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Is Neem in Your…?

Is Neem in Your…?

While the healing practices of Ayurvedic medicine have been known for thousands of years, many people may find it hard to strictly follow the diet and lifestyle that provides so many holistic benefits for the body and mind. Instead, three entrepreneurs decided to make that lifestyle accessible to everyone through ...

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Grow Your Own in the City

Grow Your Own in the City

As consumers become more informed, concern is growing over the way that conventional food is produced. Although synthetic pesticides allowed the global population to grow exponentially and more than double since 1970, the consequences of these toxic chemicals are now becoming a consumer concern. This has not only led ...

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The Neem Project: Creating Sustainability

The Neem Project: Creating Sustainability

Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers and Chemicals (GNFC) has been awarded the Porter Prize in the category of “Creating Shared Value”, a prestigious award from the Institute of Competitiveness in affiliation with Harvard Business School, for their Neem Project. So far, this project has directly worked with over 225,000 ...

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The Future of Cities

The Future of Cities

Global cities occupy 2% of the world’s surface and yet they are home to more than half of the world’s population (3.75 billion people), responsible for 75% of global energy consumption, and 80% of CO2 emissions. What are the environmental and health impacts of these growing global cities? In these urban centers, ...

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To Till or Not to Till

To Till or Not to Till

In conventional farming, the earth is tilled, or turned over with a machine, to loosen the top layer of soil and open it up to oxygen and nutrients that have made their way deeper underground. This has been the accepted farming method for years, but there is evidence that it may not be the most effective. In comes ...

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Sustainably Feed the World with Organic Farming

Sustainably Feed the World with Organic Farming

Since 1981, the Rodale Institute has conducted a Farming Systems Trial, where they have studied three different farming systems, side-by-side: A manure-based organic system, a legume-based organic system, and a conventional, synthetic input-based system. This has allowed them to easily compare and determine, over the ...

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Your Right to Food

Your Right to Food

According to a new report from the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, the aggressive promotion of pesticides has led to a violation of human rights - our right to adequate food and our right to health. The report emphasizes that “the right to food obligates States to implement protective measures and food ...

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Neem Empowers Women

Neem Empowers Women

The neem tree is one of the amazing feats of nature that has been and will be changing the world for generations to come. For thousands of years, neem leaves, the bark, neem oil, and the flowers have been used in hundreds of different applications from preventing infection in a wound to acting as a pesticide, ...

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Saving our Environment

Saving our Environment

“This is not a partisan debate; it’s a human one. Clean air and water and a livable climate are inalienable human rights. And solving this crisis is not a question of politics. It is our moral obligation.” - Leonardo DiCaprio, United Nations Climate Summit, 2014 With the recent change of power in the United States ...

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Nimbolide: Fighting Breast Cancer

Nimbolide: Fighting Breast Cancer

Neem’s saccharides and limonoids, found in the bark, leaves, and seeds, have been shown to reduce the size of tumors. The neem tree has been utilized as a cancer treatment in India for centuries, though the science behind the mechanism has yet to be fully understood! When breast cancer patients chew neem leaves or ...

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Neem’s Advances in Cancer Treatment

Neem’s Advances in Cancer Treatment

Since 1993, the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the Environmental Protection Agency have all investigated and collected data on the health of farmers throughout the United States to determine health risks posed by agriculture. Hundreds of studies have been ...

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What is Neem?

12° What is Neem?

What is neem? Neem is a tree, native to India, that is used as a natural pesticide and fertilizer, as a natural ingredient in cosmetics, as an additive to livestock feed and in pet care products, and even in healthcare treatments! Every part of the tree can be used - the bark, the leaves, the flowers, the gum, ...

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Curing the Flu? With Neem, Anything is Possible

Curing the Flu? With Neem, Anything is Possible

The influenza virus is an extremely dangerous, rapidly transmitted virus with a high mortality rate. Each season, the influenza virus kills an estimated 50,000 people, causes 200,000 hospitalizations, and incurs costs of up to $10 billion in medical care in the United States. The influenza virus genome, due to ...

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Bees: Vital to Agriculture and Our Survival

Bees: Vital to Agriculture and Our Survival

The first wild bee to be listed as an endangered species, the rusty patched bumblebee, represents the danger that synthetic pesticides pose to our environment and future survival. The United Nations recently released a global assessment stating that 40% of invertebrate pollinator species are in danger of extinction. ...

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Feeding the Global Population

Feeding the Global Population

In 1804, mankind reached its first major milestone: 1 billion people. Since then, the global population has grown exponentially. In the last 20 years, we have grown from just under 6 billion to 7.5 billion people. By 2056, the global population is expected to reach 10 billion, requiring a 70% increase in food ...

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France Sets Limit on Synthetic Pesticides

France Sets Limit on Synthetic Pesticides

France is one of the world’s greatest agricultural producers, having exported $68 billion in food products around the world in 2016. With such global reach comes a profound responsibility to lead the way towards a healthy and sustainable agricultural food system. Leading by example, the French government plans to ...

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A Practical Solution for Reducing our Ecological Footprint

A Practical Solution for Reducing our Ecological Footprint

Neem is a practical solution for reducing our Ecological Footprint. We are presently using natural resources at a rate 1.6 times greater than the Earth can supply and we’ve already exceeded four of nine “Planetary Limits.” These are security thresholds of the fundamental processes that make up Earth’s capacity to ...

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Azadirachtin: the model botanical biopesticide

Azadirachtin: the model botanical biopesticide

The neem tree has been the focus of numerous scientific studies because of its amazing compound breakdown. Research is centered on its utilization in medicine, industry, and agriculture. Neem formulations have been evaluated against 600 species of insects and more than 400 are reported to be susceptible at ...

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Neem Research in AIDS

Neem Research in AIDS

  35 million people were living with HIV in 2013; with an estimated 39 million people having died from AIDS in the last century. Although the number of HIV infections has dropped by 21% since 1997, it is still prevalent in developing regions such as Africa where between 15-28% of the population are living with ...

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Neem’s Role in Cancer Treatment

Neem’s Role in Cancer Treatment

The global impact of cancer is extraordinary. Worldwide, cases are expected to increase to 21.7 million with 13 million deaths per year in 2030.  Various compounds found in neem bark, leaves, seeds, and seed oil have been used to combat cancerous cells with no registered side effects. Neem extracts have also been ...

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Dealing with Deforestation

Dealing with Deforestation

The very nature of neem makes the tree ideal for reforestation and carbon sequestration efforts. Fast growing, with a large surface biomass and thick foliage, neem has an impressive capacity to capture carbon in the atmosphere with a sequestration capacity of 12.27 tons per tree per year. One of the most resilient, ...

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Innovations in Neem Research

Innovations in Neem Research

A tree with mul­ti­ple ben­e­fi­cial prop­er­ties, neem-based solutions are play­ing an increasingly important role in natural medical care. Research studies have shown that: Neem oil is an organic anti-bacterial that is effective against a variety of ailments Neem delays the coagulation of blood, which calms ...

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