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We are inundated with unhealthy processed foods, fast foods, and soft drinks. Let's turn this deplorable state of affairs around together, for a healthy you!
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Colorful Plates Bring A Healthy Life - CBS Local

Colorful Plates Bring A Healthy Life - CBS Local | Healthy Recipes and Tips for Healthy Living | Scoop.it
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Bonci is a believer in living a healthy life with a “colorful plate”. The more plants on the plate like deep greens, oranges or reds give your body less sugar and more good fuel for energy.
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Interersting:  Hockey players and swimmers can use up to 10,000 calories a day!

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Steve Kingsley's curator insight, May 14, 2013 2:06 AM

We start eating with our eyes, don't we?

Steve Kingsley's curator insight, October 3, 2013 1:20 AM

I disagree with her "dinner 1 and dinner 2" concept, where you eat 2 smaller meals. The last one is eaten before bed so your body has more calories to take in. That is wrong, in my view!

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Does this look like organic egg production to you?

Does this look like organic egg production to you? | Healthy Recipes and Tips for Healthy Living | Scoop.it
"Cage free", "free range", "organic". There's always been some ambiguity around these labels. So what does organic egg production really look like?

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Used to live on a farm and saw "fully organic and happy chicken" killed, feathered, and cooked. Not for the faint of heart!

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Innovation of the Month: Aeroponic Technology

Innovation of the Month: Aeroponic Technology | Healthy Recipes and Tips for Healthy Living | Scoop.it

As the world’s urban population continues to grow, the demand for food in urban areas continues to expand. To meet this demand, urban agricultural innovations are sprouting up in countries and communities around the world. Aeroponic farming—the process of growing plants in an air or mist environment without the use of soil—is one such innovation.

Aeroponic farming—the process of growing plants in an air or mist environment without the use of soil—can help to meet rising demand for food in urban areas. (Photo Credit: The Young Agropreneur)

According to the National Aeronautics and Space Association (NASA), aeroponic systems allow for clean, efficient, and rapid food production. In aeroponic systems, crops, which are isolated from seasonal change, can be planted and harvested year round without interruption and without contamination from soil, pesticides, and residue. And because aeroponic growing environments are clean and sterile, the chances of spreading plant disease and infection are less common than in soil-based systems. As a result, aeroponic farming systems can yield high-value crops—such as leafy greens, herbs, and micro-greens—quickly and reliably.

According to AeroFarms, a producer of aeroponic systems in Ithaca, New York, aeroponic production is superior to conventional and greenhouse production for a variety of reasons: the produce does not require washing after harvest; can be delivered fresh to stores and restaurants on a daily basis; has a shelf life of 3 to 4 weeks; offers year round seasonality; has a faster growth cycle; and does not need to be treated with pesticides.

When asked about the benefits of aeroponics, AeroFarms’ Founder and CEO Ed Harwood said, “What I plant is what I harvest, so I can predict what I’m going to have two or three weeks from now, which is much more difficult when the circumstances aren’t controlled.” For farmers whose livelihoods depend on successful harvests, the control and predictability associated with aeroponic production can be a major boon. 

Aeroponic technology uses no pesticides and 90 percent less water than traditional farming—which is responsible for about 70 percent of global water use, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization—and can be adapted to most urban environments. It can also prevent harmful pesticide runoff associated with conventional production, and help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by providing grocers and restaurants with a local alternative to imported produce.

The concept of aeroponic farming is spreading from urban warehouses to community centers to individual homes. Teachers have introduced aeroponic systems into classrooms, to teach children about plants, the environment, and the value of healthy eating, and the Chicago O’Hare International Airport has even set aside a portion of its G Terminal to grow greens for airport restaurants.

Is aeroponic farming impacting food security in your community? Let us know in the comments below.

Carolyn Smalkowski is a former research intern with the Worldwatch Institute’s Food and Agriculture Program.


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Wish AearoFarm showed on their website the smallest system you can buy/start with!

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Food Fraud: Labels on What We Eat Often Mislead

Food Fraud: Labels on What We Eat Often Mislead | Healthy Recipes and Tips for Healthy Living | Scoop.it
Labels on food are often misleading or completely incorrect. What gives?

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, July 12, 2013 4:16 PM

The SAD diet just keeps getting sadder .... and now even if you are buying organic at the local farmers market you now need to ask are you using well water or reclaimed/recycled water?!?

Steve Kingsley's curator insight, September 27, 2013 9:42 PM

Most of the time this happens when the economy is bad and everybody wants or has to "save" on what they buy or the ingredients they use.

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Food Cures: Type 2 Diabetes Quiz

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Public Site: Food Cures: Funnel: Type 2 Diabetes Quiz

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Excellent quiz. Thank you Joy of www.joybauer.com!

