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  • By Returning To Farming's Roots, He Found His American Dream

    12/31/2016 12:13:42 PM PST · by T-Bird45 · 42 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | 12/31/2016 | Dan Charles
    Eighteen years ago, on New Year's Eve, David Fisher visited an old farm in western Massachusetts, near the small town of Conway. No one was farming there at the time, and that's what had drawn Fisher to the place. He was scouting for farmland. "I remember walking out [to the fallow fields] at some point," Fisher recalls. "And in the moonlight – it was all snowy – it was like a blank canvas." On that blank canvas, Fisher's mind painted a picture of what could be there alongside the South River. He could see horses tilling the land – no...
  • The C-Free Diet: If we didn't have California, what would we eat?

    12/24/2016 12:15:54 PM PST · by EveningStar · 213 replies
    Slate ^ | July 10, 2013 | Brian Palmer
    Food scientists at Cornell University have produced a strain of broccoli that thrives in hot environments, which may make it possible for states with stiflingly hot summers to grow the vegetable. California, where cool coastal fog is perfect for growing standard broccoli, currently produces more than 90 percent of the broccoli grown in the United States. If California were to disappear, what would the American diet be like? Expensive and grainy. California produces a sizable majority of many American fruits, vegetables, and nuts: 99 percent of artichokes, 99 percent of walnuts, 97 percent of kiwis, 97 percent of plums, 95...
  • Vertical Farming Offers Solutions to Food Scarcity in Singapore

    09/11/2016 7:36:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Green Builder Media ^ | September 8, 2016
    Back in May I was invited to Singapore to tour schools, IT hubs, hospitals and startups. The size of the country, as well as their government structure, allows them move towards their objectives more quickly than other countries. What I witnessed during my visit was a nation determined to be seen as a leader in the technology sector and to be recognized as a nucleus for some of the top innovators in the world. One aspect of the trip that really resonated with me was the country's use of vertical farming and other cutting edge agricultural techniques. Population Pressures The...
  • Indoor agriculture called ‘next major enhancement’ to US food supply

    02/06/2016 11:50:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Augusta Free Press ^ | January 25, 2016
    Indoor agriculture has definitely put down roots in the United States. Vegetable Growers News in 2015 cited a white paper released at the third annual Indoor Ag-Con that outlined 15 existing commercial-scale rooftop greenhouses and vertical farms in the U.S. Authors of the report, titled Indoor Crop Production: Feeding the Future, conceded that indoor farming will never replace conventional outdoor agriculture. "It will instead augment the food chain to create a diverse, distributed system more resilient to supply shocks and better prepared to meet the demands of a global population." Indoor agriculture typically entails growing produce with hydroponic and aeroponic...
  • Glance: Dietary Guidelines recommend more fruits and veggies

    01/07/2016 7:40:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 7, 2016 10:22 AM EST
    According to the government's new dietary guidelines, Americans need to cut sugar, salt and fat from their diets and eat more fruits and vegetables. To do this, people should choose a variety of nutrient-dense foods - things with lots of nutrients but comparatively few calories - in all food groups. ...
  • ISS Astronauts to Sample Leafy Greens Grown on Space Station

    08/08/2015 10:54:29 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    Expedition 44 crew members, including Nasa astronaut Scott Kelly, are ready to sample the fruits of their labour after harvesting a crop of "Outredgeous" red romaine lettuce from the "veggie plant" growth system on the orbiting laboratory. The astronauts will clean the leafy greens with citric acid-based, food safe sanitizing wipes before consuming them. ... Nasa's plant experiment, called Veg-01, is being used to study the in-orbit function and performance of the plant growth facility and its rooting "pillows" which contain the seeds. The first "pillows" were activated, watered and cared for by Expedition 39 flight engineer Steve Swanson in...
  • House votes to repeal country-of-origin labeling on meat (Republicans repeal country-of-origin)

    06/11/2015 6:42:36 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 100 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Under threat of trade retaliation from Canada and Mexico, the House has voted to to repeal a law requiring country-of-origin labels on packages of beef, pork and poultry. The World Trade Organization rejected a U.S. appeal last month, ruling the labels that say where animals were born, raised and slaughtered are discriminatory against the two U.S. border countries. Both have said they plan to ask the WTO for permission to impose billions of dollars in tariffs on American goods. The House voted 300-131 to repeal labels that tell consumers what countries the meat is from — for...
  • Hydroponic or “Frankenstein” Tomatoes?

