Top 10 Foodie Books


Bait-and-switch Soy Milk



Coal Country at Sandhills CC


Coal-Free in Kentucky


Too Clean

Disinfectants 'train' superbugs
Disinfectants could effectively train bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics, research suggests.

Update Video on Flouridated Water



Not Too Late to Donate



Dismantle Agribusiness to Save Rainforests

Environmental and Indigenous Activists Criticize Proposed Deal to Save Rainforests

On Wednesday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the Obama administration would commit $1 billion over the next three years toward a proposed global scheme to preserve tropical forests. It's called REDD, or Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation. As countries attempt to hammer out a final deal before the end of the summit, Anjali Kamat files a report featuring a range of concerns over what this UN-backed proposal could mean for the future of the world’s rainforests and forest dwellers.


Vegetarians Cut Emissions

"The Countries that Can Really Make a Difference Have Not Really Got Sensitive Enough to the Plight of the Poorest of the Poor" - IPCC Chair Pachauri

We speak with Rajendra Pachauri, the chair of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change about the climate summit, the role of developed countries, and why he promotes vegetarianism as a way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Pachauri and the IPCC won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.


Death for Millions of Africans

Chief G-77 Negotiator Lumumba Stanislaus Di-Aping

US-Backed Proposals Mean Death for Millions of Africans * With the talks entering the final twenty-four hours, a leaked UN document—exposed yesterday on Democracy Now! with French news website Mediapart—has created a firestorm of controversy here at the summit. The UN memo determines that global temperatures would rise by an alarming three degrees Celsius, or 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit, under the current emissions targets being discussed. We speak to Lumumba Stanislaus Di-Aping, the chief negotiator for the G-77, the largest developing country bloc represented at the COP15.


John Cowan at Rooster's Wife, Dec. 20

Merry Merry Christmas from the Rooster's Wife and the John Cowan Band

We are very happy to be sharing the last Sunday of Advent with John and his fine band, Jeff Autry, John Frazier, Shad Cobb, and Bryan Larrance.

It's put the merry right square and center, on stage at Poplar Knight Spot
114 Knight Street 1 block east of US 1 in downtown Aberdeen, NC 28315
(910)944-7502 www.theroosterswife.org

General admission, $15. in advance, $18. day of show, after 11 am. Tickets available on line by credit and debit cards, at the door with cash or check. Sunday, December 20, 2009 8 pm, doors open at 7 pm. On line purchasers may choose the will call option to save ink and paper.

Consider a membership or sponsorship of music in honor of your favorite music lover. Details available at Poplar Knight Spot, or by telephone (910)944-7502 Gifts of music are always appreciated, and last longer than candy or soap. Let us wrap up a stack of cds for you to put under the tree !

Thanks for supporting LIVE LOCAL music! It makes the world a better place .


Death to Your Garden

Contaminated Compost: Coming Soon to a Store Near You
By Barbara Pleasant

In Santa Rosa, Calif., the folks at Grab n’ Grow have been making compost and planting mixes for 25 years, using organic materials generated in Sonoma County. In 2002, the company detected residues of a potent herbicide called clopyralid in a batch of compost. The next year, Grab n’ Grow manager Don Liepold and his wife saw the herbicide’s trail of destruction in their raised bed organic garden — lettuce that refused to grow, curled and wilted peas, and stunted, gnarled tomato leaves.

As we reported in July 2009, clopyralid and its close cousin, aminopyralid, easily persist, sometimes for YEARS!, in hay, manure and compost. When contaminated materials are used in food gardens, tomatoes, beans and other sensitive crops develop curled foliage that looks like a disease, if they grow at all.

Both herbicides are manufactured by DowAgrosciences, which seems to have no moral or ethical problem selling products which clearly are polluting the public compost stream. Meanwhile, aminopyralid pesticides have been pulled from shelves in the United Kingdom. Liepold, the Rachel Carson Council and MOTHER EARTH NEWS think the U.S. EPA should take the same action here.

“I have been testing and detecting herbicide residues and thus rejecting cow manure, horse manure, turkey mulch, rice hulls, mushroom compost and yard trimmings,” says Grab n’ Grow manager Don Liepold. “I spent $20,000 in lab fees in 2008, and am on the same track for 2009,” he says.

