HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM
By Mary Anne
Now that the
first fall rains have materialized, the prospect of the Holidays does not seem
so far-fetched. It was hard to imagine with that 75 degree weather. Grateful we
are for the wonderful moisture that has settled the perpetual dust and set the
creeks to running. The Thanksgiving frenzy which we are experiencing right now
will fizzle out after we consume our yearly mega- meal, and we will be able to
concentrate on the less hectic holidays (for us) of December.
to the kitchen and offices is in full progress. We are excited about our newly
enlarged kitchen which will help the café with its problems revolving around
getting the soup, sandwiches, and salads out in a timely manner. We will be
featuring two soups every day, one vegetarian and one with meat. We have a new
Panini-maker which should get hot sandwiches out in less than 5 minutes. And
our local baker Hellagood is starting to supply us with gluten-free baked
goods, filling a need that was opened when Katherine Sterngold (Sugar Kat) moved
to Santa Rosa.
labeling law did not pass in Washington State in a recent election. Once again the Monsanto Corporation poured
millions of dollars into the campaign using the same tactics that were used in
California to defeat the law. They told the public, in an inundation of TV ads
and flyers, that labeling the food would raise food prices and that the law was
poorly written and would cause confusion and economic hardship. Interestingly,
the ads never mentioned the issue at hand: the fact that the public has the
right to know what is in their food. It amazes me that in this “media age” most
people know very little about genetically modified foods and are blissfully
ignorant of the impact they have on our environment. Recently, I read an article
which stated that the REAL weapons of mass destruction were genetically
modified foods, pesticides, and excessive carbon emissions (CO2). It’s
unfortunate that we can’t seem to focus on the things that will affect us in
the most negative ways.
Aaron have collaborated on a Gluten-Free Holiday Guide that is available to our
customers at the check-out stands. This helpful little hand-out lists many of
the available gluten -free alternatives for holiday cooking and tells you where
they are located in the market. It includes some cooking tricks and recipes.
reminder: Our food drive for the Food Bank will continue until Christmas.
Please clean out your cupboards or donate food items from our store. There are
a lot of people in Willits that will greatly appreciate you donations. Our
obligation to our community is most important.
Market will be adhering to a modified holiday schedule. We will close our doors
at 3 PM on Christmas Eve and be closed all day on Christmas itself. We will open
at 11 AM the day after Christmas—Dec. 26th. New Year’s Eve we will
close at 5:30 PM and be closed all day on Jan. 1st. We will be open as usual on Jan. 2nd.
and staff of Mariposa Market wish you a safe, healthy, and happy Holiday
season. May you be surrounded by friends and family. The very best of 2014 to
you as well.
Favorites in the Body Care Aisle
Recently a customer
approached me and said that she’s liked every product she’s tried that has an
“Employee Favorite” sign. Her positive feedback prompted me to start adding
more signs for my favorite products. Below is a list of some of my favorites.
Badger, Chamomile & Calendula Baby Oil, USDA Organic
Gentle and soothing for
delicate baby skin. This can be used for baby massage, cools and heals rashes,
moisturizes, and protects skin. I love the soft natural scent derived only from
the herbs. I even like to use it as a body oil for myself!
Babytime, Peaceful Bubbles
Gently cleansing and
moisturizing, PH balanced, non-irritating, without the chemicals. The soft
scent is naturally derived with lavender and plum notes. This can be used as a
body wash, bubble bath, and shampoo for ages 0+. I’ve also just brought in
travel size, gifts sets. My friends with babies love this line.
The Super Salve Company, Cocoa Mango Skin Oil
I’m addicted to the scent
of this delicious oil blend! It is scrumptious with a sweet and nostalgic
aroma. It brings to mind a tropical beach setting, which is perfect in the
summer, and dreamy in the winter months. When I use it in the winter I find
that it gives a nice mood lift, maybe the remembrance of warm skin soaking up
Copper Moon Apothecary, Deep Tissue Sore Muscle Bath
I purchased this as a gift
before I started working at Mariposa, I tried it and it is now my favorite
luxury bath product. This truly does help to ease the aches and pains and is
formulated with therapeutic grade herbs to do so. I really enjoy the spa-like
experience of bathing with this blend of herbs and essential oils.
