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WORKac Adds a Cheery Greenhouse and Kitchen to P.S. 216’s Edible Schoolyard | Inhabitat New York City

WORKac Adds a Cheery Greenhouse and Kitchen to P.S. 216’s Edible Schoolyard | Inhabitat New York City | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
P.S. 216's edible garden is finally complete with a new greenhouse and student kitchen addition.

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MiKris COOP invites schools to give us a call. I am a third generation greenhouse person.

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Inspiration The ultimate freedom - food security

Inspiration The ultimate freedom - food security | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Video: Agrobusiness and the criminal government officials who work for them in Congress and the White House would like you to think that growing food is a difficult and hazardous process and too complicated for normal people to do safely.

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Food security??

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GMOs (genetically modified food) Genetically Modified Foods

GMOs (genetically modified food) Genetically Modified Foods | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Food can heal you - or kill you. Your choice... Resources to help you choose wisely. Videos about food and health, healing with food, the food industry, how to eat a healthier diet, and recipes for health.

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GMO issues.

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Organic Full Spectrum Sea Solids

Organic Full Spectrum Sea Solids | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
A shortage or imbalance of trace nutrients can manifest itself in many debilitating diseases and breakdowns in critical functions in our bodies.  This lack of key nutritional elements has been...

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We use sea based nutrients in our soil mixes to an extent.

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Our new nutritional products in addition to sea solid fertilizer ... read our journey to wellness for backgroun

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Do you REALLY know where your farmers' market produce comes from?

Do you REALLY know where your farmers' market produce comes from? | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Farmers' market fraud is such a serious problem that California has just passed a new law to crack down on vendors who misrepresent non-local products.

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Maybe we need to take a closer look.

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How food waste differs around the world

How food waste differs around the world | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
About 24% of food calories produced for people get wasted on the journey from farm to plate. But how that happens is very different depending on where you live.

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Interesting issue.

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Aneolia - abiss® instruments's curator insight, October 17, 7:21 AM

Very interesting chart about how food waste differs around the world

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Renewable Energy Co-Product Wins Award

Renewable Energy Co-Product Wins Award | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
The inaugural Bioproducts Innovation of the Year awards were announced this week at the Bioproducts World 2014 Showcase and Conference in Columbus, Ohio and a co-product of renewable energy was nam...

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Important!

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Organic foods found to have less toxic cadmium than conventional crops

Organic foods found to have less toxic cadmium than conventional crops | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Fertilizers used in conventional farming are exposing us to higher levels of this heavy metal.

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Another type of heavy metal poisoning.

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GMO lies debunked: Food labeling will not significantly raise prices for consumers - study

GMO lies debunked: Food labeling will not significantly raise prices for consumers - study | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Mandatory labeling of genetically-engineered foods available to consumers would result in a cost increase of $2.30 per person each year, according to a new study that analyzed research on labeling costs ahead of Oregon’s ballot initiative on the issue.

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Where to get the best tea blends? Your garden, of course

Where to get the best tea blends? Your garden, of course | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Though we are still reveling in the glory days of early autumn, I have some bad news to impart—beautiful falls always end in dreary winters. And so to get ready

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Are you ready for this? I have been drinking more teas lately.

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Memory Loss Associated with Alzheimer’s Reversed for First Time

Memory Loss Associated with Alzheimer’s Reversed for First Time | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
A new study suggests memory loss in Alzheimer's patients may be reversed.

 

 


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Alzheimer's reversed????

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The study used a complex multi-prong therapeutic system. Notably, many of the strategies in the system are also components of Ray & Terry's recommendations for longevity and optimal health.

Ellen Diane's curator insight, October 2, 7:13 PM

thanks for this 

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Food and Environment The horrors of Roundup

Food and Environment The horrors of Roundup | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Food can heal you - or kill you. Your choice... Resources to help you choose wisely. Videos about food and health, healing with food, the food industry, how to eat a healthier diet, and recipes for health.

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Serious considerations.

