Newsletter - December 2, 2020

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Video: The Earth-Threatening GMO Crisis You Never Heard About by Jeffrey M. Smith

Dear brothers and sisters,

Recently we featured a profound and insightful talk by Jeffrey Smith with the Institute for Responsible Technology.  He described a quantum leap in the danger posed by GMOs. Techniques for changing the genetic structure of plants and animals have become so widespread and inexpensive that it seems that the entire natural world is at risk. Furthermore, unexpected side effects  are endemic to this experimentation.  Your heritage in nature and that of future generations  is at risk. And for what? The foundations of existence are being modified for motives, the most crass, sordid  and shortsighted.

There is no  precedent in all of human history.

In this video, Jeffrey Smith focuses on genetically modified fish and their consequences.

We welcome your comments and suggestions.

May we wish you and your family good health, prosperity and success.

Jesse Schwartz PhD
Living Tree Community Foods

Video: A Few Words on Our Walnut Butter - Alive & Organic

Recipe: Creamy White Bean Soup with Kale and Gremolata

recipe image from remote site

This Creamy White Bean Soup with Kale and Gremolata is a hearty yet healthy one-pot soup perfect for cold weather! Vegan, gluten-free, and full of flavor that will exceed your expectations! Includes stovetop and Instant Pot instructions.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil*

  • 1 large sweet onion, diced 

  • 3 celery stalks, diced 

  • 3 medium carrots, diced 

  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped

  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • 3 1/2 - 4 cups (~825-946 mL) low-sodium vegetable broth**

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt + more to taste

  • Freshly cracked black pepper to taste

  • Bouquet garni: 2 bay leaves + 1 large sprig of sage + 1 large (or 2 small) sprigs rosemary, tied tightly together with kitchen twine

  • 1 medium Yukon gold potato (about 6 ounces or 170g), peeled and finely diced

  • 3 1/2 cups (~840-880 grams) cooked cannellini beans, or 2 (15-ounce) cans of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 (15-ounce) can artichoke hearts (400g), drained and chopped finely (optional)  

  • 5 cups (~125g) lacinato kale, shredded 

New! Items For December

American Spirit Chocolate Bar Gift Pack

Imagine! Giving a gift honoring the qualities that will, one day, redeem us: We have in mind the genius and leadership of Steve Jobs, the dedication and devotion of John Muir and the passionate creativity of Isadora Duncan.

With this gift you are conveying a message that we will come through.

Included in this Gift Pack:

Vanilla Innovation Chocolate Bar (1)
John Muir Dark Chocolate Bar (1)
"Some Like It Hot" Cayenne Chocolate Bar (1)

A $23.97 value, yours for $21.00

Macadamia Oil (American Grown) – Alive and Organic

Back in stock after a lengthy absence!

This macadamia oil is produced from macadamia nuts grown by family farmers. The trees thrive in the luxurious fertile soil of the isle of Kona, Hawaii.

Imparts a smooth, nutty flavor to foods. It is quite shelf stable. Has a distinct, inviting nutty aroma. Use macadamia oil for salad dressings, light sauteeing and stir frying – anything you’d normally use olive oil for.

Golden Flax Seed Oil – Alive and Organic

Back in stock!

This Cold-Pressed oil has a delightfully nutty, buttery flavor. We think you’ll agree that it’s the best tasting flax oil. Rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6.

Flax lignans are phytonutrients found in unrefined grains, legumes, certain vegetables and seeds. Flax is the richest source of lignans, providing more lignans than most other plant sources. Flax lignan is one of the hottest natural health ingredients in the market place. Flax has been valued for centuries for its good flavor and nutritional properties.

Golden Flax Seeds (Whole) – Alive & Organic

Back in stock!

These beautiful seeds are so nutritious. Golden flax seed are larger and softer than the more usual dark brown flax seed and have a mild nutty flavor that enchances food or drink. Grind in you seed mill or coffee grinder and sprinkle on everything you eat.

Cacao Butter - Alive and Organic

Our alive cacao butter is of outstanding quality, Cacao Butter is a key ingredient in making fine chocolate and confections of all sorts. Grate and add to melted cacao paste along with a sweetener such as honey, agave or palm nectar crystals to make a delightful chocolate.

December 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!)
Hemp Heart Butter – Alive and Organic

Living Tree Community Foods Organic Hemp Heart Butter is created in Berkeley, California from a combination of alive, raw organic seeds and oil. Starting with hemp seeds, we’ve added sesame seeds and black sesame oil. The flavors of the seeds are accentuated by our organic Hawaiian Native Forest Honey and pink crystal salt. It is produced slowly, in small batches, to give it a wondrous, creamy texture.

Cashew Butter - Alive and Organic

Living Tree Community Foods Organic Cashew Butter is created in Berkeley, California from raw, sun dried and organic cashews. We make it slowly, in small batches, to give it a wondrous, creamy texture. Created to retain the quintessential cashew flavor. Try it on apple slices, celery sticks or a wedge of persimmon.

Hazelnut Chocolate Almond Butter – Alive and Organic

Living Tree Community Foods Organic Hazelnut Chocolate Almond Butter is created in Berkeley, California from a combination of alive, raw organic nuts and dark chocolate. Starting with almonds grown by California family farmers, we’ve added Oregon grown hazelnuts and our organic dark chocolate. The flavors of the butter are accentuated by our organic Hawaiian Native Forest Honey and pink crystal salt. It is produced slowly, in small batches, to give it a wondrous, creamy texture.

A Few Words From Our Wonderful Customers

Thanks for your great products, esp the raw almond butter, which I usually buy from Foodworks in CT....

My husband and I are in love with the nut butters by Living Tree Community Foods. We are hooked for life! We have tried almost every brand of nut butters out there and we were just not impressed. Living Tree Community Food nut butters taste so fresh and the unique blends are just our favorite so thank you thank you. Our 18 month old son loves the almond, Brazil nut and cashew blend in his oatmeal and he’s a picky picky eater. We also love the nut flours, they are perfectly ground and taste so fresh! Thank you again for your divine products....

I received my order today. I have to tell you that for the first time ever, I was able to place my own order. In the past, my daughter in law would have to do it for me because I'm visually impaired. She notified me last week that Living Tree has a new web site and that I should see if it was finally accessible to people like me. The verdict is that it's one of the easiest I've used. Thank you so much for caring about us glorious elders...

Your tag line is SERIOUS! “Created for YOU...”
I have never written a love letter to a nut company before~ but I am so taken with your ‘alive and organic ALMOND BUTTER’ that it’s hard to put the top back on the bottle!!
This is the tastiest, most delicious almond butter I’ve ever experienced in my 73 years on our beautiful Mother Earth!
Thank you for keeping me in mind when you created this product...(“created for you” is totally believable!!!)
….Took me a while to find you~ but now that I have~I will be another of your devoted fans! (It will make a great gift for my siblings back East, too!)
Just had to ket you know how delighted I am!
Thank you for introducing the world to such high quality, bursting with flavor, and incredible textured nut butter!  My Universe has just expanded! (...and maybe my waist as well!)
Best regards and cheers!!!

Sara Jo West

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