Thursday, July 29, 2010

NOFA Mass Raw Milk Network Fundraiser

FUNDRAISER
To Benefit the NOFA/Massachusetts Raw Milk Network

Thursday, August 12, 6:30 P.M.
Cook Farm, 1 East Hadley Rd., Hadley, MA
$50 Donation

Join us at this raw milk dairy in Hadley for a gathering of local raw milk farmers, consumers and supporters. Enjoy a local cheese tasting, local foods and a cash ice cream bar. Support the NOFA/Massachusetts Raw Milk Network, and hear from our special guests about the raw milk movement's progress around the country.

Special Guests

- Sally Fallon Morell, President of The Weston A. Price Foundation and founder of A Campaign for Real Milk
- Pete Kennedy, President of the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund

Contact Winton Pitcoff at winton@nofamass.org for more information, or register by sending a check to NOFA/Massachusetts Raw Milk Network, 27 South Union St., Plainfield, MA 01070.

Monday, July 19, 2010

What Are We Eating?

Here's a great image of what the average American consumes in a year.  What surprises you the most? (click to enlarge)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Seacoast WAPF Potluck


YOU’RE INVITED TO A WESTON A. PRICE POTLUCK DINNER

Little Brook Farm, a biological & pasture based diverse animal and vegetable farm, and the Seacoast Weston A. Price Foundation chapter are having a potluck dinner on Wednesday, July 21, from 6 pm to 8 pm.  A guest speaker is also planned.

Not only will you be able to enjoy the bucolic surroundings of one of the last old-time, third generation local beef farms, but additionally you’ll get a taste of their pastured chickens and eggs, grass fed beef and sumptuous vegetables.

So come dine under the big tent at Little Brook Farm, 58 Oaklands Rd., in Exeter (turn down the driveway at the small wooden building by the edge of the road).

Please bring a WAPF style dish and interested friends.  Hope to see you there!

Please RSVP to Kendall Montouri and also let us know if you have children coming.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Food Safety Legislation Update

Thank you to the many people who have called or emailed their Senators to urge them to amend or oppose S. 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act!  The bill continues to be delayed and its future is unclear.  But it still poses a threat to producers of local, nutrient-dense foods.

ACTION TO TAKE
If you have not yet called your Senators, please do so now! I cannot stress how important it is to make your voice heard on this issue. Urge them to support the Tester-Hagan amendments to exempt small-scale and direct marketing producers from the most burdensome provisions of the bill.  Also encourage them to support the Senator Feinsteins proposal to ban Bisphenol A (BPA) from food containers because this endocrine-disrupting chemical has no place in our food.

You can find your Senators contact information at www.Senate.gov  or by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 or toll-free at 877-210-5351

IMPORTANT TO NOTE
Several members have received responses from their Senators extolling provisions in the bill that allegedly help or exempt local food producers.  Its very important that we continue to educate these Senators about the real impacts of the bill.  Check out the questions and answers below for more information.

QUESTION: Does S. 510 help small farmers and local food producers?

NO!  The bill does include provisions to try to reduce the burdens that will be imposed on small producers, such as providing for longer deadlines for compliance and directing FDA to consider various issues facing organic farms and small businesses. But none of these actually prevent FDA from imposing new, burdensome requirements. The provisions essentially tell FDA to be nice to local food producers, but do not create enforceable limits on the agency's power.

The only enforceable limit is that FDA's new regulations cannot contradict the regulations for certified organic producers.  But many local food producers are not certified organic.  And even certified organic can still be subject to additional regulations by FDA imposing impractical or unfair burdens, so long as the regulations dont directly contradict the organic regulations.

While the industrial food system is in need of reform, the well-publicized problems with food safety have not come from the sustainable, local food system.  No one has demonstrated any need to have local producers regulated by FDA more than they already are!  The Tester-Hagan amendments are a reasonable method for protecting local food producers from unnecessary and unfair regulations.

QUESTION: Are direct marketing farms exempt from the bill?

NO!  Under the bill as written, all farmers raising produce are subject to the produce safety standards (section 105 of the bill) regardless of how they market their fruits and vegetables.  The Tester-Hagan amendments are needed to protect direct marketing produce farmers from being told how to grow and harvest their crops by FDA bureaucrats.

