organic farming

How Can Organic Farming Save The Planet?

Can organic farming really feed the world? This is a question that has been pondered for decades and one that is not without controversy. On one side we have scientists whose funding comes from GMO companies like Monsanto saying that it can’t and on the other we have organic farming operations proving that it can.

Organic farming can provide enough food for the world’s booming population and also is safe for the environment. This benign method of farming starts at the core by protecting and regenerating the water and soil that make organic farming products so much better for us.

In contrast, industrial farming which uses chemicals that are harmful to all living things, causes immense harm to the environment costing over three trillion dollars per year in damages. The horrific results of industrial agriculture practices can be found in the poisoning and depletion of water resources and aquifers, massive soil erosion, dead zones in the oceans such as the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as major increases in greenhouse gases which impact global warming.

One can also look at the issue as it relates to long term sustainability. Organic farming is sustainable just as it has been practiced by Indigenous people all over the planet for thousands of years. Industrial farming is not, it is poisoning the soil and the water we need to survive in addition to killing creatures like bees that are needed for food production.

organic farmingOrganic farming uses far less energy while at the same time protecting beneficial insects such as bees and offering a bio diverse environment for many plants and animals to thrive in. Because organic farming increases the capacity for the soil to retain water as well as strengthening the structure of the soil organic farms are more resistant to major weather events such as floods and droughts.

While the environmental benefits of organic farming are easily seen what many are unaware of is the fact that it is also more profitable for farmers and helps to support local economies. In one particular study conducted in the United States it was found that there were higher median household incomes and lower poverty levels in counties that had more organic farming operations.

It is very important to do your own research as well as dig into those behind the research to know the facts on organic farming and its benefits. The chemical companies that produce the pesticides and other chemicals used in industrial farming as well as the GMO companies such as Monsanto spend untold millions of dollars on lobbying as well as false propaganda against organic farming.

It is time that we ignore the greed and lack of conscience shown by these Agrichemical interest groups and show the world that it can be fed organically in a way that is safe and sustainable for the environment. We must do all we can to eliminate chemical pesticides and fertilizers, growth hormones and antibiotics; all of which end up in our water supplies. In addition we must make a concerted effort to push against the use of GMO seeds.

More people than ever are seeking organic farming products resulting in an increase of over 300% in organic farms over the last 15 years. The public is becoming more and more aware about the dangers of chemicals used in industrial farming while at the same time learning how beneficial organic farming is.

At the time of this post the United States government is pushing for job growth yet while the United States consumes almost half the organic farming products grown globally, less than one percent of the crops in the United States are certified as organic! There is an enormous opportunity not only to put people to work but also to rely less on imports. The organic farming market is worth nearly $50 billion in the United States alone, it’s time that politicians recognize this and put more money into research and subsidies for organic farms.

At the Tree of Life Foundation we are committing to helping provide assistance and education all over the world to establish veganic organic farming communities as well as help the people to be healthier by eating organically farmed foods.

Kids Kingdom Orphanage & Benjamin Hill Relief Center Update

Last Sunday, February 26th, 2017, the Tree of Life Foundation, PPEP, and the Tucson Rotary Club traveled to Mexico to inspect our humanitarian projects there. It was a very positive experience. Over six years ago El Reino de los Ninos (Kids’ Kingdom) Orphanage, in the town of Imuris, Sonora, Mexico, was going to be closed by the Mexican government because they had no resources and living conditions were poor. The Tree of Life Foundation intervened, rebuilt the orphanage’s infrastructure, rewired the buildings’ electricity, repaired the plumbing, refurbished the dormitories, installed a large commercial kitchen, constructed a sprout house, built a girls’ dormitory section, and began paying for 80-90% of the orphanage’s food costs. Now it has become not only a well-run orphanage, serving orphans from infancy to adolescence, but also a community center feeding over 200 meals each day to the Imuris community as well as to the resident orphans.

Kids Kingdom Orphanage, Imuris, Sonora

Kids Kingdom Orphanage, Imuris, Sonora

Many single working mothers drop their children off to play, study, and be regularly fed in a timely manner.The “Kids’ Kingdom” provides more than shelter. It is also a loving home and a space to teach and prepare children for independent adult life. Since the Tree of Life Foundation’s intervention in 2011, the orphanage services have expanded to offer a community soup kitchen, cooking and sewing classes, music and worship service, traditional Mexican dance lessons, devotionals and Bible studies, a Saturday Kid’s Club, a secondhand thrift store (at a separate location in Imuris), and a sewing shop for single mothers and youth, where they create sock monkeys, aprons, pin cushions, and fabric flowers for sale.