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8 Steps to Treating and Preventing Cancer from the Inside-Out ("prevention better than cure")

8 Steps to Treating and Preventing Cancer from the Inside-Out ("prevention better than cure") | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Following are 8 suggestions from ancient medicines to help increase prana in the body and prevent diseases such as cancer. Try them all

Cancer can only grow in an oxygen (prana) depleted body, according to numerous pieces of research as well as the sister science of yoga, Ayurveda. This ancient healing modality utilizes lifestyle changes, diet suggestions, and detoxification in order to prevent cancerous cells from having an ideal ‘host’ environment in which to grow.

Often, if cancer has already developed, these practices can even help to diminish cancerous cell growth, if not eradicate it altogether. What’s more, Ayurvedic practices are highly effective when practiced as a preventative measure.

Following are 8 suggestions from Ayurvedic medicine to help increase prana in the body and prevent diseases such as cancer:

1. Green Your Diet

2. Add Sea Vegetables and Algae

3. Eat Foods with a Low Glycemic Level or Low Sugar Content

4. Stop Overcooking Your Food

5. Avoid Saturated Animal Fats, Hydrogenated Fats, Heated Oils, and Fried Foods

6. Detox. Detox. Detox.

7. Exercise

8. Reduce Stress

 

 


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Natural ways to battle cancer.

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Bert Guevara's curator insight, September 24, 11:46 PM

Following are 8 suggestions from Ayurvedic medicine to help increase prana in the body and prevent diseases such as cancer:

1. Green Your Diet

2. Add Sea Vegetables and Algae

3. Eat Foods with a Low Glycemic Level or Low Sugar Content

4. Stop Overcooking Your Food

5. Avoid Saturated Animal Fats, Hydrogenated Fats, Heated Oils, and Fried Foods

6. Detox. Detox. Detox.

7. Exercise

8. Reduce Stress

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Some of the Most Nutritious Veggies Are Local

Some of the Most Nutritious Veggies Are Local | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
September is Local Food Month! Most of us know that locally grown vegetables are good for our health. But which vegetables are most nutritious? Ranking highest on a list are local favorites, with watercress as number one, and Chinese cabbage (won bok) coming in second, followed by chard, beet greens and spinach in the top five. These were the results of a recent study that defines and ranked “powerhouse” foods based on their nutrient density.1 To see the full list click here.

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You really can't beat locally grown or grown at home for nutrient content.

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Magnesium is a Powerful Natural Anti-Inflammatory Mineral (inflammation leads to a host of illnesses")

Magnesium is a Powerful Natural Anti-Inflammatory Mineral (inflammation leads to a host of illnesses") | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
A study involving more than 3,700 postmenopausal women found that magnesium can have a dramatic impact on inflammation throughout the body.

While the study provides good news in the fight against inflammation, we cannot reap the benefits of magnesium without consuming the mineral. And the modern diet is replete of it.

When you consume a steady diet of processed foods, you aren’t getting much of anything in the way of nutritional value; and this includes magnesium. But, rather than running out to get a magnesium supplement to take with your value meal tonight, try including some magnesium–rich foods in your diet. These foods include:

Dried herbs including coriander, mint, dill, chives, sage, and basilDark chocolatePumpkin seedsFlax seedsBrazil nutsSunflower seedsAlmondsCashewsMolasses

These magnesium-rich foods would make a great homemade trail mix and can help you fight chronic disease while you nosh.


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We need to monitor our diets better.

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Bert Guevara's curator insight, October 21, 9:24 PM

The management of inflammation in the body is a key component in natural healthy living. The first thing we can remove is the consumption of processed foods and replace this with real foods.


"Inflammation in the walls of the arteries can lead to cardiovascular disease. Inflammation throughout the body can lead to a host of additional diseases including the obvious inflammatory ones like arthritis, but could also be the cause of things like Alzheimer’s. Many natural health experts subscribe to the belief that inflammation is actually at the heart of all disease."

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The Down and Dirty Guide to Soil (For the Average Gardener)

The Down and Dirty Guide to Soil (For the Average Gardener) | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

Guide to the biology of soil, types of soil, what soil to use, and more.


