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5 Reasons George Takei is Out of this World Awesome

5 Reasons George Takei is Out of this World Awesome | Food issues | Scoop.it
With September 8 being the 46th anniversary of the debut of that much loved sci-fi series Star Trek, it seemed only right to take this opportunity as an excuse to talk about the amazing George Takei.
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The war over soda: New study finds link between carbonated drinks, higher risk of heart attacks

The war over soda: New study finds link between carbonated drinks, higher risk of heart attacks | Food issues | Scoop.it
In a large study in Japan, researchers found that people who spend more on carbonated drinks had a higher incidence of heart attacks outside the hospital.
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Betty Morrissey's curator insight, September 2, 1:48 PM
Link to healthy eating awareness week.
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Northwest Farms Hit Hard by Wildfires | Civil Eats

Northwest Farms Hit Hard by Wildfires | Civil Eats | Food issues | Scoop.it
As drought-fueled wildfires rage across the West, farm communities on the front lines are feeling the heat.
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Climatologists are predicting more, and more severe, wildfires in future. This year's fires already showed us that food production will be affected.

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Growing Doubt: a Scientist’s Experience of GMOs

Growing Doubt: a Scientist’s Experience of GMOs | Food issues | Scoop.it
Jonathan R. Latham, PhD By training, I am a plant biologist. In the early 1990s I was busy making genetically modified plants (often called GMOs for
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A Patch of the Bronx Where the Corn Is as High as a Cabdriver’s Eye

A Patch of the Bronx Where the Corn Is as High as a Cabdriver’s Eye | Food issues | Scoop.it
About 15 years ago, a group of cabdrivers started an urban farm in the Spuyten Duyvil neighborhood. They grow corn, beans and tomatoes.
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Latvia, Greece win opt-out from Monsanto GM crop

Latvia, Greece win opt-out from Monsanto GM crop | Food issues | Scoop.it
Monsanto said it would abide by Latvia's and Greece's requests under a new EU opt-out law to be excluded from its application to grow a genetically modified (GM) crop across the European Union, but
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How to feed the world, with a little kelp from our friends (the oceans)

How to feed the world, with a little kelp from our friends (the oceans) | Food issues | Scoop.it
Paul Dobbins' farm needs no pesticides, fertilizer, land, or water — we just have to learn to love seaweed.
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Eric Larson's curator insight, August 27, 9:21 AM

Kelp a good idea?

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Cleveland Clinic boots McDonalds from its food court

Cleveland Clinic boots McDonalds from its food court | Food issues | Scoop.it
The Cleveland Clinic is kicking McDonald's off its campus.
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Just walking the talk. More will follow suit.

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16 Campaigns that Reveal the REAL Cost of Food

16 Campaigns that Reveal the REAL Cost of Food | Food issues | Scoop.it
There is no such thing as cheap food. Environmental and health costs are not reflected in market prices for food, but rather, absorbed by people who suffer from diet-related diseases and citizens who pay for environmental cleanup.
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Hats off to these organizations pointing out the consequences of our food choices.

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Food crises to become more common as climate changes

Food crises to become more common as climate changes | Food issues | Scoop.it
The kind of food crises that helped spark the Arab Spring will occur every 30 years instead of every century thanks to climate change and population increases, according to a new report.
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Don't Worry, Honey, The Other Bees Have Your Back

Don't Worry, Honey, The Other Bees Have Your Back | Food issues | Scoop.it
Honeybees are major crop pollinators in the U.S., but they're in trouble. So researchers are now investigating how other bees could start picking up some of the slack.
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Better yet, let's investigate how we can get all the culprits undermining bees to safeguard honeybees - and that includes us consumers.

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Food insecurity ups health care costs: study

Food insecurity ups health care costs: study | Food issues | Scoop.it
People who lack for food need more medical care and cost Canada’s public health care system more, according to a recent study. Researchers say that proves that it makes fiscal sense to have social programs to ensure people have the money they need to buy food. Statistics suggest that some four million Canadians have some…
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We've known this for ages, but the public health system is continually asked to "prove" it. Time to stop "proving" and start acting. 

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Eric Larson's curator insight, August 17, 10:13 PM

Improving the poor's diets will reduce everyone's health care costs. 

