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Our New "LIVE Food" Display ...

Our New "LIVE Food" Display ... | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
In working through the logistics of selling fresh herbs from our living towers in the Bay Area, our grower Local Greens and Whole Foods Market came up with this unique method for "harvest your own"...

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Romans had no need for dentists, because of 1 food they didn’t eat ("thanks to their low-sugar diet")

Romans had no need for dentists, because of 1 food they didn’t eat ("thanks to their low-sugar diet") | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

Modern dental hygiene would have been quite unnecessary for ancient Romans living in Pompeii, as research has revealed that they had impressively healthy teeth.

Scientists appointed by the Archaeological Superintendence of Pompeii have used CAT scans to examine 30 Pompeii inhabitants who were preserved in hardened ash after Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD 79. The group, headed by radiologist Giovanni Babino, released photos of their work on Sept. 29, and revealed in a press conference that the ancient Romans had perfect teeth and “no immediate discernible need for dentists,” according news agency Agenzia Giornalistica Italia. 

Though Pompeii citizens never used toothbrushes or toothpaste, they had healthy teeth thanks to their low-sugar diet. Massimo Osanna, superintendent of the World Heritage-listed site, said their diet was “balanced and healthy, similar to what we now call the Mediterranean diet,” according to The Telegraph. 

“The inhabitants of Pompeii ate a lot of fruit and vegetables but very little sugar,” said orthodontist Elisa Vanacore, who oversaw the examination of the teeth. “They ate better than we did and have really good teeth.” 

Vanacore added that Pompeii citizens’ teeth would have benefitted from high levels of fluorine in the air and water near the volcano.


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Staying off the sugar improves teeth hygiene.

"Though Pompeii citizens never used toothbrushes or toothpaste, they had healthy teeth thanks to their low-sugar diet. Massimo Osanna, superintendent of the World Heritage-listed site, said their diet was “balanced and healthy, similar to what we now call the Mediterranean diet,” according to The Telegraph."
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A great divide in American death: Statistics show widening urban-rural health gap

A great divide in American death: Statistics show widening urban-rural health gap | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Data suggest risky behaviors are working to defy modern trends of mortality, most starkly among middle-aged white women.
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A Map Of Where Your Food Originated May Surprise You

A Map Of Where Your Food Originated May Surprise You | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
A new study reveals the full extent of globalization in our food supply. More than two-thirds of the crops that underpin national diets originally came from somewhere else — often far away.
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Neil Bombardier's curator insight, July 18, 6:34 AM
Fascinating map of where your food comes from
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GMO Soy and GMO Sugar in your diet Drinks...Yuk

GMO Soy and GMO Sugar in your diet Drinks...Yuk | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
GMO Soy and GMO Sugar in your diet drinks...Yuck,yuck and yuck Awakening Ireland.

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20 Healthiest Foods on Earth

20 Healthiest Foods on Earth | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Here are 20 foods that offer the most benefits pound for pound than any other foods on the planet.
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Dehydration Symptoms: Signs You Need More Water | Reader's Digest

Dehydration Symptoms: Signs You Need More Water | Reader's Digest | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Being thirsty and having dark pee are clear signs you’re dehydrated. But these less obvious symptoms of dehydration mean you need more water too.

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The Pros and Cons of Raised Beds | Vegetariat

The Pros and Cons of Raised Beds | Vegetariat | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Raised garden beds can be wonderful things. They also can be inappropriate. I'm in the process of taking ours down and replacing them with… well, I'll describe it later on. Let's get back to the pros and cons of raised beds.

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Read this before deciding on raised beds!

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Echinacea

Echinacea | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

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Cindy Meredith's curator insight, November 2, 2015 7:52 AM
EZ Herbs of Austin, TX, posted this informative article on echinacea. Good for us, good for the bees and pretty in the garden.
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Mimicking the Ways that Queen Bees Vibrate

Mimicking the Ways that Queen Bees Vibrate | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

By mimicking the ways that queen bees vibrate, scientists have created robots that can fool bees into accepting them as members of the hive, and the results are giving beekeepers new insight into population behavior.


