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This Super Local Brooklyn Whole Foods Will Have A 20,000-Square-Foot Rooftop Greenhouse

This Super Local Brooklyn Whole Foods Will Have A 20,000-Square-Foot Rooftop Greenhouse | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
The Whole Foods scheduled to open this fall in Brooklyn won’t look like all the other iterations of the upscale grocery chain--it will have a 20,000-square-foot greenhouse on its roof.
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Major HFCS manufacturer bans Syngenta's GMO corn

Major HFCS manufacturer bans Syngenta's GMO corn | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
Major HFCS manufacturer bans Syngenta's GMO corn

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5 Foods to Eat for Cancer Prevention ("can be included in regular diet, cheap and easy to find")

5 Foods to Eat for Cancer Prevention ("can be included in regular diet, cheap and easy to find") | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
Many of the top researched cancer-fighting foods are easy to find and simple to incorporate into your diet. Here are 5 foods to eat for cancer prevention.

1. Foods Rich in Lycopene

A recent study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute specifically looked at the effects of lycopene on angiogenesis in prostate cancer. They found remarkable results, determining “lycopene was associated with reduced risk of lethal prostate cancer and with a lesser degree of angiogenesis in the tumor.”

So, what foods give you the most lycopene? Tomatoes are a great source and are widely available. Other good sources of lycopene include: watermelon, guava, papaya, red bell peppers, asparagus, mango, and red cabbage.

2. Turmeric

Turmeric is one of the most powerful, researched anti-cancer foods out there. Its active component curcumin has been found to reduce certain types of tumors by 81%! Researchers at UCLA found that curcumin is the component harnessing the ability to actually block cancer growth. Not surprisingly, the cancer-fighting ability that turmeric possesses makes up only a single facet of the many benefits of turmeric.

3. Garlic4. Ginger5. Cruciferous Vegetables


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Bert Guevara's curator insight, August 19, 1:21 AM

Eating more of these powerful foods could reduce your risk of developing obesity, heart disease, and even cancer. Luckily, many of the top researched cancer-fighting foods are both easy to find and simple to incorporate into your diet.

askdrmaxwell's curator insight, August 19, 4:41 PM

These healing foods have been shown to have strong cancer-preventing properties. 

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Using Fungi to Grow Packaging Material

Using Fungi to Grow Packaging Material | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
Biology is influencing design and Biomimicry in packaging is a science that studies nature's models and then uses these designs and processes to solve human problems.

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Biber Architects’ American Pavilion at Milan Expo 2015 to Honor Food Trucks and Vertical Farming

Biber Architects’ American Pavilion at Milan Expo 2015 to Honor Food Trucks and Vertical Farming | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it

The United States will celebrate one of its most prized national treasures at the next World’s Fair: the food truck. In honor of the theme of the 2015  Milano Expo—“Feed the Planet, Energy for Life”—the American Pavilion, called American Food 2.0, includes street-level food trucks that will serve up some favorite American dishes.

The pavilion’s most visually distinctive feature, is its hydroponic facade—or, a football-field-length,vertical farm that is planted with harvestable crops. “It is as though a typical horizontal field was rotated (think Inception with a farm field standing in for Paris) to become the side of a building,” said Biber Architects in a statement. “It’s not our proposal for serious urban or vertical farming, which is usually indoors, but a didactic display talking about the past, present, and future of the American farm, and the American diet.”


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Delphine Plasse's curator insight, May 19, 5:06 AM

Marier architecture et initiatives vertes, de bonnes idées pédagogiques!

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Fossil Fuel Industry's Tired Battle Against Clean Energy Is Also A Losing One

Fossil Fuel Industry's Tired Battle Against Clean Energy Is Also A Losing One | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it

By Jim Marston The assault on successful renewable energy legislation continues, long after the facts have proven that state renewable policies deliver clean, affordable, and reliable energy solutions that the majority of Americans support.


