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  • Chickpeas are Chock Full of Antioxidants

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    Editor
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Chickpeas or Garbanzo Beans are a legume many of us are familiar with, in fact they are the most widely consumed legume in the world, but do you know the many nutritional benefits they have?Originating in the Middle East, chickpeas have a firm texture with a flavor somewhere between chestnuts and walnuts. Like most beans, they are rich in fiber; both soluble fiber, which helps to eliminate cholesterol from the body, and insoluble which acts like a “broom” in the intestinal tract (more on insoluble fiber later). They are a rich source of folate, vitamin E, potassium, iron, manganese,…
  • Writing to the End

    Chews Wise
    Sam Fromartz
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:50 am
    As a writer, I’ve often approached the written word through an instinctual and sometimes painful process. I’ve put a lot of currency into a kind of gut feeling of what works and what does not. But now as an editor, I’m working with younger writers. In many instances, I’ve had to think about what I actually do and how to convey it. So here are some tips to consider on getting your project done. Ideas are cheap—but don’t always go searching for the next one. You’ll ignore the ones you already have. Write everything down, pick one and proceed. I use the memo function in my…
  • Fresh & Easy ‘Wild Oats’ lines latest challenge for WFM

    Organic and Wellness News
    Melanie
    3 Mar 2014 | 8:23 am
    By Warren Beaumont A revitalised Fresh & Easy looks like the latest competitor to challenge Whole Foods Market, Inc. which is ramping up its value efforts in produce and fresh by ...
  • Make This Now: Red raspberry sorbet

    Simple, Good and Tasty
    Elizabeth Millard
    5 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    In honor of an upcoming visit from Jeni Britton Bauer (frozen dessert genius), we provide this snippet from her new book. Hello, summer desserts...we sure do love you. Raspberry sorbet is easy to find, and many cookbooks have recipes for it. I include it in Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Desserts for two reasons. First, raspberries are an example of a perfect fruit, like really great peaches (harder to find than raspberries), black currents, and ripe apricots. Sometimes you just want to respect that and leave well enough alone. Will tarragon or spices or mix-ins make the sorbet better? No. They…
  • Raising Organic Family Farms: The Farm Favorite

    Organic Gardening News and Advice
    24 Feb 2012 | 2:15 pm
    Our friends and local organic farmers Dave and Sonia of Nectar Hills Farm could use your vote at the Raising Organic Family Farms "The Farm Favorite" contest.From Feb. 22 – March 16, 2012, encourage your friends, family and social networks to vote for your story on Raising Organic Family Farms. Raising Organic Family Farms is excited to announce the launch of the “Farm Favorite “ people’s choice grant recipient. [...] The story with the most votes will receive the grant or scholarship requested as well as an additional $500 Farm Favorite grant from Raising Organic Family Farms.We're…
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  • The return of the banana

    Melanie
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:37 am
    By Adriana Michael Looking for the ultimate snack that meets all of your requirements? One that consumers of all ages and tastes will find delicious, nutritious, convenient, affordable and sustainable? Try ...
  • At BIOFACH interest in tea remains high

    Melanie
    4 Mar 2014 | 2:05 pm
    By Angelika Kristeva and Warren Beaumont  Organic and Fairtrade tea companies had a strong presence at BIOFACH 2014, no doubt buoyed by increasing evidence of the health benefits of tea, with ...
  • EcoBase to improve sustainability of Chile’s agri-food

    Melanie
    3 Mar 2014 | 7:02 pm
    By Warren Beaumont and Kelly Roesler  Amid increasing global demand for agri-food industries to report sustainability practices and performance, Chile’s food and wine sectors are creating a revolutionary new tool that ...
  • VIVANESS: Hot trends and products for natural cosmetics market

    Melanie
    3 Mar 2014 | 9:23 am
    By Warren Beaumont The eighth edition of VIVANESS, the International Trade Fair for Natural Personal Care, was held from February 11-15 along with BIOFACH. This year, 192 exhibitors from 30 countries ...
  • Fresh & Easy ‘Wild Oats’ lines latest challenge for WFM

    Melanie
    3 Mar 2014 | 8:23 am
    By Warren Beaumont A revitalised Fresh & Easy looks like the latest competitor to challenge Whole Foods Market, Inc. which is ramping up its value efforts in produce and fresh by ...
 
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  • Chickpeas are Chock Full of Antioxidants

    Editor
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Chickpeas or Garbanzo Beans are a legume many of us are familiar with, in fact they are the most widely consumed legume in the world, but do you know the many nutritional benefits they have?Originating in the Middle East, chickpeas have a firm texture with a flavor somewhere between chestnuts and walnuts. Like most beans, they are rich in fiber; both soluble fiber, which helps to eliminate cholesterol from the body, and insoluble which acts like a “broom” in the intestinal tract (more on insoluble fiber later). They are a rich source of folate, vitamin E, potassium, iron, manganese,…
  • Go Vegetarian, Live Longer