    05/15/2015 8:42:33 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/15/15 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Could it be possible that large manufacturers of chemicals have encouraged and promoted hydroponic and hybrid agriculture in order to maintain sales and profit margins? Hydroponic tomatoes have finally arrived in Romania. A video from Antena 3 entitled,“Pofta Buna la Otrava,” (Good Appetite for Poison), describes how an entrepreneur from Reghin, Mures County, has grown last year nine huge tomato plants per square meter, the size of “tropical arbors.” The plants grew out of a special bed without soil. The seeds were treated with a special fungicide designed to resist disease, grew roots in a bed of cotton and other...
  • Last Freeze Date for your Garden

    04/07/2015 6:13:16 AM PDT · by orsonwb · 49 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | 04/7/2015 | Rick Bickling
    The most important factor in determining when to plant a certain type of vegetable in your garden is the “Last Freeze Date” in the spring for your area...
  • 2015 Seed Source Guide

    03/05/2015 5:27:31 AM PST · by orsonwb · 5 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | 03/05/2015 | Rick Bickling
    Newly updated table with an alphabetical listing of many sources of Seeds, Transplants, and Bulbs for Vegetables, Herbs, Flowers, Grains, Grasses, Ground Covers, Vines, Fruits, Sprouting, Trees, Wildflowers, and much more..
  • Crop Rotation in the Home Garden

    10/27/2014 5:12:54 AM PDT · by orsonwb · 13 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | 10/13/2014 | Rick Bickling
    Crop rotation is the practice of growing different crops, on the same land, in sequential planting cycles ranging from 2 to 8 years...
  • Government Spends Money to Create Obesity Epidemic & Then Regulates Us to “Help”

    07/04/2014 12:07:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | July 3, 2014 | Mark Horne
    I mentioned two days ago the decision of schools to ban birthday cupcakes. Michelle Obama is essentially fighting with students to get them to change what they eat. But what is missing from this story is the proper context. The fact is that our bad eating habits are getting encouraged by taxpayer money. In fact, the government arguably changed our dietary habits to their present behavior. The Foundation for Economic Education came out with an article yesterday about dealing with “food deserts.”
  • Watercress Tops List of ‘Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables.’ Who Knew?

    06/06/2014 4:13:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 5 | Lenny Berstein
    Anyone who’s paying attention knows it’s a very good idea to eat green, leafy vegetables and colorful citrus fruits. Over time, research has shown their association with reducing cancer and chronic disease. In fact, most of us know that we should be consuming multiple helpings of these foods each day. (Here is a handy calculator from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that helps you figure out how much you need.) But which vegetables are best? Fads come and go as quickly as that kale in your fridge. One day it’s broccoli, the next cabbage. And how do you...
  • Eating more fruit, veggies may cut stroke risk: Study

    05/09/2014 7:10:27 AM PDT · by Innovative · 13 replies
    Sun News Network ^ | May 9, 2014 | QMI Agendy
    Researchers at the Medical College of Qingdao University in Qingdao, China, saw a 32% decrease of stroke risk with every 200 grams of fruit consumed each day, and an 11% decrease for every 200 g of vegetables eaten daily. High fruit and vegetable intake can lower blood pressure and improve microvascular function, the researchers said in the study, which was published in the American Heart Association's journal Stroke.
  • White House blames fox for destroying Michelle’s garden

    04/18/2014 1:34:38 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 87 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4-18-14 | Vince Coglianese
    The White House is going to war with another fox — and this time, it’s personal. The Wall Street Journal reports that a red fox has been causing chaos around the White House, tripping security alarms, digging up Michelle’s garden and distracting the president from his duties. The Secret Service won’t give any details about how often the fox trips the White House’s obviously sophisticated security alarms, but rest assured, officials say, they’re watching. President Obama was apparently “stunned” to see the fox roaming freely down the oft-photographed White House colonnade, home to the world’s shortest, but most dramatic, outdoor...
  • Hydroponics: An Update, by D.P.

