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Organic Candy Holiday Treats

Throughout these holidays, candies and treats will be everywhere. Kids and adults alike will likely find their sweet tooth aching for some. Of course it is always best to choose fresh, whole organic fruits, but sometimes we want something a little more naughty. Here are some organic and healthier natural options to consider for kids and parties. Most of them can be found in many health food stores and Whole Foods Markets. Also be sure to check out the GreenChefs Desert Recipes.

Endangered Species Organic Dark Chocolate Treats

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The Endangered Species Company makes a bite-size chocolate bar. It is organic and fair trade with no refined sugars. They also donate a portion of their proceeds to protect endangered animals. Some of their organic mini-options include Bug Bites Organic Dark Chocolate and Organic Chimp Mints.

Equal Exchange Organic Fair Trade Dark Chocolate Minis

 Organic Candy Holiday Treats

I love Equal Exchange Dark Chocolates. They make some of the best chocolates and they are fair trade and organic with no refined sugars. Now they’ve come out with these new mini versions for a bite-size snack, and perfect for kids.

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DAGOBA Organic Chocolate | Frederick Schilling

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As you know, I have a huge passion for organics and dark chocolate!

I found this interesting and very detailed interview with the founder of one of my favorite organic chocolate bar companies, DAGOBA. Frederick Schilling started the company in his kitchen, making the chocolates by hand for the first year and a half.

Here are some highlights of quotes from Frederick:

“From the beginning of my young adult life, I have been very passionate about sustainability and organics. I was already philosophically aligned with the organic movement before the inception of DAGOBA. So naturally, since I was exploring the idea of creating a food product for the market, it had to be organic.” Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Juli Novotny of Kookie Karma Joins G Living

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Juli Novotny has joined G Living as a regular contributor to Green Chefs and our G Living Editorials. Juli will also be joining us on G Living Live in upcoming shows and demonstrating how she makes her famous raw cookies!

Juli Novotny is the Founder and President of Kookie Karma, my favorite raw food cookie. These healthy cookies are gaining popularity with health-conscious crowds. They are well stocked and in high demand at Whole Foods and many other organic food grocers. Some of the flavors include Cherry Cashew, Banana Bread, Lemon Fig, Carob Truffle and Granola Bar.

Juli started the company herself several years ago making the cookies with just a few flavors. She created the cookies from spending hours in her kitchen experimenting with raw ingredients. Now she has a team of 6 making them out of their own commercial kitchen with over 8 flavors and a new line of raw cereals and crackers. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Spinach Outbreak Source is The Livestock Industry

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“E. Coli Pervades Harvest Area

Salinas Valley waterways are known to carry the bacteria that poisoned at least 145 people and killed one who ate tainted spinach.
The bacterium that has sickened people across the nation and forced growers to destroy spinach crops is so pervasive in the Salinas Valley that virtually every waterway there violates national standards.

“There are many sources of water coming into the watershed, and I guarantee you that they all have generic E. coli,” and many carry the deadly E. coli strain linked to food poisonings, said Christopher Rose, an environmental scientist at the state’s Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, which tests the region’s waterways.”

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California Sues 6 Automakers Over Global Warming

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California’s attorney general says the products of the six biggest auto companies are responsible for nearly a third of the state’s emissions.

By NICK BUNKLEY
Published: September 21, 2006

California, which has battled the automotive industry over new global warming regulations for years, sued the world’s six-largest automakers yesterday, demanding that they pay for environmental damage caused by the emissions of their vehicles.

“Global warming is causing significant harm to California’s environment, economy, agriculture and public health,� said the state’s attorney general, Bill Lockyer.

“Vehicle emissions are the single most rapidly growing source of the carbon emissions contributing to global warming, yet the federal government and automakers have refused to act.�

The suit, filed in United States District Court in Northern California, is the first such attempt to hold automakers accountable for the greenhouse gases that vehicles produce. It accuses General Motors, Toyota, Ford, Honda, Chrysler and Nissan of creating a public nuisance by building millions of vehicles that collectively discharge 289 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually.