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Bruce Shriver's curator insight, June 1, 9:54 PM
Prof. Schmickl's video on bee simulations is located at http://bit.ly/1WxuoAT
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Amyloid-β peptide protects against microbial infection in mouse and worm models of Alzheimer’s disease

Amyloid-β peptide protects against microbial infection in mouse and worm models of Alzheimer’s disease | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
A protein called Aβ is thought to cause neuronal death in Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Aβ forms insoluble aggregates in the brains of patients with AD, which are a hallmark of the disease. Aβ and its propensity for aggregation are widely viewed as intrinsically abnormal. However, in new work, Kumar et al. show that Aβ is a natural antibiotic that protects the brain from infection. Most surprisingly, Aβ aggregates trap and imprison bacterial pathogens.

 

It remains unclear whether Aβ is fighting a real or falsely perceived infection in AD. However, in any case, these findings identify inflammatory pathways as potential new drug targets for treating AD.


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Considering Gene Editing: the committee

Considering Gene Editing: the committee | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
The committee’s task: to research, discuss, and report on “the scientific underpinnings of human gene-editing technologies, their potential use in biomedical research and medicine—including human germline editing—and the clinical, ethical, legal, and social implications of their use.” Today, we were to hear talks on the history of different racial groups’ regard for science, medicine, and genetics, and historical and ethical perspectives on the editing of the human germline to treat genetic disorders, in particular those that strike people of certain ethnic backgrounds more frequently than others.

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CNU group seeks to Build a Better Burb | CNU

CNU group seeks to Build a Better Burb | CNU | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Better community takes planning and work?

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"In many communities, political challenges, NIMBY opposition, and infrastructure-related issues hinder change. “The most difficult and most important obstacle is members of the public who have all kinds of negative connotations to that word ‘urban’ or cities,”

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Five-Minute Mentor: Jimmy Williams - Modern Farmer

Five-Minute Mentor: Jimmy Williams - Modern Farmer | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
A fifth-generation seed saver, this Los Angeles kitchen-garden guru distills the lessons learned from some 70 years spent tending heirloom edibles.

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Alcohol linked to at least seven cancers – not just liver cancer ("the list has grown; no safe level")

Alcohol linked to at least seven cancers – not just liver cancer ("the list has grown; no safe level") | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

The more alcohol you drink, the higher your risk of cancers like breast and colon cancer. But research suggests that there is no "safe" level of consumption

Put down that drink. There is strong evidence that alcohol causes at least seven types of cancer, a review has concluded. 

Writing in the journal Addiction, Jennie Connor at the University of Otago in New Zealand says alcohol is estimated to have caused about half a million deaths from cancer in 2012 alone – 5.8 per cent of cancer deaths worldwide. She found evidence of a link between drinking and cancer of the mouth and throat, larynx, oesophagus, liver, colon, bowel and breast. 

“We see the risk increasing as the amount of alcohol consumed increases, and we agree that there is solid evidence to conclude that alcohol consumption directly causes cancer,” says Susannah Brown, science programme manager for the World Cancer Research Fund. 

Although the highest risks are from heavy drinking, people who drink at low levels are still at risk. According to Connor, there is no safe level of drinking when it comes to cancer. 

This sentiment is in line with UK guidance. In January, the UK’s chief medical officers said that no level of regular drinking is without risks to health, and reduced the weekly recommended limit for men down to 14 units, to match advice for women. 

The exact biological reasons for why alcohol causes cancer remain unclear. One theory is that alcohol can damage DNA, causing harmful mutations.


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Warning to light and heavy alcohol drinkers, you are exposed to 7 types of cancers. Check out the article.

"... She found evidence of a link between drinking and cancer of the mouth and throat, larynx, oesophagus, liver, colon, bowel and breast. 
“We see the risk increasing as the amount of alcohol consumed increases, and we agree that there is solid evidence to conclude that alcohol consumption directly causes cancer,” ...
"Although the highest risks are from heavy drinking, people who drink at low levels are still at risk. According to Connor, there is no safe level of drinking when it comes to cancer.
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Science meets farming to reveal Africa’s best bean

Science meets farming to reveal Africa’s best bean | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
As climate change hits home, the race is on to find beans that can withstand random weather patterns.
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Bee Health: EU-wide restrictions on Pesticide use to enter into force on 1 December

Bee Health: EU-wide restrictions on Pesticide use to enter into force on 1 December | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Some good news Bee Health: EU-wide restrictions on Pesticide use to enter into force on 1 December A restriction on the use of three pesticides belonging to the neonicotinoid family was today adopt...

