We are doing this for our health, and yours, too.
And Traci Gosier’s talk is about health:
What is the program? Georgia Working on Health Initiative. The
initiative aims to reduce the burden of chronic disease by
partnering with Georgia businesses to create and enhance healthy
worksite environments and improve employee health.
Research, including studies presented at the conference in Istanbul,
is showing that organic agriculture can deliver reliably high yields
”and that organic fields thrive in the face of disaster and
duress, where chemical-reliant crops falter. Organic fields, for
example, fare significantly better than chemically managed ones in
the face of extreme weather, such as droughts or floods.
Well, this is unexpected.
Recent research shows a compound in okra
“promotes selective antitumor effects in human breast cancer cells and may represent a potential therapeutic to combat human breast cancer.”
The anti-tumor effects of a newly-discovered lectin, isolated from
okra, Abelmoschus esculentus (AEL), were investigated in human
breast cancer (MCF7) and skin fibroblast (CCD-1059 sk) cells. AEL
induced significant cell growth inhibition (63 %) in MCF7 cells. The
expression of pro-apoptotic caspase-3, caspase-9, and p21 genes was
increased in MCF7 cells treated with AEL, compared to those treated
with controls. In addition, AEL treatment increased the Bax/Bcl-2
ratio in MCF7 cells. Flow cytometry also indicated that cell death
(72 %) predominantly occurred through apoptosis. Thus, AEL in its
native form promotes selective antitumor effects in human breast
cancer cells and may represent a potential therapeutic to combat
human breast cancer.
Don’t get your hopes up about that 72% figure: that seems to be
that when cancer cell death occurred, 72% of it was related,
not that 72% of cancer cells were killed.
The 63% cancer cell growth inhibition does seem promising, though.
There are even hints in another paper that okra may be related to lower rates of prostate cancer: Continue reading →
Lowndes County Partnership for Health picked up some OPF
red potatoes to sell at their Mobile Market.
Next week probably OPF okra.
And every week other good vegetables and fruits from other farmers.
It’s Tuesday – know what that means? The Mobile Market, full of fresh fruits and vegetables, will be at Barnes Drug Store Downtown Valdosta from 2:30-4:30! They’re there every Tuesday! Come by and see them…they accept all forms of payment.
This presentation will touch on growing herbs for pleasure, growing
herbs for the fresh cut market and growing herbs in greenhouse
production for wholesale and retail sales. I will cover the joy and
positive healing energy these plants give, the passion of growing
and using them and how I got to this place.
“A village is happening out here,” B said during a tour
of her 114-acre farm’s greenhouses, gardens, retail shops and
resident flock of sheep. “If you think Walmart, we’re
absolutely the opposite. Small, local, knowledgeable, none of our
plants genetically modified with man-made chemicals.”
How do we prove to customers that our products are free of
genetically modified ingredients? while many homesteaders choose to
be not certified or certified naturally grown, consumers are
becoming more concerned with GMOs. We will offer practical tips for
insuring consumers, as well as how to on certifications & non-GMO
This two day event will begin with farm tours on Friday, January 24th ($50 and includes lunch).
Dinner and a movie ($5), on Friday evening is sponsored by the Lake Park Chamber of Commerce. The Saturday conference ($40 and includes lunch) will be a multi-track day, filled with informative talks about local growing, homesteading, multi-generational learning, and more.