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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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Truth in Nourishment…Epicurist supports debate on sustainable agricultural practices for a healthy environment, healthy you, and a better life through tastier food.
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How Shinola turned Detroit into a luxury brand

How Shinola turned Detroit into a luxury brand | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
When it comes to luxury items, consumer minds are likely to think about some of the world’s fashion meccas. Think Paris. Milan. New York. But Detroit? One growing company would like to think so.
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House passes GMO labeling bill

House passes GMO labeling bill | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
The bill creates a national standard and blocks state laws on GMO labels.
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A cynical and horrible piece of legislation designed to keep consumers in the DARK.  Overturns states' rights to determine how food should be labelled with a "voluntary" scheme.  Heavily supported by Monsanto.  This law is a perfect example of what happens when corporate interests are allowed to trump the interests of the individual voter.  

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Picky eaters: Bumble bees prefer plants with nutrient-rich pollen

Picky eaters: Bumble bees prefer plants with nutrient-rich pollen | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
Bumble bees have discriminating palettes when it comes to their pollen meals, according to researchers at Penn State.
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Es ugual con la meliponas--visitan otras flores que les abejas europeas, y por eso el sabor de su miel y sus calidades son totalmente diversas.  Por esto es tan importante proteger nuestro medio-ambiente para la calidad de la miel y para nuestro salud.

 

Bumblebees like other native bee species, e.g.. Melipona, visit different flowers than european honey bees, in this case selected for their nutrient-rich pollen.  That is why the characteristics of melipona honey are so different, and why preserving our native biodiversity is so important for our the quality of our honey and for our health.

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Apple Cider Vinegar For Weight & Fat Loss, Blood Sugar, & Detoxing

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8 Reasons to Start Eating More Curcumin | Live in the Now

8 Reasons to Start Eating More Curcumin | Live in the Now | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
Curcumin is a healing substance that I think everyone should consume daily in some form. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits are too good to ign

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It also makes gorgeous flowers!

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Sandi Cornez's curator insight, June 27, 8:58 AM

Did you know that you can get the same or better results from eating the root turmeric as you can from taking cur cumin supplements? Always opt for the whole food.

 

Curcumin is the anti-inflammatory compound contained in the root turmeric. Turmeric is a spice commonly used in Indian recipes like curry. This spice has specific healing benefits for your body.

 

Eating turmeric daily will help you to decrease inflammation as cur cumin acts as an antioxidant which neutralizes free radicals. It also helps your body's own antioxidant enzymes work more efficiently. And less inflammation means a reduction in chronic diseases, arthritis, cancer, and Alzheimer's as you age.

 

Turmeric helps to increase the hormone BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotropic Factor) which helps brain function, improves memory, and increases intelligence. With the increase in the hormone BDNF, there is less risk from brain diseases.

 

Turmeric lowers the risk of heart disease as consuming turmeric helps improve the function of the endothelium (the lining of the blood vessels in your body). And studies have shown that cur cumin has an effect like, but better than Prozac to treat depression.

 

Health tips: Add turmeric root or powder to your foods daily. With turmeric, to get all the benefits of its compound cur cumin, just add a few sprinkles of black pepper (piperine) with the powder. add a little coconut oil and you're ready.

 

You can make a turmeric latte, turmeric green smoothie, add turmeric to salads, mains. Some folks make a paste with turmeric to use as a face mask. Just be cautious as turmeric stains.

 

Read more about "8 Reasons to Start Eating More Curcumin" from www.liveinthenow.com by Josh Corn.

 

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It's the economy that needs to be integrated into the environment - not the other way around | Andrew Simms

It's the economy that needs to be integrated into the environment - not the other way around  | Andrew Simms | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
Andrew Simms: BP’s call for a ‘meaningful carbon price’ is the latest example of wrongly trying to apply economic theories and tools to the environment

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Humans damaging the environment faster than it can recover, UN finds

Humans damaging the environment faster than it can recover, UN finds | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
Radical action is needed to combat increasing rate of environmental damage to water sources, land, biodiversity and marine life, report shows

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11 Weird Things Sugar Does to Your Body

11 Weird Things Sugar Does to Your Body | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
Sugar might help you get through those hill sprints, but in excess, this sweet carb wreaks a bunch of not-so-great stuff throughout your body.

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Institute for Responsible Nutrition's curator insight, April 27, 1:53 PM

New science shows that this overload of sugar—often stemming from hard-to-detect hidden added sugars—is affecting your body in all sorts of strange ways. Check out these 11 weird things that sugar is doing to your body.

Sandi Cornez's curator insight, April 27, 8:48 PM

Did you know that excessive sugar consumption causes a cascade of metabolic injury to your body? Most people are now ingesting about 20 or more teaspoons/day or 150 pounds of sugar/year. This is insane.