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Rescuing Vacant Homes, Revitalizing Communities

This inspiring group rehabs vacant homes green and moves them to new, clustered communities, where they are sold to low-income families at cost.

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New Super-Battery Inspired By A Pomegranate

New Super-Battery Inspired By A Pomegranate | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it

"Biomimicry provided the inventive spark for the latest, and most promising, revamp of the rechargeable battery. The rechargeable battery, which so often lets us down at the worst moments, has been due for an overhaul for some time now. Indeed, scientists have been slaving away for years on a lithium-ion battery with a longer lifespan. But who would’ve thought that the inspiration for the most promising new design would come from inside a pomegranate?"


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Montauban Olivier's curator insight, December 17, 2:28 PM

Passer d’une structure homogène d’un objet à une non homogène

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Souped Up Biogas System Turns Brewery Into Green Powerhouse

Souped Up Biogas System Turns Brewery Into Green Powerhouse | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
The Bear Republic Brewing Company in Cloverdale, California is the first brewery to sign onto a new brewery waste-to-biogas system that has some A-list credentials to its credit.

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Not Eating Avocados Often? Here's Why You Should ("forget the myths, you can eat it regularly")

Not Eating Avocados Often? Here's Why You Should ("forget the myths, you can eat it regularly") | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
Often deemed a "perfect food", the avocado is considered one of the healthiest foods available. Here is why you should be eating this fabulous food.

Often deemed a “perfect food”, the avocado is considered one of the healthiest foods available. It’s important to understand that a body needs fats, as long as they’re healthy ones. Omega 3 fatty acids are missing in the average western diet, and this missing fatty acid is just one reason for the ‘bad health epidemic’ . It just so happens that avocados are high in omega 3 and omega 6 fats. Avocados are a rich source of wholesome unsaturated beneficial fats with lots of oleic acid, which is good for heart health.

The avocado provides all 18 essential amino acids needed by a body to create complete protein. But instead of going through the effort of breaking down complex animal proteins for usable amino acids, avocados offer complete amino acid kits for your body to use according to its needs.

Avocados are bursting with enzymes, phytonutrients, and are rich in minerals, including the usually deficient master mineral magnesium, which is involved in over 300 cellular metabolic functions. They also help the liver manufacture glutathione, the important master antioxidant that replenishes spent antioxidants.

Vitamins A, much of the B complex, K, E, and C are also available in avocados. The nutrient order of importance is enzymes, minerals, and vitamins. Vitamins won’t work without minerals, and neither minerals nor vitamins get into your cells without enzymes.

 


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How A Giant Mall Parking Lot Turned Into A Park And A Walkable Community Co.Exist | ideas + impact

How A Giant Mall Parking Lot Turned Into A Park And A Walkable Community Co.Exist | ideas + impact | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
News infographics and videos about the future of energy electric cars the environment and food on FastCoExist.com.

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Formula Found for Reducing Oxidative Stress?

Formula Found for Reducing Oxidative Stress? | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it

What if you could turn back the clock by reducing the T-bar levels in your blood to those of a child?

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Validated by several studies published on pubmed.gov

 

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Natural Immunity: 8+ Natural Antibiotics to Replace the Drugs ("natural is better; time to switch")

Natural Immunity: 8+ Natural Antibiotics to Replace the Drugs ("natural is better; time to switch") | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
Worried about getting sick? Instead of turning to antibiotics, here are 8+ foods which harness natural antibiotic properties to boost your immune system.

The overuse of antibiotics has become a modern-day epidemic. These drugs have depleted our natural immunity by killing the good bacteria in our guts and also creating super-bugs that have become resistant to almost any form of prescribed drug around. Instead of making yourself weaker, and depleting your body’s natural ability to cure itself from any number of ailments, try utilizing natural foods and herbs to ditch the Big Pharma meds for good.

