The Seeds of Vandana Shiva

Do we want what we grow and what we eat to be determined by a few giant corporations whose first and foremost agenda is profit before people and planetary well-being?

Imagine a world where small farmers are respected as experts in the processes of nature and are honored as stewards of our arable land.

What about a world where farmers are no longer replaced by massive machines force-feeding toxic chemicals into vast monocultures of GMO seeds?

The film is important because Vandana Shiva articulately and scientifically presents the alternative: Ecological agriculture that restores biodiversity, organic seed freedom, healthy soil, fresh water and clean air.

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How did the willful daughter of a Himalayan forest conservator become the world’s most powerful opponent of Monsanto? The Seeds of Vandana Shiva, a feature-length documentary, presents the remarkable life story of the Gandhian eco-activist and agro-ecologist, Vandana Shiva. A classic David versus Goliath tale, the film shows how Vandana, a brilliant scientist, became Monsanto’s worst nightmare and a rock star of the international sustainable food movement.

The Seeds of Vandana Shiva

Austin Fermentation Festival 2015

Austin Fermentation Festival 2015

 

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MEDIA CONTACT: Kate Payne, 347-933-0403 events@texasfarmersmarket.org

Austin Fermentation Festival, October 25th, 2015, Austin, TX

Keynote Speaker: Jennifer McGruther of Nourished Kitchen

October 25, 2015 (AUSTIN, TX) – Texas Farmers’ Market and Presenting Sponsor Barr Mansion announce the 2015 Austin Fermentation Festival with keynote speaker, blogger, author, and traditional foods advocate Jennifer McGruther.

The Austin Fermentation Festival is an educational event that celebrates all things fermented in Central Texas and will run from 9am – 4pm at Barr Mansion (10463 Sprinkle Road, Austin, TX 78754). Proceeds from this event will benefit the Texas Farmers’ Market Farmer Emergency Fund, which offers financial assistance to TFM farmers and ranchers in times of environmental, personal or other crisis.

The day will include a series of fermentation workshops (covering topics such as kimchi, kefir, cheese making, charcuterie, beer, sourdough, vinegars and lacto-fermented vegetables); a community culture swap; a kraut mob; fermented foods and product vendors; book sales; festival-inspired lunch for purchase from local purveyors; fermented beverages and alcohol; a mini farmers’ market; and live music.

Attend by securing general admission or VIP tickets at http://fermentatx2015.eventbrite.com, where online donations to this fundraiser event are also accepted. Vendor applications are accepted here bit.ly/AFFVendorApplication2015 and workshop presenter applications accepted here bit.ly/AFFWorkshopApplication2015.

For more information, please visit http://texasfarmersmarket.org/austin-fermentation-festival/.

Better Health From Bottle To Belly

People who do not wish to consume dairy products may find that water kefir provides probiotics without the need for dairy (or tea-cultured products such as kombucha). Jared’s ProPops puts a modern twist on this ancient, detoxifying and energizing beverage by adding an organic fruit and herb blend after completing the lacto-fermentation process..

A New Kind Of Soda: Better Health From Bottle To Belly.

Jared Toay is raising funds for A New Kind Of Soda: Better Health From Bottle To Belly. on Kickstarter! A wonderfully healthy, probiotic soda using less than 5 ingredients, crafted in a new kind of brewery, delivered right to your door.

 

Better Health From Bottle To Belly by Jared Toay

Better Health From Bottle To Belly by Jared Toay

Jared explains: “You name it, and I’ve tried to make it. Pickles, kimchi, sauerkraut, lacto-fermented hot sauce, ketchup, yogurts, cheeses, and basically any kind of vegetables. I did it all. And I was one of those weird parents who put very different and non-processed foods in my son’s lunchbox. In addition, I began a daily ritual of taking probiotics and starting him on them as well. But have you actually even seen what’s in some of these probiotic pills for kids? Sugars, flavors, and other ingredients that are added simply to make them taste better. So I began to experiment with ways my son could take his daily dose of probiotics in a fun way……. Hence Jared’s ProPops was born. It’s a refreshingly and lightly carbonated fully loaded living food or probiotic soda. Amazing.”

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Healing The Planet Through Agriculture

“We must continually bear in mind that the human body is the tool of the spirit…. We can ask ourselves whether we make our bodies unfit for the execution of the intentions, aspirations, and impulses of our lives if we become bound by and dependent upon our bodies through an unsuitable diet.” ~ Rudolf Steiner

 

Biodynamic agriculture considers the farm or garden to be a self-contained organism that exists in a larger framework of a living, dynamic cosmos. The aim is to work with those energies within the farm system in order to increase the health and vitality of the soil, the crops, the farm animals, even the farmer. But biodynamics was never just focused on agricultural techniques. It was conceived of as a new way of thinking about the connection between farming, nutrition, and our spiritual nature. Steiner gave much thought to the effect of foods on the whole human being- the physical, psychological, and the spiritual. He pointed out, way back in the 1920’s, that people “in our modern age” have increasingly lost the instinct for what is good or bad for them to eat. Steiner explained that in addition to the physical substances food provides for our nutrition, it also needs to provide vital forces for the development of our higher spiritual capacities, and acknowledged this to be a factor reducing people’s ability to make strides with a more spiritual nature. ~ Elizabeth Candelario (Co-Director, Demeter Assoc.)