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How Changes To Your Diet and Exercise Regime Could Transform Your Cells -- And Your Life

How Changes To Your Diet and Exercise Regime Could Transform Your Cells -- And Your Life | Healthy Recipes and Tips for Healthy Living | Scoop.it
Eat whole foods. Exercise.

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I agree - it's never too late to enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle!

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Alan Yoshioka's curator insight, September 17, 2013 5:32 PM

research shows effect, more research needed but whole foods is a BIG component ...

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Top 10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Top 10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Coconut Oil | Healthy Recipes and Tips for Healthy Living | Scoop.it
Coconut oil is among the healthiest foods on the planet. Many studies in humans show immense health benefits and therapeutic potential for various diseases.

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Have been cooking and baking mostly with coconut oil for over a year now, except where its flavor interferes with the enjoyment of the meal. The benefits are real!

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Chlorella: Superfood with Incredible Detoxing Capabilities

Chlorella: Superfood with Incredible Detoxing Capabilities | Healthy Recipes and Tips for Healthy Living | Scoop.it
Chlorella: Superfood with Incredible Detoxing Capabilities

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How to Trick Your Brain to Create a New Healthy Habit

How to Trick Your Brain to Create a New Healthy Habit | Healthy Recipes and Tips for Healthy Living | Scoop.it
Have you ever started a diet or exercise program but didn't stick with it? If you're like millions of other people, you've set out with the best intentions but failed to keep the momentum going.

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Well, if you must trick your brain, maybe you should trick your mind instead....

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Health kick 'reverses cell ageing'

Health kick 'reverses cell ageing' | Healthy Recipes and Tips for Healthy Living | Scoop.it
Going on a health kick reverses ageing at the cellular level, claim US researchers who have been studying people's DNA.

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Wish they'd done the study with a healthy but more mainstream diet, not a vegan one. That would be much more meaningful for most people.

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noellyons.com's curator insight, September 17, 2013 8:15 AM

"Our genes, and our telomeres, are a predisposition, but they are not necessarily our fate." Prof Ornish

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GMO Dangers - FDA scientists warned but were ignored...

GMO Dangers - FDA scientists warned but were ignored... | Healthy Recipes and Tips for Healthy Living | Scoop.it

Genetically modified foods… Are they safe? The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) doesn’t think so.

 

The Academy reported that “Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food,” including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. The AAEM asked physicians to advise patients to avoid GM foods.

 

Before the FDA decided to allow GMOs into food without labeling, FDA scientists had repeatedly warned that GM foods can create unpredictable, hard-to-detect side effects, including allergies, toxins, new diseases, and nutritional problems. 

 

They urged long-term safety studies, but were ignored.


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Chinese agriculture (and everything else) is run by "communist" technocrats, not big agrobusiness, yet they are jumping into GMO crops big time now. What gives? 

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Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, September 17, 2013 4:52 PM

This seems like a repeat of the Aspartame story. FDA scientists warned about Aspartame safety as well, and were ignored when Rumsfeld brought his political weight to bear. 

It seems that science is only given attention when it's convenient and is ignored when there are business interests to protect.

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not good

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Organic food – What is an ‘organic’ label really worth?

Organic food – What is an ‘organic’ label really worth? | Healthy Recipes and Tips for Healthy Living | Scoop.it

July 12, 2013 Ethical Corporation

Supermarkets in North America and Europe are overflowing with organic-labelled fruit, vegetables, eggs and meats. More than 80 countries have organic standards and products carry one or more of 200 seals, logos and certification claims.

But are consumers able to make informed choices? What’s the real ethical impact of “buying organic”? The answers are murkier than you might think.... http://www.ethicalcorp.com/supply-chains/organic-food-%E2%80%93-what-%E2%80%98organic%E2%80%99-label-really-worth

 

 

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10 AMERICAN FOODS THAT ARE BANNED IN OTHER COUNTRIES http://eatlocalgrown.com/article/11944-banned-foods.html

 

 

FARM TO FORK: THE STORY OF OUR TOXIC FOOD SYSTEM - INFOGRAPHIC  (What Are We Feeding Our Kids?)  http://sco.lt/66Od05

 

 

 


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To me it means a SOMEWHAT healthier source food source that may or may not be worth paying the premium for, depending on your budget. 

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Jose's curator insight, March 20, 2014 4:33 PM

After reading this article and having worked at a organic farmers market, i do not believe everything labeled as "organic" can all be 100 percent accurate. Although many are certified or classified as being organic i do not believe what the organic companies are trying to sell us. Makes me as an individual believe what is going on in the world, where you cannot trust what is being put down your mouth. Obviously a person has to eat but what exactly are they eating is the proper question. Certainty an eyebrow raising situation i believe everything is a scam. People will pay for something that is labeled as "organic" which only profits the business and is all about money, rather then be as a positive interest to an individual. 

