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Tag: rice

India’s Miracle Crops

When the words ‘miracle’ and ‘crops’ show up in the same sentence, some type of genetic modification is typically involved. However, when it comes to the story of Sumant Kumar and his rice crop, only all-natural, non-genetically modified processes were used. By applying only manure and no herbicides, Kumar was able to produce the largest amount of rice on one hectare of land in history.

A modest farmer in the village of Darveshpura, Sumant Kumar never expected to create world records with his rice crop. He anticipated a good season due to the heavy rains his village had experienced, but he never could have imagined producing the amount of rice that he yielded. Through all-natural means, Kumar grew 22.4 tons of rice on just one hectare of land. To prove just how wild this amount is, this farmer typically yielded 4 to 5 tons of rice per hectare previously.
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Arsenic. When I hear that word I immediately think of a TV mystery where someone’s lover is poisoned to death via the toxin. Today, arsenic is not the star in some made-for-tv drama but rather a news-maker for a completely different reason. Arsenic is in our food and you could be eating it every day. Have you read the recent reports of elevated arsenic levels in apple juice? Just weeks later, and now, it’s showing up in many organic food products.

Environmental chemist, Brian P. Jackson, and his team at Dartmouth, discovered that organic foods containing the popular alternative sweetener, brown rice syrup, tested high for arsenic. Among the foods tested were infant formula, cereal bars, energy bars, and energy “shots.”
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The Paleo Diet: So Easy a Caveman Could Do It (Part 1 of 3)

This is a guest post by Traver H. Boehm. Be Food Smart showcases voices from all fronts of the food movement. Know of a blogger, farmer or passionate food writer who may be interested? Contact us or provide details in your comment.

Banksy's Caveman

Photo by Stefan Kloo

This is Part 1 of a Three-Part Series on The Paleo Diet.

By September 9, 2011, the words “Paleo Diet” or “Caveman Diet” have entered into the public lexicon to some degree.  Everyone has a cousin who knows someone who’s tried the diet and has developed an opinion from there.

I remember back to the very first nutrition seminar that I ever listened to as a CrossFitter.  A stunning woman named Nicole Carrol came into my gym in Santa Monica and proceeded to tell us that just about everything that I enjoyed in life – white rice, wine, Ben & Jerry’s (I almost walked out), chips with or without salsa, and on and on, was now off limits.
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