Holiday greetings to friends and family far
and near! These thoughts seem appropriate this holy season:
"As we approach the Christmas
holiday and celebrate the miracle of the Incarnation, itís
worthwhile remembering the personality of God as met in the person of
Jesus Christ. In Jesus, God hit the streets, bringing with him a
radical message of social justice that challenged us to love and
empower the "least of these."
words of Matthew Santoro (from "Millennials to the Church: Wake Up or
We're Outta Here" - Sojourners - www.sojo.net)
spoke to me in these difficult times. It's hard to get in the mood for
Christmas when there is so much suffering in the world - even down the
road here in Williston. But I am grateful for good health and security and
loving family that are doing well in spite of difficulties. I won't bore
you with the details, but here's a picture of me in my favorite fall
jacket with a P.E.O. sister.
With the garden, classes (see www.WAPFToledo.org
- click on *** in upper right corner to see some of the presentations),
and various computer and church projects, I keep plenty busy. This picture
shows a typical spread of food samples we put together for classes - to
show that nourishing foods can be delicious, and to encourage conversation
at the end of class.
garden is always an interesting challenge. I had one volunteer gourd plant
that took over the garden and produced over 4 dozen of the cutest little
squash gourds (see picture), which I have been eating - first like summer
squash and now more like winter squash as the skin has hardened. There
were lots of plum tomatoes, so I made tomato jam (excellent!) and ketchup
(tasty and healthier than the sugar laden commercial variety! I'm still
picking greens from the garden on Dec. 21 - kale (4 kinds), collards,
chervil, parsley, and various Asian greens that are cold hardy. The
freezer is full, and there are still squash and tomatillos in the
breezeway! I continue to be membership chair for the farm club that gets
grass-fed meat and dairy from a local
excitement this year was participating in the 100th anniversary
celebration of the St. Olaf Choir last June. Imagine singing with some 800
current and former St. O. choir members! We filled the raised seats on one
side of the auditorium (see picture). It was a most inspiring and
memorable event! Also made a trip to Dallas for The Weston A Price
Foundation conference in November.
But I'm still in "Occupy" mode -
can't keep up with the issues coming down the pike - raw milk (see rawmilkinstitute.net),
food freedom (see Farm
Food Freedom Coalition), flawed USDA Dietary Guidelines (see Healthy
Nation Coalition), genetic engineering (see www.seedsofdeception.com)
. There are a bunch of bloggers working to educate folks about these
issues and provide guidance in preparing nourishing traditional whole
foods (See realfoodmedia.com)
And we're spreading the word on Facebook and Twitter.
Occupy Wall Street - I understand where they
are coming from - follow the money!
is any more dangerous than dozens of other things we can buy. (See www.farmtoconsumer.org)
Gov't approval of GM alfalfa
(genetically engineered) - do I hear Monsanto buttering up the
regulators and trying to take over the world. Never mind that GM crops
are associated with undermining soil health, disappointing yields,
more toxic chemicals than ever, and serious health effects in animals.
Congress tied up in knots over budget
possibly raise taxes
to pay for the expensive wars we've gotten into - did I hear that most
Senators are part of the "1%"! But we can lay off teachers, cut
Medicare, resist investing in green energy and better schools, while we
spend money going after raw milk, undocumented immigrants (wasn't this
country built by immigrants?), and endless drug wars (while legal drugs
properly prescribed kill
more than 100,000 people annually).
Notice all those items in the press about vaccines
these days -
did I hear that these will be the big money makers of the future for the drug
industry since many very profitable drugs are going off patent. But
very little is heard about supporting a healthy immune system so drugs and
are rarely needed. Sounds like the media are the handmaidens of
industry (follow the ad money!).
Notice the row over counting pizza as a
vegetable in school lunches - wouldn't want to undermine the profits of
the food industry! Yes, I know - tomato is a vegetable -
but what about all that fattening carb (crust) under the tomato sauce.
Hardly what's needed with the epidemic of obesity and poor health among
our children. Michelle Obama has nearly given up on getting kids to eat
their veggies. Now it's "Let's
- I think
she got flack from the food industry. As Dr. Bruce West says,
"There's just too much money in American processed foods and
pharmaceuticals. After all, if we all quit eating processed foods and got
healthy so we didn't get sick or need drugs, where would the ag/food/drug/medical
- Attacks on small dairy farms and co-ops
providing excellent food to their customers - do I hear the big
dairy industry that doesn't like the competition! The evidence
certainly doesn't show that raw milk or homemade sauerkraut
I can think of many other issues, but it
seems they all boil down to this, big corporations and their profits (Wall
Street) come before health, the environment, and a healthy economy. See Occupy
the Food System.
But there is good news:
using a technique called 'mob grazing,' are very healthy and provide
delicious and very healthy meat & dairy. And these pastures are
excellent for sequestering carbon. Learn more at www.eatwild.com.
Local is "IN" - Know your
farmer! Farmers Markets have mushroomed as folks seek fresh,
clean, local food. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) links local
farmers with supportive consumers. Find your farmer at www.localharvest.org.
A growing number of holistic
health professionals are discovering the amazing healing
abilities of the human body when properly nourished and detoxified,
and they are guiding their clients on the path to vibrant health
without drugs and with little need for surgery. (See Mercola.com,
a huge source of health info)
are good for you! Saturated fats and cholesterol are
essential for a healthy body. It's all the commercial vegetable oils and
products that are the real problem. That means a healthy diet of truly
nutritious fresh foods will be really delicious - butter those veggies,
but take it easy on the bread, cereal and pasta! There's lots more at my
can feed the world! In spite
of all the guff that GMO's and chemicals are needed to produce enough
food, the research is showing that modest sized mixed eco-farms are more
at this most interesting Web site.
are finding that with proper soil remineralization and soil life
rejuvenation the foods produced are more nutritious, they keep better,
and don't attract pests, and they are tastier (kids love them!).
farmers are discovering the
rewards of sophisticated ecological farming, and there are people of
means willing to provide capital.
- Animals raised on properly
So that's it, friends. Enjoy a peaceful and
relaxing holiday, but then step up and get active, educate yourself and
take action - before the authorities take away your right to choose the
food you think best or the health care you want, and the Monsantos of the
world run us off the cliff. And lest you think this has nothing to do with
Christmas, check this out:
Who Was The Original Occupy Wall Street
I think you will recognize him. He has a great reputation.
Click on the link below to see a picture of him in action.
Wishing you all the best in