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Antennae hold a key to Varroa-sensitive hygiene (VSH) behaviour in honey bees

Antennae hold a key to Varroa-sensitive hygiene (VSH) behaviour in honey bees | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
In honey bees, Varroa sensitive hygiene (VSH) behaviour, which involves the detection and removal of brood parasitised by the mite Varroa destructor, can actively participate in the survival of colonies facing Varroa outbreaks.

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Varroa sensitive hygiene (VSH) is a behavioral trait of honey bees in which bees detect and remove bee pupae that are infested by the parasitic mite Varroa destructor. VSH activity results in significant resistance to the mites. You can read and download this article at http://go.nature.com/25C9imP
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Ministers reject plan for 'emergency' use of banned bee-harming pesticides

Ministers reject plan for 'emergency' use of banned bee-harming pesticides | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
National Farming Union’s application for banned pesticide use on oil seed rape crops is rejected as government rules against neonicotinoids for the first time
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Suburban Jubilee: Raised Bed Vs Ground Bed

Suburban Jubilee: Raised Bed Vs Ground Bed | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Everyday I read about someone wanting to grow vegetables but they have to wait to save up for the "special raised beds" and then for the soil to fill them. In this instance I am talking about the 12'+ high corrugated iron beds ...

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Pros and cons of raised beds.

Ths will get you thinking, very informative with usefull comments section.

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Nobel Scientists Ask Greenpeace to Abandon Campaign Against Genetically Modified Crops

Nobel Scientists Ask Greenpeace to Abandon Campaign Against Genetically Modified Crops | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
More than 100 Nobel laureates—about a third of those living—signed a letter urging the environmental advocacy group to end its opposition to the cultivation of genetically modified food.
- 2016/07/01

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10 Easy-to-Grow Varieties For A Child’s First Garden / American Meadows Blog

10 Easy-to-Grow Varieties For A Child’s First Garden / American Meadows Blog | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
A love for gardening doesn’t happen overnight; it’s often introduced and fostered from a young age. If you’re looking to instill your passion for gardening i…
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Cindy Meredith's curator insight, May 7, 7:53 AM
Nice article! Get your kids into the garden!
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Record-Breaking Growth of Organic Industry

Record-Breaking Growth of Organic Industry | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
The increase in consumer demand for organic products is growing faster than the supply chain can manage.

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Blind Mice Regain Vision | The Scientist Magazine®

Blind Mice Regain Vision | The Scientist Magazine® | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Scientists have long known that the mammalian central nervous system (CNS) has a limited capacity to regenerate. But in a new study, researchers from Stanford University have shown that combining visual stimulation and chemical activation of the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) led retinal ganglion cells in blind mice to regenerate, restoring partial vision. Further, the regenerated axons reconnected to their correct targets in the brain, the researchers reported today (July 11) in Nature Neuroscience.

This approach “offers a lot of hope, because it’s really the best regeneration anybody’s seen,” biologist Thomas Reh of the University of Washington in Seattle, who was not involved in the work, told The Scientist. “But it’s still just a small number of axons regenerating . . . and the amount of vision restored is not nearly what we would like to see” in humans, he added.

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5 Reasons Why Fall Is The Best Time to Plant / American Meadows Blog

5 Reasons Why Fall Is The Best Time to Plant / American Meadows Blog | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Although spring is often thought of as the best time to plant, adding perennials, bulbs, wildflowers and shrubs to the garden in the fall gives plants a head start for their f…
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Cindy Meredith's curator insight, July 9, 10:35 AM
Even though Fall seems a long way off, especially here in Texas, it's not too early to start thinking about planting in the fall.
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Honey Bee extinction: What does that mean for us? | Sustainable Cities Collective

Honey Bee extinction: What does that mean for us? | Sustainable Cities Collective | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
When we are kids taught about the circle of life. We have an admiration and fascination for the beauty of the world around us. There is a tangible love and respect. Somewhere along the way that is lost. We all have forgotten how imperative each living thing is to the next.

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Most importantly bees pollinate anywhere from ⅓-⅔ of the food we eat, most of them our fruits and vegetables ... this creates an alarming decline in the foods available to us if or when the honey bee goes instinct. Whole foods depiction of their store without the help of pollinators is a good example of the impact.

Mok Swee Lead's curator insight, July 14, 6:12 AM
Honey Bee extinction: What does that mean for us?