I am Gabrielle Chavez, author of The Raw Food Gourmet--Going Raw for
Total Well Being, published by Findhorn Press and North Atlantic Books
last year. Six years ago I learned the phrase "living foods" (from
teachers at the Portland Raw and Living Foods Festivals) was simply an
inclusive term for raw foods plus other foods which share their high
enzyme content by virtue of being fermented. Until hearing about the
trademark challenge from the Ann Wigmore Institute that you report, this
common usage seemed useful, obvious and unquestioned in my experience. I
have gone so far as to name our church's catering ministry "Share the
Love Living Foods" which is not only a reference to the enzymes, but to
Jesus' use of the term "living bread." (John 6:51ff) I do believe Jesus'
popularization of the term preceded the Ann Wigmore Institute's.
Christ the Healer United Church of Christ
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