1. Astragalus 

2. Onions 

3. Cabbage

4. Honey 

5. Fermented Vegetables

6. Cinnamon

7. Sage 

8. Thyme

There are other natural antibiotics out there too. They include:

Rosemary Coriander Dill, mustard seed Anise Basil Lemon balm Wild Indigo Echinacea Olive leaf Turmeric Pau D’ Arco Cayenne pepper Colloidal silver Grapefruit seed extract Garlic Ginger Oregano oil


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Steve Kingsley's curator insight, November 12, 2013 8:17 PM

My favorite is cinnamon both for culinary and health reasons. Not only does it act as a natural antibiotic, the antioxidants in it boost the immune system in numerous ways. 

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Revamped Wind Turbine Takes Design Inspiration From Dragonflies

Revamped Wind Turbine Takes Design Inspiration From Dragonflies | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it

"When compared to traditional turbines, the Dragonfly Invisible Wind Turbine can withstand stronger winds, and is capable of functioning in low-intensity winds. The technique lies in the slim-line design of the turbines, which is developed to mimic the form of a dragonfly in flight and how it can glide through gale-force winds."


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The Midwest's vast farms are losing a ton of money this year

The Midwest's vast farms are losing a ton of money this year | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it

Think you have it tough at work? Consider the plight of the Midwest's corn and soybean farmers. They churn out the basic raw materials of our food system: the stuff that gets turned into animal feed, sweetener, cooking fat, and even a substantial amount of our car fuel. What do they get for their trouble? According to a stunning analysis (PDF) by Iowa State ag economist Chad Hart, crop prices have fallen so low (a bumper crop has driven down corn prices to their lowest level since 2006), and input costs (think seeds, fertilizers, pesticides) have gotten so high, that they're losing $225 per acre of corn and $100 per acre of soybeans.  So if you're an Iowa farmer with a 2,000-acre farm, and you planted it half and half in these two dominant crops, you stand to lose $325,000 on this year's harvest.

If you're an Iowa farmer with a 2,000-acre farm, and you planted it half and half in corn and soy, you stand to lose $325,000 on this year's harvest.

Over on Big Picture Agriculture—the excellent blog that alerted me to Hart's assessment—Kay McDonald wonders: "Is organic corn the way to go next year?" She points out organic corn receives a large premium in the market, and key input costs—seeds, fertilizers, and insecticides—are much lower, making the economics better.

Another possibility is one I've been banging on about for years: why not take some of the Midwest's vast stock of farmland—say, 10 percent?—and devote it to vegetable and fruit production? And take another slice of it and bring it back to perennial grass for pasture-based beef and pork production? Both vegetables and pastured meat deliver much more income pre acre than commodity corn and soybeans, once the systems are up and running and the infrastructure in place. And considering how much of our produce comes from drought-stricken California, that would likely be a wise move from a food security standpoint.

Alas, none of this is likely to happen, at least not anytime soon. That's because crop subsidies, enshrined by the farm bill signed in February, will likely wipe out much of the huge gap between farmers' costs and what the market gives them. According to Bloomberg, taxpayers are set to pay "billions of dollars more to subsidize farmers than anticipated just months ago," before crop prices plunged.

I don't begrudge federal support for farming. As I argued in a post last year, large-scale commodity farming is a vicious business—farmers are caught in a vice between a small handful of buyers (Archers Daniels Midland, Cargill, Bunge) that are always looking to drive crop prices down, and a small handful of input suppliers (Monsanto, DuPont Pioneer, Syngenta, etc) always looking to push the price of seeds, fertilizers, and pesticides up. It's no wonder, as Iowa State's Hart has shown, that the "long run profitability" of such farming is "zero."

