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Straus Family Creamery Introduces Organic, Cream-Top, Lactose-Free Milk

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Straus Family Creamery Lactose-Free Organic Milk

Straus Family Creamery, California’s pioneering organic creamery, is adding lactose-free, cream-top, reduced fat milk to its lineup. Like all Straus milks, the lactose-free option is certified organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, certified kosher and available in reusable glass bottles. Supermarkets and grocery stores in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and other California locations will offer lactose-free milk in quart-sized glass bottles at a suggested retail price of $2.99, plus bottle deposit.

Finally, there is tasty, local and sustainably made cream-top milk available for lactose-intolerant consumers in the greater Bay Area. Straus Lactose-Free Milk offers the delicious taste of non-homogenized and very gently pasteurized milk, in which cream flows naturally to the top. The marine air and the fresh, sweet grasses, on which the cows graze on Northern California’s Tomales Bay, contribute to its rich and sweet flavor. In addition, Straus’ organic Lactose-Free Milk provides all the same benefits as our regular organic milk.

According to the Innovation Center for US Dairy, 24% of US adults (or 53 million) suffer from symptoms of lactose intolerance. The vast majority are open to the idea of including more dairy in their diets, if it was more easily digestible. If they chose a lactose-free alternative, an additional 273 million gallons of milk annually could provide all the same benefits of wholesome milk to these consumers.

“We want to make great products for lactose-intolerant people,” says Albert Straus, President of Straus Family Creamery, “and offer them our great-tasting, organic, cream-top milk. Everyone who enjoys milk should be able to enjoy its benefits and have the option to drink it out of a reusable glass bottle, which we believe is one of the best and most sustainable ways to offer milk.”

By consuming Straus Lactose-Free Milk, customers can help to reduce landfill waste by using reusable glass bottles, which have an average return rate of 80% and are reused 6-8 times. In addition, they directly contribute to the company’s mission of protecting small family farms and sustainable dairy production.

Straus Family Creamery became the first certified organic creamery west of the Mississippi in 1994 and extended its commitment to sustainability by becoming the first Non-GMO Project Verified dairy in the country in 2010. Among the many projects within Straus’ sustainability program is a water reuse system, which allows 94% of the creamery’s wastewater to be reused at the dairy. The dairy is powered by a methane digester that converts cow manure to electricity and significantly reduces the amount of methane rising into the atmosphere. Learn more at http://www.strausfamilycreamery.com.

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The New Vault of Coca Cola

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The Vault at Coca Cola

Credit: World of Coca-Cola

Ever wonder where Coca Cola hides their secret recipe? Since 1925 it had been stored in a vault at the SunTrust Bank in Atlanta, Georgia but it has recently moved a little closer to home where it is now hidden in plain sight. The heavily guarded recipe is now part of an exhibit entitled The Vault of The Secret Formula at the Coca Cola Museum, a grand finale of the celebration for the 125th anniversary of Coca Cola. Visitors won’t be able to see the secret recipe, but they will be put into the mystery of the recipe as they experience an interactive multimedia presentation about the vault, the recipe and the history of Coca Cola.

More than 1 million people annually visit the World of Coke, which turns 5 in May 2012.

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Give the Gift of Clean Water This Holiday Season

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Source water at four of A Child's Right's school installation sites prior to filtration through A Child's Right systems
Source water at four of ACR’s school installation sites prior to filtration through our systems. Water high in terribly unsafe contaminants is evident in every part of the cities in Nepal.” (Kathmandu, Nepal)

Not sure what to get that special someone for Christmas this year? Since they’re already likely subscribed to Mutineer Magazine, why not make a donation to A Child’s Right on their behalf and give the gift of water to a poor child in a developing country? Here are just a few reasons why you should help:

  • 80% of diseases in the developing world are caused by contaminated water.
  • Waterborne diseases are the single biggest threat to children around the world.
  • Of the 3 million people who die every year due to waterborne diseases caused by unclean water, 90% are children under the age of 5.
  • Right now, one billion people on the planet don’t have access to safe, clean drinking water.
  • Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease.
  • In Africa alone, people spend 40 billion hours every year just walking to their source contaminated water, equivalent to the entire yearly workforce of France.
  • Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.
  • One in eight people on the planet drinks water that’s likely to make them sick.

These are just a few of many scary statistics about the global water crisis and children are especially vulnerable to waterborne diseases, as their bodies aren’t strong enough to fight diarrhea, dysentery and other illnesses.

