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Broccoli Redux ...

Broccoli Redux ... | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Do you remember when there was a patent granted on broccoli sprouts because of the anti-cancer nature of some of it's constituent elements. "In September 1997, Johns Hopkins researchers published...

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Deadly Algae Are Everywhere, Thanks to Agriculture

Deadly Algae Are Everywhere, Thanks to Agriculture | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Get used to algae blooms, they may be coming to a body of water near you

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More confirmation that fertilizers are a problem to our environment.

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Ohio Wetlands Association's curator insight, August 24, 10:28 AM

Buffer zones of foliage and wetlands can also help filter out the phosphorus but this marginal land has increasingly been used to grow yet more corn.

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Start a Community Seed Project

Start a Community Seed Project | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Across the country, people are reclaiming seed as a public resource for local food and gardening communities. We encourage you to start your own community seed project, and keep this amazing momentum growing. Our Community Seed Toolkit resources are free, adaptable, informative, and meant to be shared, just like seed. Whether you are a beginner…

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Apply for a Grant

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Lake Erie's algae explosion blamed on farmers

Lake Erie's algae explosion blamed on farmers | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Huge blooms of toxic blue-green algae fouling Lake Erie recently threatened the drinking water of 400,000 people, decades after the problem was thought to be solved. Here's what scientists think is going on this time, and how it can be fixed.

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Got some burns on my feet last time I was at Port Clinton.

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Ohio Wetlands Association's curator insight, August 16, 8:03 AM

While it's easy to point the finger, agriculture has complicated management decisions.

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Went swimming there last weekend and my feet got chemical burns and we saw some dead fish there at Port Clinton.

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RiseEarth : Four Essential Oils And 40 Ways To Use Them To Improve Your Life

RiseEarth : Four Essential Oils And 40 Ways To Use Them To Improve Your Life | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

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Outside Cape Town: Growing Food for Life - Organic Connections

Outside Cape Town: Growing Food for Life - Organic Connections | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Meet two amazing women living outside of Cape Town whose lives have greatly improved as a result of learning to garden.

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The Benefits of Eating More Raw Foods ("great advantages for a healthy life without extra cost")

The Benefits of Eating More Raw Foods ("great advantages for a healthy life without extra cost") | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
A raw food diet, an even a high-raw diet, has huge advantages. Otherwise, nobody would do it! (Either as a short-term plan or long-term.)
Let’s take a good look at what the benefits are, but also understand where these benefits come from.

Easy weight managementLow-toxin dietNutrient DensityPhytochemicalsLow Toxic LoadIncreased immunityEliminating Everything Else That’s Bad for You


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We all need to be eating more raw vegetables.

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Bert Guevara's curator insight, August 10, 12:04 PM

Let’s take a good look at what the benefits are, but also understand where these benefits come from. Once we are clear about the benefits and what creates them in the raw food diet specifically, we can design an approach that combines the best from both raw and cooked worlds.

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You can add raw into your life to suit your needs and lifestyle.  Going completely raw isn't for everyone.Try going raw all day and then a cooked evening meal if you prefer.  Maybe half the week raw and the other half cooked.  Just get some good organic raw food into your life!

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Nature's bounty

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Five Urban Farms Tackling the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Five Urban Farms Tackling the School-to-Prison Pipeline | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Five urban farms that have embedded the cause of disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline into the purpose of their organization.

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Venture Capital: Deals Beyond the Valley

Venture Capital: Deals Beyond the Valley | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

Silicon Valley is still the alpha and omega of venture capital funding. Venture capital funding totaled $29.4 billion in the U.S. in 2013, according to the PricewaterhouseCoopers and National Venture Capital Association MoneyTree report, and of that, deals in Silicon Valley accounted for nearly 42 percent of venture dollars. In fact, venture capital funding in Silicon Valley was greater than the next three regions – New England, New York Metro and Los Angeles/Orange County -combined.

 

With software, media and entertainment, and IT services categories ranking 1, 3 and 5 respectively, it’s easy to connect the dots between Silicon Valley’s vast technology  hub and the dollars that get new ideas off the ground. And while the Valley, Boston and New York continue to attract deals and dollars, other regions of the country are seeing significant increases in venture capital funding.

