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Nanotechnology the new threat to food

Reprinted from “Clean Food Organic“. Following on from genetic engineering, nanotechnology represents the latest high technology attempt to infiltrate our food supply. Senior scientists have warned that nanotechnology, the manipulation of matter at the scale of atoms and molecules, introduces serious new risks to human and environmental health. Yet in the absence of public debate, or oversight from regulators, unlabelled foods manufactured using nanotechnology have begun to appear on our supermarket shelves. Around the world there is an increase in interest in our food, health and environment. Where are products produced, how, why, by whom, how far have they travelled, how long have they been stored etc. The organic and local food movements have emerged as an intuitive and practical response to the increasing use of chemicals in food production, and to… Read More

2007: Let Those Visions of Sugarplums Dance in Your Head, Not Your Stomach Tuesday, December 18, 2007; Page HE07 Worried about overindulging this holiday season? Give yourself a special gift: sleep. Despite the temptation to have too much of everything during this hectic season, a growing number of studies now point to the ill effects of missing even just a few hours of sleep — from increased appetite and obesity to a greater risk of high blood pressure and diabetes. So many people could benefit from more sleep,” says James Gangwisch, a Columbia University researcher and lead author of a new study on the health effects of missed sleep. “A lot of people don”t even realize that they are sleep-deprived.” Just look at the numbers: In 1910, Americans, who didn”t have television, computers and video games to distract them at night, slept an average… Read More

Facts on Honey and Cinnamon Bet the drug companies won”t like this one getting around. Facts on Honey and Cinnamon: It is found that a mixture of honey and cinnamon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also accept honey as a ”Ram Ban” (very effective) medicine or all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without any side effects for any kind of diseases. Today”s science says that even though honey is sweet, if taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm diabetic patients. Weekly World News, a magazine in Canada, in its issue dated 17 January,1995 has given the following list of diseases that can be cured by honey and cinnamon as researched by western scientists: (sounds too good to… Read More

Better than Organic 2

a Conversation with Agricola by Michael Astera Part II: (Bad) Science and the (Hopeful) Future Agricola: Let’s get back to “Why Organic isn’t Really Working and How it Can.” Q. Absolutely. And after that background I think I have a pretty good idea of how it can. It has something to do with minerals, doesn’t it? (Laughing) Agricola: You got it. It has a lot to do with minerals and it has a lot to do with pulling all the different pieces together. Right now we have a lot of different viewpoints, a lot of different pieces of information, and, unfortunately, a lot of different “sects” in agriculture and gardening, all of them seemingly determined to prove that they’re right and everybody else is wrong. To a certain extent this is just… Read More

Better than Organic

a Conversation with Agricola, part I By Michael Astera Q. You were saying Organic farming and gardening aren’t really working. How are they not working? Agricola: They’re not working on several levels, including corporate greed, business ethics, and of course “We’re from the government and we’re here to help you.” But that’s not what I’d like to talk about today. I’d like to focus on the nutrition aspect, and on soil, plant, and animal health. Specifically, why most Organic food isn’t necessarily more nutritious than chemically grown food. Q. It isn’t? That certainly isn’t the conventional wisdom. The people who grow it and buy it seem to think it is. Agricola: Yes, there’s definitely a myth or misunderstanding that organically grown means more nutrition. But when tested or assayed for vitamins,… Read More

2008: Adding a Little Culture to Your Life

By Corinna Richards As recently as just several years ago, consumers faced few choices when it came to probiotics, or beneficial bacteria, those “good little bugs” that keep the “bad bugs” living inside us in check. Beyond live-culture yogurt, not many people knew where to find friendly bacteria. For those who did, there were relatively few products from which to choose. Although the term probiotics was, in fact, first used in scientific literature in 1965 (in Science magazine), these days we know much more about these beneficial bacteria and how essential they are to our health. (For a good overview, read “Probiotics: An Old Story Takes On New Meaning,” Issue 44/November 2001.) At the most basic level, probiotics help maintain the proper balance and functioning of our gastrointestinal fauna, crucial to absorbing… Read More

Alkaline Foods Chart

ATTENTION: It is important you do an alkaline diet the correct way. Eating the correct foods is one part, but there is more to it than just that. Food Category Food – Rating + Breads Corn Tortillas   x         Breads Rye bread     x       Breads Sourdough bread   x         Breads White biscuit     x       Breads White bread   x         Breads Whole-grain bread     x       Breads Whole-meal bread     x       Condiments Ketchup   x         Condiments Mayonnaise   x         Condiments Miso   x         Condiments Mustard   x         Condiments Soy sauce… Read More

Acid Out

One of the main problems we face as we age is the inevitable build-up of acidic waste products in our bodies. The Build Up One of the main problems we face as we age is the inevitable build-up of acidic waste products in our bodies. We have an elegant system for getting rid of acidic waste products through the liver and kidneys, the lungs and the out-breath, the stomach acid, and the bicarbonate buffering system in the pancreas and blood. However, an unhealthy lifestyle can overwhelm the body”s ability to eliminate acids and they start to accumulate. This acidification of body tissues is the root cause of most health problems seen today. Acidic waste products are also the cause of premature aging. Acid wastes build up in the body in the form… Read More

5 Sneaky Supermarket Tricks

By Aleksandra Todorova Reporter, “Surveys find that about 40% of what we actually buy [in the supermarket] is impulse items, products that were not on our list,” says Phil Lempert, a supermarket industry expert. How do the supermarkets do it? Here are five ways. 1. Eye Candy Most shoppers are fully aware that supermarkets deliberately put candy and magazines at the checkout counters, where they can easily tempt bored and hungry shoppers. But it doesn”t stop there. Throughout the store, supermarkets strategically arrange products on the shelves in a way that makes you buy more. Take, for example, the cereal aisle — it”s usually located directly across from the candy section. “It”s a mother”s greatest nightmare,” Lempert says. “You”ll find breakfast cereals on one side and candy on the other.” Why?… Read More

10 reasons why GM won”t feed the world

1. Failure to deliver Despite the hype, genetic modification consistently fails to live up to industry claims. Only two GM traits have ever made it to market: herbicide resistance and BT toxin expression (see below). Other promises of genetic modification have failed to materialize. The much vaunted GM ”golden rice” – hailed as a cure to vitamin A deficiency – has never made it out of the laboratory, partly because in order to meet recommended levels of vitamin A intake, consumers would need to eat 12 bowls of the rice every day. 1 In 2004, the Kenyan government admitted that Monsanto”s GM sweet potatoes were no more resistant to feathery mottle virus than ordinary strains, and in fact produced lower yields. 2 And in January 2008, news that scientists had modified a… Read More