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1. Hidden Dangers in Kids' Meals (DVD) By Jeffrey M. Smith $16.00
2. The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved: Inside America’s Underground Food Movements $14.00
3. Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal: War Stories From the Local Food Front, $24.00
4. Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What's At Stake for American Power, $23.00
5. Fed Up! Genetic Engineering, Industrial Agriculture and Sustainable Alternatives, (DVD) $12.00
6. Healing Lyme: Natural Healing and Prevention of Lyme Borreliosis and Its Coinfections, $16.00
7. Whole Foods Companion: A Guide for Adventurous Cooks, Curious Shoppers, and Lovers of Natural Foods, by Dianne Onstad, $28.00
8. Holy Cows and Hog Heaven: The Food Buyer's Guide to Farm Friendly Food, $14.40
9. An Unreasonable Woman: A True Story of Shrimpers, Politicos, Polluters, and the Fight for Seadrift, Texas, By Diane Wilson, $14.40
10. Nobody Particular: One Woman’s Fight to Save the Bays, By Molly Bang $8.00
11. Gaia Girls: Enter the Earth, By Lee Welles, Illustrated by Ann Hameister $13.00
12. Journey for the Planet: A Kid's Five Week Adventure to Create an Earth-Friendly Life, By David Gershon. $10.40




Hidden Dangers in Kids' Meals (DVD)

by Jeffrey M. Smith,

DVD, 110 minutes, $16

School districts, supermarkets, and even whole countries have banned genetically engineered foods, fearing that they are not safe. Discover the evidence that confirm that these dangerous foods should never have been approved, and find out how to protect yourself, your family and the next generation. Three videos in one: includes an interview with Jeffrey M. Smith, footage of scientists, and a look at the miraculous improvement in student behavior that accompanied a change in diet at a Wisconsin school. Also included is a lecture by Smith on “The Health Dangers of Genetically Engineered Foods and Their Cover-up.”

Mr. Smith is on the Genetic Engineering Committee of the Sierra Club, was the former vice president of marketing for a MO detection laboratory, and ran for U.S. Congress in his home state of Iowa to raise public awareness of the health and environmental dangers of GM foods.


The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved: Inside America’s Underground Food Movements

by Sandor Ellix Katz

6" x 9", 400 pages, $14

This revolution will not be genetically engineered, pumped up with hormones, covered in pesticides, individually wrapped, or microwaved.... This revolution is wholesome, nurturing, and sensual. This revolution reinvigorates local economies. This revolution rescues traditional foods that are in danger of extinction and revives skills that will enable people to survive the inevitable collapse of the unsustainable, globalized, industrial food system.

An instant classic for a new generation of monkey-wrenching food activists . Food in America is cheap and abundant, yet the vast majority of it is diminished in terms of flavor and nutrition, anonymous and mysterious after being shipped thousands of miles and passing through inscrutable supply chains, and controlled by multinational corporations. In our system of globalized food commodities, convenience replaces quality and a connection to the source of our food. Most of us know almost nothing about how our food is grown or produced, where it comes from, and what health value it really has. It is food as pure corporate commodity. We all deserve much better than that. In The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved, author Sandor Ellix Katz (Wild Fermentation, Chelsea Green 2003) profiles grassroots activists who are taking on Big Food, creating meaningful alternatives, and challenging the way many Americans think about food. From community-supported local farmers, community gardeners, and seed saving activists, to underground distribution networks of contraband foods and food resources rescued from the waste stream, this book shows how ordinary people can resist the dominant system, revive community-based food production, and take direct responsibility for their own health and nutrition.

Chapter Topics Include:

  • Local and Seasonal Food versus Constant Convenience Consumerism
  • Seed Saving as a Political Act
  • Holding Our Ground: Land and Labor Struggles
  • Slow Food for Cultural Survival
  • The Raw Underground
  • Beware the Nutraceutical: Food and Healing
  • Plant Prohibitions: Laws Against Nature
  • Vegetarian Ethics and Humane Meat
  • Feral Foragers: Scavenging and Recycling Food Resources
  • Water: The Source of All Life
  • "What's for dinner?

