A Better Way To Wash Pesticides Off Apples


Polishing an apple with your shirt might remove some dust and dirt, but getting rid of pesticide residues could take a little more work. Researchers now report in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, that washing apples with a common household product — baking soda — could do the trick for residues on the surfaces […]

Harvesting Liberty: A Short Film About Growing Hemp In The USA


Harvesting Liberty is a short film that documents visionaries Michael Lewis (of Growing Warriors) and Rebecca Burgess (of Fibershed) as they collaborate to reintroduce industrial hemp to the American landscape. Growing Warriors is a Kentucky-based farming program designed to train, assist, and equip military veterans with the skills, tools and supplies needed to grow organic […]

Organic Strawberry Farms Produce More Flavorful And Nutritious Berries


Side-by-side comparisons of organic and conventional strawberry farms and their fruit found the organic farms produced more flavorful and nutritious berries while leaving the soil healthier and more genetically diverse. “Our findings have global implications and advance what we know about the sustainability benefits of organic farming systems,” said John Reganold, Washington State University Regents […]

Genetically Engineered Apple Nicknamed “Botox Apple”


Two varieties of genetically modified apples, which do not bruise or brown, may hit the market by the end of 2013, according to a report by ANI News. If approved, the Arctic Granny Smith and Arctic Golden Delicious apples will be the second genetically modified (GMO) fruits allowed in the United States after the Hawaiian papaya. Okanagan Specialty Fruits […]

Fruit Flies Fed Organic Diets Are Healthier Than Flies Fed Nonorganic Diets, Study Finds


Fruit flies raised on diets based on organic foods performed better on a variety of health tests, including fertility and longevity. A new study looking at the potential health benefits of organic versus non-organic food found that fruit flies fed an organic diet recorded better health outcomes than flies fed a nonorganic diet. The study […]

Health Hazards Associated With All-Fruit Diet


Organic or not, man cannot live on fruit alone. Fruits are loaded with healthy antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, which is why eating them in moderation is fine for healthy people. However, health hazards are associated with an all-fruit diet. Fructose, a simple sugar found in fruit, is preferentially metabolized to fat in your liver, and […]

Fruits and Vegetables May Protect the Kidneys


Adding fruits and vegetables to the diet may help protect the kidneys of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) with too much acid build-up, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN). Western diets that are based in animal and grain products are highly acidic […]

Identify Conventional, Organic And GMO Produce From PLU Label


What can you tell from those numbers on fruit and vegetable stickers? The price look-up (PLU) code system used by most produce distributors has the side benefit of allowing consumers to identify conventional and organic produce at the grocery store. We have all seen cashiers at supermarkets type in the codes from those pesky stickers […]

Cherry Consumption May Lower Gout Flare-ups


A tart, sweet fruit could help to decrease gout attacks among people with the condition, according to a new study. The findings suggest that cherry intake is associated with a lower risk of gout attacks. The research, published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism, shows that eating cherries over two days reduced the risk of experiencing a gout attack […]

Reasons To Avoid Genetically Modified Foods


Genetically modified foods have been shown to cause harm to humans, animals, and the environment. Despite growing opposition, more and more foods continue to be genetically altered. Here are reasons to avoid GMO foods. When was the last time you thought about how food was made, where it came from, whether and if it was […]