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No time to garden? No place to garden? There’s an easy solution — plant your garden in containers. There are a variety of benefits to container gardening, as well as many options. Figuring out what’s best for your available space can be challenging, since there are so many different types of containers and plants from [...]

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Boost your daily nutrition intake by preparing and enjoying a fresh salad packed with greens and protein. Too many of us still look at salads and think they are a garnish to add a little colour to a meal. The Australian government’s guide to healthy eating and The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggest eating [...]

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DIY checkouts check out

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MANCHESTER, Conn. — WHEN KEITH WEARNE goes grocery shopping, checking out with a cashier is worth the few extra moments, rather than risking that a self-serve machine might go awry and delay him even more. Most shoppers side with Wearne, studies show. And with that in mind, some U.S. grocery store chains are bagging the [...]

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Markets under threat as shoppers go online for fruit and veg

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Rising rents are intensifying fight for survival, while a traders’ group says markets are struggling to attract new stallholders. For generations the bustling local market has offered cost-conscious shoppers fresh fruit, meat and vegetables served by traders, and many have had the same family stall for years. But now, market stallholders say they face a [...]

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Scientists find simple nutritional supplement may suppress multiple sclerosis attacks in new study

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Can a nutritional supplement suppress multiple sclerosis symptoms? Check out the September 30, 2011 news release, “Glucosamine-like supplement suppresses multiple sclerosis attacks.” The University of California, Irvine study shows the promise of metabolic therapy for autoimmune diseases. And in the Sacramento-Davis regional area, The University of California, Davis also studies multiple sclerosis. See the article, [...]

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Nutritional vitamins For Health

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The word ‘vitamin’ has its root in ‘vitamine’ that means very important amine. Nutritional vitamins are highly effective organic compounds found mainly in the food that we eat. Nutritional vitamins are essential for all human beings because they help cells and tissues to carry out fundamental functions. Basically, vitamins are required for the growth of [...]

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A new crop of farmers

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The agriculture industry has been graying in recent decades, prompting younger farmers to seek ways to make farms financially sustainable. Meet two such families: the Colemans of Mountain Run Farm and the Lindebergs of Native Spring Farm. In an industry where the average age hovers around 60, Ben and Carly Coleman are decades shy of [...]

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The Star’s editorial | Agriculture offers a harvest of budget cuts

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n the summer debt ceiling deal, Congress set up a “supercommittee” to find $1.2 trillion in additional budget cuts over the next decade. The panel began work — and so did the lobbyists. Among the most energetic are those defending farm subsidies. The wholesale elimination of the nation’s agricultural programs won’t happen. Yet it should [...]

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Healthy Eating: Are Pomegranates a Miracle Fruit?

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Pomegranates were around centuries before their juice became the it drink about a decade ago. While a longtime favorite in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean countries, pomegranates were once mostly grown for decorative purposes in the U.S., incorporated into holiday garlands, wreaths and cornucopias. Such a misunderstood fruit, and for good reason. Its leathery skin, although [...]

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Garden Tip: Discover pumpkins this fall

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The nights are crisp, the colors are beginning to change, and it’s time to enjoy the harvest. At farmers markets and The Growing Place, you can find a large variety of edible pumpkins and gourds. Pumpkin can be used in soups, breads, pies, cookies, muffins and more. One favorite snack is roasted pumpkin seeds. To [...]

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Fruits, veggies for good mental health

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A new study has suggested that eating plenty of fruits and vegetables can help teenagers beat mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety . The study of 3,000 adolescents has found that those who had poor diets filled with junk and processed foods were more likely to suffer mental health problems. “The results of [...]

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Blueberry Facials? Skin Care With Fruits, Herbs

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Make your own soap or natural toner with sage, thyme, citrus or even blueberries. Everyone knows that eating fresh fruits and herbs can enhance both health and beauty, but you may be surprised to learn that they also make excellent ingredients for beauty products. Melt-and-pour soap is fast and easy to make, if you have [...]

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Good nutrition important for eye health as you age

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Posted: Sep. 23, 2011 | 1:10 a.m. Updated: Sep. 23, 2011 | 3:20 a.m. Poor vision has many causes and treatments, and as you grow older, you will likely experience some type of vision loss or reduction in visual performance. For older adults, bright lights, glare while driving at night and even blindness can dramatically [...]

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Cuba: Breaking corporate power allows sustainable development

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Cuba is a world leader in ecologically sustainable practices. It is the only country to have begun the large-scale transition from conventional farming, which is heavily dependent on fossil fuels, to a new agricultural paradigm known as low-input sustainable agriculture. Thriving urban organic farms feed and beautify Cuba’s cities, strengthen local communities and employ hundreds [...]

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A push to farm smarter – not bigger – to feed the world’s hungry

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With famine in Africa and food prices at record highs, governments and agencies around the globe are looking to educate small farmers about more efficient, sustainable agriculture practices. Texcoco, Mexico; and New Delhi For more than 30 years, Porfirio Bastida never considered changing the way he farms his 1.2 acre cornfield in Texcoco, in the [...]

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Herbs in your Fall Garden

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Although there are many definitions of an herb, a simple one that’s easy to remember is “a plant from which roots, stems, leaves, flowers or fruits are used for medicine, food, flavoring or fragrance.” Now you may ask, “Isn’t that most of the plant kingdom?” My reply is “Yes!” and that is why I love [...]

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