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on 08 May 2014

Ricky Martin, Puerto Rican pop musician, actor and author, looks just as youthful and vibrant as he did when he was "Livin' la Vida Loca". The father of two switched to a vegetarian diet a few years ago and tweeted about how wonderful he felt as a meat-free person. Martin was recently asked about the secret to his youthful look, and he credited the people in his life, his work and a vegetarian diet as his anti-aging secrets. The singer said, "Love, acceptance, friends, two kids that I love and that I have to take care of myself for them." He continued, "I love what I do. I think that's important. I’m vegetarian. I just became vegetarian about three years ago. I don't know if that works." (ecorazzi.com)

on 30 April 2014

New FAO estimates of greenhouse gas data show that emissions from agriculture, forestry and fisheries have nearly doubled over the past fifty years and could increase an additional 30 percent by 2050, without greater efforts to reduce them. This is the first time that FAO has released its own global estimates of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture, forestry and other land use (AFOLU), contributing to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Agricultural emissions from crop and livestock production grew from 4.7 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2 eq) in 2001 to over 5.3 billion tonnes in 2011, a 14 percent increase.  The increase occurred mainly in developing countries, due to an expansion of total agricultural outputs. Nearly two-thirds of greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture are sourced to the livestock sector. (fao.org)

on 23 April 2014

France's lower house of parliament adopted a law on Tuesday prohibiting the cultivation of any variety of genetically modified maize, saying it posed a risk to the environment. France adopted a decree last month to halt the planting of Monsanto's insect-resistant MON810 maize, the only GM crop allowed for cultivation in the European Union. The law also applies to any strain adopted at EU level in future, including another GM variety, Pioneer 1507 developed jointly by DuPont and Dow Chemical, which could be approved by the EU executive later this year after 19 out of 28 member states failed to gather enough votes to block it. The law adopted by the French National Assembly is similar to one rejected by the Senate, upper house, in February when it was deemed unconstitutional. (planetark.org)

on 07 April 2014

While dark chocolate has been touted as a “superfood” for many years now, studies on the popular treat’s health benefits have been fairly vague. Recently, though, researchers have concluded that dark chocolate is good for the gut. Researchers with the American Chemical Society in Dallas, Texas, presented evidence of how dark chocolate consumption benefits the digestive track. In their experiment, they exposed multiple types of cocoa powder to digestive juices and enzymes within a modified test tube replica of the digestive system. After simulated digestion occurred, researchers discovered long molecules called polyphenol polymers, which remained within the gastrointestinal tract. These long molecules were too large to cross the walls of the gut and be used as nutrients, but they found that those long molecules do a lot of work breaking down molecules in the colon to extract more nutrients. The extracted nutrients were also found to be anti-inflammatory, which can prevent or delay some cardiovascular diseases linked with inflammation. (ecorazzi.com)

on 24 March 2014

Ten percent of Sweden's population are now vegetarian or vegan, with demand for meat-free diet options seeing a nationwide surge with young Swedes leading the charge. There has been a four-percent increase in the number of Swedish vegetarians over the past five years, a survey revealed on Thursday. Pollsters Demoskop carried out the study commissioned by Animal Rights Sweden (Djurens Rätt), the largest animal rights organization in Scandinavia. Six percent of the respondents to the survey said they were vegetarians and four percent said they were vegan. (thelocal.se)