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Brewery + Farmers Market = Sustainable Win-win | Brew Fields on GOOD

Brewery + Farmers Market = Sustainable Win-win | Brew Fields on GOOD | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Brew - Fields: A video with a novel solution to drought from Brittney Cooper, winner of an internal competition at SWA, a leading landscape architecture firm.

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How Beer Saves The World! Way too good an idea not to share. #signmeup

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Rampant food waste a barrier to cutting poverty

Rampant food waste a barrier to cutting poverty | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON, Feb 27 (Reuters) - The world loses or wastes a staggering 25 percent to 33 percent of the food it produces for consumption, losses that can mean the difference between an adequate diet and malnutrition in many countries, the World Bank said in a report released on Thursday.

"The amount of food wasted and lost globally is shameful," said Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank.


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Signs of a Growing Movement to Reduce Food Loss and Waste | World Resources Institute

Signs of a Growing Movement to Reduce Food Loss and Waste | World Resources Institute | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

An estimated one-third of all food is lost or wasted from farm to fork every year globally; This amounts to about $940 billion per year in economic losses; Lost and wasted food consumes one-quarter of all the water used by agriculture; It requires land area the size of China to grow; and It contributes 8 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. If food loss and waste were a country, it would be the third-largest emitter, behind China and the United States.


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How to plant a whole bulb garden in one container

How to plant a whole bulb garden in one container | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Free Organic Seeds with Every Order! Since 1976 we've supplied organic gardeners & farmers with garden supplies at very competitive prices.

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How To Make A Worm Farm | DIY Worm Farming | Starting A Worm Farm

How To Make A Worm Farm | DIY Worm Farming | Starting A Worm Farm | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
This guide will show you how to make a worm farm successfully and avoid common mistakes. Do it yourself worm farming needs to follow specific guidelines in order to produce good compost.

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How to build your armour against colds and flus

How to build your armour against colds and flus | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
This article has been contributed by Sheila Zhou, Scientist at USANA. ​ Last year the number of flu cases in Australia was up by over 50 per cent , causing many to claim this winter will b

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Organic farmers are not anti-science - we leave that to the genetic engineers

Organic farmers are not anti-science - we leave that to the genetic engineers | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Those opposed to the mass release of GM crops and foods inadequately tested for health and ecological safety are routinely accused of being anti-science, writes Elizabeth Henderson. But it's the GM corporations and their academic allies that are suppressing scientific research, and organic farmers that are building alliances with independent scientists for a future of safe, healthy food.

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With Bees In Trouble, Almond Farmers Try Trees That Don't Need 'Em

With Bees In Trouble, Almond Farmers Try Trees That Don't Need 'Em | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
A relatively new variety of almond tree called Independence has some beekeepers nervous. These trees are self-fertile — meaning they technically don't need bees to pollinate their flowers.

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$8.6M to transform Howard Beach farmland into 700-acre coastal park

$8.6M to transform Howard Beach farmland into 700-acre coastal park | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
“We really wanted to have something the community would value and their experience would be unlike anything we have in the Metroparks right now,”

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This long-awaited restoration will break ground soon. Last week dozens of trumpeter swans were seen there, simply occupying the swale of a fallow field.
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How Ginger Destroys Prostate Ovarian And Colon Cancer Better Than Chemo – Be Healthy ("go natural")

How Ginger Destroys Prostate Ovarian And Colon Cancer Better Than Chemo – Be Healthy ("go natural") | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
The active compounds of ginger, gingerols, shagaols, and paradols are known to be anticancer compounds. This was discovered in a study published in the Journal of Food and Chemical Technology. Many other studies have confirmed these results to be true and have proven that ginger is very efficient in killing cancer cells in ovarian, prostate, and colorectal cancer. 
Furthermore, according to some, the anticancer effects of ginger are even stronger than the ones of chemotherapy. Ginger Kills Prostate Cancer Cells The British Journal of Nutrition has published a study conducted in America which revealed that ginger extract (zingiber officinale Roscoe) can inhibit the development of prostate cancer cells in humans when ingested at a daily dose of 100 mg per kg of body weight. According to this study’s results, ginger extract is able to reduce prostate cancer growth in nearly 56 percent of subjects. 
According to the estimations of the researchers, consumption of 100 grams of fresh ginger every day will give the same results in adults that weight about 70 kg. This study has also shown that ginger did not impact other body cells, including the bone or stomach cells, which also divide quickly.
The researchers summed up that this study is the first report to describe identification and give details on the evaluation of in vitro and in vivo anticancer activity on entire ginger extract in the therapeutic management of human prostate cancer. All in all, ginger may turn out to be more efficient prostate cancer treatment than chemotherapy, considering the fact that chemotherapy also impacts the healthy body cells. Ginger Kills Ovarian Cancer Cells Angiogenesis gives details about the commencement of cancer.

