almond or cashew butter and spread on a slice of apple for an ecstatic experience.





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.






Lake Baikal Siberian Pine Nut Butter – Alive & Organic

We invite you to taste the primordial! There is nothing comparable, to this, our latest creation.






Lake Baikal Siberian Pine Nuts – Wildcrafted, Alive & Organic

Siberian pine nuts are quite different from the pine nuts you find in stores. They are wildcrafted in a pristine wilderness, the Siberian taiga. This is the most extensive virgin forest in the world. High in protein.






November 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!)

Pumpkin Seed Butter – Alive & Organic

A delightful pumpkin seed spread made from American pumpkin seeds. Nourishing and energizing. A balanced source of good protein.





Coconut Butter – Alive & Organic

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





Sunflower Butter – Alive & Organic

For your delight we have slowly sliced organic sunflower seeds into a butter that goes well on apple slices as well as celery and carrot sticks. Try adding chopped raisins and dates too–what hor d’oevres you’ll make!





White Kiawe Blossom Hawaiian Honey – Alive and Organic

Our rare, certified organic Kiawe Blossom Honey is gathered from an isolated Kiawe forest on the island of Hawaii. The deep tap roots of the Kiawe trees have reached an underground aquifer of fresh water that flows down from the volcanoes. This forest is in a desert and no other vegetation has tapped the aquifer, allowing the bees to collect Kiawe nectar of exceptional purity and quality.




The World’s Next Environmental Disaster

(WSJ) DELHI—The Yamuna River that flows through this ancient city has helped sustain some of India’s greatest empires. Hindu poets celebrated its life-giving properties. The Mughal dynasty built the Taj Mahal and other monuments along its banks.

Today, the Yamuna is a foul sludge for much of its 855-mile run. In Delhi, it is black and nearly motionless, covered in many areas with a foam of industrial chemicals, floating plastic and human waste.

Every 100 milliliters of the Yamuna in Delhi contains 22 million fecal coliform bacteria, up from 12,250 in 1988, scientists say. Anything over 500 is unsafe for bathing, India’s government says. The comparable standard in Vermont is 235.

Illnesses ranging from diarrhea to brain worms are reported along the river’s edges. By the time the Yamuna exits Delhi, it is so defiled that scientists have declared the next 300 miles “eutrophic,” or incapable of sustaining animal life.

“The fact that I cannot take my children to their own river, in their own city, is for me a tragedy of colossal proportions,” says Pankaj Vir Gupta, a 47-year-old architect and professor who splits time between India and the U.S. “Right now we don’t have a river,” he says. “We have a drain.”

For years, global environmentalists have focused on China, whose rapid industrialization made it one of the world’s most polluted major nations. Now it’s India’s turn.

Unlike China, which has become wealthier and is starting to clean up, India is in the early stages of industrial growth. It is following the same road China took to get richer, meaning more factories and cars. Yet, it already has some of the world’s worst environmental problems.

A government report in 2015 found that 275 of 445 rivers in India are severely polluted, including the Ganges. An international nonprofit, WaterAid, says 70% of India’s surface water is contaminated. Diarrhea, often caused by drinking bad water, is the fourth-leading cause of death in India, ahead of any cancer, and kills far more people than in China, which has a larger population.

Greenpeace says that in 2015, the average Indian was subjected to more air pollution than the average Chinese for the first time, as China’s “systematic efforts” to improve air have started working. A 2016 WHO report found that 10 out of the world’s 20 most polluted cities were in India, based on residents’ exposure to deadly small particulate matter.

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