    01/02/2014 10:05:57 AM PST · by Errant · 29 replies
    The Survival Blog (James Rawles) ^ | 2 January, 2014 | D,P.
    Today I have an update for you on my hydroponics adventures. The system has been up and running all season (April 20 - November 1) so there is a lot of information to be shared. The system currently includes 12 beds - 4 outdoors and 8 in a greenhouse - for a total surface area of 56 sq.ft (~ 5.5 m2). An in-depth description of the system was published last year on Survivalblog. I made only 1 substantial change since then and that is in the way the polyethylene drain pipes are connected to the beds. The connections need to...
  • Pure manure: City uproots FL couple’s 17-year-old garden

    11/21/2013 6:13:37 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 25 replies
    Florida Watchdog ^ | 11-19-13 | William Patrick
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Few things in life are as benign as a home vegetable garden. But for the residents of Miami Shores, Fla., growing veggies can land you a fine — the type you eventually can’t afford. That’s what happened to Hermine Ricketts and her husband, Tom Carroll. For the past 17 years they’ve grown a garden in the front yard of their modest South Florida home. The backyard, they say, doesn’t get enough sunlight. But in May, the city put the couple’s garden, and any others like it, in their legal crosshairs. A new zoning ordinance designed to “protect...
  • Miami Shores Sues Village Over Veggies (ban on growing food in garden)

    11/19/2013 12:17:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    CBS Miami ^ | November 19, 2013 12:27 PM
    A Miami Shores couple is taking the city to court over veggies. For 17 years they grew vegetables in their front yard. But last May, Miami Shores’ Code Enforcement officers inspected Hermine Ricketts and husband Tom Carroll’s property and informed them that they were breaking the law by having a vegetable garden in front of their home. … Miami Shores passed an ordinance that went into effect last May which banned front yard vegetable gardens. The city threatened Ricketts and Carroll with fines of $50 a day, or about $1,500 per month, if they did not uproot the garden. Unable...
  • Grow your own to save money 6 cold-weather plants that are perfect to plant this Fall

    09/30/2013 10:47:39 PM PDT · by RKBA Democrat · 31 replies
    Clark ^ | 9-17-13 | Crystal Collins
    ost people think that Springtime is the time to start growing that vegetable or herb garden. But there are many types of plants that should mainly be grown during the cooler months. Fall is a great time to try your hand at growing leafy greens, and that makes this a great way to save some money on produce. If you end up with a good harvest, you'll have a bountiful source of vegetables while other people are paying higher prices for greens at the grocery store. Here are 6 cooler weather plants you may want to try your hand at...
  • Crop Rotation in the Home Garden

    09/09/2013 4:23:35 AM PDT · by orsonwb · 9 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | 09/06/2013 | Rick Bickling
    Crop rotation is the practice of growing different crops, on the same land, in sequential planting cycles ranging from 2 to 8 years...
  • First Lady: ‘Imagine’ an America Where Kids Beg for ‘More Fruits, Vegetables’ – ‘It is Possible...

    03/08/2013 3:29:13 PM PST · by jazusamo · 117 replies
    CNSNews ^ | March 8, 2013 | Penny Starr
    Full title: First Lady: ‘Imagine’ an America Where Kids Beg for ‘More Fruits, Vegetables’ – ‘It is Possible To Create This World!' ( – First Lady Michelle Obama said she can “imagine” an America where businesses promote the “healthiest options” so children will be “begging and pleading” for fruits and vegetables, adding that “it is possible to create” such a world. “I mean, just think for a minute what this country could look like,” Mrs. Obama said at the Partnership for a Healthier America Summit on Friday at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. “Imagine walking into any grocery store...
  • Surge in vegetable prices pushed up wholesale inflation in January

    02/21/2013 5:05:04 PM PST · by 1rudeboy · 11 replies
    LAT ^ | February 20, 2013 | Jim Puzzanghera
    WASHINGTON -- A sharp jump in the cost of vegetables led wholesale prices to rise at a seasonally adjusted rate of 0.2% in January compared with the previous month, the biggest increase since the summer, the Labor Department said Wednesday. The Producer Price Index for finished goods. one of several gauges of inflation, had dropped for three straight months, including a 0.3% decline in December, before January's rise. The main driver of January's increase was a 0.7% jump in food prices. The costs of fresh and dry vegetables were up 39% from December, as cold weather in California and elsewhere...
  • The Greek food brawl: Hundreds fight each other for free vegetables on the streets of Athens

