“Lean Finely Textured Beef” (LFTB) — Get The Facts … Pink Slime plants close – handing out pink slips (May-08-2012) …

“Lean Finely Textured Beef” (LFTB) — Get The Facts … Pink Slime plants close – handing out pink slips (May-08-2012) …
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"We continue to stand by our lean beef as 100% wholesome, safe and nutritious, and we will continue to defend Beef Products, Inc. against the mischaracterized and irresponsible misrepresentations that led us to take these actions," said spokesman Rich Jochum, urging consumers to visit the website BeefIsBeef. It says its boneless lean beef is "approximately 94% lean beef, and made with great attention to food safety and quality." [15]

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May-08-2012

Pink Slime plants close – handing out pink slips

CONTENTS:

…"Last month, Beef Products Inc. made the difficult business decision to suspend operations at our three plants in Amarillo, Texas; Garden City, Kansas; and Waterloo, Iowa while we attempted to rebuild markets following the unfounded and misguided attacks on our Boneless Lean Beef Trimmings. (More…)

…I continue to encourage you to visit www.BeefIsBeef.com for the facts about Boneless Lean Beef Trimmings and for up-to-date news and information." (More…)

…The company suspended operations at the three plants in March amid public uproar over the filler. (More…)

…"The fact that a false, misleading smear campaign can destroy a company’s reputation overnight should disturb us all," Branstad said in a statement. (More…)

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In a statement, the company said it was attempting "to rebuild markets following the unfounded and misguided attacks" and was "making significant progress in setting the record straight." "We continue to stand by our lean beef as 100% wholesome, safe and nutritious, and we will continue to defend Beef Products, Inc. against the mischaracterized and irresponsible misrepresentations that led us to take these actions," said spokesman Rich Jochum, urging consumers to visit the website BeefIsBeef. It says its boneless lean beef is "approximately 94% lean beef, and made with great attention to food safety and quality." [15] "We intend to continue operations at this location and expand production here as the market activity allows," Jochum said. "In the interim, we continue to stand by our lean beef as 100 percent wholesome, safe and nutritious, and we will continue to defend Beef Products Inc. against the mischaracterized and irresponsible misrepresentations that led us to take these actions." [22]

Beef Products, Inc. extracts lean meat from beef trimmings and processes it into low-fat meat products for use in grocery stores and fast-food restaurants. [6]

Sen. Bill Dotzler, D-Waterloo, whose district includes the shuttered Beef Products processing plant, said the governor’s efforts "just couldn’t keep up" with the spread of the negative publicity. [9]

In late March, the company suspended production of its lean finely textured beef, a filler made from chemically treated trimmings that is mixed with fattier beef, at the three plants. [15] In late March, BPI suspended production at the three plants for 60 days. At that time, BPI spokesman Rich Jochum had said the closure could become permanent. "This is a direct reaction to all the misinformation about our lean beef," Jochum said then. [24]

The product is, on average, 95 percent lean beef and is mixed with ground beef and in other products including low-fat hot dogs. [6] In March, public outcry erupted over the filler for ground beef, which is made from fatty trimmings that are more susceptible to contamination than other cuts of beef. The trimmings are therefore sprayed with ammonia – more often associated with cleaning products – to remove pathogens such as salmonella and E.coli. [24] The product, added to some ground beef, includes beef trimmings treated with ammonia to kill bacteria. [18] Following the public backlash, many grocery stores announced that they would either discontinue selling ground beef that included LFTB or they would label the ground beef that included the product. [22]