QUESTION: Are direct marketing food processors exempt from the bill?

NOT CLEAR! Based on FDAs guidance documents, food processors who market directly to consumers might be exempt from the requirements for HACCP-type programs.  But the language is far from clear, and subject to change any time FDA chooses.

The bills provisions for traceability and HACCP-type requirements are dependent on the definition of facility under the 2002 Bioterrorism Act.  That Act exempted farms and retail food establishments from being categorized as facilities, but it did not define the terms.  So the scope of these exemptions is defined by FDAs regulations and guidance documents, which can be changed by the agency without Congressional approval.

In addition, the current definitions do not appear to address the majority of our local food producers.  Under FDA's guidance document, a "retail food establishment" is an establishment that sells food products directly to consumers as its primary function.  However, the FDAs definition of consumer excludes end users such as restaurants, local grocers, and schools.  So many food producers who provide healthy, safe foods to these institutions would be subject to HACCP-type regulations under the bill and current definitions.

Moreover, the specific examples of retail food establishments are establishments such as grocery stores, convenience stores, and vending machine locations.  Not only are farmers markets, farm stands, and CSAs not listed, but they may not qualify because they typically sell food at a different physical location than where the food is held, packed, or processed.  Consider the typical example of a small-scale processor who buys local ingredients and makes jams, breads, cheeses, etc. to sell at the farmers market. It may be that the farmers market itself qualifies as a "retail food establishment" -- but the commercial kitchen where the goods were prepared would not qualify, because the main purpose of that location is to process food, not sell to consumers. Different physical locations may mean different requirements under the FDAs definitions.

"Farms" are also exempt from registration requirements. But the definition of "farm" specifically excludes any place that manufactures or processes food, unless that food is consumed on location. Take a typical farm that processes some of its own fruit into jams. Farmer Joe argues that he is exempt from registration as a "farm." FDA points to the fact that, if he's selling any of that jam, he's a facility because of the limitation on the definition of farm.  While Farmer Joe might fit under the literal terms of the "retail food establishment" definition, FDA has a very strong argument that Congress wouldn't have acquiesced in the narrow definition of farm if it intended these locations to be exempt.

The bottom line is that some direct marketing food processors would be exempt from the requirements as "retail food establishments," but the FDA's definitions do not appear to cover many of our local food producers, and FDA can change the definitions at any time.  Local food processors are already regulated by the local and state authorities, and FDA regulation is not needed.  The Tester-Hagan amendments are a reasonable way to protect small-scale businesses from overly burdensome and unnecessary regulations.

QUESTION: What is BPA?

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical found in the linings of cans and in polycarbonate plastic, including some sports bottles, food-storage containers and baby bottles.  It has potential links to a wide range of health effects, including an increased risk of diseases or disorders of the brain, reproductive and immune systems.  A recent CDC study showed that more than 90 percent of Americans have BPA in their urine, suggesting that exposure to BPA is likely prevalent and ongoing. In January, the FDA changed its position on the safety of BPA, voicing some concern about its effects on children and infants, but stopped short of calling for a ban. Previously the agency had said trace amounts of the chemical that leach out of food containers are not dangerous, only later admitting that it relied on a small number of industry-sponsored studies

Monday, July 12, 2010

Wise Traditions 2010

(I am planning on attending this conference.  Let me know if you want to carpool/room share.)

WISE TRADITIONS 2010
Eleventh International Conference of the Weston A. Price Foundation

THE POLITICS OF FOOD
Friday, November 12 - Saturday, November 13 - Sunday, November 14
Plus special activities Monday, November 15

Accessible Mid-Atlantic Region!
VALLEY FORGE CONVENTION CENTER
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania (near Philadelphia)

    Cutting Edge Information on a Wide Range of Nutritional Topics.
    A Showcase for Delicious Traditional Food.
    A Unique Opportunity for Health Professionals and Laymen interested in Diet and Health.
    WAPF Networking, Friendship and Fun.

