Shelf Life of Food


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Ever wondered if it’s okay to eat a 2 months old cheese? Or, if that organic honey that you bought last year is still suitable for consumption? Here’s a cheat sheet which will always help you. by LindsaySnowOsborn. Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.  

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Why do I need Antioxidants?


Antioxidants – A term that you must have heard more than often, every time you visit the grocery store and pick up a food item. But, what exactly are antioxidants and why are they so important in our life? Going by the definition, An antioxidant is a molecule that inhibits the oxidation of other molecules.  But, isn’t oxidation a natural process that is bound to happen? Well, it is. But the problem arises when Oxidation produces Free Radicals, which can […]

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Is your plate full of pesticides?


It was always hard to believe that everything was right with our plates. In a study done by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), where they had picked up random samples of fruits and vegetables from across the country, they found that vegetables, such as brinjal, cauliflower and cabbage had a pesticide presence of as much as 860% above permissible limit. Wheat and Rice were safe either, with level of certain chemicals reaching almost 100 times more that […]

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Open Source Project Transforms Ocean Water into Drinking Water


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Italian designer Gabriele Diamanti (@GabDiamanti) has invented Eliodomestico, an eco-distiller running on solar power, to provide safe drinking-water for people in developing countries: a very simple way to produce healthy, bacteria-free water. Eliodomestico from gabriele diamanti on Vimeo. Eliodomestico is an open source project and innovators are encouraged to develop variants based on this project. Do you think that a solution like this is a stepping step towards ending our drinking water woes.

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US FDA move to ban Trans Fat. Will India Follow?


In what can be termed as a major move, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced taking steps that ban trans fat in processed food. Trans Fats are a type of unsaturated fat, which is uncommon in nature but can be easily created artificially. Animal-based fats were once the only trans fats consumed. However, majority of trans fat consumed today is created by the processed food industry as a side effect of partially hydrogenating unsaturated plant fats (generally vegetable oils). These […]

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Infographic: Truth behind Fast-Food TV Advertising for Kids


Many of us won’t know but Fast Food companies, under pressure from parents, had pledged that they will self regulate their advertising targeted at children. The corresponding Children’s Advertising Review Unit and Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative recommendations that food products—as opposed to toys, movie tie-ins and brands—should be the focus of youth marketing messages. But, is this really happening? Research from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Original) will tell you the truth. by Whoisshih. Explore more infographics from the Foundation.  

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Community Managed Sustainable Agriculture


Community Managed Sustainable Agriculture

While there is rampant usage of pesticides, insecticides, fertilizers and GMO seeds – all in the name of helping farmers earn a better living, here is the real story around sustainable agricultural practices actually benefiting farmers in Andhra Pradesh. Community Managed Sustainable Agriculture (CMSA) encorages natural farming and is shifting farming from being input intensive to knowledge intensive. The key to CSMA is – Non Pesticide Management Integrated Nutrient Management Inter Cropping This practice has not only been able to recharge […]

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Great Pacific Garbage Patch


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We recently came across an amazing video, which is part of a larger project called Midway Film. Midway Island, which is roughly equidistant between North America and Asia, is thousands of kilometers away from any civilization. Yet, it does not remain the way nature intended it to be. It is part of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an area called so due to the exceptionally high concentrations of pelagic plastics, chemical sludge and other debris that have been trapped by the currents of […]

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Why should I eat Flaxseeds?


  Is Flaxseed the new wonder food? Though you might think that we have discovered the benefits of Flaxseed only a couple of decades back, you will be surprised to know that it was cultivated as early as in 30,000 BC and in the 8th century King Charlemagne is believed to have passed a law requiring his subjects to consume flaxseeds. So, what exactly do flaxseeds offer?  Omega 3 Fatty Acids which is vital for metabolism and is effective for a […]

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GMO Debate – 14 year old explains it all


Understanding GMO through a kid activist

GMO or Genetically Modified Organism is a word often discussed and confused. While most adults would not have a very clear conclusion on the merits/demerits of GMO food and their stand on the topic, have a look at 14 year old Rachel Parent debating the issue with two seasoned news journalists and putting forward her arguments in a clear and concise manner. A little more about Rachel Parent – Rachel is the founder of Kids Right to Know and is leading youth in […]

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