    Editor
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:06 am
    There's plenty of evidence showing that vegetarian diets are great for your heart and waistline and even protect against cancer. But a new study of more than 73,000 Americans showed that it can help you live longer too. People with a plant-based diet in the study had a 20 percent lower mortality rate than meat eaters.This study is one of the first to look at data from a living population of such a big size and to analyze the participants' eating patterns so meticulously. The researchers also controlled for lifestyle factors that could undermine health and lifespan, such as obesity, smoking,…
  • 6 Healthy Easy-to-Make Beverages At Home

    Editor
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    In our ever busy days, eating and drinking something nutritious may not be on our top priority. Constraint of time and energy is probably one of the top reasons why we eat so much fast food and processed/frozen food and drinks. Even an extra step of transferring food onto a plate or washing the dishes become a painful chore, let alone cooking from scratch. The food industry has caught on to this and now they offer healthier versions of packaged foods and drinks, boasting that they are healthy with labels like "zero calorie," "low fat," "no MSG," etc. Just remember that as much as you think…
  • Ten Great Health Benefits of Eating Cherries

    Editor
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Cherries are a nutritional powerhouse fruit with so many incredible health benefits. One cup of raw cherries has 87 calories, 22 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of protein and 3 grams of fiber. Enjoy them now while they are at their peak because their season is way too short.  Read on for some of the great health benefits of eating cherries.Ten Great Health Benefits of Eating CherriesCherries, known as a “super-fruit”, are packed with antioxidants called anthocyanins which aid in the reduction of heart disease and cancer.Cherries are one of the few food sources that contain melatonin,…
  • Are Organic Vegetables More Nutritious After All?

    Editor
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    There may never be an end to arguments over whether organic food is more nutritious. But a new study is the most ambitious attempt so far to resolve the issue — and it concludes that organic fruit and vegetables offer a key benefit.It's a scientific reply to an analysis that some researchers at Stanford University published two years ago. That paper, which generated lots of media coverage and much controversy, reviewed more than 200 studies of organic and conventional food, and concluded that organic foods do not really offer any significant nutritional benefit.This new analysis, from a…
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  • Nutritional, food safety benefits of organic farming documented by major study

    11 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Organic foods and crops have a suite of advantages over their conventional counterparts, including more antioxidants and fewer, less frequent pesticide residues, the largest study of its kind has found. The study looked at an unprecedented 343 peer-reviewed publications comparing the nutritional quality and safety of organic and conventional plant-based foods, including fruits, vegetables, and grains. The study team applied sophisticated meta-analysis techniques to quantify differences between organic and non-organic foods.
  • Kudzu can release soil carbon, accelerate global warming

    1 Jul 2014 | 11:57 am
    Scientists are shedding new light on how invasion by exotic plant species affects the ability of soil to store greenhouse gases. The research could have far-reaching implications for how we manage agricultural land and native ecosystems. Since soil stores more carbon than both the atmosphere and terrestrial vegetation combined, the repercussions for how we manage agricultural land and ecosystems to facilitate the storage of carbon could be dramatic.
  • Organic agriculture boosts biodiversity on farmlands

    26 Jun 2014 | 9:18 am
    Organic farming fosters biodiversity. At least that's the theory. In practice, however, the number of habitats on the land plays an important role alongside the type and intensity of farming practices. These are the findings of an international study that looked at 10 regions in Europe and two in Africa. The study shows that even organic farms have to actively support biodiversity by, for example, conserving different habitats on their holdings.
  • Nineteen tomato varieties evaluated under organic guidelines

    23 Jun 2014 | 10:12 am
    Conventionally produced commercial F1 tomato varieties available in the southeastern United States have been compared with open-pollinated varieties popular among organic growers. Nineteen tomato varieties were evaluated using the US Department of Agriculture National Organic Program guidelines. In general, F1 hybrid, determinate or semideterminate varieties, had the best early and total yields compared with open-pollinated varieties. The study contains recommendations for plant breeders and organic growers.
  • Organic standards go global

    23 Jun 2014 | 7:39 am
    In the past, international trade of organic products between the U.S. and other countries has been difficult because of the wide variations in international organic standards and certification requirements. However, according to experts, tremendous strides have been made in the development of organic trade agreements with other countries.
 
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  • Good to Go is Good to Go So Let's Go!

    29 Jun 2014 | 7:59 am
    The following post is from our new site for our new business: Good to Go Organic and Local Food Takeout Restaurant. Robin and I jumped on the chance to take over the very small space of the former Nectar Hills Farm store in Cherry Valley, NY, and turn it into a small, to-go only restaurant featuring organic and local food from our area. We are crowd-funding the venture--offering shares for $100 worth 0.1% of the company. We hope to sell 200 shares, worth 20% of the company. We're asking our friends, family, and readers to buy shares and support this effort to bring local and organic food…
  • Peas and Greens are Not Enough--Good Thing We Have Ramps!

    20 Apr 2013 | 8:22 am
    Organic fertilizer honor wagon near Roseboom, NYIt's mud season up here in the Northeast, and this is the time of year I start itching to get in the mud  pit. It's also the time of year I envy you folks at more southern latitudes, who are probably already eating things from your garden. We're still a few weeks away from eating the ramps (aka wild leeks) that have poked up through the leaf carpet in the woods behind our house, little oases of green in the sea of brown.Harvesting ramps, by the way, is considered foraging, but since they're just a few steps away from the back garden…
  • If you can't have a dream garden...

