Fat is Not about Calories.
Obesity is not a disease.
by Stephanie Relfe
Raw Almonds Banned in USA
What ever for?
by Stephanie Relfe B.Sc.
The FDA has taken it upon themselves to say that from around Sep 1 2007 all almonds in the USA, Mexico and Canada can no longer be raw. While they will still be labelled 'raw', they will be pasteurized. Some will be pasteurized with steam but many will be treated with a carcinogen Propylene Oxide.
Actually, since around 2006, most 'raw' almonds have been pasteurized voluntarily. The producers are allowed to call a pasteurized almond 'raw', even when it's been pasteurized. And you have no way of knowing if it was pasteurized with steam or with carcinogen Propylene Oxide.
Many people have asked, why? I can only assume that the Drug Companies that are behind the FDA have become fearful at the raw food movement. Many people have found that their health and weight problems disappeared within a very short period of time by going 100% raw. I myself have found that the more I go 100% raw, the thinner and younger I look. Plus I gain much more energy and mental clarity. The key is to have ZERO cooked food.
While that may sound too extreme at first, it's really easier than you may think, because people like Alissa Cohen show you how to make many meals that look like cooked meals and taste good, but are in fact all raw.
The basis of many raw food recipes is almonds, because almonds taste great and are almost a perfect food, in that if you consume almonds, you don't need as many other foods. They are also very alkalizing and are much less likely than other nuts to have negative effects on people. Having RAW almonds in your daily diet fights cancer and illnesses.
So, the best way to stamp out the raw food movement and to keep people sick and reliant on drugs is to get rid of raw produce. They obviously aren't doing it to protect us. After all, MEAT is still sold raw, and that is much more likely to cause food poisoning.
You have to buy almonds that specifically state that they are unpasteurized.
The following article is from www.rense.com:
Starting in August or September of 2007, raw almonds available in the USA, Canada and Mexico, will no longer be "truly raw" due to a mandate passed by the USDA, FDA and the California Almond Board, announcing that all almonds including organic must be pasteurized. This means that the Almond farmer will have to truck thousands of pounds of almonds to one of the five facilities that are already set up for the pasteurization process and then truck them back again to the processing plant. Besides having a vital part of our food supply pasteurized--against our will, it will now have a huge cost attached to it.
Action Plan and Pasteurization - Frequently Asked Questions
The problem is the law has been passed with little public input (if any) or notification whatsoever.
In addition, all pasteurized almonds available in the marketplace will still be labeled as raw almonds. Can this be considered fraudulence or an outright lie? Are you willing to give up your food freedom choices?
The primary reasons for passing this law are two isolated outbreaks of salmonella, in conjunction with conventional almond farms a few years ago. To the best of our knowledge no salmonella outbreaks have EVER been associated with organic almonds.
Within the past 10 years tomatoes, spinach, green onions, peanuts, grapes, melons, lettuce, and sprouts have all been linked to salmonella outbreaks. Does that mean we should eliminate all fresh produce? Absolutely not!!! But they are going to try.
Almonds, the heartbeat of all nuts, literally, have been associated with reduced risk of heart disease, a rich source of calcium, magnesium, vitamin E, protein, fiber and antioxidants to name a few . These amazing and life enhancing health benefits, will be devastatingly reduced if not completely eliminated in the pasteurization process.
Three of the potential suggested methods of pasteurization are:
- Propylene Oxide (PPO) Fumigation (propylene oxide was also used as an insecticidal fumigant till 1988 when its registration was terminated. California Prop.65 rates PPO as a CARCINOGEN. (Cited from www.mbow.org)
- High Heat (which degrades the integrity of the nuts and enzyme structure).
- Steam Pasteurization (will also further devalue the nutrients, enzyme activity and antioxidants.)
This is a call to all those who care about their health, we need to join forces by bringing this to the attention of everyone from the mass media to the common consumer before it goes any further than almonds! It is our basic right to choose unprocessed foods! We have created a petition that we will present to the California Almond Board, the FDA and the USDA.
Just say NO. Shout it, write it, Do not put up with this crime against humanity!
ACTION YOU CAN TAKE NOW
Please go to www.cornucopia.org/almond/CornucopiaProxyLetter.pdf
where you will find a proxy letter. In past campaigns, hand delivering proxies directly to the USDA Secretary in Washington has been highly effective. (Please note, this letter is meant to be a fund-raising effort on behalf of Cornucopia, which you can ignore. Of course, you are welcome to donate in addition to signing the proxy letter.)
