Our Food

local farming

According to a new report by the National Center For Health Statistics, nearly 40 percent of all U.S. adults are now officially obese. An all-time record high. More than 70 percent of us are now officially overweight.

GIVE THANKS, we live in the “illusion of prosperity”

Now, it’s time to get serious and educated on the matters at hand.

The majority of the population does not even understand what is being done to them. Major food corporations know that eating heavily processed foods is addictive and an edible path to heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other deadly diseases, but they keep pushing those foods on us anyway. Junk food is making them rich and making us sick!

  • energy drinks
  • soda pop
  • candy
  • fast food

The average American diet is extremely self-destructive, and it is well time for a change. Which is why we at Total Escape decided to focus on the topic of FOOD for this autumn month of Thanksgiving.

On the towns pages we link to local farmers markets, health food stores, community co-ops, family farms, organic farms, farm stays and vineyards.

our food

OMG, GMO – soy, corn, sugar
* May contain ingredients partially produced with genetic engineering.

High fructose corn syrup, soy lecithin, natural flavors….
you may not realize how much GMO is in your food.

Why Care about Food

If you are concerned with your physical health & well-being, you already know that nutritious, real food is the best for your daily diet. You are what you eat!

Almost half of California voters voted to label genetically engineered foods, way back in 2012. So if you didn’t understand about healthy food choices 5 years ago, you might be willing to look at the food issue more closely these days.

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Although the labeling law did not pass, many companies begin putting GMO-free or NON-GMO labels on the front of the food packages anyway. Health food manufacturers, major national brands, and especially food produced inside California – can be found with the non-gmo verified label.

FOOD as medicine, in light of recent news:
Americans are the fattest culture ever; Declining bee population, continued environmental pollution, and the link to our epic diseases. Gut disorders, allergies, autism, cancer, diabetes, the list goes on and on.

Most Prevalent Pesticides

Glyphosate is a potent and dangerous chemical found in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer, the most commonly used herbicide in history.  Glyphosate has contaminated the planet, and is now found in mother’s milk, our bloodstreams, and in our food and water supply. The World Health Organization announced in 2015 that glyphosate ‘probably’ causes cancer.

Levels of the herbicide Roundup in human urine have increased dramatically among California residents in the past two decades, a new study reports. Roundup is used to protect genetically modified corn and soy crops from weeds; Also sprayed on wheat and oats, during harvest; And blindly used by public and private land owners to control weeds on their property, which ends up in run-off water, as poison to lakes and rivers.

This chemical corporate push in agriculture is a decades-long experiment with our very own ecosystem: Our health and the health of our planet.

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Watch Food Documentary Films to find out more on this topic.

Organic is Non GMO & More

Granges are now Guild Halls?

Follow the Food Babe blog online

Favorite West Coast Pioneers:

Amy’s Kitchen
Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar
Bob’s Red Mill
Cal-Organic
Cliff Bar
Dr. Bronner’s Soap
Full Belly Farm
Lundberg Family Farms
Masumoto Family Farm
Organic Valley Coop

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Grange Hall, now California Guilds

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Why are California Granges now called Guild Halls?

Simply, it’s FOOD politics.

Corporate food power versus local food production: organic, GMOs, bees, pesticide drift and a host of other issues. In 2011, all hell broke loose with the historic Grange Halls – newly elected officials, and the national goals versus the local community interests.

The following year California was voting to label GMO foods, a proposition which educated millions of eaters and chemical corporations spent gazillions opposing the bill, but it was only narrowly defeated. The National Grange was standing on the opposite side from the California State Grange on this important food issue. This may be when the chasm began to widen.

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transition to the California State Guild

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Hippies, yuppies, left coast thinkers. Fruits, flakes and nuts! Tree huggers, eco-terrorist. Damn liberals. Food and California.

Remember that half of California voters knew about genetically engineered ingredients 5 years ago. Many of them made diet decisions based on new information readily available. Maybe they sometimes exercise outdoors, and dig this web site. Others choose to ignore the food topic. Denial.

Although the labeling law did not pass, many companies begin putting NON-GMO labels on the front of the food packages anyway. Health food manufacturers, now major brands, especially food produced inside California.

SLOW FOOD

The local food movements in cities and in rural communities started growing, prior to the year 2000; Grange membership began increasing (for the first time since the 1950s) as young farmers and organic farmers took a new interests in “creating community” and finding a cleaner, greener way to the future of food.

Now we have farmers markets and CSA’s (community supported agriculture programs) all over the nation, on a weekly basis. Awareness has only been accelerating on the food topic – with organic food sales rising steadily over the past decade.

Raised Garden Bed

Grow Your Own Food

more articles & resources –

The State of the Grange

West Coast Grange Wars: A Reborn Farmers’ Movement Takes on Corporate Agriculture

The California State Grange backed 2012’s Proposition 37, which mandated labeling of genetically modified foods….

The National Grange suspended the California State Grange’s charter in September 2012, and revoked it in May 2013

We are anti-pesticide, anti-fracking but we are for food sovereignty. The National Grange is dynamically opposed to all of those. They are pro-GMO, pro-pesticides, pro-big farming as opposed to small and local farms. Politically there is a dynamic difference.

Guild Asks Governor To Ban Glyphosate

Food Movies: Food Documentaries, GMO Movie, Farm Documentary Films

Map California Baja

Secret Beaches

Secret Beaches of Baja

2003 Baja Map

Baja Topo Map

Topographic Maps of California Baja
Baja California Almanac

BAJA MEXICO MAP

The mysterious topographic map maker, Landon Crumpton, is gone. Although his Baja Almanac book of the Mexican peninsula is still as popular as ever.