    14 Jan 2013 | 11:48 am
    We can't all have our dream garden, like the organic garden at this Maui bed and breakfast, where, if you show up when they're ripe, you could be served organic cherimoya. But no matter where you live, you can have a garden. If it's just a few parsley plants in a window, you can have fresh food at your fingertips.To wit: if you're not following John Robb's Resilient Communities web site, you should. His post the other day on bag gardens is certainly worth taking a look at. If you don't have good soil, or you only have a concrete area in your back yard, you can garden right out of the bag!
  • Raising Organic Family Farms: The Farm Favorite

    24 Feb 2012 | 2:15 pm
    Our friends and local organic farmers Dave and Sonia of Nectar Hills Farm could use your vote at the Raising Organic Family Farms "The Farm Favorite" contest.From Feb. 22 – March 16, 2012, encourage your friends, family and social networks to vote for your story on Raising Organic Family Farms. Raising Organic Family Farms is excited to announce the launch of the “Farm Favorite “ people’s choice grant recipient. [...] The story with the most votes will receive the grant or scholarship requested as well as an additional $500 Farm Favorite grant from Raising Organic Family Farms.We're…
  • Organic Agriculture Loans at Kiva

    4 Dec 2011 | 12:57 pm
    I just wrote the good folks at Kiva an email about the dearth of organic and green projects available to loan money to.I've been a member for a few months but have only made two loans because I've only found two where the borrower promised to use organic methods on the small farm. In each case, it was organic fertilizer, which is great, but only part of the picture.I realize that these small farmers cannot afford organic certification. But they also cannot afford the petrochemicals used in industrial agriculture, and are therefore, probably, de facto organic.I would like to see you work with…
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  • Organic Pharmacy NYC

    Ysanne Spevack
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:41 pm
    The Organic Pharmacy is a British organic body care and beauty company who make their products from organic ingredients whenever possible, which is over 95% of every item they make. Their range includes skin care, cosmetics, shampoos and hair care, a small male skin care range, and a large organic pharmacy made up of a [...]
  • Organic food… for your pooch!

    Ysanne Spevack
    13 Oct 2013 | 7:46 pm
      Our little furry friends are mammals, just like us. So why does it seem unusual to feed your dog organic healthy food? Why shouldn’t the food you feed your dog or your cat be good enough for you to eat, too? While it’s perhaps over-indulgent to spend time seasoning your dog’s dinner, it’s nothing [...]
  • Monsanto pulling out of Europe

    Ysanne Spevack
    18 Jul 2013 | 9:40 am
    Monsanto, one of the world’s biggest and best known genetically modified crops companies, is effectively pulling out of Europe. The news is a major blow to the nascent British GM industry which ministers have been championing this year as fears grow about food security. Monsanto, whose name is synonymous with GM crops, confirmed that it [...]
  • The GM dream…

    Ysanne Spevack
    20 Jun 2013 | 9:36 am
    “The Genetically Modified dream makes it harder to feed the world. There’s the constant claim that GM crops are just one tool in the toolbox for the future of farming. In fact, Genetically Modified food is the cuckoo in the nest. It drives out and destroys the systems that international scientists agree we need to [...]
  • March Against Monsanto

    Ysanne Spevack
    20 May 2013 | 1:16 pm
    These marches are in every State in the USA. Take a look at their listings page for details of a march in your area… Express your opinion peacefully, and come together on Saturday for a wonderful and important day of non-violent marching, and enjoying our democratic right of freedom!
 
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  • 5 Mental Health Benefits of Rhodiola Rosea

    Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Life has its ups and its downs, and unfortunately no one is immune from the mental effects of challenging times. Fortunately, whether you’re feeling down, anxious, or just wish to maintain a steady mood, natural approaches do exist. Getting adequate sleep and a balanced diet are fundamental, and exercise also offers dramatic results. [1] [2] Meditation, another stress-relieving and mind-balancing tool, can hone focus and may even slow age-related thinning of the frontal cortex. [3] Additionally, some plants and herbs, like Rhodiola rosea, offer bioactive chemicals that support the…
  • How Gluten Destroys Thyroid Health

    Brandon May
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    I have already discussed my disdain for gluten in previous articles, citing numerous research studies reporting its negative effects on the brain and digestive health. Gluten is a very hard protein found in wheat, barley, and rye products, and most individuals today are sensitive — if not downright intolerant — to its structure. One topic frequently overlooked is the relationship between gluten consumption and thyroid disease. Although the connection between nutrition and thyroid health has been circulating in the medical and nutrition literature for years, it’s only…
  • 12 Natural Ways to Fight a Cold

    Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    The cold and flu season is coming as we approach the autumn and winter months, bringing with it a host of chills, ills, and other problems. Highly contagious and annoyingly persistent, a cold is caused by more than 200 viruses present in our environment. [1] Although there’s no cure for the cold, there are many natural ways to soothe the symptoms it causes. Here are a few simple recommendations for making yourself more comfortable during cold and flu season. 1. Vitamin D Boosting your levels of vitamin D has dozens of benefits, including amping up your body’s defenses against the…
  • What is Magnesium Orotate?

    Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    A quiet and unassuming mineral, magnesium — one of the least talked about nutrients — holds vital importance for human health. A catalyst in the bod, over 300 enzymatic reactions rely on magnesium to happen. Magnesium can relax the muscles and some claim it helps with symptoms associated with restless leg syndrome. Orotate, a type of magnesium salt from orotic acid, is common in many mineral supplements. Its function is the same as other types of magnesium, and research shows that it holds specific benefits for the heart. What is Magnesium Orotate? Magnesium orotate, the magnesium…
  • 4 Health Benefits of Avena Sativa for Women

    Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    More than likely, you are probably familiar with oats and may also be slightly aware of their many health benefits. Something you may not have heard of, however, is oat straw, or the green stem of the oat plant. Deriving itself from the Avena sativa plant, oat straw has been passed down from generation to generation as a natural herbal supporter for women’s health. The available literature hints to its health benefits, including female reproductive health, lifting mood, and supporting skeletal health. 1. Sexual Health Tradition holds oat straw as a powerful aphrodisiac, and recent research…
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  • Return of the Shaggy Parasols

    The Manic Gardener
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    Chlorophyllum rachodes Last year, when I was at first too sick, then too discouraged, to do much in the garden, something magical happened: a second variety of edible mushrooms joined my dependable fairy ring crop, the Marasmius oreadesI wrote about four (four!) years ago in “Back Yard Mushrooms” (July 6, 2014). The Marasmius oreades come up in two places in the yard, each in a wide curve that follows the arch of a tree root, each year that curve a bit wider, a few inches displaced from where it was the year before. They’re a small mushroom, delicate in appearance, in color, in flavor,…
  • Buried in the Garden

    The Manic Gardener
    26 Jun 2014 | 11:07 am
    Well, if this year in the garden doesn’t kill me, it will probably cripple me. I’m trying to come back after multiple surgeries and other medical anomaly (I’m beginning to feel like a medical anomaly myself) and bring the garden(s) back after years of neglect, and oy, but it’s a lot of work. Especially since the whole project (multiple projects, really) seemed so overwhelming that I couldn’t face it (them) and therefore got a late start in an early spring. However, progress is being made. An important point to remember, as I gaze at the mountain of incomplete and unstarted tasks,…
  • Dandelion Pesto

    The Manic Gardener
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:12 pm
    It’s amazing what you can make from the garden, even before it gets going. Yes, I know, pesto is made from basil. (Also pine nuts, butter, parmesan, garlic, and sometimes parsley.) But years ago an Italian friend confided to me that only Americans were so hidebound as to think that it had to be made from those ingredients and nothing else. In Italy, she told me, pesto was made from all sorts of things. At the time, I looked at her askance. She and pesto might both be Italian, and I might pride myself on being openminded, but there were limits. Over time, however, I’ve gradually…
  • The blog breathes again…

    The Manic Gardener
    24 Jun 2014 | 11:43 am
    Gasps, at least. The Manic was hacked and re-hacked; down for almost two years, it’s been only recently revived. There are multiple issues, I know, including a plethora of broken links. I’ll get to them, but it’ll take a while, so I depend on your patience. Thanks!
  • Too Many Spruce–?

    The Manic Gardener
    9 Jul 2012 | 12:28 pm
    I’ll never look at my garden the same way again. Only a few pages into Sue Reed’s Energy-Wise Landscape Design: A New Approach for your Home and Garden (New Society Press, 2010) I started glancing around my  yard with a new eye. How well did our trees funnel summer breezes and block winter ones? Were deciduous trees and conifers planted in the optimal places? Well, I already knew the answer to that one: no. I’ve got five large spruce grouped on the east and south-east side of the house, and while they do a marvelous job of keeping us cool during heat waves (like the one last week),…
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  • Bread - a five minute loaf

    rhonda jean
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:16 am
    What's not to love about bread? Well, maybe I should clarify that statement somewhat - what's not to love about good wholesome bread. The common, plastic-wrapped, supermarket loaf does not have any part in this post. I'm talking about homemade rye bread today and the common supermarket loaf is about as far away from homemade rye as it could be. This rye loaf will give you good nutrition, complex
  • The wonderful possibilities of a simple life

    rhonda jean
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:39 am
    Housework is boring!  Hmmm, yes, it might be. If I resented having to do housework, rushed through it so I could have time online or with my friends, or if I'd rather be out shopping, I'd think housework was irrelevant and holding me back. But I don't think of my home or the work I do here in that way. I see it as an opportunity. An opportunity to create the home I feel comfortable in, the
  • Changeable, seasonal and creative

    rhonda jean
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:23 am
    We had lunch with Kerry, Sunny and Jamie last Friday when we invited them to join us at a German restaurant up in the mountains. It was really cold, with a cruel wind, but in that restaurant, perched on the mountainside looking out over the range below and the Pacific Ocean beyond, we had a fire blazing, hot food and good company. It was a delightful lunch and a good way to celebrate Kerry's
  • Weekend reading

    rhonda jean
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:07 pm
    I hope you have a restful weekend ahead and are able to spend time with people you love. Thank you for all your wonderful comments. Most of the time I don't have time to reply but I want you to know the comments often make me smile and sometimes make me frown, but they always make me appreciate the time you take to reach out. It's an important part of the blog for me and I appreciate having
  • Food waste and how to avoid it

    rhonda jean
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:57 am
    The rate of food wastage in many Western countries, including Australia, is shameful. The current estimation is that about 30 percent of the food we buy is wasted. That is just plain crazy. If you can organise yourself to not waste any food, you'll have money to pay off debt, to save or use to buy something you need. I think the main problem is a general lack of skills when it comes to selecting
 
