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Urban alleys become pathways to revitalization

Urban alleys become pathways to revitalization | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Urban alleys, once deemed dangerous and trash-filled, are being reclaimed as people-friendly public spaces boasting public art, events and businesses.

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We need to be more involved with this sort of thing.

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Alan Yoshioka's curator insight, May 5, 2014 12:24 PM

How about combining this revitalization and add raised bed community gardens that are containerized so you could easily reconfigure for various events .....

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5 Foods That Actually Offer Skin Protection - Care2.com ("pinoys need protection vs sun")

5 Foods That Actually Offer Skin Protection - Care2.com ("pinoys need protection vs sun") | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Did you realize that the foods you eat can affect how resilient your skin is to the sun? Here are foods that have been shown to improve skin health.

But, did you realize that some foods can affect how resilient your skin is to the harsh UV rays of the sun? Here are 5 food groups that have been shown to help improve skin health (keep in mind these aren’t a substitute for safe sunscreen and proper skin protection!).

Salmon & chia. Or any omega-3-rich food for that matter. 
Tomatoes & carrots. Beta-carotene and lycopene have been shown to improve the skin’s ability to protect itself from UV rays. 

Dark chocolate. The flavonoids in this superfood have actually been shown to improve the skin’s ability to protect itself against sun damage.

Cruciferous veggies & leafy greens. Yes, yes, we all know that broccoli, cauliflower, and that ubiquitous superfood kale are full of antioxidants. And antioxidants prevent free radical damage, like the damage caused by UV rays. But cruciferous veggies also possibly play a role in preventing not only skin cancer, but many forms of cancer, although the research is far from conclusive. 

Green tea. Those polyphenols have done it again. Studies have shown that daily tea drinking, in association with the Mediterranean diet, can offer protection against melanoma. 


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Bert Guevara's curator insight, June 30, 8:23 PM

Staying in shaded areas, avoiding direct sunlight and eating health foods will keep our skins resilient, but we still need sunscreen lotions when exposed to a lot of sunlight.


"Keep in mind eating a bar of dark chocolate and sprinkling some chia seeds on your oatmeal isn’t enough of an excuse to ditch the sunscreen. Again, be sure to stay in shady areas, avoid tanning beds and use safe sunscreen."

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Places Where People Live the Longest and Their Secrets to a Longer Life ("back to basic living")

Places Where People Live the Longest and Their Secrets to a Longer Life ("back to basic living") | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
These are the world's Blue Zones, and through extensive research, Buettner and his team have found their examples can teach us a lot about living a truly healthy life. Here are a few valuable lessons in longevity from each region.

According to a 2012 NY Times article by Buettner, the “traditional folk” of Ikaria live relaxing yet active lives. They wake naturally, spend time working in their gardens, eat late lunches followed by naps and after sunset, spend quality time socializing with their neighbors. Traditional exercise (think running, cycling, CrossFit) isn’t a large part of the Ikarian lifestyle. Buetnner said it “played a small role at best.” Instead, he suspects it’s a combination of their healthful diet and daily socializing that contributes most to their unprecedented longevity. 

Buettner reported that the Ikarian diet consisted mainly of vegetables harvested from their gardens, legumes, leafy greens and “plenty” ofolive oil. “Their diet was also typical: a breakfast of goat’s milk, wine, sage tea or coffee, honey and bread,” Buettner wrote. “Lunch was almost always beans (lentils, garbanzos), potatoes, greens (fennel, dandelion or a spinachlike green called horta) and whatever seasonal vegetables their garden produced; dinner was bread and goat’s milk.” Additionally, according to Buettner, Ikarians are known for drinking many antioxidant-rich herbal teas made with ingredients like wild mint or rosemary.


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Bert Guevara's curator insight, July 1, 11:15 PM

It is interesting to know how people live longer. Read and learn.


"Buettner accredited this population’s longevity to the culture’s notion of “ikigai,” or “the reason for which you wake up in the morning.” “[It] suffuses people’s entire adult lives,” he wrote. “It gets centenarians out of bed and out of the easy chair to teach karate, or to guide the village spiritually, or to pass down traditions to children.”

