Wise Traditions London 2011 – DVDs Available Now

With the Wise Traditions conference here in the US just around the corner I thought it appropriate to post this series of DVDs from the London 2011 Conference. Great series. Samples from many of the talks are available on Vimeo here. Unfortunately I’m not gonna be at the conference this year. Too much going on! I am just barely getting back on my feet after a week of a biodynamic craniosacral therapy training followed by the Raw Milk Rally with Michael Schmidt on day 33 of his hunger strike. Thanks be to God he is eating again now.

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Edible Oil Wars: Adulterated Mustard Oil

Given the rising plethora of food outbreaks courtesy of our industrial food system, this article will give us some history and a clear example of how large-scale agriculture is destroying every corner of our world.

The following events are taken from Vandana Shiva’s book Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply, which was written in 2000. As she states, the Indian small scale edible oil industry is not what it once was.

The story of how the soybean displaced mustard in India within a few months of open imports is a story being repeated with different foods, crops, and cultures across the world, as subsidized exports from industrialized countries are dumped on agricultural societies, destroying livelihoods, biodiversity, and cultural diversity of food. The expansion of global markets is taking place by extinguishing local economies and cultures.

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Edible Oil Wars: Genetically Modified Oils

After reading this recent horrific news about what the biotech industry is plotting for our supposed ‘health’ by manipulating vegetable oils even further, we realized we need more info about oil and fat and the economic battles that are being and have been fought over this most basic and vital nutrient for humankind on this website.

Many years ago–way back in 2000–I was the Sous chef at a Renaissance International Hotel, we were hosting some kind of very important conference for UNICEF for a week or so. During this conference I had to pander to the dietary demands of the most nasty, easily irritated and just generally grumpy old man I have ever met (and I have met some grumpy ones I guarantee it). He was on a low-cholesterol diet and I had to cook everything for him on a no-stick pan with absolutely no fat of any kind. At that time I had not yet heard of Weston A. Price or Sally Fallon, but I was pretty sure that his grumpiness was a direct result of his no-fat diet.

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Wild Blackberry Ice Cream

This delicious raw homemade ice cream will astound you with its fragrant flavor. Raw honey and cream, locally farmed free range raw eggs, wild blackberries and soaked and toasted walnuts make this treat utterly sin-free. Pure good good goodness.

Makes 2 quarts

  • 8 raw egg yolks, free range
  • 1 t cardamom
  • 1 1/3 c raw honey
  • 2 c wild blackberries
  • 1 c toasted walnuts, chopped
  • 1 c raw milk
  • 6 c raw cream

Method:
Separate free range eggs. Be sure to use eggs from a trusted source, not industrial farmed eggs to avoid risk of salmonella (see comments below). Place the yolks in a bowl, add cardamom and whisk well to get rid of any lumps. Add raw honey and mix. Add remaining ingredients and place in ice-cream maker. Follow the instructions that come with your ice-cream maker.

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Beware the Pharmaceutical

balcony harvestIn the Americas we don’t know whether what we are eating is genetically modified or not. We don’t know what other types of additions we are getting in our meat and dairy either. Food is also “enhanced” with all kinds of vitamins and minerals as well as flavorings, toxins, colorings and preservatives. These are the sorts of things that we should be worrying about in defending our right to unadulterated food.

Our food has been allowed to become toxic and is creating disease. It is not a bacterial “germ” that is bringing about our demise. It is the insidious and ever-present man-made filth that is creating extinction and disintegrating our nervous systems.

To be even more honest with you…sometimes I wonder if it isn’t a conspiracy of some sort, in fact this is right on track. The ultimate evil conspiracy. It turns out that the real war-crimes criminals behind the Nazi’s concentration camps were the executives of the pharmaceutical company IG Farben. Not only that but you may have heard that Donald Rumsfeld is behind pushing through aspartame despite the fact that the FDA had refused to approve it for 16 years. Interestingly pharmaceutical companies have also been accused of genocide before the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

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Free Fat

Free The Traditional Fats

2002 marked a turning point for traditional fats with the report by the Institute of Medicine that no level of trans-fats is safe in our diets.

In 2003 a set of very informative articles were published in the San Francisco Chronicle. In them our out-dated information about the evils of saturated fats such as lard and coconut oil were laid to rest. These are very comprehensive and enjoyable reading. Links are provided below.

That was nearly 5 years ago…unfortunately we have been so indoctrinated with fear of saturated fats that even with hefty evidence looming all around us we are having great difficulty in shaking our terror of saturated fats and cholesterol.

The nation’s obesity rate began to skyrocket in the mid-’80s about the same time national low-fat public health campaigns were in full swing. In one year alone –1998-99– Centers for Disease Control and Prevention figures show that the nation’s obesity rate rose an astonishing 6 percent. —Fat Makes A Comeback After 3 Lean Decades

This is in part due to the inability of the health industry and others to admit a huge mistake has been made, resulting in epidemics of obesity and diabetes. Perhaps they are afraid of the compensation that might be demanded if this manipulation of the nation was acknowledged. There is huge amounts of money at stake:

  • Pharmaceutical companies who are selling incredible amounts of cholesterol lowering (and other) drugs to the population.
  • Health insurance groups who are enforcing the requirements that we all need to be on cholesterol lowering drugs.
  • Corn and soybean (and other vegetable oil) agriculture conglomerates are highly subsidized to produce unnecessary amounts of these products. Look at the ingredients on our food there is corn or soybean bulking practically everything.

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Schmaltz and Grebenes

The Rendering of Chicken or Goose Fat to Create Delicious Cracklings.

A real old fashioned traditional recipe from Jewish Cookery by Leah W. Leonard

  • Cut fatty fowl skin and other fat clusters into 1-inch cubes or strips
  • Cover with cold water
  • Cook in a heavy kettle or frying pan, covered for 20 to 25 minutes
  • Uncover and continue cooking over reduced heat until the water has evaporated and only the melted or cooked fat and cracklings remain
  • Add diced onions, allowing one onion to each cupful of unrendered fat
  • Add a clove of garlic for flavor

Method
When rendering a large quantity of fat, the addition of a few slices of raw potato will help clarify it.

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