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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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The Goodman Affair: Monsanto Targets the Heart of Science

The Goodman Affair: Monsanto Targets the Heart of Science | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Richard Smith, former editor of the British Medical Journal, has jested that instead of scientific peer review, its rival The Lancet had a system of throwing a pile of papers down the stairs and pu...

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Chickens vs. Vegetable Beds, Round Two | Garden Rant

Chickens vs. Vegetable Beds, Round Two | Garden Rant | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

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WEED BLOCK BETWEEN RAISED BEDS PART ONE

WEED BLOCK BETWEEN RAISED BEDS PART ONE | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
So this weekend, I had several things planned. Well, first I spent too long in Home Depot on Saturday (but I did get a bunch of stuff). Then on Sunday when I went to the farm again, I didn't realize how much rain we had ...

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Dave Sands's curator insight, January 22, 2014 2:40 PM

Very interesting information concerning keeping weeds down between beds.

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Agroecology can help fix our broken food system. Here’s how. | Ensia

Agroecology can help fix our broken food system. Here’s how. | Ensia | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

“In short, there’s a systems problem with the many incarnations of ‘sustainable food.’ Good intentions notwithstanding, most alternatives leave untouched the underlying structures and forces of the agri-food system. They don’t ask how farmers can listen to their land, scientists can listen to farmers, eaters can listen to restaurant workers and the government can listen to people’s needs. Sustainable food, it turns out, lacks a science with which to deal with a system as complex as farming and food. But there is an approach that embraces complexity and change. It involves developing the capacity to listen, to grow new connections, and to build solidarity among animals, plants and people. It’s called agroecology.”


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John Payne's curator insight, July 29, 8:46 PM
Perhaps the most important contribution robotics can make to enabling better land management and food production practices is in the realm of data collection, building a strong foundation upon which to build a true science of sustainable methods.
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Plant These 10 Perennial Vegetables and Reap Harvests Year After Year - Modern Farmer

Plant These 10 Perennial Vegetables and Reap Harvests Year After Year - Modern Farmer | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Gardeners like perennial flowers because you do the work to get them established once and they bloom again and again. There are numerous perennial vegetable perennial vegetables as well but they lack the same recognition. Asparagus is by far the most well-known; from there the list quickly becomes obscure. But it is a beautiful world to discover, featuring crops like capers, chayote, and tree collards, which give year after year with minimal effort on your part, much like a fruit tree.


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Raising Backyard Chickens

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Jataí bees at the entrance of their hive. Photo by Bernard Dupont.

Jataí bees at the entrance of their hive. Photo by Bernard Dupont. | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
The Tetragonisca angustula is a small, stingless, honey producing native bee in Central and South America. It is called the jataí bee in Brazil and has a different name in other regions, some of which are yatei, jaty, virginitas, angelitas ingleses, españolita, mariola, chipisas, virgencitas, and mariolitas.

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Bruce Shriver's curator insight, August 12, 4:11 PM
Here are links to some interesting articles about the Jataí Bee:

"Friday Fellow: Jataí Bee" by Boll - http://bit.ly/2bnZjvE

"Jataí bees are the only species that have a soldier caste" by Yao-Hua Law - http://bbc.in/2bo6SCs

"A morphologically specialized soldier caste improves colony defense in a neotropical eusocial bee" by Grüter et al - http://bit.ly/2b4f0tg

"Soldier production in a stingless bee depends on rearing location and nurse behaviour" by Segers et al - http://bit.ly/2b4fe3e

The Wikipedia entry for "Tetragonisca Angustula" - http://bit.ly/2bmiZ47
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Lake Erie, S. Florida algae crises share common toxins and causes

Lake Erie, S. Florida algae crises share common toxins and causes | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Several parallels exist between the putrid algae that has sickened South Florida and the green goop that has appeared in western Lake Erie nearly every summer since 1995. Florida’s Lake Okeechobee and western Lake Erie are both huge, but shallow, bodies of water. That shallowness keeps Lake Okeechobee warm year-round. It allows western Lake Erie to warm up relatively quickly each spring. Both are especially prone to algal growth because of heavy agricultural runoff that gets into their tributaries. In Lake Okeechobee’s case, the Kissimmee River south of Orlando carries a large influx of nutrients, many from cattle ranches where nutrients flow off land much as they do off corn fields in northwest Ohio, where a combination of synthetic fertilizers and soil soaked with animal manure gets

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OWA Board Member, Bill Mitsch, is quoted in this article. Thanks to Tom Henry and the Toledo Blade for their analysis.
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To Live Longer, Study Suggests Getting Protein From Plants, Not Meat ("fish & chicken not that bad")

To Live Longer, Study Suggests Getting Protein From Plants, Not Meat ("fish & chicken not that bad") | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

Study suggests that people who eat more red meat die sooner than those who get their protein from plants.

How much protein you eat—and where that protein comes from—may affect your lifespan, suggests research published today in JAMA Internal Medicine. The new analysis, conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital, found that people who ate a lot of animal protein had a higher-than-average risk of dying over the next few decades, especially if they favored processed red meat over fish or poultry. Those who ate more plant-based protein, on the other hand, had a lower-than-average risk of death. 

