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Asian choices in a local food movement | OpenFile

Asian choices in a local food movement | OpenFile | Food issues | Scoop.it
Does rice belong in a local food movement - if it doesn't grow locally?
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Forget chemotherapy — try some genetically modified lettuce to fight your colon cancer

Forget chemotherapy — try some genetically modified lettuce to fight your colon cancer | Food issues | Scoop.it
Genetically modified foods are a major political issue, but what if scientists told you they could cure cancer? New research suggests that inserting specific genes known to fight cancer into plant material could be an effective tool to eradicate the disease in certain people.
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Money is the challenge to fresh, healthy food in schools: association

Money is the challenge to fresh, healthy food in schools: association | Food issues | Scoop.it
The province's school lunch association says the biggest challenge to getting fresh produce in schools is funding.
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Without access to water, there can be no food security | Lyla Mehta

Without access to water, there can be no food security | Lyla Mehta | Food issues | Scoop.it
A new report on water for food security and nutrition shows how land, food and water issues are inextricably linked. This must be reflected in policymaking
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Our food system is still a toxic mess: Mark Bittman on changing the way America eats

Our food system is still a toxic mess: Mark Bittman on changing the way America eats | Food issues | Scoop.it
The New York Times columnist talks to Salon about food, justice and demanding change
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What happens when a family eats only organic food for two weeks?

What happens when a family eats only organic food for two weeks? | Food issues | Scoop.it
A Swedish family has eaten only organic food for two weeks as part of a study conducted by The Swedish Environmental Research Institute. The study – commissioned by Swedish supermarket chain Coop – saw the family dramatically change its diet, with impressive results. A video about the study introduced the family of five, with mother Anette explaining why they typically didn’t eat organic food. "It costs more than conventional food and we’re a big family," she said in the video.
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Healthy diet tied to lower risk of cognitive decline

Healthy diet tied to lower risk of cognitive decline | Food issues | Scoop.it
Foods such as fruits, fish and soy products may help to maintain memory over time in people at high risk of cardiovascular disease
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760kg of vegetables grown in community gardens, schools donated to those in need

760kg of vegetables grown in community gardens, schools donated to those in need | Food issues | Scoop.it
250 low-income families received one kilogramme of vegetables together with groceries, while another 250 kilogrammes were distributed to voluntary welfare organisations in the area. The remaining vegetables will be donated to other low-income residents in the GRC.
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Water Scarcity Threatens Major Food Companies, But Few Are Tackling The Challenge

Water Scarcity Threatens Major Food Companies, But Few Are Tackling The Challenge | Food issues | Scoop.it
Most major food companies recognize the risk drought and water scarcity pose to their businesses, but few are actively working to cut water use.
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As Millennials demand better meals, Big Food shifts to keep up

As Millennials demand better meals, Big Food shifts to keep up | Food issues | Scoop.it
Tyson Foods announced this week it will eliminate human antibiotics from its chickens by 2017, following announcements by McDonald's, Kraft, and Chipotle.
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One more reason to have hope for future generations

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Sharon Lezberg's curator insight, May 5, 9:51 AM

Will changes in consumption patterns change the food industry? Keep in mind that these corporations exist for profit, and they want to capture market share. The key to reforming food systems is local enterprise and local control.

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The inexorable rise of the fish farm

The inexorable rise of the fish farm | Food issues | Scoop.it

Much of the fish eaten in both developed and developing nations will increasingly come from aquaculture, or fish farming, as opposed to wild-caught fish from the world's oceans. By 2023, 49 percent of fish is projected to come from aquaculture, according to estimates from the Food and Agriculture Organization at the United Nations, and the amount of fish produced worldwide is expected to rise by 17 percent as the technology used in fish farming becomes cleaner and safer for the environment.

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We've overfished natural sources. Now we are turning to fish farming, but we must make it "cleaner and safer" before it can be a good alternative for feeding a hungry planet.

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Drop-In Chefs Help Seniors Stay In Their Own Homes

Drop-In Chefs Help Seniors Stay In Their Own Homes | Food issues | Scoop.it
As people age, cooking can become difficult or even physically impossible. It's one reason people move to assisted living. One company offers a chef to cook healthy, affordable meals at home.
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Time to stop taking the Earth's soil for granted | The Japan Times

Time to stop taking the Earth's soil for granted | The Japan Times | Food issues | Scoop.it
Healthy soils are crucial to human nutrition, but erosion and contamination are placing them under severe stress.
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How many times have I held a handful of fertile soil and wondered at all the life teeming within it? If we take care of the soil, it takes care of us.

