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Organic Coffee: Is It Worth the Price? [05 Jul 2008|05:07am]

Heaps of premiums are thrown onto environmentally sound products in the marketplace. Recycled paper is typically more expensive than standard paper. Lettuce and tomatoes made without the use of pesticides and fertilizers also enjoy above average market rates as well. Certified organic coffee has achieved a reputation for being pricey because of many reasons. For starters, it was produced without the use of environmentally harmful chemicals such as herbicides and pesticides. In turn, organic coffee has received a seal of approval for being healthier than your standard coffee.

Does organic coffee justify the higher price though? Many industry experts and coffee enthusiasts alike claim so because of the intense labor required by poorer farmers in countries like Bolivia and Ecuador in navigating coffee bean fields for collection and transport. Citing the injustices of poor pay by coffee merchants towards poor farmers (paying less than 50 cents a pound in some cases), major coffee companies have taken initiative in building supply chains linking these poor producers. These organic coffee supply chains guaranteed a fair wage for workers and reinvestment of organic coffee profit back into the community in these Third World countries.

A dollar spent on a 12 oz. bag of dark roasted organic coffee goes a long way towards helping coffee producing communities. It is money spent towards a generous overhead, which is the continuation of the supply chain that guarantees a reasonable price for production. Buying organic coffee supports the social work major companies are going to improve supply chains in these regions. Remember, farmers have to go through an extensive evaluation process in having their coffee called organic. With profit differences between standard coffee crops and organic coffee groups similar, many farmers can easily opt to stick with the former. All in all, organic coffee is worth the price for the reasons outlined above.

For more information on organic coffee or for organic coffee recipes

About the Author: Scott Wilson has been a importer and roaster of organic coffee for over a decade.

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Strawberry Fields Vegan Bakery [21 Feb 2007|09:17pm]

Hello Everyone!

I have recently started a vegan bakery in Mesa, AZ. It is called:
Strawberry Fields ♥ Vegan Bakery .
There is no set location for this bakery, so as of right now... It will not be possible to visit the shop...
However, I do deliver and ship!!!

Want more delicious information?

Visit My LJ :
Or my Myspace :

I look forward to hearing from you!
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May Wah [31 Jan 2007|10:59am]

[ mood | hungry ]

Took a trip Sunday to Chinatown with Kitty to finally find where May-Wah is and get some good fake vegetarian meat. We've been meaning to go but i've been so busy with work and bands that I haven't had time. So we headed to Hester St and found it easily. What a great place! It's a small store but lots of cool stuff for the vegetarian and vegan and they do mail order and wholesale via their website http://www.vegieworld.com/cart/index.asp
They have mostly frozen food, but also have a decent selection of shelf stable mock meat, soups and noodles. Most of it is textured vegetable protein and most of the seasoned products are all without garlic and onions. A lot of the products are mushroom based but theres a lot of things that aren't. May-Wah even has a members club for $20 that gets you 10% off their stuff and 15% off on holiday months. I bought quite a few things, including meatballs, chicken balls, strip steak, shelf stable beef balls and hot sauce. Afterwards we went to my Parents house and had a nice spaghetti and fake chickenball dinner. Although the chickenballs had a SLIGHTLY rubbery feel (we surface fried them, not deep fried or baked which may have been the reason) we all seemed to like the taste of the chickenballs and texture. May-Wah is a great resource for the vegetarian/vegan and I recommend it highly.

Check out my photos of May-WahCollapse )

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Table Refinishing [11 Nov 2006|11:24am]

Hi Everyone!

A friend would like to refinish an oak table and we'd like to do it as non-toxically and environmentally friendly as possible. Does anyone have step-by-step instructions regarding how to do this?

Thank you!
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Wellness Community [11 Nov 2006|10:30am]

I created a place for those with a thirst for wellness and a compassion for all life. It is called the

Life Dynamix Wellness Community

Here you can meet others with similar interests, spread your message of wellness, and have your health questions answered by one of our wellness experts. These services are at no cost to you - this is our way of saying thanks for making Life Dynamix part of your world :)

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I will be added to your friends network automatically. I hope to see you there :)

To Magic & Possibilities!

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[21 Oct 2006|09:26pm]


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Juicer recommendations please [09 Aug 2006|05:38pm]

I want to buy a really good juicer that does whole foods like uncut apples and vegetables, and is able to process wheatgrass. I can pay up to $200 bucks. I think I want a triturating (twin gear) machine but i'm not sure. What do you own, how much did you get it for and where did you buy it? Any good review sites or juicer sites you know of? I was looking here for info http://www.bestjuicers.com/juicertypes.html Any good data you can offer is appreciated.

Some of the ones i've been looking at:
Omega Nutrition Center 8005 $259
Green Star GS-3000
Green Power GP-E1503 Gold
Omega Juicers 8003 Nutrition Center
Omega Juicers 8005
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holiday crafts [28 Oct 2005|02:45pm]

[ mood | curious ]

Anyone planning on making veggie/vegan crafts as holiday gifts? If so, whatcha makin'? :-)

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Vegetarian Magnetic Ribbon - NEW photo! [23 Mar 2005|02:21pm]

We have a nifty actual ribbon photo:

We have a couple new ribbon designs up too, so check it out at http://www.funkyribbons.com :-D
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Veggie Ribbon! [03 Mar 2005|12:07pm]


Show your veggie pride with this swell 8-inch magnetic ribbon! Perfect for your car, fridge, or any other magnetic surface!!