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THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MONSANTO (FULL LENGTH)

The Leader of the Biotech Agricultural Cartel 

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MONSANTO: A CORPORATE PROFILE From Saccharin to GE Seed - Chemicals for Food, Agriculture, War http://sco.lt/5TGVDl

Hannah Goble's curator insight, September 9, 2015 3:29 PM

More major food corporations are getting organic foods.

Finding new ways to industrialize the organic foods.

Looking to remove bad chemicals.

Also looking to keep pest out of the crop.

Looking to how it can be better for the eco system.

How humans can benefit from the farming.

What climate have a better effect on the organic farming.

Adjusting the farming with global warming to still grow good foods.

How it can make a better diet without having to watch eating size.

 Understanding the soil and how it is fertilized.

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3 Natural Drinks to Help Get Better Sleep | Everyday Roots

3 Natural Drinks to Help Get Better Sleep | Everyday Roots | Healthy Recipes and Tips for Healthy Living | Scoop.it

In anticipation of our upcoming list of natural sleep remedies, we’re sharing 3 incredibly simple drinks that you can whip up before bedtime that will help you relax, unwind, and drift off to dreamland (and no, none of them contain alcohol, which will actually disrupt your sleep patterns.)


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Alcohol doesn't disrupt my slep pattern, but the rest of the article is right on target!

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Steve Kingsley's curator insight, May 30, 2013 3:03 AM

No alcohol and no added sugar either!

Steve Kingsley's curator insight, May 30, 2013 3:05 AM

Cherry has alway been my favorite!

Julien Cuyeu's curator insight, September 24, 2014 2:42 AM

I find that warm milk would put me to sleep faster and taste better than tart cherry juice. I should try this option out before I go to bed at some point this semester.

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Super Unsize Me today:  Food as a Cure: Take This Type 2 Diabetes Quiz ... and more

From Food as a cure: Take this Type 2 diabetes quiz, to the most powerful thing you can do for your body, here is today’s harvest from the greenest and healthiest of the web:  Food as a Cure:...
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Simple mix of rock and organic waste is powerful fertilizer

Simple mix of rock and organic waste is powerful fertilizer | Healthy Recipes and Tips for Healthy Living | Scoop.it
A simple mixture of organic waste, such as chicken manure, and zeolite, a porous volcanic rock, has been developed into a powerful fertilizer which can also reclaim desert or contaminated land.

 

Food and biofuel crops could be grown and maintained in many places where it wasn't previously possible, such as deserts, landfills and former mining sites, thanks to an inexpensive, non-chemical soil additive.

 

The additive, a simple mixture of organic waste, such as chicken manure, and zeolite, a porous volcanic rock, could be used to support agriculture in both the developed and developing world, while avoiding the serious environmental consequences associated with the overuse of chemical fertilisers. The mixture permits a controlled release of nutrients, the regulation of water, and an ideal environment for growing crops.

Researchers from the University of Cambridge have demonstrated that with the addition of the biofertiliser, biofuel crops can be successfully grown and -- more importantly, sustained -- even on coal waste highly contaminated with metal residues.

Using coal waste from the site of a former colliery in Nottinghamshire as a substrate, the researchers grew rapeseed, flax, sugar beet and maize, with different additives: manure, zeolite, lime, or biofertiliser, as well as coal waste alone and regular garden soil. Plants grown in the coal waste with added biofertiliser achieved nearly twice the weight and yield of those grown in garden soil or in coal waste with added manure, and more than twice the weight and yield of those grown in coal waste with added zeolite. The results are published in the August issue of the International Journal of Environment and Resource.

The coal waste contains chemical elements that can be ionised by the biofertiliser, making nutrients which are essential to growth available for uptake by the plants. As the organic waste in the mixture decomposes, it produces ammonium ions which build up on the surface of the zeolite.

When the mixture is added to soil, it boosts the population of micro-organisms responsible for nitrification, which is essential for plant nutrition. The biofertiliser also helps plants develop dense root systems which stabilise the soil against erosion.

In addition to the coal waste, the team is working with marginal soils, such as those in desert climates, which normally require large amounts of water and chemical fertilisers in order for plants to grow. Control experiments have shown that water held in the zeolite increases the moisture content of soil in desert conditions. After initial watering, early-morning dew is held in the pores of the zeolite and released during the hottest part of the day. Plants grown with the biofertiliser achieve greater weight, and in the case of fruits and vegetables, a better taste, than those grown with chemical fertilisers.

Nitrogen is critical for crop development, yet is deficient in many types of soil. Over the past century, chemical fertilisers have been used to boost nitrogen levels and crop yields, helping global food supply keep pace with population growth. However, this has come at a cost as they are detrimental to long-term soil health. Without a regular input of organic matter, soil microbial diversity decreases and the carbon concentration is lowered. The overuse of chemical fertilisers causes the soil to lose both its ability to hold water and its overall structure, leading to greater runoff and groundwater pollution. Nitrogen-rich fertiliser runoff is the primary cause of oxygen depletion in oceans, lakes and rivers, leading to aquatic 'dead zones.'