SOURCES

1. BPI eliminating Iowa jobs effective May 25 – KWWL.com – News & Weather for Waterloo, Dubuque, Cedar Rapids & Iowa City, Iowa |
2. UPDATE: BPI will close three plants, cut 650 workers – KTIV News 4 Sioux City IA: News, Weather and Sports
3. UPDATE: BPI Announces Closure of Three Plants – KPTH FOX 44: Local News and Entertainment for Sioux City and Siouxland |
4. Beef Products Inc closing three plants after consumer backlash | AgriPulse
5. BPI: ‘pink slime’ plant closures permanent – Omaha.com
6. UPDATE: BPI to close Waterloo plant, two others, cutting 650 jobs
7. Beef company closing 3 plants in Iowa, Kan., Texas, blaming ‘pink slime’ controversy – Local News – Wichita, KS – msnbc.com
8. Figures on government spending and debt – Live5News.com | Charleston, SC | News, Weather, Sports
9. Records show steps taken to fight ‘pink slime’ fallout
10. BPI will eliminate operations at three plants – KTIV News 4 Sioux City IA: News, Weather and Sports
11. BPI to close Waterloo plant permanently | Des Moines Register Staff Blogs
12. Beef Product Inc. Will Close Waterloo Plant; 650 Jobs Will Be Lost Across Region – Cedar Falls, IA Patch
13. ‘Pink slime’ uproar leads to closing of 3 beef processing plants | kens5.com San Antonio
14. Beef company closing 3 plants due to "pink slime’ controversy – NY Daily News
15. Company to close 3 plants over ‘pink slime’ ground beef
16. BPI shutting down three plants, including Waterloo facility
17. Pink Slime plants close – handing out pink slips – ABC4.com – Salt Lake City, Utah News
18. Bottom Line – ‘Pink slime’ maker to close three plants
19. Beef company closing 3 plants, blaming ‘pink slime’ controversy | TheGazette
20. BPI Cuts 650 Jobs, Shuts Plants After "Pink Slime’ Backlash – Businessweek
21. BPI To Permanently Close Three Plants – KPTH FOX 44: Local News and Entertainment for Sioux City and Siouxland |
22. BPI, Maker of ‘Pink Slime,’ to Close 3 of 4 Plants
23. BPI Closing Amarillo Plant
24. WAMC: "Pink slime" label forces beef plant closures (2012-05-07)
25. Maker of pink slime to shut 3 plants -Iowa Gov. | Reuters
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Corchorus capsularis plants …Những cây rau Đay trái tròn …

Corchorus capsularis plants …Những cây rau Đay trái tròn …
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Vietnamese named : rau Đay, Đay trái tròn
English names : Jute, White Jute. Bangla White Jute
Scientist name : Corchorus capsularis L.
Synonyms :
Family : Tiliaceae . Họ Đay

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Corchorus capsularis L. – Đay, Đay quả tròn.
Cây thảo mọc đứng cao 1 – 2m, màu tím nhạt, ít phân nhánh. Lá hình bầu dục hẹp, dài 6 – 10cm, rộng 1,5 – 3cm, đầu nhọn, gốc tròn màu nhạt ở mặt dưới, mép lá khía răng nhọn, hai răng ở gốc phiến có lông dài ở đầu; gân gốc 3 – 5; cuống lá mảnh; có lông ở mặt trên; lá kèm hình dải, dài, nhọn đầu.
Hoa có cuống, tập trung 2 – 3 đóa trên một cuống chung ngắn. Nụ hoa hình bầu dục ngược rộng. Lá đài 4 – 5, có lông ở phía gốc, thuôn hay bầu dục ngược, có mũi nhọn ngắn ở đầu. Cánh hoa 4 – 5, hình bầu dục ngược rộng, có cựa ngắn. Nhị 18, bao phấn vuông. Bầu hình trứng cụt, có cạnh rõ và có ít lông; vòi nhụy rộng, khía răng và cụt ở đầu. Quả hình cầu, có 10 cạnh khá rõ, có mào ngắn ở đỉnh, mở làm 5 mảnh, mỗi mảnh có hai dãy hạt, mỗi dãy có 5 hạt; hạt có cạnh, dẹt.

Gốc ở Ấn Độ được trồng rộng rãi ở Trung Quốc, Việt Nam và các nước nhiệt đới châu Á; cũng gặp cây mọc hoang ở những nơi sáng, ven đường, trên các bãi hoang, nương rẫy…
Ra hoa vào tháng 6.
Vỏ có thể lấy sợi. Ngọn cây, lá non nấu canh như rau đay trồng.
Rễ, lá, hạt và tro của cây được dùng làm thuốc. Rễ dùng trị sỏi bàng quang, ỉa chảy và lỵ; lá dùng trị đau bụng do lỵ, huyết băng và nhọt lở, hạt dùng trị lao phổi còn tro dùng trị ngoại thương xuất huyết. Ở Quảng Tây (Trung Quốc) người ta dùng toàn cây trị thấp khớp đau xương và dùng ngoài trị lở ghẻ.
Ở Ấn Độ, nước hãm lá dùng trị lỵ, sốt, khó tiêu và rối loạn của gan; nước sắc rễ và quả chưa chín dùng trị ỉa chảy.