MyChelle, Ultra Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum
I use this daily and
noticed an improvement in my skin softness right away. Hyaluronic Acid helps to
bind water to the skin, moisturizes, and helps smooth fine lines. It also helps
heal skin imperfections such as blemishes.
Dr Hauschka, Mascara
I’ve tried countless
mascara brands, natural and not so, this is my favorite. It actually
strengthens and conditions your lashes as you use it! Nothing else that I’ve
tried has made my lashes as substantial, and I enjoy the knowledge that it is
not harming, but improving them.
Alaffia, African Black Soap
This multi-use soap is
great for men, women, and children. It goes a long way and leaves skin &
hair feeling soft and clean. I like the satiny, rich consistency and light
citrus scent. Alaffia is a remarkable company. Alaffia was created to help West
African communities become sustainable. Some of the projects include the
creation of women’s cooperatives, bikes for kids, education support,
reforestation, maternal health, and gender equality by providing women with
jobs. Alaffia is fair trade certified.
Wild Carrot, Peace Cream
This is for help with
sleep and quieting the mind. It actually works! When I’m having trouble falling
asleep I massage a little bit on the back of my neck and shoulders. Some people
like to rub it on their hands, feet, or chest for the same calming, quieting
effect. It is located in the sleep and mood section of the Health and Beauty
Honey Girl Organics, Facial Cleanser & Makeup
This is a one step
cleanser and moisturizer. I like to use it before bedtime to remove my makeup
and cleanse my skin of the dust from the day. It leaves my skin feeling radiant
and fresh. Honey draws moisture to the skin, stimulates collagen production,
and is a natural antibiotic.
Gabriel Cosmetics, Lip Gloss Treatment
This lip gloss is
reminiscent of MAC lip gloss, but with good ingredients. After applied it stays put, I don’t have to
re-apply as often as with some other lip glosses. This is moisturizing and
plumping as well as lovely.
WORDS FROM THE DALAI
LAMA FOR THE CHRISTMAS SEASON
BY Mary Anne
read an interesting article by Victor Chan in the Shambala magazine. Victor had
the privilege of spending a morning with the Dalai Lama. In his article, he
writes about his experience in a letter to his daughters. As a message for this
holiday season, I wish to share some of his revelations with you. Chan says, “For
the Dalai Lama meditation is most important. For him, it is like brushing his
teeth. He has made it a habit, and without a doubt, he is the happiest person I
have ever known. His sense of humor and his ability to laugh and enjoy life is
legendary”. Yet, the Dalai Lama gives us some simple parameters for a
meditation practice. . He admonishes us not to be too ambitious and to temper
our impatience. He instructs us not too practice for too long at the beginning,
only ten or fifteen minutes, but to do it often, as in a few times per day.
And, he says, make it a regular habit. Science itself has confirmed the close
correlation between meditation and genuine happiness.
Lama was not a particularly good student when he was young. With a mercurial
temper and impulsive nature, he struggled with monastic disciplines. He learned
easily, which he felt only made him lazy; his had no real interest in work,
only play. But, his tutor kept a “holy whip” nearby for the ”holy student”.
Eventually, with perseverance and self- control, he learned to sit still and
control his errant impulses. Now, the Dalai Lama lectures often on the
importance of self-control, which he considers a necessary element of
spirituality. He likens our undisciplined minds to untamed rampaging elephants.
Instilling a good dose of inner discipline makes us more likely to develop
compassion, the foundation of genuine happiness. Meditation, of course, is the
tool. The Dalai Lama was recently quoted as saying “If every eight year old is taught meditation, we will eliminate
violence from the world within one generation”. What a powerful concept!