SEMINARS AND SESSIONS ON
    Gut and Psychology Syndrome 
    Traditional Diets
    Gonzalez Cancer Protocol
    The Politics of Food
    Low-Carb Therapies
    Pasture-Based Farming
    Native Diets
    Heart Disease
    Hormonal Health
    Holistic Dentistry
    Traditional Food Preparation
    Farm Tour
    Homeopathy Workshop
    Pig Butchering Workshop
    Movement Therapy

FEATURED SPEAKERS
Janez Bogataj, PhD, author of The Food and Cooking of Slovenia
Kevin Brown, author of The Liberation Diet
Jerry Brunetti, soil and animal health specialist
Joette Calabrese, HMC,CCH, RSHom(NA), expert on homeopathy
Natasha Campbell-McBride MD, author of Gut and Psychology Syndrome
Kari Carlisle, LinkedIn.com expert
Monica Corrado, holistic nutrition and food educator
Thomas Cowan, MD, author of Fourfold Path to Healing
Andrew Cutler, PhD, PE, author of Amalgam Illness: Diagnosis and Treatment
Kaayla Daniel, PhD, author of The Whole Soy Story
Maureen Diaz, author of Traditional Food Preparation Techniques
Robert Disney, environmental scientist
Sally Fallon Morell, MA, author of Nourishing Traditions
Wayne Feister, DO, holistic practitioner
Anne Fischer Silva, CNT, LE, founder and owner of A New Leaf Nutrition
Cathy Garger, founding Charter member "Chesapeake Safe Energy Coalition"
Nora Gedgaudas, author of Primal Body-Primal Mind
Nicholas Gonzalez, MD, author of The Trophoblast and the Origins of Cancer
Stephan Guyenet, PhD, health blogger at wholehealthsource.blogspot.com
James Hague, soil and animal health specialist
Kimberly Hartke, WAPF publicist
Magda Havas, PhD, expert on biological effects of environmental contaminants
Shannon Hayes, author of Radical Homemakers
Dean Howell, ND, expert on neuro-cranial restructuring
Anore Jones, author of The Fish We Eat
Kelly the Kitchen Kop, real foods blogger
Janet Lang, DC, thyroid expert
Peter Langsjoen, MD, holistic cardiologist
Felix Liao, DDS, expert on root canal dangers
Chris Masterjohn, expert on fat-soluble vitamins
Mark McAfee, owner of Organic Pastures Dairy in California
Judith McGeary, Esq, farmer and founder Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance
Jenny McGruther, Nourished Kitchen blogger
Ann Marie Michaels, Cheeseslave.com blogger
Ken Morehead, DOM, holistic practitioner
Rami Nagel, author of Cure Tooth Decay
Jill Nienhiser, WAPF webmaster
Bruce Rind, MD, holistic medical doctor and authority on endocrinology
Joel Salatin, farmer and author of Everything I Want to Do is Illegal
Stephanie Seneff, PhD, authority on the effects of drugs on human health
Jeffrey Smith, bestselling author of Seeds of Deception
Kim Thompson, movement educator
Tim Wightman, president of Farm-to-Consumer Foundation
Will Winter, DVM, expert on sustainable agriculture and pastured livestock
Gary Zimmer, soil specialist

LOCATION AND ACCOMMODATION
This year you have a choice of hotels The Valley Forge Convention Center is attached to the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge and the Scanticon Hotel and Conference Center, offering a total of 488 guestrooms. Both hotels have a special conference rate of $105.00 per night plus tax, single to quad occupancy with free parking.

RADISSON VALLEY FORGE has many room amenities:
Sleep number beds-(King and Double Beds available)
Modern comfortable dcor
High speed wireless internet access (complimentary)
Large work desk
Iron and iron board
In-room safe
Refrigerator (upon request)
If you are in need of two beds, please call the hotel to make reservations

To make reservations at the Radisson Hotel, please call (610) 337-2000 and use code, Weston Price Wise Traditions or register on-line using the following link www.radissonvalleyforge.com

SCANTICON HOTEL has many room amenities:
All rooms are suites (King and Double Beds available)
High speed wireless internet access (complimentary)
Refrigerator
Iron and iron board
Whirlpool
In-room safe

