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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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Why we buy organic and fair trade: Feelings matter

Why we buy organic and fair trade: Feelings matter | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
New research identifies the emotions that motivate some people to make ethical choices day after day.

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Organic verses other?

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Healing Quest: Healthy School Lunches - YouTube

http://www.healingquest.tv We get the inside story on an all-natural nutrition approach in Wisconsin that could revolutionize the way kids eat in school. One...

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Many of us have weight problems. Maybe we can get things started the right way.

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The Question of Real Food: Does it Really Matter What You Eat?

The Question of Real Food: Does it Really Matter What You Eat? | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Committing to eating real food can be overwhelming sometimes. Is it worth it?

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Challenges.

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Soil Science Basics for Beginners

Soil Science Basics for Beginners | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
by Aaron Jerad
It's dark. You are surrounded by giant flesh eating amoebas. You can’t move very fast.... Welcome to the world of the bact

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Custom farming rates going up, but so are the costs - Farm and Dairy

Custom farming rates going up, but so are the costs - Farm and Dairy | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Custom farming rates going up, but so are the costs
Farm and Dairy
There's a wide variety of scenarios, depending on the custom operator and the farm that hires the work done.
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Five Myths of 'Safe' Pesticides

Five Myths of 'Safe' Pesticides | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

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7 Awesome Natural Sources of Vitamin D ("to compensate for less sunlight, try some of these foods rich in Vitamin D")

7 Awesome Natural Sources of Vitamin D ("to compensate for less sunlight, try some of these foods rich in Vitamin D") | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
The skin cancer scare has rendered many Americans vitamin D deficient, with many avoiding highly beneficial natural sources of vitamin D.

In the approaching winter months, however, sunlight plentiful in vitamin D will become scarce.  We’ll have to expand our diets by eating lots of foods high in vitamin D (but taking care to avoid mercury-laden fish) and potentially high quality vitamin D3 supplements.  According to Harvard, how much vitamin D our bodies need varies with our age and skin color.  Natural health experts agree that between 5,000 and 8,000 international units (IUs) daily is most beneficial.

Here are 7 great natural sources of vitamin D:

1. Salmon

2. Sardines

3. Eggs

4. Cheese

5. Beef liver

6. Mushrooms

7. Sunlight (The Absolute Best)

Depending on your skin hue, anywhere from 10 minutes (light skin) to 30 minutes (dark skin) of near-full-body exposure in the summer sun without sunscreen will fulfill your vitamin D intake. Remember that sunshine cannot create vitamin D through glass, and it is always important to build up your skin to the sunlight by going outside in increasingly larger amounts each day.

 


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The first non-indolyl cruciferous phytoalexins: Nasturlexins and tridentatols, a striking convergent evolution of defenses in terrestrial plants and marine animals?

The first non-indolyl cruciferous phytoalexins: Nasturlexins and tridentatols, a striking convergent evolution of defenses in terrestrial plants and marine animals? | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

Elicited metabolites from the crucifer Nasturtium officinale are investigated.

The first isolation of cruciferous phytoalexins not derived from tryptophan is reported.

Previously one of these phytoalexins was only found in a marine animal (Tridentata marginata).

The antifungal activity of the phytoalexins nasturlexins A and B and tridentatol C against pathogens of crucifers is evaluated.

 

M. Soledade C. Pedras, ,Q. Huy To Phytochemistry

Available online 21 August 2014

DOI: 10.1016/j.phytochem.2014.07.024
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Food Fraud Fake foods

Video: The Health Ranger exposed the chemicals that are passed off as blueberries in processed foods

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Oh my! You want blueberries and get something else. 

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Straight from the farm: ‘Food hubs’ help get more locally produced food to market

Straight from the farm: ‘Food hubs’ help get more locally produced food to market | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Farmers Justin Jones and Mark Roh started Lone Tree Foods with a third partner, hoping to sell above their weight class by working together to meet a growing demand for local foods.

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11 Plants that repel mosquitoes

11 Plants that repel mosquitoes | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

Using chemical products to keep mosquitoes away is not on the top of anyone’s wish list.

 

Follow the photo-link to find some ideas of plants that repel mosquitoes – naturally!


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Do you need to get rid of the mosquitoes in your yard?

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Why Conservatives Should Care About Urban Farming

Why Conservatives Should Care About Urban Farming | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Urban farming brings beauty to barren landscapes, provides for needy communities, and fosters an entrepreneurial spirit.

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Attention Farmers: free wireless SNAP terminals! | Seed Capital Kentucky

Attention Farmers: free wireless SNAP terminals! | Seed Capital Kentucky | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

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Chemical producer lobbies for increase in allowed levels of pesticide linked to 'Beemageddon'

Chemical producer lobbies for increase in allowed levels of pesticide linked to 'Beemageddon' | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Seed giant Syngenta is asking federal regulators in the United States to raise the allowable levels of a certain pesticide used on select crops despite warnings from critics.

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I thought we need to save more bees rather than kill more???

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Worm composting growing in popularity

Worm composting growing in popularity | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Meggie Smith has never liked worms much — she's just not a nature person. But now she's letting about a thousand of the slimy creatures live in her Evanston garage.

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Oh boy! Will elephant-poop coffee become a thing? Is it cruel? ("it may better protect the elephant")

Oh boy! Will elephant-poop coffee become a thing? Is it cruel? ("it may better protect the elephant") | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Jury's still out on Crappacino...

Black Ivory Coffee is made by feeding elephants coffee beans and then, after some digestion, picking the remains from... well, elephant poop.