    02/06/2013 7:11:20 PM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/6/13 | Sara Malm
    Hundreds of people were fighting eachother on the streets of Athens during a food giveaway, prompting an outcry over the growing desperation created by economic crisis. Farmers protesting against government cuts gave away 50 tonnes of free vegetables and fruit in the Greek capital earlier today, causing chaos in the streets as impoverished and hungry people elbowed their way to the stalls. Startling images of Greeks struggling to seize bags of tomatoes and leeks thrown from a truck outside the Agriculture Ministry have sparked further debate about poverty in the debt-ridden nation. ‘These images make me angry.
  • Plot to attack Federal Reserve in NYC: Suspect thought he had 1,000-pound bomb, authorities say

    10/17/2012 7:04:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 51 replies
    nbc ^ | 10/17/12 | Jonathan Dienst and Shimon Prokupecz,
    Updated at 8 p.m. ET: NEW YORK - A suspected terrorist parked a van packed with what he thought was a 1,000-pound bomb next to the Federal Reserve building in Lower Manhattan and tried to detonate it Wednesday morning before he was arrested in a terror sting operation, authorities said. The suspect, 21-year-old Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, is a Bangladeshi national who came to the U.S. on a student visa in January for the specific purpose of launching a terror attack here, authorities said. He allegedly told an undercover agent last month that he hoped the attack would disrupt...
  • Missouri law includes vegetables in definition of garbage feeding

    08/25/2012 4:58:58 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 26 replies
    Missourian ^ | July 21, 2011 | Ellen Thommesen
    COLUMBIA — When Eric and Joanna Reuter of Chert Hollow Farm, 12 miles north of Columbia, decided they wanted to raise and sell pigs this spring, they checked out Missouri laws on feeding. What they discovered surprised them: It is illegal to feed vegetables to pigs if the animals are going to be sold to consumers in Missouri.
  • Time to Start Planning Your Fall Garden

    07/11/2012 6:50:55 AM PDT · by orsonwb · 27 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | July 10, 2012 | Rick Bickling
    Even as the temperatures soar, the excitement of fireworks are still fresh in your mind, and the garden is producing at its peak, it’s time to grab a cold drink, find some shade, and start making plans for your fall garden. Thoughts of fall are probably the last thing on your mind right now. But by planning, and where appropriate planting now, your landscape and garden will be ready to flourish this fall...
  • GenVeg: WTF?

    05/08/2012 9:14:19 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 15 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 5-08-2012 | MOTUS
    Have you heard about the GenVeg campaign? No, it’s not a new youth-vote drive. It’s a collaboration between Birdseye and Lady M to promote their frozen vegetables and her No Child’s Fat Behind program. The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), which works with the private sector and its honorary chair First Lady Michelle Obama to end the childhood obesity crisis, today announced that Birds Eye, America's leading vegetable company, is launching a three-year effort to encourage kids to look at vegetables in a whole new way. "Birds Eye understands that talking to kids differently about eating their vegetables is...
  • Vegetable Orchestra: Chinese Brothers' Unusual Instruments

    03/12/2012 6:47:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies · 2+ views
    ITN ^ | Mon Mar 12 2012
    Two brothers from Beijing have carved out an unusual career - making musical instruments from carrots, potatoes and other vegetables. Nan Weidong and Nan Weiping have been making playable flutes with everything from leeks to carrots. Frequent projects see them using a sweet potato as an ocarina, a bamboo shoot as a flute, and a yam might become a whistle. The pair make a living from their instruments which have seen them appear on Chinese talent shows and other high-profile performances, which pay up to $8,000 a time. Each does however, require a new set of instruments, as the vegetables...
  • Democrats In California Declare War On Farmers

    03/06/2012 3:00:27 PM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 2 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5 March 2012 | Editorial
    Politics: To leftist food scolds, eating more vegetables is important. So why are California's two Democratic senators having a cow about a water bill that would let their Central Valley's farmers grow more veggies? House Republican Devin Nunes' Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Water Relief Act (H.R. 1837), which passed easily in the House last week, was the first standalone bill to address the persistent problem of arbitrary state decisions to deny water to the farmers of the Central Valley. It's a good bill. But not to the more obtuse Democrats. Sen. Dianne Feinstein has denounced the Nunes bill as "a recipe...
  • Crop Rotation in the Home Garden