To make reservations at the Scanticon Hotel please, call (610) 265-1500 and use code, Weston Price Wise Traditions or register on-line using the following link  https://reservations.ihotelier.com/crs/g_reservation.cfm?groupID=388328&hotelID=11984
TROPIANO AIRPORT SHUTTLE SERVICE
The shuttle departs from the Airport Ground Transportation Center every 30 minutes from 6 am-midnight. Reservations can be made by calling Tropiano at (215) 616-5370.
One Way: $29  Round Trip: $53.00

Should you have any difficulty making your hotel reservations, please contact the meeting registrar at (304) 724-3006.

MONDAY ACTIVITIES
Chapter leaders meeting with Sally Fallon Morell
Farm Tour with Kathy Kramer*
Porkshop with Brooks Miller*
Movement Workshop with Kim Thompson*
Cooking with Monica Corrado*
Homeopathy Seminar with Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(NA)*

*Additional fees apply. Space is extremely limited so be sure to secure your space today.  Lunch provided with all Monday activities.

SPECIAL PRE-CONFERENCE ACTIVITY
THURSDAY GMO TRAINING SEMINAR WITH JEFFREY SMITH
Take a full day workshop BEFORE the Weston A. Price conference, on Thursday, November 11, 2010, at the same location with international bestselling author and filmmaker Jeffrey M. Smith. Learn how to speak about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and to organize effective activism on the issue. Help achieve the tipping point of consumer rejection to force GMOs out of our food supply. Whether you want to give complete presentations or simply add a GMO section to your current lecture, whether youre planning to discuss GMOs in a professional setting with clients or just with friends in a casual way, or whether you want to be a leading anti-GMO campaigner or simply want to help out where you can, dont miss this unique opportunity to learn from the leading spokesperson on GMO health dangers.  For further information, visit http://www.responsibletechnology.org/GMFree/TakeAction/Workshop/index.cfm?ndrx=99

CHILDCARE
The Wise Traditions Conference is pleased to provide a children's program for this year's meeting. $100 per child, includes lunch. Children 3 - 12 who are potty trained are welcome to Wise Traditions 2010 as long as they are enrolled in our children's program. For the sake of other conference attendees, we ask that parents refrain from bringing children to the conference sessions.

Please note: We will serve nourishing traditional food (including fruit and natural sweeteners) but we cannot cater to special diets in the children's program. There may be casein and gluten in the children's lunches and snacks. Parents will need to supply their own food if their children are on special diets.

Also note: A special room has been set aside for mothers of infants who want to attend the conference. There will be a live audio feed from one of the sessions to that room throughout the day's events. There will be no child care provided for infants and children under age 3.

CONFERENCE FOOD
As always, the conference will feature delicious traditional foods.  To view the menus, visit http://westonaprice.org/conferences/132-2010-conference/1977-2010-conference-menus.html (Menus are subject to change without notice.)

As we did last year, we will also provide gluten-free, casein-free alternative meals. Participants requiring gluten-free or casein-free meals will be served in a separate buffet with the exception of the Saturday banquet which is GF/CF with items containing gluten and/or casein served on the side. If you wish to have this option, please select the GF/CF option on your registration form.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL
Save $50 if you register by September 1.

SCHOLARSHIPS
Thanks to a generous grant, we will be offering 50 conference scholarships this year.  To apply, go to https://www.ptfassociates.com/secure/wisetraditions/financial_aid_application_2010.pdf or call (304) 724-3006.

TO REGISTER, http://www.westonaprice.org/conferences/132/1948-2010-conference-registration.html or call (304) 724-3006.

ROOM SHARES AND RIDE SHARES
Connect with other conference attendees using the Room Share/Ride Share Forum: https://www.ptfassociates.com/secure/wisetraditions/forum/default.asp.

EXHIBITING AND SPONSOR INFORMATION
For information about becoming a sponsor or exhibiting at the conference please visit https://www.ptfassociates.com/secure/wisetraditions/sponsor_exhibitor_2010.pdf  or, contact Paul Frank at PTF Associates at (304) 724-3006 or via email to pfrank@ptfassociates.com. Space for sponsor and exhibiting is very limited; early registration is encouraged!