Here are a
few things that Victor Chan learned from the Dalai Lama which we can all use to
make our lives more meaningful:
1. Meditation, the basis for self-
control and compassion
2. Exercise, which is beneficial for the
body and the mind. The Dalai Lama exercises every morning even though he is not
overly fond of working out.
3. Self- control, which includes delayed
gratification, discipline, and perseverance
4. Habit, which forms a positive routine
that helps create sustainability and success
and being helpful to others
Chan says, “I intuited his (the Dalai Lama’s) powerful and
real connection to everything around him, a connection that transcends
thought…The Dalai Lama knows cognitively as well as experientially that
everything is subject to the law of impermanence and that our existence depends
on a complex web of relations. It is as if his personal boundaries have
dissolved. As a result, he feels a profound kinship with everything and
Although many more humans are meditating these days, many are
not able to keep it up in a sustained way. Sooner or later pressing worldly
concerns interrupt our routine. The message for all of you this holiday season
is a plea to renew our efforts to bring about world peace through selflessness
and compassion. The Dalai Lama counsels us that progress takes time. He
encourages us in this way: “It is not
like switching on a light. More like kindling a fire, start from small spark,
then becomes bigger and bigger, more light, more light. Like that.”
Seasonal news from the
offering of alpaca blend woolens from Andes Gifts is back. I’m always grateful
to work with a company like this one because of its humanitarian approach.
Andes Gifts is a Fair Trade company who employs a cooperative of indigenous
Aymara and Quechua women who work at their own pace in clean safe and spacious
environments. These skilled artisans, with years of experience as weavers and
knitters, create this fine line of accessories that Mariposa has the privilege
of offering to our community. We also have another line of Fair Trade woolens
form Nepal to help keep you and your loved ones warm this winter.
handmade items, Mary Anne’s sister in-law is providing our market with a
wonderful line of tie dyed socks and baby clothing called Tuk My Chicken. These
colorful items are fun and very popular with the younger generation and a
nostalgic flashback for us aging baby boomers. Who would have thought tie dye
would have such a resurgence?
local Kathryn Green has been supplying Mariposa with tie dyed shopping bags and
children’s socks for years. In addition to these, our tie dye leggings are
rapidly becoming the most popular item of our gift department, and although
they are imported from Bali, their quality and comfort is superb.
handmade additions to our market are the felted slippers and silk and felted
scarves from a new company called Silk Road Bazaar. This company provides jobs
for the people of Kyrgyz in central Asia. These crafts people are far from
modern civilization and produce these beautiful and useful items in a
traditional manner that has been handed down through the generations.
department is full of other wonderful items for holiday shopping including a
good selection of scarves, candles, kitchenware and SOCKS! Our staff will be happy to help you make your
PRODUCE UPDATES FOR
BY MARY ANNE
beginning to look a lot like: CITRUS! Yes, it’s the time of year when “orange
is the new green”. The fruit section of our produce department is becoming a
veritable ocean of vibrant fall colors, the perfect antidote for the “winter
blues”. Marching forward in the lineup is our perennial favorite, the Satsuma
Mandarin. Unlike some citrus, early offerings of this mandarin are often very
sweet and delicious. And, to top off all this excellence, they are seedless. (Just
writing about them, I had to go eat one!) Five pound gift boxes are available
as wonderful host or hostess gifts for the holiday season.
the heels of the Satsumas are an array of other citrusy offerings. Reports on
the early Navel Oranges are favorable; lemons are coming down in price. Many
other items will soon follow: various mandarins and tangerines, tangelos and
Meyer lemons. The Valencia Orange is
sweet and juicy but will soon be going out of season. Grapefruit has been on
our produce lists but is sometimes of sketchy availability. The Rio Red variety
is especially juicy and sweet.