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Donating is easy. Visit the donation page at A Child’s Right and using your credit card you can make a donation on behalf of yourself or dedicate it on behalf of, in honor of, or in memory of someone else. You can even choose which country your donation goes to or you can opt for it to be used for water projects where it’s needed most.

Water is the fundamental building block of life. Without water, we wouldn’t just be without wine, whiskey or beer, we couldn’t even survive.

To donate, visit AChildsRight.org.

Want to see how bad the global water crisis is? Check out Mutineer Alan Kropf’s documentary Thirsty Children, which documents his trip to Nepal to install five Mutineer purchased water filtration systems.

Looking to purchase wine? Why not purchase it through Cellar Angels and opt to have a portion of the proceeds donated to A Child’s Right.

About A Child’s Right

Their mission is simple: to change the lives of vulnerable children in impoverished urban areas by providing clean, safe drinking water to orphanages, schools, children’s hospitals, street shelters and rescue homes. They envision a world with clean water for all children — and a museum telling of when it was not so.

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Soda Fountain 101

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Soda Fountain Flow Chart[1]

Many of us haven’t had the opportunity to spend time in an American soda fountain or try the delicious drinks they serve up, but with the help of this infographic, we can at least see the differences between the drinks commonly found at one. Beverage infographics FTW.

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A Child’s Right: ProvingIt.org

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A Child's Right Proving It

The ProvingIt.org page for Koteshor School in Kathmandu, Nepal, which was one of five Mutineer sites in Kathmandu and installed with the support of Jordan Vineyard & Winery.

You may have noticed a theme on the Mutineer blog this week. Yup, water relief, and the hit parade continues as we take a look at ProvingIt.org by A Child’s Right (ACR), which tracks every ACR site on the planet in real-time.

For donors, it’s an opportunity to follow their donation from installation through the 10+ year lifespan of the system at the site, putting the emphasis on not only the system installation, but the long-term follow through and support. A plethora of reports are available, from information about the system to updates on any maintenance, water quality tests, hygiene education and more.

For ACR staff, it’s an opportunity to provide complete transparency around their work as well as harness the power of the internet and mobile phones to create an efficient and effective platform for collecting and communicating data from sites around the world with instant results.

Another intriguing aspect of ProvingIt.org is that it tracks the number of children with access to clean water at THIS MOMENT. If a system ceases to exist, the number goes down. If a system is added, the number goes up. It’s truly a living number and a reflection of ACR’s true impact at any given point in time. Taking it step further, ACR distinguishes between children and adult staff served in order to have more accurate data on the demographic that defines ACR: kids.

If you are just being introduced to the incredible work done by ACR, take a few moments to poke around the ProvingIt.org page and you’ll likely be amazed by the diverse and ambitious scope of the work they are currently involved with.

Here are the links to the ProvingIt.org pages for the the five Mutineer sites in Kathmandu:

Padmaday Higher Secondary School

Tiling Tar School

Koteshor School

Ganesh Higher Secondary School

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Thirsty Children Short Film & Feature Story

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Filmed in 36 hours by Mutineer Editor in Chief Alan Kropf, “Thirsty Children” chronicles Alan’s trip to Kathmandu, Nepal with A Child’s Right to observe the installation of five water filtrations at public schools in connection with Mutineer’s Clean Water Crusader campaign.

A feature story about the trip appears in the new issue of Mutineer Magazine, and can be read in it’s entirety on the new Water Relief page on MutineerMagazine.com.

THANK YOU Mutineer Clean Water Crusaders & Other Water Relief Supporters

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Mutineer Alan Kropf in Nepal - Clean Water Crusader

A brilliantly colorful swarm of enthusiastic students at Padmodaya School in Kathmandu, Nepal, which is enjoying clean drinking and hand washing water through the efforts of Mutineer Magazine and A Child’s Right. Forget water, this has all the makings of a kool-aid party of the highest order.

I first became interested in the topic of water relief in late 2009 and was introduced to Eric Stowe, Executive Director of A Child’s Right. After spending years chasing the dragon that is fine beverage culture, it had never dawned on me that water relief was such an important part of the story we were trying to tell. Access to water is fine beverage in its most basic form and the foundation of every living thing on this planet; it blows my mind every time I try and fully grasp the concept.

