Do you know that Cassava’s high in iron and zinc could improve diets and health?

The “hidden hunger” caused by micronutrient deficiency is a global threat to human health, with particularly severe impacts in Africa. In Nigeria, 75 percent of preschool children and 67 percent of pregnant women are anemic, and 20 percent of children below five years suffer from zinc deficiency. Iron deficiency anemia affects the immune system, stunts growth and impairs cognitive development in children, while deficiency in zinc causes increased risk of death from diarrhea, stunting and reduced cognitive development. Developing new varieties of a staple food crop with elevated levels of…

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Where do the best strawberries grow?

Agricultural production benefits enormously from flower-visiting bees and other flower-visiting insects. Because of their supply of flowering plants and opportunities for nesting, hedgerows and the edges of forests represent important habitats for pollinators. A team from the departments of Functional Agrobiodiversity and Agroecology at the University of Göttingen has investigated whether hedgerows and their proximity to forests might have a positive effect on the pollination of strawberries. It was found that both the weight and the quality of strawberries increased when strawberry plants were placed at hedgerows or at hedgerows…

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Small number of crops are now dominating globally

A new U of T study suggests that globally we’re growing more of the same kinds of crops, and this presents major challenges for agricultural sustainability on a global scale. The study, done by an international team of researchers led by U of T assistant professor Adam Martin, used data from the U.N.’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) to look at which crops were grown where on large-scale industrial farmlands from 1961 to 2014. They found that within regions crop diversity has actually increased in North America for example, 93…

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Reasons why Bupleurum is good for your Health

Bupleurum

Bupleurum is a plant that has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to promote detoxification for over 2,000 years. You can also use bupleurum to improve the health of your liver, boost adrenal gland function, treat depression associated with PMS or menopause, relieve seizures and fight ovarian cancer. Bupleurum: The Detoxifying Ancient Herb that Boosts Liver Health By Annie Price, CHHC If you’re looking to cleanse your liver and improve your overall health, there’s one herb that stands out above the rest. I’m talking about bupleurum, a revered natural remedy of Traditional…

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A Step by Step Guide on How to Grow Strawberries

Strawberries are not commonly grown in Nigeria or some nearby countries not because its not popular but solely due to the fact that many farmers don’t know how to grow it or where to get the faster growing propagation materials like the seedlings and splits. Strawberries is cultivated worldwide for its fruit. The fruit is widely appreciated for its unique characteristics ranging from the aroma, bright red color, juicy texture, and sweetness. It is consumed in large quantities, either fresh or in such prepared foods as preserves, juice, pies, ice…

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Reasons why Boswellia Seratta is good for your health

Extracts derived from tress of the genus called boswellia contain powerful compounds that reduce inflammation, fight cancer and prevent heart disease. Use boswellia extract to improve your immunity, reduce arthritis pain, speed up healing and prevent autoimmune disease. Boswellia serrata, a potential antiinflammatory agent: an overview The resin of Boswellia species has been used as incense in religious and cultural ceremonies and in medicines since time immemorial. Boswellia serrata (Salai/Salai guggul), is a moderate to large sized branching tree of family Burseraceae (Genus Boswellia), grows in dry mountainous regions of…

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Reasons why Borage plant is good for you

Borage is a plant that’s used for medicinal purposes. The flowers, leaves and oil from the seeds can be used to improve skin conditions like eczema, reduce fever, and relieve conditions like cough, rheumatoid arthritis and pain caused by inflammation. Borage oil contains high amounts of GLA, a type of omega-6 fatty acid that is helpful for treating a wide range of health issues, like PMS symptoms, ADHD, bone loss, hormone imbalances, respiratory conditions, heart disease and stroke. 7 Borage Oil Benefits for Skin, Arthritis and Inflammation According to Dr.…

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A tomato for everyone: ‘Sunviva’ for the good of all

Plant breeders at the University of Göttingen and Agrecol have launched a joint initiative to protect seeds as common property. Agrecol developed an “Open Source Seed Licence,” which legally protects seeds as commons (ie a natural resource accessible to all members of society) and thus protects them from patenting and similar issues such as “plant variety protection.” The results were published in the journal PLOS Biology. “It is with great concern that we have watched as worldwide access to breeding material is increasingly restricted by private-sector interests. Among other things,…

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Research Reveals the History of Corn Domestication

Smithsonian scientists and collaborators are revising the history of one of the world’s most important crops. Drawing on genetic and archaeological evidence, researchers have found that a predecessor of today’s corn plants still bearing many features of its wild ancestor was likely brought to South America from Mexico more than 6,500 years ago. Farmers in Mexico and the southwestern Amazon continued to improve the crop over thousands of years until it was fully domesticated in each region. The findings, reported Dec. 13 in the journal Science, come from a multidisciplinary,…

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Are you aware of the Health Benefits of Boldo?

Peumus boldus Mol., more commonly known as Boldo, is a Chilean tree that has been used for thousands of years for its medicinal benefits. It’s an effective antioxidant that can be used to prevent diseases caused by free radical damage. Recently, Boldo is also known to relieve gastrointestinal issues, bladder infections, gallstones and liver disease. It also works as a diuretic, increasing urine flow and promoting detoxification. Boldo is also recognized as a herbal remedy in a number of pharmacopoeias, mainly for the treatment of liver ailments. Boldine in particular,…

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Reasons why Black Currant is good for your Health

There are so many health benefits that are associated with our natural God given herbs, roots and spice of which Black currant is not an exemption. Black currant (Ribes nigrum) is known as a small shrub which belongs to the gooseberry family of plants. The bush produces dark purple, nutrient-dense berries that are loaded with vitamin C. These berries are rich in anthocyanins, which possess many health-promoting properties, including the ability to prevent obesity, heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Eating black currant berries can also promote eye health, kill pathogens…

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