” Zesty politics, delicious democracy, and satisfying grassroots action. Devour this book."—Jim Hightower

About the Author: Sandor Ellix Katz is the author of Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods (Chelsea Green, 2003) who travels widely teaching people simple fermentation techniques. A native of New York City, he now gardens, saves seeds, tends goats and chickens, and produces biodiesel from used fry oil in an off-the-grid community in the hills of Tennessee .


Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal: War Stories From the Local Food Front
by Joel Salatin

6 x 9, 352 pages, $24

Drawing upon 40 years’ experience as an ecological farmer and marketer, Joel Salatin explains with humor and passion why Americans do not have the freedom to choose the food they purchase and eat. From child labor regulations to food inspection, bureaucrats provide themselves sole discretion over what food is available in the local marketplace. Their system favors industrial, global corporate food systems and discourages community-based food commerce, resulting in homogenized selection, mediocre quality, and exposure to non-organic farming practices. Salatin’s expert insight explains why local food is expensive and difficult to find and will illuminate for the reader a deeper understanding of the industrial food complex.

About the Author : Called “the high priest of the pasture” by The New York Times, Joel Salatin likes to refer to himself as a “Christian-libertarianenvironmentalist-lunatic farmer.” He lives with his family on Polyface Farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.


Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What's At Stake for American Power

by Mark Schapiro

6 x 9, 224 pages $23

New evidence seems to arrive daily—from stories about tainted pet food to toxic toys—of the dangerous consequences that lax environmental policies are having on the consumer products that we, and our children, use every day thanks to lobbying efforts by the U.S. chemical industry. Meanwhile, the European Union is forcing these global corporate giants to chart a new path that, by requiring safe products, is revamping how businesses can create safe products and make money. In Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What's at Stake for American Power investigative journalist Mark Schapiro takes the reader inside the corridors of global power where tectonic battles are occurring that will impact the health of ourselves and the planet. Schapiro’s exposé shows how laws adopted by the European Union—where stricter consumer-safety standards are in place—have forced multinationals into manufacturing safer products. And, short of such strong government action the United States will lose its claim of economic and environmental supremacy. Increasingly, products developed and sold in the United States are equated with serious health hazards, and many of those products are soon to be banned from Europe and other parts of the world.

Schapiro’s revelations in this thought-provoking work will change the way American consumers think about everyday products—from plastic softeners that can contribute to sexual malformations to lipstick additives that are potential toxins to the brain, liver, kidneys, and immune system. And it will stir them into forcing our government to take the lead of others, including the European Union, China, and countries in Central and South America. Exposed is a revealing and fascinating look at global markets, everyday products, and the toxic chemicals that bind them. It will shock, inform, and warn American businesses and government leaders about the risks of being left behind in the international marketplace. Schapiro’s book shines a light on Europe’s evolving search for higher standards that places Brussels, not Washington, at the center of global market innovation.

Listen up, American business, and save yourselves while you still can. Time and again in his career, journalist Mark Schapiro has been years ahead of the pack in unveiling stories that reveal the emerging global future. This time, Schapiro shows that Europe, by taking the environmental high road, is cleaning America’s economic clock (not to mention exposing its people to much less pollution). The markets of the future are green. America will lose them if it doesn’t get smart, soon.”

Mark Hertsgaard, author of Earth Odyssey and The Eagle’s Shadow

Articles About the Book: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products (AlterNet); Center for Investigative Reporting ; Brussels Rules OK: How the European Union is Becoming the World's Chief Regulator (The Economist) Interviews: Mark Schapiro on KQED's Forum with Michael Krasny, October 9th, 2007

About the Author: Mark Schapiro is editorial director of the Center for Investigative Reporting in San Francisco. He has written extensively on foreign affairs and his work has appeared in Harper’s, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine and other publications, and he has reported stories for Frontline, NOW with Bill Moyers, and public radio’s Marketplace. Schapiro lives in San Francisco, California.