Check out our Vegan ribbon and other ribbons at http://www.funkyribbons.com!
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[21 Nov 2004|03:05pm]

Okay, so I've been seeing so many requests for vegan holiday recipes that I went and looked up websites that contain vegan holiday recipes for everyone. Hopefully everyone will be able to find what they are looking for on these sites! :) (crossposted like crazy)

Here's the list!!!!Collapse )
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[10 May 2004|11:32am]

so, i've been talking about it for what, six months now? im going to start a zine.
its going to be a craft/diy/vegan zine. aha. i want to do a thing where i get menus from every state for vegan restaurants and compile it for when bands are on tour, people are traveling, etc. have awesome vegan recipes in it, and vegan friendly companies for beauty products, good vitamins, good books, stuff like that. and then sort of like a craft project for any holidays coming up [some sort of mothers day, valentines day, etc type gift idea] how to make a bouquet for your mom that looks like a professional one, how to make a journal with polaroid transfers of you and your lovvverrr, and then how to like, make your own curtains, make your own coffee table,clock, upholster your couch [me and my roommate are proud to say our apartment is almost 100% diy, i made my own desk, we made our own couches, curtains, clock, lamps, coffee table, cubboards] ,etc etc etc.

so heres the thing, i obviously need some submissions for whatever you've got. i want to get a print gocco before a start [a very high resolution smaller cless messy silk sceening machine] to make my covers and what not, so i dont plan on getting stuff out till maybe august, but i want to get going on stuff! if you have any recipe, or brand that is vegan friendly that you want to share with people, i'd love it if you want to help a sister out.

reply or email me:

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i heart pdx [21 Apr 2004|06:16pm]

i just wanted to tell you all about a project i just started called i heart pdx. it is a website dedicated to showcasing the talents of portland artists and craftspeople. handmade products are sold on the site: bags, clothes, weird stuffed animal?s, accessories and more, all with hip and crafty nw sensibilities. one of a kind pieces and custom orders always available. and there are also message boards where folks can discuss portland topics, crafty stuff and anything else pdxophiles might want to talk about. it can be reached via
(new vegan cooking column! also check out vegan fashion and bondage gear by sts)
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[22 Mar 2004|01:04am]

i'm new!

i make a mean vegan fudge in a variety of flavors. [ex: mocha, mintocolate, maplewalnut, peanutbutter, and any of them can have any type of nut added!]

and i'm halfway done with my cookbook. but thats another story.

...ps- does anyone make any really nice vegan perfume? i've found lots of body sprays that are animal friendly but the scent wears off pretty easy. i know that victoria secrets has some thats okay too, but i'm looking for some rad diy scents. aha. thanks!
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[19 Mar 2004|11:39pm]



These are a limited run 'cause these are very difficult to make and time consuming. These soaps are 100% vegan. These were made by a Cold Press process and NOT melt and pour. All ingredients are 100% natural and no added artificial colors or scents are added. These are an extremely limited run so once they are gone, they are gone! They smell exactly like your favorite Coffee shop Moca with everyone's best friend...FUDGE!.

Mail payment to:

Isabelle Guns
PO BOX 42085
Champlain PO
Vancouver, BC
V5S 4R5
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[12 Mar 2004|12:25am]

I made soaps. These are pastel colored soaps in white chocolate flavor. Yes these soaps are for sale and shipping is free.

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[08 Mar 2004|10:53pm]

First of all, I would like to introduce myself. My name is isabelle_guns and I enjoy making crafts and make all sorts of different crafts. My latest projects were these soaps below. I am showing them off as well as selling them dirt cheap at my cost (no profit to me, I am even paying for shipping and handling out of my own pocket) 'cause I want to share in person my work.

For those who purchase the soap from me will get a design sheet so that you can make the very same soaps on your own!!! I will also include a sheet of recommended home made scents and colors for the soaps.

These soaps are unique 'cause I have made them fun by incorporating a geometrical puzzle within the soap...kinda like a game. Full instruction sheets will also be included in the soap...Thing Janga with a twist :)


I made some Irish/Green colored/smelling soap. The scent is Ocean Rain and soaps are completely animal fat free and all natural (including the coloring). They are $1.99 each and SHIIPING IS FREE

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[27 Feb 2004|08:17pm]

hand made stuff

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[21 Feb 2004|06:02pm]

h1> February 21, 2004 </h1>

The Easter Line (some of). All soaps are placed in a professional soap bag for presentation (no ugly suran wrap).

Medium sized two toned lavender color/scented flowers (solid lavender color on top, clear purple glycerine on the bottom).

Each soap is $1.50 each (cheap for home made soap considering the supplies/scents/colors are $$$).

Teeny tiny mini soap grab bags perfect for hand soaps or Easter Basket Stuffers. They are also portable for public hand wash use (not all public bathrooms have soap so don't be stuck). Each grab bag contains 5 - 6 tiny soaps. Price is $1 per bag.

Orange = orange scent (duh)
Clear Orange = orange (duh)
Pink = bubble gum
Red = Rose
Purple = lavender

Large 2 tone orange creamsicle soap $3

1 - 2 soaps = $1
2 - 4 soaps = $2

Paypal takes too much commission and these soaps are cheap enough considering materials. You can paypal if you would like (you pay the additional charges PP bitch charges). You can snail mail the money to me and I will put your order on the side.

Isabelle Guns
PO BOX 42085
Champlain PO
Vancouver, BC
V5S 4R5
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[16 Feb 2004|03:30pm]

Please help make hog/dog rodeos illegal , where vicious dogs attack pigs for entertainment. Sign the petition and forward it to as many people as you can. http://www.ipetitions.com/campaigns/savepigs/
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