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An attempt to collect some of the better recent material related to food ethics in the popular press.
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Laws To Prohibit Bush Meat Are Actually A Boon For The Bush Meat Biz

Laws To Prohibit Bush Meat Are Actually A Boon For The Bush Meat Biz | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
That's what researchers in Equatorial Guinea have found. Endangered animals are at risk. So are humans, from diseases the animals could harbor. So how do you stop the bush meat trade?
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Inside The World's Largest Food Company You've Probably Never Heard Of

Inside The World's Largest Food Company You've Probably Never Heard Of | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
Executives at JBS, the world's largest meat producer, know consumers want to know more about how their food is sourced. But the very nature of their business is grisly and sometimes unpalatable.
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The Strange Link Between Junk Food and Depression

The Strange Link Between Junk Food and Depression | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
Some—but not all—sugars were associated with depressive disorders
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doesn't seem that strange anymore...
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As Tastes Shift, Food Giant General Mills Gets A Makeover

As Tastes Shift, Food Giant General Mills Gets A Makeover | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
General Mills is one of the world's most successful food companies, with iconic brands like Green Giant. But fast-changing tastes are forcing it and other food firms to innovate to stay relevant.
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Halibut Dumping Stirs Fight Among Fishing Fleets In Alaska

Halibut Dumping Stirs Fight Among Fishing Fleets In Alaska | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
Last year, big fleets in the Bering Sea caught more halibut, by accident, than local fishermen caught on purpose. The big ships throw out that halibut; the local fishermen make their living from it.
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classic local vs. industry conflict here
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Was Your Seafood Caught By Slaves? AP Uncovers Unsavory Trade

Was Your Seafood Caught By Slaves? AP Uncovers Unsavory Trade | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
Some of the seafood that winds up in American grocery stores, in restaurants, even in cat food may have been caught by Burmese slaves, a yearlong investigation by The Associated Press finds.
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Why the New Farm Bill Isn’t Delivering the Goods

Why the New Farm Bill Isn’t Delivering the Goods | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
In a Washington that fetishizes bipartisanship as an emblem of a lost golden age, the farm bill that passed last year with 68 votes in the Senate was a true marvel. Imagine, in these polarized times, a bill that won the support of Democratic senators like Barbara Boxer, Al Franken,...
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big agribusiness wins again, at least until 2019...

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Cornell sinks teeth into four new MOOCs | Cornell Chronicle

Cornell sinks teeth into four new MOOCs | Cornell Chronicle | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
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How a national food policy could save millions of American lives

How a national food policy could save millions of American lives | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
A comprehensive plan would protect health, farmers and the environment.
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Pollan and Bittman gang up against big Food with this manifesto.  But the usual question remains: can the approach they are recommending feed 7.2 billion mouths?

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3D printed meat on the way – and it will be disruptive, say American specialists

3D printed meat on the way – and it will be disruptive, say American specialists | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
3D printed meat production will become technically feasible and could create competition for traditional meat producers as consumers will ultimately be able to print their own meat products – although much research and development still remains, say American food academics.
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The poll at the bottom suggests that a lot of people are already open to eating this.  Again, will technology soon make the current debates over animal agriculture moot?

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Farming Science, Without the Conscience

Farming Science, Without the Conscience | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
The taxpayer-financed U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, home to sickening experiments, should be reformed — or shut down.
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To Cut Food Waste, Spain's Solidarity Fridge Supplies Endless Leftovers

To Cut Food Waste, Spain's Solidarity Fridge Supplies Endless Leftovers | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
Whether it's fresh vegetables, barbecue or tapas, anyone can either restock or stock up on food from this Basque town's communal refrigerator.
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food waste, the often undiscussed side of food ethics
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Animal welfare ruling: impact on US meat industry

Animal welfare ruling: impact on US meat industry | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
US animal rights organisations have claimed a victory as so-called ‘ag-gag’ laws have been ruled unconstitutional by a judge. 
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interesting to see the industry's view on this important development...

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Is organic food any healthier? Most scientists are still skeptical.

Is organic food any healthier? Most scientists are still skeptical. | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
There may be other reasons to go organic, but nutrition probably isn't one of them.
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safe for consumers, yes, but what about the safety of the workers handling all those pesticides?

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Over-Aged: Chinese Authorities Seize Decades-Old Meat

Over-Aged: Chinese Authorities Seize Decades-Old Meat | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
The thousands of tons of meat has an estimated value of more than $480 million – but it also posed serious health risks, officials said.
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care for some 40 year old meat?
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The Unintended Consequences Of North Carolina’s ‘Ag-Gag’ Law

The Unintended Consequences Of North Carolina’s ‘Ag-Gag’ Law | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
North Carolina voted to override a governor veto of a controversial 'ag-gag' law earlier this week. That's bad news for the environment.
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Taco Bell to remove artificial flavors, coloring

Taco Bell to remove artificial flavors, coloring | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
Yum Brands Inc.’s Taco Bell fast food chain is removing all artificial flavors and colors from its food by the end of the year.
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Can foie gras ever be ethical?

Can foie gras ever be ethical? | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
As the ban on foie gras is lifted in California, campaigners continue to fight against the force-feeding of geese. But what if the geese gorged themselves voluntarily? On one farm in Spain, the birds do just that. Trevor Baker reports
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Hm.. ethical foie gras?

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Pesticide residue on food could affect sperm quality, says Harvard study

Pesticide residue on food could affect sperm quality, says Harvard study | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
Analysis of semen from men at fertility clinic matched with questionnaire on consumption of fruit and vegetables
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Food Waste Is Becoming Serious Economic and Environmental Issue, Report Says

Food Waste Is Becoming Serious Economic and Environmental Issue, Report Says | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
A report released Wednesday shows that about 60 million metric tons of food is wasted a year in the United States, a problem that contributes to climate change and to the loss of natural resources like water and land.
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a topic in food ethics which we don't mention enough

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Attack on meat has industry seeing red

Attack on meat has industry seeing red | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
The meat industry is sharpening its knives over a small federal committee that issued sweeping nutrition advice that essentially told Americans to drop the burger and grab a handful of kale.The beef and pork associations spent months sweating as the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee worked on developing a large book of nutrition advice that...
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Why Michael Pollan and Mark Bittman’s Proposed Food Policy Won’t Happen Anytime Soon

Why Michael Pollan and Mark Bittman’s Proposed Food Policy Won’t Happen Anytime Soon | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
Civil rights had a bridge in Selma, Alabama, and gay rights had a bar in Greenwich Village. Last week, foodies made their stand at a former Rockefeller family dairy in New York’s tony Westchester County. A group of more than 200 food activists, peppered with a few dozen conventional farmers,...
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Mealworm 'meat' team competes to feed the world | Cornell Chronicle

Mealworm 'meat' team competes to feed the world | Cornell Chronicle | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
Cornell Chronicle: Daily news from Cornell University
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Cornell food team develops insecto-protein.

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