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EO Wilson Biodiversity Foundation Releases Innovative iBooks ...

EO Wilson Biodiversity Foundation Releases Innovative iBooks ... | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
DURHAM, NC – June 30, 2014 – The E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation today announced the official release of E.O. Wilson's Life on Earth, a free iBooks textbook series designed to excite and instruct high school biology ...

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Having had the great pleasure of meeting with the godfather of biodiversity, Harvard Professor Ed O Wilson, and finding him as cogent in the flesh as his writing is great, it is wonderful news that these books will be made available free to the public.

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Believe the Buzz: New Research Firmly Links Pesticides to Bee Decline - TakePart

Believe the Buzz: New Research Firmly Links Pesticides to Bee Decline - TakePart | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
Mortality rates were 10 percent higher for bees exposed to large amounts of one particular neonicotinoid.
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These are the 275 Members of Congress Who Voted to BAN GMO Labeling & Deny Your Right To Know What You’re Eating

These are the 275 Members of Congress Who Voted to BAN GMO Labeling & Deny Your Right To Know What You’re Eating | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
Source: These are the 275 Members of Congress Who Voted to BAN GMO Labeling & Deny Your Right To Know What You’re Eating For more content like this visit REALfarmacy.com.

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Come on guys, at least make the food companies put accurate descriptions of ingredients on the foods we eat…now it is pretty safe to assume that ALL processed foods are not healthy to eat.

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Conflicts of Interest Plague Food Industry

Conflicts of Interest Plague Food Industry | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
Industry-funded food studies create conflicts of interest that undermine nutrition education

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"At its core, science is objective. It is the questions that are asked during the scientific process, and the way those findings are reported and framed, that can affect our understanding. In order for nutrition science to maintain its integrity, it is important to remain mindful of conflicts of interest." Well stated, Andy!

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Peter Thompson's curator insight, August 3, 1:00 AM

"At its core, science is objective. It is the questions that are asked during the scientific process, and the way those findings are reported and framed, that can affect our understanding. In order for nutrition science to maintain its integrity, it is important to remain mindful of conflicts of interest." Well stated, Andy!

Demarcio Washington's curator insight, August 3, 3:36 PM

"At its core, science is objective. It is the questions that are asked during the scientific process, and the way those findings are reported and framed, that can affect our understanding. In order for nutrition science to maintain its integrity, it is important to remain mindful of conflicts of interest." Well stated, Andy!

Ironthumb's curator insight, August 5, 6:53 PM

"At its core, science is objective. It is the questions that are asked during the scientific process, and the way those findings are reported and framed, that can affect our understanding. In order for nutrition science to maintain its integrity, it is important to remain mindful of conflicts of interest." Well stated, Andy!

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Why We Tend To Overeat Foods With Added Fructose

Why We Tend To Overeat Foods With Added Fructose | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
Fructose not only inspires a lower level of satiety than glucose, it also stimulates the reward system in the brain to a lesser extent.

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Another reason to cook from scratch

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Institute for Responsible Nutrition's curator insight, July 6, 3:14 PM

Fructose is the new cocaine.

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Le premier Mooc mondial sur l'agroécologie est français

Le premier Mooc mondial sur l'agroécologie est français | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
La France veut devenir le leader mondial de l'agroécologie, elle lancera donc à la rentrée prochaine le premier cours massif ouvert en ligne (Mooc)...


[Image] Agroécologie - Agreenium
https://www.france-universite-numerique-mooc.fr/cours/


« Date de début : lundi 28 septembre 2015 »      



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France is working to become a leader in the afro-ecology…let us hope they succeed.  In French.