It is extremely difficult to keep contaminated materials out of commercial compost. “One load of contaminated grass clipplings can ruin a batch of compost,” says Eric Philip of Anatek Labs in Moscow, Idaho. Philip has seen so many positive tests for clopyralid residues in compost that he would not use untested compost in his own garden.

“When folks have plants die in their home gardens, their first assumption is that they did something wrong,” Philip says. But with pyralid-laced commercial compost becoming more common, contaminated soil amendments are often to blame.

The source of pyralid pollution can be impossible to trace. For example, a horse stable may use hay brought in from a neighboring state, without knowing that it is laced with pyralid herbicides. If the horse’s manure or stable litter ends up in a garden, disaster is ready to strike. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Liepold stopped making one of Grab n’ Grow’s most popular products, Mango Mulch, for more than a year because he could not find an uncontaminated manure supply. Now he’s getting it from two local organic dairies.

Testing for contamination is a slow, painstaking process that comes at a steep price of $350 (or more) per sample, so most commercially-made compost is not tested.

Both of these herbicides were approved by the EPA before their persistence in compost was known, and before lab tests existed that could detect residues at damaging levels. We think approval of these pesticides should be revoked before the damage gets worse.

To express your concern about this hidden danger to your garden, write to your senators and congressional representatives to make your voice heard. You can also contact Rick Keigwin, director of the EPA’s pesticide review division.

See our earlier report: Milestone Herbicide Creates Killer Compost for lots more background on this issue. [Mother Earth News]


April Fools in Pinehurst, Dec. 19

The April Fools are playing Saturday, December 19 at the Darling House Pub in downtown Pinehurst. Come out for a pint or a meal at this cozy pub. The April Fools begin at 8:00 and play until Midnight. CD's available for your last minute Christmas shopping.
See you there!
David, Allen, Steven, and Sherman

Friday Flick at Raven's Wing, Dec. 18

Enjoy homemade snacks while watching:
"The Future We Will Create: Inside the World of TED"
Movie starts at 7:00 pm Please arrive at least 10 minutes early to get a seat.
A suggested donation of $5 is appreciated!

The Future We Will Create: Inside the World of TED
2007 NR 74 minutes

Hailed "the hottest gathering in the world" by Wired magazine, TED (Technology Entertainment Design) is an annual event where an eclectic group of brilliant minds exchange bold ideas for the future. Actress Daphne Zuniga is your host on this all-access tour of the conference. Guests include former Vice President Al Gore, musician Peter Gabriel, environmentalist Majora Carter, as well as comedians, authors and innovators from around the world.


Copenhagen Via Democracynow

Indigenous Peoples of Canada March on Canadian Embassy in Copenhagen to Protest Tar Sands

Canada is the largest supplier of oil to the United States, and most of it comes from the Alberta tar sands. Described as the world's biggest single industrial source of carbon emissions, the tar sands have drawn widespread protest and civil disobedience from environmentalists. On Tuesday, as climate delegates met across town at the Bella Center, a protest led by indigenous peoples of Canada was held outside the Canadian embassy. Democracy Now!'s John Hamilton files a report.


Cap & Trade: A Critical Look at Carbon Trading

Will the expansion of carbon emissions trading help stop global warming or just create a new market for Wall Street to make billions? We air excerpts of Annie Leonard's The Story of Cap and Trade and speak with Larry Lohmann and Frank Ackerman.



Polluters Must Pay, democracynow.org

Indian Environmentalist Vandana Shiva:

It Is Time for the US to Stop Seeing Itself as a Donor and Recognizing Itself as a Polluter, a Polluter who Must Pay" The world-renowned Indian environmental leader and thinker Vandana Shiva spoke before thousands at Saturday's protest in Copenhagen. On Sunday, I spoke with her at Klimaforum, the People's Climate Summit, and asked for her assessment of President Obama and what he represents in the climate change talks.


Blackout, on Coal Energy


Raven's Wing December Schedule

Wednesday, December 16 - Sangha Meditation In the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh
9:30 am - 11:30 am. Donations accepted.
(This is a reccuring event each Wednesday morning.)

Friday, December 18 - Documentary Night
Enjoy homemade snacks while watching:
"The Future We Will Create: Inside the World of TED"
Movie starts at 7:00 pm. Please arrive at least 10 minutes early to get a seat.
A suggested donation of $5 is greatly appreciated!

