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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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Whacking Farmers with the Clean Water Act - American Clarion

Whacking Farmers with the Clean Water Act - American Clarion | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers are at it again, seeking to regulate every puddle, creek, and ditch in America as “navigable waters” under the terms of the Clean Air Act — even though you probably couldn’t...

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Ohio Wetlands Association's curator insight, February 22, 10:57 AM

"Whack" is a good part of this title but not the way the author intends. Although it looks by the quotes that the author has drilled down to some specific reveal, there is no substance to these interpretations. For clarity start with the facts, not the whacks. See; http://www2.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2014-09/documents/facts_about_wotus.pdf

 

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Understanding Vernal Pool Hydrology and Animal Use

Understanding Vernal Pool Hydrology and Animal Use | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Make science go faster. Help us discover more by funding research in curing cancer, space exploration, and dinosaurs.

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Wrote a column on this last year.

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Ohio Wetlands Association's curator insight, February 18, 10:58 AM

Keep the research coming.

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How 'organic' are vegetables when they're grown in hydroponic greenhouses?

How 'organic' are vegetables when they're grown in hydroponic greenhouses? | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
How does a Vermonter, midwinter, find a ripe, organic tomato?

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How Cancer Tumors Use Meat To Fuel Their Growth | RiseEarth

How Cancer Tumors Use Meat To Fuel Their Growth | RiseEarth | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

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Single Serving of Coconut Oil can Boost Brain Health Significantly ("brain tune-up using coconut oil")

Single Serving of Coconut Oil can Boost Brain Health Significantly ("brain tune-up using coconut oil") | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Were you aware that consuming a single serving of coconut oil daily can preserve brain health and reverse dementia and Alzheimer's thanks to healthy fats?

Perhaps you already know about the numerous health benefits of coconut oil, but were you aware that in as little as one daily serving, the medium chain triglycerides (MCT) or ‘healthy’ fats in coconut oil can start to repair slow neural pathways and improve cognitive functioning and memory? This is true for people of all ages, but especially in senior adults.

The connection between coconut oil and Alzheimer’s prevention and even reversal has been made stronger than ever, as evidenced in recent studies like the one published by the journal, Neurobiology of Aging.

While many people believe they should avoid fat altogether, medium chain fatty acids are vitally important for our health. They help to:

Prevent vitamin deficiency since many vitamins like vitamin D are only found in fatty parts of foods (good, not man-made fats, like hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils which have been tampered with by man) and are therefore called fat-soluble. This means your body can only absorb these vitamins by eating healthful fats.Good fats can increase the bio-availability of fat-soluble nutrients needed for multiple tasks in a healthfully functioning body.Good fats support both physical and physiological health in developing children, starting as early as during fetal development.As we age, medium chain fatty acids can help prevent cognitive laziness and loss of memory.MCFA or medium chain fatty acids (which are slightly different than medium chain triglycerides, but also found in coconut oil) are also extremely helpful at reducing belly fat.

The primary healthy triglyceride found in coconut oil is lauric acid, which is found abundantly in a mother’s breast milk. To build a strong body, especially a well-functioning brain, you need fatty acids. Along with balanced glucose levels, full chain amino acids and important micronutrients can keep your brain functioning at high levels from cradle to grave. Consuming coconut oil is a great way to boost not only brain health, but overall health as well.


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Do you need a brain tune-up?

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Bert Guevara's curator insight, February 9, 8:08 AM

VCO for brain health and over all health, as well! Need I say more. Just one serving a day is good enough!

To my friends who are "losing it", try VCO daily!

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Eating Organic Produce Can Limit Pesticide Exposure

Eating Organic Produce Can Limit Pesticide Exposure | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
People who eat organic fruits and vegetables may have lower levels of some pesticides in their bodies, a new study finds.

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H2O Alkalizer's curator insight, February 6, 1:24 PM

Well, this makes sense.

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Resveratrol, found in red grapes, may help prevent memory loss in the elderly | KurzweilAI

Resveratrol, found in red grapes, may help prevent memory loss in the elderly | KurzweilAI | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Resveratrol, touted for its potential to prevent heart disease, may also help prevent age-related decline in memory, according to new research from Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine.