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You don't have to be sick to take ginger or other anti-cancer foods. Eating anti-cancer foods as part of daily diet is our best medicine.

"If the angiogenesis is stopped at an early stage, cancer can be successfully prevented. The BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine journal has published a study which discovered that cancer cell growth can be stopped by the active ingredients ginger root contains."
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The Case Against Antibacterial Soap Is Getting Stronger ("potentially dangerous household chemical")

The Case Against Antibacterial Soap Is Getting Stronger ("potentially dangerous household chemical") | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

Triclosan, which is found in antibacterial soap and toothpaste, among other things, is linked to disruption in the gut microbiome a new study shows.

If you wash your hands in public restrooms, brush your teeth and wear antiperspirant, you’ve come in contact with triclosan, an antibacterial used in many personal care products. But mounting evidence, much but not all of it done on animals, has linked triclosan to bacteria resistance, hormone disruption, and possibly even liver cancer. These studies were published after the Food and Drug Administration, which regulates personal care products, deemed it generally recognized as safe (GRAS), but in light of the new evidence, the agency is currently reviewing the new research. 

Now a new study done in zebrafish suggests triclosan also messes with our gut—interfering with the community of bacteria that makes up our microbiome. In the new study, published Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers at Oregon State University exposed 45 adult zebrafish to either normal food or food with triclosan for up to seven days. After that, the researchers analyzed the microbiomes of the fish and found that exposure was linked to significant shifts in the diversity and structure of the fish’s microbiome.

“Consider the diversity of chemicals we consume on a daily basis, any of which could have an unpredictable impact on the gut microbiome,” says study author Thomas Sharpton, an assistant professor of microbiology and statistics in the OSU Colleges of Science and Agricultural Sciences. “By using zebrafish, which is inexpensive to grow in high volume and grows rapidly, we can relatively easily screen for those chemicals that disrupt the microbiome.” Sharpton says the chemicals or ingredients that cause a change in the microbiome in fish can then be followed-up for effects in mice or humans.


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Bert Guevara's curator insight, May 22, 12:25 AM
This is only a warning. Conclusions are still too early to make.

"While the levels of triclosan in products are usually deemed too low to cause the most severe forms of disease linked to the ingredient, the study authors note that research is increasingly connecting the microbiome to health, and that disruption of the body’s bacterial make-up could contribute to a variety of diseases."
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You Can Feel the Joy

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Cheezburger.com - Crafted from the finest Internets.

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Keep Fruits & Vegetables Fresher Longer

Keep Fruits & Vegetables Fresher Longer | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

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Potential cancer killer hatched from sea snail eggs

Potential cancer killer hatched from sea snail eggs | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Potential cancer treatments often come from unexpected sources, like plants, artificial sweeteners and industrial solvents. Now, tests have shown that a type of molecule originally derived from sea snail eggs has performed surprisingly well in destroying cancer cells, particularly those that have become resistant to other treatments.

A wide range of blood cancers and solid tumors, including breast, ovarian, pancreatic and lower gastrointestinal cancers, can develop a resistance to chemotherapy drugs over time. This multidrug-resistance can severely limit treatment options and increase the chances of relapse.

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Portugal runs for four days straight on renewable energy alone

Portugal runs for four days straight on renewable energy alone | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

Portugal kept its lights on with renewable energy alone for four consecutive days last week in a clean energy milestone revealed by data analysis of national energy network figures.


Electricity consumption in the country was fully covered by solar, wind and hydro power in an extraordinary 107-hour run that lasted from 6.45am on Saturday 7 May until 5.45pm the following Wednesday, the analysis says.


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Mint Tea Garden: How To Grow and Harvest Your Own Herbal Mint ...

Mint Tea Garden: How To Grow and Harvest Your Own Herbal Mint ... | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
My small back yard is now a treasure trove of mint. ...

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How to create an urban oasis – Image ... - Gorgeous Gardens

How to create an urban oasis – Image ... - Gorgeous Gardens | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
No matter what your garden style, there are a multitude of plants suitable for cramming into narrow beds, climbing and rambling up fences, trellises, trees and railings. It is even possible to create a garden where everything is container grown.

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A Short Guide To Getting The Right Nutrients

A Short Guide To Getting The Right Nutrients | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
This post has been contributed by Laura. Maintaining a healthy body and mind is a vital part of life for just about anyone. What’s more, there are many different aspects to it. So many, i

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How to Grow Hardy Orchids

How to Grow Hardy Orchids | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Want to grow hardy orchids in your garden? In this article we explain how to grow hardy orchid and what conditions they need to thrive.

