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Fujitsu Lettuce? In Japan, idled electronics factories find new life in farming

Fujitsu Lettuce? In Japan, idled electronics factories find new life in farming | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Struggling to compete with rivals in South Korea or China in businesses like televisions and smartphones, a range of Japanese electronics giants are converting idled factories to agriculture.

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Forget Crest and Colgate - Use Coconut Oil Toothpaste! ("here's a DIY coco-toothpaste that's natural")

Forget Crest and Colgate - Use Coconut Oil Toothpaste! ("here's a DIY coco-toothpaste that's natural") | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Did you know that mainstream toothpastes expose your body to several unwanted toxins? Here is why you need to use coconut oil toothpaste instead.

Mainstream toothpastes contains sodium fluoride, an added ingredient that is also used as rat poison. Replacing your toothpaste that contains this toxic industrial byproduct that detrimentally affects your brain with a natural bacteria-killing, Alzheimer’s-reversing substance is much more appealing, isn’t it? Coconut oil cleans the mouth and also acts as an antibacterial to help keep plaque build up from forming on your precious pearly whites. This is why some choose coconut oil when performing the healthy practice of oil pulling.Why use a substance to clean your teeth that has been linked to tumor-formation in rats? FD&C Blue Dye #1 and 2 are used in toothpaste and other food products and even given the FDA’s stamp of approval, but they are no good for your health and certainly shouldn’t be used on a daily basis. Coconut oil is a holistic remedy for bleeding gums, a sore jaw, and dryness of the lips, tongue and mouth. Does your toothpaste do that for you?If you use name-brand toothpastes – they likely contain triclosan, a known endocrine disruptor. When the endocrine system isn’t working right, your hormones are basically going to be in a free-fall. Ditch the triclosan and use coconut oil since it can actually help remove sensitivity from teeth and make them stronger.Instead of using toothpastes that contain foaming agents in the form of sodium laurel sulfate (SLS) that have been linked to the formation of cancer sores, try using a coconut oil massage or coconut oil pulling. This practice can significantly reduce decay-causing Streptococcus mutan, a bacteria which causes plaque and you guessed it – strep throat.


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How to Make Coconut Oil Toothpaste

As coconut oil has been hailed as a ‘miracle dental breakthrough,’ it’s time to start creating your own coconut oil toothpaste. The recipe for creating this toothpaste varies from household to household, however the list of following ingredients as well as the instructions are generally agreed upon. Of course you could always do more research into what people use and make your own alterations.

Ingredients for Coconut Oil Toothpaste

- 6 tbsp coconut oil

- 6 tbsp baking soda

- 25 drops essential oil (whatever you prefer, peppermint, eucalyptus, grapefruit, cinnamon, etc. Optional.)

- 1 tsp stevia (also optional)

 

Directions for Coconut Oil Toothpaste

1. Mix baking soda and coconut oil in a bowel or small container until it forms a paste or creamy-like consistency. You can start by heating the coconut oil so it’s easier to work with.

2. Add the essential oil and/or stevia and mix.

3. Pour into a mason jar and seal it up until ready to use.

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New Reports Show Alarming Trend of Wetland Losses in the World

New Reports Show Alarming Trend of Wetland Losses in the World | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
In a report just issued for discussion at a global wetland meeting scheduled for early June in Uruguay, Gardner et al. (2015) gave an astonishing fact that global wetlands are estimated to have declined by 64 to 71 % in the 20th century alone and that this degradation rate continues. As pointed out in our most recent edition of the book “Wetlands, 5th ed.” (Mitsch and Gosselink, 2015): “The rate at which wetlands are being lost on a global scale is only now becoming clear, in part with the use o

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Wetlands also filter material coming from streams which is important.

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Ohio Wetlands Association's curator insight, May 21, 11:56 AM

Not so bad in the US. We have slowed our net loss. Still we need to reverse the trend.

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35 Awesome Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar

35 Awesome Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

Apple cider vinegar is truly one of the most versatile & useful household items. From aiding digestion to adding sparkle & shine to your home, there's little this wonder substance can't do.

