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There is a very famous maxim in statistics - correlation does not imply causation. If you Google 'interesting correlations', you'll see that correlations have been established between ice cream consumption and murder, pirate shortage and global warming, organic food and autism, internet explorer and murder (this one is not so surprising ), obesity and the debt bubble and many other such extremely disconnected phenomenon. Having said that, the reverse is also true - correlation does not imply no causation. Moreover, there is this entire universe of literature available on 'cognitive biases' - we see what we want to see and we  hear what we want to hear - but that's a topic for another day. Why all this? Well, went through the "2014 State of Devops' Report - recently co-published by PuppetLabs, ThoughtWorks and the IT  Revolution Press. With distinguished names like Gen... (more)

From Sweet to Savory: Whole Foods Market(R) Announces Winning Recipes in Online Contest Highlighting Parmigiano Reggiano

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Whole Foods Market, the world's leading natural and organic foods supermarket, today announced the winners of its online recipe contest highlighting Parmigiano Reggiano. "This is a well-loved cheese! We were blown away by the creativity and variety of the recipes we received," said Cathy Strange, global cheese buyer for Whole Foods Market. "With our mouths watering, deciding upon winners was not an easy task, but I think the diverse winners will help our shoppers add even more options to their repertoire of recipes using this cheese rock star." More than 1,000 entries came in --from savory entrees and sweet desserts to crispy appetizers and creamy soups - sharing plenty of new and innovative ways to use the "king of cheese." Winners of the contest are: Grand Prize Winner: Parmigiano Reggiano Crisps with Chocola... (more)

Active Health Foods, Inc. Announces Engagement of F&M Merchant Group, LLC.

RIVERSIDE, Calif., April 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Active Health Foods, Inc. (OTCBB: AHFD), the maker of Active XTM 100% Organic "CERTIFIED", 100% Natural, and both Kosher and Vegan "CERTIFIED" Energy Bars made from the highest quality Natural, Organic and Raw Ingredients in a variety of four distinctive, unique, and amazing flavors: Almond Chocolate Delight, Peanut Butter Chocolate Joy, Cashew Berry Dream, and Coconut Cocoa Passion announces that it has engaged F&M Merchant Group, LLC as its Sales, Marketing and Consulting firm focused on Distribution and Sales to Grocery, Drug, Convenience, and Club Warehouse outlets throughout the United States. F&M Merchant Group, LLC is entering its 13th year as a leading Sales, Marketing and Consulting firm with offices in Los Angeles, Dallas, Phoenix, Philadelphia and Indianapolis.  The F&M Sales Team is comprised of leaders ... (more)

Starting Out With Seeds and Seedlings

Whether you’ve got a lot of space to work with or you’re simply hoping for a few tomatoes in containers, it can be hard to know where to start with your vegetable garden. Just deciding what to grow can pose a challenge for some, but the best advice anyone could give you is, happily, simple: Grow mainly what you like to eat. Courgettes are easy to grow – as legends of neighbours of grow-your-owners hiding from yet another delivery of them can attest – but if you’re not that keen, having kilos of the beggars at your disposal is a waste of time. Keep things interesting by growing at least one thing that’s “exotic”/you’ve never tried and best of all, ignore the people who tell you to keep it simple and don’t grow too many different things: variety is half the fun of it. Some canny inter-cropping will see you getting more out of the same space too. Once you know what ... (more)

Organic Farming Can Tackle Climate Change

The UK’s Soil Association has announced that if all British farmland was converted to organic farming, at least 3.2 million tonnes of carbon would be absorbed by the soil each year – the equivalent of pulling almost 1 million cars off the roads. Research undertaken by the association (available for download here), further suggests that a worldwide switch to organic farming could offset 11% of all global greenhouse gases. Among the other findings: widespread adoption of organic farming methods in the UK would offset 23% of the country’s agricultural emissions through soil carbon sequestration alone – significantly better than the UK government’s current target of 6-11% by 2020. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says that 89% of agriculture’s global greenhouse gas mitigation potential is from carbon sequestration. In addition to helping to counter clima... (more) is a British initiative that looks to re-think the way we produce and grow food. The community puts people who have land in touch with people who want to produce food and encourages people to get talking and working together. The idea is that people with a bit of spare space can offer it to a would-be grower in exchange for some of their harvest. The British TV station Channel 4 has set up a web site and forum based around the aims of the organisation. If you're looking for some inspiration and would like to get involved, why not check it out.   ... (more)

