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Feb 4, 2013

Car slams into Basil Bandwagon store in Raritan Township

Terry Wright/Hunterdon County DemocratBy Terry Wright/Hunterdon County Democrat 
on February 02, 2013 at 4:30 PM, updated February 02, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Car smashes into Basil Bandwagon in Raritan Township
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A car smashed through the front of the Basil Bandwagon store in Raritan Township Saturday afternoon, coming to rest completely inside the building. The driver, his passenger and the dog in the car all escaped injury.

The mishap took place just before 2 p.m. at the natural market and organic food store, 276 Route 202-31 in the Flemington Circle Shopping Center. The driver, a man whose name was not immediately available, was heard telling a policeman that his car, a Jeep sport-utility vehicle, suddenly lurched into the store.

Frank Veneziale, emergency management coordinator, said that in addition to the two people in the Jeep, somebody who was in the store complained of chest pain. All three were examined by the Flemington-Raritan Rescue Squad. Also responding were Raritan Township Fire Company and paramedics from Hunterdon Medical Center.

A township Construction Department official looked over the damaged building and declared it to be structurally safe, Veneziale said. But, the emergency personnel had the electricity turned off and the store will be closed until the windows and doors can be replaced.

The car, which was pulled out and hauled away by a flatbed wrecker from Superior Towing, did not appear to have extensive damage.

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Posted: Feb 4, 2013 6:30am
Jul 20, 2009


Wild Carrot
Daucus carota

Queen Anne's Lace is the wild progenitor of our cultivated carrot. It still has many of the properties lost in cultivation. If an apple a day will keep the Doctor away a wild carrot a day might keep death itself away!

Other Names:  Queen-Anne's lace, Bees' Nest, Bird's Nest, Carrot, Carotte, Carrot, Wild Carrot, Yarkuki, Zanahoria Wild Carrot, Birds Nest Weed, Devils Plague, Garden Carrot, Bee's nest plant, Bird's nest root

    Biennial herb originally a native of Southern Europe, it has become naturalized throughout the United States and Canada.

    Wild Carrot is easy to grow, it prefers a sunny position and a well-drained neutral to alkaline soil. Considered an obnoxious weed by some, it can spread very quickly. In its second year, from a taproot (the carrot) stems grows to a height of two to four feet or more, they are erect and branched, both stems and leaves are covered with short coarse hairs. The leaves are very finely divided-tri-pinnate, alternate, and embrace the stem with a sheathing base. The two to four inch "flower" is actually a compound of terminal umbels, made up of many small white flowers. The central flower of the Umbelliferae is often purple. A ring of finely-divided and leaf-like bracts grows at the point where the umbel meets the stem. Blooming from June to August, but often continues to bloom flowers much longer. Its root is small and spindle shaped, whitish, slender and hard, (tender when young), but soon gets tough, with a strong aromatic smell. Harvest entire plant in July or when flowers bloom, and dry for later herb use. Collect edible roots and shoots in spring when tender. Gather seed in fall.

   Wild Carrot is edible and medicinal, root is edible cooked or raw, flower clusters can be french-fried for a carrot-flavored, quite attractive dish. The aromatic seed is used as a flavoring in stews and soups. Used for centuries as an alternative medicine. 

    This long list of chemical constituents and their activities, contained in Wild Carrot is brought to you courtesy of Dr. James A. Duke and his wonderful website. Acetone, acetyl-choline, alpha-linolenic-acid, alpha-pinene, alpha-tocopherol, apigenin, arachidonic-acid, arginine, asarone, ascorbic-acid, bergapten, beta-carotene, beta-sitosterol, caffeic-acid, camphor, chlorogenic-acid, chlorophyll, chrysin, citral, citric-acid, coumarin, elemicin, esculetin, ethanol, eugenol, falcarinol, ferulic-acid, folacin, formic-acid, fructose, gamma-linolenic-acid, geraniol, glutamine, glycine, hcn, histidine, kaempferol, lecithin, limonene, linoleic-acid, lithium, lupeol, lutein, luteolin, lycopene, magnesium, manganese, methionine, mufa, myrcene, myricetin, myristicin, niacin, oleic-acid, pantothenic-acid, pectin, phenylalanine, potassium, psoralen, quercetin, scopoletin, stigmasterol, sucrose, terpinen-4-ol, thiamin, tryptophan, tyrosine, umbelliferone, xanthotoxin, and a slew of other Vitamins and minerals. These constituents are known to have these activities, Analgesic, Anti-arthritic, Antidepressant, Anti-psychotic, Anti-schizophrenic, Antidote, Anti-inflammatory, Antibacterial, Anticonvulsant, Anti-diabetic, Anti-estrogenic, Anti-flu, Antihistaminic, Antioxidant, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Anti-epileptic, Anti-anxiety, Anti-stress, Ant-PMS, Anti-hangover, Antiviral, Cancer-Preventive, Expectorant, Fungistat, Immunostimulant, MAO-Inhibitor, Sedative, Tranquilizer, Aphrodisiac, Sweetener, Pituitary-Stimulant, and more. Ongoing studies are proving this to be a very valuable plant, useful in many areas of alternative medicine, a few are Alzheimer's, Crohn's disease, Parkinson's disease, Infertility, Asthma-preventive, most types of cancer, Diabetes, Leukemia, HIV, Spina-bifida, Migraine headache, obesity, and much more, even the common cold. Used as a medicinal herb for thousands of years as an anthelmintic, carminative, contraceptive, deobstruent, diuretic, emmenagogue, galactogogue, ophthalmic, and stimulant. 

