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Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds'

Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds' | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Scientists and food activists are launching a campaign to promote seeds that can be freely shared, rather than protected through patents and licenses. They call it the Open Source Seed Initiative.

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This is something we need to do to deal with GMOs.

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Oncologists Don't Like Baking Soda Cancer Treatment Because It's Too Effective and Too Cheap | RiseEarth

Oncologists Don't Like Baking Soda Cancer Treatment Because It's Too Effective and Too Cheap | RiseEarth | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

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Control cancer with baking soda???

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Easiest Way to Make Fermented Vegetables without Mold - YouTube

As crianças de cristal são muito objectivas e estão sempre prontas a contar a quem esteja disposto ouvi-las e numa linguagem clara, qual o seu propósito : re...

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Fermented vegetables?

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Starter Size MicroFarm, Choose from Variety of Wonderful Micro Herbs/Greens Single Crop Fits Countertop Units

Starter Size MicroFarm, Choose from Variety of Wonderful Micro Herbs/Greens Single Crop Fits Countertop Units | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
This is the Starter MicroFarm kit that will grow out a single crop of your selected Micro Herb/Green variety. Each kit contains one grow tray and top

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Micro-farms and micro-herbs.

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Researchers discover seaweed that tastes like bacon and is twice as healthy as kale

Researchers discover seaweed that tastes like bacon and is twice as healthy as kale | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Oregon State researchers have patented a new strain of seaweed that tastes like bacon when cooked but has twice the nutritional value of kale.

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Healthier than Kale?

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GMO study finds 'indications of harmful and adverse effects'

GMO study finds 'indications of harmful and adverse effects' | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
A new biosafety report for the Norwegian Environment Agency says GM foods cannot be declared safe due to major gaps in the science, writes Nafeez Ahmed. Indeed research clearly indicates harmful and adverse impacts to both health and environment. But Monsanto insists that GMOs are just as safe as, or even safer than, conventional crops.

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Serious challenges.

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Jim Hall's curator insight, July 16, 9:41 PM

Singing to the choir, but hope this reaches out to those that should know.

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Seawater greenhouses to bring life to the desert

Seawater greenhouses to bring life to the desert | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Greenhouses that will use seawater to grow crops in one of the hottest and driest places on earth will be designed by researchers at Aston University working with industry partners as part of an international project.

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Imagine flowers in the desert.

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We're not backing down in the fight to save the bees

We're not backing down in the fight to save the bees | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
A Bayer contractor is threatening to sue SumOfUs unless we stop our campaign to save the bees. Will you chip in to make sure we have the resources to defend ourselves legally--and keep fighting to save the bees?

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We must be concerned about this issue.

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Organic Live Raw Superfoods | Marine Phytoplankton | Cacao | Goji Berries | Maca | Noni | Colloidal Gold | David Wolf

Organic Live Raw Superfoods | Marine Phytoplankton | Cacao | Goji Berries | Maca | Noni | Colloidal Gold | David Wolf | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Home of Organic Live Raw Superfoods - Marine Phytoplankton, Cacao, Goji Berries, Maca, Noni, Colloidal Gold, Organic Cacao, Organic Raw Chocolate, Blue Green

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Super foods.

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Collaboration crucial to food security in Southeast Asia

Collaboration crucial to food security in Southeast Asia | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
The need to provide food for the region is more pressing than ever as the population grows, the agricultural workforce contracts and natural resources shrink. Every player in the food value chain...

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Population growth and food security?

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Can Organic Food Feed the World?

Can Organic Food Feed the World? | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

Organic food has acquired the taste of success.
While still a tiny portion of food production overall, organic products have gotten more space on supermarket shelves in recent years. Stores and restaurants that specialize in organic food have grown in popularity. Farmers and others who grow and process organics have been reporting big increases in demand and sales.


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Organic food is truly better for you.

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How foodpreneurs are reinventing your kid’s school lunch

How foodpreneurs are reinventing your kid’s school lunch | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
The future of food is not engineered to guarantee a quick meal. Rather, its authentic, natural and sustainably grown.

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Important challenge for our health.

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NOAA, Partners Predict Severe Harmful Algal Bloom for Lake Erie.

NOAA, Partners Predict Severe Harmful Algal Bloom for Lake Erie. | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Heavy June rains causing heavy nutrient runoff into lake basin .

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More of those algae blooms.

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Ohio Wetlands Association's curator insight, July 9, 3:55 PM

So, after making national news last August for the Toledo drinking water ban, the problem is just getting worse. Where do we put the $$$ for correcting the problem? upgrades to water treatment plants or wetland restoration?

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Farming News - Organic farmer leads the way in weeding innovation

Farming News - Organic farmer leads the way in weeding innovation | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

Adrian Steele at Chapel Farm in Pershore chose to go organic to help combat herbicide resistance, specifically blackgrass, on the arable family farm, whilst maintaining viability.


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Going organic?

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You Don’t Matter. House Votes for Monsanto’s Right to Deceive Consumers

You Don’t Matter. House Votes for Monsanto’s Right to Deceive Consumers | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
275 members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of H.R. 1599, the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) Act. They voted against you.

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Don't you think you need to know this?

