Farmigo: Removing The Pain of Running a CSA We are right in the middle of prime growing season for farms in the northern hemisphere. For an increasing number of people, that means signing up to get produce directly from farmers via CSAs. On paper, it sounds like a good thing: Consumers get fresh, local produce, often exactly what they specify. It’s typically organic. The food miles compared to typical store bought produce are drastically reduced. But there’s a problem: It’s quite cumbersome for farmers to manage a CSA program. Somebody ends up doing most of the work keeping the CSA going, keeping them away from doing what they enjoy most: working the land. I know I’ve often shied away from CSAs, since they often require an upfront payment, often several hundred dollars. You as a customer can locate and choose your pickup point via a map generated based on your location and get directions to the pick-up spot. Readers: Are you a farmer? Scroll down to see comments.
Shop for Local and Organic Groceries - Online! Community-supported agriculture Community-supported agriculture (CSA; sometimes known as community-shared agriculture) is an alternative, locally-based economic model of agriculture and food distribution. A CSA also refers to a particular network or association of individuals who have pledged to support one or more local farms, with growers and consumers sharing the risks and benefits of food production. CSA members or subscribers pay at the onset of the growing season for a share of the anticipated harvest; once harvesting begins, they receive weekly shares of vegetables and fruit, in a vegetable box scheme. Often, CSAs also include herbs, honey, eggs, dairy products and meat, in addition to conventional produce offerings.In theory a CSA can provide any product to its members, although the majority of CSA operations tend to provide produce, fruits, and various edibles. Some CSA programs also include cut flowers and various ornamental plants as part of their weekly pickup arrangement. History Structure
Nutrino: Smart Nutrition | Nutrino Study: Antibacterial spices in food Fans of hot, spicy cuisine can thank nasty bacteria and other foodborne pathogens for the recipes that come -- not so coincidentally -- from countries with hot climates. Humans' use of antimicrobial spices developed in parallel with food-spoilage microorganisms, Cornell University biologists have demonstrated in a international survey of spice use in cooking. The same chemical compounds that protect the spiciest spice plants from their natural enemies are at work today in foods from parts of the world where -- before refrigeration -- food-spoilage microbes were an even more serious threat to human health and survival than they are today, Jennifer Billing and Paul W. Sherman report in the March 1998 issue of the journal Quarterly Review of Biology. "The proximate reason for spice use obviously is to enhance food palatability," says Sherman, an evolutionary biologist and professor of neurobiology and behavior at Cornell. "But why do spices taste good? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.
Bar Power Is A Nightlife App To Help You Be Less Of A Jerk At Bars Once you’ve had a few drinks at a bar it’s easy to let loose and blow off steam. Unfortunately, while you’re having fun, you could end up annoying others around you, namely the staff at the venue you’re at. By acting like a fool, you’re jeopardizing your future visits, since bartenders tend to remember who was a jerk and who was a great customer. A project at our Disrupt Hackathon called “Bar Power” is an app that will remind you to “not be a douchebag.” The really interesting part of the app comes into play when you’ve done something wrong. I chatted with the team who built it, Patricia Ju and Chris Baily, and they discussed their reasons for creating Bar Power, mostly stemming from Baily’s professional experience in the bar scene. Once you’re in the app, you select the bar that you’re at and then start doing the nice things that it tells you to do.
