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Peru: Are chillies and peppers Super Foods?

Chillies and peppers, front-line protagonists in the Peruvian cuisine boom, are currently gaining space in the international markets, where they have a vast potential. The goal of different institutions, such as the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina (UNALM), is to reinforce this trend. The UNALM is.....

Canada: CPMA supports The Great Big Crunch

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association will be on Parliament Hill this coming Thursday to support The Great Big Crunch, an event to highlight the importance of childhood nutrition. To promote The Great Big Crunch, politicians, supporters and local school children will be gathering on the steps of.....

Japan: Scientists increase nutrients in factory vegetables

Vegetables grown in a factory with no pesticide chemicals might be safer to eat than field-grown vegetables, but consumers are still reluctant to bite. To correct this, Kyoto Prefectural University has a nutritious sales pitch it hopes will make them more appetizing.It says it has developed the technology at.....

US (CA): UnitedAg opens second health & wellness clinic

UnitedAg, a member-owned agricultural trade association representing more than 650 organizations in California and Arizona, has opened its second Health & Wellness Clinic. The first was in Visalia and the second is in Santa Maria, Calif. open to all UnitedAg members’ covered employees and dependents, the.....

Reimagining hospital nutrition

The primary purpose of hospitals is to help patients get healthier. So why is the nutrition in hospitals often an afterthought? No one expects to come home from the hospital raving about the applesauce, but most people expect healthy food. Recently published studies indicate that, beyond taste appeal, many.....

Canada: Third lawsuit over tainted MMJ

A third class-action lawsuit launched Tuesday over tainted medical marijuana raises new questions about Health Canada’s recent conclusion that patients who consumed products containing banned pesticides were unlikely to experience any adverse health consequences.A Nova Scotia man listed in the proposed suit.....

Glyphosate not classified as a carcinogen by ECHA

ECHA's Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) agrees to maintain the current harmonised classification of glyphosate as a substance causing serious eye damage and being toxic to aquatic life with long-lasting effects. RAC concluded that the available scientific evidence did not meet the criteria to classify.....

US: Farm-to-school/farmers market nutrition survey looking for Mid-Atlantic growers

Fruit or vegetable farmers in the Mid-Atlantic region (PA, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV, and DC) that have participated or have considered participating in:Farm to School sales or activities, ORFarmers’ Market Nutrition Incentive programs (like FMNP & SNAP matching programs)are invited to participate in a survey.....

Berries and leafy veg: top heart health foods

Nutrition researcher Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C., president and founder of the nonprofit Physicians Committee, is one of 12 authors of “Trending Cardiovascular Nutrition Controversies” in the March 7, 2017 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, which recommends whole food, plant-based.....

Switching varieties could remedy tomato allergy

There is only a very small proportion of the population who may be allergic, and the Heritage Food Crops Research Trust may have the solution - change your tomato!The trust has been researching the potential health benefits of some heritage tangerine tomatoes.In 2015 they sent seeds to France for trialling.....

Eating "10 a day" of fruit & veg could prevent 7.8m deaths a year

According to a new study by Imperial College London the ever popular "5 a day" saying for fruit and vegetables could be updated to "10 a day". The study, which analysed 95 studies involving two million people's eating habits showed that increased consumption reduced the chance of heart attack, stroke, cancer.....

The effect of LED grow lights on human health

The rapid increase in the use of LED technology for horticultural lighting applications has also raised discussions regarding the potential human health risks compared to legacy lighting solutions. This is somewhat due to the differences in visual appearance (colour and intensities) of the light in such.....

Lettuce-based hemophilia therapy shows promise

People with hemophilia require regular infusions of clotting factor to prevent them from experiencing uncontrolled bleeding. But a significant fraction develop antibodies against the clotting factor, essentially experiencing an allergic reaction to the very treatment that can prolong their lives.Researchers.....

Vegetables irrigated with sewage water causing hepatitis in Pakistan

The Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) has announced in a report that vegetables being grown with sewage water are causing diseases including hepatitis and cancer.According to the report, sewage water was not only hazardous in itself, but the use of cleaning acids in homes and chemicals in.....