 

One can benefit from having in their homes at all times. It is truly one of the most versatile and useful household items you can have. From aiding digestion, healing skin issues to adding sparkle and shine to your home without the need for chemicals, there is very little this wonder substance cannot do.


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Apple cider vingegar a must have for better health.

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Top 15 Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Top 15 Anti-Inflammatory Foods | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

"In an anti-inflammatory diet, we primarily move away from the overly processed, unbalanced diets of the West and toward the ancient eating patterns of the Mediterranean."

 

When we look at the diseases that plague our society — arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) — we see that long-term lifestyle changes are needed. What might not be as obvious is the common denominator tied to all of them and more: inflammation is at the root of most diseases

By addressing the inflammation with anti-inflammatory foods, not only can the symptoms of these diseases be alleviated, but we could even see them cured.


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Who is behind organic brands

Who is behind organic brands | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Consumers may not know that these 92 organic food brands are owned by some of the nation's largest food processors.

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Neonicotinoids: What home gardeners need to know

Neonicotinoids: What home gardeners need to know | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Pesticides are related to nicotine, and they're effective against a range of insects — including the good guys.

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Important for all of those of us keeping bees.

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Antiviral Activity of Flexibilane and Tigliane Diterpenoids from Stillingia lineata

Antiviral Activity of Flexibilane and Tigliane Diterpenoids from Stillingia lineata | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

n an effort to identify new potent and selective inhibitors of chikungunya virus and HIV-1 and HIV-2 virus replication, the endemic Mascarene species Stillingia lineata was investigated. LC/MS and bioassay-guided purification of the EtOAc leaf extract using a chikungunya virus-cell-based assay led to the isolation of six new (4–9) and three known (1–3) tonantzitlolones possessing the rare C20-flexibilane skeleton, along with tonantzitloic acid (10), a new linear diterpenoid, and three new (11, 13, and 15) and two known (12 and 14) tigliane-type diterpenoids. The planar structures of the new compounds and their relative configurations were determined by spectroscopic analysis, and their absolute configurations were determined through comparison with literature data and from biogenetic considerations. These compounds were investigated for selective antiviral activity against chikungunya virus (CHIKV), Semliki Forest virus, Sindbis virus, and, for compounds 11–15, the HIV-1 and HIV-2 viruses. Compounds 12–15 were found to be the most potent and are selective inhibitors of CHIKV, HIV-1, and HIV-2 replication. In particular, compound 14 inhibited CHIKV replication with an EC50 value of 1.2 μM on CHIKV and a selectivity index of >240, while compound 15 inhibited HIV-1 and HIV-2 with EC50 values of 0.043 and 0.018 μM, respectively. It was demonstrated further that potency and selectivity are sensitive to the substitution pattern on the tigliane skeleton. The cytotoxic activities of compounds 1–10 were evaluated against the HCT-116, MCF-7, and PC3 cancer cell lines.

 

Florent Olivon†, Héliciane Palenzuela†, Emmanuelle Girard-Valenciennes‡, Johan Neyts§, Christophe Pannecouque§, Fanny Roussi†, Isabelle Grondin‡, Pieter Leyssen§, and Marc LitaudonJ. Nat. Prod., Article ASAPDOI: 10.1021/acs.jnatprod.5b00116
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Follow the Honey: Why the Bee Crisis is Still Bad - Eluxe Magazine

Follow the Honey: Why the Bee Crisis is Still Bad - Eluxe Magazine | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
the bee crisis, Bayer, Syngenta, GMOs, British Beekeepers Association, Friends of the Earth, Monsanto, save the bees, Honey Bee Advisory Council

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Sustainable Food for the Globe.  Bees and Seeds.  A lie is a lie, just as a fact is a fact. Some people are so greedy, they'll pay off NASA to say Gravity is not real, because my money says so!   ..."Enter the corporate spin doctors. As my new report with Friends of the Earth details, three of the leading pesticide corporations — Bayer, Syngenta, and Monsanto — are engaged in a massive public relations disinformation campaign to distract the public and policymakers from thinking that pesticides might have something to do with bee death and destruction." $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$


Coming out on EarthDay 2015!