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Tên Khoa học: Corchorus capsularis L.
Tên tiếng Anh:
Tên tiếng Việt: Đay quả tròn; Bố; Rau đay
Tên khác: Rhizanola cannabina Lour. ex Gomes

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Ðay hay Ðay quả tròn – Corchorus capsularis L,, thuộc hộ Ðay – Tiliaceae.

Mô tả: Cây thảo hằng năm cao 1-2m, màu tím nhạt, ít phân nhánh. Lá hình bầu dục nhọn, hẹp ngang, tròn ở gốc, có mũi nhọn ở chóp, nhẵn, có răng, dài 6-10cm, rộng 15-30mm; răng nhọn; đều, 2 răng dưới có lông dài, gân gốc 3-5. Hoa họp 2-3 cái một ở nách lá. Quả hình cầu hay hình quả lê dài 12mm, rộng 10-11mm, có cạnh lồi, mở thành 5 mảnh van. Hạt dẹp, có góc.

Cây ra hoa tháng 6.

Bộ phận dùng: Rễ, lá và hạt – Radix, Folium et Semen Corchori Capsularis.

Nơi sống và thu hái: Cây của Ấn Độ, nhập trồng làm rau ăn và lấy sợi. Thu hái rễ và lá vào mùa hè; thu hạt vào mùa thu khi quả chín, phơi khô.

Thành phần hoá học: Lá Ðay chứa một glucosid gọi là capsulin, một hoạt chất đắng và bổ, tác dụng lên tim như digitalin của cây Dương địa hoàng. Hạt chứa một chất đắng là corchorin và 2 glucosid digitalin là corchoroside A và corchoroside B, tác dụng tương tự như digitalin đối với tim.

Tính vị, tác dụng: Ðay có vị đắng, tính nóng có độc, có tác dụng tiêu viêm, cầm máu, giải nắng nóng. Hạt Ðay có vị đắng, tính nóng, có độc, có tác dụng hoạt huyết, trợ tim. Ở Ấn Độ, nước hãm lá được xem như làm nhầy, lợi tiêu hoá, nhuận tràng, lợi trung tiện, kích thích, gây cảm giác ngon miệng như một chất bổ đắng.

Công dụng, chỉ định và phối hợp: thường dùng 1. Ðề phòng say nắng và sốt do say nắng, 2. Lỵ; 3. Ho ra máu, nôn ra máu; 4. Ngộ độc cá thối. Dùng 15-30g dạng thuốc sắc. Kỵ thai. Hạt dùng khi bị sài uốn ván, vô kinh, kinh nguyệt không đều. Liều dùng 10-15g, dạng thuốc sắc. Ở Ấn Độ, nước hãm lá dùng trị lỵ, sốt, khó tiêu và rối loạn của gan; nước sắc rễ và quả chưa chín dùng trị ỉa chảy.

Ðơn thuốc:

1. Lỵ: Lá Ðay tươi 15-30g sắc uống.

2. Ho ra máu, nôn ra máu: Lá Ðay, Cốt khí củ, Long nha thảo, mỗi vị 9g sắc uống.

3. Ngộ độc cá thối: Lá Ðay tươi 90g sắc với 1 lượng đường đỏ mà uống.

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**** WIKI
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Sử dụng

