Time for tea: More scientific justifications for your tea break

Amazing what a cup of tea can do for you according to the latest science dispatches. Here’s but a sprinkling of reports suggesting that small actions consistently done can produce pretty incredible health outcomes. Go fix yourself a drink and check these little tea-based nuggets. First evidence that green tea extract enhances working memory. This […]

A-maize-ing

Popped Secret: The Mysterious Origin of Corn — HHMI BioInteractive Video I know, corny title. It’s the greatest transformation story of the vegetable world. About 9000 years ago farmers in southern Mexico started manipulating a grass called teosinthe. Today, the world runs on it. One of the leading food crops in the world, a source […]

Worm pee improves tomato seedling growth

Science proves what we have been using for years.  “Results showed that vermicompost-leachate can be a suitable soil amendment product to improve overall soil fertility and growth of tomato plants, even under temperature and water stress conditions.” That’s because it contains proteins, vitamins, and micro- and macro-elements such as nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. […]

Small-scale farmers: Saviours of world crop diversity

As much as 75 percent of global seed diversity in staple food crops is held and actively used by a wide range of small farmholders — workers of less than three to seven acres, who are predominantly women. These farmers, who often themselves live precariously, are a living seedbank keeping the genetic diversity of food plants flourishing. […]