Sign petition to ban plastic grocery bags in Sacramento

Many bay area cities already have a ban on plastic bags.  It doesn’t mean you can’t buy garbage bags to take out your trash.  It does mean Grocery Stores, Fast Food Restaurants, Consumer Electronics stores, etc.. can’t put your items in a plastic bag, it would be paper or cardboard hence forth.  The great pacific garbage patch is a buildup of plastic and petroleum products that is estimated to be twice the size of Texas.  This garbage patch destroys our ocean wildlife and endangers all who swallow its water with xenoestrogens.  Let’s do our part to reduce this calamity by signing the petition to ban plastic bags in Sacramento.


Here’s a response I wrote to one of our members regarding a question on Mushrooms:

I don’t eat mushrooms outside of refined supplements which I do think are a great idea.  My parents in Seattle are organizers of the Puget Sound Mycological Society and are very well educated on the topic.  Apparently, in Europe they don’t put raw mushrooms on their salads like we do here, because all mushrooms are toxic until cooked.  Mushrooms can’t run and hide and unlike eating an apple, eating a mushroom will kill the whole life form so their only natural defense is global toxicity.  The US authority on mushrooms Paul Stamets says that every raw mushroom is capable of causing cancer.  That’s why the US, Japanese, and Chinese all sell extracts of mushrooms to fight cancer, because while there’s good stuff in there, it’s literally not all good.  I suggest you find a local mycology group to learn more about your mushrooms.  I would also like to note that many members in our group do eat mushrooms raw, I just don’t like the taste and don’t feel it’s worth the risk.

Christian Blackburn

Marinara Sauce

6 cups Roma Tomatoes peeled Chop in food processor then put in colander to drain
1/2 cup of finely chopped sun dried tomatoes
1 1/2 Tbsp finely minced red onion
1 1/2 to 3 tsp crushed garlic (I put 3 in mine)
1 1/2 to 3 Tbsp minced fresh basil leaves (I put 3 in mine)
1 1/2 to 2 1/2 Tbsp minced fresh oregano (I put 2 1/2 in mine)
1 tsp pink Himalayan salt
Pinch of pepper
Recipe compliments of

Gail Grini