[sửa]Lấy sợi
Xem bài chính Sợi đay
Các loài trong chi Corchorus thỏa mãn một lượng lớn nhu cầu của thế giới về sợi. Sợi từ các loài đay là sợi thực vật phổ biến hàng thứ hai sau sợi bông.
[sửa]Thực phẩm
Lá non của một vài loài đay cũng được sử dụng làm rau ăn; đay quả dài (Corchorus olitorius) được sử dụng chủ yếu tại miền nam châu Á, Ai Cập và Cyprus, đay quả tròn (Corchorus capsularis) tại Nhật Bản và Trung Quốc. Chúng có kết cấu nhầy (nhớt), tương tự như ở đậu bắp, khi nấu ăn. Hạt được sử dụng làm hương liệu, và một loại trà thảo mộc được sản xuất từ lá đay khô. Rau đay cũng được sử dụng tại Ai Cập; một số người còn cho rằng nó là món ăn quốc gia trong ẩm thực Ai Cập. Nó cũng là món ăn đặc trưng trong ẩm thực Lebanon, Palestine, Syria và Jordan. Một món ăn điển hình của khu vực này là rau đay hầm ăn cùng cơm và thịt gà luộc. Tại Việt Nam, rau đay chủ yếu dùng nấu canh (với cua, tôm tép), đôi khi với mồng tơi hoặc mướp.
Tháng 9 năm 2007, Sizzler’s, một chuỗi nhà hàng Mỹ, bán Molokhiya cookies (bánh bích quy ngọt) với rau đay là thành phần đặc trưng, tại khu vực Shinjuku ở Tokyo, Nhật Bản.
Lá đay giàu betacaroten, sắt, canxi, vitamin C. Các loài đay có tính hoạt hóa chống ôxi hóa với một lượng đáng kể tương đương α-tocopherol (vitamin E)

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Family • Malvaceae / Tiliaceae
Pasau-na-bilog
Corchorus capsularis Linn.
WHITE JUTE
Huang ma

Gen info
Corchorus is a genus plant of about 40-100 species in the family Malvaceae. Jute is confusingly applied to any plant of the genus Corchorus and to its fiber. The chief sources of the fiber are the two species of Corchorus plant: C olitorius and C capsularis. In the Philippines, three Corchorus species are recorded with medicinal uses: Pasau, Pasau na bilog, and pasay na hapa. Another pasau, Pasau-na-hapai, Jussiaea erecta belongs to the family Onagraceae.

Botany
Pasau-na-bilog is an erect, branched annual herb, growing up to 1 to 2 meters high. Stems are usually purplish. Leaves areovate-lanceolate, 5 to 12 cm long, pointed at the tip and rounded at the base, with toothed margins and taillike projections on the each side of the midrib. Flowers are in small groups in the axils of the leaves. Sepals are often purplish; petals are yellow. Capsules are globose to globose-obovoid, about 1 cm in diameter with longitudinal ridges.

Distribution
In clearings, rice paddy banks, and in low, open and wet places in and near settlements.

Constituents
– Active principle of the jute seed is corchorin, a glucoside ten times more bitter than quinine sulfate.
– From the leaves, capsularin, with the same molecular formula as corchorin.
– Seed contains 2.25 percent of raffinose.
– Oil contains the glycerides of oleic acid, 39.18%; glycerides of linolic acid, 44.63 %; a small quantity of "crude archidic acid," 0.169%; and palmitic and stearic acid.

Properties
– Considered carminative, cardiac, laxative, febrifuge, and tonic.
– Leaves considered stimulant, laxative, demulcent, appetizer and stomachic.
– The corchorin may be toxic and some studies suggest a digitalis-effect on the heart.
Parts used
Seeds and leaves.

