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If you're looking to get your sangria on, this recipe looks great. An added suggestion is to try to make the apples organic as well, because conventional apples skew high on the pesticide meter.
- 2 bottles of organic red wine. A Merlot will work. The wine does not have to be Spanish, and like I said, the cheaper stuff will do fine.
- 1 lemon - thinly sliced
- 1 orange - thinly sliced
- 2 large apples- peeled, cored, chopped into small cubes
- a half cup of organic white sugar (I've never tried it with brown, but I don't think there would be much of a difference)
- 2 tablespoons of lime juice
- 1 cup orange juice (no pulp)
- half a cup of brandy
- half a cup of Gran Marnier or another orange liqueur
- 1 liter of seltzer water
Read the full article here to find what to do with these ingredients.
This important legal victory for an organic farmer could have broad implications.
Four years ago, the president of Jacobs Farm/Del Cabo, Larry Jacobs, received an unfortunate phone call from Whole Foods. The retail giant notified him that it was rejecting the organic dill he had sold the chain because his culinary herb had tested positive for pesticides.
"I said, That's not possible,' " Jacobs remembered this week. "I haven't sprayed pesticides since I got sick spraying pesticides 40 years ago."
As it turns out, Jacob's 120-acre herb farm, just north of Santa Cruz in Wilder Ranch State Park, was a victim of a hard-to-detect but relatively simple scientific process: Pesticides applied in liquid form to nearby Brussels sprouts later volatilized and carried as a vapor, through wind or fog, to Jacob's dill.
This week, California's 6th Appellate District Court upheld Jacob's right to sue the pesticide applicator, Western Farm Service, and let stand the $1 million award a jury handed Jacobs two years ago. The ruling becomes final in 30 days.
The decision is significant, agriculture and law experts say, because it strengthens the case for organic farmers or anyone else harmed by pesticides to seek legal recourse -- even if the pesticide is legally applied as it was here.
In Egypt, the government is making some noise about addressing their notoriously loose organic regulations.
Mother Nature Network's Maria Rodale gives her top 10 list.