June 30, 2016 @ 7:04 PM

Since we first clothed ourselves in animal skins, leather has been prized for its its functionality and enduring status. Today leather is a co-product of the factory farming industry – an industry responsible for extreme animal abuse and environmental devastation. But a company in New York is re-imagining this millennia-old material to be animal and Earth friendly.

Modern Meadow is a biofabrication company that grows animal-free leather made from living cells. It recently announced a $40 million Series B round of financing led by Horizons Ventures and Iconiq Capital. The funding, bringing Modern Meadow’s total funds raised to $53.5 million, will enable the company’s transition from research and development to .........

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June 29, 2016 @ 8:06 AM

Researchers believe untapped consumer markets exist for ancient foods such as einkorn, emmer, and spelt, which fed large swaths of the world's population for thousands of years but disappeared almost completely during the rise of industrial farming and the green revolution.

In an Opinion published in Trends in Plant Science, two plant breeders argue that the consumer demand in the US and Europe for high-quality, healthy food specialties presents an opportunity to reintroduce ancient wheat varieties and other plant species by creating "farm to fork" supply chains that satisfy consumer demand; provide niche markets for small farmers, millers, and bakers; and increase agricultural biodiversity.

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June 28, 2016 @ 12:33 PM

Medical treatments for symptoms associated with menopause are available, including hormone replacement therapy. However, given the potentially negative health consequences of hormone replacement therapy on cardiovascular health and breast cancer, 40 percent to 50 percent of women in Western countries choose to use complementary therapies, including plant-based therapies. An analysis of more than 60 studies suggests that plant-based therapies are associated with reductions in the frequency of hot flashes and vaginal dryness.

In fact, a broad range of plant-based therapies may improve menopausal symptoms. These therapies include the oral use of phytoestrogens such as dietary soy isoflavones and soy extracts; herbal remedies such as red .........

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June 26, 2016 @ 11:15 PM

One of the top causes of world hunger is the focus on the production of animal-based foods.

A breathtaking 925 million people all over the world, mostly in the underdeveloped and poor countries of Africa and Asia, are suffering from hunger. Out of those, 870 million are suffering from malnutrition. The 925 million hungry outnumber the current population of the European Union, United States, and Canada, combined.

The world contains so many people plagued by hunger to almost fill up two continents. On a yearly basis, more than 2.5 million children under five years old lose their lives due to starvation.

Nonetheless, it is a fact that the Earth can provide enough food to nourish every last person on the planet. But, if that ......

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June 23, 2016 @ 4:00 PM

Research from the University of Adelaide shows children aged 9-10 years old are receiving almost half of their daily energy requirements from "discretionary", or junk, foods.

The study evaluated the core food intake of more than 430 children aged 9-10. The results show that 45% of the children's daily energy intake was sourced from discretionary foods high in fat, salt and sugar.

"We found that children obtained over half of their daily energy from carbohydrates and about one-third of their energy from fats, half of which was saturated fat," says lead author Dr Melissa Whitrow from the University of Adelaide's School of Public Health and the Robinson Research Institute.

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June 20, 2016 @ 11:02 AM

Eating more whole grains may reduce the risk of premature death, according to a new meta-analysis by researchers. A study found that people who ate the most whole grains (70 grams/day, about 4 servings), compared with those who ate little or no whole grains, had a lower risk of dying during the study period. Previous studies have found that whole grains may reduce risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes, and poor gut health, among other conditions.

Multiple bioactive compounds in whole grains could contribute to their health benefits, and high fiber content may lower cholesterol production and glucose response and increase satiety.

“These findings further support current dietary guidelines that recommend at least 3 daily .........

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June 19, 2016 @ 3:57 PM

Avoiding pesticides is the reason why some people prefer organic food. Many believe that to be ecologically responsible food should be grown naturally. For others, the most important factor is the reassurance that the crop harvesting process did not expose farm workers to dangerous toxins. For many vegans, their main reason is to ensure that no chemical substances were used to grow their food that could cause the suffering and deaths of animals. However, at least for the time being, the majority of the food currently offered to consumers comes from a production system where animal exploitation – direct or indirect – is the standard, regardless of it being organic or not.

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June 17, 2016 @ 2:16 PM

People who eat fresh fruit on most days are at lower risk of heart attack and stroke than people who rarely eat fresh fruit, according to a 7-year study of half a million adults in China, where fresh fruit consumption is much lower than in countries like the UK or US.

Researchers from the University of Oxford and Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences conducted a nationwide study of 500,000 adults from 10 urban and rural localities across China, tracking health for 7 years through death records and electronic hospital records of illness. The study was among people who did not have a history of cardiovascular diseases or anti-hypertensive treatments when they first joined the study.

Fruit is a rich source of potassium, dietary fiber, .........

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June 15, 2016 @ 6:30 PM

Many gardeners grow perennial plants and flowers, enjoying their ornamental beauty year after year. But did you know there are a variety of perennial vegetables that can also be planted once and enjoyed for years to come? They are also among the healthiest veggies and are an inexpensive, one-time purchase.

Easy-to-grow perennial vegetables offer a healthy food source that comes back year after year. Here are 10 perennial veggies:

  • Scarlet Runner Beans: Scarlet runner beans are grown as ornamentals and are also edible as green beans and dried beans. The flowers are edible too, when cooked.
  • Sea Kale: Sea Kale is ornamental and the shoots, young leaves and flowers are edible.
  • Sorrel: Sorrel is an herb with tart, lemon-flavored leaves .........
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June 14, 2016 @ 2:17 PM

Obese children who begin a low-fat, plant-based vegan diet may lower their risk of heart disease through improvements in their weight, blood pressure, body mass index, cholesterol levels, insulin sensitivity, and high-sensitivity C-reactive, according to Cleveland Clinic research.

A four-week study - led by Michael Macknin, M.D., a staff pediatrician at Cleveland Clinic Children's - compared a plant-based vegan diet to the American Heart Association (AHA) diet in 28 obese children with high cholesterol between the ages of 9 and 18. One parent of each child also followed the assigned diet plan.

Those on the plant-based diet consumed plants and whole grains, with limited avocado and nuts, no added fat, and no animal products. These .........

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