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Christian Allié's curator insight, February 28, 2:25 AM

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........ C'est Agreenium, un consortium français de deux instituts de recherche (le Cirad et l'Inra) et de six organismes d'enseignement, qui l'a présenté mardi au Salon de l'Agriculture. En grande pompe puisque pas moins de trois ministres assistaient à la présentation: bien sûr le ministre de l'Agriculture Stéphane Le Foll qui porte le projet agroécologique, celui de l?Économie Emmanuel Macron et la secrétaire d?État à l'Enseignement supérieur Geneviève Fioraso.
L'agroécologie vise à conjuguer les performances écologiques et économiques dans la production agricole. L'adage c'est produire autant avec moins (moins de pesticides, moins d'énergie, moins d'eau) pour répondre aux défis alimentaire et environnemental de demain.
"Aujourd'hui, il y a deux pays leaders dans l'agroécologie: la France et le Brésil" et ce Mooc est une façon "de surfer sur la vague pour que d'autres aient envie de travailler avec nous", de faire de la "diplomatie scientifique", explique à l'AFP Frédéric Lapeyrie, directeur général d'Agreenium.
Ce Mooc sera ouvert à tous (agriculteurs, chercheurs, étudiants, consommateurs), gratuit et disponible à partir de la plate-forme FUN (France Université Numérique).
Les modules, en français et anglais, seront disponibles en septembre prochain. Il proposera quatre grands chapitres: l'émergence de l'agroécologie, les différentes approches, les mises en ?uvre (agroforesterie ou de l'usage des arbres en agriculture, les cultures associées, l'agriculture de conservation) et une dernière partie de partage d'expériences, détaille Stéphane de Tourdonnet, directeur adjoint de SupAgro Montpellier.
Agreenium, qui va bientôt s'élargir à la forêt et aux sciences vétérinaires en devenant l'Institut Agronomique, Vétérinaire et Forestier de France, a d'autres Mooc dans ses cartons.
A suivre donc: une introduction aux sciences de la vigne et du vin, l'épidémiologie en santé animale ou l'agriculture biologique.

Philippe2762's curator insight, February 28, 4:00 AM

L'encre sur le papier de la désillusion ? 

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#Beavers the unpaid workers,are saving #California’s wild #salmon ~ thxu @WaterVole

#Beavers the unpaid workers,are saving #California’s wild #salmon ~ thxu @WaterVole | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
With California's wild Coho salmon populations down to 1% of their former numbers, there's growing evidence that beavers - long reviled as a pest of the waterways - are essential to restore the species, writes Maria Finn. In the process, they raise water tables, recharge aquifers and improve water quality. What's not to love?

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Respect for the natural world

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Marian Locksley's curator insight, March 2, 2:54 AM

In ongoing research that covered six years, Pollock and his colleagues showed that river restoration projects that featured beaver dams more than doubled their production of salmon.

 

Can the animals help bring back the Coho salmon? "Absolutely", Pollock says. "They may be the only thing that can."

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McDonald’s Just Recalled 1 Million Chicken Nuggets. The Reason Why Will Sicken You

McDonald’s Just Recalled 1 Million Chicken Nuggets. The Reason Why Will Sicken You | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
McDonald’s took another big hit today with a giant recall of over 1 million chicken nuggets after customers found something in them that definitely wasn’t white meat chicken.

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The death of a once-revered brand…it turns out that those happy meals aren't so happy after all.

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New Beehive Lets You Harvest Honey Automatically Without Disturbing Bees

New Beehive Lets You Harvest Honey Automatically Without Disturbing Bees | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
With this brilliant invention by Stuart and Cedar Anderson, a father-and-son beekeeper team in Australia, honey bees around the world can breathe a collective sigh of relief.

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Fantastico!  A implementar con efecto inmediato.  Que buena idea!

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Discover Why Honey Is Still The Best Antibiotic

Discover Why Honey Is Still The Best Antibiotic | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
Conventional antibiotics are overprescribed and overconsumed. Not to mention, they can cause more harm to the body than good. So why is it, still, the first solution doctors turn to heal the body?
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Melipona honey is more than 10x more antibiotic than conventional honey.

