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Re: Sustainable Food Production
« Reply #15 on: August 19, 2016, 07:48:18 pm »
Paignton Zoo's Hydroponic Farm


Customized Food For Perfect Nutrition   
Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, in Paignton, Devon, England has a hydroponic system for growing food for the animals.

 The crops rotate in a robotic system optimized to provide an even level of sunlight for each tray. They are even able to grow plants that would be native to the environment for their exotic animals from all over the world.

 "We have a duty to promote sustainable uses of resources." says head gardener at the zoo, Catherine Mortimer.

 "Hydroponics is a great system for growing crops because it optimizes the food and water that the plant gets which maximizes the speed that the crop can grow and maximizes the nutrients that are going to be contained within that crop which is really important for captive animals." says head gardener at the zoo, Catherine Mortimer.

 The Paignton Zoo Environmental Park is a combined zoo and botanic garden that welcomes over half a million visitors a year.

 --Bibi Farber

 For more information visit: http://www.paigntonzoo.org.uk This video is produced by: www.sciencesowhat.direct.gov.uk/future-jobs

 http://www.nextworldtv.com/videos/innovations/paignton-zoos-hydroponic-farm.html
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Re: Sustainable Food Production
« Reply #16 on: April 29, 2017, 05:01:14 pm »
The Ron Finley Project “Gangsta Garden” Is Officially Saved!

Published on April 28, 2017

John Foraker President at Annie's Inc.

On Friday, April 28th PST, the Ron Finley Project officially became the debt-free, 100% title holder of its’ South Central Los Angeles headquarters and garden where the very first seeds of this global movement were planted in 2010. This is the garden where Ron’s mission will live on. Because after an epic battle, Ron Finley now controls his destiny! Over the past few weeks, nearly 3,000 individuals, leaders and companies from across the Natural & Organic Food industry came together to do the right and necessary thing for both Ron Finley and his mission. I am personally so moved and proud of all the people here at Annie’s who worked so hard to get the message out for Ron, and who played such an integral role in averting a terrible injustice.

Since we announced our campaign to help save Ron’s garden on the afternoon of March 30th, we took this effort very seriously. We immediately grabbed our megaphones and took to social media to share on all channels, all the while pulling every influence string that we could think of. Justin Perkins and Care2 helped us create a wildly successful petition and lots of noise. Industry friends Robyn O’Brien, Max Goldberg, Ashley Koff, along with all-star PR firm Covet Communications and their leader Sara Brooks helped us amplify the message to create awareness of this injustice. This was “all-in” effort to help the Ron Finley Project raise the $550,000 it eventually took to buy the property from the current owner who has been working aggressively to evict Ron and his operation. An eviction almost happened late last week, and was only circumvented because so many people and companies stepped up at up at the critical hour to raise the money necessary to stop it.     

At Annie’s, we’ve always admired Ron’s bold message of individual empowerment, encouraging the people in his community and everywhere to get out there, “plant some sh it”, grow some food, and take control of their own health. Ron’s project works to directly address and raise awareness of the pervasive problem of food deserts in communities across the US and the world. Educating people and encouraging them to make better food choices for their own health & well-being is also an important part of the equation. As Ron says: “If kids grow kale, kids will eat kale, and if kids grow tomatoes, they will eat tomatoes.” No doubt, they will. We know that there are very few ways to truly bring about a generational shift in health. But we believe that educating kids about real food and encouraging them to get their hands dirty in a garden is one of the most powerful ways to do so. Now that Ron has this eviction and legal battle behind him, he is free to build on this message and movement, and to make an even greater impact on the planet for years to come.

It wasn’t only Ron’s incredible mission we were rallying for – we also rallied for Ron because we believe in the importance of social justice and the inherent power of business to show leadership, do real good, and drive positive social and environmental impact.  Ron’s story showcases the terrible impact of real estate foreclosures in communities like his. These events shatter lives, break up families, and disrupt communities in ways that are unimaginable to most people. Fortunately, Ron was able to face that threat bravely and win. Ron won because of his great work, and the desire of many kind individuals to help fight for him, his garden, and his powerful vision for the future. Most people facing this situation are not so fortunate. I’m really proud that our industry stood up for him, and social justice, to avert a disaster here.  It's the obligation of all companies and leaders in the natural & organic space to fight for core principles we all believe in: expanding awareness and accessibility to better food options, while also driving a socially just economy that improves the economic well being of ALL people in ALL neighborhoods…from the inner city to rural farm communities.

I want to thank Nell Newman for getting in there very early and fighting for Ron. Without your contribution and your early efforts to build momentum and raise awareness for this fight, none of this would have happened.  Another big shout out goes to Bette Midler, who not only made a large financial contribution, but who also spread the word through her huge social network to raise awareness of this effort.

