Monday, August 11, 2008

No. 16 Uses of Agriculture

Aromatherapy Smells Great!
Odors and Energy
-- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer
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Each of us has a secret source of energy. You can’t hold it in your hand or see it in a book. Most mysteriously, it can boost your energy, mood and motivation without you even knowing it.

It’s a smell. Not just any smell, but a particular smell that invigorates you. It’s different for everyone. For some, it’s leaves; for others, hay; still others, rubber or smoke. People that turn up their noses at leather may perk right up when they smell motor oil.

The fact that odors can boost energy isn’t any news to people familiar with the basics of aromatherapy. We’ve heard for years about the effects smells have on our brains and bodies. Peppermint, for example, is widely used to increase alertness. In Japan, there’s a company that pipes in scented air to pep up employees. In the morning, cedar and cypress wake them up. In the afternoon, citrus stimulates their senses.

But what’s still unexplored is a type of “Personal Aromatherapy,” in which each person may be physically and emotionally affected in different ways by different smells.

Aromatherapy works in two ways. First, many smells (apple pie, foot odor, perfume) simply produce emotional responses learned through association. Other smells most often used in aromatherapy oils (lavender, vanilla) have real physical effects. They cause the body to produce neurochemicals, such as serotonin, which relaxes and induces sleep.

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Aromatherapy Smells Great!
Odors and Energy
-- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer
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What’s interesting is that this physical effect may also be learned. In fact, these same “chemicals of well-being” are also released when talking to a lover or listening to music. That’s where the idea of personal aromatherapy comes in.

Personal aromatherapy is a smell that’s closely related to an activity or interest that you’re highly invested in or really enjoy doing. The more “active” this activity is, the theory goes, the more its related smell will boost your energy. The smell and its effect on you are very personal things. If you love working with wood and you use a lot of energy doing it, chances are the smell of sawdust will get you going. Same goes for someone who loves cooking upon entering the spice aisle in the store. When faced with these meaningful smells, you can’t help but feel a little rush of energy and pleasant thought.

So what does this mean for weight loss? Just this: by keeping these personal aromatherapy scents around, you will feel more energized and more positive about staying active.

Of course, these are often smells you don’t want around all the time. (Who wants to live in a workshop?) In fact, they may actually be smells you normally find unpleasant in daily life. But it’s the emotional reminder that’s important, not the smell itself. What activity do you really get fired up for? Does it have a distinct smell that goes along with it? If you can find a way to give yourself a “shot” when you need it, you may have found the secret to staying charged up and motivated every day.
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Jatropha-Green Oil-Florida, 30000 acres of land with Jatropha


Corn, Canola, Olive, Rapeseed, Soybeans, Almond, Coconut, Macademia Nuts, Walnuts, Peanuts,

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How about investing in AGRICULTURE?

Seeds and what to do with them-hybrids anyone?

Roxas City -- The government has earmarked P9 billion for the National
Seed Program in the next two years.

Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap disclosed that the government is
spending P9 billions for the National Seed Program alone over the next
two years in subsidies coming from the earnings from the Expanded
Value Added Tax (E-VAT) on oil products.

Yap revealed that some P1.68 billion in windfall earnings from the 12%
E-VAT on oil products will augment subsidies for palay farmers
starting this wet season or main crop.

He explained that said subsidies for palay farmers are in the form of
certified seeds to increase rice sufficiency and providing food on the
table of every Filipino family.

Yap said that another P6.5 billion is being allocated by President
Arroyo for the intensified palay procurement program of the National
Food Authority this main harvest season, with the NFA to purchase as
high as 500,000 metric tons (MT) from farmers.

The NFA procurement target, he said, is about 1,460% higher than the
32,044 metric tons of palay it acquires from local growers at the
government support price during the same period last year.

For the dry crop in 2009, which will cover 1.80 million hectares of
land, the DA is poised to distribute seed subsidies to farmers so they
can plant hybrid seeds in some 300,000 hectares and certified seeds in
1.50 million hectares.

Such subsidies coming from the "Katas ng VAT" will given at an
equivalent of P1,500 per farmer/hectare for those planting hybrid
seeds or P1,200 for those planting certified seeds, Yap said.

He said that each sack of certified palay seeds under the subsidy
program can generate up to 120 sacks of palay or 60 sacks of milled rice.

At the onset of the dry or summer crop, President Arroyo has ordered
the National Food Authority (NFA) to increase the food agency's buying
support price to P17 per kilogram.

The President also directed the DA and NFA to increase the latter's
support price for corn from P8.50 per kilogram to P13 per kilogram for
white corn and from P7 to P10 per kilogram for yellow corn. (PIA)



Roxas City -- The government is set to create more employment
opportunities for nearly 1 million Filipinos.

The National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) revealed that close to 1
million unskilled workers, farmers and unemployed laborers can expect
new jobs and better livelihood opportunities this year.

NAPC Secretary Domingo Panganiban, in an online news, said that
President Arroyo's administration plans to increase its employment
generation programs this year to reduce hunger and unemployment among

He said that the government aims to generate more than 860,000 new
jobs for poor and hungry folk through the expansion of its micro
finance services, skills training and coconut intercropping programs
in more than 50 priority provinces and the National Capital Region (NCR).

"We will concentrate the bulk of our jobs and livelihood generation
programs in areas that have the highest levels of hunger and poverty,"
Panganiban said.

He added that the government expected its microfinance and
Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K) programs alone to produce
some 430,000 jobs for the poor by the end of 2008.

In addition, some 332,505 underprivileged folk will be afforded better
livelihood opportunities through the skills and vocational training
programs of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority
(TESDA) and various other community-based training programs, he said.

Additional livelihood and income for a targeted 67,023 coconut farmers
will be provided through the coconut intercropping program of the
Department of Agriculture (DA) while 37,583 workers will be hired for
public irrigation and roadside maintenance projects.

A report from the National Nutrition Council shows that microfinance
services and rural infrastructure projects under the government's
anti-hunger campaign have already yielded new jobs for around 881,000

The same report says that Apayao, Mountain Province, Kalinga, Masbate,
Camarines Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Norte, Lanao del
Norte, Sarangani, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Maguindanao,
Surigao del Sur, Tawi-tawi, Northern Samar and the NCR have been
accorded first priority under the government's anti-hunger program. (PIA)