Newsletter - November 18, 2020

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Video: The Great Experiment: GMOs and Your Genetic Heritage

Dear brothers and sisters,

Gene editing was once a very imprecise and expensive process; scientists can now go into your DNA and essentially cut and paste it at specified places. CRISPR is a cheap, simple and efficient method of genetic modification.

Already it is being used in the food industry. Foods produced via gene-editing are not subject to regulation by the USDA or other regulatory agencies.

But CRISPR leads to hundreds of unexpected mutations. According to Dr Mercola, “The reality is that scientists really don't know what they're doing in terms of what side effects are produced by DNA tampering. The effects are very unpredictable.The intended change may have unintended effects.Thus long-term safety and toxicity studies are a necessity.  Who is going to conduct and pay for these studies? There is no regulation. It’s a free-for-all”.

Jeffrey Smith with the Institute for Responsible Technology has said, "the most common and consistent result from genetic engineering, from the beginning, has been surprise effects”.

The prospect is very real  that the natural world, as we know it, may be changed.                                               

A great experiment is being conducted on foundations of existence and this without proper safeguards and control.

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

Jesse Schwartz PhD

President

Living Tree Community Foods

Video: Preparing Our Almond Butter Filled Chocolate Bars

Recipe: The Ultimate Vegan Chocolate Cake

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If you're looking for the chocolate cake of your dreams, this is it. No one will even know it's vegan! 

Ingredients

Dry ingredients:

  • cups all-Purpose flour
  • cups white sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Wet ingredients:

  • 2⅔ cups plant-based milk (such as soy or almond)
  • cups light oil (such as canola or vegetable)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Frosting Ingredients:

  • ½ cup vegan butter (such as Earth Balance)
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening
  • cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons plant-based milk (if needed)

New! Items For November

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

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.

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.

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.

Blanched Almonds - Organic

We are happy to announce these wonderful blanched almonds. They feature a slight roasted flavor. These blanched almonds are made from organic almonds grown by Nick, David and Steve Koretoff, California family farmers of five generations. They open some fascinating possibilities like making your own white almond butter. Another possibility would be almond cream.

Almond Flakes – Alive & Organic

Back in stock after a long absence!

Imagine tossing alive, organic almond flakes into your salad or as a topping on alive pies and desserts. How about sprinkling on alive soups and green drinks? Made from alive, organic almonds grown by California family farmers.

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!)
Black Sesame Tahini – Alive and Organic

Living Tree Community Foods Organic Black Sesame Tahini is created in Berkeley, California from alive, raw organic black sesame seeds grown by family farmers. We make it by slicing raw black sesame seeds into a luxurious spread then adding organic black sesame oil. An excellent source of calcium.

Cashew Butter - Organic

Living Tree Community Foods Organic Cashew Butter is created in Berkeley, California from organic cashews and our raw organic Almond Oil. It is produced slowly, in small batches, to give it a wondrous, creamy texture. It’s perfect when paired with cucumbers, celery or even peppers. It’s also a great topping for fruits and desserts. What a delightful way to add some variety to your lunches!

Brazil Nut Butter - Alive and Organic

Living Tree Community Foods Organic Brazil Nut Butter is created in Berkeley, California from alive, raw brazil nuts gathered by native people in the rain forests of Amazonia. We make it by slicing raw brazil nuts into a luxurious spread and then seasoning it with a little Royal Himalayan Pink Crystal Salt. Brazil nuts are energy dense and highly nutritious. A great source of concentrated dietary selenium.

A Few Words From Our Wonderful Customers

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.... Suniti

 

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... Diana

 

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

Video: 10 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Starting a New Vegetable Garden by Grow Veg

Dumping Fukushima’s Water into the Ocean by DGR News Service

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For nearly a decade the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant has been streaming radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean. As it happens, TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Co.) struggles to control it. Yet, the bulk of the radioactive water is stored in more than 1,000 water tanks.

Assuredly, Japan’s government has made an informal decision to dump Fukushima Daiichi’s radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean. A formal announcement could come as early as this year. Currently, 1.2 million tonnes of radioactive water is stored.

The problem: TEPCO is running out of storage space.

Government of Japan’s solution: Dump it into the Pacific Ocean.

Third-party expert solutions: Build more storage tanks.

Environmental groups insist there is no reason why additional storage tanks cannot be constructed outside the perimeter of the plant. They accuse the government of seeking the cheapest and quickest solution to the problem. All along, authorities have promised the site will be safe in 40 years. Really, only 40 years!

According to IAEA’s Director General Grossi, who visited Fukushima in February 2020, dumping radioactive water that is mainly contaminated with tritium meets global standards of practice.

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