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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.  


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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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


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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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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Figthing Inflammation with Food

While inflammation is a natural and essential process of our body whenever it encounters foreign invaders, chronic inflammation is now being seen as a cause of many diseases such as atherosclerosis, arthritis, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, food intolerance, diabetes, heart disease and in some cases even cancer. It also accelerates the aging process. (Source – Department of Health and Human Services and American Heart Association) Apart from unavoidable conditions, chronic inflammation is caused by our modern lifestyle and eating habit. Stress, […]

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Local Uttarakhand Cuisine on NDTV Good Times


Catch Rocky and Mayur (from Highway on my Plate - a travel & food show where they travel across the country in search of memorable eating experiences) get a taste of some of the best pahadi food from Uttarakhand. The dishes that you see on the show are – Mint Chicken – Tradition Chicken preparation made with Fresh Mints Pahadi Mutton - Mutton preparation based on slow cooking over Whole Spices (Khada Masala) Bada - A Snack prepared by deep frying Paste made with […]

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Food Wastage

In the current debate over poverty line and the minimum price of food, do we realize that the real sufferers are the poor who are unable to manage the minimum daily dietary intake. While India produces a lot of food, why is it not able to feed its own population? Among other things, we need to realize a grim situation where we waste more than 400 kcal of food per person per day i.e. food enough to fulfill one-third of […]

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