Saturday, August 26, 2006

The Hutchinson News, Hutchinson, Kan., | Regional News

The Hutchinson News, Hutchinson, Kan., | Regional News:
by Tim vandenack -- August 24, 2006
"As envisioned in a complex flow chart outlining the plans, waste from one facility would be used to help power another. For instance, flue gas, or combustion exhaust, from the coal-fired generators would be fed into the algae reactor, which would produce the algae oil that would power the biodiesel plant.
Manure, animal fat, paunch and wastewater from area feedlots, packing plants and dairies also would figure heavy in the mix. Fat, more properly known as tallow, would help run the biodiesel plant, while wastewater and manure would be fed into the anaerobic digester, which would generate the methane that would help run the ethanol plant."

Stay Healthy the Stevia Way (Diabetics, Weight Loss, Children) - Ray Sahelian M.D. - Donna Gates - HealthWorld Online

Stay Healthy the Stevia Way (Diabetics, Weight Loss, Children) - Ray Sahelian M.D. - Donna Gates - HealthWorld Online:
"The availability of artificial sweeteners has been of enormous benefit to diabetics. However, there's always been a concern that over consumption of these synthetic sweeteners may cause some unknown harm to the body. Could stevia substitution be a good alternative in diabetics? We believe so."

Monday, August 21, 2006

Pilot Cellulosic Ethanol Refinery to be Located with new PA Corn Refinery

BioEnergy International to Build Pennsylvania's First Ethanol Plant in Clearfield County:
August 18, 2006
"The plant will employ conventional corn-based technology and will be among the largest east of the Mississippi River, and one of the nation�s top 10, based on output.
The smaller pilot-cellulose plant will use BioEnergy�s ground-breaking technology to produce fuels using locally available organic wastes, such as wood and agricultural residue."

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Stevia can help meet Bangladesh sugar crisis

�Stevia� can help meet sugar crisis: "Talking to BSS ,herbal scientist Dr. Alamgir Mati said the compound made of stevai leaf is 300 times sweetener than our common sugar."

Stevia Closer to Approval by World Health Organization

The Rich Herb of the Guaran�:
by Alejandro Sciscioli
"This year, the Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), which is testing for safety, put stevia on a temporary list as a step towards it definitive inclusion in the Codex Alimentarius.
The Codex compiles international agreements on minimum food standards and associated matters, to protect the health of the consumer, ensure quality and facilitate commercial trade of foods. "

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

The State Of Stevia: A Simple Supplement Or Sensational Sweetener?

The State Of Stevia: A Simple Supplement Or Sensational Sweetener?:
by Jimmy Moore -- June 14, 2006
"You can make your voice heard on the subject of stevia by contacting the FDA directly:
Food and Drug Administration
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, Maryland 20857
1-888-INFO-FDA (1-888-463-6332)"

Stevia can Help Meet Sugar Demand

Financial Express:
June 3, 2006
"Alamgir, who is now working with the plant, said 'If the country's vast char areas are brought under Stevia cultivation it can help reduce the import of sugar side by side help create job opportunities for a large number of unemployed youths. "

Monday, March 27, 2006

Stevioside: Natural sweetener gets safety nod from Belgium group

Sweet chemistry: Symposium explores sugar alternatives, science of taste: -- 3/27/2006
"Stevioside is a natural non-caloric sweetener derived from the South American shrub Stevia rebaudiana that has been used to sweeten food and beverages for centuries. Now, based on a comprehensive review of research, a group of scientists in Belgium say that there is abundant evidence that stevioside, which is 300 times sweeter than sugar, is not only safe but may prove to be a potent weapon against obesity and type 2 diabetes. (AGFD 168, Thursday, March 30, 10:28 a.m.)"

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Stevia: A Sweet Solution to the Afghani Drug Trade

A Sweet Solution to the Afghani Drug Trade:
"Steviva President Thom King has proposed that the Afghani's convert their opium poppy fields to stevia. While stevia is grown around the world, King believes the growing conditions in the Southern part of Afghanistan are perfect for growing stevia and the extraction process which yields the super sweet stevioside is somewhat similar to the process which yields opium from poppies. King is willing to put his money where his mouth is and offer to purchase all the stevia and stevioside extract from the Afghani farmers at fair market value as long as the quality meets his companies strict standards. "

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Sugar-powered car sends markets into frenzy

