Category Archives: Food

School Bus 52: A Farm On Wheels (VIDEO)

… The brightly painted bus uses a system of pumps and filters to turn the used kitchen oil into biodiesel as fuel. The inside no longer has any of the iconic school bus seats but rather is equipped with workbenches filled by plant pots, a compost bin, and even a cage big enough for chickens.… Read More »

Woman addicted to deodorant eats 15 sticks a month

Nicole, 19, first ate the chemical when she was four years old. But her taste for antiperspirants developed into a full-blown addiction two years ago – and she now eats the substance any time of day. Nicole, from New York, revealed she keeps deodorant sticks and spray cans around the house and with her at… Read More »

Peanut oil in vaccines behind widespread peanut allergy epidemic

  More than one million children living in America today suffer from peanut allergy, and a significant percentage of these have such severe symptoms that they must carry around self-injectable epinephrine just in case they accidentally become exposed to the food. According to available records; however, virtually nobody had peanut allergy prior to 1900 despite… Read More »

Crops, Not Cops, Biggest U.S. Drone Market

Interesting that I dreamed my house was buzzed by drones last night and today’s headlines in my local university newspaper says they are now in use, for agricultural purposes. Great for spraying food crops with chemicals that might harm a human pilot. This is why I’m building a drone to purchase, prepare and eat non… Read More »

Breast Milk Reduces Risk of Sepsis and Intensive Care Costs

  … Feeding human breast milk to very-low-birth-weight infants greatly reduces risk for sepsis and significantly lowers associated neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) costs, according to a study by Rush University Medical Center researchers. The study, published Jan. 31 in the advance online version of the Journal of Perinatology, showed that every 10 milliliters of… Read More »

Fish Caught Near Fukushima Shows 2,500+ Times Legal Radiation Limit

The two-year anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster is rapidly approaching, and the waters around the crippled plant are still highly contaminated with radiation, according to new reports. A fish caught as part of an ongoing Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) seafood monitoring program recently tested at levels of 254,000 becquerels per kilogram (Bq/kg)… Read More »

Common pesticides ‘can kill frogs within an hour’

Widely used pesticides can kill frogs within an hour, new research has revealed, suggesting the chemicals are playing a significant and previously unknown role in the catastrophic global decline of amphibians. The scientists behind the study said it was both “astonishing” and “alarming” that common pesticides could be so toxic at the doses approved by… Read More »

Sign the petition against GMO salmon

The first genetically engineered salmon – dubbed “frankenfish” – could be in grocery stores and restaurants as early as 2014. The FDA is expected to approve AquaBounty Technologies’ GE salmon after a 60-day public comment period. If approved, it will be the first approved food from a transgenic animal application to enter the U.S. food… Read More »

Being Overweight Is Linked to Lower Risk of Mortality

Image: “Dis-Grace Jones”, Hard Ton copy of the Grace Jones Island Life pre-photoshop realistic composite photo of Grace. The longest lived among us aren’t necessarily those who are of normal weight, says a new study. According to new research this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association JAMA , researchers say that being… Read More »

DuPont Sends Former Cops to Enforce Seed Patents

image: A fungus, Fusariaum Virguliforme is the cause of Sudden Death Syndrome, a nightmare confronting growers across the Midwest in 2010. The disease starts in the roots and sends a toxin to the leaves that kills the plant. Foliar fungicides are useless against the toxin. DuPont Co. (DD), the world’s second- biggest seed company, is… Read More »

FDA requires, in some cases, false labeling of trans-fats?

This article on healthy vs unhealthy fats contains an interesting claim about the FDA and labeling, that zero and anything less than 0.5 grams per serving are the same thing. The FDA actually requires any amount under 0.5 g to be reported as zero. You legally can’t report 450mg of trans-fat. How should trans fatty… Read More »

Strange Muscle Cramps

Weird, I just got a charlie horse in the muscle under my jawbone. I’ve never had one there before. I also had one this morning in a muscle over my ribcage and I’ve been having a general feeling of uneasiness in my chest as well. Doing some sprints seemed to help. I’ve been drinking a… Read More »

Biotech Bullies Attack Dr. Mercola

Yes on 37 is winning (narrowly) in the polls, and if people were not fooled by lies, the Yes on 37 campaign to require labels for genetically modified foods would win easily. Below are more lies and dirty tricks that are making this race so close. Tell your friends in California to vote Yes on… Read More »

Why are Americans sick and getting sicker?

Another reason: A late-breaking study shows that genetically engineered (GE) crops have led to a 404 million pound increase in overall pesticide use from the time they were introduced in 1996 through 2011. This equates to an increase of about seven percent over the last 16 years. The report, published in the journal Environmental Sciences… Read More »

Modern wheat a “perfect, chronic poison,” doctor says

(CBS News) Modern wheat is a “perfect, chronic poison,” according to Dr. William Davis, a cardiologist who has published a book all about the world’s most popular grain. Davis said that the wheat we eat these days isn’t the wheat your grandma had: “It’s an 18-inch tall plant created by genetic research in the ’60s… Read More »

Voters Could Mandate GMO Labeling in California

This November, Californians will head to the polls to potentially make history as the first state to vote in a bill that would mandate labeling of genetically modified foods. California’s Proposition 37 would come at no cost to consumers, but would be a major success for environmentalists and food activists. The bill would also disallow… Read More »

Meet Monsanto’s Number One Lobbyist: Barrack Obama

On the campaign trail, Obama said: “Let folks know when their food is genetically modified, because Americans have a right to know what they’re buying.” Making the distinction between GMO and non-GMO was certainly an indication that Obama, unlike the FDA and USDA, saw there was an important line to draw in the sand. Beyond… Read More »