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Exercise is good … but it won't help you lose weight, say doctors

Exercise is good … but it won't help you lose weight, say doctors | Food issues | Scoop.it
British cardiologist-led team accuse food and drink firms of over-emphasising how sport can fight obesity
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Gardening in a polluted paradise: Is it safe?

Gardening in a polluted paradise: Is it safe? | Food issues | Scoop.it
Researchers have looked into how vegetables take up different soil contaminants. They also considered how different gardening practices could reduce this uptake. They found that, in the majority of examples, eating vegetables grown in the contaminated soils studied was safe.
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GMO Oranges Come One Step Closer To Market

GMO Oranges Come One Step Closer To Market | Food issues | Scoop.it
The Environmental Protection Agency announced last week that it has given major Florida citrus grower Southern Gardens approval for large-scale field testing of citrus trees that have been genetically
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Consensus on caffeine: coffee is healthy, expert says

Consensus on caffeine: coffee is healthy, expert says | Food issues | Scoop.it
Take a deep whiff of that coffee and enjoy your first sip because it's good for you.
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How's that for good news for those of us who enjoy our daily coffee?

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Hooray!
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USDA develops new government label for GMO-free products

USDA develops new government label for GMO-free products | Food issues | Scoop.it
The Agriculture Department has developed a new government certification and labeling for foods that are free of genetically modified ingredients.
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Food industry 'responsibility deal' has little effect on health, study finds

Food industry 'responsibility deal' has little effect on health, study finds | Food issues | Scoop.it
Firms agreed to make their products healthier, for example by reducing amounts of salt, but few have done so, researchers say
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Reversing Climate Change: A Vision of an Organic Planet

Reversing Climate Change: A Vision of an Organic Planet | Food issues | Scoop.it
Mark Smallwood, executive director at Rodale Institute, claims that a global shift to regenerative organic agriculture can reverse climate change.
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The FAO has been calling for sustainable agriculture for a long time. Are governments listening?

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Hail to the Dandelion!

Hail to the Dandelion! | Food issues | Scoop.it

Little is more emblematic of our culture's dysfunctional relationship with Earth than our relationship with the dandelion. We spread cancer-causing, chemical toxins around our homes and public places to kill plants that produce healthy and delicious dark green leaves (and may also help cure cancer). Check on pesticide toxicities here. Meanwhile we eat store-bought dark green leaves (which are mostly water), packaged in plastic and grown 3,000 miles away in a state in its fourth year of serious drought.

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Thanks for this homage to one of my favourite spring flowers.

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Fliss Clooney's curator insight, May 14, 8:30 AM

Any excuse not to weed  is a good one :D

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Organic farming can reverse the agriculture ecosystem from a carbon source to a carbon sink

Organic farming can reverse the agriculture ecosystem from a carbon source to a carbon sink | Food issues | Scoop.it
Lessening GHG emissions tops the agenda of the world's sustainable development research today. Burning crop residues and excessive use of chemical fertilizers results in an enormous waste of biological resources, which further weakens the potential capacity of the agro-ecosystem as a carbon sink. Now researchers showed that replacing chemical fertilizer with organic manure significantly decreased the emission of GHGs. Organic farming can reverse the agriculture ecosystem from a carbon source to
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If you need an infusion of hope in the midst of all the grim news, read this.

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School Gardens Can Help Kids Learn Better And Eat Healthier. So Why Aren't They Everywhere?

School Gardens Can Help Kids Learn Better And Eat Healthier. So Why Aren't They Everywhere? | Food issues | Scoop.it
The case for garden-based learning in schools seems simple, even obvious, at first: What harm could there be in encouraging young children to connect with nature and learn more about the ecology around them, including where the food they eat comes fr...
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Canada’s Food Guide is broken – and no one wants to fix it

Canada’s Food Guide is broken – and no one wants to fix it | Food issues | Scoop.it
An overhyped focus on nutrients may steer Canadians away from healthy whole-food consumption patterns, and play into food industry hands
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Whatever your thoughts about food guides or Canada's in particular, this is an interesting perspective that should kickstart some good discussion.

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Ice cream is killing us: Blue Bell, Listeria and America’s frightening food safety gaps

Ice cream is killing us: Blue Bell, Listeria and America’s frightening food safety gaps | Food issues | Scoop.it
The real lesson of the Blue Bell recall might not be the one that you think
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