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What we eat, why we eat it, how we eat it, and what it does
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What’s the History of the Wok? A Continuing Investigation

What’s the History of the Wok? A Continuing Investigation | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it
I was so pleased to get a message yesterday from the distinguished sinologist, Victor Mair (and here), having found my blog posts on the wok.  Here’s the first asking what we know about the history of the wok, and what … Continue reading →...

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The 10 Best Food Innovations Of 2012

The 10 Best Food Innovations Of 2012 | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it
'Tis the season to reflect on the year. Before we go making lists of to-dos for the coming one, we might gain some insight from what's been accomplished in the food world so far.
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Not sure how a kit for home fermeted veggies is less scary than buying the kit ingredients yourself, but what do I know about marketing?

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What You Think You Know (but Don't) About Wise Eating

What You Think You Know (but Don't) About Wise Eating | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it
Joe Schwarcz, a scientist at McGill University, sets the record straight on a host of widely circulated nutritional falsehoods.
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Some of these myths have feet of clay; the terror of "germs" for example needs banging on the head. And the expert quoted clearly has no great understanding of what genuine cured meats are all about.

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Bovine Mammary Secretions | Flash in the Pan

Bovine Mammary Secretions | Flash in the Pan | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it

Don't be alarmed; the photo is just a come-on, as it is for Got Milk.

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"When I first heard about the complaint against gotMILF.com, I did what any sensible man would do, and went to the site. I found no MILFs, only a site under construction. I then decided to check out GotMilk.com, and what I found there was legitimately disturbing. And worse, it’s directed at kids.

GotMilk.com is dominated by an image of a chemistry set in a box called the Imitation Milk Kit. Clicking it starts you playing a game called The Science of Imitation Milk, in which the snark runs strong. I’m without space or patience to describe this weird game, but click it if you don’t mind being mildly disturbed. The ruthlessness with which soy, almond, coconut, and other milk alternatives are thrown under the bus, along with the lactose-intolerant brown and yellow people who depend on them, is shocking."

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Man suffered sprouts 'overdose'

Man suffered sprouts 'overdose' | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it
A man from Ayrshire had to be hospitalised after eating too many Brussels sprouts last Christmas, it has emerged.

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Hardly seems credible.

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Cary Prater's curator insight, December 29, 2012 2:23 PM

Who knew there could be too many brussels sprouts?

Eva Sjöström's comment, December 31, 2012 3:47 PM
Never!!
Chris Mallon's comment, February 10, 2013 8:28 AM
ONE brussel sprout is too many
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What does obesity have to do with climate change? Plenty, say some scientists

What does obesity have to do with climate change? Plenty, say some scientists | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it
A less stable climate will likely cause food prices to spike, and that could mean more of us in the developed world will be eating highly processed, fattening foods.
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It's complicated ... to say the least.

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Moving past food aid: the challenge of improving nutrition - The Guardian (blog)

Moving past food aid: the challenge of improving nutrition - The Guardian (blog) | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it

"But in practice, one is favoured over another. According to SUN, a 2005 Ethiopian health survey (pdf) found that chronic malnutrition was highest in its most agriculturally productive regions. The inference was large-scale production can lead directly to export, or simply a lack of local food diversity. It is a problem that Samuel Hauenstein Swan, senior policy adviser, Action Against Hunger, recognises. "Malawi promoted corn – it didn't dramatically improve the food security of the people, but it dramatically improved the exports. They are one of the big maize exporters now. But did that reduce the numbers of stunting? Not really ... ministers of agriculture are still focussed on these very few grains [while] nutritious crops like sweet potatoes are not easily commercial.""

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Mayor Boris Johnson: “Healthy and Sustainable Food for London ...

Mayor Boris Johnson: “Healthy and Sustainable Food for London ... | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it
Having met in early November with senior Food Policy Advisers to a dozen Mayors in the United States, I was curious to learn about Mayor Johnson's food policy initiatives. Back home, Mayors in Boston, New York City, Baltimore, Los Angeles, ...
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The Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellowship | Leland International Hunger Fellows Program

The Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellowship | Leland International Hunger Fellows Program | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it

The Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program is a unique two-year international fellowship administered by the Congressional Hunger Center (CHC). Its mission is to develop leaders committed to finding lasting solutions to hunger and poverty worldwide through both direct programming and good policies. Leland Fellows are given the opportunity to develop new skills while actively working to alleviate hunger and poverty.


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Fiscal cliff or Food cliff – how the farm bill threatens food aid

While all the current screaming in Washington is about the fiscal cliff, an aspect of USAID’s aid efforts has already slipped off its own precipice, and is hanging by the roots of a dried-out shrub. The farm bill is stalled – some analysts don’t expect any movement until April 2013. Given all of the fiscal challenges the country faces, this might sound reasonable – but within the aid and development world, the deferral of the farm bill is setting up a trainwreck. The Office of Food for Peace’s (FFP) Title II programs are authorized by the farm bill. In the absence of a new bill, a number of FFP’s authorities expired at the end of the fiscal year (September 30th). The rest of Title II’s new awards, which are authorized by the farm bill, will expire at the end of the calendar year.

 

What is Title II?

