A groundbreaking new study published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research titled, “Interspecies communication between plant and mouse gut host cells through edible plant derived exosome-like nanoparticles,” reveals a new way that food components ‘talk’ to animal cells by regulating gene expression and conferring significant therapeutic effects. This is the first study of its kind to look at the role of exosomes, small vesicles secreted by plant and animal cells that participate in intercellular communication, in interspecies (plant-animal) communication. Exosomes are the missing link in how plants and animal cells communicate and collaborate.
The problems are obvious: food safety scandals, the death of family farming, food supply insecurity, the revolving door between corporate lobbyists and government regulators, and many more. The solution should be equally obvious: rolling up our sleeves and getting in the garden. Join us today as we explore this simple, natural solution to one of our most fundamental problems.
It is becoming more apparent that we need to begin reclaiming our food supply through small-scale, wide-spread farming practices. We can no longer rely on Big Food to supply us with the nutritious food we need, and we certainly can’t rely on mega chemical companies like Monsanto to feed us with their genetically modified creations. This is why countless communities are embracing the giving art of local farms and supporting local food businesses. One Incredible Edible park in Irvine, California, formerly 7.5 acres of wasted space, is now an edible park that feeds 200,000 people every month!
It has been declared ‘the International Year of the Soil,’ but the year ahead, according to Dr. Vandana Shiva, will also see key developments in the global fight to overthrow corporate power with true democracy
Food fads come and go (remember the acai berry?), but trends emerge over time, anywhere from a couple of years to decades. Prominent ancient grains like quinoa give way to the newest member of the tribe (hello, teff!), while centuries-old cooking techniques reappear on menus across the country. So what should you put in your grocery cart and start cooking with? Everyday Health sorted through all of the up-and-coming ingredients, emerging ideas, chefs, nutritionists, and industry experts – here are their predictions on what to pay attention to in 2015.
Inner City MakerSpace! Everything from Urban Agriculture to Robotics and a huge basement full of Aquaponic growing. A 20K Square ft Laboratory that will change the game for the inner city youth of Lykins Neighborhood.
It’s happened before. Missions and movements, throughout history from the French Revolution to the 60’s Movement have been hijacked by powerful, moneyed interests causing them to arguably accomplish much less than they could have. Some have even suggested that many of our major governments have been similarly hijacked. Thus it’s not surprising that our movement to obtain transparency and food safety, around the issue of GMO’s, might be being hijacked by some of the supposed “heroes” in the movement. As the famous Who song, cajoles us – let’s do all that we can so that we “…won’t get fooled again.”
Can earthquakes and tsunamis put the Japanese food producer down? Apparently not. Sanriku Fukko National Park now hosts the world’s largest indoor farm. It was built inside an old, 25,000-square-foot semiconductor factory and uses 100 times less water than an outdoor farm. What’s more, they claim that their produce contains 8 to 10 times more beta-carotene and twice the vitamin C, calcium and magnesium as its outdoor-grown
Less than 1% of the population actually suffers from celiac disease – a serious autoimmune genetic illness characterized by gluten intolerance – , but many more have “gluten anxiety”. This is when a wide range of symptoms are ascribed to gluten – wheat’s main protein. There’s no medical evidence that going gluten-free brings health benefits. But does it deliver environmentally?
The term “superfood” has become something of a marketing buzzword in recent years, and many processed food products will boast such ingredients. But don’t be fooled. Processing tends to denature nutrients, so what you end up with is typically a far inferior version compared to the real thing.
Americans are devoid of essential nutrients – explaining one of the highest incidences of disease in all of the industrialized world – despite spending billions on healthcare every year. Much of this void is created by a lack of essential minerals.
Insect eating is most often associated with Fear Factor or blustery Food Network gourmands trying grasshoppers and worms in far-off countries. Now, several new companies—including Exo; Bitty Foods, which sells bug baking kits; and Six Foods, which pushes potatolike cricket chips—are winning national distribution. “We realize on some level it is slightly absurd,” says Gabi Lewis, Exo’s co-chief executive officer, from the Manhattan working space he shares with 40 other startups, a ping-pong table, and loads of free beer. “But cricket protein requires 20 percent fewer resources than beef protein,” he says. “If we can make this mainstream, the impact could be enormous.”
And the fact of the matter is: we are standing up and doing something — and the result is some serious progress. Since 2011, when we declared Monsanto to be NaturalSociety’s Worst Company of 2011 in a worldwide press release, we have seen a major increase in knowledge over the dangers of GMO foods and the corruption of Monsanto. Just walking into Whole Foods I now see major signs alerting customers to the presence of GMOs and how to avoid them.
Dropping a $37 million contract and a lifestyle in professional sports, a major NFL center has now chosen to feed his community with sustainable farming over the pursuit of millions through passes and fumbles. And he says he is much happier with the decision.
What if you could call on an online community to keep everything in in working order when you hit the limits of your gardening prowess? The MEG Open Source Greenhouse is an internet-connected indoor microclimate designed to tap into the collective knowledge of green-thumbs around the world.