grown Hachiya persimmons are absolutely fabulous this year. They have been
coming from Ukiah where the long autumn season with its warm days and cool
nights have created the perfect fruit. Have you ever made persimmon
pudding? We have recipes for you next to
the fruit. We still have late season apples from Mike Gauder—Sierra Beauties,
Granny Smiths, and Waltanas all make for great baking apples for pies and other
sweet favorites. Berries and grapes are dwindling away for this season but there
are a few melons from Mexico. Mangoes are coming in high in price but this
should change as the season gets going in the Southern Hemisphere. We have
local walnuts from both Lake County and from Redwood Valley with really nice
So far, we
are also getting some beautiful tomatoes from C&A Farms in Redwood Valley
and some delicious greens from Jim Leonardi’s. But, the truth is, it’s
December, and the growing season in this area is coming to an end. We have had
such a long and productive fall but the frosty nights are definitely telling us
that the ending of this year’s bounty is near. It’s time to huddle up with some
spiced apple juice from Pomo Tierra, roast a few chestnuts from John Spanbauer’s
orchard, share a mandarin, and dream about spring. Oh yes, and pray for rain!
Yoga For Healthy Aging
Meditation For Memory Loss
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is an irreversible, progressive
degenerative disease that causes neuronal death in the hippocampus area of the
brain, which triggers short-term memory failure, and often the ability to do
familiar tasks decline as well. It also
attacks areas of the cerebral cortex causing loss of language skills and judgment. Personality changes, emotional outbursts and
disturbing behavior, such as wandering and agitation appear and can happen more
and more often as the disease runs its course.
It is believed that therapeutic intervention that could postpone the
onset or progression of Alzheimer’s disease would dramatically reduce the
number of cases over the next 50 years.
Evidence shows that environmental as well as life-style
practices may also contribute to the disease progression. Most of us can avoid the mind ravaging
effects of AD by making healthy changes in lifestyle, remaining active,
achieving ideal weight, reducing stress, and in some cases, supplementing your
diet with vitamins, herbs and/or nutraceuticals that are recommended to you by
a physician or licensed practitioner. The brain, like muscles in the body,
requires exercise to remain strong in function.
Stimulation of the brain increases the branching of brain cells that
support cognitive function, and these beneficial effects can be seen in people
of all ages. Thus, it is important to
pursue intellectually challenging activity throughout life. Maintaining mental agility and learning new
tasks as we age is will also contribute to our own well-being and
independence. A new pilot study led by
researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center suggests that the brain
changes associated with meditation and stress reduction may play an important
role in slowing the progression of age-related cognitive disorders including
Alzheimer's disease. The authors demonstrated
that stress reduction through meditation also improves cognitive reserve.
As people with mild cognitive impairment age, there's a high correlation
between perceived stress and AD, and the authors wished to know if meditation
reversed this process. They evaluated
adults between the ages of 55 and 90 and included 14 adults diagnosed with mild
cognitive impairment in the study.
Participants were put into two groups: one group that participated in
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) using meditation and yoga, and a
second control group that received normal care.
The study group met for two hours each week for eight weeks. They also participated in a day-long mindfulness
retreat and were encouraged to continue their home-practice for 15 to 30
minutes per day. All participants
underwent a functional MRI before the onset of the study and then again after
eight weeks to determine if there were any changes in the structures of the
brain or in brain activity.
The results of MRI imaging showed that the group that engaged in meditation and
yoga had significantly improved functional connectivity in the hippocampal
areas of the brain that is responsible for emotions, learning and memory.
Furthermore, they experienced less degeneration of the hippocampus. In
addition, the data also suggested a trend toward improvement for measures of
cognition and well-being.