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Fluoride in Drinking Water Cut Back for First Time in 50 Yrs

Fluoride in Drinking Water Cut Back for First Time in 50 Yrs | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
30 communities boycotted fluoride in 2014! Read more about this fluoride-free movement and the breakthroughs being made in our country.

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Here's Your New Science-Backed Reason to Eat More Cheese (it provides food for the good bacteria")

Here's Your New Science-Backed Reason to Eat More Cheese (it provides food for the good bacteria") | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Your good bacteria love stinky fromage as much as you do

When people gorged on dairy products—but especially cheese—their microflora seemed to change. In their feces, researchers saw some metabolites that they know are related to the metabolism of the microflora: short-chain fatty acids like butyrate and propionate both appeared at increased concentrations compared to the control diet. They also had lower levels than the control group of TMAO, a metabolite produced when the body metabolizes choline, which is found in many animal-derived foods, especially red meat. (Lower levels seem to be a good thing; other research has shown that TMAO may help transport cholesterol to the arteries and predicts mortality rates.)

The findings suggest that cheese and milk might help modify the gut bacteria to decrease production of TMAO, the authors write. “I was surprised,” says study co-author Morten Rahr Clausen, a postdoc in the department of food science at Aarhus University in Denmark. “I didn’t expect to find anything in the cheese that would change the microflora.”

he researchers can’t be sure whether the increase in gut-friendly compounds came directly from the cheese or if they were formed by the microbiota, Clausen adds—but they could still have a beneficial effect either way. “I’m not completely sure why, but it seems like the cheese and also milk, but mainly cheese, affects the microbiota after eating cheese and that might affect the composition of the lipids in the blood,” he says.

The study adds a new dimension to our understanding how fermented milk products interact with the body. “The previous mechanism was that calcium binds the fatty acids and they’re just flushed through the gut,” he says. “Our study suggests another mechanism that the cheese might work through.”


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We need to eat more cheese.

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True cheese is good; make sure its not "cheese food".


"The researchers can’t be sure whether the increase in gut-friendly compounds came directly from the cheese or if they were formed by the microbiota, Clausen adds—but they could still have a beneficial effect either way. “I’m not completely sure why, but it seems like the cheese and also milk, but mainly cheese, affects the microbiota after eating cheese and that might affect the composition of the lipids in the blood,” he says.

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Test finds 60% of raw shrimp tainted with bacteria, including superbug MRSA ("better if from the wild")

Test finds 60% of raw shrimp tainted with bacteria, including superbug MRSA ("better if from the wild") | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
A jumbo problem?

If you’re one of many people who eat shrimp regularly, this may give you pause: A new study by Consumer Reports found that 60% of the raw shrimp that it tested was tainted with bacteria, including some with a dangerous, drug-resistant strain.

Most shrimp is farmed in exporting countries like Thailand, Vietnam, India, and Indonesia, which provide 94% of the US supply. And conditions are pretty gross: If ponds aren’t properly managed, “a sludge of fecal matter, chemicals and excess food can build up and decay,” Consumer Reports said in its study, “How Safe is Your Shrimp?” Shrimp are often given heavy doses of antibiotics to ward off bacteria and algae that thrive in their crowded tanks and ponds.

Shrimp exports from the three biggest exporters—Thailand, Vietnam and China—have suffered in recent years due to an outbreak of early mortality syndrome (EMS), a bacterial disease, which has hurt restaurant chains like Red Lobster.

Consumer Reports tested 342 frozen samples purchased from supermarkets and other food retailers in 27 US cities. Sixty percent were contaminated with bacteria like salmonella, E. coli, and listeria. Two percent of the samples tested positive for the superbug MRSA(Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), a scary strain of drug-resistant bacteria that causes hard-to-treat, life-threatening infections. Three percent of samples had illegally high levels of antibiotic residue.

Raw, farmed shrimp from Bangladesh and India were the most likely to carry bacteria, with 83% and 74% tainted, respectively. Raw, wild-caught shrimp from Argentina and the United States were the least likely to be tainted, at 33% and 20%, respectively.