 

The top five venture capital categories in 2013:

1. Software ($11 billion)
2. Biotechnology/Life Sciences ($4.5 billion)
3. Media and Entertainment ($2.9 billion)
4. Medical Devices and Equipment ($2.1 billion)
5. IT Services ($2.0 billion)

 

Venture Capital: Texas and the Southeast Gain Traction

 

Venture capital funding in the Southeast totaled nearly $1.3 billion in 2013, up more than 62 percent from 2012. Texas is another growing venture capital hotspot, with the total value of deals growing 37 percent in 2013, to more than $1.3 billion. The number of deals and increased funding are in part a confirmation of emerging centers of innovation and their ability to attract the talent that fuels that growth.

 

The Southeast includes hotbeds such as Raleigh and Atlanta, where venture capital funding is on the rise. Atlanta was 13th and Raleigh was 18th on economist Richard Florida’s top 20 locations for venture capital investment in 2013. Austin, which ranked ninth on that list, has not only a booming technology sector, but also a healthy slice of Texas’ rapidly growing life sciences sector.

 

Life sciences and biotechnology are driving venture capital funding growth in other corridors as well. The Washington DC/Metroplex region doubled its venture capital funding to more than $1.5 billion in 2013. The region includes Montgomery County, MD, where more than 300 early-stag biotech companies are based, as well as  1,200 communications and information technology companies. The  Northwest also offers a convergence of software, media and entertainment, IT services and life sciences innovation. The Puget Sound region’s legacy of innovation is evidenced, of course, by Boeing, Microsoft, Amazon.com and a host of other global brands, but it is also one of the world’s centers of life sciences discovery.

 

California is still the innovation leader, attracting venture capital dollars and deals, but it certainly does not have that space to itself. As other regions attract the talent and build the infrastructure to support entrepreneurial growth in emerging industries, the venture capital highway will get even more crowded and all roads won’t lead to the Golden State.

 

How does your community stack up as a place that cultivates innovation? Where does promoting entrepreneurship fit into your economic development strategies and how does your region fare in attracting capital to promote growth in early-stage companies? Share your thoughts.


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Single experimental tree produces 40 different kinds of fruit (Video)

Single experimental tree produces 40 different kinds of fruit (Video) | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
This one single tree can grow many different types of stone fruits -- like peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, cherries and even almonds.

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Special kind of propagation by grafting. Maybe a little much. 

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One injection stops diabetes in its tracks: Treatment reverses symptoms of type 2 diabetes in mice without side effects

One injection stops diabetes in its tracks: Treatment reverses symptoms of type 2 diabetes in mice without side effects | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

In mice with diet-induced diabetes -- the equivalent of type 2 diabetes in humans -- a single injection of the protein FGF1 is enough to restore blood sugar levels to a healthy range for more than two days.


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Study suggests probiotics could prevent obesity and insulin resistance | KurzweilAI

Study suggests probiotics could prevent obesity and insulin resistance | KurzweilAI | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

Obese vs. lean mouse (credit: Wikimedia Commons) Vanderbilt University researchers have discovered that engineered probiotic bacteria (“friendly”


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Free Microgreens Workshop! - Craving Greens

Free Microgreens Workshop! - Craving Greens | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Friends! On July 29, I will be giving a free workshop on how to grow your own microgreens! If you're in Montreal or in the area, come on over! Space is limited, so please sign up here. Workshop details: No garden?

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Clif Bar Supports Growing Interest in Seed Banking | Sustainable Brands

Clif Bar Supports Growing Interest in Seed Banking | Sustainable Brands | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Seed Matters, an initiative of the Clif Bar Foundation, has launched a new program to support the nation’s growing interest in seed saving and sharing. Increasing interest in community seed banks, swaps and gardens is a natural extension of the rapid growth in the organic, local and slow food movements.

