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Start the New Year Right with these Health Documentaries

Yahoo! News brings you a list of 10 Health Documentaries you can stream to get a healthy start for the new year.

 “Forks Over Knives” – The 2011 title discusses researchers Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn’s findings about obesity and diabetes. The film highlights the benefits of rejecting animal-based and processed foods in your diet.

“Hungry for a Change” – Planning to go on a diet in 2017? This 2012 documentary may change the way you think about sugar, weight loss, food additives and the food industry as a whole.

“Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” – On steroids, battling an autoimmune disease and 100-pounds overweight, Joe Cross decides to try to get back to good health by eating healthy. During his journey he meets an overweight trucker named Phil Staples who joins him. “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 2” is also available to stream on Netflix.

“Super Size Me” – If you need a reason to stop eating fast food watch this 2004 award-winning documentary from Morgan Spurlock. The film shows the effects fast food has on the body.

“From Fat to Finish Line” – Those looking for motivation to start running but need that extra push to leave the couch should watch this. The 2015 documentary follows a dozen people’s commitment to lose 100 pounds and complete a 200-mile run together. You can join the community online here.

“Fittest on Earth” – Follow several athletes as they prepare for any and all competitions at the 2015 Rebook CrossFit Games.

“Generation Iron” – Want to be a body builder? This 2013 documentary follows seven men competing for the Mr. Olympia title.

“Vegetated” – This film is for those who have wondered what it would be like to go vegan. The documentary follows three meat eaters as they try out the cruelty-free diet.

“The Kids Menu” – From the “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” team comes this 2015 documentary which explores kids’ preferences when it comes to healthy foods. The film touches on problems associated with childhood obesity and the lack of accessibility to healthy food options.

“Food Matters” – The documentary delves into the idea that food we eat could be hurting our health. Doctors and nutritionists also weigh in on the topic of organic foods and food safety in this 2008 title. Netflix has several documentaries that will help get you motivated to get healthy in 2017.


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Study Proves What We All Know: Organic Foods Are Good For You

The European Parliament’s Independent Research Service released an encouraging report about the health benefits of eating organic

Food Tank, “The Think Tank for Food,” celebrates the results of a study conducted by the European Parliament’s Independent Research Service.  Calling it a year-end gift to organic advocates, they note:

…the European Parliament’s Independent Research Service, titled “Human health implications of organic food and organic agriculture,” has concluded that eating organic food improves early development, reduces pesticide exposure, strengthens the nutritional value of food, and mitigates disease risks.

The article also states:

Early studies have found numerous advantages for eaters to consume organic products, including:

  1. Reduced occurrence of adult obesity and type-2 diabetes
  2. Reduced incidence of cardiovascular diseases and other diseases
  3. Reduced environmental impact due to fewer greenhouse gas emissions
  4. Reduced exposure to pesticides through food, which improves cognitive development
  5. Reduced prevalence of adolescent allergies
  6. Reduced processing leads to higher levels of antioxidants like omega-3 fatty acids

If you would like to learn more about Food Tank or become a member you can find them here.


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Great News On the Co-op Front

Wallaces Farmer posted an article on the USDA’s recently released annual report on co-operatives.

USDA recently released its annual report on cooperatives, saying the nation’s top 100 co-ops again set a record for net income in 2015.

Net income for the nation’s agricultural cooperatives soared by 14% last year, according to data released Oct. 5 by USDA. In its annual report on national cooperative business sales, USDA reported that the country’s farmer, rancher and fishery co-ops posted record net income of $7 billion in 2015.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsak praises the co-operative business model, stating:

While the model has long been one of the hallmarks of rural economies, its reach has greatly expanded to include almost every aspect of U.S. commerce. The latest data show cooperatives are a key to building stronger and more vital communities, particularly in rural areas.”

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Honey Cooperatives Help Afghan Women

I ran across this inspiring article from the Deccan Chronical on how honey cooperatives are helping Afghan women, in a formerly Taliban region, take control of their lives.

In the mountainous central province of Bamiyan, one of the country’s least developed but most liberal regions, beekeeping complements its only other commercial crop, potatoes, and gives rural women the chance to become entrepreneurs.

Four beekeeping cooperatives have been set up here in recent years, backed by NGOs and foreign aid. Starting from scratch, they now employ around 400 people, half of them women, and produce 14 tonnes of honey a year.

These cooperatives not only provide a source of income for the women, but elevate their status and those of their daughters.

When they get a revenue for the first time it helps to establish their position better in the household”, especially girls who are otherwise seen as potential burdens on their families, explains Sadia Fatimie, a consultant for international institutions.

It is widely accepted here by the society that women can be at the frontline to support the family,” says provincial agricultural official Abdul Wahab Mohammadi. “It’s increasing — people see it as a success story and they are copying it.

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ET Alert

If you are a fan of Extra Terrestrials, Science Alert  has an interesting article on the latest plan to contact the closest Earth-like exoplanet in our Solar system:

Scientists are making preparations to send a transmission to Proxima b – the closest Earth-like exoplanet to our Solar System.

The team is putting together a plan to build or buy a powerful deep-space transmitter, and is now figuring out what our message should be…

The non-profit organisation is planning a series of workshops and a crowdfunding drive to make the scheme a reality – and it’s estimated they’ll need to raise around US$1 million a year to run the transmitter.

By 2018, the team wants to have laser or radio signals beamed out to Proxima b, which orbits Proxima Centauri – the closest star to our Solar System, at around 4.25 light-years away.