But the presence of drug-resistant strains suggests that shrimp farms are overusing antibiotics, which can give rise to more dangerous and hard-to-treat superbugs strains.


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Bert Guevara's curator insight, April 25, 1:08 AM

Shrimp tastes so good, demand is high; so they have to farm it. There lies the problem. Farmed shrimp has its problems, specially if eaten raw.

 

"Harmful bacteria can be neutralized if shrimp are cooked properly—though they can still contaminate other food if they are not prepared carefully. And finding that 60% of shrimp had some levels of bacteria pales in comparison to some other foods: a similar Consumer Reports study found 97% of raw chicken contained harmful bacteria.

"But the presence of drug-resistant strains suggests that shrimp farms are overusing antibiotics, which can give rise to more dangerous and hard-to-treat superbugs strains.

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The Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener Podcast Episode 1 2015

The Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener Podcast Episode 1 2015 | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

Join Joey and Holly Baird as they talk about how to start seeds indoors, and if you do not start seeds indoors, what to look for at your local garden center. They talk about the best place to put your compost to increase your soil fertility. Joel Karsten of http://strawbalegardens.com/ as he talks about his book and how to garden using square bales. Also they talk about the difference between hybrid, organic and heirloom seeds and ideas for water collection. Join them for a jam packed show!


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Small wetlands critical to overall ecosystem functions

Small wetlands critical to overall ecosystem functions | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
'Many people would say, what's the big deal if we drain this small area? But these smaller wetlands are integral ...' FRISCO — A new study by researchers at Waterloo University supports the EPA's p...

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There are many types of wetlands here in Ohio.

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Although wetlands of less than 1/2 acre may fall through the regulatory cracks, these may provide valuable services beyond the scale of their size. A complex of small wetlands with associated uplands is important to biodiversity and water quality.

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The Organic Effect - YouTube ("this family took a urine test & discovered the toxins they ate daily")

Want to know what happens in your body when you switch from eating conventional food to organic? Watch this! The study was conducted by the Swedish Environme...

We use all of the below listed chemicals together, too, and we don’t really know what their synergistic results are:

Insecticides, the most widely used of all types of pesticides invented to kill insects, but are likely killing beneficial creatures likes bees and butterflies.Herbicides meant to destroy weeds or unwanted vegetation.Fungicides meant to protect seeds against fungi living in soils.Bactericides that were supposed to control harmful bacteria but have given rise to super-bugs and antibiotic resistant bugs that don’t respond to medicine.Virucides to suppress viruses which have also contributed to very strong mutant viral strains.Nematicides meant to control nematodes (roundworms).Miticides to kill mites and ticks.Rodenticides meant to control rodents.

All these chemicals are pervasive in our environment.

The brief, 90-second video above explains what happens to a Nordic family of five when everyone – children included – test their urine before starting an all organic diet, and after. What they find is absolutely incredible. You’ll never want to eat conventional foods again.

This family could be yours. It could be in the United States, South America, Japan, China , Africa – anywhere.

Watch the 90-second video; it could be the trigger that helps change your life for the better.


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Don't we all eat about the same things.

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This video tells it all! I suggest you watch it and discover the effect of buying commercial cheap food.

In the Philippines, it is now common to hear young people afflicted with cancer and other life-threatening anomalies.

 

"As said by Dr. Jesse Henley, pesticides kill pests by damaging their cellular structure. Though pesticides, fungicides, growth regulators, and herbicides were meant to control how a plant grows, there is no doubt that they affect us too – and we are using more pesticides and herbicides than ever.

"Strangely, these chemicals aren’t destroying pests – they are likely destroying us."

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Hormones 101: Everything You Need To Know With Dr. Sara Gottfried

Hormones 101: Everything You Need To Know With Dr. Sara Gottfried | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Our March Guest Editor breaks down everything you every wanted to know about your metabolic hormones. All of them.

 

WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT hormones all month and, as we’ve said a few times now, hormones are not just about sex. They’re not just a system that goes crazy when you’re pregnant or that is depleted when you reach a certain age. We all have functioning hormones – a vital and complex system kept in balance by some of the most basic tenets of good health. 