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MRI Shows Cancer Cells Thrive On Processed Sugar - Complete Health and Happiness

MRI Shows Cancer Cells Thrive On Processed Sugar - Complete Health and Happiness | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
by Amanda Froelich Want to improve your health? Change your diet! This message is slowly permeating mainstream society, but has yet to convince fast-food lovers and sugary-treat fanatics. Largely unaware of food consequences, many still dive into high-fat, high-sugar food options without a second thought; but a recent study affirming that Cancer cells grow and …

Want to improve your health? Change your diet! This message is slowly permeating mainstream society, but has yet to convince fast-food lovers and sugary-treat fanatics. Largely unaware of food consequences, many still dive into high-fat, high-sugar food options without a second thought; but a recent study affirming that Cancer cells grow and thrive on processed sugar may change that.

Nature Medicine recently confirmed that processed sugar is one of the primary driving forces behind the growth and spread of cancer tumors. The results were so conclusive, in fact, that future cancer screening may rely on scanning the body for accumulated sugar for signs of the disease.

These sources conclude and relay the importance of choosing wholesome, unprocessed, and predominantly plant-based foods to keep the body healthy, and the mind nourished. Start by adding more greens, vegetables and plant-based proteins, while decreasing the amount of processed foods you consume. The body truly is capable of healing itself, and the necessity to make such changes for it to happen is becoming increasingly evident.


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Processed sugar can be a cancer cause.

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Bert Guevara's curator insight, July 18, 4:29 AM

Find out what feeds cancer cells. This means, these are what we should avoid or at least, minimize.

 

"The main culprits of deadening sugar include: white sugar and flour, sweetened and processed foods, and fast food. The way these break down in the body (compared to natural sources of fructose from fruit), is that they cause an increase of hormones to be released (specifically insulin), and in effect, signal for cancercells to feed and continue to grow in size."

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Simple cooking methods flush arsenic out of rice ("more hot water washing can flush out arsenic")

Simple cooking methods flush arsenic out of rice ("more hot water washing can flush out arsenic") | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Preparing rice in a coffee machine can halve levels of the naturally occurring substance.

Cooking rice by repeatedly flushing it through with fresh hot water can remove much of the grain’s stored arsenic, researchers have found — a tip that could lessen levels of the toxic substance in one of the world’s most popular foods.

Billions of people eat rice daily, but it contributes more arsenic to the human diet than any other food. Conventionally grown in flooded paddies, rice takes up more arsenic (which occurs naturally in water and soil as part of an inorganic compound) than do other grains. High levels of arsenic in food have been linked to different types of cancer, and other health problems.

Andrew Meharg, a plant and soil scientist at Queen’s University Belfast, UK, wondered whether cooking the grain in a different way might help to lessen the health risk. The standard method for making rice — boiling it in a pot until it soaks up all the liquid — binds into place any arsenic contained in the rice and the cooking water.

Meharg and colleagues found that using this method with increasing proportions of water removed progressively more arsenic — up to a 57% reduction with a ratio of 12 parts water to one part rice. That result confirmed that the arsenic is 'mobile' in liquid water, and thus can be removed.

 


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Bert Guevara's curator insight, July 23, 10:01 PM

You are probably eating commercial rice with certain levels of arsenic. Here is how to flush out the arsenic in a simple kitchen procedure. Read and learn.


"Cooking rice by repeatedly flushing it through with fresh hot water can remove much of the grain’s stored arsenic, researchers have found — a tip that could lessen levels of the toxic substance in one of the world’s most popular foods."

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That's super information... Thank you Bert!
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Hokkaido Show Gardens - Garden of sound - YouTube

Hokkaido Show Gardens - Garden of sound

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Beautiful gardens

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Debra Anchors's curator insight, July 28, 7:34 AM

Hokaido Garden Show 2015 - Daisetsu Mori-no Garden and Daisetsuzan National Park.

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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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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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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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Seeds of Death: Unveiling The Lies of GMO's - Full Movie ("understanding the science behind GMOs")

The world's leading Scientists, Physicians, Attorneys, Politicians and Environmental Activists expose the corruption and dangers surrounding the widespread use of Genetically Modified Organisms in the new feature length documentary, "Seeds of Death: Unveiling the Lies of GMOs".


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Many poisons in our environment.

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Bert Guevara's curator insight, July 1, 11:01 PM

What are GMOs? Let's hear it from the scientists.

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7 Green Superfoods You Should be Eating ("avocado; apples; kale; spinach; nopales; sprouts ...")