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Mike Adams Interview | Ruth’s Hemp Foods

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I love hemp! Here is a short interview with another hero in the hemp industry who fought to keep it legal to at least ‘consume’ hemp foods in the United States. Ruth along with Dr. Bronner and the founder of Nutiva, John Roulac, sued the DEA for trying to ban the sell of hemp in the US and won. You can find Ruth Hemp Foods at your local organic grocer or online at http://ruthshempfoods.com

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Spinach Outbreak Source is The Livestock Industry

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(via: LATimes.com)
“E. Coli Pervades Harvest Area

Salinas Valley waterways are known to carry the bacteria that poisoned at least 145 people and killed one who ate tainted spinach.
By Marla Cone, Times Staff Writer
September 21, 2006

The bacterium that has sickened people across the nation and forced growers to destroy spinach crops is so pervasive in the Salinas Valley that virtually every waterway there violates national standards.

“There are many sources of water coming into the watershed, and I guarantee you that they all have generic E. coli,” and many carry the deadly E. coli strain linked to food poisonings, said Christopher Rose, an environmental scientist at the state’s Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, which tests the region’s waterways.”

“E. coli is a national problem, but it is especially severe in livestock areas. A single cow can shed as much as 100 billion fecal bacteria per day. The food-poisoning outbreak could pit vegetable growers against livestock owners, both economic powerhouses in the state.

Monterey County’s spinach fields are downstream of the Gabilan Mountains, where beef cattle, dairy cows and horses graze. En route to the Salinas River, many tributaries flow through the livestock areas, picking up bacteria. The water then flows through the low-lying valley where vegetables are grown.

Cattle and other livestock graze near the banks of the creeks, and their manure can easily contaminate the water with millions of E. coli organisms. “In some areas, grazing has resulted in manure lining the banks of channels of tributaries to the Salinas River,” a June report by the Central Coast water board stated.

How much of the region’s water contamination comes from cattle is unknown. “What is certain is that livestock are a source of E. coli, including E. coli O157:H7,” in several creeks that flow into the Salinas River, the board’s report concluded. It also found that “the most frequent occurrence of E. coli O157:H7 occurs at sites flanking areas used for grazing purposes.””

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Mike Adams Interview | David Wolfe

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Fossil Called Missing Link From Sea to Land Animals | 375-million-year-old Fish

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Fossil Called Missing Link From Sea to Land Animal

By JOHN NOBLE WILFORD
Published: April 6, 2006

Scientists have discovered fossils of a 375-million-year-old fish, a large scaly creature not seen before, that they say is a long-sought missing link in the evolution of some fishes from water to a life walking on four limbs on land.

In two reports today in the journal Nature, a team of scientists led by Neil H. Shubin of the University of Chicago say they have uncovered several well-preserved skeletons of the fossil fish in sediments of former streambeds in the Canadian Arctic, 600 miles from the North Pole.

The skeletons have the fins, scales and other attributes of a giant fish, four to nine feet long. But on closer examination, the scientists found telling anatomical traits of a transitional creature, a fish that is still a fish but has changes that anticipate the emergence of land animals � and is thus a predecessor of amphibians, reptiles and dinosaurs, mammals and eventually humans.

In the fishes’ forward fins, the scientists found evidence of limbs in the making. There are the beginnings of digits, proto-wrists, elbows and shoulders. The fish also had a flat skull resembling a crocodile’s, a neck, ribs and other parts that were similar to four-legged land animals known as tetrapods.

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New GreenChef | Sarma Melngailis

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Sarma’s Pure Food GreenChef section has finally launched tonight with 9 amazing gourmet dishes from her restaurant Pure Food and Wine in NY. We are excited to have Sarma Melngailis join GreenChefs and want to extend our warm welcome to her. Sarma will also be joining us on the show in the coming weeks and will be part of the New G Living Magazine.

A new front cover and more recipes are coming in the next few days. You can get to her front cover from the GreenChefs Menu or through this direct link: http://gliving.tv/greenchefs/sarma

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Mike Adams Interview | Navitas Naturals

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Dagoba Cacao Nibs

picture 1 Dagoba Cacao NibsMy latest favorite treaty treat is Dagoba Cacao Nibs on top of soy yogurt. We’re talking about cacao beans–100% organic, kosher and fair trade certified unsweetened, lightly toasted and crushed. Can we say yummmm AND rich in anti-oxidants? What??!! Also available in Chocolate Covered Cacao Nibs and Xocolati Nibs (that is chocolate covered and kissed with chilis and spices like the Aztecs used to do). Dagoba’s award-winning chocolate products are made with “Full Circle Sustainability” that blends quality, ecology, equity and community. Available in stores nationwide or at www.dagobachocolate.com

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