Please print out the letter, fill it in and mail it to the Cornucopia Institute. They will then hand deliver the letters in Washington. The address is
UPDATE: DECEMBER 17 2007
The Cornucopia Institute has provided us with the following update:
I want to provide a brief update on our visit to Washington, D.C. and our meeting with three high-ranking officials at the USDA to discuss the almond pasteurization matter:
Cornucopia's Co-director, Mark Kastel, and Eli Penberthy met for more than an hour with the three officials in the office of USDA Undersecretary Bruce Knight. The bulk of their discussion centered on almonds. Interestingly, we learned that half of all the comments coming into the Secretary's office at this time are on almonds! People across the country are upset with the pasteurization plan and want the ability to again buy raw, untreated, domestically grown almonds. We want to thank and congratulate all our collaborators on helping elicit such a strong response.
As you know, people have been mailing us individually signed proxy letters for us to hand-deliver to Washington. We used this meeting as an opportunity to hand them a stack of well over 1500 letters. It was an impressive moment, and we were told that now all these new contacts will have to be logged in with the thousands of previous public comments received on this issue (more letters continue coming into our offices which we will deliver again to the USDA in the near future-please encourage anyone who has not submitted a proxy yet to download one from the Cornucopia website).
We were asked why there was such a public outcry on this rule with the officials expressing their surprise and amazement at the level of public concern. We explained the diverse desires of consumers, the demands of product manufacturers, and the mounting negative impact of the rule on family farmers and organic farmers who are losing markets and income from the pasteurization plan.
We then offered a compromise proposal for USDA to consider, one that we believe can help resolve this situation. We suggested that USDA support a plan allowing for the sale of untreated American grown almonds with a warning label. The warning label serves two purposes: it allows for continued freedom of choice in the marketplace and it allows marketers the option of continuing to "pasture as" raw almonds.
Having a warning label is by no means our first choice but might be the only politically expedient option at this point in time and a number of growers and handlers that we have spoken to have supported this compromise position.
The warning label approach is something that is already done for other foods sold in the U.S., such as some fresh, unpasteurized fruit juices. We know that FDA would have to be involved with such a labeling action, but we fully believe that if USDA throws its weight behind the proposal (along with the thousands of consumers and commercial interests who would support this) that such an approach would likely gain approval at the FDA.
USDA officials also questioned us on a second and companion solution - a pasteurization exemption for organic almond growers. The organic sector has not been implicated in any of the past contamination problems associated with almonds. Organic growers have their own set of mandatory protocols and best management practices that are employed in their orchards which substantially lower the salmonella contamination risk. An exemption for these growers would greatly diminish the harm that is being caused to these farmers who are losing marketshare to imports. This might be a good fallback compromise position although we are afraid that it will leave many growers and consumers of conventional almonds disadvantaged.
Our proposed solution to the situation was not rejected, but was met with some expression of support. In fact, one of the participants described our meeting as "rather constructive." We were asked to send the officials a formal letter outlining the specific remedy to the problem, which we have since done.
Clearly for this proposal to gather more support from USDA, it will have to be further discussed and approved of by others at Agency (((you can't get much higher up than the folks we were talking to and the meeting was sanctioned by Knight))). I will say that I am encouraged by what we heard and how the offer was received.
We are going to ask those of you who have been working with us on this issue to give the process a little more time to play out, perhaps into mid-January before we move onto other steps, primarily legal. We made certain that the officials in this meeting knew that we are prepared to go to court and challenge the almond pasteurization rule over its many and unexpected adverse impacts should this compromise proposal be rejected. We tried to impress upon them that time was of the essence in crafting a compromise before going to court.
But that doesn't mean we are going to sit around waiting for their decision. We have had lengthy additional talks with attorneys about a possible legal challenge, are continuing to network with other organizations around the country, we are gathering more information from farmers hurt by the rule and from retailers and product manufacturers who are shifting to untreated raw foreign almonds to meet consumer demand. We will also be talking with more members of Congress about this. Most of all, we want to keep the heat turned-up on the USDA and we are encouraging all of you to help with that.
Please continue sharing with us any information, thoughts, and/or questions that you think would be useful in this campaign. I look forward to hearing from you.
PS: Because the negotiations with the USDA are at a critical moment we would encourage you to reach out to your members, customers and network of friends and family asking them to download one of the proxy letters from the Cornucopia website and mail it back to us-if they have not already done so. I would like to see a steady stream of these letters delivered to the USDA every week or two until we are finished with the negotiations. Together, let's keep the pressure on.
ONLY BUY ALMONDS THAT SAY "UNPASTEURISED"
(Currently we buy almonds these almonds).
Fat is Not about Calories.
Obesity is not a disease.
by Stephanie Relfe