Uses
Edibility / Nutrition
Edible: Leaves and seeds.
Young fresh leaves eaten as vegetable in various parts of the world – Bangladesh, Middle East, Africa, SE asia.
In Bengal, where it is considered a tonic, a few leaves are commonly added to the daily diet of rice.
In Japan, considered a health food item, dried leaves sometimes used as a substitute for coffee and tea
Leaves sometimes used as condiment.
In Rumpf’s time, when slaves from India were detained in Amboina, there was much use for it as vegetable.
Folkloric
– Leaves are used for headaches.
– Seeds, either as power or in a drink, are used as tonic, carminative and febrifuge.
– In Bengal, decoction of dried leaves used for disorders of the liver.
– Malays use a decoction of the leaves for dysentery, for coughs and phthisis, and as a tonic for children. Also, used for poulticing sores.
– The powdered leaves, dried, 1 or 1 1/2 tbsp to a cup of water, steep for 3 to 5 minutes, and strain before drinking.
– Finely carded fiber sometimes used as base for antiseptic surgical dressings.
– Infusion of leaves used for atonic dyspepsia, liver disorders and as febrifuge. Also used for chronic cystitis, gonorrhea, dysuria, worms in children, hepatic and intestinal colic, and for gastric catarrh.
– Cold infusion of the leaves as a bitter tonic; used in patients recovering from acute dysentery
– A compound infusion of the leaves with coriander and anis seed is an effective bitter stomachic and tonic.
– Poultice of leaves for sores.
– Infusion of leaves for dyspepsia, for de-worming.
– A compound infusion of the leaves with coriander and anis seed used as an effective bitter, stomachic and tonic.
– Bitter seeds given in small doses (60-80 grain dose) for fevers.
– Oil from seeds is used for a variety of skin diseases.
– Fruits used by Sino-Annamites for inflammation, abscesses and as purgative.
– In Bengal, oil from the seeds used for skin diseases.
Others
– Jute: The species provides the greatest part of the jute commerce (burlap, cordage, gunny), with its strong and coarse fiber, about ten times more abundant tha Corchorus olitorius, another source of juite.
– Cultivated in India and China for its fiber.
• Used for paper making.

Studies
• Antinociceptive / Antiinflammatory: Study showed the extract of CC exhibited significant antinociceptive and antiinflammatory activities confirming its traditional use for ailments associated with inflammation and pain.
• Galactolipid / Anti-Tumor: Galactolipid 1 has be shown to be responsible for the anti-tumor promoting activity of jute (Corchorus capsularis and C. olitorius).
• Antipyretic / Antinociceptive / Antiinflammatory: Study on the aqueous extract of jute plant leaves, C. capsularis, exhibited significant antinociceptive, anti-inflammatory and anti-pyretic activities in a dose-dependent manner and supports its claim of traditional use to treat various ailments.
• Capsugenin: Study yielded a glycoside–capsugenin-30-o-B-glycopyranoside, from the leaves of Corchorus capsularis.

Availability
Wild-crafted.

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White jute (Corchorus capsularis)
Several historical documents (including, Ain-e-Akbari by Abul Fazal in 1590) state that the poor villagers of India used to wear clothes made of jute. Simple handlooms and hand spinning wheels were used by the weavers, who used to spin cotton yarns as well. History also states that Indians, especially Bengalis, used ropes and twines made of white jute from ancient times for household and other uses.

History

For centuries, jute has been an integral part of culture of Bengal, in the entire southwest of Bangladesh and some portions of West Bengal, India. During the British Raj in the 19th and early 20th centuries, much of the raw jute fibre of Bengal was carried off to the United Kingdom, where it was then processed in mills concentrated in Dundee. Initially, due to its texture, it could only be processed by hand until it was discovered in that city that treating it with whale oil, it could be treated by machine[1] The industry boomed ("jute weaver" was a recognised trade occupation in the 1901 UK census), but this trade had largely ceased by about 1970 due to the appearance of synthetic fibres.
Margaret Donnelly, a jute mill landowner in Dundee in the 1800s, set up the first jute mills in Bengal. In the 1950s and 1960s, when nylon and polythene were rarely used, one of the primary sources of foreign exchange earnings for the erstwhile United Pakistan was the export of jute products, based on jute grown in then East Bengal (now Bangladesh). Jute has been called the "Golden Fibre of Bangladesh." However, as the use of polythene and other synthetic materials as a substitute for jute increasingly captured the market, the jute industry in general experienced a decline.
During some years in the 1980s, farmers in Bangladesh burnt their jute crops when an adequate price could not be obtained. Many jute exporters diversified away from jute to other commodities. Jute-related organisations and government bodies were also forced to close, change or downsize. The long decline in demand forced the largest jute mill in the world (Adamjee Jute Mills) to close. Bangladesh’s second largest mill, Latif Bawany Jute Mills, formerly owned by businessman, Yahya Bawan, was nationalized by the government. Farmers in Bangladesh have not completely ceased growing jute, however, mainly due to demand in the internal market. Between 2004–2010, the jute market recovered and the price of raw jute increased more than 500%[citation needed].
Jute has entered many diverse sectors of industry, where natural fibres are gradually becoming better substitutes. Among these industries are paper, celluloid products (films), non-woven textiles, composites (pseudo-wood), and geotextiles.
In December 2006 the General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed 2009 to be the International Year of Natural Fibres, so as to raise the profile of jute and other natural fibres.