Ashok K. Shetty, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Medicine and Director of Neurosciences at the Institute for Regenerative Medicine, has been studying the potential benefit of resveratrol, an antioxidant found in the skin of red grapes, as well as in red wine, peanuts, and some berries, and also available in pill form.

Shetty and his team believe resveratrol also has positive effects on the hippocampus, an area of the brain that is critical to functions such as memory, learning, and mood.

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10 Reasons To Eat Way More Nuts & Seeds

10 Reasons To Eat Way More Nuts & Seeds | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
If I had a dollar for every time I told patients to eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds … well, you probably know where this is going. Why nuts and seeds? What is it about that

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Whole grains, nuts, and seeds are more important than you may think.

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Sandi Cornez's curator insight, January 31, 1:12 PM

Are you nuts for nuts? Nuts contrary to popular opinion are healthy and help you lose weight. Sunflower, sesame, pumpkin, and flaxseeds are rich in vitamin E which reduces inflammation and helps fight cancer. and contain healthful fats, vitamins and minerals such as magnesium (vital for brain function). Nuts such as walnuts contain vitamin B-6 and E, helping your nervous system, helping you to focus and walnuts contain a good source of alpha linoleum acid (ALA) the healthy omega 3 fat. Almonds help to boost your brain and mood. Pecans and peanuts contain choline which helps your memory. Cashews are loaded with compounds that dilate blood vessels so oxygen rich blood can flow to your brain to help function at your best.

 

Health Tips:  Are you eating a handful of nuts and seeds daily? Did you know you can save money and make your own delicious sugar free  healthy nut butters? Just buy organic raw nuts, grind them in your food processor, add your favorite spices and voila yummy nut butter. If you want you can also soak your nuts first and then dry them (air dry or dehydrate at low setting) before you grind them. The possibilities are endless.

 

Here's an information packed post on "10 reasons to Eat Way More Nuts and Seeds" from MindBodyGreen.org by Dr Joel Kahn.

 

This www.scoop.it/t/zestful-living site is being curated by Sandi Cornez. Follow Sandi for more healthy food/water tips @http://www.facebook.com/wisdomfromthewell

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Preventing harmful algal blooms must be an Ohio legislative priority: editorial

Preventing harmful algal blooms must be an Ohio legislative priority: editorial | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Toxic algal blooms will blossom again this summer on Lake Erie and the state legislature better be ready to take meaningful action, the editorial board writes.

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Important for all of us.

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Ohio Wetlands Association's curator insight, January 30, 7:46 AM

The time for education is largely past. The time for action is now.

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The Secrets Of Straw Bale Gardening | DIY Cozy Home

The Secrets Of Straw Bale Gardening | DIY Cozy Home | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
RT @diycozyhome: The Secrets Of Straw Bale Gardening http://t.co/UFBNt88Ybk

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Grew potatoes in a few bales.

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Joel Karsten's curator insight, September 8, 2014 2:50 PM

5 top reasons!  I can think of 25 more.

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Marine natural products - Natural Product Reports (RSC Publishing)

Covering: 2013. Previous review: Nat. Prod. Rep., 2014, 31, 160–258This review covers the literature published in 2013 for marine natural products (MNPs), with 982 citations (644 for the period January to December 2013) referring to compounds isolated from marine microorganisms and phytoplankton, green, brown and r

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You Can Turn A $2000 Shipping Container Into An Epic Off-Grid Home | TrueActivist.com

You Can Turn A $2000 Shipping Container Into An Epic Off-Grid Home | TrueActivist.com | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

All you need is around $2000 to begin building one of these epic homes – made from recycled shipping containers! Check out some of these amazing creations!

A luxury home doesn’t always necessarily mean thousands of square footage, towering great rooms and gilded toilets. Take these homes for example: to begin building one of these epic houses, all you need is $2,000. That $2,000 will buy you a shipping container.

 

What you do with that shipping container… well, that’s completely up to you. Some creative people have found a way to transform this rudimentary “room” with metal siding into luxury housing that blows us away. These homes are epic.