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  • In Search of a Perfect Loaf Gets Early Notice

    Sam Fromartz
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    Just under two months away from launch of In Search of a Perfect Loaf, reviews are starting to trickle in.   Here's what Library Journal had to say in a starred review (July 1, 2014): *Fromartz, Samuel. In Search of the Perfect Loaf: A Home Baker’s Odyssey. Viking. Sept. 2014. 256p. ISBN 9780670025619. $26.95. COOKING Fromartz (Organic, Inc.) might push the boundaries of what it means to be an amateur baker. The author was, after all, asked by chef Alice Waters to bake the bread for a charity dinner she gave in Washington, DC, after winning a local contest against professional…
  • Writing to the End

    Sam Fromartz
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:50 am
    As a writer, I’ve often approached the written word through an instinctual and sometimes painful process. I’ve put a lot of currency into a kind of gut feeling of what works and what does not. But now as an editor, I’m working with younger writers. In many instances, I’ve had to think about what I actually do and how to convey it. So here are some tips to consider on getting your project done. Ideas are cheap—but don’t always go searching for the next one. You’ll ignore the ones you already have. Write everything down, pick one and proceed. I use the memo function in my…
  • The last pass of my manuscript, "In Search of the Perfect Loaf: A Home Baker's Odyssey," is done!

    Sam Fromartz
    28 Mar 2014 | 2:45 pm
    And I'm sending it back in the mail to Viking/Penguin. (Yeah, at this stage it's hard copy, not electronic). This is the final stage before the whole thing goes to rest. I can't believe it's over. But there have been so many of these last stages, turning in the manuscript, going over the edit, doing the second draft, etc. etc that it almost feels anticlimactic. And any remaining mistakes are now my own damn fault! For those who are curious, the book will be out right after the summer. 
  • Who cares about Danish Pork? Danes do, as "Borgen" spotlights the industry

    Sam Fromartz
    29 Oct 2013 | 7:41 am
    Screen shot from Borgen, episode 24 For the past two years, I've been watching Borgen, a Danish television series which tracks a female politician who rises to become prime minister. The series is quite entertaining and actually addictive, since the stong-willed but principled leader is someone you could relate to: Season 1 began with her riding her bicycle to Parliament. It deals with the conflict of work and home life, and all the intrigue of multi-party politics. I've only had access to Borgen online, at linkTV, careful to watch the shows in the two-week window after they air on…
  • How your smart phone may be more valuable than you think

    Sam Fromartz
    24 Oct 2013 | 4:29 pm
    On an 8-minute video shot with a smart phone that won a film festival prize I recently heard Carlton Evans, the director of the Disposible Film Festival, speak about “disposible films”— all the video that is made when you click open your smart phone and start shooting away.We’ve all done it, but what I didn’t realize was the possibility of the medium. Luckily, Evans and his team did and created a film festival around it. The festival celebrates “the democratization of cinema made possible by low cost video technology: everyday equipment like mobile phones, pocket…
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  • Spinach could lead to alternative energy more powerful than Popeye

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Spinach gave Popeye super strength, but it also holds the promise of a different power for a group of scientists: the ability to convert sunlight into a clean, efficient alternative fuel. Physicists are using spinach to study the proteins involved in photosynthesis, the process by which plants convert the sun's energy into carbohydrates used to power cellular processes. Artificial photosynthesis could allow for the conversion of solar energy into renewable, environmentally friendly hydrogen-based fuels.
  • The electric slide dance of DNA knots

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:04 am
    DNA has the nasty habit of getting tangled and forming knots. Scientists study these knots to understand their function and learn how to disentangle them (e.g. useful for gene sequencing techniques). Scientists have been carrying out research in which they simulate these knots and their dynamics. They have now devised and tested a method based on the application of electric fields and “optical tweezers”.
  • Enhanced instrument enables high-speed chemical imaging of tissues

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    A research team has demonstrated a dramatically improved technique for analyzing biological cells and tissues based on characteristic molecular vibrations. The new technique is an advanced form of Raman spectroscopy that is fast and accurate enough to create high-resolution images of biological specimens, with detailed spatial information on specific biomolecules, at speeds fast enough to observe changes in living cells.
  • First total synthesis of madangamine D, a molecule of biomedical interest

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    Madangamines are a group of polycyclic alkaloids from marine sponges which have biomedical interest due to their cytotoxic activity. Chemists have now completed the first total synthesis of madangamine D, a scientific discovery in the field of organic chemistry.
  • Chemists eye improved thin films with metal substitution