While we’ve completed our work on the orphanage’s infrastructure, Tree of Life Foundation needs to raise $500 more to expand the green house, which will provide the children with sprouts and microgreens to meet the increasing community appetite. The Kids’ Kingdom has now created an ongoing space, and people from Phoenix and Oregon now come down on a regular basis to add energy and services. The Kids’ Kingdom has become a taste of the Kingdom of Heaven for the whole Imuris community.


Ribbon Cutting at the Benjamin Hill Relief Center

Our second stop was at the town of Benjamin Hill, where we’ve created a relief center initially designed to serve migrants on their way into the US from Mexico. Many of these potential migrants reach Benjamin Hill having gone up to three days without food and proper hydration. They have sparse clothing, and high levels of overall depletion. Our nearly completed relief center has provided at least seventy healthy meals each day for over a year, in addition to free showers and clothing to refresh people for the next leg of their journey. The center has been successful in its initial endeavors, and now, with the support of the mayor and his wife, this center is also becoming a community center focused on empowering local community teens and children. On Sunday, we helped deliver computers to be equipped with internet access, which we have paid for, to give the locals some computer training. We’re supporting these teens in developing a soccer club with the active support of the mayor and his wife (head of the town’s social services), the Tucson Rotary Club, and PPEP. In assessing these upgrades, we need $4,000 USD more to complete basic construction on the center.

Dr. Cousens celebrates all the success' from our projects in Mexico.

Dr. Cousens celebrates all the success’ from our projects in Mexico.

While we’ve already received $2,000, we still need an additional $2,000 for this work. We have additional programs planned to follow as soon as these programs are completed. We would be very grateful for all those receiving this letter to donate towards this project’s completion to the Tree of Life Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit, making all donations tax-deductible. Currently, all people who participate in any program at Tree of Life Center US automatically contribute to the Foundation’s projects, as 25% of the Tree of Life Center US’ net profits go to the Tree of Life Foundation. Now we are asking for $2,000 more to complete this phase of the Benjamin Hill project. We are deeply grateful for all your donations.

Our humanitarian work is bearing good fruit, and it is gratifying to see our progress. We thank all for your loving support. In a society that focuses more and more on what can I receive, it is gratifying to know there are those who ask, “What can I give.”

Blessings for your generosity,

Rabbi Gabriel Cousens, MD

President of Tree of Life Foundation

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Please specify “Benjamin Hill–Sonora, Mexico” from the drop down menu on the donate page.  This ensures your donation goes towards the completion of the Relief Center. If you wish to send a donation by mail, please do so by check made out to:

Tree of Life Foundation

attn. Benjamin Hill Relief Center

P.O. Box 778

Patagonia, AZ 85624



Owerri Nigeria School Project Funding

Dear Tree of Life Community

We have decided to approach things one step at a time. Our next project is in Owerri, Nigeria It is a school for the deaf and or mute or both. It has 375 students, and they have no water or electricity or security. These teenagers can’t really defend themselves because they can’t hear approaching marauders so having water and electricity. They will have both light and water so they don’t have to go outside at night, which gives them some level of protection from rape and attacks. Your contribution will be a great boon to this group of people as this school with 375 students actually has a new operating budget for the students. Your participation can make this happen again. We are setting our goal at $10,000, which doesn’t cover all that needs to be done, but will bring them water and electricity. 

We very much want to thank you for contributing to the $10,000 we were requesting for our Ghana projects. As a result of our funding we will now be repairing 44 wells in 28 different communities bringing over 20,000 people clean water. Since this is West Africa and there is a potential danger of Ebola, this is a major preventative protection. As of yet there are no reported cases of Ebola in Ghana and clean water plays an important role in keeping it that way. So this is a very exciting thing that we have done.

Thank you very much for participating in the healing of the world. 

Rabbi Gabriel Cousens, MD
Director Tree of Life Foundation

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West Africa Project Funding Request

West Africa Project Funding Request

Funding Request for:

  • Two roundtrip tickets from West Africa for two organic, veganic farming teachers in training = $6,000
  • Immediate repair of 8 well water pumps to provide potable water to the Jasikan District in Ghana = $1,000

Make your tax deductible checks payable to Tree of Life Foundation, a 501c3 not-for-profit religious organization.