Earth Day Celebration Offers Something for Everyone

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich., April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The MI Earth Day Fest (April 22 -25) celebration of Earth Day's 40th anniversary, Michigan's largest Earth Day celebration and one of the largest in the country, is only days away from its kickoff. An anticipated 100,000 visitors will share in a variety of earth-friendly and healthy events and exhibits in downtown Rochester. This year's festivities will kick off at 7pm on Earth Day, Thursday April 22, with an exclusive Preview Party emceed by comedian Dave Coulier and featuring the first annual MI Earth Day Awards. The evening will also welcome Oakland County Executive L Brooks Patterson and other dignitaries and showcase an eco chic fashion show with FOX2's Ronnie Dahl narrating. Mind, Body and Spirits will provide an array of organic food and beverages. Admission to the Preview Party is $25. Tickets can be purch... (more)

Horst Rechelbacher's Intelligent Nutrients(R) Launches on ShopNBC

MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- (Marketwire) -- 05/29/09 -- Award-winning Intelligent Nutrients, created by Aveda founder and respected environmentalist Horst M. Rechelbacher, is delighted to announce its launch on ShopNBC. Debuting at 9:00 am CDT on the 29th of May, the show series "Intelligent Nutrients on ShopNBC" heralds a new era for the premium lifestyle shopping network as Intelligent Nutrients opens its doors for viewers to an organic way of thinking with its innovative health and beauty range. Intelligent Nutrients was described as one of the "Breakthrough Products of the Year" by Women's Wear Daily publication and received their highly prestigious Beauty Biz Award 2008. Intelligent Nutrients is currently available at Barneys in New York and selected stores throughout America. The range will be available exclusively to viewers of ShopNBC, ensuring the accessibility of ... (more)

xTuple Announces Unsurpassed 2009 Growth

xTuple, the leader in open source enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, today announced it has closed a very successful 2009 despite tough market conditions. In addition to doubling both its customer and partner base, the company experienced a dramatic acceleration of its global user community to over 20,000 active members. For most of 2009, and continuing into 2010, the free and open source PostBooks Edition of xTuple ERP was the #1 most active project on the open source portal, having been downloaded over 320,000 times. Tweet this: Open Source ERP provider #xTuple gains over 100 new commercial customers in 2009, doubles partner base The addition of over 100 new commercial clients represents a doubling of xTuple’s core user base of manufacturers, as well as a growing number of distributors, retailers, and professional ser... (more)

Celestial Seasonings(R) Asks Tea Drinkers to Make a Difference by Planting 'Virtual Trees' Online

The specialty tea leader partners with Trees for the Future to plant more than one million trees in developing countries around the globe BOULDER, Colo., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- By simply purchasing tea or clicking on a mouse, Celestial Seasonings(R) tea drinkers can support the planting of trees in developing countries and help promote environmental and economic sustainability around the world. (Logo: ) Celestial Seasonings will sponsor the planting of more than one million trees through a new partnership with the nonprofit organization Trees for the Future. Tea drinkers can join Celestial Seasonings in planting trees in two ways: by purchasing the brand's all-natural teas between now and March 31, 2009, and by visiting, where they are given the exciting opportunity... (more)

Symform Scores a Hat-Trick at XChange 2012 XCellence Awards; and Channel Exec Named to MSPMentor 250 List

SEATTLE, WA -- (Marketwire) -- 09/06/12 -- Symform, a revolutionary, distributed cloud backup service, was a favorite at the recent XChange conference, winning three award categories at the final night's XChange XCellence Awards event, hosted by UBM Channel. Symform received awards for Breakthrough Technology Vendor, Best Newcomer, and XCellence in Cloud Implementation, scoring big alongside other award winners including ConnectWise, Lenovo, Microsoft, and Intel. The XChange XCellence Award winners are selected by top solution providers and honor the vendors with the most exceptional products, programs and technologies in the channel market. In another channel-related accolade, Symform's vice president of worldwide sales, Candace Grisdale, was honored on this year's MSPMentor 250 list, a roster of the top managed services provider (MSP) experts, entrepreneurs and e... (more)