September 2013 Blog Posts (34)

Great Idea for your own Food Cart Coffee or Smoothie Bike

GO GREEN! Get your own business on A BIKE!

Start-up now with this concept of a business with a coffee/smoothie bike. I seen this and people come to see the bike and enjoy the food. It's a great idea for your local…

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Added by Dr. Smoothie on September 26, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

Mediterranean Mushroom-Stuffed Tomatoes

Ingredients (Serves 4*)

4 medium-large tomatoes

4 teaspoons table salt

4 tablespoons olive oil

2 cups mixed fresh mushrooms (e.g. a mix using 2-3 varieties - white button, crimini, portabella, shiitake, enoki, oyster or king…

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Added by Info4YourLife on September 26, 2013 at 9:39am — No Comments

Mushroom Quesadillas

Makes 4.

1 tablespoon butter

200 g mushrooms (oyster, cremini, button & shitake), sliced

1 onion, diced

1 jalapeno, minced

3 cloves garlic, minced

pinch salt and pepper…

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Added by Info4YourLife on September 26, 2013 at 9:39am — No Comments

Mushrooms Go PINK in support of breast cancer research

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in Canadian women. According to the Canadian Cancer Society, an estimated 23,800 women were diagnosed with breast cancer, and sadly 5,000 will die of it.“Breast cancer has touched most of our lives and we've all seen, firsthand, how devastating it can be,” says…

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Added by Info4YourLife on September 26, 2013 at 9:38am — No Comments

Eating more produce is key to good health

Families searching for the best food options may wonder whether they get more nutrients by buying organic fruits and vegetables. A recent study from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has confirmed that the nutritional benefits are the same whether the food is grown with – or without – the help of pest control products.

Even more importantly, the study asserts that eating fresh produce is imperative to good health. In fact, it is estimated that approximately…

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Added by Info4YourLife on September 26, 2013 at 9:37am — No Comments

Pesticides offer protection for crops

Crop protection products – or pesticides, as they are also called – help farmers protect their crops. This is important because unless crops are protected from insects, weeds and diseases, the amount of food that gets harvested will decrease significantly.

A recent study commissioned by CropLife Canada revealed that annual losses for Canada's most successful fruit crops would total more than $500 million, because close to 70 per cent of the crops would…

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Added by Info4YourLife on September 26, 2013 at 9:37am — No Comments

Technology makes Canada a land of plenty

Canada's reputation as a place with an abundant supply of safe and healthy food wouldn't be nearly as renowned if farmers didn't have access to the latest in agricultural technology.

Farmers rely on a host of tools, including pesticides and plant biotechnology, to help them to consistently grow…

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Added by Info4YourLife on September 26, 2013 at 9:37am — No Comments

Anti-technology activists deprive the poor of meaningful benefits

According to the Daily Mail, activists intent on hindering agricultural progress are actually doing more harm than good.

The UK-based publication recently highlighted examples of how ideological opposition to plant biotechnology is impeding progress on technologies that could be helping the world. According to the Daily Mail:

• German-based BASF has given up hope of getting blight-resistant potatoes approved in Europe because of obstacles to…

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Added by Info4YourLife on September 26, 2013 at 9:36am — No Comments

Agriculture and food security go hand in hand

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that about one in every eight people around the world suffers from chronic undernourishment. In 2011, 165 million children under the age of five had stunted growth, which has severe impacts on long-term health. In the same year it was estimated that two…

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Added by Info4YourLife on September 26, 2013 at 9:36am — No Comments

What does plant biotechnology mean for consumers?

Plant biotechnology helps farmers provide Canadian consumers with safe, nutritious and affordable food, according to CropLife Canada.

