For Earth Day, save energy with small steps

It's important to recycle aluminum cans and all other recyclable products because it saves energy, money and helps preserve the environment, says Wendell Porter, senior lecturer in the UF/IFAS department of agricultural and biological engineering. As Earth Day approaches on April 22, Porter also stresses the need for renewable energy and LED lighting. GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Sometimes, Wendell Porter gets a kick out of watching customers  More»


Youth potato project plants seeds of STEM careers

When the Flagler County 4-H members started growing their own potato plants at home, they were a little worried at first. “They would come to me and say, ‘I don’t see any potatoes on my plant. What’s wrong?’” said Amy Hedstrom, a Flagler County 4-H youth development agent with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension. “That was the day they learned potatoes grew in the ground, not  More»


Organic agriculture networking

As organic food goes mainstream, more small farms are looking to get into the industry, says Jim DeValerio, agriculture agent for Bradford County with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension program. “We’ve seen growing demand in small farm communities for more opportunities to learn about organic agriculture, and meet others who are also interested in going organic,” DeValerio said. Growers  More»


Is coconut oil good for you?

Google “coconut oil” and you’ll find article after article claiming numerous health benefits. However, consumers looking for heart-healthy foods would do better to look elsewhere, say nutrition experts with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. “Coconut oil is high in saturated fat, which, along with trans fat, is linked to heart disease,” said Gail Kauwell, professor of food science and human  More»


Honor Earth Day by cutting food waste

This Earth Day — April 22 — you don’t have to leave your kitchen to start living more sustainably, says an expert with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension. Consumers can help the environment by taking a closer look at the food they throw away, said Heidi Copeland, family and consumer sciences agent with UF/IFAS Extension Leon County. “A surprising amount of food produced in the United  More»


Antique turpentine still to be unveiled at UF Austin Cary Forest

If you’ve ever sipped Gatorade, eaten a Cadbury Crème Egg, put on a Band-Aid or used a Post-It note, you have a forest to thank. These products are on a long list of items with ingredients derived from pine gum, the sticky substance that oozes from tapped pine trees, said Wayne Smith, emeritus professor with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. One hundred years ago, Florida was the world’s leading  More»