 

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Healing Garlic Soup, 100 Times More Powerful Than Antibiotics

Healing Garlic Soup, 100 Times More Powerful Than Antibiotics | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
With the holiday season unfortunately comes winter weather and the time of year when it is easy to come down with a flu, cold or even bronchitis or pneumonia.

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Garlic is important for our health. 

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Inside the food industry: the surprising truth about what you eat

Inside the food industry: the surprising truth about what you eat | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Inside the food industry: the surprising truth about what you eat

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Surprising??? Not really!!!

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Homemade Miracle Drink: It Turns Gray Hair Back to Its Natural Color! | RiseEarth

Homemade Miracle Drink: It Turns Gray Hair Back to Its Natural Color! | RiseEarth | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

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Just One Can of Soda a Day Raises Aggressive Cancer Risk By 40 Percent | RiseEarth

Just One Can of Soda a Day Raises Aggressive Cancer Risk By 40 Percent | RiseEarth | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

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Chase the Common Cold away with Kiwifruit ("if you are tired of the common citrus, try this")

Chase the Common Cold away with Kiwifruit ("if you are tired of the common citrus, try this") | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Weighing only 4 ounces, the kiwifruit may be small but packs a powerful immune-boosting punch - treating the common cold faster and preventing sickness.

There is no denying it, cold and flu season is here, and drugstores are busy with cold sufferers seeking relief from symptoms. And with more and more people avoiding mainstream solutions, it’s important to outline what can naturally provide relief. Indeed, there may be an easier and more natural way to kick the common cold. In our go-go society everyone wants quick relief, and one little green fruit may be just the answer – kiwi.

Weighing in at only 4 ounces, the kiwifruit may be small, but packs a powerful immune-boosting punch. The gold kiwifruit (Actinidia chinensis) is the subject of a study recently published in the British Journal of Nutrition that suggests a causal relationship between the kiwi and a reduction in the severity and duration of upper respiratory tract infections in healthy older adults.

One hundred and thirty two older adults participated in the research study. Half of the group consumed a diet rich in the gold kiwifruit while the control group received gobbled bananas.  In addition to being an excellent source of vitamins C, E, folate, potassium, polyphenols and carotenoids, kiwi is also high in dietary fiber. The study group consumed enough golden kiwifruit to make up 20 percent to the daily recommended allowance of fiber. While bananas contain the same calories and kiwi, they are not as nutrient dense.

During the 28-day research project, both groups experienced a marked decrease in both the severity of head congestion and sore throat. However, the kiwi group’s head congestion was relieved four days sooner and their sore throats three days sooner than the banana group. Lab samples also indicated that the gold kiwifruit increased the concentration of electrolytes in the red blood cells.


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Bert Guevara's curator insight, February 9, 7:38 AM

In case you are tired of the common citrus concoctions in fighting colds, try something different - kiwi fruit.

"Weighing in at only 4 ounces, the kiwifruit may be small, but packs a powerful immune-boosting punch. The gold kiwifruit (Actinidia chinensis) is the subject of a study recently published in the British Journal of Nutrition that suggests a causal relationship between the kiwi and a reduction in the severity and duration of upper respiratory tract infections in healthy older adults."

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5 Things That Happen if You Quit Sugar for Life ("good lifestyle option for diabets; won't hurt much")

5 Things That Happen if You Quit Sugar for Life ("good lifestyle option for diabets; won't hurt much") | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
We certainly don’t need so much sugar. If you quit sugar for life and eat only naturally-occurring sugars, you’ll notice these 5 positive changes happen.

1. Your Energy Will Improve

Yet without all the sugar, we’re guaranteed to have a higher energy level naturally. In other words, all that sugar is blocking our body’s ability to keep our energy stores at maximal levels. ...

2. Your Weight Will Stabilize

... By going on a sugar detox, your body will not be subjected to the need to deal with all those additional calories. You won’t feel hungry, and you’ll end up losing weight – or at least not seeing the scale fluctuate as dramatically.