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Important information.

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'Farmers are the real rock stars,' Mario Batali says

'Farmers are the real rock stars,' Mario Batali says | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
If you want to cook like a chef, skip the gadgets and tools. Get to know a farmer. That’s Mario Batali’s latest mantra and the focus of his 10th cookbook.

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Good food in the kitchen starts with good food in the garden.

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10 Super Health Benefits of Kale You Didn’t Know About

10 Super Health Benefits of Kale You Didn’t Know About | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
The health benefits of kale are so numerous, some researchers have called it the number-one vegetable! Find out how one vegetable can be so nutritious.

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Not just ornamental.

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10 Ways You Can Grow a Better Food System

10 Ways You Can Grow a Better Food System | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Food Tank shares small, sustainable ways to help grow a better food system - minus the dirty hands.

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Solar-powered cargo trikes offer clean 'last mile' food transport in Amsterdam

Solar-powered cargo trikes offer clean 'last mile' food transport in Amsterdam | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
By delivering local food products to cafes, restaurants, and catering businesses with solar-powered electric cargo trikes, Foodlogica aims to clean up the last leg of the local food transport system.

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How cancer cells assure immortality by lengthening the ends of chromosomes | KurzweilAI

How cancer cells assure immortality by lengthening the ends of chromosomes | KurzweilAI | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

In another study published last week in Cell, Roger Greenberg, MD, PhD, associate professor of Cancer Biology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and his colleagues describe their discovery of a second method used by cancer cells to survive, involving a DNA-repair-based mechanism called “alternative lengthening of telomeres” (ALT).


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Over 6 Okra Health Benefits and Growing Tips ("easy to grow, a multitude of benefits including Vit C")

Over 6 Okra Health Benefits and Growing Tips ("easy to grow, a multitude of benefits including Vit C") | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Okra dates back 3500 years, but the many okra health benefits are still being seen today. Here are over 6 health benefits of okra.

As mentioned, Okra is rich in numerous vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that are responsible for the health benefits the plant has to offer. Here are some of okra’s health benefits:

Okra Promotes a Healthy Pregnancy - An extremely important B vitamin for producing and maintaining new cells, folate is an essential compound for optimal pregnancy.

Helps Prevent Diabetes – Thanks to fiber and other nutrients, okra proves beneficial in normalizing blood sugar in the body, helping with diabetes.

Helps with Kidney Disease – One study published in the October 2005 Jilin Medical Journal found that regular consumption of okra can help prevent kidney disease. 

Supports Colon Health – Okra is full of dietary fiber, which is essential for colon health and digestive health as a whole. The fiber Okra provides helps to clean out the gastrointestinal system, allowing the colon to work at greater levels of efficiency. 

Could Help with Respiratory Issues like Asthma - Okra contains vitamin C, which has been shown to help with respiratory issues like asthma.

Promotes Healthy Skin - Vitamin C helps keep the skin looking young and vibrant. Topical tip: Boil a handful of okra until soft. After letting it cool, mash it, and apply it to your face. After 5 minutes, your skin should feel smooth and rejuvenated.


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Okra is more important than you might think.

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Bert Guevara's curator insight, October 3, 1:00 AM

Okra, another wonder vegetable:

- Preventing diabetes

- Promoting colon health and preventing colon cancer

- Boosting digestive health

- Weight management

- Promoting a healthy pregnancy

- Maintaining healthy skin

- Protecting against free radical damage

- Relief from respiratory issues like asthma, cough, or trouble breathing

- Promoting eye health

- Boosting mood

- Constipation

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Water Conflicts | Digging Deeper - YouTube

Water Conflicts | Digging Deeper - YouTube | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Futurists, activists and even government think-tanks have voiced increasing concern about 'water wars,' or state-level conflicts over control of dwindling wa...

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An ongoing debate!!!