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    The yield so far is small, but chemists have developed a low-energy, solution-based mineral substitution process to make a precursor to transparent thin films that could find use in electronics and alternative energy devices.
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  • Chemical concerns should steer families toward organic food

    grandstrandorganics
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:58 am
    When Sally Struever was pregnant with her 9-month-old son, Jasper Eiermann, she made an effort to avoid the plastic chemical BPA and to eat food free of pesticides. An avid gardener, she tends two organic garden plots, preserves many of … Continue reading →
  • Grow Your Own Food Summit

    grandstrandorganics
    29 Jun 2014 | 10:22 am
    This is a free on-line event happening on July 7 through 14, 2014.  Go to the site, look it over, and register for the event.  It will be worth it.  Click HERE.
  • Save the Bees!

    grandstrandorganics
    23 Jan 2013 | 7:11 am
      To follow up on yesterdays post, here is a petition you can sign to help stop the use of the pesticide that is killing bees.  Credo Action is hosting the petition.  Here is an except from their article with … Continue reading →
  • Our Precious Bees

    grandstrandorganics
    20 Jan 2013 | 12:49 pm
    The evidence still seems to point to pesticides as the culprit in the demise of our precious bee population.  It’s bad news, but at least we know, and we can do something about it. I came across this article today: … Continue reading →
  • Please Donate to Re-Elect Obama

    grandstrandorganics
    9 Jun 2012 | 12:49 pm
    President Obama is protecting our freedom, economy, equality, rights, education, and health.  Please help to re-elect him this year. I have created a grassroots fundraising page.  Please go to this PAGE to make your donation.  Even a small amount will … Continue reading →
 
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  • A Trip to France via Olivia Macaron

    foodietots
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    In preparation for Bastille Day (July 14), we took a field trip to learn the secrets behind our newest favorite treat, authentic French macarons. Olivia Macaron opened in Georgetown in 2013, just off of M Street across from Dean & DeLuca. The foodie tots love to check out the latest window display, featuring macaron trees in the colors of the season. (We learned a secret: the macrons on display are filled with royal icing so they’ll hold up longer — so don’t bother trying to pinch a taste, as they won’t taste very good!) Inside, they are easily tempted by the…
  • Fennel Slaw {#PicnicGame}

    foodietots
    18 Jun 2014 | 2:58 am
    With an unusual stretch of pleasant weekends here in DC, we’ve been getting really good use out of our picnic blanket. (Even laying it out to watch the USA match on the big screen at Mosaic District Monday night — so fun!) Today we are celebrating International Picnic Day by bringing you a basket packed with goodies from A to Z, in the style of the picnic game! Drop by the Sunday Supper Movement to see the whole picnic spread out on our virtual blanket. I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing… Asian Chicken Salad from Try Anything Once Culinary Beautiful Beet…
  • Red, White & Blueberry Pizzas {#FoodieTotsWorldCup}

    foodietots
    16 Jun 2014 | 3:24 pm
    While strawberry season is sadly winding down, there were plenty of new berries at the farmers market this weekend — namely blueberries, raspberries and both sour and sweet cherries. As we get ready to cheer on the US in the World Cup, these red, white and blueberry sweet pizzas are a perfect project for the kids in the kitchen. Recipe: Red, White & Blueberry Pizzas Makes 4 Ingredients: 4 whole wheat tortillas 1/2 cup whole milk ricotta 1/2 cup blueberries 1/2 cup raspberries 2 tablespoons olive oil cinnamon-sugar Instructions: 1. Preheat oven to 425. Place 2 tortillas on each of 2…
  • In the Kitchen at Cava Grill

    foodietots
    5 Jun 2014 | 2:19 pm
    We recently went into the kitchen at one of our favorite local eateries to learn how to make falafel. The foodie tot and I frequently lunch at Cava Grill on her days off from preschool. When I was explaining to her recently that both hummus and falafel start out from the same ingredient, chick peas, it seemed like a cooking lesson was in order. Fortunately, the kind folks at Cava Grill welcomed us into the kitchen to learn their secrets. Cava Grill makes their falafel and most other ingredients fresh in house each day. They work with a number of local farms to source their ingredients,…
  • Scenes from Mosaic Central Farm Market

    foodietots
    16 May 2014 | 9:07 am
    May, as you locals know, brings opening day to the rest of the DC region’s seasonal farmers markets. Brand new this year is the Mosaic Central Farm Market in Merrifield’s Mosaic District. If you follow us on Instagram (@foodietots), you know the Mosaic District is one of our family’s new favorite hang-outs. From fast, healthy lunch options at Cava Grill, Sweetgreen and Chipotle to Friday night outdoor movies on the big screen — last weekend I enjoyed a date night with the foodie boy to watch E.T. — it’s not hard for us to find an excuse to stop by.
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  • Hunting for Dinner: Salmon burgers, fresh as you can get

    Jamie Carlson
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:33 pm
    My father-in-law, Ted, has a beautiful king salmon that he caught, mounted and hung in his closet. I've heard the story about how he caught that fish a few times. He likes to tell everyone that he hung it in the closet so that he can look at it twice every day — once in the morning when he gets his coat to leave, and once in the evening when he hangs up his coat. It really is a magnificent fish and I've found myself looking in the closet from time to time, thinking about the day that I might get the opportunity to catch one similar. This year that chance finally came. Ted asked me if I'd…
  • The art of the quick pickle