After feeling this overwhelming connection, Mutineer made the commitment to work with A Child’s Right to educate others about water relief, which began with a feature story in the May 2009 issue, followed by our 2nd Annual Red Carpet Tasting. Mutineer readers respond- ed with interest, so we created a water relief column with Eric Stowe and we began fundraising by developing a beer with New Holland Brewing Co. to premiere at the Great American Beer Festival and benefit A Child’s Right.

Our interest in water relief evolved into a passion for water relief, and with the support of the beverage industry we set out to raise funds to install five water filtration systems for children in urban areas in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The Clean Water Crusader campaign was launched, and throughout the glorious new issue of Mutineer Magazine we recognize those who stepped up and rallied around this thirsty cause with Clean Water Crusader “tags” throughout the issue. One individual in particular, John Jordan of Jordan Vineyard & Winery, stepped up to support us in spectacular fashion, setting the stage for the Mutineer Comedy Festival and Blue Carpet Dinner, and as such the Jordan Clean Water Crusader tag is leading the charge.

We are happy to report that all five systems have been installed, and would like to recognize the many companies, organizations and individuals that have supported and continue to support Mutineer Magazine’s water relief efforts. Clean water crusader tags will be Twittered and Facebooked over the next few days, be on the lookout and pass it along!

Mutineer Clean Water Crusaders:
Jordan Vineyard & Winery
St. Supery Vineyards & Winery
No.3 London Dry Gin
The King’s Ginger
Don Roberto Tequila
Jacuzzi Family Vineyards
Rosa d’Oro Vineyards
Charles Smith Wines
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Bonny Doon Vineyard
Frog’s Leap Winery
Bard’s Tale Beer Co.
Hornsby’s Hard Cider
Falling Rock Taphouse
New Holland Brewing Co.
Cellar Angels
King Estate
Wente Vineyards
Flasq Wines
New York International Spirits Competition
Pink Out
Celebrity Wine Review TV
Wine Biz Radio
Naked Winery
Six Sigma Ranch
Hip Tastes Events
Lagunitas Brewing Co.

THANK YOU to everyone that partied with us at the Mutineer Blue Carpet Carpet Dinner for Water Relief at Jordan Vineyard & Winery.
THANK YOU to everyone that laughed with us at the Mutineer Magazine Holiday Comedy Festival for Water Relief at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards.
THANK YOU to John Jordan for Bruce Wayne-ing the hell out of this project
THANK YOU to the entire Jordan Vineyard & Winery staff, you are all so ridiculously talented it’s scary: Lisa, Laura, Nitsa, Todd, Pete and the rest of the crew.
THANK YOU to the comedians who performed at the festival: Ben Morrison,
THANK YOU to Ben Morrison for helping us dream up the festival over too much tequila.
THANK YOU to the Official Bloggers of the festival for helping us get the word out: Brookston Beer Bulletin, Swirl Smell Slurp, Vinopanion, Vintuba, WineBlog.org, W. R. Tish, Suburban Wino
THANK YOU Fred and Nancy Cline for opening up your estate and throwing one mean after-party.
THANK YOU Chris Merino for being such an awesome collaborator.
THANK YOU Mike Freidrich for your relentless support and enthusiasm.
THANK YOU Henry Preiss for sending us the good stuff for our rare spirits charity auction.
THANK YOU Rebekah Polster for being awesome.
THANK YOU to the Hall Family at Longmeadow Ranch for housing the Mutineer Team during the fundraiser events.
THANK YOU to the food trucks that fed the hungry attendees at the comedy festival.
THANK YOU Anderson Group Public Relations for not being afraid of getting your hands dirty helping out with our water projects.
THANK YOU Laugh Factory Hollywood for hosting our charity show.
THANK YOU Wolf for sidekick support and the glowing M in the sky.
THANK YOU CellarPass for steadfast support though all of our water relief endeavors.
THANK YOU Charles Smith for making the trip down to party with us in the name of water relief.
THANK YOU Matt Hughes for attending like a stud.
THANK YOU Amarula Cream for being the presenting sponsor at last year’s Red Carpet Party, which in a lot of ways is where this journey began.
THANK YOU Zane Lamprey for bringing exposure and beautiful women to our fundraisers.
THANK YOU Barrie Lynn & the Cheesettes for the awesome pairings.
THANK YOU Dogfish Head, Firestone Walker and Brewer’s Association for buying some fundraiser tickets so some lucky, cash-strapped Mutineer readers could attend.
THANK YOU to all of our event volunteers, of which there are far too many to name, for helping bring our fundraiser projects to life.
THANK YOU Martin Cody for creating an entirely new way to raise money for water relief.
THANK YOU New Holland Brewing Co., Brian Kropf and Ashley Routson for creating such an awesome beer to benefit the cause.
THANK YOU Courtney Cochran for your visions of blue carpet.
THANK YOU JJ Bagley for your hard work.
THANK YOU Ashley Nicole Teplin for bringing your ninja skills.
THANK YOU Hunter Lea for adding a soundtrack to our water relief awareness building.
THANK YOU Classic Party Rentals Napa and ATL Lighting for making us look good.
THANK YOU Dry Soda & BLK Water for keeping our event guests hydrated.
THANK YOU David King & Rusti Porter for setting the stage for a grand finale to this project.
THANK YOU Sasha Kadey for inspiring me through action.
THANK YOU Lesley Russel & Emma Swain for joining the cause.
THANK YOU Julie Dalrymple for having us.
THANK YOU Rachael Poer for helping us bring the grand finale.
THANK YOU Red Bulls Girls that drove the Red Bull Car to our Hollywood fundraiser. You made Jeff’s year.