"This is a whole new approach to plant nutrition," says Dr Peter Leggo of the Department of Earth Sciences, who developed the material. "Previously, you'd douse crops with chemicals, and it's caused a huge reduction in soil microbial diversity. It has reached the stage that in certain parts of North America enormous dust bowls have developed as a consequence. The material we've developed takes less energy to produce, improves soil structure and enables you to grow crops on almost any type of soil."

The team has plans to commercialise the material where there are large deposits of zeolite, and export it to other markets. There are also plans to collaborate with charities and social enterprises to create sustainable farmland for small hold farmers in the developing world.

 

 


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Why Saunas Are Great For Your Heart: A Cardiologist Explains

Why Saunas Are Great For Your Heart: A Cardiologist Explains | Healthy Recipes and Tips for Healthy Living | Scoop.it
Can one of the hottest treatments to heal the heart be heat itself? Over the last two decades, I've treated patients with advanced heart disease, and I've seen many innovations in medications,

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Learned that first-hand in Finland!

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, May 20, 2013 9:55 PM

I am interested in buying a FIR sauna ... anyone have a recommendation?

Read More:  http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-7873/why-saunas-are-great-for-your-heart-a-cardiologist-explains.html

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9 Myths about Blood Pressure

9 Myths about Blood Pressure | Healthy Recipes and Tips for Healthy Living | Scoop.it
About one in three American adults has high blood pressure. Having untreated high blood pressure can lead to serious health problems, including coronary heart disease, heart failure, stroke, and kidney failure.

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Useful knowledge but how about telling people how easy it is to prevent or control high blood pressure with cinnamon bark extract, for example?

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Top 20 Artery-Cleansing Foods

Top 20 Artery-Cleansing Foods | Healthy Recipes and Tips for Healthy Living | Scoop.it
Can you eat your way to better heart health? Science says, yes! Stock up on these natural foods to help lower your risk of heart disease.

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Nuts, and almonds in particular, are some of the most beneficial foods for decreasing heart disease risk as well.

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Super Unsize Me today:  Going on a health kick to reverse cell ageing... and more 

From going on a health kick to reverse cell ageing to the 10 amazing health benefits of apples, here is today’s harvest from the greenest and healthiest of the web:  Health kick reverses cell...
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From going on a health kick to reverse cell ageing to the 10 amazing health benefits of apples, here is today’s harvest from the greenest and healthiest of the web!

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Cocoa 'might prevent memory decline'

Cocoa 'might prevent memory decline' | Healthy Recipes and Tips for Healthy Living | Scoop.it
Drinking cocoa every day may help older people keep their brains healthy, research suggests.

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Now this the kind of news everybody loves to hear!

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Healthy Family Eating (on a budget)

Healthy Family Eating (on a budget) | Healthy Recipes and Tips for Healthy Living | Scoop.it
Weight Loss Without Dieting

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Have been doing it and it works!

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Why We Gain Weight When We’re Stressed – And How Not To

Why We Gain Weight When We’re Stressed – And How Not To | Healthy Recipes and Tips for Healthy Living | Scoop.it
The psychology and biology of stress-related overeating and weight gain

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Agree with the advice given by Dr. Greenberg, the author of the article, except writing a journal. This won't work for men!

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10 Amazing Health Benefits of Apples | eCellulitis

10 Amazing Health Benefits of Apples | eCellulitis | Healthy Recipes and Tips for Healthy Living | Scoop.it
According to many studies, apples are included in the list of essential fruits for normal growth and overall well-being. Apples are low in calories 100 grams of fresh fruit provides only 50 calories.

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So that mean that famous saying is true...

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Chobani: The FDA, not the courts, should judge whether term ‘evaporated cane juice’ is permitted on pack

Chobani: The FDA, not the courts, should judge whether term ‘evaporated cane juice’ is permitted on pack | Healthy Recipes and Tips for Healthy Living | Scoop.it

Are reasonable consumers being misled by companies using the term ‘evaporated cane juice’ (ECJ) to describe dried sugar cane syrup (aka sugar) on product labels? And should this issue be determined by the FDA or the courts?


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Agree... here are our tax dollars not at work!

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Food waste is killing the planet. Here's how.

Food waste is killing the planet. Here's how. | Healthy Recipes and Tips for Healthy Living | Scoop.it
Your half-eaten sandwich's dirty secret (Food waste is killing the planet. Here's how. http://t.co/2L4cR7GhUA)

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More likely it kills malnourished people.

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Bill Palladino - MLUI's curator insight, September 16, 2013 3:54 PM

Ouch.  Gives me more reason to be a fridge-nazi in my house.