 

Your body wasn't designed to handle the insulin spike that happens very quickly when you eat highly refined processed food stuff loaded with hidden sugars, high fructose corn syrup, and/or artificial sweeteners. Back in the Paleolithic days, your human ancestors ate starches aka complex carbs in the form of tubers, roots, fruits, and veggies.

 

Mother Nature is smart as she developed taste buds to detect the presence of starch. Starch was very important as it was a fuel supply. It released glucose into the bloodstream slowly. And here's the catch. The taste buds detecting the sweet taste of starch covered two-thirds of the tongue.

 

For the hunter-gatherers detecting sweet starch was critical for fuel and it also helped them with food safety. Poisonous plants are never sweet. But you and millions of other people live in a different age where sucrose (table sugar) is digested by enzymes in saliva and raise glucose levels in a few seconds. And the supply is unlimited.

 

Being on a sugar roller coaster not only ages you, but causes chronic diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, obesity, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, cancer, and Alzheimer's disease. Sugar affects all your organs, including your brain. You may experience mood swings, brain fog, poor memory, fatigue, anxiety,  headaches, and depression.

 

Health tips: Isn't it time to switch from sickness to zestful-living? Try plant based real whole food and eliminate or greatly reduce your intake of sugar and all its derivatives. Learn to make your own food and avoid highly processed non food stuff. 

 

Grow your own sprouts, eat more dark leafy greens, add some algae, sea veggies to the mix. Eat ripe fruit if you're healthy and eat more veggies, legumes, nuts, seeds, and some whole grains. The more of these types of food you consume, the more your taste buds will crave these plant foods.

 

Read more about "11 ways Sugar Hurts Your Body" from www.bicycling.com by Leah Zerbe.

 

This www.scoop.it/t/dangers-of-sugar-consumption site is being curated by Sandi Cornez. Follow Sandi for more healthy food/water tips @http://www.facebook.com/wisdomfromthewell

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Fructose alters hundreds of brain genes, which can lead to a wide range of diseases

Fructose alters hundreds of brain genes, which can lead to a wide range of diseases | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
The researchers discovered good news as well: An omega-3 fatty acid known as docosahexaenoic acid seems to reverse the harmful changes.

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Institute for Responsible Nutrition's curator insight, April 22, 2:30 PM

A range of diseases — from diabetes to cardiovascular disease, and from Alzheimer’s disease to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder — are linked to changes to genes in the brain. A new study by UCLA life scientists has found that hundreds of those genes can be damaged by fructose, a sugar that’s common in the Western diet, in a way that could lead to those diseases.

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Paris interdit l'importation de cerises traitées au diméthoate

Paris interdit l'importation de cerises traitées au diméthoate | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
La France a décidé d'interdire les importations de cerises traitées au diméthoathe, insecticide utilisé dans la lutte contre une mouche destructrice de cultures fruitières, la drosophile Suzukii.

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Did we even know this was on our cherries?

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10 Worst Foods to Eat in the Morning

10 Worst Foods to Eat in the Morning | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
Here are the 10 worst foods you can eat in the morning. A healthy breakfast diet includes fiber, protein and healthy fat that gives you energy and makes you

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Sandi Cornez's curator insight, April 10, 2:10 PM

Did you know these are some of the worst foods to eat anytime, not just in the morning? If you want to be energized and feel good in the morning first begin drinking filtered water, several glasses full. with sliced lemon or a tiny drop of organic liquid Stevia, or plain, your choice.

 

An hour later you can eat some nutrient dense real whole food, raw or lightly steamed if you eat breakfast. Think avocado. If you don't eat breakfast, keep drinking the filtered water. Many people, maybe you do, eat later in the day. There's no rule that says you must eat three meals a day. Eat when you're hungry and eat real whole plant based nutient dense food that you're body recognizes and can use to maintain its necessary functions.

 

Health Tips:  You can make healthier versions of pancakes, waffles, muffins if you really want to. Check www.onegreenplanet.org for delicious plant based recipes to get you started.

 

Have you ever considered eating organic hummus and raw veggies as a meal and not as an appetizer or a snack? Making your own ensures you know what all the ingredients are. This a fiber, protein, healthy fat rich meal that tickles your taste buds. Think outside of the box when preparing your meals. Make it fun. your body will love you.

 

Read more about "10 Worst Foods to Eat in the Morning" from www.ecowatch.com by Franziska Spritzler, Authority Nutrition.