The new research included data from two prior long-term studies, which collectively had more than 170,000 total participants. The people in these studies were tracked for 26 to 30 years and also asked to answer questions about their health and eating habits every few years. On average, they received about 14% of their daily calories from animal protein, and 4% from plant-based protein. During this time, more than 36,000 of them died. 

After adjusting the results for lifestyle and other risk factors, the researchers found that those who ate the most animal protein—defined as any type of meat, eggs, or dairy—had a slightly increased risk of death. People who ate less animal protein and consumed more protein from plant-based sources—breads, cereals, pastas, beans, nuts, and legumes—were the least likely to die during the study.

The news isn’t all bad for meat lovers, though. The increased risk of death only applied to people who had at least one "unhealthy lifestyle" factor, such as being a heavy drinker, a smoker, or overweight or obese, or getting very little exercise. For participants who led overall healthy lifestyles, the link disappeared.


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Bert Guevara's curator insight, August 16, 11:21 PM
The enemy is processed and unprocessed red meat. If you can't help animal meat, fish and chicken is better. Otherwise, this study suggests plant-based protein food.

"Indeed, when they broke down the study results into specific types of animal protein, they found that the link between animal protein and increased risk of death applied primarily to people who ate lots of processed and unprocessed red meats (including beef and pork), and not to fish or poultry.
“Our findings suggest that people should consider eating more plant proteins than animal proteins,” said Dr. Song, “and when they do choose among sources of animal protein, fish and chicken are probably better choices."
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Could Worms In Your Gut Cure Your Allergies?

Could Worms In Your Gut Cure Your Allergies? | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Some people are trying to treat autoimmune problems with an unlikely tool: worms that live in your gut, permanently. Scientists are finally starting to figure out whether they work.
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‘Superfood’ doesn’t mean anything, so let’s stop using it ("there are superior foods but examine 1st")

‘Superfood’ doesn’t mean anything, so let’s stop using it ("there are superior foods but examine 1st") | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

Although some foods have superior nutritional value, there’s no incentive for manufacturers to define terms like superfood. The ambiguity hides the true facts.

WE HUMANS are suckers for a promise that is too good to be true – especially if it offers a shortcut to health and longevity. That is one of the appeals of “superfoods”, which are sold as if they contain a magical elixir of life that will wash away the sins of an otherwise poor diet and inactive lifestyle. 

It is easy to dismiss such claims as marketing hype and wishful thinking. But that is too hasty. Foods vary in their nutritional value. Is it possible that some deserve the title of superfood? 

Answering that question turns out to be very difficult, not least because the definition is so vague. Despite thousands of websites and lifestyle articles devoted to superfoods, there is hardly any published research in peer-reviewed scientific journals. What is out there is, more often than not, industry-funded, published in alternative health journals and too eager to jump to scientifically questionable conclusions. 

You can find answers, though, if you look hard enough. By picking apart the boldest superfood claims, comparing their nutritional profiles with less exotic fare and talking to experts, we have come to some evidence-based conclusions, not all of which go against the grain (see “Miracle meal or rotten swindle? The truth about superfoods“). In short: some things marketed as superfoods are nutritionally superior to other, similar foods. Many more are not.


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Bert Guevara's curator insight, August 16, 12:05 AM
Nothing beats an informed choice. There are foods that may qualify as "super", but not all that claim to be one are authentic. Many are just marketing stunts.
Do your own research and find out which are really superior than the rest.

"You can find answers, though, if you look hard enough. By picking apart the boldest superfood claims, comparing their nutritional profiles with less exotic fare and talking to experts, we have come to some evidence-based conclusions, not all of which go against the grain (see “Miracle meal or rotten swindle? The truth about superfoods“). In short: some things marketed as superfoods are nutritionally superior to other, similar foods. Many more are not."
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WAIT! It’s Not a Weed! It’s One of the Most Unrecognized Health Boosting Plants…

WAIT! It’s Not a Weed! It’s One of the Most Unrecognized Health Boosting Plants… | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Yes, it IS considered a common weed to many. But it has more beneficia

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16 Vegan One-Pot Recipes If You Are Considering Cutting Animals Out Of Your Diet

16 Vegan One-Pot Recipes If You Are Considering Cutting Animals Out Of Your Diet | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

16 one pot vegan dishes


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The Monsanto Tipping Point Has Been Reached: We Shall Overcome Global Food Injustice (GMO)

Monsanto is now in full retreat against a global grassroots rejection of its poisons and lies. The company is backpedaling on every front now, even admitting defeat in Europe and now trying to focu...

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Over 100 Raised Beds... and growing! - Buffalo Rising

Over 100 Raised Beds... and growing! - Buffalo Rising | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

Very interesting site. Unique raised beds on a disused roof car park.


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Di-Wheel Concept | Australian Centre for Field Robotics

Video demonstration of the di-wheel concept for agricultural use

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OCA Mexico Defends Maya Beekeepers from Monsanto

OCA Mexico Defends Maya Beekeepers from Monsanto | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
The art of beekeeping in Maya communities can be traced back centuries. Beekeepers pass the skill down from one generation to the next.

