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What we eat, why we eat it, how we eat it, and what it does
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Greek Minister Tsaftaris: Sustainable Food Production Should Be a Basic Element of Our Civilization

Greek Minister Tsaftaris: Sustainable Food Production Should Be a Basic Element of Our Civilization | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it

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Norman Warthmann's curator insight, March 12, 2013 9:33 PM

The gist of the story is that 1.5 million younger people in Greece, many with college degrees, want to farm during this aftermath of Greece’s financial crisis. Their problem is the limited availability of water, the cost of power, fertilizer, and petroleum. Some of them expressed the opinion that Greece prefers to import food instead of produce it, making the nation food insecure. The film is a visual feast, especially if you like the Mediterranean diet......

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Sounds just like what we hear about the problems with developing countries. No, wait ...
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Kosher Chicken Shortage Hits London

Kosher Chicken Shortage Hits London | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it
England may be facing a Passover without chicken soup. Nearly all of the chickens slaughtered in kosher plants in recent weeks were found to be unkosher.

 

“In its statement, the Kashrus Committee of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations said that the 80% of slaughtered chickens had broken leg tendons, which makes them unfit for kosher consumption.”
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Hang on a minute. This broken leg tendon business. For how long have their tendons been broken? Were they trying to get around in their sheds on damaged legs? Tome me this is a slightly more important aspect of the story.

 
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Do Americans Want Government In Their Food? - KCET

Do Americans Want Government In Their Food? - KCET | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it
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Do Americans Want Government In Their Food?
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According to NPR's The Salt blog, Americans are actually pretty alright with the government stepping in and "forcing" them to each healthier by instituting anti-junk food policies.
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India's grain mountain grows despite push for exports

* June 1 wheat, rice stocks seen at 100 mln tonnes* India only has space to store 47 mln tonnes* Government to push for more wheat exports, facesbottlenecks* Bumper harvest risks rotting when stored
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This is simply staggering. While rich countries worry about wasting mis-shapen cucumbers or ugly apples, India is facing the waste of another record year's harvest of wheat and rice.

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Will Reform Finally End The Plunder of Europe’s Fisheries? by Christian Schwägerl: Yale Environment 360

Will Reform Finally End The Plunder of Europe’s Fisheries? by Christian Schwägerl: Yale Environment 360 | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it
Maria Damanaki, Europe’s crusading fisheries minister, is making major headway in changing a cozy, “old boys” network that over-subsidized the European fishing industry and brought about the severe overfishing of the continent’s marine bounty.
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It really is about time that the mess of European fisheries policy got cleaned up. Not that I'm optimistic.

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Crazy for quinoa in Bolivia

Today is the official launch of the UN International Year of Quinoa.


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IFAD's effort is just a little more realistic than FAO's.

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Malawi's bountiful harvests and healthier children - EurekAlert (press release)

Malawi's bountiful harvests and healthier children - EurekAlert (press release) | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it
Malawi's bountiful harvests and healthier children EurekAlert (press release) "There have been notable gains in dietary diversity and increased child health in hundreds of farm communities of Northern Malawi – a truly sustainable project." Malawi...
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"Gains in dietary diversity and increased child health" ... but is there a causal link?

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Victor Kommerell's curator insight, March 9, 2013 11:32 AM

Relevant for the malnutrition reduction impact, which the CGIAR Research Program on Wheat wants to achieve

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Nutritional assessment of transgenic lysine-rich maize compared with conventional quality protein maize

Nutritional assessment of transgenic lysine-rich maize compared with conventional quality protein maize | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it

The gene sb401 encoding a lysine-rich protein has been successfully integrated into the genome of maize (Zea mays), its expression showing as increased levels of lysine and total protein in maize seeds. As part of a nutritional assessment of transgenic maize, nutritional composition, especially unintended changes in key nutrients such as proximates, amino acids, minerals and vitamins as well as in antinutrient (phytate phosphorus), and protein nutritional quality were compared between transgenic maize (inbred line 642 and hybrid line Y642) and conventional quality protein maize (QPM) Nongda 108.


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Progress!

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Using nutrient-rich local ingredients in the development of a compl...

Presentation by Jessica Bogard and Shakuntala Thilsted on: child malnutrition, complementary feeding, rationale for product development, ingredients selected fo
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Overview of the IFR's Food and Health Research Programme

Food is of fundamental importance to our health, and understanding exactly how foods keep us healthy is the overarching aim of the Food and Health strategic ...
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Very worthy.

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NERC grant success for Dorian Fuller

NERC grant success for Dorian Fuller | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it

Dorian has been awarded a NERC Research Grant of over £700,000 for a 3-year project, working with Andrew Bevan, new research staff and collaborative project partners to investigate the evolution of rice systems from China to Southeast Asia....

His previous NERC-funded research project on 'The identification of arable rice systems in prehistory' has consolidated our understanding of early rice agricultural development in the Yangtze and in India. 


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Will be great to see the results of this project.

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diana buja's curator insight, February 11, 2013 7:51 AM

Looking forward to the results!

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Hunger and malnutrition: the key datasets you need to know

Hunger and malnutrition: the key datasets you need to know | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it
Claire Provost: How much food is available? What are people eating? How much do poor people spend on food? We explore the statistics
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Wendell Pierce to Open a Grocery Store in New Orleans

Wendell Pierce to Open a Grocery Store in New Orleans | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it
The actor Wendell Pierce, of the HBO series “Treme,” plans to open healthy grocery stores in New Orleans neighborhoods where supermarkets are scarce.
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That's nice ...