    A medicinal infusion is used in the treatment of various complaints including digestive disorders, (soothes the digestive tract), kidney and bladder diseases and in the treatment of dropsy, it supports the liver, stimulates the flow of urine and the removal of waste by the kidneys. A wonderfully cleansing medicinal herb, an infusion of the leaves has been used to counter cystitis and kidney stone formation, and to diminish stones that have already formed. The seeds can be used as a settling carminative agent for the relief of flatulence and colic. 

 Wild Carrot leaves contain significant amounts of porphyrins, which stimulate the pituitary gland and lead to the release of increased levels of sex hormones, and stimulates the uterus. The plant is also used to encourage delayed menstruation, can induce uterine contractions and so should not be used by pregnant women. The seed is a traditional 'morning after' contraceptive and there is some evidence to uphold this belief. An essential oil obtained from the seed has also been used cosmetically in anti-wrinkle creams. A strong decoction of the seeds and root make a very good insecticide.

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Posted: Jul 20, 2009 1:32pm
Jun 10, 2009
Organic Bytes - If you can't see this message contact us June 10, 2009 Organic Bytes #177: Doctors Warning on GMOs, Organics Proven More Nutritious, Silk Soymilk Scam & More... Health, Justice and Sustainability News
from the Organic Consumers Association In This Issue
  • Quote of the Week: Doctors Call for Ban on Genetically Modified Foods
  • Alert of the Week: The American Dietetic Association Buries Organic Nutrition Facts
  • Organic Nutrition News of the Week: Why Government Nutrition Programs Shouldn't Ban Organic
  • OCA Web Forum Posting of the Week: Silk Soymilk Packaging Scam
  • Plunder of the Week: Judge's Ruling Fuels Meltdown in Organic Dairy Industry
  • Health News of the Week: Study Raises Fresh Questions about the Safety of Water Fluoridation


Doctors Call for Ban on Genetically Modified Foods

On May 19, 2009 the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) released a landmark position paper signed by physicians across the U.S. calling for a moratorium on GE foods:

"Avoid GM (genetically modified) foods when possible... Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food... There is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects. There is causation...The strength of association and consistency between GM foods and disease is confirmed in several animal studies."

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Alert of the Week The American Dietetic Association Buries Organic Nutrition Facts

The American Dietetic Association (ADA) is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. Its opinions influence health care professionals, the media, and state and federal policies. While ADA claims it is committed to "improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy," its perspective is clearly being influenced by corporate agribusiness. Although the ADA has nothing to say about the abundance of scientific studies exposing the dangers of genetically engineered foods , the organization's own Marianne Smith Edge has been giving anti-organic keynote addresses at meetings of state dietetic associations across the nation. The ADA's own studies in 2007 and 2009 revealed that plants cultivated in organic systems contain higher levels of nutrients, yet the ADA's website claims, "nutritionally there is no evidence that organic produce is better or safer than conventionally grown produce." It's time to expose the ADA's bias. Use OCA's handy online tool to click and send a pre-written "letter to the editor" to your local media outlets.

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Organic Nutrition News of the Week Why Government Nutrition Programs Shouldn't Ban Organic

A growing number of states have been preventing WIC (Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children) recipients from purchasing organic products based on three major excuses: the 'high' cost of organics, a supposed lack of scientific evidence that organic produce is more nutritious than its conventional counterparts, and recipient preferences (see how your state stands on this issue here). OCA is taking this issue to Congress, to demand that the federal government acknowledge the benefits of an organic diet when the Child Nutrition Act and WIC are reauthorized this year. Chantal Clement, graduate student and OCA intern, debunks the myth that there's no difference in the nutritional value of organic and non-organic food here:

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Quick Organic Facts of the Week Health Benefits & Exploding Sales

-A new Organic Trade Association report reveals sales of organic products in 2008 grew 17.1% over the previous year. Organic food sales grew more than three times the rate of nonorganic food sales.