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Want to grow hardy orchids in your garden? In this article we explain how to grow hardy orchids and what conditions they need to thrive.

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Compound from wild tomatoes is natural, effective herbicide - R & D Magazine

Compound from wild tomatoes is natural, effective herbicide - R & D Magazine | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Compound from wild tomatoes is natural, effective herbicideR & D MagazineA naturally occurring compound derived from wild tomato plants is also a fast-acting, nontoxic herbicide, according to researchers at North Carolina State University.

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How To Build A Worm Farm | How to Start a Worm Farming | Worm Farming Business

How To Build A Worm Farm | How to Start a Worm Farming | Worm Farming Business | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
This site will give you information on successfully starting a worm farm. You will get guidelines and resources to build a worm farm on your own.

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How to Survive the Spring Rains! Find Your Closest Wetland | Wetlands Conservancy

How to Survive the Spring Rains! Find Your Closest Wetland | Wetlands Conservancy | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

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Enjoy National Wetlands Month, Get out there!
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This Is What Happens To Your Brain, Heart, And Waistline When You Eat 3 Banannas A DAY! – Be Healthy

This Is What Happens To Your Brain, Heart, And Waistline When You Eat 3 Banannas A DAY! – Be Healthy | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Did you know that if you eat at least three bananas a day, you can significantly reduce your risk of having a stroke or heart attack? According to British and Italian researchers, consuming one banana at breakfast, one at lunch, and one in the evening will provide enough potassium to reduce the risk of a blood clot in the brain by 21%.
The 2011 report, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, suggests that stroke cases can be prevented or even reduced by the potassium levels found in certain foods, including bananas, fish, spinach, and lentils.
Researchers discovered that a daily potassium intake of around 1,600 mg can lower stroke risk. An average-sized banana contains approximately 500 mg of potassium—three a day can lower blood pressure and help with proper brain and nerve function.
Bananas are not only packed full of potassium, but they are also good sources of vitamin B6, vitamin C, manganese, biotin, and dietary fiber, which can help to properly regulate the digestive system. The average banana contains approximately 108 calories; they contain little cholesterol, fat, or sodium. (all of which can contribute to weight gain.)
Since bananas are low in glycemic carbohydrates, they make a delicious snack for athletes who are looking for anextra boost of energy. Some research even shows that consuming three bananas can give you enough energy to complete an intense 90-minute workout.

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Bert Guevara's curator insight, May 22, 10:36 PM
In addition to significantly reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke, by consuming three bananas a day (equivalent to 1,500 milligrams of potassium) the benefits are numerous:
1. Reduces depression
2. Regulates blood pressure
3. Treats constipation
4. Cures hangovers
5. Boosts bone mass
6. Fights stress
7. Smoking
8. PMS
9. Anemia
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The Compleat Wetlander: Celebrating the First Ever National Assessment of Wetland Health | The Compleat Wetlander

The Compleat Wetlander: Celebrating the First Ever National Assessment of Wetland Health | The Compleat Wetlander | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
This is the first time a report like this has been conducted and it provides state and tribal wetland managers, federal agencies and others with the opportunity to review, evaluate and understand these findings and the insights they provide into how land use practices impact wetlands around the country.

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Ohio Wetlands Association's curator insight, May 13, 9:44 AM
5 years in the making the final report was released this week. And in the last few weeks the 2016 National Wetlands Condition Assessment has gotten underway. The data collected this year will be compared to the 2011 data in this report for a comparison of Status and Trends over time.
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Sure, I'll Eat My "Vegetables"

Sure, I'll Eat My "Vegetables" | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Cheezburger.com - Crafted from the finest Internets.

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10 Common Fruit and Vegetable Myths

10 Common Fruit and Vegetable Myths | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Find out surprising facts about todays most popular produce

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MYTH: ALL PRODUCE SHOULD BE STORED IN THE FRIDGE

While most produce benefits from a cool, climate-controlled environment, tomatoes, potatoes and onions fare better on your countertop. According to the United Fresh Produce Association, onions can last up to three weeks at 60 to 70 degrees with steady airflow (i.e., out of their plastic supermarket bag). Potatoes do best in a cool, dry place between 45 to 55 degrees—a fridge will cause discoloration and an overly sweet taste. Refrigeration will actually dull tomatoes’ flavor. “Exposing a tomato to sub-optimal temperatures may not allow sugars and acids to fully develop,” says Odell. Storing them at room temperature is ideal.