Improving Produce Without Genetic Engineering

Improving Produce Without Genetic Engineering

A lot of focus on the food production and farming industries may seem to concentrate on genetically modified foods. However, some plant breeders are working to also bring focus to an age old way of growing premier foods, without using any genetically induced alterations. Rapid genetic analysis, or sometimes referred to as marker-assisted breeding, uses conventional farming techniques and plant breeding with quick ways of identifying alleles and DNA markers and how they are structured. Combining the more traditional forms of farming along with these processes can produce crops with more flavor and color, as well as a more appealing presence and shape. It… read more

Share Your Harvest

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Unstable access to food should not be blamed on a lack of resources, but rather the lack of their distribution. Every day, over 50 million Americans live with food insecurity, relying on food pantries as their main supplier of nutrition. Sustained largely by donations of canned and packaged goods, food pantries (also known as “food cupboards” or “food shelves”) are rarely able to offer visitors fresh produce. In addition, the food banks that supply the pantries have less frequent delivery dates than a grocery store would, making a constant supply of fresh fruits and vegetables impossible. Meanwhile, over 40 million… read more

Pressure On to Remove BVO From Soft Drinks

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After pressure from online campaigns and outraged consumers, PepsiCo finally removed the controversial BVO, or Brominated Vegetable Oil, from their Gatorade products. Now, sport drink consumers are asking Powerade to do the same. Brominated vegetable oil is a patented flame retardant and has been linked with negative health effects, including memory loss, skin lesions, and nerve disorders. All are caused by too much bromine exposure. Because of the health concerns surrounding it, brominated vegetable oil has already been banned in Japan and Europe. Yet many U.S. soft drink and sport drink companies still have products containing BVO, as up to… read more

Would You Buy Expired Food?

Would You Buy Expired Food?

It’s hard to believe how food waste, which is responsible for tons of tossed out money, can occur in even the most conscious of households. The Institute of Mechanical Engineers stated that as much as 30 to 50% of all food purchased is thrown out. Doug Rauch has made it one of his goals to help cut down some of this waste. Previously president of Trader Joe’s, a specialty retail grocer, he is opening a new kind of grocery store in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Called the Daily Table, the concept is to sale items that may be listed as past their expiration… read more

Greek Yogurt Produces Toxic Waste

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Greek yogurt, everybody’s favorite tasty, healthy snack, has an ugly side to it. Each year, the manufacturers of the confection are left with millions of gallons of acidic, toxic waste. You see, the process in which Greek yogurt is created differs from that of traditional yogurt. The Greek variety yields acid whey, a toxin that kills marine life during its decompository process. No known technique for doing away with the waste has been standardized, leaving the millions of pounds of waste sitting around. A few suggestions are feeding it to livestock, turning it into infant formula, generating electricity, and more…. read more

Have Fun Being Green

Have Fun Being Green

Adopting a green way of life often has its challenges. At times it can be harder being responsible than just not thinking about consequences, and sometimes we forget that revelry is a necessary human component. It’s important to remember that there is a fun side to being socially responsible. Adults and kids alike can have some good, green fun with these ideas. Did you know you can make homemade marbled paper, stationary and cards using shaving cream and food coloring? Use biodegradable shaving cream or make your own organic formula. In addition to using it for the project, whip up some extra and store in… read more

Could Climate Change Alter Your Cup of Tea?

Could Climate Change Alter Your Cup of Tea?

As we learn more about climate change and its effects, there is one area that may not readily come to mind: the tea industry. Supposedly, a cup of tea in some areas in China may begin to taste a little different. Climate change and its difference in temperatures and rainfall levels is said to be responsible for altering some agricultural systems, and tea fields may also be susceptible. Other significant changes like antioxidant levels, and even the scent of the tea leaves, are reportedly subject to variances. Researchers from Tufts University are looking into how this favored beverage might be… read more

Tableware From Dried Oranges

‘Solskin Peels’ Tableware From Dried Oranges

Oranges are great for making juice for breakfast, in fruit salads during the day or just eaten on their own, but we now found out that they also make great sustainable design, if they are off course, dried properly. An innovative idea coming from Israel, ‘Solskin Peels’ turns dried, molded orange peels into functional objects ready to contain food and liquids. The word Solskin comes from the Danish word ‘sunshine’, but Ori Sonnenschein from Solskin Design created this collection of orange-based objects from his Israel studio. ‘Solskin Peels’ includes cups, plates, containers and spoons, all made from oranges. Biodegradable locally… read more

This Test Can Identify GMO’s In Food

This Test Can Identify GMO’s In Food

Growing concerns over genetically modified foods have many consumers on the lookout for more information. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs’) may be added to some foods to increase their beneficial properties. For instance, to boost nutrient levels or to make crops less susceptible to insects. Many in the food industry adhere to current labeling guidelines, accurately stating the contents in their products and whether or not they are GMO free. However, both consumers and regulatory expectations are demanding more detailed information to be inclusive of all food products. Researchers have zoned in on this concern, and have actually developed an interesting… read more

Cleanse Your Kidneys

CLEAN YOUR KIDNEYS

Many people are too busy to eat a home cooked meal every night of the week or watch every item of food that goes into their body. So, here is how you can redeem yourself for some of the things  you have eaten. Years pass by and our kidneys are filtering the blood by removing salts, poisons and most other things that are unwanted in your body.  Needless to say, our kidneys are holding up their end of the deal.  They do their fair share, now let’s do ours. Over time, salts and other wastes accumulate and need to undergo… read more