Production

Jute matting being used to prevent flood erosion while natural vegetation becomes established. For this purpose, a natural and biodegradable fibre is essential.
Jute is a rain-fed crop with little need for fertilizer or pesticides. The production is concentrated in Bangladesh and some in India, mainly Bengal. The jute fibre comes from the stem and ribbon (outer skin) of the jute plant. The fibres are first extracted by retting. The retting process consists of bundling jute stems together and immersing them in low, running water. There are two types of retting: stem and ribbon. After the retting process, stripping begins. Women and children usually do this job. In the stripping process, non-fibrous matter is scraped off, then the workers dig in and grab the fibres from within the jute stem.[2] India, Pakistan, China are the large buyers of local jute while Britain, Spain, Ivory Coast, Germany and Brazil also import raw jute from Bangladesh. India is the world’s largest jute growing country.

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The plants are tall, usually annual herbs, reaching a height of 2-4 m, unbranched or with only a few side branches. Their leaves are alternate, simple, lanceolate, 5-15 cm long, with an acuminate tip and a finely serrated or lobed margin. Their flowers are small (2-3 cm diameter) and yellow, with five petals; the fruit is a many-seeded capsule. It thrives almost anywhere, and can be grown year-round.
Jute is used as herbal medicine to control or prevent dysentery, worm and constipation etc. It leaves are being used as health-food in Japan. Jute leave is rich in vitamins, carotinoids, calcium, potassium and dietary fibers. Jute leaf contains antitumor promoters; Phytol and Monogalactosyl-diacylglycerol. It may reduce risk of cancer.

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Notes
BRIEF DESCRIPTION A herbaceous plant with a straight, slender stem, 3-4 m in height under cultivation. USES It is grown as a fiber crop. The fibers are used for coarse woven fabrics, sacking, or fibers. It is also used in twines and carpet yarns. The soft fibers are weaker than hemp or flax. GROWING PERIOD Annual, may be harvested after 80-150 days, depending on varirty. COMMON NAMES White jute, Yute, Jute. FURTHER INF White jute is native to a region including India, Myanmar and sourthern China. It can be found in tropical lowland and perhaps also highland. It require a humid climate with a relative humidity between 60 and 90% in the growing period, but diurnal fluctuations of up to 50% are not a disadvantage. Young plants are sensitive to waterlogging, but more mature plants will tolerate flooding. White jute is often grown on areas that are inundated every year and enriched by deposits. It is a short-day plant but longer days prolong the vegetative phase and it is therefore normally sown when the day-length exceeds 12.5 hours. White jute is more commonly grown than the closely related, tussa jute (C. olitorius). Yields may be about 34 t/ha of green plants giving 2 t/ha of dry retted fiber.

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originally posted on my blog here.

