Research finds food that fights cancer in humans

COLUMBUS — 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 and the university’s Comprehensive Cancer Center-Arthur G. James Hospital and Solove Research Institute has discovered 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 research being done at OSUCCC-The James and CFAES.

cancer fighting foods

During last week’s Farm Science Review, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack learned about Ohio State research that marries the university’s ag and medical research. From left, Steven Clinton, with Ohio State’s Center for Advanced Functional Foods Research and Entrepreneurship; Gordon Wallace, Trupointe Co-op; and Eric Parthmore, CEO of Heritage Co-op, explain more about the Growing the Cure efforts of the university and its partners.

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 Sept. 18.

Farm connection

Dr. Steven Clinton, leading researcher and medical oncologist at Ohio State, reminisced about his childhood farm experience and the 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


  1. okiestorm1 says:

    so why do vegans still get cancer,,more on trying to turn us all vegan and shut down farmers and ranchers,,,

  2. Stevo1 says:

    I am a farmer and a vegan. Genetics obviously play the most important role in contracting cancer, but diet and lifestyle also help. There is not some large liberal conspiracy to shut down ranchers and dairy men. The facts are however that raising livestock is the most inefficient way of of providing food and nutrients to feed the masses. There will always be people who demand meat and think that their appetite warrants the slaughter of animals. However, we are seeing a movement to a more veterinarian and vegan society. I will leave out moral or ethical choices here, is is going to be dictated on environmental resources.

    If your willing to try a new diet, this has been my experience:
    I have been a veterinarian for 20 some odd years. When I recently decided to remove dairy from my diet, not only did I feel better but most of my seasonal allergies disappeared. Digestion improved as well as my skin. I am never going back to dairy. I guess we are the only species who drink another animals milk. The whole process seems goofy to me now.

    The times are a changing and the old thought processes don’t always hold up. I love being a farmer but my feet are firmly planted in the 21st century.

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