3. Your Intestines and Colon Will Perform More Efficiently

... When you remove sugar, you’re enabling your tummy and bowels to reset their abilities to process what you’ve eaten. You may even find that you go to the bathroom more often …

4. You’ll Stop Wanting Sugar

It’s a fact: sugar begets sugar. After you rid it from your food regimen, you’ll slowly begin to lose the desire to eat anything with sugar in it.

5. Your Skin Will Look Healthier

Many people report that their skin feels and looks healthier after they stop giving in to sugar’s pull.


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Get rid of sugar and feel better.

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Bert Guevara's curator insight, February 9, 9:06 AM

Go sugar-less or sugar-free; it's healthier!!!

"Start small by evaluating everything you’re eating and drinking. If you are addicted to sugar-laced coffee drinks sold at popular coffeehouses, scale back on how many times you drink them. Then, scale back some more. Soon, omit certain sugar-laden products. Over time, you will physiologically adjust to your new habits."

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Simple Solar DIY: Building a Fresnel Solar Cooker

Simple Solar DIY: Building a Fresnel Solar Cooker | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Cooking with solar energy doesn't have to be expensive or even difficult. Check out this simple DIY solar cooker project using a fresnel lens.

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EPA Report: Small Streams, Wetlands Critical for Water Quality Nationwide - National Wildlife Federation

EPA Report: Small Streams, Wetlands Critical for Water Quality Nationwide - National Wildlife Federation | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
EPA Report: Small Streams, Wetlands Critical for Water Quality Nationwide

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Important questions.

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Ohio Wetlands Association's curator insight, January 31, 12:22 PM

Not just 'tree-huggers' supporting the new Waters of the US rule. Clean water matters.

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BusinessWorld | Whole grains lower heart disease risk, but not cancer ("it's a matter of wanting it")

BusinessWorld | Whole grains lower heart disease risk, but not cancer ("it's a matter of wanting it") | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
MIAMI -- People who eat more whole grains are more likely to live longer and avoid heart disease, but such a diet does not affect risk of dying from cancer, said a recent US study.

Scientists examined the records of more than 74,000 women and nearly 44,000 men from the mid-1980s until 2010. They found that the more whole grains people reported eating, the lower risk they had of dying, particularly from heart disease, after adjusting for factors such as age, smoking and body mass index. Every serving (28 grams per day) of whole grains -- such as brown rice, oatmeal, whole wheat bread and pasta -- was associated with 5% lower mortality, and a 9% lower risk of dying from heart disease. However, eating more whole grains did not make cancer deaths any less likely. “These findings further support current dietary guidelines that recommend increasing whole grain consumption to facilitate primary and secondary prevention of chronic disease and also provide promising evidence that suggests a diet enriched with whole grains may confer benefits toward extended life expectancy,” the study said. 


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Controlling by managing your diet.

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Bert Guevara's curator insight, January 29, 8:10 PM

Do you know where to source your whole grains? Start reading your food labels to find out.

"Every serving (28 grams per day) of whole grains -- such as brown rice, oatmeal, whole wheat bread and pasta -- was associated with 5% lower mortality, and a 9% lower risk of dying from heart disease."

 

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Start selling at farmers' markets today.

Start selling at farmers' markets today. | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

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Straw bale gardening: is it any good? - Telegraph

Straw bale gardening: is it any good? - Telegraph | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Easy, economical and efficient, the humble straw bale is raising the stakes for veg production

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Tried some of this idea. Some has merits.

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Joel Karsten's curator insight, January 28, 2:05 PM

A wonderful endorsement in the UK Telegraph written by Bunny Guinness.  Take a looksee!

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The Top-Secret Food That Will Change the Way You Eat

The Top-Secret Food That Will Change the Way You Eat | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
More protein than beef. More omegas than salmon. Tons of calcium, antioxidants, and vitamin B. In their secret R&D lab, the scientists at Beyond Meat concocted a plant-protein-based performance burger that delivers the juicy flavor and texture of the real thing with none of the dietary and environmental downsides.

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Love burgers.

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AVOCADO FOR THE SKIN

AVOCADO FOR THE SKIN | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Have you ever wondered what could be one of Mother Nature’s best finds in her treasu...

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Avacado trees aren't that difficult to start.

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