Saturday, December 19 - Raven's Wing Open House
Come see what the Healing Center is all about!
Sample Raven's Wing products, see works by Red Spring Artist Emily Whittle. Find last minute gifts and stocking stuffers!
Also, join in or observe making biodynamic preparations next door with Farm Up the Street, approximate hours 10 am - 2:30 pm.
12:00 - 5:00 pm

Friday, December 25 - Raven's Wing Christmas
Join our family for a potluck Christmas dinner and celebration!
Yummy local foods, camaraderie, and door prizes!
4:30 pm until ?


McKibben on Copenhagen

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/12-2 [no despair here!]

It's a Gas

China head opens Kazakh pipeline

China's President Hu unveils the Kazakh section of a 7,000km (4,300 miles) natural gas pipeline joining Central Asia to China.


Rooster's Wife, Dec. 13, Aberdeen

Six words you need to know, music lovers:
Alice Gerrard, Laurelyn Dossett, Diana Jones.
They perform in Aberdeen this Sunday, Dec, 13, at 7:30.

Friday Flick at Raven's Wing

Friday, December 11th- Documentary Night
Enjoy homemade snacks while watching:

"The Beautiful Truth"
(2008) NR
This documentary follows the journey of Garrett Kroschel, an animal-loving teenager raised in Alaska. After reading a book by Dr. Max Gerson, Garrett is inspired to investigate its premise that diet can cure cancer and other diseases. Garrett travels across the country, visiting with physicians, scientists and cancer survivors to discuss Gerson Therapy -- and Gerson's claim that the medical industry has suppressed natural cancer cures for years.

Movie starts at 7:00 pm
Please arrive at least 10 minutes early to get a seat.
A suggested donation of $5 is greatly appreciated!


Tonight, Dec. 10, Moore County Commissioners Meet on PUD

[From Save Our Sandhills (SOS) Attendance Dec. 10 important!]


Subject: Ventures “Pine Forest” subdivision between Highway 211 and Highway 73 in West.

Where will water come from with a 15- to 20-year timetable for total buildout?

Will water from other counties still keep flowing?

What happens during droughts?

How will herbicides and pesticides be kept from seeping into Nick’s Creek?

How will traffic be handled on local roads?

What are the real facts concerning the wastewater treatment plant – its safety, odor, maintenance?

In Cumberland County, documented problems have occurred. The Moore County Public Works has only recently developed standards and has no practical experience.

With so much area allotted for houses, businesses, roads, and golf courses, how will animals have corridors and native plants flourish?

This project is huge. It is 1,799 acres, of which 1,623 are being requested to be rezoned. This includes Nicks Creek, ultimately part of Carthage’s and Whispering Pines’ water supplies, which runs through the middle of the entire property from west to east, with small tributaries feeding it throughout the property. In all, a great deal of wetlands abound, all of which are crucial to the welfare of birds and other wildlife, as well as to rare and unusual native plants.

Planned are two separate communities – a resort hotel and residential community with a neighborhood retail center, as well as a gated residential community. These communities will include:

• Up to 890 residential and/or hotel rooms
• 2 championship golf courses and a short course
• Golf clubhouses for each course
• A resort spa, conference center, and fitness center
• A retail and office center.

Please attend the Planning Board meeting on December 10 at 6 P.M., Moore County Historic Courthouse – 2nd Floor

To learn more about Save Our Sandhills, please see www.saveoursandhills.org, call 910-235-3862 or 910-281-5271, or request a brochure at P.O. Box 893, Pinehurst, NC 28370.

Brief History of Climate Change



UN Summit, Rich vs. Poor

Draft text divides climate summit
Documents leaked at the UN climate summit reveal divisions between rich and developing nations over the shape of a possible new deal.



CropMobbing, Mebane, NC



United States' Identity Crisis


Womens' Land Army



UN Rejects Climate Change Sceptics

UN hits back at climate sceptics

The UN's official panel on climate change rejects sceptics' claims that the case for human influence has been exaggerated.



Geithner, Bernanke, Financial Crisis

Eliot Spitzer: Geithner, Bernanke "Complicit" in Financial Crisis and Should Go

In an extended interview, we speak with former New York governor Eliot Spitzer about the financial crisis and how it was handled by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. Bernanke and Geithner "actually built and participated in creating the structure that now has collapsed," Spitzer says and calls on them to be replaced.