I am on a search to make my living space more green and healthy. I did some basic googling and found lots of quacks and products marketed for people who are scared of toxis and any form of modern machinery/technology. Well it’s hard to find "scientific" studies that prove the removal of X amount of charged ion particles of electromagnetic radiation or X amount of toxins/sq feet. More or less, I will just go on the simple logic that having plants around me is a good for my health and decreasing the amount of time spent over electronics when I’m NOT actively using it (meaning when I’m sleeping), isn’t a bad idea either. Now I did find a scientifically "verifiable" study by NASA on plants as natural air detoxifiers, but I didn’t find any studies on EMF effects.
TOXINS
So in regards to toxins, I found NASA’s study on the best air-filtering plants. Back in the 80’s, NASA was trying to figure out which plants to grow on the International Space Station (ISS) because when scientists conducted air tests on the ISS they found that the air was suuuuuppppper toxic due to all the human-made materials. As a result, NASA conducted a study on the best plants that remove the top 3 chemicals found in human-made products for everyday living: benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. Although we don’t live on the ISS, we are subject to these chemicals everyday and the greatest human exposure is the dangerous chemical of Formaldehyde – it’s in almost everything from particle boards to carpets to furniture.
SOOOO the BEEEEEEST plants to remove all three toxins that was tested by NASA are: Bamboo Palm, Spider Plant (place this near wood or fireplace), English Ivy and Peace Lily (grow under artificial light!).
NASA’s lists of the top 50 plants with air-filtering rate from 1-10 is in the chart below. I am going to buy three new plants that I just learned about – both are rated at 8.5 on the 1-10 scale: the Areca Palm because it’s a natural humidifier, Lady Palm because it’s bug resistant. Mother in-law’s tongue and Spider Plant because they are low-maintenance.
I also like the rubber plant, snake plant (grows anywhere even with no light), and Christmas cactus ( put in bedroom because it gives off oxygen at night).
The study recommends philodendron, but I would be careful of this plant because it can harm the body when placed too close – so if you buy this plant just don’t put it in your bedroom.

This feng shui person gives other suggestions that I like, e.g putting computer monitor on top of bricks or wood to absorb energy and putting african violets in your office. Here’s a nother article on feng shui and plants that also recommends placing african violets in pairs to create good chi
Other Sources

good article from Tree Hugger blog
article on producing fresh indoor air
blog post about Kamal Meattle’s approach in India – he highly recommends Mother-in-law’s tongue
Book by B.C Wolverton, 1997, How to Grow Fresh Air: 50 House Plants that Purify Your Home or Office – B.C. Wolverton is a retired NASA scientist who worked on NASA’s studies on plants in indoor areas
informative post from Green Your Living Space
great review of the chemicals that plants abort from the Environmental Illness Resource Center

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ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELD
A google on EMF prevention reveals some super crazy internet quacks out to make $ $ . Let’s stay away from those!
I started on this EMF kick because after my grandma underwent chemotherapy (where she was bathed in ulta-high EMF to kill her cancer cells), she became super-sensitive to EMF in household products from the TV remote control to my computer. It’s been 2 yeas since her treatment and she is still super sensitive to electricity. I can’t use my computer near her because she gets headaches. If we drive by places with lots of power lines she starts feeling sick. If we’re in Target, we can’t walk by the electronics section. So I’m trying to find ways to reduce her EMF sensitivity as this whole E-sensitivity limits her mobility outside of the house. (When I started searching online, I found that Electrical Sensitivity is very common for people post-chemo and for people who in general just experience side effects from EMF.)
Now I’m not one of those people who freak out about being bathed in EMF. (ok I am lying – I freaked out for a moment when I saw Treehugger’s post on EMF and Maple trees– until I realized it was an old April Fools Joke). I have a weird sleep schedule because my life is crazy right now. I don’t blame any of my less than healthy habits on EMF exposure. That being said, I don’t think it hurts to educate myself on a topic that is very understudied.
There is bad and good EMF. Our cells respond to EMF. Many of your basic cellular activities involve EMF activity- e.g. active electrons in our DNA or in cells that need to communicate with each other. EMF is measured in Hz -and 1 HZ is 1 cycle per second

gamma rays is at 10 to the 24Hz (nuclear radiation – so very dangerous)
visible light is at 10 to the 12Hz
microwaves are at 10 to the 10Hz (300-3000Mhz)
cellphone are at 900-1900 MHz (3G cellphones are at 2100Mhz
The Earth’s magnetic energy is at 9.6–10.2 Hz.
the human body’s EMF is at 0.5-20Hz