 

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Japan Kills 333 Minke Whales Including 200 Pregnant Females

Japan Kills 333 Minke Whales Including 200 Pregnant Females | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
As part of its intention to kill nearly 4,000 whales in the Antarctic over the next 12 years as “scientific research,” Japan’s whaling fleet returned to port Thursday with 333 dead minke whales, including pregnant females.

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I know that whale meat tastes good guys, but you are swimming against the tide by continuing to indulge your passion.

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pdeppisch's comment, March 29, 11:25 AM
Always a difference of opinion. I have friends who argue that global warming / climate change is NOT man made and the fact that we kill flora and fauna with abandonment does not even register on the radar. I keep saying: Nothing will change until a very, very serious catastrophe strikes. :(
Garry Rogers's comment, March 29, 12:12 PM
It may even take a short-cycle series of impossibly serious catastrophes.
pdeppisch's comment, March 29, 12:14 PM
I think human made climate change has passed the point of no return! We are going to have those "short-cycle series of impossibly serious catastrophes"
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Monsanto’s Roundup Could Get Whacked by European Regulators

Monsanto’s Roundup Could Get Whacked by European Regulators | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
It’s been a tough year for glyphosate, the world’s most popular weedkiller. A year ago, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organization, declared that glyphosate—the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup products—was probably carcinogenic to humans. In the months since, multiple lawsuits have been filed blaming the chemical for causing cancer and birth defects. In February, testing found traces of glyphosate in German beer and organic panty liners sold in France. Other tests have found chemical residue in British bread, as well as in the urine of people across Europe. In early March, the European Union put off a vote to renew a 15-year license for glyphosate after several member states balked.

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Como podemos hacer lo mismo aqui en Mexico.  Ya sabemos el impacto sobre el medio ambiente.  Tenemos que ser al frente de la lucha por un mundo mas sano.

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How Shinola turned Detroit into a luxury brand

How Shinola turned Detroit into a luxury brand | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
When it comes to luxury items, consumer minds are likely to think about some of the world’s fashion meccas. Think Paris. Milan. New York. But Detroit? One growing company would like to think so.
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Go Detroit!

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New study aims to find out if bees have regional accents 

New study aims to find out if bees have regional accents  | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
Cardiff University researchers are to analyse honey bee recordings from around the country to determine if each region has its own dialect of buzzes and hums.
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It is the same with Melipona...

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Bees suffer from pollution confusion, says new study

Bees suffer from pollution confusion, says new study | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
A new study from Penn State finds that air pollution is having a dramatic effect on bees' pollination habits.
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Glyphosate Sprayed on GMO Crops Linked to Lake Erie's Toxic Algae Bloom

Glyphosate Sprayed on GMO Crops Linked to Lake Erie's Toxic Algae Bloom | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
Glyphosate, the controversial main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup and other herbicides, is being connected to Lake Erie's troubling algae blooms, which

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The consequences of our obsession with weed-free lawns.  No more Roundup!

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3 Reasons Eating With The Seasons Is Better For Your Body

There are wonderful benefits to aligning your eating with the seasons!

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Sandi Cornez's curator insight, June 25, 10:26 AM

Did you know that when you buy food in season,you are getting the freshest ingredients, the most nutrients, and food that aligns with your body’s own needs? Local food from your area has a low carbon footprint compared to food that is flown and trucked in. Food that is picked unripe like fruit and other plant food may sit in a truck for a week before getting to your market. In a week, the food is already devoid of any of its nutrients, even organic.

 

Yes, it’s unfortunate that there are places in the U.S. that are considered food deserts. Planting your own garden will certainly help. Start a community garden as other cities have done. Petition your Congress person, your Governor, your Mayor to find ways to bring in healthy organic markets to your town. Run for office. It is the right of every person to have healthy nutritious food.

 

Health tips:  Grow your own raw living foods as in sprouts. You can order your supplies online from Dr Mercola, other sprout companies. Sprouts are nature’s best foods that keep on giving. Cut them, but leave the roots in the soil and they keep producing. You can grow sunflower shoots, pea shoots, broccoli sprouts, radish sprouts. You can also buy locally from an organic seed store. Many communities now have these stores or buy your seeds from online organic seed companies.  You want organic seeds. Legumes (lentils, peas, beans), nuts/seeds, ancient seed grains (quinoa, buckwheat, millet) can all be sprouted.

 

Sprouts have 10-30 times the protein nutrients of mature plants. It’s the best bang for your buck.

 

Read more about “Three reasons Eating With the Seasons is Better For Your body” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Jen Unruh.

 

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A Chemical Reaction Revolutionized Farming 100 Years Ago. Now It Needs to Go

A Chemical Reaction Revolutionized Farming 100 Years Ago. Now It Needs to Go | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
Of all the elements that make up Earth’s atmosphere, nitrogen is by far the most abundant. It is also one of the most inert. Nothing happens when you breathe it in, swallow it, or let it suffuse your skin. Nitrogen gas likes to stay nitrogen gas.