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9 extraordinary facts about North America's native bees - Mother Nature Network

9 extraordinary facts about North America's native bees - Mother Nature Network | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
From invisibility cloaks to incubating eggs like a hen, bees are a lot more diverse and a lot more incredible than most of us ever realized.
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Fascinating information on indigenous bees

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Soliga honey — straight from the forests into sachets - The Hindu

Soliga honey — straight from the forests into sachets - The Hindu | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
If you think that only jam, shampoo and oil are sold in sachets, think again. Pure honey, from the dense forests of Chamarajanagar district, has now hit the shelves in sachets.
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Fascinating packaging ideas for honey

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Flooding Risk From Climate Change, Country by Country

Flooding Risk From Climate Change, Country by Country | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
A new analysis of sea levels and flood risk around the world offers more evidence that the brunt of climate change will not be borne equally.


More than a quarter of Vietnam’s residents live in areas likely to be subject to regular floods by the end of the century.  Globally, eight of the 10 large countries most at risk are in Asia.  These figures are the result of a new analysis of sea levels and flood risk around the world, conducted by Climate Central and based on more detailed sea-level data than has previously been available.  The analysis offers more evidence that the countries emitting the most carbon aren’t necessarily the ones that will bear the brunt of climate change.  


Tags: Southeast Asia, water, disasters, urban ecology, coastalclimate change


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Fascinating study on the flood impact of climate change

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Edelin Espino's curator insight, December 15, 2014 5:14 PM

In this article the author discusses the risk of flooding in many different locations of the world. He claims about 2.6 percent of the world's populations. That's a big percentage considering all the people of the planet. 

Danielle Lip's curator insight, April 14, 12:10 PM

Flooding is a major risk when it comes to the world we live in especially for Southeast Asia, some areas will be below sea level which shows how the the climate changes are affecting the flood risks caused by global carbon emission. A study from this article shows that eight our of ten of the largest countries will be at the risk of being flooded and below sea level. The major question is how can this carbon emissions be lower? If the carbon is lower then the sea level will rise and less countries will be at risk, this is mainly focusing on Southeast Asia. Yes, we can not change the climate changes but by keeping the land clean and taking care of the environment the flood risk and sea level change could get out of risk level. 

If the weather continues at the rate it is at then about 2.6 percent of the global population which is approximately 177 million people will be living in a place at risk of regular flooding. Flooding can cause a lot of damage to homes, crops and people physically because flooding is not just a little amount of water.

The largest country at risk with people in danger from the map is China, I liked the way this map worked because you can see from the boxes how many people are going to be affected by the flooding. Instead of just having numbers, giving a better visual for people with the boxes and their sizes.

Lora Tortolani's curator insight, April 20, 9:24 PM

It's like watching the land on Earth change right in front of our eyes.  According to this map, if global carbon emissions stay as they currently are and sea levels can be affected about as much as expected, 2.6 million people of the global population will live in a high risk flood zone; this wipes out 177 million people!  

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These 10 countries have pledged $2.3 billion to fight climate change. The US isn't one of them.

These 10 countries have pledged $2.3 billion to fight climate change. The US isn't one of them. | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
Contributions to the Green Climate Fund have been slow and low.

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Actually, the US is busy exporting its technology and savoire faire in the areas of GM foods, pesticides, industrial agriculture, and foods that have been grown under conditions that give them a structural competitive advantage.  The only way to stop the juggernaut is the for the rest of the world to say, "we don't want to eat this stuff."  You want to stop climate change?  Responsible, sustainable agricultural policy is the first step.

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holly-berkowitz@mchsi.com's curator insight, October 7, 2014 11:10 PM

Why Not?   Count More Than Human Cash to Survive.  Numerous Religions Warn Humans to Count More than Mechanical, Artificial, Empty Numbers and Structures of Deadly Cashflow Floods....to Value Also the Invaluable, the Priceless, The Critical Flows Impossible to Count In Human Cash.   Human Cash Crushes And Climate Baking and Drowning Crush the Ability of Nature to Produce the Critcial flows, Light, Air, Photosynthetic Oxygen as O2 to Breathe, Water As H2O to Drink, Rich, Organic Topsoil Production and Soilmakers, Green Absorbent Watersheds to Grow Food and Shelter & Flood Protection That Humans Need Every Minute to Keep Humans Alive Day to Day and Minute to Minute.   But the Cash-Driven Idiots Just Don't Get It and Are Trying to Cause Hell and Armageddon of, by, for Privatized Cashflow Floods into Private Bank Accounts of Only 1%.  Criminal.