In the future, scientists are looking to use plant biotechnology to:

• Provide consumers with foods with disease-fighting properties like increased vitamin levels;

• Provide consumers with foods that have a longer shelf life;

• Identify, reduce and remove the allergenic…

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Added by Info4YourLife on September 26, 2013 at 9:35am — No Comments

Consider cooking with canola oil

The bright yellow canola fields that span the Prairie provinces produce some of the healthiest cooking oil in the world. Canola seeds are crushed to form canola oil, a top choice for heart-healthy cooking oil.

“Health professionals recommend that sources of saturated fat be reduced and replaced…

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Added by Info4YourLife on September 26, 2013 at 9:35am — No Comments

Organic and conventional farming have a lot in common

Deciding whether or not organic or conventional produce is the right choice for your family can be quite confusing.

But, these farming practices aren't the polar opposites that many people think they are. According to CropLife Canada, organic and conventional farmers share many common practices…

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Added by Info4YourLife on September 26, 2013 at 9:34am — No Comments

Scientists develop hypo-allergenic apples

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but for individuals with allergies this hasn't been possible. Now, Italian scientists and researchers are working to create a hypo-allergenic apple through gene silencing, a process of genetic modification.

Allergies to apples are rarely as intense as an allergic reaction to shellfish or peanuts, but they often cause irritation for those allergic to birch pollen and can result in irritation or blistering on the tongue or…

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Added by Info4YourLife on September 26, 2013 at 9:32am — No Comments

Canadian fruits and vegetables are safe

Shopping at the grocery store can be confusing, especially when it comes to the difference between fruits and vegetables that are grown through conventional or organic methods. Are some safer than others?

Health Canada ensures that all fruits and vegetables sold in this country, whether produced through conventional or organic methods, are safe to eat.

According to a report released in 2012 by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which monitors…

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Added by Info4YourLife on September 26, 2013 at 9:31am — No Comments

Pesticide residues are strictly monitored

Did you know… our own, Canadian Food Inspection Agency monitors pesticide residue levels on food in Canada. According to a report released in 2012, 99 per cent of the fruits and vegetables they tested complied with Health Canada's standards for pesticide residues on food products and most had no detectable levels…

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Added by Info4YourLife on September 26, 2013 at 9:31am — No Comments

An apple a day for millions more

Did you know…Italian scientists are working to create a hypo-allergenic apple through gene silencing, a process of genetic modification? Allergies to apples cause irritation for those allergic to birch pollen and can result in irritation or blistering on the tongue or lips. A hypo-allergenic apple could provide relief to millions suffering from allergies.

Added by Info4YourLife on September 26, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

Corn is a gift of nutrition

Corn is one of the most diverse crops and is found in a number of products lining the shelves at the grocery store.

“Corn has been part of the diet of North Americans for thousands of years,” says Kim Arrey, a dietitian and nutritionist. “It is a good source of folic acid, and a source of vitamin C and fibre along with many important phytonutrients.”

Corn is also an important crop for farmers. Using plant biotechnology, plant breeders have…

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Added by Info4YourLife on September 26, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

Tips for a stress-free dinner party

Even for the most sophisticated home chef, preparing for a dinner party is a major challenge. While fresh ingredients are the foundation of a great recipe, it may mean numerous trips to the market when you can least afford the time.

So how can you keep your stress level at a minimum without…

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Added by Info4YourLife on September 26, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

Prevent spoilage to prevent wasted food

If you're like most Canadians, you likely spend more than one third of your weekly grocery budget on produce. How much of it never gets eaten?

A new study commissioned by the KitchenAid brand shows that the average Canadian spends approximately $40.80/week on fresh produce, but will throw out…

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Added by Info4YourLife on September 26, 2013 at 9:29am — No Comments

Quality produce is putting money where our mouth is

As farmers' markets bustle again with harvesting activity, it is clear that Canadians continue to embrace the local and organic food movement, even if it costs them more at the check-out. In fact, according to a survey commissioned by the KitchenAid brand, 55 per cent of Canadians are willing to pay more for premium…

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Added by Info4YourLife on September 26, 2013 at 9:28am — No Comments

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