7 Green Superfoods You Should be Eating ("avocado; apples; kale; spinach; nopales; sprouts ...") | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Go green in your diet

There was probably a time in life when most green foods—Brussels sprouts, broccoli, spinach, to name a few—repulsed you. You definitely weren’t alone. Many children are hesitant to pile green vegetables onto their plates. Onepossible explanation could be that green foods, such as Brussels sprouts, tend to be bitter, a sensation that your survival instinct tells you to avoid. Plus, children have a lot of sensitive taste buds. But as you grew up, you held on to fewer taste buds, slightly dulling the sense. Another possibility: You knew that naturally green foods (not to be confused with green Kool-Aid) were associated with the aim of eating healthier, and research suggests that children may be less likely to enjoy foods linked with goals.

No matter the reason for that early aversion, we now know that green foods should be an important component of our diets. Yet only 33 percent of us meet the recommendation for fruit consumption, and fewer than 30 percent of adults eat the recommended servings of vegetables. Although the amount of fruit and veggies you need varies, depending on age, gender, and how physically active you are, a general rule of thumb to aim for is abouttwo cups of fruit and 2.5 cups of vegetables each day. One good place to start: with these seven delicious and nutrient-packed green foods.


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Shouldn't we already know that green foods are good for us.

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Bert Guevara's curator insight, July 8, 12:00 AM

The Magnificent 7:


1. Avocados: As if you needed one more reason to love avocados. This tasty fruit packs 690 mg of potassium, making it the perfect after-workout snack to helpfight muscle cramps.

2. Apples: The crisp fruit may help fight obesity,lower cholesterol, reduce your risk of stroke, and stave off certain types of cancer. 

3. Kale:  

4. Spinach: 

5. Nopales: 

6. Brussels sprouts: 

7. Pistachios: 

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Why Stevia is Better for Children than Sugar ("a natural alternative to sugar to combat child obesity")

Why Stevia is Better for Children than Sugar ("a natural alternative to sugar to combat child obesity") | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
In the last thirty years doctors have seen childhood obesity quadruple.

Pediatricians are currently dealing with conditions that twenty years ago they would have told you were virtually impossible. From breast cancer in young girls to cardiovascular disease, never before have our children faced such dire health consequences attributable to one main cause: Sugar!

Sugar is not the only devil in this childhood obesity equation, but it is by far the leading cause for the epidemic we face as parents. In the early 1800’s we were consuming less than ten pounds of sugar per year per person. By the turn of the century in 2000, this amount had skyrocketed to over 100 pounds per person per year. This tenfold increase in less than two centuries has clearly marred the health of those we see around us today.

Stevia has been on the menu of the Guarani peoples of South America for over 1500 years. Leaves of the Stevia plant were used to add a touch of sweetness to teas, medicines, and as a sweet treat.

The leaves of Stevia rebaudiana contain active ingredients called steviol glycosides, and it is these ingredients that offer a natural alternative to refined sugar. The ingredients contained in Stevia are estimated to be approximately 150 times sweeter than sugar, which means you need very little extract to equal the amount of refined sugar.

Stevia not only reduces calorie intake but may in fact help to reduce the blood sugar spikes that result in cravings and fatigue. In a study published in Metabolism, researchers showed that the consumption of Stevia actually reduced postprandial blood glucose levels.



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Stevia combating obesity.

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Bert Guevara's curator insight, July 19, 8:45 PM

With all the negative findings of sugar, here is an alternative coming from natural sources. Read the article and find out why.


"Sugar is not the only devil in this childhood obesity equation, but it is by far the leading cause for the epidemic we face as parents. In the early 1800’s we were consuming less than ten pounds of sugar per year per person. By the turn of the century in 2000, this amount had skyrocketed to over 100 pounds per person per year. This tenfold increase in less than two centuries has clearly marred the health of those we see around us today."

Lance LeTellier's curator insight, July 20, 8:46 AM

Stevia is what we use in our all natural energy drinks: https://www.mylifevantage.com/lletellier#axio

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I hope you will sit back and enjoy my magazine. Please share it with friends on your favorite social media network - many thanks! -Debra

I hope you will sit back and enjoy my magazine. Please share it with friends on your favorite social media network - many thanks! -Debra | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

Thank you for visiting; please return often.


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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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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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