What a cheap but effective method to reduce degeneration and improve functional
connectivity! Meditation and yoga are
some of the simplest intervention modalities with very little downside that may
provide real promise for AD individuals that have very few treatment
Taken from: Yoga for Healthy Aging (http://yogaforhealthyaging.blogspot.com/) “Memory Loss – Meditation to the
Rescue” by: Ram
Beyond the Myths, pt. 5 of 5
By Todd Hall
Treatment for Alcoholism
The most significant obstacle of effective treatment
for alcoholism is a lack of understanding of the disease. Throughout history,
the habitual drunkard was considered a sinful creature, who preferred vice over
virtue, and ultimately responsible for their own demise. This attitude was the
consensus view of the Christian Church for centuries, and to some extent, still
exists today. In the early 1800’s, the first attempts to treat alcoholism as
something other than a mental and moral weakness encountered fierce and
effective opposition. In 1935, Alcoholics Anonymous was begun by two men who
were considered hopeless drunks by their physicians. Both men were able to stay
sober, and helped thousands of others to do the same. Contrary to the views
held by the church, Alcoholics Anonymous proved that alcoholics, when they
remained sober, were decent human beings who led productive lives, and not
hopeless degenerates. (More on A.A. later)
Presently, the large amount of information
and literature about alcoholism is mingled with a great deal of misinformation.
Much of this literature is distorted by emotion, and burdened with an
evaluative purpose. Major professions, established hospitals, and health
agencies are mired in this confusion. As a result, these entities have been
unable to provide effective treatment for alcoholics.
Here in the Willits area, I am personally
familiar with several late stage alcoholics imprisoned by the disease. For each
of them, alcohol is their first priority, and dominating force in their lives.
Unemployable, they do whatever is necessary to obtain alcohol; Lie, steal, or
perform ‘services rendered’. These alcoholics have no knowledge of the disease
which controls every aspect of their lives. When my friends and acquaintances
encounter these alcoholics, they treat them with contempt. Even if the basic
nature of the disease is explained to them, they seem unwilling or unable to
grasp the concept, choosing rather, to retain their unfavorable opinion of the
‘drinking class’. To observe practicing alcoholics treated in this manner seems
tangible proof that most of us do not understand the disease of alcoholism.
This attitude, coupled with institutional ignorance has made recovery efforts
Learning about the Disease
The belief that alcoholics must ‘hit
bottom’ before they can be helped has been discredited in recent years. Waiting
for alcoholics to realize they need treatment is simply a mistake. Over 70% of
alcoholics being successfully treated have been forced into treatment against
their wills. Families, friends, employers, and others can work together to help
create circumstances which forcefully and compassionately steer the alcoholic
into treatment. Holding the notion that the alcoholic must want help to receive
it is to become an ineffectual bystander. (The fact is that most practicing
alcoholics do not want treatment) Any type of action plan designed to place the
alcoholic into treatment must be carefully planned and researched. All those
involved should learn about, and have a basic understanding of the disease.
Firstly, it is important to realize that the alcoholic is a sick person, not a
bad person. The practicing alcoholic can no more control their drinking and
behavior than an epileptic can control having seizures. Moral judgments and
condescending attitudes must be avoided. Alcoholics will become defensive and
less likely to receive treatment. Families and friends of alcoholics who do not
understand the disease can become emotionally intertwined in the alcoholic’s
excuses, denials, and irrational behavior. Any effective treatment can get
sidetracked, and psychological symptoms (not the physical addiction) will be
mistaken for the source of the trouble.
Finding a Treatment Program
Treatment programs will vary from one
another, and many are simply not effective in treating alcoholism. Finding the
right program will require some self-education. During the process of choosing
a treatment program, some general rules should be observed:
-Be wary of State funded programs, and
avoid them, if at all possible.
-Find a program which has in-patient
medical detoxification, and a 30 day minimum in-patient care.
-Seek facilities which provide educational
programs, which stress the physical basis of the disease. Avoid programs which
treat alcoholism as a psychological or mental illness.
- Look for programs which include
nutritional and supplement therapy and education.
-Seek programs which emphasize follow up
care, including involvement of families of the alcoholic.
Most treatment programs are listed in the
phone directory. Learn about the disease and ask specific questions when
seeking a treatment program. Always inquire with multiple facilities. Keep a
written record of answers to your questions from each. Discuss your options as
a family or group.