 

Hold them Accountable Now.  They Are Not God.   They Do Not Own US.   We are Not Slaves Yet.

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Corn Is Worse Than You Thought

Corn Is Worse Than You Thought | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it

I've been thinking a lot recently about how fertilizer from the Midwest's big corn farms seeps into streams and causes trouble—fouling water supplies in Columbus, Toledo, Des Moines, and 60 other towns in Iowa, and generating a Connecticut-sized dead zone at the heart of the continental United States' most productive fishery, the Gulf of Mexico. (Farms in the region also plant soybeans, but corn is by far the bigger nitrogen user.) But there's another way the Corn Belt's fertilizer habit damages a common resource: by releasing nitrous oxide (N2O), a greenhouse gas with nearly 300 times the heat-trapping power of carbon dioxide.

 


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Sadly, one has no choice but to become a "lefty" on this issue of industrial agriculture.

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Wagyu: Processing pampered cows at Tokyo's last major slaughterhouse | The Japan Times

Wagyu: Processing pampered cows at Tokyo's last major slaughterhouse | The Japan Times | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
Wagyu literally translates as "Japanese beef," but that translation doesn't quite do it justice. It's a word that calls to mind images of rural Japanese co

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In case you ever wondered what was meant by marbling in meat...

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Junk Food Isn't Just Making People Fat—It's Making Them Stupid

Junk Food Isn't Just Making People Fat—It's Making Them Stupid | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
New research suggests that gut bacteria might be the key to understanding the effect of sugar and fat on brain function.

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Alarming.  Every day we learn more about how our entire food system is killing us, the environment.

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Kevin Bass- Farmarian.com's curator insight, July 18, 6:48 AM

New research shows: junk food makes people fat and stupid. 

Kevin Bass- Farmarian.com's curator insight, July 18, 10:23 AM

New research shows: junk food makes people fat and stupid. 

dexter wee's curator insight, July 18, 8:03 PM

Maybe this is why we feel more depressed when we eat comfort food when feeling down ?

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Floating wetlands change the tide on water cleanup

Floating wetlands change the tide on water cleanup | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
there’s a story about how bruce kania came to his concerns about water quality.

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Fascinating innovation

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Scientists propose #highSeas fishing moratorium ~ see @CaptPaulWatson's view below...

Scientists propose #highSeas fishing moratorium ~ see @CaptPaulWatson's view below... | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
A team of British Columbia-led researchers believe banning fishing in international waters would hel...

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Yes, but only 10% of the worlds fish are in the open seas--the real problem is overfishing in coastal waters, and polluted estuaries--choked with pesticide run-off

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Marian Locksley's curator insight, February 25, 3:36 AM

High Sea Fishing Must Be Ended.

For three decades I have been calling for an international ban on high seas fishing. Now finally, reputable ocean scientists are now calling for just such a ban.

There is simply not enough fish in the sea to continue supplying an ever-increasing human population and our domestic animals like cats, salmon, pigs, fur bearing animals and chickens that consume some 40% of the fish taken from the sea.

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All heavy gear fishing must be banned. All super trawlers, trawlers, gill netters, long-liners, drift netters and industrialized fishing operations must be banned. All plastic gear i.e. nets, lines and traps should be banned.

Foreign fishing trawlers need to be banned from fishing within the territorial waters of other countries.

Illegal fishing vessels must be seized and destroyed.

All subsidies by governments to fishing corporations must be ended.

All domestic salmon farming and other forms of destructive aquaculture practices must be banned.

If fishing is restricted to artisanal fishing by small communities there may be hope for oceanic eco-systems.

If not, the oceans will be dead zones by 2048.

