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VIP Dinner

The Organic Center is holding its 12th Annual VIP Dinner on Thursday, March 5th, 2015 in Anaheim, CA. With over 500 attendees expected, you won’t want to miss the largest organic business networking event at Expo West. At this celebratory fundraising dinner, you’ll hear thought-provoking keynote speakers discuss the intersection of food, farming, science and politics. A celebrity-chef-designed menu will feature delicious appetizers, delectable main courses, and mouthwatering desserts made with the finest organic ingredients. The evening will start with a cocktail reception and end with a rhythm & blues soul band — so you can count on plenty of time to connect with friends, colleagues, and the industry’s leading innovators.

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Gut bacteria are important to a healthy immune system

Apr 24, 2014
Photo Credit:  Derek Yu

Photo Credit: Derek Yu

Another reason to avoid meat and dairy products produced with antibiotics:  beneficial gut bacteria are critical for healthy immune systems. In fact, a new research study published in Cell Host & Microbe suggests that a strong ecosystem of beneficial gut bacteria can help promote resistance to some diseases. The Caltech research team examined the difference between mice born with and without gut bacteria, and found that the mice that did not have gut bacteria also had fewer immune cells than healthy mice with a normal population of microbes in their gut. The gut bacteria-free mice were also more susceptible to Listeria infection. “It’s interesting to see that these microbes are having an immune effect beyond where they live in the gut,” said Arya Khosravi, the study’s lead author. “They’re affecting places like your blood, spleen, and bone marrow — places where there shouldn’t be any bacteria.”  This study shows the importance of maintaining a healthy gut bacterial population.

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