‘Popcorn lung’: Wayne Watson wins $7.2m in US court

A US man has been awarded $7.2m (£4.4m) in damages after claiming he developed “popcorn lung” from inhaling the artificial butter in microwave popcorn. A Colorado jury agreed with Wayne Watson that a popcorn manufacturer should have had warning labels that the bag’s fumes were dangerous to inhale. Defence lawyers argued that Mr Watson’s problems… Read More »

Criminal trial for peaceful farmer Alvin Schlangen

Take a Stand for Freedom! Please broadcast! Criminal trial for peaceful farmer Alvin Schlangen Monday, Sept 17- Wednesday, September 19 Hennepin County Government Center 300 South 6th Street Minneapolis , MN 55487 Attend?  If you can make it to Minneapolis, come to the courtroom September 17th-19th and let the judge, jury, and media see that… Read More »

Learning 1 of cancer’s tricks

Behaving something like ravenous monsters, tumors need plentiful supplies of cellular building blocks such as amino acids and nucleotides in order to keep growing at a rapid pace and survive under harsh conditions. How such tumors meet these burgeoning demands has not been fully understood. Now chemists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have… Read More »

The Secret To A Long Life: Minestrone

Doctors, dietitians and divines have long sought to identify the secret of a long life. The answer? Minestrone soup, according to nine siblings from Sardinia who have been recognised as the world’s oldest in terms of combined age. The oldest member of the Melis family, Consolata, was turning 105 yesterday, while the youngest of her… Read More »

EU banned GMO honey?

What happened with this story from September 2011? The European Union’s highest court on Tuesday ruled that honey which contains trace amounts of pollen from genetically modified (GM) corn must be labelled as GM produce and undergo full safety authorisation before it can be sold as food. In what green groups are calling a “groundbreaking”… Read More »

80% of immune system is in your gut, so eat fermented foods

You’ve probably heard that about 80 percent of your immune system resides in your gut, and the next study underscores this fact. It also provides yet another clue as to the kind of constant pressure your gut bacteria is under to keep your immune system humming. The study, featured in Genome Researchiii, looked at a… Read More »

Ancient African Cheese discovered

More than 7,000 years ago, prehistoric people in the African Sahara were making dairy products, such as butter, yogurt and cheese. The discovery, based on the identification of dairy fats on ancient pottery shards found in Libya, is the first to provide a definitive date for early dairy farming in Africa. Adding to findings from… Read More »

Food We'll Eat on Mars and Why Food Is Bland in Space

… One of the primary concerns about a human mission to Mars is: We simply don’t know how the human mind responds to spending months or years in an alien environment millions of miles from the other members of your species. “In space, you’re in a form of sensory deprivation,” says Kim Binsted, one of… Read More »

Urban Farm Tour: Berkeley, CA

Yesterday we toured several urban farms in the Berkeley area. The price of the tour was $5 per small farm, but this is nothing when you consider the practical knowledge you can gain to grow your own food. Some of these collectives are growing enough food to feed 6 families. One urban farmer said about… Read More »

Super Insects, Thank Monsanto

… A new generation of insect larvae is eating the roots of genetically engineered corn intended to be resistant to such pests. The failure of Monsanto’s genetically modified Bt corn could be the most serious threat ever to a genetically modified crop in the U.S. And the economic impact could be huge. Billions of dollars… Read More »

New research says spit out your gum to improve memory

Having trouble remembering phone numbers or a professor’s lecture? Try spitting out your chewing gum. A new British study suggests that chewing flavourless gum can interfere with short-term memory. The research, published in The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, challenges the prevailing notion that chewing gum — at least when it’s flavoured — is a… Read More »

New York City may ban large soft drinks

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is proposing a ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks in the city’s restaurants, delis and movie theaters in the hopes of combating obesity — an expansion of his administration’s efforts to encourage healthy behavior by limiting residents’ choices. The proposal — expected to be announced formally on… Read More »

Tuna carry Fukushima radiation to California

Tuna probably aren’t the only migratory species carrying radiation from the Fukushima disaster The levels might not be high enough to harm you if you tucked into a tuna sandwich, but some tuna are still carrying radioactive caesium from the leak at the Fukushima Daiichi plant last March. Researchers hope that similarly low levels of… Read More »

Krill oil: Now I wish I didn't

Do I have fluoride poisoning from krill oil? … Krill oil is a trendy, higher-priced alternative to fish oil. But, as anyone knows, higher price does not mean higher quality. And when it comes to krill, higher price certainly does not mean safety. For a tiny percentage of the population, the chief krill oil dangeris… Read More »

18,000 lb. Mayan Temple is the World's Largest Chocolate Sculpture!

The chocolate building team was lead by Chef Francois Mellet and Stephane Treand, who added their pastry expertise to the construction of the oversized treat. The giant chocolate building is in the shape of the traditional Mayan temple, the ziggurat, which can be recognized by its ancient stair-stepped pyramid shape. The 18,239 pounds of molten… Read More »

Sugar makes you stupid

Elaine Schmidt – Attention, college students cramming between midterms and finals: Binging on soda and sweets for as little as six weeks may make you stupid. A new UCLA rat study is the first to show how a diet steadily high in fructose slows the brain, hampering memory and learning — and how omega-3 fatty… Read More »

Drugs from lizard saliva reduces the cravings for food

In a study with rats published in the Journal of Neuroscience, Assistant Professor Karolina Skibicka and her colleagues show that exendin-4 effectively reduces the cravings for food. Karolina Skibicka – A drug made from the saliva of the Gila monster lizard is effective in reducing the craving for food. Researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University… Read More »