Monday, February 7, 2011

Get your garden spade ready!

With Spring right around the corner, and the "scare" of GM or GE foods in the market,
there's no better time then now to start your own garden.
The cool climate of Ontario means a shorter growing season for most plants, especially annuals. Extend your growing season by starting seeds indoors.
Heirloom and organic seeds are easily available, and there is tons of info on the web to get you in the right direction.
There is nothing like enjoying a slice of fresh tomato still warm from the sun!

Introducing----- PPQ

Pyrroloquinoline quinone (PPQ)
Once viewed as a nonessential antioxidant, PPQ was first discovered in 1979, although it wasn't immediately recognized as a vitamin. In 1995, a study in the Nutrition Review, discussed PPQ's usefulness as an antioxidant in fighting cellular damage. A recient study had firmly established PPQ as the first nre vitamin to be identified by scientists in 55 years.
The best know source of PPQ is natto.
Other PPQ-rich foods include parsley, greem tea, green peppers, kiwi and papaya.

Friday, February 4, 2011


Summary of Enviropig (from

The goal of the GM Enviropig™ is to provide intensive livestock operations (factory farms) with a product to reduce the amount of polluting phosphorous they produce. Phosphorous from animal manure is a nutrient for plants that becomes a pollutant if there is too much of it for crops to absorb, and the excess runs off into streams and lakes. Researchers claim that the feces from Enviropig™ could contain 30 to 70.7% less phosphorus.
Enviropig™ is designed to reduce the amount of phosphorous coming from the pigs themselves, so that factory farms do not have to pay for other measures such as reducing the number of pigs they raise in one place, changing feed ingredients, trucking liquid manure longer distances, dry composting manure, or expanding the area of land for spreading manure.
Enviropig™ is genetically engineered to produce the enzyme phytase in its salivary glands to enable more effective digestion of phytate, the from of phosphorus found in pig feed ingredients like corn and soybeans. Scientists inserted a transgene sequence that includes an E-coli bacteria phytase gene and a mouse promoter gene sequence.
In February 2010, Environment Canada granted approval to the University of Guelph for the reproduction and exportation of Enviropig™. Health Canada could approve Enviropig™ for human consumption at any time.