The Societal Ramifications & Consequences of the Making and Taking of Food

This site dedicated to the matters of food above and beyond the mere satiation of flavors on one's palette; but rather the ramifications to society from the consequences of how its' production, distribution, and nutrition affect living systems. How we sow, reap, harvest, legislate and base our economic systems on food is key to how we ultimately treat each other and the Earth.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Quality Food is Health Care Reform Wellness Resources

Food Fascist Quality Food Quality Health Resources Sheet

Quality Health Care Reform Action Resources

> Organizing for America – Health Care Action Center [President Barack Obama’s Campaign Organizing site] for supporters
> EQUAL Health (Equitable, Quality, Universal, Affordable Health), a project of the Center for Policy Analysis. It is a resource for information and advocacy on health reform. New members can join the list by sending a blank email to:

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> The California Physicians' Alliance is a chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program and is focused on bringing a single-payer health program to California and to America.
>Health Care For All. There is an excellent video here

> California Nurses Association

> Tommy Douglas- Father of the Canadian Health System After I am Gone Speech. Go to Food @ and type Tommy in the search box.

Quality Seasonal Local Organic Whole Foods
>Slow Food Sacramento
Slow Food, founded in Italy 1986, is an international organization whose aim is to protect the pleasures of the table from the homogenization of modern fast food and life. Through a variety of initiatives, it promotes gastronomic culture, develops taste education, conserves agricultural biodiversity and protects traditional foods at risk of extinction.

The movement now has over 80,000 members in over 100 countries.
Slow Food Sacramento is the Sacramento region’s chapter of this international movement. We are an active convivium that enjoys a wide range of educational and convivial events throughout the year. For more information about our chapter, please read through this Web site. If you have additional questions, please e-mail us

For detailed information about the Slow Food movement, or to become a member, please visit

>Sacramento Natural Foods Cooperative
1900 Alhambra Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95816

Directions Business HWY 80, coming from the south, exit at N Street, travel east to Alhambra, [one block passed 30th street -there is a Starbucks at the corner). Turn right on Alhambra and travel south to S street, to see Co-op.
From the north, exit J street and turn left onto J Street. Travel east (left turn) to Alhambra just passed 30th Street. Travel south (right turn) on Alhambra until you get to S street to find the Co-op.

Open Daily from 7am to 10pm
phone (916) 455-2667

You do NOT need to be a member to shop here. However, if you do fill out a membership app, a fee of 5 dollars and put 25 dollars into an escrow account at customer service desk right to the left of the entrance of the store, you can begin to get a 15% discount on all cases purchased. If you are not a member, you still get a case discount of 10%. Think pet food! Too! Additionally, for all non members and members, the first Friday of the month is Anti-Depression Friday where everything you purchase all day long is 10% off; members can combine various other discounts they are entitled to. Find the ‘pink sheet’ at the customer service desk that explains how the discounts work. To remain or become a member then you have a choice of either paying 25 dollars every 6 months with the person at the cash register whenever you do shop there, until you accumulate 300.00- or just pay the 300 dollars up front for easier bookkeeping.

>Soil Born Farms
This local farm not only is a supplier of the Sacramento Co-op but runs a Community Service Agriculture Program (CSA) for those who cannot get to the Co-op. They also supply various food stands in neighborhoods including gleaning groups for which is donated to local food banks.
Soil Born Farms' American River Ranch
2140 Chase Dr.
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
(916) 363-9687
visit us at
Local Harvest
Members pick up their shares at convenient locations in their communities. Members can skip weeks for vacations, etc. or get the box every other week. Farm offers an annual Hoes Down Harvest Festival and several farm tours and potlucks during the year. More information at

>Sustainable Food News Dan Mc Govern podcasts here: and heard on:
>An Organic Conversation Radio program. Saturday mornings on internet radio or Sirrius Satellite. If you miss a show, podcasts are available at

>Eat Your Roots
Mission: To educate individuals, groups, families, businesses, and governments about the importance of mainstreaming Traditional Nutrition through media, advocacy, and education. -

Want to Stay up to Date on Health Care Reform Matters?