Fed Up! Genetic Engineering, Industrial Agriculture and Sustainable Alternatives

By Angelo Sacerdote

DVD, 58 minutes,  $12

About 70 percent of the food we eat contains genetically engineered ingredients, and the biotech industry is spending $50 million a year to convince us that this technology is our only hope. Using hilarious and disturbing archival footage and featuring interviews with farmers, scientists, government officials, and activists, Fed Up! presents an entertaining and compelling overview of our current food production system from the Green Revolution to the Biotech Revolution and what we can do about it. The DVD includes English closed captions, a chapter menu, and three archival films in their entirety. The archival films are “Chicken of Tomorrow,” “Death to Weeds,” and “Man and His Culture.


Healing Lyme: Natural Healing and Prevention of Lyme Borreliosis and Its Coinfections   

By Stephen Harrod Buhner ; Foreword by Wendy Leffel, M.D.

6 x 9, 288 pages, $16.  

Anyone touched by Lyme disease—patients, their families, or health care practitioners—will find this insightful and thorough book to be the essential guide for Lyme disease and its treatment. A hopeful, life altering book. — Wendy Leffel, M.D.

Despite Centers for Disease Control estimates that only 20,000 new Lyme disease infections occur each year, the true figure, as Harvard medical school researchers have found, nearly approaches 200,000. Symptoms run from mild lethargy to severe arthritis to incapacitating mental dysfunction. And despite medical pronouncements to the contrary, extensive research has found that tests for the disease are not very reliable and antibiotics are only partially effective; up to 35 percent of those infected will not respond to treatment or will relapse. The spirochetes that cause Lyme are stealth pathogens—they can hide within cells or alter their form so that antibiotics cannot affect them.

Lyme disease is, in fact, a potent, emerging epidemic disease for which technological medicine is only partially effective. Healing Lyme examines the leading, scientific research on Lyme infection, its tests and treatments, and outlines the most potent herbal medicines and supplements that offer help—either alone or in combination with antibiotics—for preventing and healing the disease. It is the essential guide to Lyme infection and its treatment.

About the Author: Stephen Harrod Buhner is a master herbalist, psychotherapist, and expert on indigenous and contemplative spiritual traditions. Much of his work and writing focuses on herbal and alternative medicine, deep ecology, and sacred plant medicine. He is the author of The Lost Language of Plants.

Whole Foods Companion: A Guide for Adventurous Cooks, Curious Shoppers, and Lovers of Natural Foods

by Dianne Onstad

8 x 10, 344 pages, $28

"Wonderful… Whole Foods Companion is a valuable resource. It does make a difference what you eat, and this book describes in detail the range of nourishing organic foods available to all of us."

—Alice Waters, founder and owner, Chez Panisse restaurant

What if you could have information about more than 400 foods at your fingertips? You can find it all in the new edition of Whole Foods Companion. Originally published in 1996, Whole Foods Companion has become the definitive resource guide to the rapidly expanding world of whole foods. This revised and expanded edition updates key nutritional information in six categories:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Grains
  • Legumes
  • Nuts, seeds, and oils
  • Herb, spices, and other foods.

Each entry includes nutritional value, general information, buying tips, culinary uses, and, when appropriate, health benefits, lore and legend, by-products, and descriptions of the more popular varieties. In the face of staggering confusion and conflicting claims about the nutritional value of different foods and herbs, this book is a detailed and invaluable guide to natural foods. It is a perfect companion to cookbooks and should be required reading for chefs everywhere. No mere collection of dry nutritional information, Whole Foods Companion also explains the origins and naming of different foods and relays some of the legends and traditions with which they have been associated.

About the Author : Dianne Onstad is actively involved in nutrition education and the promotion of organic whole foods, with a special interest in living and raw foods. She is the author of five books, including The Vitamin Companion, The Mineral Companion, and A Cup of Sunshine.