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My heavy yolk | Flash in the Pan

My heavy yolk | Flash in the Pan | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it
The institution of breakfast is rarely challenged. It ranks somewhere between sleep and oxygen in reputed health benefit, and supposedly supplies ir...
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Most days I don't miss breakfast at all. But then, a full English is one of the great treat meals of any cuisine, as they recognised when they started promoting the all-day breakfast. I abandoned breakfast shortly after I started the Shangri-la eating system (I hate that it is called a diet) and I've slept better, and eaten less, ever since.

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HHMI. Got Lactase? The Co-Evolution of Genes and Culture (teaching video)

HHMI. Got Lactase? The Co-Evolution of Genes and Culture (teaching video) | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it

15 minute video examining the evolution of lactase persistance (the ability to digest lactose from milk into adulthood) and human evolution. Suitable for high school students or first year undergraduates - excellent teaching resource!


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Food Aid: Why Local and Regional Procurement Is Better

Food Aid: Why Local and Regional Procurement Is Better | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it

"[I]t looks like [Local and Regional Procurement] of food aid is a much better proposition than purchasing food aid in the US. In a pair of forthcoming papers in World Development, Cornell researchers find that (i) LRP improves response time during emergencies, and (ii) food aid recipients seem to prefer food aid rations that are locally procured."

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Victor Kommerell's curator insight, March 9, 2013 11:34 AM

how do these findings relate to Wheat for Africa (W4A)? We need to find out ...

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Drinking With Dave: The Bangkok Daiquiri

Drinking With Dave: The Bangkok Daiquiri | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it
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Real science in real a tion. Always amazed -- and delighted -- that people can get good money for knowing and doing this kind of stuff.

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Digesting the TEDx Food Conference - Huffington Post

Digesting the TEDx Food Conference - Huffington Post | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it
Digesting the TEDx Food Conference
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Perhaps the conference had not intended to give us hope -- but rather to disrupt any complacency around the pace of change and the evolution of a national agenda around food policy.
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The 3rd International Conference on Neglected and Underutilized Species

The 3rd International Conference on Neglected and Underutilized Species | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it

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The 3rd International Conference on Neglected and Underutilized Species is planned for 23–25 September 2013 in Accra, Ghana
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Profits and pandemics: prevention of harmful effects of tobacco, alcohol, and ultra-processed food and drink industries : The Lancet


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I think my insight is to copy in the abstract: "The 2011 UN high-level meeting on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) called for multisectoral action including with the private sector and industry. However, through the sale and promotion of tobacco, alcohol, and ultra-processed food and drink (unhealthy commodities), transnational corporations are major drivers of global epidemics of NCDs. What role then should these industries have in NCD prevention and control? We emphasise the rise in sales of these unhealthy commodities in low-income and middle-income countries, and consider the common strategies that the transnational corporations use to undermine NCD prevention and control. We assess the effectiveness of self-regulation, public—private partnerships, and public regulation models of interaction with these industries and conclude that unhealthy commodity industries should have no role in the formation of national or international NCD policy. Despite the common reliance on industry self-regulation and public—private partnerships, there is no evidence of their effectiveness or safety. Public regulation and market intervention are the only evidence-based mechanisms to prevent harm caused by the unhealthy commodity industries."

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Proposed AAA Panel: Foodways in Discourse and Practice

Proposed AAA Panel: Foodways in Discourse and Practice | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it
Foodways in Discourse and Practice:  A Discussion of Ethnographic Methods. This panel will seek to find theory and methods that prove useful in overcoming the impediments to matching quantitative d...

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It'll be interesting to see any material produced by this session, if it is approved.

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Study raises questions about dietary fats and heart disease guidance | BMJ

Study raises questions about dietary fats and heart disease guidance | BMJ | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it

Dietary advice about fats and the risk of heart disease is called into question on bmj.com today as a clinical trial shows that replacing saturated animal fats with omega-6 polyunsaturated vegetable fats is linked to an increased risk of death among patients with heart disease.

 

The researchers say their findings could have important implications for worldwide dietary recommendations.

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Uh-oh. But it is only one study ...

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UPDATE: Asheville City Council approves food-policy ...

UPDATE: Asheville City Council approves food-policy ... | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it
UPDATED, including further information on Asheville City Council's vote and city staff responsibilities. A resolution to be presented to Asheville City Council on Tuesday recommends the city adopt wide-ranging goals and ...
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Food City USA.

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Learn about integrative nutrition, or cake decorating - Sheboygan Daily

Learn about integrative nutrition, or cake decorating - Sheboygan Daily | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it
Sheboygan Daily Learn about integrative nutrition, or cake decorating Sheboygan Daily PLYMOUTH — Plymouth Community Education and Recreation is offering a new decorating class for cakes and cookies, as well as two new classes on integrative...
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I confess, the headline had me wondering.

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ACIAR: Sowing the seeds in 2013 and beyond

ACIAR: Sowing the seeds in 2013 and beyond | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it
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Agriculture provides livelihood for more than 80% of the population of East Timor (Timor-Leste). The specific focus of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) in East Timor is increasing food security. 

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