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS for many health professionals attending the full conference.  For further information http://www.westonaprice.org/conferences/132/1947-2010-conference-ceus.html.

POSTER PRESENTATION: Submissions of abstracts for poster presentations from health professionals on a broad range of topics relating food and nutrition to health are welcome. Contact info@westonaprice.org for further information.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, http://www.westonaprice.org/conferences/2010-conference.html or call (304) 724-3006.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Sourdough eCourse

Learn to cook with sourdough in an 
online, multi-media class!

Wardeh at GNOWFGLINS has put together another wonderful eCourse, Sourdough.  The Sourdough eCourse begins on July 13, 2010. Lessons will be released week by week into December. 

The Sourdough eCourse puts together the expertise and experience of four bloggers/cooks:
  • Wardeh Harmon, GNOWFGLINS
  • Erin Vander Lugt, GNOWFGLINS
  • Katie Kimball, Kitchen Stewardship
  • Christina Dickson, a personal friend of Wardeh’s
This course is a "pay what you can" course so everyone can participate.  Once you sign up you can log in now and see the course equipment, print a schedule and even a binder cover!

If you're not ready to dive into sourdough, Wardeh also offers a Fundamentals eCourse with the same "pay what you can" offer.  Happy learning!

Learn the fundamentals of traditional cooking in a 14-lesson multi-media online class!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Latest on GM Foods

USDA has just released the most recent statistics on use of genetically modified crops in the U.S.
This, of course, does not include sugar beets, which are also in the over 90% range.
How to interpret this? If you eat any processed foods containing corn, soybeans, or beet sugar, you should assume that they have a high probability of containing genetically modified ingredients.

Don’t like this? Choose organics!  Also check with your local produce supplies as to whether or not they use GMO-free seeds.  Most do, but it's always good to ask.

You think GM foods should be labeled? Write your congressional representatives!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Convincing Cholesterol

Take a minute from your busy day to watch parts 1 and 2 of I Have High Cholesterol, and I Don't Care.  A lot of this we already know, but it's a great tool to share with those that don't get why we eat all the butter and raw whole milk we do!



Thursday, July 1, 2010

WAPF July Updates

RAW MILK TESTIMONIALS
Laura Kozicki of Grafton, Wisconsin is collecting testimonies and stories about raw milk to include in a book with the tentative title: A Gift from the Creator: Raw Milk Stories from Around the World. As with many of you, raw milk played a role in helping Laura achieve better health. It is an essential component in the diet of her daughter, who has autism and cannot digest pasteurized dairy products.

If you or family members have been helped by raw milk, please send your testimonials to laura.kozicki@yahoo.com. Deadline is August 15.

ONLINE ORDERS
We are transitioning to an improved membership database/ecommerce system, which should be up and running in about two weeks.  Meanwhile, our online store for memberships, renewals, donations, and orders is temporarily down. If you go to our online ordering and membership pages to renew, donate or order you will find forms that you can download and then mail or fax. Or call our office at (202) 363-4394 with your information.

OPRAH SHOW
WAPF-friendly radio show host Sean Croxton, along with Dr. Bob DeMaria and real food blogger Shane Kelly hope to bring our message to Oprah.  They are auditioning for their own show with Oprah.  You can help them by casting your vote a : http://myown.oprah.com/audition/index.html?request=video_details&response_id=23365&promo_id=1.
For further information, visit http://hartkeisonline.com/2010/06/28/vote-for-real-food-stars-to-get-their-own-show-on-oprah-channel/.

MEMBERSHIP DRIVE
From August 1 until October 31, we will have our annual membership drive.  If you refer five people to become new members (not renews), you will receive a copy of the deluxe hardback version of Nourishing Traditions.  If you are able to encourage fifteen people to become new members, you will win a free registration to our annual conference, which will be held in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, November 12-15, 2010.  (The prize does not include accommodations.)

If you are encouraging people to become members, be sure to put your name on the membership form or ask them to tell us your name if they phone us.  You might also email Kathy Kramer to let her know you are participating; her email is info@westonaprice.org