Now what is interesting is that we are the first few generations to voluntarily subject ourselves to consistent flows of multiple sources of artificial EMF – e.g. cellphones plugged to our heads, ipods in our ears, cellphone towers above our buildings, and computers on our fingertips. So I think it would be nieve to say that there can’t be EMF effects when we surround ourselves with it and are already well aware of the effects of other forms of more dangerous and even Ultra-low non-dangerous EMF. High-EMF = Chernobyl = bad. One example of ultra low EMF is the relationship between our own body’s EMF and our pineal gland. The pineal gland is the endocrine gland in the our brain that produces melatonin and thus regulates our circadian rhythem (sleep/wake pattern). EMF could possibly affect your sleep.

ionising EMF can break bonds – like change cellular activity in good and bad ways – Chernobyle = bad cuz too much EMF, radiation can be good because it changes cancer cells (but can also kill good cells)
non-ionising EMR on health – e.g. exposure to visible light can delay pineal melatonin.

There has to be some of kind of connection there in terms of the levels of artifical EMF in the technologies that we use. Here’s a section from the Sustainable Housing Guide for Scotland on EMF:

"The Earth’s natural electromagnetic pulse is essential to our health and well being. Domestic mains current operates at 50 pulses a second (50Hz) in Scotland, which is six times faster than the natural pulse, and studies show that this can result in disturbed sleep patterns, nervousness, and high blood pressure, particularly where beds are sited next to mains cabling

So ere are some general tips that I’m going to follow for a reduction in artificial=EMF exposure:

don’t sleep with any alarm clocks, cellphones, laptops, chargers and etc in your bedroom. If you must sleep with them – like an alarm clock, then make sure that the alarm clock is at least 4 feet from your bed with a plant next to it.
Try placing an EMF absorbing plant next to your computer – like cactus or african violets. I can’t find any conclusive "scientific studies to prove this – but I’ve been told by several traditional doctors that I trust and in these cases – the absence of "scientific" tests doesn’t mean that the knowledge of traditional doctors are invalid. Oh and don’ put a cactus in your bedroom or even buy too many big ones because cactus absorbs energy and you it can end up absorbing a person’s energy (as opposed to the computer’s)- which is no bueno.
if you have a monitor, try to make sure it’s placed on natural materials – like wood or bricks.
try to work on a desk that is made of wood.
wear pure silver, copper and gold – all non-toxic metals. (aluminum is a toxic metal) – these
I am going to for my grandma. I’ll post an update about effective of reducing EMF pain for her. Although the Environmental Illness Resource Center says that they have not found any evidence of a change in EMF levels with the use of EMF-safety garments.

A great article that reviews recent EMF studies is Gee’s (2009) report, Late Lessons from Early Warnings: Towards realism and precaution with EMF? Gee examines how EMF research can be a model for proactive steps to understanding and preventing potentially harmful risks in society. I like this paper because it does not get involved in the EMF is bad or good argument – rather it focuses on how take policy level action in reducing/understanding the risks of EMF.
Some articles (some a bit wacky) that I came across:

Electromagnetic Radiation and Health, download PDF, (2004), COmplementary Medicine
An Excellent PEER-REviewed article by Bioinitiatve, A Rationale for a Biologically-based Public Exposure Standard for Electromagnetic Fields (ELF and RF) 2007. This study concluded:
(2006), Frank S. Barnes, Chapter 8 – EMF Standards for Human Health.Electromagnetic fields and radiation: human bioeffects and safety (2002), Riadh W. Y. Habash.
Green Leaves and EMF (2004), download PDF, Singh et. al, Proceedings of the National Seminar on Environmental Engineering.
Late Lessons from Early Warnings: Towards realism and precaution with EMF? Pathophysiology Volume 16, Issues 2-3, August 2009, Pages 217-231 Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) Special Issue
Green Fact’s Primer on EMF

How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality with Plants

People spend as much as 90% of their lives indoors. US Environmental Protection Agency statistics show that indoor air quality is five times worse than outdoor air, making it one of the top threats to good health. Its linked to allergies, sickness and fatigue. Fortunately, indoor air quality can be improved with the help of home air filters, purifiers and living house plants. Plants cycle the air by taking in carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. But plants also have the ability to purify household air by naturally filtering harmful chemicals found in the air known as volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, which come from man-made products in the home. Following are some practical instructions on how to select helpful indoor plants and how to properly care for those plants.
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