Holy Cows and Hog Heaven: The Food Buyer's Guide to Farm Friendly Food    

by Joel Salatin, Foreword by Michael Pollan

6 x 9, 160 pages, $14.40

Holy Cows and Hog Heaven is written by an honest-to-goodness-dirt-under-the-fingernails, optimistic clean good farmer. His goal is to:

  • Empower food buyers to pursue positive alternatives to the industrialized food system.
  • Bring clean food farmers and their patrons into a teamwork relationship.
  • Marry the best of western technology with the soul of eastern ethics.
  • Educate food buyers about productions.
  • Create a food system that enhances nature’s ecology for future generations.

Holy Cows and Hog Heaven has an overriding objective of encouraging every food buyer to embrace the notion that menus are a conscious decision, creating the next generation’s world one bite at a time.

An Unreasonable Woman: A True Story of Shrimpers, Politicos, Polluters, and the Fight for Seadrift, Texas

by Diane Wilson, Foreword by Kenny Ausube

6 x 9, 391 pages, $14.40

"For the American environmental movement, An Unreasonable Woman could not come at a better time. Citizens across the political spectrum are growing alarmed at the Bush administration's rollback of protective legislation for water, air and national parks. This book does for environmentalism what All the President's Men did for government reform. Watch for the movie."

— San Diego Union-Tribune

When Diane Wilson, fourth-generation shrimp-boat captain and mother of five, learns that she lives in the most polluted county in the United States, she decides to fight back. She launches a campaign against a multibillion-dollar corporation that has been covering up spills, silencing workers, flouting the EPA, and dumping lethal ethylene dichloride and vinyl chloride into the bays along her beloved Texas Gulf Coast. In an epic tale of bravery, Wilson takes her fight to the courts, to the gates of the chemical plant, and to the halls of power in Austin. Along the way she meets with scorn, bribery, character assassination, and death threats. Finally Wilson realizes that she must break the law to win justice: She resorts to nonviolent disobedience, direct action, and hunger strikes. Wilson’s vivid South Texas dialogue resides somewhere between Alice Walker and William Faulkner, and her dazzling prose brings to mind the magic realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, replete with dreams and prophecies.

About the Author : Diane Wilson, a fourth-generation shrimper, began fishing the bays off the Gulf Coast of Texas at the age of eight. By twenty-four she was a boat captain. In 1989, while running her brother's fish house at the docks and mending nets, she read a newspaper article that listed her home of Calhoun County as the number one toxic polluter in the country. She set up a meeting in the town hall to discuss what the chemical plants were doing to the bays and thus began her life as an environmental activist. Threatened by thugs and despised by her neighbors, Diane insisted the truth be told and that Formosa Plastics stop dumping toxins into the bay. Her work on behalf of the people and aquatic life of Seadrift, Texas, has won her a number of awards including: National Fisherman Magazine Award, Mother Jones's Hell Raiser of the Month, Louis Gibbs' Environmental Lifetime Award, Louisiana Environmental Action (LEAN) Environmental Award, Giraffe Project, Jenifer Altman Award, and the Bioneers Award. She is co-founder of Code Pink and continues to lead the fight for social justice. An Unreasonable Woman is Diane's first book


Nobody Particular: One Woman’s Fight to Save the Bays

by Molly Bang

9 x 11, 48 pages, $8

Acclaimed graphic artist Molly Bang brings Diane Wilson’s story to life in striking pictures.

A vivid companion to An Unreasonable Woman.

Diane Wilson lived a fairly ordinary life as a commercial shrimper and mother until she learned that she lived in one of the most polluted counties in the United States. As a result of that discovery, Diane launched a campaign against Formosa Plastics, an international chemical company. She was determined to protect the Texas bays on which she, her father, and her grandfather had made their living. Nobody Particular is the true story of Diane’s fight. It is the story of how one woman—who was, as she says, “nobody particular”—succeeded in forcing a huge corporation to change its plans, adopt more environmental safeguards, and agree to protect her precious bays. Diane’s tools were her dedication and her fearlessness. Through them she was able to overcome the resistance of the corporations, the foot-dragging of the government, and the anger of her whole community. This is a story of hope and possibilities for all of us who, like Diane, may seem to be nobody particular.