 

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Jessica Fanzo: «Un repas durable compterait beaucoup de fruits et légumes locaux et abordables»

Jessica Fanzo: «Un repas durable compterait beaucoup de fruits et légumes locaux et abordables» | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it
INTERVIEW - La nutritionniste américaine estime que l'alimentation durable passe par une agriculture plus respectueuse de l'environnement...
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Hunger drives acceptance of new staples in Malawi - AlertNet

Hunger drives acceptance of new staples in Malawi - AlertNet | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it
As failing rainfall hits maize and rice, families are – reluctantly- putting cassava and potatoes on their dinner plates...
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Is eating local good for the climate? Thinking beyond food miles | CGIAR Climate

Is eating local good for the climate? Thinking beyond food miles | CGIAR Climate | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it
In many countries, the concept of reducing food miles has caught on with consumers, and food retailers and restaurants are scrambling to provide customers local, ‘climate-friendly’ alternatives to imported foodstuffs.

 

"A study I co-authored, Climate Change and Food Systems, published in the 2012 Annual Review of Environment and Resources takes a ‘food systems’ approach to calculating emissions that account for every aspect of food production and distribution. This includes the direct emissions of growing crops and raising livestock; the indirect emissions of food production due to land cover change; manufacturing fertiliser; and storing, transporting and refrigerating food."

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Pho Real | Flash in the Pan

Pho Real | Flash in the Pan | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it
Pho, a brothy Vietnamese rice noodle and beef soup, is usually mispronounced faux. It's more like fuuh, as if you were about to say a bad word and then ...
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One to try.

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How brutal is vegetarianism to animals?

How brutal is vegetarianism to animals? | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it
Here is one take on the matter, from Mike Archer, controversial to be sure, and in some ways under-argued, but offering some points to ponder: … the largest and best-researched loss of sentie...
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That is all.

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Slow cooking Neandertal subsistence | john hawks weblog

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Fascinating post about Neanderthal diet -- giving the lie to all that lean-meat only stuff. Were they actually eating Neanderthal haggis?

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Fixing Our Food Problem

Fixing Our Food Problem | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it
Let's resolve to develop a clear plan for improving our food system and fight for it. Patiently.
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Bittman says "Nothing affects public health in the United States more than food. Gun violence kills tens of thousands of Americans a year. Heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes kill more than a million people a year — nearly half of all deaths — and diet is a root cause of many of those diseases," and then advocates patience.


But he's probably right.

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Pie-eating world record beaten by man from Wigan: nobody surprised.

Pie-eating world record beaten by man from Wigan: nobody surprised. | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it
Doom-laden prospect of an Adlington win is averted by a local lad - furniture-maker Martin Clare who knows how to tip a pie down

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I have no insights. This is entirely beyond my comprehension.

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The Politics of Food

Michael Pollan talks about agricultural industrial complex that dominates consumer choices about what to eat.
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No insights; I haven't watched this video yet.

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Chef Tom Colicchio calls antibiotics in the U.S. meat system one of our biggest food safety challenges

Tom Colicchio is best known as a celebrity chef, but it’s his role as a good food advocate that brought him to the set of Morning Joe this morning. Colicchio was there to talk about a new scorecard released last month by Food Policy Action, the first ever effort to rank members of Congress based on how they vote on food policy. As Colicchio explained, if you care about food issues, you now have a tool to hold your local politicians accountable, be it on issues related to hunger, food safety, or local farming systems. In other words, we can now not only vote with our food dollars, but also with our votes.

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John Blue's comment, December 5, 2012 7:34 PM
There was a symposium November 13-15, "One Health Approach to Antimicrobial Use and Resistance Symposium" that discussed the issues of antimicrobials/antibiotics in food animal agriculture. One of the presenters was by Dr. Kurt Stevenson, a physician at Ohio State University, titled "An Overview of Antimicrobial Use". This is now on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHchOgFXFRk
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Fighting the flab means fighting makers of fatty foods - opinion - 26 November 2012 - New Scientist

Fighting the flab means fighting makers of fatty foods - opinion - 26 November 2012 - New Scientist | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it
Now that Denmark's fat tax is no more, nutritionist Marion Nestle says only more targeted policies and the will to take on big business can combat obesity...
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The City that Ended Hunger

The City that Ended Hunger | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it

The result of these and other related innovations?

In just a decade Belo Horizonte cut its infant death rate—widely used as evidence of hunger—by more than half, and today these initiatives benefit almost 40 percent of the city’s 2.5 million population. One six-month period in 1999 saw infant malnutrition in a sample group reduced by 50 percent. And between 1993 and 2002 Belo Horizonte was the only locality in which consumption of fruits and vegetables went up.

The cost of these efforts?

Around $10 million annually, or less than 2 percent of the city budget. That’s about a penny a day per Belo resident.


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Lawrence Haddad: Sustainable Diets: What are they? Why should we care?

Lawrence Haddad: Sustainable Diets: What are they? Why should we care? | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it

"What is a sustainable diet? A diet that is healthy, affordable, environmentally sustainable and culturally acceptable. That is a tall order. It is easy to think of diets that are affordable but unhealthy, or diets that are healthy but environmentally unsustainable, or diets that are environmentally sustainable but culturally unacceptable. But all together? Its important that we try to do this--we have to operate more consciously in a resource constrained world."

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Watch now: China Strains to Satisfy Growing Demand for Meat | PBS NewsHour | PBS Video

As China's Diet Grows, So Do Concerns Over Safety, Sustainability...
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Mexican Food History

Mexican Food History | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it
Who doesn't love Mexican food? It is rich, spicy, colorful, and incredibly unique in its use of flavors. Learn about the history of Mexican food and how this kind of food has made its place in the world of fine cuisine.

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