THANK YOU to everyone at A Child’s Right. Keep fighting the good fight: Bill Brockhaus, Peter Drury, Michael Harris, Stephen Jones, Amelia Lyons, Wei Baojun, Kith Rathamony, Million Biyaylign, Norea Hoeft, Boone Sommerfeld, Leslie Hardy, Rebecca Field, Vijay Talwar, Ryan Gledhill and Karen Nilson. Special thanks to Prakash Sharma for being in the Nepal know, Aaron Walling for representing, and Eric Stowe for not only opening up my eyes to the world of water relief, but giving Mutineer and myself the opportunity to help.

BIG THANK YOU to the entire Mutineer Team for staying the course and being ambitious about helping others. You all impress the hell out of me: Jeff Dorenbush, Brian Kropf, Julie Hadjinian, Chris D’amico, Ian Andreae, Phil Jimcosky, with extra thanks to Erin Jimcosky for being an outstanding field general leading the Mutineer troops through the holiday comedy fundraiser projects.

Does Soda Cause Violence?

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Some people seem to think so and researchers are finding that teens who drink more soda get into more fights and act more aggressively, that excess sugar may affect the brain and lead to violent acts, and that soda drinking may be a marker for poor nutrition, which can influence mood and behavior.

Discovery News reports:

Teenagers who drink lots of soft drinks get into more fights and carry more weapons than their peers who drink less, found a new study.

And while the study couldn’t determine whether soft drinks actually cause violence, the findings add to a growing — yet still controversial — body of research on the effects of nutrition on behavior.

“We were surprised at how large the effect was,” said David Hemenway, director of the Harvard School of Public Health’s Injury Control Research Center in Boston.

“It was maintained even when we controlled for alcohol and tobacco and family stuff like eating dinners together,” he said. “There was a very strong, stable relationship between more soft drinks that people said they drank and more fights with things like pushing and shoving.”

There has long been interest in how diet affects behavior, not just among scientists, but also among legal experts. In a notorious 1979 San Francisco murder trial, lawyers blamed the killer’s actions on his recent switch from a health-food diet to one filled with Coca-Cola and other junk food.

Their argument worked. Instead of a homicide ruling, the defendant was convicted of a lesser offense of voluntary manslaughter. The legal strategy became known as the “Twinkie Defense,” and the precedent raised a number of questions that persist, despite years of research on the subject.

A 2006 study in Norway found that teens who drank lots of soft drinks suffered from worse mental health compared to those who drank fewer. And a study published earlier this year found higher levels of antisocial behavior in American college students who drank the most soda.

For the latest study, Hemenway and colleague Sara Solnick surveyed more than 1,800 students in Boston public schools. During 40-minute sessions that covered a range of topics, kids answered questions about how much non-diet soda they had gulped down in the past seven days, whether they had been violent towards others, and if they had carried around a knife or gun in the previous year.

Nearly 30 percent of respondents reported consuming more than five cans of soda each week, the researchers reported in Injury Prevention. Heavy soda drinkers didn’t seem to get less sleep than anyone else, but they were more likely to have indulged in alcohol and tobacco over the previous month.

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