>Green960 Radio 960 AM radio or on the internet radio at
Listen to internet radio talk show stations. This particular station is out of San Francisco and throughout the day, excellent well researched national and local talk show hosts interview health care professionals as well as take stories from the public, among other issues from the progressive point of view. You can have a voice, too when you either call in and or blog.

>Organic Consumers Association
This is one of the best if not THE best site tracking information about a Quality Health Food System. Please consider becoming a member. Excellent Newsletters and resources

>Jeffery Smith’s Seeds of Deception Site

Here is the master lecturer and author of what is going on with Genetic Engineering of your food. Sign up at his site and see all his resources!

>Small Planet Institute

Frances Moore Lappé and Anna Lappé founded the Small Planet Institute in 2001 to further an historic transition: a worldwide shift from the dominant, failing notion of democracy — as something done to us or for us — toward democracy as a rewarding way of life: a culture in which citizens infuse the values of inclusion, fairness and mutual accountability into all dimensions of public life. We call this Living Democracy.

Chronicled in the Institute’s first book Hope’s Edge, people on every continent are creating living democracies as they discover their power to remake societal rules and norms to serve their widely shared values. We support this historic awakening through collaborative public education efforts with colleagues worldwide and through our own books, articles, websites, speeches, and other media.

>Farmer- Veteran Coalition

The Farmer-Veteran Coalition seeks to help our returning veterans find employment, training, and places to heal on America’s farms. At the same time the Coalition hopes that some of these young men and women may help address our country’s critical need for more good, hard-working people entering the field of agriculture.

>American Medical Association Food Fascist gives thumbs down
The American Medical Association is now supposedly going to – per a meeting with President Barack Obama, and reported by Sustainable Food News as heard on an Organic Conversation June 20, 2009 is going to begin educating hospitals and the public about the unhealthiness of industrially processed food industry noting a clear connection between diet and optimal health. However, the Food Fascist does not trust the AMA. They have been known to show up on the doorsteps of doctors, wellness centers, and herbalists watching these real healers like police, finding any regulation at all or making law to prevent these types of medicines to take hold in America.

Must See Documentaries showing the Health of our Current Food Supply

>The Future of Food
A must see. You will not believe what Deborah Koons Garcia (yes, wife of Jerry Garcia. Award Winning World Wide Documentary. Incredible, you can rent from or even has as well. You can also buy from Mrs. Garcia’s site.

>Food Inc.
Who inspired our First Lady Michelle Obama and Governor’s Wife, Maria Schriver to put in their organic gardens? Alice Waters did. This film was just released June, 2009 and is causing quite a splash. See Michael Pollan in the film as well. You will never see your food the same way again.

Must Read Books showing the Health of our Current Food Supply
>Francis Moore Lappe Most Famous of her books among many is Diet for a Small Planet
>Michael Pollan (2009) In Defense of Food – An Eater’s Manifesto. Penguin Books.
>Michael Pollan (2009) The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Penguin Books.
>Eco-Therapy Healing with Nature in Mind – Sierra Club interview. Show is on Saturdays on

Gleaning Groups or just type ‘gleaning’ in the search engine at
Gleaning is the ancient practice of cleaning an agricultural field after harvest to make use of any food left over.

>Coming Soon! Sacramento Soil Born City Gleaners
Be on the look out for this new group whose web site is not quite ready yet. Inquires can be left at Soil Born

>The Davis Gleaning Project
To become gleaners, get gleaned, or share other resources contact us at or call 530 277 7265.
We're happy to only pick half your tree and/or pick a box for you! Even if your fruits aren't ripe now, drop us a line so we can start a conversation! And yes, we glean zucchinis and cabbage too.

>Marin Organic
Everyone is welcome to this special opportunity. Bring your musical instruments and a harvesting song to share! No RSVP required. For any questions please call Scott at 663.9667 x101. To join the MO Glean Team, please email For other MO volunteer opportunities, please email We look forward to seeing you! Here is the link for Marin Organic Gleaners

Farm Stands
Alchemist's Urban Farm Stand

Healthy Restaurants using fresh local produce

Sacramento Area Emergency Resources
Sierra-Arden Food Closet, Cordova Food Locker, Sacramento Food Bank, and Food Not Bombs. I am pretty sure that River City Food Services also accepts donations