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5 Blood Sugar-Regulating Foods for Diabetics ("cinnamon, oatmeal, broccoli, ginseng, salmon")

5 Blood Sugar-Regulating Foods for Diabetics ("cinnamon, oatmeal, broccoli, ginseng, salmon") | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Whether you have Type 2 or Type 1 diabetes, you can benefit from eating foods that help stabilize blood glucose levels. Here are 5 beneficial foods.

1. Cinnamon

A study published in the journal Diabetes Care in 2003 found daily consumption of cinnamon had positive effects on blood sugar, along with several other markers. The 40-day study period concluded with reductions in blood serum glucose levels of 18 to 29%. But it also worked to reduce triglyceride levels (23-30%), LDL cholesterol (7-27%), and total cholesterol (12-26%).

Cinnamon for diabetes could be one of the most effective known dietary solutions out there.

2. Oatmeal

Because oatmeal is a slow-digesting carbohydrate, it won’t raise blood sugar levels as quickly or as much as other carbs. It’s a better option over white toast, for example. In addition, it can help control weight, a factor in the management of diabetes Type 2 specifically.

3. Broccoli

Like oatmeal, broccoli is high in fiber and is a good replacement for other starchy options. Vegetables like potatoes and corn, for instance, can cause spikes in blood sugar. In addition, broccoli is a good source of chromium, which has been shown to help stabilize blood sugar levels.

4. Ginseng

Ginseng, a root, has been shown to lower fasting and post-meal blood sugar levels. It can be added to the diet as a tea or found in the supplement aisle.

5. Salmon

Salmon is all protein and no carbohydrates, a good mix for blood sugar regulation. Further, it is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which are great forboosting heart health—something diabetics must be cautious of. Like broccoli, salmon is also a good source of chromium.

When it comes to controlling diabetes, we often think of what is on the do not eat list. But foods like these are important additions that can improve your health and make the disease easier to manage.


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Whether you have Type 2 or Type 1, you can benefit from eating foods that help stabilize blood glucose levels. Some of these foods include:

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Lake Erie's algae explosion blamed on farmers

Lake Erie's algae explosion blamed on farmers | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Huge blooms of toxic blue-green algae fouling Lake Erie recently threatened the drinking water of 400,000 people, decades after the problem was thought to be solved. Here's what scientists think is going on this time, and how it can be fixed.

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Went swimming there last weekend and my feet got chemical burns and we saw some dead fish there at Port Clinton.

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Ohio Wetlands Association's curator insight, August 16, 8:03 AM

While it's easy to point the finger, agriculture has complicated management decisions.

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Got some burns on my feet last time I was at Port Clinton.

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Ten Worse States For Water Pollution

Ten Worse States For Water Pollution | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Industry dumped over 206 million pounds of toxic chemicals into U.S. waterways in 2012, according to a new report by the advocacy group Environment...

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Ohio Wetlands Association's curator insight, August 16, 10:58 AM

Ohio is one of the leaders in water pollution. Yet there are many who think the U.S. EPA is over-reaching its authority to enforce the Clean Water Act. So who is out there voting against clean drinkable, swimmable, fishable lakes and rivers?

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Detroit Produce Peddlers: Delivering Fresh Food on Two Wheels

Detroit Produce Peddlers: Delivering Fresh Food on Two Wheels | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
While Detroit's urban farming movement has been generating excitement for more than a decade, the city's bicycling scene has been turning heads lately as well. Over the past few years, new bike lan...

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Using straw bales makes Lansing woman's garden accessible

Using straw bales makes Lansing woman's garden accessible | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

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Done a little of this a few years ago.

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Joel Karsten's curator insight, August 10, 4:14 PM

Check out this amazing garden!  I think I might try to visit her garden when I am in Michigan in a few weeks, it looks very interesting.

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Indoor Farming: Future Takes Root In Abandoned Buildings, Warehouses, Empty Lots & High Rises

Indoor Farming: Future Takes Root In Abandoned Buildings, Warehouses, Empty Lots & High Rises | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
By 2050, there will be 9 billion people on Earth, with the vast majority residing in dense urban areas. But how will we feed them all?