    02/20/2012 11:38:50 AM PST · by orsonwb · 9 replies · 2+ views
    The How Do Gardener ^ | February 20, 2012 | Rick Bickling
    Learn the basics of crop rotation, implement these techniques in your home garden, and the increased health and production of your vegetables will make you glad to put the effort into doing so...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 3, January 20, 2012

    01/20/2012 9:56:41 AM PST · by JustaDumbBlonde · 163 replies
    January 20, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    It was just a couple of weeks ago that I was really glad that the last of my garden had frozen. Being blessed with a long growing season is not always what it's cracked-up to be. You understand ... gardening is hard work! When it lasts from March or April until December, it can get tedious.Then, yesterday, my first order of seeds that I don't need came in from John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds. Four beautiful little envelopes that sound like maracas; Baby Lincoln Leeks, Tres Fine Maraichere Endive, Beaumont Broccoli, and Large Fruited Mixture Ornamental Gourds.I am stoked.Yep,...
  • Seed Source Listing

    01/10/2012 10:15:49 AM PST · by orsonwb · 27 replies · 1+ views
    The How Do Gardener ^ | January 10, 2012 | The How Do Gardener
    An alphabetical listing of 40 sources of Seeds, Transplants, and Bulbs for Vegetables, Herbs, Flowers, Grains, Grasses, Ground Covers, Vines, Fruits, Sprouting, Trees, Wildflowers, and much more. Many are Open-pollinated, Non-GMO, Organic, and Heirloom varieties. Most offer a Free Catalog.
  • Report: Fruits and Vegetables Intake May Protect from Colon Cancer

    10/10/2011 10:09:45 AM PDT · by truthnomatterwhat · 6 replies
    Health Alkaline ^ | October 9, 2011
    In the October, 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Australian researchers report the outcome of a study which suggests site-specific protective effects of various fruits and vegetables against the risk of colorectal cancer. The finding may help explain inconsistent results from other studies which sought to examine the effects of plant foods against the cancer disease. Lin Fritschi, PhD and colleagues at the University of Western Australia compared 918 colorectal cancer patients to 1,021 controls who had no history of the disease. Questionnaires completed by the participants were analyzed for the frequency of consumption of 38...
  • The Norway Terrorist is a conservative sci-fi fan.

    07/22/2011 5:16:44 PM PDT · by Eurotwit · 222 replies
    Various ^ | 22/7 2011 | Eurotwit
    The shooter is now here in Norway now. That's his facebook page. He is a conservative sci-fi fan.Battle Star Galactica and Stargate. He likes hunting. Hence why he has at least two legally owned guns. It is not hard to get a gun in Norway. We have gun ownership rates close to the US and Switzerland. Personally I am starting to think we need more damn gun control. For Norway that is, not the US. I a currently reading through posts he has made at various political forums. He would fit in here at free republic. I agree with...
  • Julie Bass of Oak Park Faces Misdemeanor Charge for Vegetable Garden (in front yard, video)

    07/07/2011 3:51:43 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 61 replies
    Fox 2 ^ | 6/30/2011 | Fox 2
    OAK PARK, Mich. (WJBK) - "The price of organic food is kind of through the roof," said Julie Bass. So, why not grow your own? However, Bass' garden is a little unique because it's in her front yard. "We thought it'd be really cool to do it so the neighbors could see. The kids love it. The kids from the neighborhood all come and help," she said. Bass' cool garden has landed her in hot water with the City of Oak Park. Code enforcement gave her a warning, then a ticket and now she's been charged with a misdemeanor....
  • Farewell, Food Pyramid; Meet Your New $2 Million Replacement, a Plate

    05/31/2011 8:11:08 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    care2 ^ | May 30, 2011 | Kristina Chew
    As of this coming Thursday, the food pyramid -- that symbol of healthy eating -- is going to go the way of the real pyramids and becoming a thing of the past. This week, the Obama administration will be unveiling a new graphic to tell American consumers what quantities of grains, fruits and vegetables, protein and dairy they should eat to maintain a healthy diet. The pyramid is to be replace by a plate, with four different-colored sections indicating how much of each food group the United States Department of Agriculture recommends and is a "crucial element of the administration's...
  • Mexico’s biggest freeze since 1957 means US produce price will skyrocket ( Global Warming??)

