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Chicago Urban Gardening

The day to day experiences of a University of Illinois Extension Urban Horticulture Educator in Chicago, Illinois
Horseradish

Horseradish Increases Resistance to Cancer

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A University of Illinois study shows that horseradish has substantial quantities of glucosinolates, compounds that has been shown to increase human resistance to cancer. "Glucosinolates increase the liver's ability to detoxify carcinogens and they may actually suppress the growth of existing cancerous tumors," said Mosbah Kushad, U of I associate professor of food-crop systems. "And our...

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Violent Wind Storms Hit Chicago

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One cannot appreciate the damage wind storms cause to trees until they've experienced a storm like the one that passed through Chicagoland on August 23, 2007. Fortunately, major wind storms do not occur on a regular basis. The trees that normally take the brunt of the damage - Chinese and Siberian elms, poplars, silver maples, birches and willows - are the predictable victims. All of these spec...

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Roundup Losing Its Power

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In the age-old struggle between farmers and weeds, farmers have enjoyed the weed killer Roundup. Some have called it the herbicide of a lifetime. But after 30 years on the market the chemical seems to be losing its power over some weeds, changing farming practices nationwide. Read more... Source:...

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Tending 'Defiant Gardens' During Wartime

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For many, gardening is a simple meditative act–a way to get in touch with nature. Others may think of gardening as a mundane chore. Whatever the view, there's more than meets the eye. For instance, the compulsion to create a garden during wartime reveals something vital about the human spirit. Kenneth Hel...

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Detroit Mothers Reveal Environmental Abuses Through Photography

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Watch the video > | Quicktime version Watch With the snaps of their cameras, Detroit...

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