The Pros and Cons of Alcoholics Anonymous
Alcoholics Anonymous has meetings in most
cities and towns worldwide, and is also available in most treatment programs.
Alcoholics need protection against the permanent threat of addiction. A.A.
offers shared experience, strength, and hope, and helps alcoholics face their
lives and accept the disease. The original ’12 step program’, A.A. offers
guidance through sponsorship, and the experience of other alcoholics with like
struggles. Alcoholics Anonymous has helped millions of alcoholics everywhere to
achieve long term sobriety. Yet, for all of its strengths, A.A. is not perfect.
Alcoholics Anonymous offers no medical or detox facilities, and is not a
treatment program. Alcoholics who come in off the street to A.A. statistically
have a difficult time staying sober. (On average, one person in eighteen will stay
sober). Also, within A.A. remains a belief that personality defects and
character flaws are somehow responsible for the trouble alcoholics tend to
find. This belief has no basis in fact. The alcoholic should be assured
throughout treatment that their personality did not cause the disease, and that
they are in no way responsible for it. This assurance will help rid the
alcoholic of years of accumulated guilt and shame. It will assist the alcoholic
in understanding that abstinence is essential, for the very reason that alcoholics
are physically incapable of processing alcohol normally. If alcoholics
believe that their personality caused the disease, they may think that once
their personality problems are fixed, they will be able to manage their
Alcoholics should also understand the
grievous error that it is acceptable, and even beneficial to drink coffee and
eat foods high in sugar when depressed, anxious, irritable, or feel the need
for a drink. Alcoholics Anonymous will have these foods available in abundance.
While caffeine and sugar have an immediate effect in elevating the alcoholic’s
low blood sugar, their use is soon followed by a sharp drop in blood sugar,
which will intensify hypoglycemic symptoms. This will often lead to an impulse
to drink, if not an outright conscious craving for alcohol. This type of
dangerous first aid has been a major cause for relapses within A.A.
The most effective people in helping
alcoholics find treatment are families of alcoholics. They often wield the
emotional power to make treatment a reality. However, the family’s deep
emotional involvement can also be a burden. They may have become so desolated
by the alcoholic’s behavior that they are paralyzed with guilt and grief, and
unable to help. They also may have a level of shame which causes them to hide
the problem, and hesitate to discuss it with others. Again, in order to help
the alcoholic, the family should learn as much as they can about the disease.
They also must come to understand that they are not responsible for the
alcoholic’s behavior. Nothing they have said or done has caused the alcoholic
to act the way they do. The disease itself is the ‘culprit’. By learning about
the disease, the family can better keep an emotional distance from the
inevitable problems. This enables them to be a greater help. This self-education
will also aid family members when dealing with unenlightened physicians and
other professionals, who insist that the alcoholic is psychologically or
emotionally disturbed, rather than suffering from a physical addiction.
The alcoholic’s employer can hold
significant influence in assisting them into treatment. They can pose the
choice: Treatment or termination. Alcoholics need money to finance their
disease. They may be on the brink of insanity, but they are not stupid. In
order to exercise power over the alcoholic, the employer should also understand
the disease, if only the basics. Evidence should be carefully assembled, and
then, preferably with the family’s knowledge and consent, explain the facts to
the alcoholic. A factual presentation of the alcoholic’s work record and
behavior squarely backs the alcoholic into a corner. The hard evidence is
there. This will make it difficult for the alcoholic to pretend that their
disease does not interfere with their work. The employer’s emotional distance
is another powerful weapon. Unlike the family, the employer has a business
relationship with the alcoholic, and able to maintain professional detachment.