-According to the Journal of Applied Nutrition, organically grown fruits and vegetables have significantly higher nutritional content than conventional produce: "Organically grown apples, wheat, sweet corn, potatoes and pears were examined over a 2 year period and were 63% higher in calcium, 73% higher in iron, 118% higher in magnesium, 178% higher in molybdenum, 91% higher in phosphorus, 125% higher in potassium and 60% higher in zinc than conventionally grown produce." In addition, organic meats were not only found to be leaner, but also have about five times the omega-3s.

-In a conventional diet, we are exposed to over 70 pesticide-related pollutants on a daily basis. A recent 2009 report found that switching to an organic diet reduces pesticide exposure by over 95%.

-The Environmental Working Group published a list of the 12 most pesticide ridden foods based on 87,000 tests. Nectarines, peaches, apples, strawberries and imported grapes topped the list. The most pesticide-free non-organic produce includes onions, avocados, and sweet corn.

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OCA Web Forum Posting of the Week Silk Soymilk Packaging Scam

The OCA web forum is an online community of like-minded people sharing thoughts about the wide variety of topics you regularly read about in Organic Bytes or on the OCA website. The web forum now has over 4,500 members and nearly 10,000 posts. One of those recent posts was from a user named Tedalan:

"I was very involved in the creation of Silk Organic Soymilk when it was first designed and manufactured. Steve Demos was very committed to Silk being Non-GMO, Organic and Vegan. Suddenly, when buying Silk at Whole Foods, I discovered that none of the Silk flavors in half gallon containers were certified organic. The cartons look exactly the same as before with the exception/removal of the USDA Organic Seal and the word "organic" before soybeans in the nutritional panel. This is a very sneaky way for a manufacturer to discontinue Non-GMO Organic soybeans in the manufacture of their product. I also wonder why Whole Foods continues to sell this product without a warning sign."

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Headlines and Articles of the Week

1) Plunder of the Week: Judge's Ruling Fuels Meltdown in Organic Dairy Industry
Last week, a judge in federal district court in St. Louis, rejected 19 class-action lawsuits filed by consumers who are claiming fraud in the sale of "organic" milk coming from one of the giant operations.
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2) Health News of the Week: Study Raises Fresh Questions about the Safety of Water Fluoridation
"A new cancer study from India suggests that fluoride is a contributing factor to osteosarcoma, or bone cancer - but just how much fluoride intake causes the uncommon disease is not clear..."
Learn more

3) Website of the Week: The Organic Center
Peer-reviewed scientific studies on the benefits of organic farming.

4) Organic Transition News of the Week: Report-- Agriculture Holds a Key to Solving Global Warming
A new Worldwatch Institute study indicates greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced by 25% by implementing some basic changes to the world's food production practices.
Learn more

5) Web Video of the Week: The Colbert Report Looks at Industrial Agriculture
One of the most important tools in any activist's belt is a little levity. Check out this Comedy Central clip to see Steven Colbert and Eric Schlosser debate factory farms, GMOs, and the monopolization of food.

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Posted: Jun 10, 2009 1:34pm
Jun 5, 2009
Focus: Consumer Rights
Action Request: Other
Location: New Jersey, United States

Urgent communiqué for those who are concerned about GMO's

At the website, there is an open comment period on genetically engineered foods (organisms). 
To view the proposed rule, supporting documents, and the comments USDA has  received, go to:

To date there are currently very few comments and there are  millions of people that are concerned about GMO's . A New York Times poll found 53% of Americans won't buy genetically modified food. Please work to get many more consumers and organic stakeholders to comment against GMO’s by accessing the following website:

Importation, Interstate Movement, and Release Into the Environment of Certain Genetically Engineered Organisms
Hit the "Add comments"  icon in the middle of the page and submit your comments by June 29th


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Posted: Jun 5, 2009 4:50am
Mar 22, 2009
Focus: Environment
Action Request: Celebration
Location: New Jersey, United States

We're getting ready for an Earthday Celebration !
April 19th 2009 at Basil Brook Organic Pharm.
We will be promoting our community garden and
clean and safe alternative energy development.
Pot luck dinner.
Free set up space for crafters and artists.
and camping areas smileytent.gif
for those who want to campout for the night.

Many blessings to you and yours  ~ Alice

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Posted: Mar 22, 2009 7:22am
Mar 10, 2009
Focus: Sustainable Development
Action Request: Volunteer
Location: New Jersey, United States

We have just started a community garden and here at the farm and just got now have 2 volunteers !

Plans are in the works for an Earthday Celebration as well.

We currently have 30 members in The New Jersey Gardening/Farming Meetup Group

This is our site:  

We looking for more volunteers so we can grow organic veggies for our local food bank and low income people in Hunterdon County. We also plan on planting 300 Empress trees. If you know of anyone that may be interested, please pass this information along to them.

Organically Yours, Alice

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