Category: Healthcare & Nutrition
Filed in Agriculture & Food , Healthcare & Nutrition , May 5 2016
Joining forces, dairy farmers in the Netherlands and Uganda are learning from Indian experts about using medicinal herbs to prevent animal diseases and reduce the widespread reliance on antibiotics for livestock.
Many of us picture dairy farms with rolling green pastures and lazily grazing cows, but the vast majority of commercial dairy products come from intensive industrial farms optimized by modern technologies. Yet these “high-tech solutions” may also be the root of the industry’s main challenges.
A common problem on dairy farms—especially large-scale industrial farms—is mastitis, an udder infection that is responsible for 16.5 percent of dairy cattle deaths in the United States. In addition to shortening the cows’ lifespans, mastitis results in the production of lower-quality milk, with lower cheese yield and a shorter shelf life.
The most urgent problem related to antibiotic overuse is the development of drug resistance—when bacteria evolve to become stronger “superbugs” that are able to survive subsequent antibiotic applications. This resistance makes it increasingly difficult to cure bacterial infections in livestock as well as in humans, since many human medicines rely on the same types of drugs being used for livestock. Losing the effectiveness of antimicrobials renders many medical therapies increasingly risky, including organ transplantation and ... Read More
Filed in Agriculture & Food , Dining & Entertainment , Healthcare & Nutrition , Personal Care & Cosmetics , September 11 2015
There is increasing opposition to the use of Genetically Modified Organisms, more commonly known as “GMOs”. GMOs are artificially produced variants of plants or animals in which the genetic makeup of the organism has been altered to contain one or more genes not normally found in the organism’s DNA. Through genetic engineering, genes that control specific desired attributes in the native species are forced into the DNA of the GMO to give the host a similar trait. Because the genes of different, unrelated species are used, this process is called transgenic. GreenPages Directory supports consumer choice for Non-GMO products and listings that are identified as such can be viewed here: http://greenpagesdirectory.net/certifications/browse/non-gmo
The most common use of GMOs is in the farming industry where crops can be made resistant to parasites, frost and even herbicides. However, there are many applications for the modifying of organisms and the same biotechnological processes used to create corn impervious to RoundUp herbicide are used to produce Bovine Growth Hormone (rBST) to increase milk production in dairy cows; just as potatoes are modified to produce the effects of anticholera vaccine and spider genes are inserted into goat DNA to produce milk proteins that are stronger than ... Read More
Filed in Healthcare & Nutrition , Personal Care & Cosmetics , July 27 2015
This summer has been one of the hottest recorded in history. While hot temperatures means we can enjoy all that beautiful Vancouver has to offer outdoors, it also means we need to be careful and protect ourselves from the harmful effects of the radiation from the sun.
UV radiation damages our cells and can lead to wrinkles, brown spots, sun burns and skin cancer. The good news is that there are many great supplements you can take to protect your skin cells from UV damage. These supplements provide the antioxidants your skin needs to protect and heal from the damage of UV radiation. My favorite supplements include Grapeseed extract, Resveratrol, Vitamin E, Green tea and Glutathione. Click here to learn more about how you can protect your skin from sun damage and cancer naturally!
Yours in health,
Dr. Tasreen Alibhai, ND
Filed in Agriculture & Food , Ecosystems, Wildlife & Biodiversity , Healthcare & Nutrition , August 15 2014
Article By Laura Batcha, Executive Director and CEO of the Organic Trade Association (OTA) for the GreenMoney Journal.
As more and more world attention focuses on threats from global warming and its impact on agriculture, organic production practices and principles are providing hope to an environmentally challenged planet.
Studies continue to mount showing that organic farms are able to support more species biodiversity than their conventional counterparts. In fact, in one of the latest studies, researchers from the United Kingdom, Sweden and Switzerland published findings in 2014 in the Journal of Applied Ecology showing that different agricultural methods affect the diversity of life on farms. Their research found that on average, organic farms support 34 percent more plant, insect and animal species than conventional farms. In addition, organic farms had 50 percent high diversity in pollinator species such as bees.
“Organic methods could go some way towards halting the continued loss of diversity in industrialized nations,” according to Sean Tuck of Oxford University’s Department of Plant Science, lead author of the study.
For farmers who diligently work the earth using organic practices—starting with rejuvenating and building healthy soils, this is not news. However, it is a message that they desire consumers, agricultural agents, and policymakers to ... Read More
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