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Nobody wants or needs GM potatoes, so why is Big Biotech intent on pushing it?

4/9/2015 - In November, the U.S. Department of Agriculture granted approval to biotech company Simplot's "Innate" variety of genetically modified (GM) potatoes. Yet in response to campaigns by GMO critics, both Frito-Lay and McDonald's have pledged not to use GM potatoes. "McDonald's USA does not source GMO...

Sweet potato leaves are packed with nutrition

1/31/2015 - While known for being a great source of vitamin C, a new study involving sweet potatoes identifies even more nutritional benefits associated with this very popular crop. Aside from being easily accessible, cheap and delicious, sweet potatoes are loaded with healthy vitamins, essential for maintaining...

Benefits of common root vegetables

1/7/2015 - Root vegetables are exactly what the name implies - they are the root of the plant. The most common root vegetables have become family staples: potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, and beets. High in vitamins and minerals that they absorb from the ground, root vegetables are full of nutrients...

As GMOs fail, Mozambique farmers turn to natural sweet potatoes to improve nutrition, yields and income

12/23/2014 - In an attempt to curb vitamin A deficiencies, Mozambican researchers have worked tirelessly to create a non-genetically modified (GM), vitamin-enriched sweet potato that comes in multiple varieties suitable for the climates in which they'll grow, according to a new report by SciDev.net. Dubbed the...

Researchers develop natural purple and red, anthocyanin-rich potatoes

12/16/2014 - Scientists from the Agricultural Research Service in Beltsville, Maryland, have used conventional, non-genetic engineering techniques to produce three new varieties of potato that are exceptionally high in antioxidants. Both the skin and flesh of the potatoes are red, purple or yellow. Some of the...

McDonald's rejects Simplot's new GM potato

11/29/2014 - Let's face it, consuming foods from McDonald's not only conjures up ever-increasing waistlines, but also stirs up thoughts of less-than-desirable meal surprises. For instance, there are a handful of stories about razor blades being found in sausage McMuffins or, as was the case for one woman in Illinois,...

Sweet potatoes: Carotenoid-rich tubers that boost vision and fight disease

7/11/2014 - Sweet potatoes are the tuberous roots of the sweet potato vine, which thrives in the warmest regions of the world. They are characterized by the vivid colors of their flesh, which range from deep orange to light purple, and tend to be longer and thinner than regular white potatoes (to which they're...

Elementary school science experiment proves organic food is cleaner, safer

5/17/2014 - Bud nip. Chlorpropham. You probably haven't heard of these chemicals before, but they are quietly lurking inside and on many of the conventional potatoes and sweet potatoes sold in grocery stores all across America. And one elementary school student by the name of Elise recently did a basic science...

French fried pesticide and the upcoming GMO potato

5/10/2014 - Health enthusiasts all talk about the dangers of consuming genetically modified corn, soy, canola, cottonseed oil and sugar beets (MSG), but what about GM potatoes? Surely fast food French fries aren't just cooked in genetically mutated, hydrogenated oils but come from potatoes that are bred to resist...

The surprising health benefits of potatoes

5/2/2014 - Regular white potatoes are one of the most controversial vegetables from a health perspective. Like many nightshade vegetables such as tomatoes, eggplants and peppers, potatoes are often associated with adverse reactions and can be difficult to find in high-quality form. That they're the main ingredient...

McDonald's poised to embrace new GMO potato farming in 2014 and beyond

1/7/2014 - A new variety of genetically modified potato could show up in Idaho as early as 2015. Nearly 13 years ago, customers revolted against Monsanto's transgenic NewLeaf potato, which contained synthetic bacteria to kill insect pests. Now, a new company, J.R. Simplot Co., aims to bring back genetically...

Super healthy sweet potatoes are good for more than just baking (includes 2 recipes)

11/3/2013 - Sweet potatoes, or yams, are among the world's healthiest foods and most delicious foods. Their health benefits, including weight management and cancer fighting abilities, far exceed those of ordinary white and yellow fleshed potatoes. They are great sources of vitamin A and also contain vitamin B6,...

Purple potatoes pack serious antioxidants compared to their white-fleshed counterparts

8/5/2013 - You may or may not have noticed a new potato in town at your local grocer or more likely at your local health food store. It is native to South America and is called the purple potato, named for its deep purple skin as well as the purple flesh within it. There are several types of the purple potato...

Frying potatoes to make chips or French fries produces a potent chemical carcinogen called acrylamide

2/1/2012 - It's not just the high fat content that makes potato chips and French fries bad for you; the very process used to cook them produces potent carcinogens inside the potatoes themselves. Baking, roasting or frying any starchy food at high temperatures causes the sugars found in these foods to combine...

Sweet potato nutrition - six amazing facts you need to know

11/12/2011 - One of the most nutritious foods on the traditional Thanksgiving menu is the sweet potato. These orange-skinned root vegetables offer a host of health benefits (especially when cooked without the unnecessary sugar and marshmallows). If you want to raise health consciousness around the dinner table this...

Biotech's dirty tricks exposed in new documentary: 'Scientists Under Attack'

10/7/2011 - "One question means one career." This was the harsh warning of UC Berkeley Professor Ignacio Chapela for those daring to conduct independent research on genetically engineered foods and crops. "You ask one question, you get the answer and you might or might not be able to publish it; but that is the...

Potatoes may help reduce blood pressure without affecting weight

9/3/2011 6:41:36 PM - A new study conducted by chemistry professor Joe Vinson at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania has revealed that spuds may be suffering from an undeserved, ill reputation as a fattening, nutritionally empty food. Although they rank high on the glycemic index, potatoes are mistakenly considered...

Nine reasons to eat more sweet potatoes

3/1/2011 - Sweet potatoes are packed with nutrition. They are a great source of minerals such as manganese, folate, copper, and iron. The darker-colored variety is a great source of carotenes (precursor of vitamin A), vitamins C, B2, B6, E and biotin. Sweet potatoes are also a fantastic source of dietary fiber....

Potatoes hold nutritional benefits

2/5/2011 - The potato is versatile: you can bake it, boil it, mash it, fry it... you can even make pancakes from it. The potato is also (surprisingly) a healthy food that mankind has thrived on for thousands of years, even long before the invention of agriculture. This fascinating little tuber is actually quite...

Find Out How Potatoes Could Save Your Life

11/11/2010 - The commonly held conceptions regarding potatoes as unhealthy are basically false. Their health promoting properties are mostly unknown or ignored. Excluding French fries and potato chips, potatoes are considered super foods by some. There are rising concerns about potential food shortages within...

Sweet Potatoes: Improve Your Health with this Autumn Super Food

9/18/2009 - One of the most nutritious and beneficial foods that you can add to your diet is also one of the most famous of all the Fall comfort foods - sweet potatoes. Many Americans have this South American tuber (meaning root) as part of their Thanksgiving Day feast. Not only is this beautiful bright orange...

Grow Organic Potatoes in the Home Garden

5/7/2009 - Those building a seed collection may have wondered: where are the potato seeds? It turns out that potatoes are not usually grown from tiny seeds because the spuds themselves are seeds. As you have likely noticed, potatoes sprout eyes over time, and will go on to grow a whole plant under the right conditions....

Finding Happiness the Natural Way

3/6/2008 - In a blue funk. Apathetic. High-strung. Premenstrual woman from hell. Enervated. Grouchy. Spacey. Turning on the waterworks for no real reason. Swinging from repressed fear to rage like an angst-ridden green monster. Do any of these describe you? Before you pop that Prozac into your mouth, ask yourself:...

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