 

This list below is from our March Guest Editor Dr. Sara Gottfried‘s new book The Hormone Reset Diet. Here Dr. Sara outlines each of the twelve metabolic hormones, how they function, and which aspects of our health they affect. We found this basic snapshot of our twelve hormones so useful, we wanted to share the excerpt. Read it through and share with your friends and family…


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Hormones are more than just about sex.

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Paul Jackson's curator insight, March 31, 1:53 PM

Dr. Gottfried is a great resource on hormones!

Eric Larson's curator insight, April 1, 10:05 AM

We are what we eat.

Functional Family Medicine's curator insight, April 22, 1:15 PM

Hormones regulate every system in our bodies. There are multiple natural methods for keeping our hormone levels balanced including nutrition as well as #Bioidentical hormone therapy.

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Detox Your Mouth: 9 Holistic Treatments For Oral Health

Detox Your Mouth: 9 Holistic Treatments For Oral Health | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Dirty mouth? Clean up your act with these 9 treatment ideas you may not have thought of...

WHILE YOU CANNOT feel, see, or even taste them, your mouth is the permanent residence of a multitude of microorganisms. These microorganisms are teeny, tiny bacteria – and, similar to those that live in your gut, can be both beneficial and harmful to our health. The beneficial bacteria, which are also known as probiotics, aid in the digestion of foods, and protect our teeth and gums from the bad bacteria, which can easily grow out of control. Bad bacteria is disease-causing and leads to an array of oral health conditions such as bad breath, gingivitis, periodontitis, cav

 


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The Best Foods for Your Brain (And Why We Might Owe Fat an Apology)

The Best Foods for Your Brain (And Why We Might Owe Fat an Apology) | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Believe it or not, eating fat is essential for short- and long- term brain health. Here's the real deal on how fat benefits our brains, which types of fat are best, and the best foods to eat for the most brain-boosting benefits.

 

Fat: What was once the ugly stepchild of the dietary world is now being heralded as the savior of humankind. Okay, so maybe that’s taking things a little too far. But fat does offer great benefits for our bodies—and our minds. Read on to learn how to make fat work for your brain.

 


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Trade associations still seeking injunction against Vermont’s GMO-labeling law

Trade associations still seeking injunction against Vermont’s GMO-labeling law | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
A group of food trade associations opposing Vermont’s food-labeling law for genetically modified ingredients will ask an appeals court for an injunction against the legislation. A federal judge already denied the group’s motion to block the law.

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The battle continues.

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How to farm without a field

How to farm without a field | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
These pioneers are sprouting produce indoors, no soil or sunlight required.

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Lowe's to eliminate pesticides that hurt crop pollinating honeybees

Lowe's to eliminate pesticides that hurt crop pollinating honeybees | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Home improvement chain Lowe's Cos Inc will stop selling a type of pesticide suspected of causing a decline in honeybee populations needed to pollinate key American crops, following

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Growing Food Can Government Ban You From Growing Vegetables In Your Own Front Yard?


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Why You Should Be Eating Watermelon Seeds, Instead Of Spitting Them Out ("just like eating peanuts")

Why You Should Be Eating Watermelon Seeds, Instead Of Spitting Them Out ("just like eating peanuts") | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
They've got protein, people!...

You may have once believed that swallowing a watermelon seed would ignite the growth of an enormous fruit inside your belly. So instead of ingesting, you diligently plucked out each individual seed before chomping into the juicy fruit. Or you kept an arsenal of seeds in the pocket of your cheek to use as spitting ammo against your older brother.

But these seeds will not bud fruit inside your body and they shouldn't be tossed or shot at an annoying sibling. Instead, they should be eaten. (Here's the catch: You shouldn't eat them straight from the fruit. To make the most of them, the seeds need to be sprouted and shelled.) Once sprouted, shelled and dried, watermelon seeds become edible, protein-packed treasures. Just a one-ounce serving (about 1/8 of a cup) boasts 10 grams of protein -- comparable to the amount found in your Greek yogurt breakfast.