Spitzer also talks about the scandal that erupted last year that forced him to resign as governor. "I have no doubt there were many people who were opposed to me, very powerful forces, who were happy to see me go," Spitzer says. "Whether they participated, I'll let others figure that out. I resigned because of what I did."


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Ode Online Edition on Climate Change


Awakened Heart Center Schedule

Happy holidays to all of you!

BODHI DAY: This Tuesday, Dec. 8, is the day Japanese Buddhists celebrate as the day Gautama Siddhartha of the Shakya clan awakened from the trance of suffering, illusion and delusion, and became The Buddha, The Awakened One. One of the Buddha's most important realizations is that all sentient beings have Buddha Nature. Why don't some of us know this? Because we identify with our mind and socially constructed self instead of resting as our true nature.

The Awakened Heart Center will be CLOSED from Thursday, Dec. 24 until Monday Night Meditation on Monday, Jan. 4.

PLEASE NOTE: All Hatha Yoga Classes will continue in the new year beginning the week of Jan. 4. Classes will continue as long as we are here in Southern Pines.

MONDAY NIGHT MEDITATION 7 - 8:30 p.m. Dec 7 $10.00 Please talk to Tom before attending MNM for the first time
DISCUSSION: DYNAMIC AWARENESS - the integration of the subconscious, conscious and superconscious minds.

CONSCIOUS LIVING CLASS Dec. 8 (Bodhi Day!) 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. $10.00 Everyone is welcome.
DISCUSSION: CLARITY OF INTENT. Clarity of Intent is what brings a possibility into reality. The clearer your intent, the clearer the outcome.
Each Conscious Living Class ends with deep hypnotic relaxation and powerful, positive affirmations.

DISCUSSION: THE INCREDIBLE LIFE AND TEACHING OF J.KRISHNAMURTI, THE RELUCTANT MESSIAH. This talk may continue into the next week or so. Krishnamurti was raised to be the Messiah of the New Age, the Maitreya Buddha, and was the head of the Order of the Star. But at the height of his power, fame and fortune, he resigned and gave an incredible speech that is of tremendous value to all people deeply interested in the truth. Tom will read this speech during the program. (Don't worry! It isn't long!) "Truth is a Pathless Land."

Books by and about Krishnamurti are for sale for $1.00 in the bookstore.

Tom Thompson
The Awakened Heart Center for Conscious Living
130 North Ashe Street
Southern Pines, NC 28387

Events at Raven's Wing Center, Sou. Pines



Basic Needs of This Nation, Kucinich

Rep. Kucinich on Afghanistan War:
"We're Acting Like a Latter Day Version of the Roman Empire"
As President Obama unveils his plan to escalate the war in Afghanistan, we speak with Ohio Congressmember Dennis Kucinich. “The United States is going deeper and deeper into debt,” says Kucinich.
“We have money for Wall Street and money for war but we don’t have money for work…for healthcare. We have to start asking ourselves, ‘Why is it that war is a priority but the basic needs of people in this country are not?’”


Become Charter Member, Sandhills Farm to Table


Honey the Old-fashioned Way

Natural Beekeeping Workshops

Become a natural beekeeper and begin the process of certification by participating in a workshop offered by Certified Naturally Grown! Set your honey apart without using the word organic on your honey labels! Join nearly 700 farmers from 48 states that use the Certified Naturally Grown label for their produce or livestock! Get advice on natural beekeeping methods. Exchange ideas and discover ways to transition your operation to a natural, chemical free operation without losing all your hives!

Register and attend a Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) workshop in your region in North
Carolina to learn about the Basic Honey Bee Management and Certification Standards.
The first workshop will be offered in January or February 2010 in each of the NCSBA regions (mountains, piedmont, and coast).

Registration is $10. Enrollment will be limited to 100 beekeepers per region who are certified beekeepers or have equivalent beekeeping experience. The second (also single day) workshop will be made available to those beekeepers that attend the first workshop at no additional cost to them. The second workshop is planned for the summer, once honey has been harvested but before pests become an overwhelming problem.

Each workshop will consist of 3 hours of lecture and 2 hours of demonstrations and
small group discussions. Each will be held on a Saturday in your region. You need to
attend both workshops (the one in January/February and the one in the summer) in
order to understand the program fully.

To register and get more details about workshops, go to http://www.naturallygrown.org/natural-honey-workshops.