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Seaweed could provide a safer alternative to antibacterial silver

Seaweed could provide a safer alternative to antibacterial silver | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

Silver nanoparticles are very effective at killing bacteria... [but] there are some major concerns regarding the effects that those particles may have on human health and on the environment. Among other things, it has been suggested that they cause cell death, and compromise the immune system. Now, however, scientists at Sweden's KTH Royal Institute of Technology have come up with what could be a less harmful alternative – red algae.

 

More specifically, the KTH team is looking at lanosol, which is an antibacterial compound found in red Rhodophyta seaweed.

 

It is now hoped that lanosol-based materials could find use in wound dressings or air filters in hospitals. Such applications would be particularly appropriate, as lanosol has been shown to kill 99.99 percent of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, which is the leading cause of skin and wound infections in hospital settings.


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Black Swamp Bird Observatory wants wetlands to be part of Ohio's arsenal in war against western Lake Erie algae - Ripple Effect

Black Swamp Bird Observatory wants wetlands to be part of Ohio's arsenal in war against western Lake Erie algae - Ripple Effect | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
We've heard a lot about stopping agricultural runoff, stopping sewage spills, and stopping discharges from faulty septic tanks to help reduce western Lake Erie's algae. Stop, stop, stop. There's also a need to stop climate change to whatever degree that's possible. But what can we rebuild or restore? Wetlands. Kim...

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Rebuild wetlands?

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Ohio Wetlands Association's curator insight, September 27, 8:28 AM

Thank you Kim for making the case to the Lake Erie Commission. It sounds like you have been reading from the OWA script. To us, wetland restoration common sense. To the public in general, this is a radical idea. We all need to continue making the case.

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Boosting Selenium Intake 'Cuts Cancer Rates by 41%' (another natural cancer-beater")

Boosting Selenium Intake 'Cuts Cancer Rates by 41%' (another natural cancer-beater") | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Studies show that those who took selenium supplements for at least 10 years had almost half (41 percent) the rate of cancer as those taking a placebo.

For those suffering from prostate, esophageal, colorectal and lung cancer, you may want to take note. Selenium is a naturally occurring trace element which is a constituent of more than two dozen selenoproteins that play critical roles in reproduction, thyroid hormone metabolism, DNA synthesis, and protection from oxidative damage and infection.

It also is a cancer preventative like nobody’s business! Studies from Cornell University and the University of Arizona alike show that those who took selenium supplements for at least 10 years had almost half (41%) the rate of cancer as those taking a placebo.

Selenium occurs in its organic form in many of the foods you likely already eat. You can increase your dosage of these foods to get the trace element in its purest form. Selenium is available in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian forms:

Brazil Nuts - Approx. 2546 micrograms per cupCooked Oysters - Approx. 38.5 micrograms per oyster (25 grams)Whole Wheat Bread - Approx. 11.3 micrograms per sliceTuna - 30.7 micrograms per ounceSunflower seeds - Approx. 101.5 micrograms per cupBeef, Lamb - 38.1 micrograms per 85g (3oz)Pork - 43.9 micrograms per 85g (3oz)Chicken and Turkey – 52.9 micrograms per 140 gramsMushrooms – Approx. 19 micrograms per cup sliced


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Natural Selenium helps fight cancer.

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Bert Guevara's curator insight, September 25, 12:23 AM

For those suffering from prostate, esophageal, colorectal and lung cancer, you may want to take note. 

Selenium occurs in its organic form in many of the foods you likely already eat. You can increase your dosage of these foods to get the trace element in its purest form. Selenium is available in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian forms:

Brazil Nuts - Approx. 2546 micrograms per cupCooked Oysters - Approx. 38.5 micrograms per oyster (25 grams)Whole Wheat Bread - Approx. 11.3 micrograms per sliceTuna - 30.7 micrograms per ounceSunflower seeds - Approx. 101.5 micrograms per cupBeef, Lamb - 38.1 micrograms per 85g (3oz)Pork - 43.9 micrograms per 85g (3oz)Chicken and Turkey – 52.9 micrograms per 140 gramsMushrooms – Approx. 19 micrograms per cup sliced