Not another story about superbugs?

  Personally, I may not be too affected by a food shortage by 2050 for a couple of reasons.  I could be dead, or at the least very old and only consuming a light fuel of gruel. Currently, I’m in a state of abundance.  Each day I eat my way through thousands of kilojules to […]

A teaspoon of honey a day may be the new mantra

The discovery of the compound in Manuka Honey that gives it anti-bacterial properties has placed it into the category of a medical food.  Susan Kirk reports. Kerry Paul sold his first pot of honey on July 2006 after 14 years as a senior executive in the dairy industry and six years in biotechnology; commercialising science. […]

Waimea Sauvignon Blanc comes up gold

In the South Island of New Zealand a small boutique winery is producing wines of ‘subtle power and harmonious elegance.’  Susan Kirk tours Waimea Estates and reports on the ‘taste of Nelson.’ Located in Nelson on stony alluvial soils, Waimea Estates, a family business established in 1993, is producing a top quality Sauvignon Blanc that […]

Nekta discovers Kiwi gold

A patent developed by the founders of Nekta has dozens of commercial applications and Susan Kirk investigates how intellectual property can become a company’s core competence and success. The Nekta ™ group of Companies was established in 1994 to further develop a new technology relating to the manufacture of a concentrated paste of Kiwifruit carbohydrate […]

New Zealand King Salmon Company – integrated and sustainable fisheries

Cruising across the protected waters of the Marlborough Sounds, the only noise is the loud drone from the engine of the passenger ferry. The cold winter air is warmed intermittently by the sun and the Skipper says it’s a nice calm day to travel.  Lets hope it stays that way because I’m no sailor. Susan […]

How do plants grow?

At first, the back room of plant physiologist Edgar Spalding’s lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison might be mistaken for an alien space ship set straight out of a Hollywood movie. It’s a room bathed in low-red light with camera lenses pointing at strange looking entities encased in Petri dishes. A closer inspection reveals the […]

Broccoli prevents cancer confirmed

Sulforaphane, one of the primary phytochemicals in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables that helps them prevent cancer, has been shown for the first time to selectively target and kill cancer cells while leaving normal prostate cells healthy and unaffected. The findings, made by scientists in the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, are another […]

Green T Cells great for health

One of the beneficial compounds found in green tea has a powerful ability to increase the number of “regulatory T cells” that play a key role in immune function and suppression of autoimmune disease, according to new research in the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. This may be one of the underlying mechanisms […]

New natural functional foods for disease prevention

Anti cancer potential; lowers cholesterol; protects and maintains a healthy heart; substantiated claims like these could change the way food companies develop and market their food products. Susan Kirk investigates some of the new functional foods and the benefits to human health