    02/12/2011 11:04:52 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 44 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | February 12, 2011 | Anthony Watts
    Freezing temperatures across a wide swath of Mexico the night of Feb. 3-4 have made a big impact in available fresh produce. Expect the effects to be felt in your supermarket any day now. From The Packer Feb 4th, 2011 Mexico freeze threatens vegetable crops By Andy Nelson The freeze reached fields as far south as southern Sinaloa. Crops in the border state of Sonora could be devastated.“The last time there was a freeze of this severity was 1957,” said Jerry Wagner, director of sales and marketing for Nogales, Ariz.-based Farmer’s Best. “It’s still too early to tell, but there’s...
  • Frozen Vegetables Sold at Walmart May Contain Glass

    10/16/2010 4:16:57 PM PDT · by FromLori · 51 replies
    kstp ^ | 10/16/10 | Scott Theisen
    A company in Tennessee is recalling some packages of frozen vegetables because they may contain glass fragments. Pictsweet said Friday that 24,000 pounds of packages were distributed to Kroger stores in the southeastern U.S. and Walmart stores throughout the U.S. Recalled are:
  • Veggies Offset Inflammatory Response

    10/11/2010 10:52:01 AM PDT · by decimon · 13 replies
    Laboratory Equipment ^ | November 17, 2009 | Unknown
    Scientists at the Univ. of Pennsylvania School of Medicine discovered that a dietary antioxidant found in such vegetables as broccoli and cauliflower protects cells from damage caused by chemicals generated during the body’s inflammatory response to infection and injury. The finding has implications for such inflammation-based disorders as cystic fibrosis (CF), diabetes, heart disease, and neurodegeneration. Through cell-culture studies and a synthesis of known antioxidant biochemistry, Zhe Lu, professor of physiology, Yanping Xu , senior research investigator, and Szilvia Szép , postdoctoral researcher, showed that the antioxidant thiocyanate normally existing in the body protects lung cells from injuries caused by...
  • Montana woman fends off bear attack with zucchini

    09/23/2010 6:00:03 PM PDT · by Redcitizen · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 09-23-2010 | Matt Volz
    HELENA, Mont. – A Montana woman fended off a bear trying to muscle its way into her home Thursday by pelting the animal with a large piece of zucchini from her garden. The woman suffered minor scratches and one of her dogs was wounded after tussling with the 200-pound bear.
  • County sues farmer for too many vegetables

    09/13/2010 7:11:27 AM PDT · by rawhide · 67 replies ^ | Monday, September 13, 2010 | By Alexis Stevens
    DeKalb County is suing a man for growing too many vegetables on his own land, Channel 2 Action News reported. Steve Miller of Clarkston said he plans to fight the county and has gotten his 2-acre property rezoned so that he can have his garden. But he still faces nearly $5,000 in fines, Miller told Channel 2. Miller has been growing a variety of vegetables for 15 years, and his neighbors support him. He sells what he grows at local markets and gives some away, he said. "It's a way of life, like it's something in my blood,” Miller told...
  • Ancient Greek Pill-Poppers Dosed Themselves With Carrots and Yarrow

    09/10/2010 7:30:58 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 45 replies
    Discover magazine 'blogs ^ | September 10th, 2010 | Joseph Calamia
    Pill-popping ancients liked a good dose of vegetables, archaeobotanists have found after analyzing plant DNA in Greek-made pills from a 130 BC shipwreck. Though archaeologists have known about the ship since the 1980s, this is the first time researchers have had a crack at analyzing the drugs found onboard. Using the GenBank genetic database as their guide, they have found that the pills appear to contain carrot, parsley, radish, alfalfa, chestnut, celery, wild onion, yarrow, oak, and cabbage. Geneticist Robert Fleischer of the Smithsonian's National Zoological Park says that many of the ingredients match those described in ancient texts, New...
  • Growing Vegetables Upside Down

    05/24/2010 8:27:20 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 44 replies · 1,723+ views
    nytimes ^ | KATE MURPHY
    IF pests and blight are wrecking your plants, it might be time to turn your garden on its head. Growing crops that dangle upside down from homemade or commercially available planters is growing more popular, and its adherents swear they’ll never come back down to earth.
  • Mount Sinai study finds only a weak link between fruit and vegetable and reduced risk of cancer