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Why Butter Isn’t All that Bad ("better than margarine; good 4 fat-soluble vitamins + good cholesterol")

Why Butter Isn’t All that Bad ("better than margarine; good 4 fat-soluble vitamins + good cholesterol") | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Is butter bad for you, or might this vilified food actually have some value? Here is why butter is better than margarine and may actually boost health.

The Western Diet shifted several decades ago, eventually leading to the low-fat craze and the belief that fats caused disease. But as we are now finding out, this isn’t necessarily true. Saturated fats like those in butter don’t necessarily contribute to heart disease. As a matter of fact, it’s the highly processed carbohydrates that we need to be wary of instead.

Sweden recently became the first country to formally reject the low-fat idea, by developing national dietary guidelines that favor lower carbohydrate consumption and higher fats. This followed the results of a study from the Swedish Council on Health Technology Assessment which found that health markers could be dramatically improved with a lower carbohydrate lifestyle.

For decades, butter was shoved to the side while margarine took over, but as this article presents, butter is actually much better for you. Butter is a source of many beneficial nutrients—things like vitamins A, D, E, and K2—all fat-soluble vitamins which are best absorbed by the body when included in a high fat package like butter.

Butter also contains trace minerals like copper, zinc, chromium, iodine, selenium, and manganese. It is rich in healthy cholesterol that protects the brain, intestines, and nervous system.

But not all butter is created equal. Butter from grass-fed cows, for instance, will have higher amounts of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) which protects the body against cancer and aids in the building of muscle. Raw butter, or that which hasn’t been pasteurized, contains something known as the Wulzen factor, a hormone-like substance that may be effective at preventing arthritis.


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Bert Guevara's curator insight, August 3, 12:24 PM

In heaven there is no butter; that's why eat it here and now!

Butter is a source of many beneficial nutrients—things like vitamins A, D, E, and K2—all fat-soluble vitamins which are best absorbed by the body when included in a high fat package like butter.

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RiseEarth : 15 Air Purifying Plants to Remove Harmful Toxins

RiseEarth : 15 Air Purifying Plants to Remove Harmful Toxins | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

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Saving seeds the right way can save the world's plants

Saving seeds the right way can save the world's plants | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Exotic pests, shrinking ranges and a changing climate threaten some of the world's most rare and ecologically important plants, and so conservationists establish seed collections to save the seeds in banks or botanical gardens in hopes of preserving some genetic diversity. For decades, these seed collections have been guided by simple models that offer a one-size-fits-all approach for how many seeds to gather. A new study, however, has found that more careful tailoring of seed collections to specific species and situations is critical to preserving plant diversity.

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Substantial Health And Economic Returns From Delayed Aging May Warrant A New Focus For Medical Research

Substantial Health And Economic Returns From Delayed Aging May Warrant A New Focus For Medical Research | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

Recent scientific advances suggest that slowing the aging process (senescence) is now a realistic goal. Yet most medical research remains focused on combating individual diseases. Using the Future Elderly Model—a microsimulation of the future health and spending of older Americans—we compared optimistic “disease specific” scenarios with a hypothetical “delayed aging” scenario in terms of the scenarios’ impact on longevity, disability, and major entitlement program costs. Delayed aging could increase life expectancy by an additional 2.2 years, most of which would be spent in good health. The economic value of delayed aging is estimated to be $7.1 trillion over fifty years. In contrast, addressing heart disease and cancer separately would yield diminishing improvements in health and longevity by 2060—mainly due to competing risks. Delayed aging would greatly increase entitlement outlays, especially for Social Security. However, these changes could be offset by increasing the Medicare eligibility age and the normal retirement age for Social Security. Overall, greater investment in research to delay aging appears to be a highly efficient way to forestall disease, extend healthy life, and improve public health.


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Urban Bees Using Plastic to Build Hives | Food and Farming

Urban Bees Using Plastic to Build Hives | Food and Farming | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Researchers from Canada found two species of urban leafcutter bees, pictured, have started using small pieces of plastic as a substitute for plant resins in their nests. In both cases, larvae successfully developed and were free from parasites.

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