Like with civet "cat-poop" coffee, the idea is that the fermentation that takes place during the digestion process of the animal supposedly makes the coffee better. I'm not going to argue that part, as I haven't tried it and am no coffee connoisseur, but like with using civets, I have a problem with feeding animals things that they haven't necessarily evolved to eat in those quantities, and keeping them in captivity for those reasons.

The latter part might not be as big a problem in this case, as the company behind the elephant poop coffee (how's that for branding?) claims that they only use "street rescued Thai elephants at the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation" and that "8% of Black Ivory Coffee sales will help fund a specialist elephant veterinarian to provide free care to all the elephants of Thailand through the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation", but there are still questions that remain about the long-term effect of feeding coffee beans to elephants.

I'm genuinely wondering. I'm not saying it's necessarily bad, and the intentions behind this venture certainly seems to be good (though sometimes it's the unintended consequences of our actions that are problematic). The jury's still out...

Either way, don't drink civet coffee. That one is cruel for sure.

 


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If you think patronizing civet coffee is cruel, check out this new coffee source -- elephant poop!

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Healthy foods Black Beans

Video: health benefits of black beans and an easy recipe for black bean salsa.

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How Industrial Ag is Making the Soil--and Us--Unhealthy

How Industrial Ag is Making the Soil--and Us--Unhealthy | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

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Millions Struggle To Get Enough To Eat Despite Jobs Returning

Millions Struggle To Get Enough To Eat Despite Jobs Returning | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
The number of food insecure Americans did not decline between 2012 and 2013, according to the USDA. And the level of food insecurity remains much higher than it was before the recession.

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Antibiotics Becoming Useless -- Here's What's Happening ("new antibiotic-resistant diseases found")

Antibiotics Becoming Useless -- Here's What's Happening ("new antibiotic-resistant diseases found") | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
It appears after too much use on humans, and even more so with farm animals in factory farming, that antibiotics are becoming useless. A curse, or blessing?

Margaret Riley, Ph.D professor of biology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst considers taking a course of antibiotics analogous to ingesting a hydrogen bomb that indiscriminately kills everything in its path.

Riley explains that antibiotics kill not only the bad and the ugly (bacteria), but also the good. They are not smart bombs or laser-guided missiles that only destroy a designated target. And it’s the good bacteria that keep the bad bacteria in check and even signal other areas of our immune systems to release anti-pathogenic “killer cells”.

If you want to see how terrible antibiotic side effect adverse reactions can be, ask fluoroquinolone antibiotic victims (those who have taken Cipro, Leviquin, Avelox, and Floxin).

The AMA, Big Pharma, and even the media claim these drugs were responsible for the eradication of the raging killer infectious epidemics of the previous centuries like: the plague, cholera, scarlet fever, yellow fever, and typhoid.nBut antibiotics were not available until the 1940s and 1950s. By then, improved nutrition and sanitation had boosted folks’ inner terrains (immune systems) sufficiently to ward off most of those diseases.

 While antibiotics certainly offer some solutions, we simply need to move toward a different healing medium.

Ironically, because of the rampant, overuse of antibiotics, we are now battling antibiotic-resistant diseases like: tuberculosis, gonorrhea and MRSA, which are responsible for many deaths, especially in our hospitals and nursing homes.

According to the CDC, during 2013 in the USA approximately 2 million people become infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria and 23,000 people die each year from these infections, while others die from complications related to antibiotic-resistant infections.


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The other side of the antibiotic paradigm...

"Science and history tell us that while we are living longer than our ancestors, it’s not necessarily the result of modern medicine, but rather improved sanitation, hygiene, cleaner water, better sewage management, and adequate nutrition."

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Honey, we could have a new weapon in the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Honey, we could have a new weapon in the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

A study at at Sweden's Lund University have identified a unique group of 13 lactic acid bacteria found in the honey stomach of bees and passed onto fresh ho...


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Honey is more important than you may think,

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Downtown Market expands green space with indoor living wall - The Rapidian

Downtown Market expands green space with indoor living wall - The Rapidian | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Downtown Market expands green space with indoor living wall The Rapidian “Like our outdoor green walls, which help cool the building, serve as vertical garden spaces and restore lost habitat, the indoor LiveWall will benefit our visitors and...

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Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Svalbard Global Seed Vault | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

Who knew? The underground global seed vault located in Svalbard.

 

The purpose of the vault is to store frozen duplicates (back ups) of all seed samples from the world’s crop collections, making the vault the ultimate insurance policy for the world’s food supply.

 

Follow the photo-link to read this fascinating article.  


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The next step after our seed libraries.

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Camacho Land Design's curator insight, March 3, 11:52 AM

Did you know about this global frozen seed vault stashed away underground in Svalbard? Pretty darned interesting ... 

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Self-Seeding Crops You’ll Never Need to Replant

Self-Seeding Crops You’ll Never Need to Replant | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

A continuous, sustainable supply of garden seeds — no harvesting, storing or replanting required? Oh yes, we're for real! Some crops produce seeds so readily that as long as you give them time to flower, mature and set seed, you'll always have free plants growing in your garden. Check out 34 self-seeding herbs, veggies and flowers and how to manage them:


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Camacho Land Design's curator insight, July 2, 2:05 PM

There's nothing better than letting God grow a garden the way He intended. Here's 34 self-seeding herbs, veggies, and flowers you'll almost never have to mess with again!

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Maybe some good choices for WSD . . .