"Sprouted" seeds are germinated and oftentimes are higher in nutrients than their non-sprouted versions. Sprouting removes compounds in the food that make it difficult to absorb all of its nutrients, increases nutrient density and makes the food easier to digest. In the case of watermelon, the seeds are stripped of their black shells and resemble seeds.

But any old seed this is not. Truly, these seeds are a robust snack: They're packed with protein, vitamin B, magnesium, and monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats, which have been shown to reduce cholesterol levels, inflammation and risk for heart disease and stroke.

If you've ever daringly chewed on a seed while munching on the fruit, you know they taste nothing like watermelon. Watermelon seeds are most similar to sunflower seeds in flavor, but a little less nutty and thick. They'd taste great topped on salads, blended into trail mix or eaten out of the palm of your very own hand.


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Watermelon seeds are healthy for us?

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Butong pakwan mabuti sa katawan.


"Truly, these seeds are a robust snack: They're packed with protein, vitamin B, magnesium, and monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats, which have been shown to reduce cholesterol levels, inflammation and risk for heart disease and stroke."

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Organic Food Industry Explodes as Consumer Demand Spikes » EcoWatch ("wiser buyers spend for health")

Organic Food Industry Explodes as Consumer Demand Spikes » EcoWatch ("wiser buyers spend for health") | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
A new report from the Organic Trade Association shows organic food sales in 2014 were the highest ever. The USDA will propose standards for organic seafood

Fruits and vegetables—the number one selling organic category—raked in $13 billion in sales, a 12 percent increase from the prior year. Organic fruits and vegetables now account for 12 percent of all produce sold in the nation. Organic dairy also jumped 11 percent in sales last year to $5.46 billion, the biggest percentage increase for that category in six years. Organic food has consistently far outshone the three percent growth pace for the total food industry, the OTA said.

There are many reasons why more consumers are buying organic, including the perception that it’s healthier, more sustainable and has fewer pesticides. As we previously reported, the Rodale Institute found that there is 7 percent pesticide residue in organic foods as opposed to 38 percent in conventional produce.

The U.S. is the top grower of corn and soybeans in the world and yet we are importing these products because about 90 percent of U.S. corn and soybeans are genetically modified, and thus, cannot be certified as organic. As a result, imports to the U.S. of Romanian corn rose to $11.6 million in 2014 from $545,000 the year before and soybean imports from India more than doubled to $73.8 million, according to Bloomberg News.


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Sound reasons for this to happen,

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Bert Guevara's curator insight, April 22, 11:24 PM

Consumer education leads to a greater demand for better products. Organic food will find its place in every table as health concerns influence spending patterns. This trend is happening in most countries, including the Philippines.

 

"Looks like organic food has gone from a new-age trend to a staple in supermarkets and many American diets. According to a new analysis from the Organic Trade Association (OTA), organicfood sales in 2014 jumped 11 percent to $35.9 billion, claiming almost 5 percent of the total food sales in the U.S."

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12 Proven Benefits of Avocado (No. 5 is Very Impressive) [you may not have heard of its super benefits]

12 Proven Benefits of Avocado (No. 5 is Very Impressive) [you may not have heard of its super benefits] | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

Here are 12 health benefits of avocado, that are supported by scientific research.

1. Avocado is Incredibly Nutritious

 

2. They Contain More Potassium Than Bananas

 

3. Avocado is Loaded With Heart-Healthy Monounsaturated Fatty Acids

 

4. Avocados Are Loaded With Fiber

 

5. Eating Avocados Can Lower Cholesterol and Triglyceride Levels

 

6. People Who Eat Avocados Tend to be Healthier

 

7. The Fat in Them Can Help You Absorb Nutrients From Plant Foods

 

8. Avocados Are Loaded With Powerful Antioxidants That Can Protect The Eyes

 

9. Avocado May Help Prevent Cancer

 

10. Avocado Extract May Help Relieve Symptoms of Arthritis  

 

11. Eating Avocado May Help You Lose Weight

 

12. Avocado is Delicious and Easy to Incorporate in The Diet

 

 


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