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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sweet potato and weight loss: Food firms urged to exploit 'new business opportunities'

Sweet potato and weight loss: Food firms urged to exploit 'new business opportunities': Sweet potato supplementation significantly reduced obesity caused by a high-fat diet and also had beneficial effects on liver and kidney functions, a new China study shows.

Wasted value: Tomato waste backed for development of ‘nutrient rich’ ingredients

Wasted value: Tomato waste backed for development of ‘nutrient rich’ ingredients: Agricultural tomato wastes could be used to produce valuable functional ingredients as part of a sustainable strategy that uses sustainable extraction methods and contributes to a bio-economy, say researchers.

Thiamine-fortified fish sauce could help combat beriberi

Thiamine-fortified fish sauce could help combat beriberi: Fish sauce fortified with thiamine could help fight cases of beriberi in Southeast Asia – a public health concern caused by thiamine (Vitamin B1) deficiency.

Noodles as a nutrient vehicle: Research reveals how instant snack is suitable for fortification

Noodles as a nutrient vehicle: Research reveals how instant snack is suitable for fortification: Fortifying wheat flour used for making instant noodles has the potential to improve nutrient intakes in Asia, a review shows.

Noodles as a nutrient vehicle: Research reveals how instant snack is suitable for fortification

Noodles as a nutrient vehicle: Research reveals how instant snack is suitable for fortification: Fortifying wheat flour used for making instant noodles has the potential to improve nutrient intakes in Asia, a review shows.

Friday, March 17, 2017

How farming without soil can reduce methane emission in cattle.

Cattle are responsible for 20% of the world's green house gas,contributing to climate change experienced worldwide. The methane emission stems from their digestion model,wherein feed ingested are digested by gut microbes in rumen resulting in large amounts of the methane gas,the constant chewing ,regurgitation contributes to the burping and farting which releases the gas to the atmosphere. The change in diet of cattle to more easily digestible and metabolisable feed ensures less regurgitation,more absorption and less methane emission. Farming without soil also referred to as hydroponics refers to growing plants in nutrient rich media under controlled temperature and humidity to produce fresh fodder for animals,which are highly nutritious, easily digestible and free from pesticides. Farming without soil can be used to grow food for man and fodder for livestock saving money,reducing water use and need for pesticides. Farming without soil can be used to grow wheat,sorghum, millet,corn and oats making a nutritious fodder for animals. Cattle fed with hydroponic fodder grow fast, produce more milk,beef and less gas. The animals have access to the full nutrients from the cereal or legume,the minerals protein and fat are liberated in the fodder making it a great alternative. Cows normally have access to 20% of energy in the grain diet while with fodder system 95% of the energy is available for growth and reproductive health and performance. The short span of growth from seed to fodder within 7 days ensures that animals have fresh fodder all year round. Farming without soil is ecofriendly because there is no pressure on the environment for the following reasons 1) limited land space is needed. 2) less amount of water is required to sprout the seeds. 3)reduction of carbon print on farms as no machinery like tractors are used. 4)fodder is highly digestible preventing excessive burping and farting thus reducing methane emission. 5) smart agriculture. Farming without soil = hydroponics is a form of #smart agriculture our #solution to #climate change.

How to use tea to reduce methane emission.

Tea the refreshing beverage that comes in various varieties and strengths has found tremendous use in veterinary medicine for treatment ,prevention and increase productivity in certain breeds. The power component of tea thats responsible for its multipurpose use is Tannin, a potent antibacterial,antiviral and wound healing properties. Read how to use tea to treat dogs here, also read how to use in poultry here Tea has found another use now in animal health,environmental health and human health,tea can be referred to as the "ONE HEALTH KEY " to solve the methane emission crisis. Cows burps and farts thus producing massive amount of methane, which is a potent greenhouse gas. Cows produce so much methane because of the way they digest their food. When cows feed the microbes in the rumen break down the feed, which produces a lot of methane. There has been studies to look at how to reduce these emissions by altering the feed of cattle,some school of thought suggested additives such as probiotic yeast see The latest study by the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico in Toluca, a city near Mexico City, shows that giving cows plants containing tannins—bitter-tasting organic compounds found in things like coffee and tea—that kill bacteria. When tea is fed to the cattle in small doses they inhibit methane-producing microorganisms in the cows’ gut without affecting the rest of the digestive process thus limiting the methane emission.