But as it's structured now, the subsidy system keeps farmers chugging along on the corn-soy treadmill. Meanwhile, transitioning to organic ag and diversifying crops to include vegetables and pastured meat would also require much more hands-on labor and a new set of skills for Midwestern farmers, who have been operating in a corn-soy-chemical system for decades. It would also require the rebuilding of infrastructure—small-scale slaughterhouses, canneries, cold storage, etc.—that were dismantled as corn and soy came to dominance. Supporting such a transition, and not propping up an unhealthy food system suffused with cheap corn and soy, seems like a good use of the billions of federal dollars that are about to be spent


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Zach Stromberg's curator insight, October 24, 2:49 PM

crop prices have fallen so low,  a bumper crop has driven down corn prices to their lowest level since 2006.  input costs have gotten so high, that they're losing $225 per acre of corn and $100 per acre of soybeans.  So if you're an Iowa farmer with a 2,000-acre farm, and you planted it half and half in these two dominant crops, you stand to lose $325,000 on this year's harvest.

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The Pittsburgh startup that has big plans for batteries

The Pittsburgh startup that has big plans for batteries | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
Batteries are famously toxic, but Aquion Energy seeking to change that.

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Alice Waters: The number of farmers' markets and young people taking up farming will multiply geometrically.

Alice Waters: The number of farmers' markets and young people taking up farming will multiply geometrically. | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
The chef and author sees a big role for schools in promoting healthy eating and subsidizing real food.

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Waggl, Inspired by Honeybees to Help People Make Decisions, Secures $1M

Waggl, Inspired by Honeybees to Help People Make Decisions, Secures $1M | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it

"Michael Papay, chief executive at Bay Area startup Waggl, said his app is inspired by (and named after) the decision making dance that honeybees have used for millions of years.”


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The Oldest Nutrition Advice May Be The Wisest ("eat a little of all fruits & veggies and live longer")

The Oldest Nutrition Advice May Be The Wisest ("eat a little of all fruits & veggies and live longer") | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
There's more nutrition information available to all of us than ever before, but consumers seem more confused about what to eat....

A new study, published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, should give you more reason to pile your plate with fresh produce picks. The study used data from more than 65,000 free-living English adults (at least 35 years old) and monitored their dietary habits and health status for an average of 7.7 years. During the course of the study, some 4,399 subjects died. Using the available dietary intake and mortality data, the researchers found an association between fruit and vegetable consumption and reduced risk for death from all causes, as well as risk of dying from cardiovascular disease or cancer.

Results? Subjects who reported eating seven or more servings of produce daily were 42 percent less likely to die from any cause during the study. In addition, those eating seven or more servings per day reduced risk of dying from cancer by 25 percent and from heart disease by 31 percent, compared to those who reported eating less than a serving per day. Vegetables were found to provide more disease-preventing benefits than fruit. For example, those eating 3+ servings of fruit reduced risk of death by 16 percent but eating 3+ servings of vegetables reduced risk of death by 32 percent.


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Bert Guevara's curator insight, April 7, 10:16 PM

Bottom line: Eat more fruits and veggies. While it's unclear how many servings per day is optimal for overall health, this study shows that three or more servings of vegetables and three or more servings of fruit provided significant health payoffs. Produce may be the only food group that we can safely say, "More is better!"

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A recipe for homemade deodorant that REALLY works! ("tired of commercials; go natural & homemade")

A recipe for homemade deodorant that REALLY works! ("tired of commercials; go natural & homemade") | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
The perfect combination of oils and dry-enhancing powders make this deodorant surprisingly effective all day long.

Recipe for Homemade Deodorant

3 tbsp virgin coconut oil
2 tbsp shea butter
3 tbsp baking soda
2 tbsp cornstarch
5 drops essential oil (lavender, orange, etc.)

Make a double boiler by placing a half-pint glass jar in the middle of a small pot of water. Bring water to a simmer. Add coconut oil and shea butter to the jar and let melt. Turn off the heat, add baking soda and cornstarch, and stir until completely smooth. Mix in the essential oil of your choice. Let cool.

At room temperature (which is about 67 degrees Fahrenheit in my house) the deodorant is hard. I scrape out ~1 tsp, roll it into a ball with my fingertips, and apply it directly under my armpits, where it melts and soaks in. In the summer, I’ll keep the jar of deodorant in the fridge, since coconut oil liquefies at 76 F. Some people transfer the deodorant to an old anti-perspirant tube to make application easier.

