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DOH says backyard veggies, fruits safer to eat

Thursday, July 05, 2012 01:49 AM    Views : 292by:Cebu Daily News

THE health department is encouraging people to eat vegetables and fruits grown in their backyards and stay away from chemicals used by farmers in producing these in commercial volumes.

Parolita Mission, head of the National Nutrition Council warned of the health hazards, chemicals used as pesticides and fertilizers by farmers in growing vegetables and fruits.
"If the food they are taking comes from their own backyard they will be assured that it is more likely cleaner and safer," Mission said.

She said that illnesses like cancers, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases are the result of poor body nutrition and ingestion of toxins found in food.

In Cebu, Mission said the Dept. of Health has been actively promoting organic farming through the Cebu Farmers Associations and in promoting organic vegatable gardening in schools.


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" Two Filipino inventors scored a pair of gold medals in the International Invention, Innovation, Industrial Design and Technology Exhibition (ITEX 2000) held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in September 2000. Engr. Cornelio Seño of Los Banos, Laguna and Rolando dela Cruz garnered golds for their inventions called, respectively, "Pressure Fluid Machine" and "Topical Formulation in Removing Warts, Moles and the Like Using Cashew Nuts (Annacardium occidentale)." Dela Cruz spent 25 years of research for his winning cashew nut preparation known as Dewart and Demole. Seno has four US and four Philippine patents under his name. "

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