Arsenic Arsenic is a chemical element with symbol As and atomic number 33. Arsenic occurs in many minerals, usually in conjunction with sulfur and metals, and also as a pure elemental crystal. It was first documented by Albertus Magnus in 1250. Arsenic is a metalloid. It can exist in various allotropes, although only the gray form has important use in industry. The main use of metallic arsenic is for strengthening alloys of copper and especially lead (for example, in car batteries). Arsenic is a common n-type dopant in semiconductor electronic devices, and the optoelectronic compound gallium arsenide is the most common semiconductor in use after doped silicon. Arsenic is notoriously poisonous to multicellular life, although a few species of bacteria are able to use arsenic compounds as respiratory metabolites. Characteristics Physical characteristics Crystal structure common to Sb, AsSb and gray As Isotopes Chemistry Compounds Inorganic compounds Alloys
HealthyOut Is Like A Personal Nutritionist For Healthy Food Deliveries New York-based startup HealthyOut already has a popular iPhone and Android app for quickly finding nearby restaurants and dishes that users can order and have delivered. Today at Disrupt NY 2013, HealthyOut is unveiling a new service, which will provide users with personalized menus of food delivered to help them lose weight or just eat better overall. Launching first in New York City, HealthyOut’s delivery service is designed to provide users with healthy options two times a day, five days a week. By combing through the menus of restaurants around the city that deliver, HealthyOut will come up with 10 meals a week that can automatically be sent to a customer’s home or office. Now, there’s no shortage of food delivery services out there. HealthyOut is designed to be “your own personal concierge and nutritionist planning out your meals,” co-founder Wendy Nguyen told me. “Everyone knows go-to meals around a given spot,” Nguyen told me. Judge Q&A Q: What’s the cost to consumers?
Fiery Foods and Barbecue SuperSite - Why Cooks Spice Up Their Foods Why Cooks Spice Up Their Foods There are a number of explanations for why we have added spices such as chile peppers to our foods over the tens or hundreds of thousands of years that we have been cooking. They are: Spices make foods taste better. Which of these explanations are correct? The First Cornell University Study In 1998, Jennifer Billing and Paul W. The first thing they discovered was that many spices were incredibly antibacterial. Next, they learned that "Countries with hotter climates used spices more frequently than countries with cooler climates. The researchers addressed the various theories. Billing and Sherman discounted the "eat-to-sweat" theory, noting that not all spices make people sweat and that there are easier ways to cool down, like moving into the shade. That leaves just two theories: that spices make foods taste good, and that they kill harmful bacteria–and those two theories are inseparable. The Second Cornell University Study In 2001, Paul W. Top of Page Comments
HealthyOut Inexpensive Arsenic Filtration System Uses Cattails, Aquatic Weeds – Blue Living Ideas Purification Published on July 15th, 2009 | by Derek Markham An environmental and civil engineer has developed an inexpensive arsenic filtration system that uses aquatic plants, namely cattails, to remove poisonous arsenic from drinking water, which could improve the health of millions in countries around the world whose local water supplies are naturally contaminated with the toxic substance. Jeremiah D. Jackson set up an experiment on his patio, with cattails planted in sand in five-gallon buckets filled with water. He ran the experiment for about six weeks, and found that it resulted in an 89% removal of arsenic to about 37 micrograms per liter, a level below the world health standard of 50 micrograms per liter. “The cattail actually thinks the arsenic is a nutrient. By his calculations, a system like his would cost a family about 21 cents per 1,000 gallons of treated water (compared to more complex technologies costing from $50 to $300 per 1,000 gallons). [Via] About the Author
Diner Connection Inexpensive Arsenic Filtration System Based on Cattails Could Help Clean Up the Drinking Water of 57 Million People Photos: Jon Clark/Flickr, CC Awesome Discovery! According to the World Health Organization's fact sheet about arsenic in drinking water, there are between 46-57 million people globally who are exposed to levels of arsenic higher than the "safe" 0.01 mg/l. It all started when Jeremiah's brother told him about the big problem of arsenic in drinking water in eastern India and Bangladesh. Jackson says: In India, it chronically shortened people's life spans to 55 years, which is about 35 years less than what we have; and primarily that's attributed to the arsenic poisoning. How to Get that Arsenic Out? First he started by looking at what was already known about arsenic removal by aquatic plants, and found pretty much nothing. The next step was to build a prototype cheap enough that an average Indian family could build it to filter about 50 liters of drinking water each day. Photo: Flickr, CC He said: "The cattail actually thinks the arsenic is a nutrient. And this is just a start!
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