 

 


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Bert Guevara's curator insight, March 4, 9:53 PM

Homemade recipes may work better than commercial brands. Try natural deodorants! Better than plain "tawas".

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Keystone Report Said Likely to Disappoint Foes on Climate

Keystone Report Said Likely to Disappoint Foes on Climate | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
The U.S. State Department is preparing a report that will probably disappoint environmental groups and opponents of the Keystone pipeline, according to people who have been briefed on the draft of the document.

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People need to realize that trying to stop this pipeline from being built won't stop the oil from being produced. You have to ask yourself is it better to transport this south through the US in a pipeline or west across the Canadian Rockies (either by rail or pipe) because that is the alternative they will seek out if this thing isn't built.

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This glass sphere might revolutionize solar power on Earth (by concentrating light 10,000 times)

This glass sphere might revolutionize solar power on Earth (by concentrating light 10,000 times) | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it

German architect André Broessel, of Rawlemon, has looked into his crystal ball and seen the future of renewable energy. In this case it’s a spherical sun-tracking solar energy-generating globe — essentially a giant glass marble on a robotic steel frame. But this marble is no toy. It concentrates both sunlight and moonlight up to 10,000 times — making its solar harvesting capabilities 35 percent more efficient than conventional dual-axis photovoltaic designs.

 

Go Grid Parity!


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The Sharing Economy: Sharing Isn't Just Nice To Do, It's Changing How We Do Business

The Sharing Economy: Sharing Isn't Just Nice To Do, It's Changing How We Do Business | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
The rise of the sharing economy has created a new class of entrepreneur. Their startups are monetizing everything from tool swaps to unused parking spots in cities, and one of them might be the next Airbnb.

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I am constantly amazed at all the new ways people are finding to share and collaborate!

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Inhabitat's Week in Green: eco-friendly Christmas trees, Kingdom of Erebor ... - Engadget

Inhabitat's Week in Green: eco-friendly Christmas trees, Kingdom of Erebor ... - Engadget | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
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Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green.
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Minding Your Mitochondria: Dr. Terry Wahls at TEDxIowaCity

Editor's note: This talk is a personal narrative and is not yet backed by larger experimentation. Dr. Terry Wahls learned how to properly fuel her body. Usin...
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Sea Cucumber Found to Kill 95% of Cancer Cells, Shrink Tumors ("another power food from the sea")

Sea Cucumber Found to Kill 95% of Cancer Cells, Shrink Tumors ("another power food from the sea") | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
A compound in sea cucumber was found to kill 95% of breast cancer cells, 95% of liver cancer cells, 90% of melanoma cells, and 85-88% of lung cancer cells.

previous research on sea cucumber has demonstrated its ability to kill lung, breast, prostate, skin, colon, pancreatic, and liver cancer cells. These extracts have also proven effective in killing leukemia and gioblastoma cells. Looks like we can add yet another food to the list of anti-cancer foods.

Scientists believe a key compound known as frondoside A to be responsible. Frondoside A is a triterpenoid, diverse organic compounds found in the essential oils and oleoresins of plants.

This latest study, published in PLoS One, has confirmed just how powerful frondoside A truly is. Researchers found it to kill 95% of ER+ breast cancer cells, 95% of liver cancer cells, 90% of melanoma cells, and 85-88% of three different types of lung cancer.

“But the benefits of this compound don’t just stop at directly inducing programmed cell death (apoptosis). It also inhibits angiogenesis (the ability of tumors to grow new blood vessels to get their food) and stops cancer metastasizing by impeding cell migration and invasion. Even more intriguing is the ability of frondoside A to activate our immune system’s natural killer cells to attack cancer cells. This has been shown for breast cancer in particular but may also apply to all cancers, because it involves the immune system and not cancer cells directly. This may partially explain why frondoside A was so effective at shrinking lung tumors in mice that it rivaled chemo drugs in performance.”


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