    04/06/2010 2:56:37 PM PDT · by decimon · 15 replies · 503+ views
    An analysis by Mount Sinai researchers of over eight years of dietary data from more than 400,000 people has found that the relationship between high consumption of fruits and vegetables and a reduced risk of cancer is not as strong as commonly thought. The study is published online April 6, 2010 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. It is widely believed that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk of cancer. In 1990, the World Health Organization recommended eating five servings of fruits and vegetables a day to prevent cancer and other diseases. However,...
  • Ragout of Chicken and Spring Vegetables

    03/07/2010 3:40:41 PM PST · by Patriot1259 · 2 replies · 93+ views
    The Cypress Times ^ | 3/7/10 | Chef Nettie
    Ingredients: 1 chicken (3 lbs.) cut into pieces, back and wings discarded (or save for soup or to make a broth later) 3T wheat flour or all purpose flour 2t. Cafe Netties Classic European Classic saltless seasonings Pepper to taste 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 lb. French green beans (haricots verts), trimmed (see note) 2 parsnips, peeled and diced 1 yellow summer squash, diced 1 zucchini, diced 1 cup small red pearl onions, peeled 2 small carrots, peeled, diced 1 cup fresh mushrooms, quartered 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup dry white wine 2 cups chicken stock or canned low-salt...
  • Swiss Onion Casserole

    02/11/2010 4:40:50 PM PST · by Patriot1259 · 15 replies · 585+ views
    The Cypress Times ^ | 2/11/10 | Stacey Winder
    Ingredients: 3 large sweet onions, chopped 1/2 cup butter, divided in half 2 eggs 3/4 cup Half and Half 2 cups grated Swiss cheese 1 cup crushed saltine crackers Salt and pepper to taste
  • Workers' anger at McCain's insensitivity (not John McCain)

    11/30/2009 1:30:05 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 50 replies · 889+ views
    ABC ^ | 2009-11-30
    Workers at McCain's vegetable factory in north west Tasmania are asking the company to be more respectful in its negotiations about their redundancies. Workers say they have received little detail nearly 10 days after McCain announced it would close the Smithton plant. The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union is writing to the company to seek more information about exactly how many workers will lose their jobs when the factory closes next year.
  • 'Let them eat vegetables', Bardot tells EU (to institute a "Vegetarian Day")

    11/13/2009 2:12:05 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 813+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 11/13/09 | AFP
    PARIS (AFP) – Brigitte Bardot, one-time French screen goddess turned animal rights activist, wants the European Union to institute a "Vegetarian Day" as part of the battle against global warming. In a letter this week to European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barrosoa, Bardot said "a few weeks before the Copenhagen climate summit, I would like to draw your attention to the need to question cattle-farming, whose effects on the environment are of concern." Quoting studies by the World Bank and the UN food agency FAO, Bardot said in the letter which was released Friday that cattle-raising not only caused high...
  • MICHELLE O. HEADED BACK TO 'SESAME STREET': First Lady to again plug healthy eating and gardening.

    09/30/2009 9:29:01 AM PDT · by conservativeauditor · 31 replies · 1,139+ views
    EURWEB ^ | 30 September 2009 | eurweb
    The First Lady will help kick off the 40th year of "Sesame Street" with an appearance on the Nov. 10 season premiere, PBS announced Tuesday. Michelle Obama will bring with her a message touting the importance of planting gardens and healthy eating. She'll teach children how to plant tomato, cucumber and lettuce seeds as part of the show's new two-year science initiative called "My World is Green & Growing." "All these seeds need to grow are sun, soil and water. If you eat these healthy foods, you're going to grow up to be big and strong, like me," Obama tells...
  • Is this the future of food? Japanese 'plant factory' churn out immaculate vegetables

    06/05/2009 2:55:15 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 20 replies · 1,470+ views
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | June 5, 2009 | David Derbyshire
    They look more like the brightly lit shelves of a chemists shop than the rows of a vegetable garden. But according to their creators, these perfect looking vegetables could be the future of food. In a perfectly controlled and totally sterile environment - uncontaminated by dirt, insects or fresh air - Japanese scientists are developing a new way of growing vegetables. Called plant factories, these anonymous looking warehouses have sprung up across the country and can churn out immaculate looking lettuces and green leaves 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Every part of the plant's environment is controlled...