But in the early 20th century, two German chemists, Fritz Haber and Carl Bosch, figured out how to pluck fertilizer from thin air by making ammonia (NH3) out of nitrogen gas (N2). You need energy, lots of it. The Haber-Bosch process relied and still relies on high temperature, high pressure, and hydrogen atoms ripped from fossil fuels. Ammonia from this process fertilizes crops, which in turn nourish you. On average, half the nitrogen in your cells might come from Haber-Bosch. “The Haber-Bosch process is one of the most important for humanity,” says Mercouri Kanatzidis, a chemist at Northwestern University.

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The math the planet relies on isn’t adding up right now

The math the planet relies on isn’t adding up right now | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
As over 150 nations assemble to sign the Paris climate agreement in New York on Friday, reams of new analysis are pouring out from the planet’s vital number-crunchers, who look at the fundamental relationship between how much carbon we put in the air and how much the planet’s temperature increases as a result.

And it’s adding up to a somber verdict: We seem closer to must-avoid climate thresholds than we thought — and crossing them may have bigger consequences than we recognize.

The Paris climate agreement pledges countries to keep the planet’s warming “well below” 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees F) above pre-industrial levels, and to strive to keep warming as low as 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degrees F) above those levels. But here are four things you need to know about these targets, based upon four separate new and insightful analyses:

1.5 degrees C isn’t looking so far off lately. An analysis by Climate Central shows that the planet has been right around 1.5 degrees C all year this year, if you take temperatures from 1881-1910 to be the pre-industrial baseline. “The average global temperature change for the first three months of 2016 was 1.48°C, essentially equaling the 1.5°C warming threshold agreed to by COP 21 negotiators in Paris last December,” the group wrote. February of 2016, Climate Central calculates, was actually slightly warmer than 1.5 degrees C over pre-industrial levels.

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Photos Capture The Startling Effect Of Shrinking Bee Populations

Photos Capture The Startling Effect Of Shrinking Bee Populations | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
In rural China, humans pollinate flowers by hand.

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Comment le changement climatique risque de transformer les légumes en junk food

Comment le changement climatique risque de transformer les légumes en junk food | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
Une étude menée aux États-Unis montre que la nourriture récoltée est de moins en moins nourrissante à cause de l’augmentation du C02 dans l’atmosphère.

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What's Driving Deforestation?

What's Driving Deforestation? | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
Just four commodities—beef, soy, palm oil, and wood products—drive the majority of global deforestation. And consumers can help stop it.

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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, April 14, 2:17 PM
As I was getting a ride home from the car repair shop today, the shuttle had an interesting radio show on.  It was a discussion with a person of a particular political persuasion saying how "doom and gloom" and "naysayers" get too much press and are a part of the problem with the world these days.

While we can of course swerve too far down the "world is ending" path, simply saying that key drivers of degradation are not happening is a childish or cynical ploy.  But one example of the challenges we face is this brief overview of drivers of forest conversion to human-dominated landscapes.

While I generally do not like these "info graphics," in cases such as the dork on the radio, these might be the right level of tone and complexity.
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Maryland to Become First State to Ban Bee-Killing Pesticides for Consumer Use

Maryland to Become First State to Ban Bee-Killing Pesticides for Consumer Use | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
In an effort to curb its plummeting honeybee population, Maryland is about to become the first state in the nation to pass strict restrictions on neonicotinoids for consumer use.

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Go Maryland, and set an example for all

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Is Convenience Killing Us?, The Food Chain - BBC World Service

Is Convenience Killing Us?, The Food Chain - BBC World Service | Epicurist: In Victus Veritas | Scoop.it
Food Waste: How Low Can it Go?

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"Today we're using technology to replace cooking. We are a very intelligent being, but we're still a biological being, and we need to eat foods that are alive." Jean-Claude Moubarac on ultraprocessed foods

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Institute for Responsible Nutrition's curator insight, March 21, 6:23 PM

"Today we're using technology to replace cooking. We are a very intelligent being, but we're still a biological being, and we need to eat foods that are alive." Jean-Claude Moubarac on ultraprocessed foods

Demarcio Washington's curator insight, March 22, 3:16 PM

"Today we're using technology to replace cooking. We are a very intelligent being, but we're still a biological being, and we need to eat foods that are alive." Jean-Claude Moubarac on ultraprocessed foods

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"Today we're using technology to replace cooking. We are a very intelligent being, but we're still a biological being, and we need to eat foods that are alive." Jean-Claude Moubarac on ultraprocessed foods