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The why and how of your own urban garden

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By Preethi Sukumaran Just like there’s a billion dollar business idea and a New York Times bestseller in each of us, so too lurks a farmer in each of us – with the urge to grow beautiful living things. Scientists with clever sounding PhD thesis topics have tried to explain this urge to grow new […]

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August 2nd, 2012 | Posted in Food | Read More »

Winged Bean: The single species supermarket

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By Bhavani Prakash Many plant species can lay claim to being a ‘single species supermarket’ where several if not all parts of the plant can be used productively for food, fibre and/or fuel. Three that I have grown up with in tropical Asia are the coconut palm, the moringa (drumstick tree), and banana plant which are […]

May 1st, 2012 | Posted in Food | Read More »

Flavourings: Tweaking tastes and creating cravings

Tweaking Tastes and creating cravings

By Bhavani Prakash Don’t most processed foods such as chocolates, crisps and beverages taste so addictively good? One of the reasons is because there’s a plethora of chemicals that is diligently researched and added to various products, so much so that we the customers are often fooled into believing that they taste even better than […]

December 5th, 2011 | Posted in Chemicals,Food | Read More »

Natural ways to satisfy your sweet cravings

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by Shaan Lalwani  Most of us may know that processed sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup or glucose are bad for us and that sugar in general, no matter what the source, is something we should limit. But when we have that craving, what’s the best natural sweetener to satisfy that sweet tooth? There’s much […]

September 2nd, 2011 | Posted in Food,Green Consumption | Read More »

Styrofoam: The Silent Killer

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By Cheryl Leo They say ‘no news is good news’  but is it always the case? For Styrofoam – which is actually a (successful) brand name of one manufacturer of the material, polystyrene (PS)- it is definitely not so. Most people are not fully aware of the implications of Styrofoam use because we hardly hear any […]

May 21st, 2011 | Posted in Chemicals,Food,Plastic | Read More »

How to Make and Use Garbage Enzymes

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By Bhavani Prakash Update to this article on 4th March 2011. Based on the responses by readers and those whose opinions I have sought, I would advise readers to read the original blog entry below in the context of the next post:  ”Responses: How effective are Garbage Enzymes?” where I make the introduction based on […]

February 27th, 2011 | Posted in Chemicals,Cleaning,Food,Recycling/Repurposing | Read More »

Being a Locavore in Singapore

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by Christina Crane I cook.  It’s something I do to relax, which is important in a naturally stressful city like Singapore, but it’s also the way that I was brought up.  I’m also curious and want to know more about everything.  These two things are what led me to start Locavore Singapore.  My foodieness means […]

June 11th, 2010 | Posted in Food | Read More »

Reading Food Labels: Food Additives

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The brand of cookies, bread, ketchup, chocolates or the multitude of edibles you put in your shopping trolley, has a direct bearing on your health and the health of your children. In case of sensitive people, such as children with ADHD,  it could even affect learning ability and behaviour. This is due to a number of food additives that are used […]

April 9th, 2010 | Posted in Food,Food/Diet/Meat Reduction | Read More »

Go Veg with a delicious Arabic meal

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Salaam Alaykum! (Hello in Arabic). I’ve lived in the Middle East many years ago, and suddenly felt a bit nostalgic about Arabic and Mediterranean food. We used to have a lovely Arabic restaurant at the basement of the apartment block we lived in, which virtually served as my second kitchen.  I always managed some lovely […]

February 5th, 2010 | Posted in Food,Food,Food/Diet/Meat Reduction | Read More »

How to find Hidden Palm Oil in Supermarkets

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By Bhavani Prakash Palm Oil is the largest plantation crop in the world, and much of it is grown in Malaysia and Indonesia where primary rainforests that are rich in biodiversity and home to millions of species are being rapidly cleared. Rapid expansion of plantations releases huge amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere as peat swamps are […]

November 4th, 2009 | Posted in Biodiversity,Climate Change,Consumerism,Food,Food/Diet/Meat Reduction,Palm Oil,Sustainable Agriculture | Read More »

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