Sugar-powered car sends markets into frenzy | This is Money:
by Simon Watkins -- 1/29/2006
"Of the 1.7 million cars bought in Brazil last year, 54% were flex-fuel models. Cane sugar is an easy source of the ethanol fuel and is right on the doorstep for happy Brazilian drivers. "

Sugar Prices Boom, More Cane Seen Used for Biofuel

Planet Ark : Sugar Prices Boom, More Cane Seen Used for Biofuel:
"LONDON - Sugar is a star among commodity markets, with prices at 25-year peaks and possibly heading higher as investors see potential to divert more cane to make biofuel. "

Calling all herb and flower buyers

This is a press release about my "Directory of Flower and Herb Buyers" on the Natural Food Network site. - Organic food, natural food, certified organic suppliers:
Feb 2006
"Missouri-based publisher Prairie Oak Publishing has a free opportunity for all North American companies that purchase flowers or herbs for use in their products. The company publishes a yearly Directory of Flower and Herb Buyers which connects buyers and sellers of ornamental, medicinal, culinary, and other botanicals grown or wildcrafted in North America. The directory informs growers and wildcrafters about contact information within each company along with what flower or herb the company needs. Prairie Oak is now accepting buyer listings for the Directory of Flower and Herb Buyers, 2006. Companies wanting to purchase all types of floral or herbal botanicals directly from growers and wildcrafters in large or small amounts should submit a free listing at The submission deadline is March 6, 2006 and the directory will be available for $15.95 on March 31. For more information or a listing form, contact Jeffrey Goettemoeller at Prairie Oak Publishing in Maryville,"

Monday, January 30, 2006

Herb sweetens family business

Herb sweetens family business:
by Betty Beard -- The Arizona Republic -- 1/23/2006
"The Mays say it would take millions of dollars and several years to finance the tests that FDA requires to prove Stevia's safety as a sweetener. They say that many tests have been done and that Stevia products have been used for centuries in Paraguay and Brazil and are widely used in Japan."

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Limit fertilizer to control costs, farmers urged

Journal Gazette | 01/12/2006 | Limit fertilizer to control costs, farmers urged:
by Jenni Glenn
"Farmers who save on fertilizer could reap higher profits, even if their harvest is reduced as a result, a Purdue University agronomy professor said Wednesday."

Monday, January 09, 2006

Peak Oil Expert Supports Localized Food Production

Japan Focus Article:
by Sandra Ward
"Then we encourage business leaders to start liberating their workforce and let workers work any place they would like to and pay them by productivity versus the system we have in place. Productivity improves as does worker satisfaction. Then we re-engineer how we grow and distribute food and get away from this ridiculous system we have today of creating ornamental food that looks good all year long but doesn't taste very good because it comes from too far away. Have you ever had blueberries from Chile? To have food taste good it has to be grown locally. We are going to end up going back to bottling and canning.


Do you ever cook pasta? Do you cook tomato sauce? Have you ever used local tomatoes?

Yes. Yes. Yes.

Tomatoes by can are fabulous tomatoes because they have been canned at the peak of the tomato season, and that process is still as good today as it was when I was growing up. Then we have to take a page out of Whole Foods, one of the most successful food models ever, by having a stringer system of organic farms within 20 miles of their stores. Organic farms are just victory gardens. Making all of those changes at the same time will leave our economies in better shape."

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Stevia Sweetener Business plan wins prize worth over $100,000.00

Moot Corp Competition - McCombs School of Business - The University of Texas at Austin:
May, 2005
"A natural sweetener which is 300 times sweeter than sugar claimed the grand prize at the 22nd annual Global MOOT CORP Competition held at the University of Texas at Austin on Saturday, May 7, 2005. Idyll Life from Thammasat University in Thailand beat out 39 teams from the London Business School, Carnegie Mellon, Northwestern and top MBA programs around the world to claim the Global Champion prize.
The Global Champion receives the opportunity to negotiate a $100,000 investment from the MOOT CORP...

Idyll Life has exclusive rights to the patented stevia seeds. Stevia sweetener is the only natural high intensity sweetener in the world market and has been used extensively in the Asian region for more than 30 years. The company has FDA approval and is ready to introduce Pure Lite, their first sweetener product. They are seeking funding to establish its first commercial plant to be located in Thailand. "


"Differences were observed between the fresh and dry weight of the normal seedlings, showing that the storing condition in the refrigerator, produced higher average values, at the same time presenting more vigorous seeds than those in the other treatment."