Stacy Sackett

Americans Are Not Consuming Enough Fruits and Vegetables

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For a number of years the CDC has been studying the fruit and vegetable intake of Americans based on national dietary guidelines. Currently, the guidelines recommend 2-4 servings of fruit, and 3-5 servings of vegetables daily. In 2013 state and national surveys determined that on average, only 13% of americans met the recommended daily serving of fruit. As for vegetables, only 9% met the recommendation. These numbers seem less surprising […]

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A Brief Overview of Plant Life Cycles

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Plant types are grouped by the growing seasons required to complete a life cycle. In general, plants are classified as Annual, Biennial, Perennial, or Ephemeral. Factors that determine the classification of a plant include location, reproduction, and environmental roles. The harvest times for most produce varies depending upon environmental factors. Annual plants Are those whose life cycle is completed over a year’s time. Annuals are usually planted in the spring, […]

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Antibacterial Soap Ingredients Banned by FDA

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Just a short time ago the US FDA banned the manufacture of antibacterial hand soaps and body wash containing certain active chemical ingredients. This follows a proposed rule that began in December of 2013 to determine the effectiveness of the chemicals and consumer safety over an extended period of daily use, as concerns began to arise from studies that showed that Triclosan could be a key factor in bacterial resistance […]

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If Global Aviation Were a Country

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According to the National Resources Defense Council, If Aviation were a country it would be the 7th largest polluter in the world. The NRDC made the statement in a report in 2013 after an annual meeting of the International Air Transport Association. The IATA is a global association that represents 84% of air travel worldwide. In 2013 the industry was responsible for 3% of carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. […]

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The Monsanto – Bayer Merger

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Monsanto has announced that it has accepted a merger deal with Bayer AG for a $66 Billion dollar buyout with an acquisition proposal of $128 per share in cash. Money is the center focus of this merger, and leaves the question of what the future of agriculture will hold. According to Hugh Grant, CEO of Monsanto, it means “… an innovation engine for the next generation of farming.” To observe […]

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Magic in the Garden: Five Plants with Medicinal Properties

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Recently, when visiting family at my grandmother’s home on the old country road where I grew up, my son was outside playing with my brother in law near the garden. He pointed out to his uncle a small scratch that he had obtained while playing on the playground at school. My son later told me that his uncle had showed him a very neat plant, and had broken off a […]

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Monsanto Claims a Breach of its Constitutional Rights

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The Monsanto Company is again under fire as a recent report states that Glyphosate, the main ingredient in the company’s money-making Roundup herbicide, is the most widely used herbicide chemical in the world. Studies have suggested that this chemical is a possible human carcinogen. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency includes Glyphosate in it’s list of carcinogenic risk chemicals. The report, which was written by Charles M. Benbrook of the […]

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5 Areas of Health Positively Affected by Brahmi

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Bacopa Monnieri, also known as Brahmi, is an herb used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. This flowering plant is found in the wetlands and marshes of southern India, Australia, Europe, Africa, Asia, and North and South America. It is most commonly known for its beneficial effects on the Brain and Central Nervous System. The most widely recognized components of brahmi are Bacosides and Nitric Oxides. These chemicals impact the functions of […]

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Is Newspaper Safe for Your Garden?

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There is an ongoing debate in the agricultural world concerning the safety, or lack thereof, of newspaper use in a garden. Newspaper has been used widely in vegetable gardens as a mulch, as a natural weed killer, and even as potting cups. Newspaper is a biodegradable substance. The Nuffield Foundation, which focuses on science and social science, conducted an experiment with its students which demonstrated how microbes in the soil […]

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Plastic Bottles: Recycle or Repurpose?

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Repurposing old and used objects is a great way to help clean up the environment. Repurposing adds creative flair to a garden and offers the satisfaction of doing your part for the environment. Plastic bottles can be a nuisance. Piled in landfills, filling up garbage dumps, and littering the roads, these items like many other garbage items are tossed aside and allowed to pollute our environment. Recycling is the process […]

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The Issue of Sustainability: How Veterinary Medicine comes into Play

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The veterinary profession is one of the most overlooked and underrated professions worldwide. When we hear the word “veterinarian” we tend to think of the friendly ol’ doc’ down at the local clinic, who gives scruffy the dog his annual vaccinations and spayed the barn cat. Oftentimes, the enormity of veterinary study goes unappreciated. Veterinarians must learn the anatomy, biology, and physiology of many species rather than just one, and […]

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Fungi and Mould, the Great Decomposers

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Fungi and Mold can be found on almost any surface on the planet. There are an estimated one million or more species of these single organisms; about one hundred of which can be found in or on the human body.

Many of these fungi are extremely beneficial to the environment and to human health; while others are dangerous, even deadly. In any case, these organisms serve one core purpose: decomposition.

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