About the Author: Molly Bang is an award winning children’s book illustrator and author. Her works include 3 Caldecott Honor Books: Ten, Nine, Eight, The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher, and When Sophie Gets Angry - Really, Really Angry, which also won a Jane Addams Honor Award and the Arbuthnot Award. The Paper Crane won the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award in 1987; Goose won the School of Library Journal Best Book of 1996 and another work, Common Ground: The Water, Earth, and Air We Share, won the prestigious Giverny Book Award in 1998 for the best children’s science picture book. Her latest book, My Light, is an ALA Notable book.


Journey for the Planet: A Kid's Five Week Adventure to Create an Earth-friendly Life

by David Gershon

8 1/2 x 11, 72 pages, $10.40

"Journey for the Planet . . . is an environmental adventure. . . . Much more than planting seeds in a milk carton and watching them grow . . . The focus is on everyday habits and how to take action. . . . There was no mistaking the feeling of empowerment and seriousness of purpose which rippled through the fifth graders [who completed the program]." —The New York Times

Journey for the Planet: A Kid's 5-Week Adventure to Create an Earth-Friendly Life is a fun, engaging illustrated workbook for every child who wants to make a difference for the world. Drawing on his successful EcoTeam workbook, which sold over 250,000 copies through a unique grassroots distribution model, environmental change pioneer David Gershon guides children through a series of action steps that can impact both climate change and the environment as a whole. The book's core message is one of empowerment. Taught by a series of animal characters, each of its 46 action lessons illustrates in clear, accessible language exactly how a simple change in the child's behavior can positively impact the environment. The book's pilot program, which engaged 4,000 children in schools across the country, was praised by teachers, students and parents alike as an invaluable resource that empowers kids with the precious knowledge that they have the power to take the future into their own hands. If you have children, nieces, nephews or students, you've probably seen the concern they feel for what is happening to our environment. Now, they have a program to help them translate that concern into concrete action, and feel the heroism of being part of the solution.

About the Author: David Gershon is the author of nine books, including the bestselling Empowerment: The Art of Creating Your Life As You Want It. The founder and CEO of Empowerment Institute, he is one of the world's leading authorities on behavior change and large-scale transformation. At the height of the Cold War, he conceived and organized, in partnership with the United Nations Children's Fund and ABC Television, one of the planet's first major global initiatives, the First Earth Run, which engaged millions of people in the passing of a symbolic torch of peace around the world. Since that time, he has addressed issues ranging from environmental behavior change to organizational talent development, from emergency preparedness to low-income neighborhood revitalization. He has lectured at Harvard, MIT and Duke and served as an advisor to the Clinton White House and United Nations on behavior change and sustainability issues.



Gaia Girls: Enter the Earth

by Lee Welles, Illustrated by Ann Hameister

5 1/4 x 7 3/4, 336 pages, $13

Winner of the 2007 Independent Publisher Book Awards Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction

Gaia Girls Series For Ages 9 and up

Elizabeth Angier was happy to be at the end of the school year. She thought her summer on the family farm would be full of work and play with her best friend, Rachel, and her other best friend, her dog, Maizey. However, Elizabeth didn’t anticipate the Harmony Farms Corporation moving to her town. Her world starts to crumble as her best friend moves away and her parents whisper of farmers selling their land and the effects this factory farm operation could have on them.

When she thinks things can’t get much worse, she meets the most unusual creature, Gaia, the living entity of the Earth. Strange things begin to happen to her, around her, and through her! Elizabeth discovers that with these new powers comes responsibility. A dire mistake makes Elizabeth wonder if meeting Gaia has been a blessing or a curse. Will Elizabeth have the strength to fight a large corporation? Or will her upstate New York home be spoiled by profit driven pork production that fouls the air, land, and water?

Winner of the 2007 iParenting Media Awards, 2007 Best Product

Winner of the 2006 National Outdoor Book Awards: Honoring the Best in Outdoor Writing/Publishing


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