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The Total Escape crew has been using this amazing topo map for Baja Mexico since our the very first excursions in 1990. Click below to read more about the famous, hard-to-find Baja Almanac publication.

  • Baja California Almanac
  • Topographic Map Book of Baja California

  • National Geographic Baja Maps
  • NatGeo Baja California Mexico Maps

    Baja California Maps

  • Find more Baja Maps
  • Obscure Books & Maps, AAA Maps of Baja

    Baja Snack

    California Water Information

    California Reservoirs
    California Water Resources

    water resources / water scarcity / land and water

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    SNOW PACK

    State Snow Depths – Wunderground
    SNOTEL Snow Depth Reports
    http://www.wunderground.com/StateSnowDepth.asp?state=CA

    California Snow Water Equivalents
    Sierra Snow Pack Data
    http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cdecapp/snowapp/sweq.action

    Eastern Sierra Snow Pack by Sierra Wave
    Article published Feb 2014
    http://www.sierrawave.net/tag/eastern-sierra-snowpack/

    Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center
    Snowpack summaries published Dec 2014
    http://www.esavalanche.org/content/snowpack-summaries-begin-soon

    Sierra Avalanche Center
    Sierra Nevada Mountain Snow in California
    http://www.sierraavalanchecenter.org/

     

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    LAKES & RESERVOIRS

    The Lowest Lake Levels in California
    List of Reservoirs below 30% full, as reported Jan. 2015


    Conditions for Major Reservoirs in California

    http://cdec.water.ca.gov/

    • Trinity Lake
    • Lake Shasta
    • Lake Oroville
    • Folsom Lake
    • New Melones Lake
    • Millerton Lake
    • San Luis Reservoir
    • Don Pedro Reservoir
    • Pine Flat Lake
    • Pyramid Lake
    • Castaic Lake

    Daily Reservoir Storage Summary
    State wide  updated list of California Reservoirs
    http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/reservoirs/RES

    San Diego River & Reservoir Data
    Map of San Diego Hydrology, Water Storage
    http://www.cnrfc.noaa.gov/

    San Luis Obispo Reservoir Data
    Lakes on the Central Coast of California
    http://www.slocountywater.org/

    • Lake Nacimiento
    • Whale Rock Reservoir
    • Lake Lopez
    • Santa Margarita Lake
    • Twitchell Reservoir

    Ventura County Watershed Map
    Watershed Protection District
    http://www.vcwatershed.net/

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    RIVER FLOWS

    California River Forecast Center Map
    Overview for recent rainfall data, snow depths, and ocean temperature
    http://www.cnrfc.noaa.gov/google.php

    California Current River Conditions
    CA.gov Dept of Water Resources
    http://cdec.water.ca.gov/river/rivcond.html

    California River Forecast
    California Nevada River Forecast Center
    http://cdec.water.ca.gov/rivforecasts.html
    Drought Info
    http://www.cnrfc.noaa.gov/droughtInfo.php

    Upper Sacramento River Forecast
    Northern Sacto River
    http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/rivfcast/USACBUL

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    NEWS & STATISTICS

    Irrigated Lands in California – Farming Map

    Dry Wells in California – DanaMite’s Map
    More than 1,480 domestic well failures in 36 counties have been reported to the state of California recently.

    California will need 11 trillion gallons of water to end epic drought by Mashable.com
    http://mashable.com/

    California Department of Water Resources
    http://www.water.ca.gov/

    Water in California – Wikipedia
    Reservoirs, Water Sources, Aquaducts, Water Distribution
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_in_California

    Residential Per Capita Water Use across California
    Water conservation measures and stats per city
    http://www.californiadrought.org/

    Aquafornia, the Water Education Foundation
    California water news from various news sources
    http://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia

    Association of California Water Agencies
    Largest statewide coalition of public water agencies
    http://www.acwa.com/content/water-information

    USGS Water Data for California
    The United States Geological Survey
    http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ca/nwis

    EPA – Environmental Protection Agency
    California Drinking Water | Local Drinking Water Information
    http://water.epa.gov/drink/local/ca.cfm

    California Water Impact Network, C-WIN
    Advocates for equitable and environmentally sensitive use of California’s water
    http://www.c-win.org/

    California Drought Map
    National Drought Mitigation Center
    http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?CA

     

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    PACIFIC OCEAN

    Heal the Bay
    Volunteer, Beach Cleanups, Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
    http://www.healthebay.org/

    The Pacific Genocide

    • Fukushima Meltdown
    • Acidification of Oceans
    • Overfishing
    • Pollution & Oil Spills
    • Marine Life Watch

    Pear Festival

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    Kelseyville Pear Festival
    Pear Fest Lake County

    Main Street in Kelseyville comes alive,w/ this family-focused event to showcase the areas history, agritourism, local businesses, craftsmen and community services. This is a fun filled day that starts off with a home town parade. Festivities include three stages with musicians, dancers and cloggers; horse demonstrations; antique car, engine and tractor shows; quilt shows; art shows and an entire pavilion devoted to all things ‘pear.’ Food vendors offer an array of scrumptious selections. Wine and beer tasting along with pear margaritas round out the choices. Pear pies and desserts always sell out.

    Annual event; September
    (one day only)
    707-279 9022

    Kelseyville, CA

    pearfestival.com

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