The Tree of Life Foundation, a 501c3 not-for-profit religious organization, in conjunction with PPEP, has projects for the prevention and healing of diabetes and bringing people all over the world into a plant-based diet. In particular we have programs in West Africa, and this request for funding is about our programs in West Africa. We have a NGO called WARES (West African Rural Empowerment Society) to which I have been elected vice president. Dr. John Arnold, of PPEP, is the secretary treasurer.

The project is focused on food, water, and diabetes prevention and education. About 20 years ago in the Jasikon District, a district of 38 villages that we serve primarily located in Ghana’s rainforest, 28 manual pumps were installed in these villages. However, these pumps were not properly maintained and now none of them work, which means that people are forced to get water from the river. With growing concerns about Ebola and other communicable diseases, the river is not a safe source of potable water free from bodily discharge. We need to fix these pumps as soon as possible.

In analyzing the situation and working with the water mechanic from the area it appears that all the pumps have the same problems, namely that specific parts have broken. Our plan is to start with the 8 pumps in the immediate region we are serving (including Old Baika, New Baika, Ayoma, and Tetema). This is the region where our work is most imminently happening. We have a paid, trained health worker there to do the diabetes education and prevention work. Our goal is to have clean water for the area so that people are not drinking from the polluted river. We believe this could happen quickly with the proper funding. This amounts to $1,000 USD for the 8 pumps to be repaired.

Additionally, our focus is to bring organic, veganic farming to the regions we are serving, namely Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana, and Ethiopia. We have set up a 3-month organic, veganic farming training program at Tree of Life Foundation international headquarters in Patagonia, Arizona. This program allows us to train people to go back and teach others in these countries in Africa of how to do organic farming. We have selected 2 people to who are already highly skilled who are running their own farms who have already proven themselves in their commitment to our work. One of these is an agronomist, who runs our program in Ghana. The other is an organic farmer in Cameroon, who helps with our program there. What we simply need is to purchase their roundtrip tickets, which is approximately $3,000 each depending on the actual time of year they come. The Tree of Life Foundation will cover all their expenses working and studying on our organic, veganic farm. Our request is for funds to purchase two $3,000 roundtrip tickets for these gentlemen to come train with us on our farm and then return to teach farmers in Ghana and Cameroon. This brings our total request to $7,000, which is moderate but needed for us to take this next step to bring healthy food and clean water to these areas. These are the fundamentals that can ultimately eliminate infectious disease. I thank you for responding as quickly as possible to this request and bless you in advance for helping us to meet this modest requirement as we step forward with our overall program development.

You may make checks payable to Tree of Life Foundation, a 501c3 not-for-profit religious organization.



Rabbi Gabriel Cousens, MD

Director Tree of Life Foundation

Vice President of WARES


The 27-Day Masters Intensive Reinstated For Summer of 2014

We are excited to announce that the Tree of Life will be reinstating our 27-Day Masters Intensive for this upcoming Summer of 2014.

This life-changing immersion program is open to students of Cousens School of Holistic Wellness AND non-students alike!

The 27-Day On-Campus Intensive is the time when students have the opportunity to experience the essence of the Spiritual Nutrition Mastery Program through the deep and transformational inner awakening offered by this one-of-a-kind training course. This intense on-campus immersion tests students first-hand on what it means to “hold the energy”, as Dr. Cousens stretches each student to their inner and outer limits.

Students receive an experiential understanding of “Holistic Enlightenment”, a profound way of being taught by Rabbi Gabriel Cousens, M.D. This training includes scientifically researched information on a living raw foods vegan diet, deep spiritual wisdom from a liberated perspective, and the full spectrum of what it means to live as a full human being.

Each day is packed full of immersion learning opportunities for all participants, including Kali Ray TriYoga™, hands-on raw food preparation training, Zero Point Process (a psycho-spiritual tool for letting go of patterns, habits, and addictions), lectures from leading health experts, daily meditation, and much more.

Many students who have taken this intensive have left feeling like a new person. Others say the experience is priceless, once-in-a-lifetime, and unlike anything else they have ever gone through.

“Thank you for this 27-Day-Intensive at the Tree of Life! The best experience of my life!!!  -Teofilo, Argentina

“The quality of information presented by Dr. Cousens is the most inspiring of all.” – Tristan S. CA

The Intensive is taught in Patagonia, Arizona by world-renowned live-food experts Rabbi Gabriel Cousens, MD, Shanti GoldsCousens, M.A. and other pioneers in holistic health, including Ron Teeguarden, Neil Z. Miller, and Dr. Alan Back.