For these indigenous communities in Mexico’s Campeche and Yucatán regions, beekeeping isn’t just a tradition or a hobby. For many, it’s a livelihood. 

And that livelihood is now being threatened by Monsanto.

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Garlic-Store.underwoodgardens.com

Garlic-Store.underwoodgardens.com | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Garlic Is Da Bomb!

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Squash Bees: How squash agriculture spread bees in pre-Columbian North America

Squash Bees: How squash agriculture spread bees in pre-Columbian North America | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
"Using genetic markers, researchers have found that the spread of the squash bee in pre-Columbian Central and North America was tied to the spread of squash agriculture. This is the first time researchers have been able to show how cultivating a specific crop led to the expansion of a pollinator species." See http://bit.ly/28VKrmj

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Bruce Shriver's curator insight, June 26, 4:07 PM
Unlike the honey bees which fly during the day, squash bees fly before sunrise. You can read about squash bees at http://bit.ly/28Vtqty
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Genetic markers and bees?
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Cannabis Fights Cartilage Loss in Arthritis - Culture Magazine - Cannabis Lifestyle and News Magazine

Cannabis Fights Cartilage Loss in Arthritis -  Culture Magazine - Cannabis Lifestyle and News Magazine | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
RT @iReadCulture: Cannabis Fights Cartilage Loss in Arthritis - https://t.co/v93APiuNfu #cannabis #iReadCulture #arthritis https://t.co/59V…
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We need Better Joints, JK!
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Health Benefits of Pineapples | Organic Facts ("cures cough & colds, digestion, lose weight, etc.")

Health Benefits of Pineapples | Organic Facts ("cures cough & colds, digestion, lose weight, etc.") | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

Pineapples can improve respiratory health, cure cough and colds, improve digestion, help you lose weight, strengthen bones, improve oral health.

Pineapples are a funny-looking fruit with a serious impact on health, and their health and medicinal benefits include their ability to improve respiratory health, cure coughs and colds, improve digestion, help you lose weight, strengthen bones, improve oral health, boost eye health, reduce inflammation, prevent cancer, increase heart health, fight off infections and parasites, improve the immune system, and increase circulation.

Arthritis Management: One of the most celebrated uses of pineapple in terms of health is its ability to reduce the inflammation of joints and muscles, particularly those associated with arthritis, a truly debilitating disease that affects millions of people around the world. Pineapples contain a relatively rare proteolytic enzyme called bromelain, which is primarily associated with breaking down complex proteins, but it also has serious anti-inflammatory effects, and has been positively correlated with reducing the signs and symptoms of arthritis in many test subjects.

Immune System: A single serving of pineapple has more than 130% of the daily requirement of vitamin-C for human beings, making it one of the richest and most delicious sources of ascorbic acid.

Tissue and Cellular Health: One of the commonly overlooked benefits of vitamin C is its essential role in creating collagen.

Cancer Prevention: In addition to the antioxidant potential of vitamin C in the battle against cancer, pineapples are also rich in various other antioxidants, including vitamin A, beta carotene, bromelain, various flavonoid compounds, and high levels of manganese, which is an important co-factor of superoxide dismutase, an extremely potent free radical scavenger that has been associated with a number of different cancers. Pineapple has directly been related to preventing cancers of the mouth, throat, and breast.


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Bert Guevara's curator insight, August 16, 9:51 PM
Another powerhouse fruit for everyone.

"Pineapples are a funny-looking fruit with a serious impact on health, and their health and medicinal benefits include their ability to improve respiratory health, cure coughs and colds, improve digestion, help you lose weight, strengthen bones, improve oral health, boost eye health, reduce inflammation, prevent cancer, increase heart health, fight off infections and parasites, improve the immune system, and increase circulation."
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Soil Carbon Restoration: Can Biology Do the Job?

Soil Carbon Restoration: Can Biology Do the Job? | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
A great deal of discussion in scientific and governmental circles has been focused recently on how to deal with greenhouse gas emissions and the resulting weather extremes they have created. Most analysts believe we must stop burning fossil fuels to prevent further increases in atmospheric carbon, and find ways to remove carbon already in the air if we want to lessen further weather crises and the associated human tragedies, economic disruption and social conflict that they bring.


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The Japanese Government Officially Lists THIS Ancient Medicinal Mushroom as a Cancer Treatment!

The Japanese Government Officially Lists THIS Ancient Medicinal Mushroom as a Cancer Treatment! | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Mushrooms aren’t everybody’s cup of tea, but there’s certainly an abundance of them in nature. Over 10,00 species of mushrooms are known to man, and all but 50-100 of them are edible.
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Viral Alternative News: Baking Soda – True Enemy Of The Pharmaceutical Industry

Viral Alternative News: Baking Soda – True Enemy Of The Pharmaceutical Industry | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

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Best Ways Pets Can Improve Your Health

Best Ways Pets Can Improve Your Health | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
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陳婉瑜's curator insight, April 16, 11:32 PM

That's right!