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Growing the Cure Launched at 50th Farm Science Review

September 19, 2012

COLUMBUS, OHIO -- What if the food we ate fought against cancer?                               

Recent food-based research at Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and

Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and Comprehensive Cancer Center-Arthur G. James Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC-The James) has discovered that fruits and vegetables contain natural cancer-fighting capabilities when consumed appropriately. 

Five Ohio- and Indiana-based cooperatives have recognized these findings and are collaborating to support cancer research by developing Growing the Cure, a program that encourages a collaborative effort to fund food research for cancer prevention. Heritage Cooperative, United

Landmark, Town & Country, Trupointe and Jackson Jennings Co-op have all committed to raise awareness and financial support for the innovative research being done at OSUCCC-The James and CFAES. 

Together, the five cooperatives of Growing the Cure presented a check for $103,301.82 to OSUCCC-The James at the Vice President’s Luncheon during the 50th Farm Science Review. 

Dr. Steven Clinton, leading researcher and medical oncologist at Ohio State, reminisced about his childhood agriculture experience and the dire importance of a sturdy, three-legged stool to sit on while milking dairy cattle. 

“Those three sturdy legs are also important in cancer research: prevention, early detection and treatment,” he said. “All three aspects must work together to gain success in finding a cure.” 

Money raised by these cooperatives will be split equally between OSUCCC-The James and CFAES through the “Cooperatives for the Cure of Cancer” endowment fund, which is accounted for through Ohio State. Contributions can be made online by going to  More information on Growing the Cure can be found on its website at

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Carolyn Siebert