To learn more about this program click here. Exact dates for our Summer 2014 Intensive will be released at a later time.Mastery-Program_Intensive-Flyer

Diabetes in Papua

Diabetes Prevention: Dr. Cousens Collaborates with Papua New Guinea

By Elizabeth Miae

Minister for Public Enterprises and State Investments, Ben Micah has declared war on diabetes in the country. A diabetic, Micah has come out strongly against the disease that was affecting and killing about 70% of Papua New Guineans at a time when the country is experiencing an economic boom.

Micah expressed his concern during a media conference in Port Moresby yesterday when welcoming American diabetes expert Dr. Gabriel Cousens to the country.

Cousens, a world leading research scientist on diabetes, is in the nation’s capital to give lectures on diabetes treatment, prevention programs and other lifestyle diseases. He was invited by Micah to come to PNG and share his expertise on preventing diabetes.

Micah said he was concerned about how massive funds were coming into the country from major resource projects and if misused by people it could lead to unhealthy lifestyles—the major cause of the disease in the country.

He therefore invited Cousens to work with the government for a national plan on diabetes prevention and treatment. “The experience of Nauru is one we must not repeat. Millions of mina they received from their 50 years of mining phosphate has seen Nauru having the highest rate of blindness, cancer, heart and kidney diseases due to diabetes,” the minister said. “This is a sad story and a paradox to economic development.”

“We must plan to avoid this as we embark on massive economic development that will see substantial funds on our hands and as we see lifestyle changes coming in.”

Micah told journalists that he did not really understand the disease when he was first diagnosed with type B diabetes in 2009 until he sought advice from former health minister and Anglimp-South Waghi MP Jamie Maxtone-Graham on Cousens’ programs.

“This is the biggest killer and it’s worse than HIV/AIDS but nothing has been done to address this. I’m a living testimony to this and I want to fight diabetes. I want to defeat diabetes and defeat death.”

Micah has urged people to seriously invest their time and money on their health. Cousens praised the minister for taking the lead at the national level adding that diabetes can be prevented and healed at any age.

“Some of our patients are in their 90s but through our programs they have been able to prevent and reverse their conditions.”

Cousens said if people stopped eating too much food that contained white sugar and white flour, diabetes could be prevented. He will give a public lecture on curing diabetes at Sir John Guise stadium tomorrow.

Dr. Cousens speaks with LULAC on Diabetes Prevention

Health: Working to Prevent Diabetes From Arizona to Africa

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In the early 1930’s, there were only a handful of cases of Diabetes reported in the United States. Today, our country like most of the industrialized nations there is a pandemic. Our Latino populations, as well as African Americans, are especially hit hard with the scourge of Diabetes and statistics show it is only getting worse. One ray of hope is that our US based LULAC members coupled with international LULAC Associate members have teamed up to do something about it. Since January, two seminars on the Natural Cure of Diabetes have been held in West Africa (Nigeria and Ghana) and one in San Luis, Arizona, on the US/Mexico border.

The message is simple “we are a product of what we eat” and diabetes can be traced to bad eating and poor exercise habits. Furthermore, the best way to prevent and cure diabetes is to go back to the natural foods our ancestors ate; cutting out sugar, sodas, salt, red meats, and sharply curtain dairy products, fats and of course “junk foods” to name a few.

So how did we get the message across? In San Luis Arizona, Cesar Chavez’ home town we conducted a one day seminar on The Natural Cure of Preventing Diabetes. At the lunch hour, we engaged the local nutrition “promotoras” to prepare a “whole foods” and organic buffet luncheon for the 300 participants.

LULAC Council #1088 member Dr. Gabriel Cousens, who has 38 years of experience treating diabetes the natural way was the keynote speaker.

Both the beverages and foods were traditional but prepared in the natural way without grease, salt, or sugar, preservatives, etc. There was an abundance of raw vegetables and fruits prepared from organically grown produce. The response was overwhelming with everyone wanting seconds.

In Ghana and Nigeria, similar seminars were held in farmworker communities with the same message. Emanating from those West African seminars two nutrition centers were established for ongoing nutrition and feeding programs. Up to 350 children and elderly are served with natural foods daily. The attendance of the two West African seminars was over 1000 participants. That same model is now replicated to feed 300 abandoned Mexican border orphans daily, who have been deported from the Border Patrol roundups.

Finally, Dr. Cousens encourages making the necessary lifestyle changes in what we eat and how we exercise to help eradicate diabetes. For more information on reversing diabetes naturally click here.