You must register online in advance to participate in these workshops.

January 9, 2010 Piedmont Forsyth Co Coop Ex Winston-Salem
January 23, 2010 Coast Lenoir Co Coop Ext Kinston
February 13, 2010 Mountains Folk Arts Center Asheville

Studio Sale, Emily Whittle, Red Springs

Studio Sale 2009

Saturday, December 5 11 a.m. — 4 p.m.

Visit my new website: www.happylotuspond.com

At the home of Emily Whittle
222 E. 5th Ave., Red Springs, NC 910 843-2427

Admission: one can of food for the local food pantry


Cumberland Progressives Peace Vigil, Fayetteville

Peace Vigil

Thursday 12/03/09 12:30 PM- 1:30 PM

Market House
Intersection of Hay, Gillespie St, Person and Green Street, Fayetteville, NC 28302

To prepare for the Vigil there will be a Poster Party Wednesday 12/02/09 at Quaker House
223 Hillside Ave. Fayetteville, NC 7:00 PM
Bring Materials!

Diversity Dinner, Dec. 6, Sou. Pines

Diversity Dinner Sunday, Dec. 6, 5:00
Raven's Wing Healing Center, 325 N. Page St, Southern Pines

There will be a brief meeting to discuss the future of Moore CAN.

Please bring "heavy 'or d'oeuvres" or light dinner fare.

Diversity Dinners bring together a wide and diverse group of people for food, fun and conversation. Because we tend to self-segregate both socially and religiously we are creating an opportunity to come together in a new way. Please invite others, all races, ages, religions, orientations, personal histories etc.

Directions: http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&tab=wl

e-mail suttonmaureen@hotmail.com if you plan to attend Thanks!

More on Climate Change, BBC

New head for Australia opposition
Australia's opposition elects climate change sceptic Tony Abbott as new leader, dealing a blow to PM Kevin Rudd's carbon trading plans.

Antarctic to feed major sea rise
Melting Antarctic ice is likely to contribute to a sea level rise of about 1.4m by 2100, says a major review of climate change on the continent.

Farm to Table Cooperative, Moore Co.

"Step up to the Plate!" Food Co-op Now Accepting Charter Members

FOR a two-week period - from December 6-21 - Charter Memberships will be accepted for the new Sandhills Farm to Table Cooperative, an innovative local-food project involving local farmers, workers and consumers. As this is a true community project, all parties will be owners in the new business.

Based on membership numbers, local farmers will grow vegetables and fruit for subscription members, ensuring the delivery of the freshest produce, while at the same time preserving farms and open land and keeping local dollars circulating in the Sandhills economy. The concept is similar to another popular food distribution structure, the multi-farm CSA (community-supported agriculture)

As the first to support the formation of this new Co-Op, charter members will be rewarded in several ways. For example, since local production of certain items - such as local eggs, pastured poultry and more - is still small, charter members will be offered these products first, in order to grow the market overall. Charter members will also steer some of the earliest decisions of the cooperative.

"People really appreciate the taste of "fresh," and are understanding the economic importance of "local" and the need to preserve farmland, as well as the health benefits of eating more whole, fresh fruits and vegetables" said Fenton Wilkinson, general manager of the new Co-operative. "Now, instead of spending an hour in the grocery store, you can pick-up a box of locally grown produce in a few minutes."

A survey by Sustainable Sandhills showed that a number of Sandhills residents could not attend Moore County's popular Farmer's Markets due to work or family schedules. The Co-op intends to deliver weekly boxes of produce to drop-off spots throughout Moore County or, for an extra fee, home delivery in certain areas of concentration.

Now incorporated as a cooperative, the SF2T received a huge boost in October when Maine organic farmers Stephen and Barbara Miller awarded the project a legacy gift of $10,000 in memory of their Pinehurst parents, Evelyn and Gilbert Miller. This follows on the heels of an upcoming North Carolina marketing campaign to "Eat 10 Percent Local," a move which would return 3.4 billion to the state's economy.

For more information, contact Sandhills Farm to Table Co-operative at
www.SandhillsFarm2Table.com Or call 910-949-2142.

Sandhills Farm to Table Co-Operative
Jan Leitschuh Director of Communications and Farmer Relations 692-8801

Fenton Wilkinson, General Manager 910-949-2142
info@SandhillsFarm2Table.com www.SandhillsFarm2Table.com