1. RoccoXP

    Land Developers Trading Country Clubs for Chickens

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    Most neighborhoods built in the last 30 years are quite uniform in idea: matching houses, swimming pools, parks, and golf courses. Now a new template is spreading across the country which features neighborhoods that have livestock, vegetables, fruit trees, and even edible parks. The concept is called development supported agriculture,...
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    UK Youth Uneducated on Food Sources

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    The LEAF (Linking Environment and Farm) organization conducted a study of 2,000 people from the United Kingdom in an attempt to understand how much young people knew about the sources of certain foods. The study asked individuals between ages 16-23 to match a grocery item with the source of that...
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    Eat Local

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    Let’s begin by elaborating on what exactly is ‘eating local’. Eating local comprises of shopping at fresh and farmer’s markets, dining at local eateries instead of corporate franchises, and buying as many local and American products from your supermarket as possible. For instance, I can walk into a Publix supermarket...
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    Tomatoes Decoded: More Genes than Humans

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    A consortium of scientists from over 14 countries have spent the last 9 years decoding the genome process for tomatoes. The study remarkably provided insight into the tomato genome and it’s evolutionary history. One surprising discovery found that a tomato possesses 31,760 genes- roughly 7,000 more genes than humans. The...
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    Wild Blackberries Prove Far Superior than Commercial/ Genetically Modified

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    Researchers from Portugal and England have provided further evidence on the differences of antioxidant potential in natural, whole foods compared to commercialized foods that are usually genetically enhanced. Commercial blackberry extract tested ineffective in protecting brain cells from oxidative stress- one of the sole purposes of antioxidants. These studies further...
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    Nutrition and Cooking Go Hand in Hand

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    In almost every realm of applied knowledge, multiple skills intertwine to achieve a harmonious goal. Professional athletes can combine running, catching, flexibility, sports IQ, throwing, and blocking all into a single sport. The same relativity of various skills utilized simultaneously applies to nutrition, health, cooking, and gardening. It’s nearly impossible...
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    Mercury Alert for Canned Tuna

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    Is canned tuna casserole your mom’s weekly special? I sincerely hope not. The Environmental Defense Fund released a report on mercury levels in canned tuna products and how certain volume levels can be dangerous for whoever is eating it. Mercury is mostly associated with damaging the nervous system, brain, heart,...
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    Pink Slime is on the School Menu

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    Imagine the big honchos from McDonald’s, Burger King, and Taco Bell all declining to purchase, say 7 million pounds of beef, from an allied ground beef processing company. Now picture that same company turning around and selling it to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture for school lunch programs. So, does...

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