Acquaintances and Strangers
Friends, acquaintances, and even complete
strangers who have knowledge of the disease, often find themselves in a
position to help alcoholics into treatment. An informed waitress can be more of
a help than an uninformed physician, who may refer the alcoholic to a
psychiatrist, or prescribe medication for them. It should come as no surprise,
that it is often those who have no emotional attachment to the alcoholic, who
prove to be the most helpful. Perhaps someday, alcoholism will be better
understood institutionally. Until then, those of us who are alcoholics in
recovery, or families and friends of alcoholics, can continue to strive to
better understand alcoholism, and help better shape quality recovery for future
From our Customer Suggestion box
Yogi Tea, Positive Energy (Mate Orange): We will start carrying this one.
Green Panda, Bamboo Toothbrush: Thanks for the recommendation! We might bring this one in when there is
Lundberg, Honey-Dijon Rice Chips: We decided to bring them in and they are in
Runa, Guyusa Tea:
We already carry this.
Organic Flat Bread:
We’ll look into it.
Sesame Sticks in bulk: We used to have some in bulk, but did not
sell well. We do have individually
wrapped sesame crunches.
Eden Tamari, large w/sea salt: Unfortunately our distributor, UNFI, does
not carry this.
Gluten free corn pasta: Sorry, another one our distributor does not carry.
Grindstone Sprouted Seed Bread, please order more as you always run
out: The shelf life is only good till
Tuesdays after delivery. If we order
more, we have too much waste.
Salazon Chocolate Co., Sea Salt and Sugar Chocolate Bar, organic: We got it and it’s on the shelf!
The Simply Bar & Simply Protein Chips, Chocolate & Herb: This
particular one is not organic. We are
currently bringing in other raw and organic protein bars.
Unsalted, baked tortilla chips, please bring them back: So sorry, but they have been discontinued by
Numi Organic Emperor’s Pu´erh Tea:
We currently do not have the shelf space, but will try to order this in
Rapadura (unrefined sweetener) in bulk:
Rapadura is the trademarked name.
It’s the same as Sucanat, which we carry.
Synergy, Bilberry flavor: Currently
there is no room for additional flavors; however, you can always special order
Zhenas Carmel Chai Tea: Unfortunately,
there’s no room for another Zhena flavor, but placing a special order is always
Hawaii in GMO News
By Kevin Copperfield
Bad news for
Monsanto and good news for Mexico. Just days before a recent global March
Against Monsanto, a judge in Mexico, citing imminent harm to the environment, has
slapped a temporary halt to all planting of genetically engineered corn in the
necessarily permanent, the injunction came after years of protests against
transgenic crops, particularly those that threaten the persistence of staple
crops like corn. For Mexico, corn, also known as maize, is a primary food crop
for which there are hundreds, if not thousands, of heirloom varieties currently
being grown. If GM corn varieties are allowed to be cultivated alongside them
on any considerable scale, Mexico's entire agricultural heritage could become
moratorium on GM corn cultivation in Mexico that dates back to 1998, many
native maize varieties have still tested positive for low levels of modified
genes, which proves that GMOs cannot be contained and have a tendency to
contaminate other crops. Because of this, a coalition of 53 groups and
individuals, which includes scientists and human rights groups, filed a lawsuit
last year to suspend all field trials of GM corn and other experiments that
could be causing this contamination.
birthplace of modern-day maize and its cultivation, knows a little bit about how to create various
disease-resistant strains of corn, given Mexicans in one form of tribe or
another, have been doing it for millennia," writes Gustavo Arellano for
the OC Weekly.
Mexico produced 21 tons of corn, or about 3% of global consumption, it consumed
roughly 30 tons, importing the balance, most of which is GMO from the United
Island of Hawaii passed a new law, Bill 113, last week that bans biotech
companies, as well as all open-air testing and growing of genetically modified
organisms (GMOs), which can lead to fines of $1,000 a day for those who violate
it. The Hawaii County Council’s GMO ban occurs just after the Kauai County
Council overrode a veto by Bernard P. Carvahlo Jr. and passed a law that
requires mandatory disclosure about GMO crops and pesticide spraying by the
biotech industry. In Kauai, a massive hospitalization of teachers and children
from Waimea Middle School occurred as a result of, many say, pesticide drift
from fields belonging to biotech company Syngenta.