    Taya Kaufenberg
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    Whenever I make up a batch of quick pickles, I think about my grandmother, who had such a lush, amazing garden, and the food preservation skills to match. She had little in the way of finances, so she was always very frugal about using whatever was on hand so we could enjoy the tastes of her garden throughout the long, cold Minnesota winter months. I remember zucchini, squash, tomato salsas, even fruit pickling. If she grew it, she canned it.When I grew up and became a chef, I never forgot the way my grandmother would make sure to use produce wisely so that there wasn't any waste, and of…
  • Don't fear the kohlrabi — it comes in peace

    Christina Vanoverbeke
    13 Jul 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Kohlrabi. That often-massive light green orb with tentacles, excavated from under your piles of chard and kale at the bottom of the CSA box. “Weird,” “alien,” and “compost pile-bound” can be heard when describing it. But beneath its rough exterior lies a tasty ingredient for your stir frys and slaws that will leave you wishing for more.A member of the same family of vegetables as cabbage and kale, kohlrabi is high in both vitamins C and B6, as well as many other vitamins and minerals. It’s readily available during Minnesota summers at farmer’s markets, co-ops, and occasionally…
  • Vino 101: A few (not fifty) shades of gray

    Mike Healan
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:31 pm
    This marks the debut of SGT's new wine column, by one of our favorite oenophiles. Cheers!At a recent tasting, I was pouring a glass of Oregon Pinot Gris, and someone asked me a perfectly sensible question that wine pros hear all the time: "What's the difference between Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio?" Responding to this question is tricky, because the answer is both perfectly simple and kind of complicated.The simple answer is that there is no difference. Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are simply two names for the same grape. Gris means "gray" in French, and Grigio is the Italian word for — you…
  • Make This Now: Red raspberry sorbet

    Elizabeth Millard
    5 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    In honor of an upcoming visit from Jeni Britton Bauer (frozen dessert genius), we provide this snippet from her new book. Hello, summer desserts...we sure do love you. Raspberry sorbet is easy to find, and many cookbooks have recipes for it. I include it in Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Desserts for two reasons. First, raspberries are an example of a perfect fruit, like really great peaches (harder to find than raspberries), black currents, and ripe apricots. Sometimes you just want to respect that and leave well enough alone. Will tarragon or spices or mix-ins make the sorbet better? No. They…
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  • Our Growing Collection of Wine Videos

    Cooking Up A Story
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:50 pm
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    1 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • Me Time and My TV Boyfriends

    Robin
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:13 pm
    After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world. ― Philip Pullman   Let’s get those disclosures out of the way: I’m a member of the Netflix Stream Team. This is a sponsored post. I didn’t take this photo of Benedict. This guy did and I’m using under the permissions of Creative Commons. If you follow me on Instagram or are friends with me on Facebook, you know I spend a lot of time at CrossFit Riverfront. You know I work a lot and seem to have more tech issues than the average bear. You see me with the kids— going…
  • Wordless Wednesday: Mama Robins are Tough

    Robin
    11 Jun 2014 | 12:14 pm
    I would have given anything to keep her little. They outgrow us so much faster than we outgrow them. ― Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper   Less than a month passed, from discovery of the robin’s eggs to keeping the dogs inside while the fledglings learned to fly. Mama Robins have it tough, man. I know I wasn’t ready to see them fly the nest yet. They get so big so fast….      ** all photos taken by Jeff and texted to me to make me smile. I think. **  
  • When I Was Your Age, We Had 8 Channels: Boob Tube Nostalgia and a Netflix Giveaway

    Robin
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:10 pm
    how sad and bad and mad it was but then, how it was sweet ―Robert Browning   My nine-year-old is hooked on Gilligan’s Island. I thought it was funny when I was a kid, I guess. I certainly watched a lot of it, on summer days and when I was home sick from school. You didn’t have a lot of choice, back then; I had channels 3, 6, 10, 12, 17, 23, 29 and 57. That was it. During the day at least half of those were judge shows, talk shows or soap operas. We all watched the same sitcoms; we all share that cultural heritage. Back to Gilligan: the episodes drive me nuts now. I…
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  • Is “Local” the Same Thing as “Organic”?

    Max Goldberg
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:03 pm
    If you are slightly confused about what the difference is between “organic” and “local”, you are not alone. In a recent study of U.S. and Canadian consumers, which was just published in the International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, it was reported: - 17% of people believe that foods labeled as “organic” were also grown locally. - 23% of people believe that local produce is grown organically. - 40% of consumers think “organic” food is more nutritious than conventional food. Can organic food be grown locally? Yes. Can local food be grown…
  • VIDEO: President Hillary Clinton Would be a Nightmare for Organic

    Max Goldberg
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:29 am
    (Courtesy of Biography.com) Let me first state that I have neither a Democratic agenda nor a Republican agenda. I have an organic agenda. So, whomever is in the White House matters a great deal because of the support, or lack of support, that our president will give to the organic industry. Despite his campaign promise in 2007 to label GMOs, President Obama has failed to live up to this pledge and has betrayed organic advocates from the very beginning. Andrew Kimbrell, Executive Director of The Center for Food Safety, has even said that “Obama is worse than Bush” when it comes…
  • Study: Organic has More Antioxidants, Much Fewer Pesticides, and Less Cadmium than Conventionally-Grown