No fish for anyone anywhere. No fish for Orcas and dolphins. No fish for seals. No fish for the species that depend upon them for their survival.

When the fish die, the ocean die and when the ocean dies, we die!

That is the reality that we face this century and the choices must be made now. Action must be taken now.

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How Emulsifiers Are Messing with Our Guts (and Making Us Fat) | Civil Eats

How Emulsifiers Are Messing with Our Guts (and Making Us Fat) | Civil Eats | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
Common processed food ingredients like polysorbate 80, lecithin, and carrageenan interfere with microbes in the gastrointestinal tract, says new study.

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Time to cook all of my own food...

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Institute for Responsible Nutrition's curator insight, February 26, 12:34 PM

The emulsifiers added to processed foods (to maintain texture and increase shelf-life) seem to be negatively affecting the good bacteria in our gut, according to a new study. Does this surprise anyone? 

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The Italian Secret of Longevity | Coffee and Your Health

The Italian Secret of Longevity | Coffee and Your Health | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it

You would be hard pressed to find another beverage besides coffee whose health benefits or concerns are more controversial. It seems with each passing year, coffee is hailed as either medicine or poison, but this year it seems the findings have been positive. Let’s take a look at a few recent conclusions. [...]


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One man's medicine is another man's poison.

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Mariano Pallottini's curator insight, February 20, 1:15 PM
  • Coffee May Prevent and Treat Alzheimer’s
  • Coffee May Help Diabetics
  • Caffeine Used to Fight Skin Cancer
  • Coffee Helps Hepatitis C Patients
Teo Rui Ling's curator insight, February 22, 9:35 AM

I was really surprised after reading the article. I have always thought that drinking caffeine makes one dull and slow, but it can actually treat illnesses such as skin cancer or even Alzheimer's! Maybe coffee can do one good too. But it is still good to keep the quantity moderate, as too much can also do bad. Overall, this piece of news encouraged me to continue to drink more caffeine as I was afraid that I would become dull in the future if i consumed too much. Nevertheless, we ought to take in more caffeine as prevention is better than cure, for example; preventing one from getting Alzheimer's.

 

 

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Nearly Half of All US Farms Now Have Superweeds

Nearly Half of All US Farms Now Have Superweeds | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
Roundup-resistant weeds colonized 60 million US acres in 2012—up 50 percent from the year before.

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Por esto no aceptamos el uso de pesticidas en nuestras tierras…tenemos que decir ya no en todo Mexico.


This is why we do not use any pesticides at Hacienda Silil, giving our bees and other plants and animals a chance to live and grow in natural conditions.

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Alberto Saavedra's curator insight, February 19, 1:47 PM

GMOs may or may not be healthy to eat but the impact on ecosystems is bad.

DebbyBruck's comment, February 20, 2:28 AM
Simply amazing & beautiful work you've done here on this critical topic.
M. Philip Oliver's curator insight, March 5, 1:29 PM

#BackfiredWeedPolicy

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How to Lose Weight with Cinnamon and Honey in 10 Steps

How to Lose Weight with Cinnamon and Honey in 10 Steps | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
Cinnamon and honey are amazing! Anyone who has ever struggled with their weight knows there is no secret ingredient, no miracle that will make the pounds melt right off and keep you slim forever. You
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I am going to try this

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The health benefits of honey

The health benefits of honey | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
The health benefits of honey
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the wall of evidence rises

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WARNING: This Sweetener Feeds Cancer Cells

WARNING: This Sweetener Feeds Cancer Cells | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
Not only sugar is primary source of excess calories, but recent research has shown that cancer cells absorb high fructose corn syrup, which is another reason to avoid it.
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Una otra razón para jamas comprar producto que lleva jarabe de maíz de alta fructosa…la miel es sana y saludable!

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The Most Ambitious Environmental Lawsuit Ever

The Most Ambitious Environmental Lawsuit Ever | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
A quixotic historian tries to hold oil and gas companies responsible for Louisiana’s disappearing coast.

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La situación aqui en Mexico y en todo el Golfo de Mexico es ugual.

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