significant difference between the two bills, though. While GMOs have been
planted on Kauai, the likes of Syngenta, Monsanto, Pioneer, Dow and BASF — all
the big-name biotech companies — have not yet set up operations on Hawaii’s Big
Island. Bill 113 can effectively keep them from doing so and letting GMOs enter
climate and an ecosystem that is suitable for year-round testing and growing
seed corn and other crops, the state of Hawaii has long had a huge appeal for
biotech companies. Many have been at work for years experimenting with GMO
crops and seeds on Oahu, Kauai and Molokai. According to Ecowatch the biotechnology
industry has all but completely supplanted the sugar cane and pineapple
industries that used to dominate the Hawaiian landscape.
communities of Hawaii and of western Kauai in particular have been rallying to
stop the use of GMOs on their lands. As Councilwoman Margaret Wille, who
introduced the Hawaii bill, said to Honolulu Civil Beat:
“We are at a juncture. Do we move
forward in the direction of the agro-chemical monoculture model of agriculture,
or do we move toward eco-friendly, diversified farming? … There is no sacred
cow when it comes to how we protect the future health of the island and the
crucial that Mayor Kenoi sign Bill 113 into law to ensure that its agricultural
lands remain free from planting with any more GMOs and to keep out biotech
companies who are thinking about profits, not people.
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One of My
Buckeyes are a gourmet
peanut butter and chocolate treat. I
found this recipe on the Splendid Table website (http://www.splendidtable.org/recipes/buckeyes). This version
of an old recipe, and the thing that takes them over the top, is the sprinkle
of course salt added at the end.
Stand mixer fitted with
paddle attachment, or electric mixer with large bowl
2 large (13" x
18") rimmed baking sheets, lined with parchment or wax paper, and wooden
For the centers:
1/4 cup (60 g) cream
cheese, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups (275 g) creamy
commercial peanut butter (When we say "commercial" peanut butter, we
mean the emulsified, no-oil-on-the-top kind)
10 tablespoons (1 1/4
sticks/150 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 teaspoons (10 g) fine
1 cup (85 g) almond* or peanut flour
3 cups (400 g)
confectioners' sugar, sifted.
For the chocolate coating:
About 4 cups (26
ounces/740 g) chopped dark chocolate.
3 cups (19 ounces/540 g) chopped dark
chocolate and 1/2 cup (4 ounces/110 g) mild vegetable oil
Coarse sea salt.
1. Make the centers:
Combine all the ingredients in the mixer bowl and beat on medium-high speed
until completely incorporated and creamy-looking. Cover and refrigerate the
peanut butter mixture until it has firmed up a little (it should be pliable but
hold its shape), about 30 minutes.
2. Scoop up a tablespoon
of the mixture, roll it into a ball with your hands, and place it on one of the
prepared baking sheets; repeat with the remaining mixture. Once all the mixture
has been formed, place the balls in the refrigerator until firm, about 30
minutes. (Any leftover peanut butter mixture can be wrapped tightly in plastic
wrap and stored in the fridge for up to a week.)
3. Prepare the dipping
chocolate: Temper the 4 cups dark chocolate or melt it. Place the coating of
your choice in a large bowl.
4. Dip the buckeyes: Stick
a toothpick into a peanut butter ball and dip it in the chocolate, but don't
submerge it—leave the top quarter undipped. This spot is what makes a buckeye a
Buckeye! Transfer the buckeye to the second prepared baking sheet. Pull out the
toothpick, twisting it gently, and either use your thumb to carefully smooth
out the hole left behind or cover it with a few grains of coarse sea salt.
Repeat with the remaining buckeyes.
5. Allow the buckeyes to
set up until the chocolate is firm, 15 to 20 minutes. Store the buckeyes,
layered with wax paper, in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to
*NOTE: Mariposa has Bob’s Red Mill Almond Flour on sale
for the month of December.
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