    Max Goldberg
    13 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    The evidence as to why people should choose organic over conventional just keeps rolling in. In a brand new study just published by researchers at Newcastle University in England, it was found that organic fruits, vegetables, and grains contained higher levels of antioxidants and lower levels of pesticides compared to the same conventionally-grown food. Some details of the study include: - The concentration of a range of antioxidants was significantly greater in organic than conventionally-grown: * Phenolic acids: 19% more * Flavanones: 69% more * Stilbenes: 28% more * Flavones: 26% more…
  • Suja Rolls Out a Fantastic Line of Bottled Teas

    Max Goldberg
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:16 pm
    If you think that Suja, which was recently named by Forbes as the #3 Most Promising Company in the U.S., is content to just sit on its hands and enjoy its current success, think again. In a bold and very savvy move, the company has made a departure from its pressed juices and smoothies to launch four HPP (high pressure processing) bottled teas including: Honeybush Peach - a blend of honeybush and tulsi teas with peach and honey. Chunmee Tropical – Chunmee green tea, pineapple, mango, lime, and coconut palm sugar. Jasmine Pomegranate - jasmine tea, lemon, pomegranate, tamarind and…
  • Top 5 Organic Products from Fancy Food Show 2014

    Max Goldberg
    6 Jul 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Last week, the Fancy Food Show 2014 recently took place here in NYC and as usual, I had a fantastic time. I can’t think of a more fun day than to see all of the new products, meet new people, and catch up with friends in the industry. Even though I heard a lot of grumbling that there was nothing new at this show, I couldn’t disagree more. You just have to be insanely curious and willing to go to every single booth to find the gems. Here are my Top 5 Organic Products from Fancy Food Show 2014. LOTUS FOODS – FORBIDDEN RICE RAMEN Lotus Foods has been on my radar screen for a…
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  • Increase your Hair Growth with Vegetal Hair Color Available Online at Reduced Price

    myGreen Kart
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:12 am
    Vegetal Hair Color- Best Hair Color with No Damage: As we all know, that we should have to concentrate on our appearance to get the attention of other people. Hair is the one of the most essential part which needs extra care to maintain the appearance. But, we can see that people are getting white hair before the age of 25years. This is because of poor food habits, polluted environment and UV rays. So, that we need product which not only coloring our hair but can also protect against harmful rays and maintain the natural shyness. Now, we are presenting the best hair color product in the form…
  • Hurry! Buy Natural Hair Dye Products Online to Keep Your Hair Healthy and Shiny

    myGreen Kart
    4 Jul 2014 | 9:57 pm
    Natural Hair Color: Best Solution for your rough and Damage Hair In India, every third person is affected from the hair damaging problem due to pollution. Other main reason is the use of artificial products which contain hazardous chemicals. Some people use these types of products because of saving time and money. But, if you want to keep your hair healthy and shine with your beautiful colors then start using natural colors. Mygreenkart provides you the opportunity to buy “Eco-friendly products” which are free from any kind of harmful chemical. Our main motive is too aware the…
  • Brings Wide Range of Khadi Products to Protect Your Skin on this summer

    myGreen Kart
    23 Jun 2014 | 2:36 am
    Khadi Summer Products   Summer time is here and the beaches and the lovely sun might be calling you in for a nice soak in the beaming sunlight. But you need to take care of the heat rashes, sun burn and the tan. To protect your skin this summer, Khadi brings a wide range of lavish products for you to choose from. Here are some tips on how you can keep your skin fresh and glowing even as the mercury soars higher. Exfoliate your skin regularly during the summer. Dead skin cells get accumulated and make your skin look dry and dull. If you don’t exfoliate, no amount of moisturizers and…
  • 4 Reasons to go for Herbal Hair Dye over Commercial Hair Color products

    myGreen Kart
    22 Jun 2014 | 11:48 pm
    WHY WE USE HERBAL HAIR DYE   Herbal hair dyes have become a brilliant option for women who are concerned about the side effects from commercial hair color products. Well, there are numerous reasons to go for herbal hair dyes. The most important reason being that these products contain no harsh chemical compounds or preservatives. With the combination of various essential oils, herbal extracts and other natural ingredients, you can play with the natural colors that would suit your hair the best. Here are a few herbal hair dyes that you can go for. A right mix of lemon juice and henna can…
  • Get Best Offers on Your Favorite Khadi Beauty Products from mygreenkart

    myGreen Kart
    16 Jun 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Online Khadi Beauty Products: Generally, people use the beauty products which are generally highly promoted by the companies. But, it is very important to consider some points while going to purchase body care, face care or any bath care products. Many local companies are selling products which contain hazardous chemicals which can be very harmful for your skin. That is why; we established our store to promote the green living with the delivery of natural and healthy food and beauty products. We are offering new Khadi beauty products which contain natural ingredients and free from any kind of…
 
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