Craving a taste of his native Liberia 4,500 miles (7,200 km)away, maintenance worker Alfred Jones drove just 20 miles from his New Jersey home and waded knee deep into rows of pick-your-own African vegetables at Morris Gbolo’s World Crops Farm… With roughly one-tenth of the U.S. population living within 100 miles of central New Jersey – much of it affluent – the state is in a geographic sweet spot for agritourism, said Brian Schilling, a specialist with Rutgers Cooperative Extension, linked to the state university… New Jersey’s location is the reason the legislature approved the nickname in the first place in 1954, said Richard VanVranken, a Rutgers agricultural agent… “It was about everything in New Jersey being ripe for the picking for New York and Philadelphia. That drives a lot of what we do, being able to serve the huge markets that we’re right in the middle of,” VanVranken said.
Vitamin D Lack ‘Speeds Up Age-related Mental Decline’, Says Study
Lack of vitamin D greatly accelerates the loss of mental ability that comes with age, a study has shown… Researchers found that low levels of the vitamin doubled or even tripled the rate of cognitive decline in 382 men and women over the age of 60… Lead researcher Professor Joshua Miller, from Rutgers University in the US, said: “There were some people in the study who had low vitamin D who didn’t decline at all and some people with adequate vitamin D who declined quickly. But on average, people with low vitamin D declined two to three times as fast as those with adequate vitamin D.”… Prof Miller recommended that the over-60s consult their doctors about taking vitamin D supplements.