I’d like to thank many of the leading companies and leaders from the natural & organic industry for coming to bat and supporting Ron’s cause. There are (thankfully) too many brands and individuals to mention here, but some of the bigger contributors of $ and social effort to this phase of the campaign deserve a special shout out: Annie’s, Califia Farms, Patagonia, Dr. Bronner’s, 301, Inc, Siggi’s Dairy, , REBBL, Suja, Gary Hirshberg, John Replogle, Rhythm Superfoods, Sweetgreen, Horizon Organic, Good Culture, Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP, Presence Marketing, VMG Partners, Applegate, Farmhouse Culture, New Hope, Andrew Whitman, United Natural Foods, Back To The Roots, and Clif Bar & Company who literally came in this week and pushed the entire effort over the top so that we could close the transaction as planned! Without all of your leadership, and the generosity of many others, this wouldn’t have been possible.   

Additionally, today we at Annie’s are very excited to announce a new three-year commitment to the Ron Finley Project for $20,000 each year. This ongoing financial support is our way of thanking Ron for all he’s done and to also help him drive his mission and message far and wide. I’d encourage others that came to the table in this campaign to also consider continued financial support for Ron Finley Project.
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Now let’s watch this beautiful garden grow and expand Ron’s positive impact the world in beautiful ways for years to come!     

Best, JF

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/ron-finley-project-gangsta-garden-officially-saved-john-foraker
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Re: Sustainable Food Production
« Reply #17 on: November 20, 2017, 02:03:42 pm »
Medieval Manuscripts: Bread in the 15th-century

NOVEMBER 17, 2017 BY NATALIE ANDERSON

By Eberhard König and Carlos Miranda García-Tejedor

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The situation in the miniature of brown bread (f. 61v) is completely different: the setting is the public bakery, the sort that used to exist in towns and villages. Several balls of dough can be seen on boards mounted on trestles. A group of women has gone to bake their bread; one of them uses a pallet to put the two loaves into the oven. The baked bread, easily distinguished from the white dough on the boards, is put into a large basket.


Photo courtesy Moleiro Editor

Original description of the miniature f. 61:

Panis opus.
Complexio: calida in 2º.
Electio: qui minus habet furfuris et steterit per noctem ante coctionem.
Iuuamentum: optemperat uentrem.
Nocumentum: inducit pruritum et scabiem.
Remotio nocumenti: cum copanagio unctuoso.
Quid generat: nutrimentum bonum. Conuenitomnibus complexionibus etatibus temperatibus et regionibus habitatis.
   


Brown bread.
Nature: hot in the second degree.
Optimum: with little crust and risen overnight before baking.
Benefit: it moves the bowels. ;D
Harm: it causes itching and scabies.
Remedy for harm: with fatty food.
Effects: good food. Advisable for all temperaments, ages, seasons and inhabited regions

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http://www.medievalists.net/2017/11/medieval-manuscripts-bread-15th-century/
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Re: Sustainable Food Production
« Reply #18 on: December 08, 2017, 08:52:06 pm »
EcoWatch

December 8, 2017

By  Lorraine Chow

Underground Farm Pays Rent in Heat it Supplies to Building Above 


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Vertical farms have been touted as a way to feed a rapidly urbanizing world population (I've waxed poetic about them myself.) Critics of the trending technology, however, contend that these energy-intensive hubs are too costly and perhaps impractical to maintain.

Sure, the naysayers have a point, but what if vertical farms did more than just feed mouths? In Stockholm, Sweden, the Plantagon CityFarm located in the basement of the iconic DN-Skrapan building in the Kungsholmen district has a whole other purpose besides nourishing the office workers on site—the farm also recycles its heat to warm the offices above.

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https://www.ecowatch.com/underground-farm-sweden-2515934438.html
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Re: Sustainable Food Production
« Reply #19 on: December 19, 2017, 12:55:09 pm »
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By Dr. Mercola

For decades, food production has been all about efficiency and lowering cost. We now see what this approach has brought us — diminishing food quality, skyrocketing disease statistics and a faltering ecosystem. Regenerative agriculture that makes use of cover crops, no-till and herbivore grazing actually contributes to improved soil health and fertility.

An interesting study that highlights the importance of grazing animals found that reindeer grazing on shrubs on the Arctic tundra actually help combat abnormal weather patterns on a global scale by increasing surface albedo, the amount of solar energy being reflected back into space.1 Overall, it’s become quite clear that regenerative agriculture is the only truly viable way forward, as factory farming is making everything worse.

Indeed, around the world, farmers are waking up to the many adverse effects of industrialized agriculture. While chemicals and machines have allowed farms to expand and increase production, there’s growing awareness about how these strategies harm the soil, ecology and, ultimately, human health. According to data from the University of Michigan’s Global Change Program, a whopping 96 percent of the soil erosion in North America is caused by food production.2

Healthy Eating Has Environmental Benefits


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https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/12/19/mcdonalds-regenerative-agriculture.aspx
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« Reply #20 on: February 08, 2018, 08:43:25 pm »
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« Reply #21 on: February 16, 2018, 09:43:19 pm »


What is a free-flowing river?

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A free-flowing river is largely unaffected by human-made changes to its flow and connectivity. Water, silt, and other natural materials can move along unobstructed. Animals, such as river dolphins and migratory fish, can swim up and down stream at will. And the river itself can swell and shrink naturally, flow at an organic volume and rate, and replenish groundwater sources. 

