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Raw Sarasota Message Board › Please Think of the Almond Farmers at Thanksgiving!

Please Think of the Almond Farmers at Thanksgiving!

A former member
Post #: 41
Dear Friends in Raw Sarasota,

This is our season of Thanksgiving. Many in the raw and living foods community will gather for joyful feasts where we will thank those who bring the fruits of the earth to our tables, including the farmers whose toil and dedication allow us to enjoy foods raised naturally and healthfully.

But among these farmers will be some for whom Thanksgiving may be a season of unhappiness. These are the California almond farmers who have for years, and sometimes generations, raised delicious and nutritious almonds for raw consumption.

Now, oppressed by an unfair federal rule requiring treatment that will render their produce no longer raw or living, these farmers must stand helplessly by as they see their former markets turn to other countries, not covered by this ban. They must also see their financial situations become precarious because while their method of raising almonds is often more expensive than that of raising conventional almonds, they must reduce their prices as their customary specialty markets disappear.

Many of us have seen announcements about those who have defied the ban, risking prosecution to sell raw almonds. It is only a matter of time before these farmers and those who buy from them for resale attract the notice of federal authorities. And these questionable sales hardly compensate for the loss of major retail markets.

Consumers have no standing to sue in court under these rules, but the organic California almond farmers and handlers whose livelihoods are threatened do, and fifteen farmers and handlers have brought a suit in Federal Court in Washington, D.C. asking for relief from this rule. This action is coordinated by the Cornucopia Institute (www.cornucopia.org).

This is a major undertaking. The small Cornucopia staff and several volunteers have worked on this for months to get the ball rolling. But now your help is needed. As we give thanks for the food before us on Thanksgiving, let us make that thanks tangible with a contribution at www.cornucopia.org to support these farmers and show them that the raw and living food community that they have served for so many years is standing with them now.

All contributions, large or small, will mean so much at this time! Please go to www.cornucopia.org and learn and contribute. It is clear that the almond ban is just the beginning, so let’s stand together!

With all good wishes, for a healthy and blessed Thanksgiving!

Joan
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