Internships support new concentration in agroecology and sustainable food systems

By Martha Brown | December 1, 2015 As their peers settle into lecture hall seats, two dozen UC Santa Cruz interns grab a harvest bucket, a set of pruners, or a digging fork and head out to the fields and orchards of UC Santa Cruz’s organic farm and gardens. They’ll spend the morning working at whatever the season demands: planting, harvesting, pruning, making compost, or packing crops for the campus dining halls. The interns are part of an evolving effort by UCSC’s Center for Agroecology …

Simple Herb Found To Destroy Cancer Cells After A Few Days | Your News Wire

By Sean Adl-Tabatabai | October 15 2015 Scientists have discovered that the root of the dandelion plant works “better” than traditional chemotherapy in killing cancer cells. The herb also acts as a diuretic, stimulating the secretion of bile, effectively cleanses the liver, alleviates allergy symptoms, and reduces cholesterol. It contains many important vitamins and minerals like vitamin B6, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin C, iron, calcium, potassium, folic acid and magnesium. It contains up …

Solano Coalition for Better Health: Sustainable food system better for all

… communities partner to create a more locally based, self-reliant food economy. Adopting even one seemingly small and simple habit can make a difference in promoting a more sustainable food system. Here are the top five sustainable food habits: 1. plant-based. A plant-based diet, which focusses on including more plant foods than animal foods in your diet, can have an impact on the environment. Producing billions of pounds of animal meat and dairy each year takes pesticides, chemical fertilizer, …

The Dirt on Growing Food in Water: Some Think It Can’t Be Organic | TakePart

… “This is kind of the proverbial Soylent Green in terms of a plant,” said Mark Kastel, an organic advocate and cofounder of the nonprofit farm group the Cornucopia Institute. To continue reading this article, please click on this link: Source: The Dirt on Growing Food in Water: Some Think It Can’t Be Organic | TakePart …

We have the right to know what we are putting in our bodies – Columbus healthy living | Examiner.com

By Jessica Simpson, Sedona | May 11, 2015 It was announced on May 11, 2015 that Mike Pompeo R-KS is moving H.B. 1599 ahead in committee. H.B. 1599 is labeled the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015. This is a bill that will prohibit states from requiring GMO labeling on processed foods that use seeds that have been genetically altered to withstand herbicides or use plants that act as pesticides for organisms eating the plant. The bill is a total misnomer in that the unlabeled GMO food is …

Goodall on GMO’s: “I Truly Believe We’re Poisoning Ourselves” | KUER

… says without genetically modified crops, we would not have the levels of food productivity that we have today. “I’ve never heard in all of the literature that I’ve reviewed of one single case of a GMO related plant or animal causing a health problem for a human being or for an animal for that matter,” he says. “I think this is an activist, radical viewpoint.” The 80-year-old Goodall apologized at the end of her talk for a few stumbles where she lost her train of thought, but she says …

Choose smart & organic – Focus Health – Susie Ponici

By Susie Ponici, R.H.N. | April 9, 2015 Did you know many studies have shown that organically grown vegetables and fruit have been found to have higher concentrations of vitamins and minerals than those that are cultivated inorganically? According to a 2008 report by the Organic Center, a team of scientists concluded that organically grown plant-based foods have an average of 25 percent more nutrients than conventionally grown plants. Chemical fertilizers such as pesticides, herbicides and …

Berkeley-Based Wild Food Week Aims to Convince People to Eat Weeds – CityLab

… include thyme, chickweed, dandelion, sow thistle and the appetizing-sounding nipplewort, which can be cooked like spinach. Other favorite weed treatments include salads, pesto-like sauces, and even seasoning for your favorite red meat. (“Do not consume any part of any plant … unless you are quite sure you know what you are doing,” the project’s website warns.) Lamb chop accompanied by a weed salad. (Open Source Food) The project’s first Wild Food Week, a collaboration between Open …

Biotech foes keep up the pressure for GMO labelling

… direct manipulation of plant and animal DNA can choose to buy certified organic products or foods with the newer Non-GMO Project verified label. Sharatt says it is those systems — which can include product testing regimes and farm-to-fork traceability — that should become the standard for all foods. It’s a big job. Testing would be required for every product on every farm, in addition to segregated transport and processing to limit cross contamination. A U.S. study on the feasibility of …

Vietnam approves commercial crops of GMO corn to cut imports | Business | Thanh Nien Daily

From Thanhnien News, Posted March 19 2015 Vietnamese farmers nationwide are now able to plant three varieties of genetically-modified (GM) corn from the Swiss firm Syngenta, according to a new government’s rule announced Wednesday. The three varieties are NK66 BT, NK66 GT and NK66 BT/GT and will be supplied to corn farms nationwide with each variety being distributed to specific regions, said the decision from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. NK66 BT in particular will …