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Ted Peloquin's curator insight, July 25, 10:04 PM

If there ever was an argument for 'sustainability,' as a criteria for policy decisions and for making sustainability an issue in the national debate ... is this Democracy?  Was this law written in Congress, or was it drafted on 'K' street and sent to the corporate representatives on Capitol Hill for ... a rubber stamp?   What do you think?  join us at

www.sustainamerica.kickofflabs.com

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How will we live tomorrow? An AgTech Perspective - YouTube

On July 9th, we got a call from a guy named paul who is biking across the country and asking people one question: How will we live tomorrow? This is Nate's a...

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Interesting question?

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Fighting Climate Change and Food Waste With ‘Imperfect Produce’

Fighting Climate Change and Food Waste With ‘Imperfect Produce’ | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Major grocery chain pilots program selling imperfect produce, at a discount.

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Would you eat this produce?

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Cathryn Wellner's curator insight, July 19, 11:34 AM

A good move to counteract our insistence on perfect produce.

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Education

Education | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
We believe education is the key to the future and our Micro Farm ONE classroom units can engage and supplement learning at any level. Leading to an interdisciplinary approach to learning that is...

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Interesting???

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LC-MS2-Based Dereplication of Euphorbia Extracts with Anti-Chikungunya Virus Activity

LC-MS2-Based Dereplication of Euphorbia Extracts with Anti-Chikungunya Virus Activity | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

Recently, phorbol esters from Euphorbiaceae have been shown to elicit potent and selective antiviral activity on the replication of Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) in cell culture. With the objective to found new compounds with anti-CHIKV activities, 45 extracts from various plant parts of 11 Mediterranean Euphorbia and one Mercurialis species were evaluated for selective inhibition of CHIKV replication. All EtOAc extracts, especially those prepared from latex, exhibited significant and selective antiviral activity in a Chikungunya virus-cell-based assay. An LC-MS2 dereplication method was then developed to investigate whether known diterpenoids with anti-CHIKV activity, such as the potent anti-CHIKV 12-O-Tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate (TPA), phorbol-12,13-didecanoate, and prostratin as well as 24 other commercially available diterpenoids of tigliane-, ingenane-, and daphnane-type for which the anti-CHIKV activity have been established in advance (Nothias-Scaglia et al. 2015), were present in the Euphorbia extracts. Only ingenol-3-mebutate, 13-O-isobutyryl-12-deoxyphorbol-20-acetate, and ingenol-3,20-dibenzoate, all exhibiting weak anti-CHIKV activities, were detected in the EtOAc extracts of E. peplus, E. segetalis ssp. pinea, E. peplus, and E. pithyusa ssp. pithyusa. Given the potent anti-CHIKV activities of these Euphorbia extracts, the present study suggested that their antiviral activities are probably due to untargeted diterpenoids.

 

Louis-Félix Nothias-Scagliaa, b, Vincent Dumontetb, Johan Neytsc, Fanny Roussib, Jean Costaa, Pieter Leyssenc, Marc LitaudonJulien Paolinia, ,  Fitoterapia

Available online 4 July 2015

 

 

 
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Anti-viral research.

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Low Tech - High Impact 6 Ways Mushrooms Can Save The World

Low Tech - High Impact 6 Ways Mushrooms Can Save The World | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

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You can grow all kinds of mushrooms.

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FAO: World crop prospects positive in 2015; but food insecurity hotspots pose concern

FAO: World crop prospects positive in 2015; but food insecurity hotspots pose concern | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Favorable worldwide conditions for cereal crops will lead to better-than-expected production this growing season at the global level, despite continuing apprehension over El Niño.  But concerns are growing over a sharp shortfall in maize grown in sub-Saharan Africa as well as poor production in other food insecure hotspot areas.

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El nino and food chanllenges?

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Ethiopia's remarkable turnaround: 30 years after famine, village now hosts visitors to show off food security

Ethiopia's remarkable turnaround: 30 years after famine, village now hosts visitors to show off food security | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Up to 1 million likely died. Hyenas scavenged for forgotten human remains. However, today farmers harvest not one but three crops a year.

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Food security in Ethiopia?

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MicroHerb Mania

MicroHerb Mania | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Tantalizing title to an article published in the Telegraph from the UK, the article goes on to discuss how the flavor of microherbs can lift culinary experience and how some restaurants are now...

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Micro-herbs?

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Probiotics—for plants: Helpful bacteria promote growth, less fertilizer on crops

Probiotics—for plants: Helpful bacteria promote growth, less fertilizer on crops | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Recent research (and commercials) tell us probiotic products are good for our health, with benefits ranging from improved digestion to managing allergies and colds, Just as humans can benefit from the good bacteria of probiotics, plants can benefit from certain microbes. And that benefit is also good for the environment.

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Improve plant efficiency.

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Sodexo food production manager recognised - Foodservice Footprint

Sodexo food production manager recognised - Foodservice Footprint | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

SODEXO food production manager Mark Davidson has been recognised as a Catering Mark Champion at the Soil Association Food for Life Catering Mark Awards.

 

 


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Champion at the Soil Association.

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Rich Watts, senior Catering Mark manager said; “The quality of entries from across the UK was high and a wonderful insight into the positive changes to food made by Catering Mark holders every day. It takes real commitment to achieve change and the Catering Mark Awards are a wonderful celebration to recognise the people and the hard work behind making these changes possible.”