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(MassLive) Seasonal flu and cold season approaches. Besides getting vaccinated against the flu, eating vegetables … can help boost your body's immune system, against viral and bacterial infections… Here are five foods that help the body fight disease… 1. Butternut squash… 2. Carrots… 3. Beets… 4. Ginger… 5. Red bell peppers.
(Science Daily) Researchers studied the dairy-eating habits of healthy French-Canadians' and monitored how dairy consumption may have an effect on their overall metabolic health. It's well known that dairy products contain calcium and minerals good for bones, but new research has shown that dairy consumption may also have beneficial effects on metabolic health and can reduce risk of metabolic diseases such as obesity and type 2 diabetes.
(Science Daily) A daily small serve of dairy food may reduce the risk of heart disease or stroke, even in communities where such foods have not traditionally formed part of the diet according to new research.
(Appetite for Health) A serving of kiwifruit (2 kiwis) has twice the vitamin C of an orange, as much potassium as a banana and the fiber of a bowl of whole grain cereal–all for less than 100 calories! If you’re still not convinced of kiwi’s all-star status, here are some more surprising facts that might just persuade you to join team kiwi.
(The Supermarket Guru) Farmigo is a start-up that delivers farm goods right to the consumers. This Brooklyn based company sells produce and other products like milk and cheese purchased directly from farmers. Users place an order online; the order is fulfilled by a farmer who transports it to a centralized packing hub; and then Farmigo delivers it to community drop-off points for the customer to pick up.  And this all happens within 48 hours.
As Founder Benzi Ronen told Fortune, “We don’t have a retail store. We get rid of all of that. We source just in time.” That means there’s no waste and produce is brought directly from harvest.
(Reuters) Two U.S. lawmakers are calling for action to rein in antibiotic use in livestock in response to a Reuters investigation showing how top U.S. poultry firms have been administering drugs to their flocks. U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, (D-NY), said she plans to introduce new legislation authorizing the Food and Drug Administration to collect data on “farm-level antibiotic use.” The pledge was part of a letter Gillibrand sent Tuesday to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg. In the letter, Gillibrand said that “the scale of injudicious use” of antibiotics in poultry production documented by Reuters “was staggering.”
(Thomson Reuters Foundation) Erratic weather, rising temperatures, declining water resources and labor shortages are threatening India's bread basket state of Haryana, forcing farmers to abandon age-old practices and adopt technology to ensure food supplies for millions. Using machines which sow rice directly, devices to inform when to irrigate and phone messages warning of infestations, thousands of farmers are learning to adapt to climate change, boost soil fertility and reduce their carbon emissions.
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