Full educational article with multiple animation graphics: 🌼

https://www.worldwildlife.org/pages/free-flowing-rivers
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SEPTEMBER 8, 2019 BY MARC SEWARD

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I live in a part of Thailand where duckweed has long been consumed by humans. Duckweed is the common name for any of 11 species of aquatic plant, known scientifically as Wolffia. In Thailand, the species used for human consumption is called Wolffia globosa. The Thais refer to the plant as Kai naam (water eggs). ... ...

In Thailand and come other countries in South East Asia, the plant is skimmed from the top of the water before being cleaned and cooked then eaten as a vegetable.

NUTRITIONAL VALUE

Protein makes up over 45% of the pant’s dry weight and Its incredibly high protein content gave rise to another common name – ‘vegetable meatball’.

Duckweed contains all nine of the essential amino acids giving it a protein profile similar to eggs. This makes the plant a potential source of high quality protein for vegans and in areas of the world where nutritional support  is needed.

Duckweed is also a great source of nutrients including many minerals and vitamins. minerals. Duckweed is a good source of vitamin A and the B-complex vitamins and is a unique plant source of vitamin B12. The plant is a good source of dietary fiber and contains minerals like zinc and iron. In addition, duckweed contains abundant antioxidants including polyphenols, and flavonoids like catechins. ... ...

Previous studies had found that duckweed was a valuable source of protein while the iron content of the plant could help protect against anemia. (2) (3) ... ...

The researchers found that duckweed contained all 9 of the essential amino acids as well as being rich in minerals like zinc and iron and vitamin B12.

The study, which involved 36 male subjects, found that the protein found in duckweed was highly bioavailable. The absorption rate of its amino acids was similar to that of soft cheese.

The researchers concluded that mankai duckweed offered high-quality protein and was a potential substitute source for animal proteins. (3) ...

BLOOD-SUGAR CONTROL

A very recent study revealed that duckweed helped keep blood sugar levels under control making it a good choice for people with diabetes in particular. (

The blood-sugar response of those given a duckweed shake was compared with subjects given a yogurt shake. Drinking a shake made with duckweed resulted in a number of positive health benefits when measured over a two week period. These included improvements in fasting glucose levels, reductions in peak glucose levels and more rapid evacuation of glucose from the system. (1)

VITAMIN B12

Duckweed is a good source of many minerals and vitamins and studies have found that duckweed is a unique plant source of vitamin B12.

Vitamin B12, also known as cobalamin, is a vitamin that your body very much needs but is unable to produce. It is mostly found in animal sources but is also added to certain food products.

Vitamin B12 benefits the body in a wide variety of ways including the following:

֍ It can boost your levels of energy.
֍ It helps the production of red blood cells.
֍ It can prevent birth defects making it important for pregnant women.
֍ Might have brain health benefits.
֍ May help protect against depression.
֍ Supports healthy skin and hair.

BONE HEALTH

Duckweed contains minerals like calcium, which is known for making the bones stronger and healthier while the vitamin B12 it contains has also been linked to bone health and strength.

One study involving over 2500 adults found that people with a deficiency in vitamin B12 had lower than average bone mineral density. (4)

Other studies have revealed a link between low B12 levels and poor bones, which in turn can lead to osteoporosis particularly in women. (5) ... ...

SUSTAINABILITY

Companies in Israel have started to grow the Mankai species of duckweed in closed environments. It is good for the environment and is highly sustainable. When compared to other nutritious foods like spinach, kale and soy, duckweed requires just a fraction of the water to produce a gram of protein.

Not only does it help save water, but can be grown all the year round with hydroponic cultivation methods. ... ...

WHAT DOES DUCKWEED TASTE LIKE?

Duckweed confers plenty of nutrients but not a great deal of flavor. The plant has a mild, neutral flavor and is completely odorless. I add it to omelets and soups and it adds a small amount of flavor reminiscent of spinach.

IS DUCKWEED SAFE TO EAT?

As long as your duckweed comes from a clean source, it is safe for human consumption. There is however concern about the high levels of calcium oxalate found in the plan (2-4% by weight). Calcium oxalate is also present in other leafy green vegetables like swiss chard and spinach but at a considerably lower level. Calcium oxalate may be toxic in very large doses. Cooking your duckweed can reduce the levels of calcium oxalate found in the plant. ... ...

FINAL THOUGHTS
Duckweed has been eaten in parts of Asia for a very long time and it is only now that the West has started to evaluate its potential benefits for human consumption. ... ...

While research is at a very early stage, the evidence so far suggests that this plant is highly sustainable and could provide an excellent source of nutrients for an affordable price.

At the time of writing, duckweed is not being commercially grown for human consumption but that may well change soon.

(1) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31076421
(2) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30915471
(3) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30591380
(4) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15619681
(5) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12612156

https://healthyfocus.org/health-benefits-of-duckweed-for-humans/
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