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Health experts: Coca-Cola funds scientists with misleading message

Health experts: Coca-Cola funds scientists with misleading message | Food issues | Scoop.it
Coca-Cola is funneling millions of dollars to support a nonprofit organization that alleges that Americans should focus more on exercise for weight loss than diet, The New York Times reports.
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Eric Larson's curator insight, August 17, 10:14 PM

You can buy your scientist to prove your own point. Is that shocking?

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Chili peppers in diet linked to lower risk of death

Chili peppers in diet linked to lower risk of death | Food issues | Scoop.it
Eating spicy food frequently is linked to a lower risk of death in a Chinese study, adding heat to the debate on whether people should eat chilies for health benefits.
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Nunavut's food insecurity problem could be costly for health care system

Nunavut's food insecurity problem could be costly for health care system | Food issues | Scoop.it
The authors of a study that estimated food insecurity in Ontario cost the province an extra billion dollars in health care in 2012, say Nunavut's food security issues likely have hidden health care costs as well.
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Regulations may make kids' fast food meals healthier

Regulations may make kids' fast food meals healthier | Food issues | Scoop.it
(Reuters Health) - Regulating fast food kids' meals that include toys may end up making the meals healthier, according to a new study.If a proposed new policy in New York City is approved, then fast food meals that come with toys would co
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Relying on Big Food to keep consumers' health foremost is the ideal, but this is the advertising and profits world. Regulations are needed.

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Why you should forget ‘nutraceuticals’ and focus on a healthy diet instead

Why you should forget ‘nutraceuticals’ and focus on a healthy diet instead | Food issues | Scoop.it
Probiotic burritos and collagen beers are just two of the more unlikely ‘miracle foods’ to emerge in recent years. The food industry says nutraceuticals are the key to transforming our health – but the truth is far murkier
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My own eating rules are pretty close to what Michael Pollan had in mind when he wrote, "Eat food, not too much, mostly plants."

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Food is Free in a City Near You | Civil Eats

Food is Free in a City Near You | Civil Eats | Food issues | Scoop.it
From Austin to Iowa City, a new kind of sharable community garden is springing up.
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More evidence of Roundup's link to kidney, liver damage

More evidence of Roundup's link to kidney, liver damage | Food issues | Scoop.it

Long-term exposure to tiny amounts of Roundup—thousands of times lower than what is permitted in U.S. drinking water—may lead to serious problems in the liver and kidneys, according to a new study.

The study looked at the function of genes in these organs and bolsters a controversial 2012 study that found rats exposed to small amounts of the herbicide Roundup in their drinking water had liver and kidney damage. 

 

It is the first to examine the impacts of chronic, low exposure of Roundup on genes in livers and kidneys and suggests another potential health impact for people and animals from the widely used weed killer.

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This is an important new story on the health effects of a commonly used pesticide.

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Local food movement rooted in relationships and values

Local food movement rooted in relationships and values | Food issues | Scoop.it
According to a new study, people are shopping farmers markets and joining food coops at record numbers because they enjoy knowing who grows their food. These so-called 'locavores' are also driven to eat locally grown produce and meat because their commitment to do so makes them feel a part of something greater than themselves -- a community that shares their passion for a healthy lifestyle and a sustainable environment.
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Eric Larson's curator insight, August 27, 8:55 AM

Do you shop at a farmer's market?

#FarmersMarket,  #FoodCoop, #CommunityFoodGrowing, #AgriculturalTrends.

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Does Eating Spicy Food Help You Live Longer?, Health Check - BBC World Service

Does Eating Spicy Food Help You Live Longer?, Health Check - BBC World Service | Food issues | Scoop.it
The new study that finds people who regularly eat spicy food have a lower risk of death.
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Here's the scoop behind those yummy spicy foods. If you don't have a half hour to listen, the quick answer is "yes", but it's worth hearing what the research has to say.

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Buy local, live healthy

Buy local, live healthy | Food issues | Scoop.it
There is a growing movement to buy local food – and Interior Health is working to keep the food it serves patients as local as possible.
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Hooray for Interior Health. I was one of many pushing for this, when I worked for the health authority between 2005 and 2008. I'm thrilled to see this and grateful to the amazing community nutritionists who never stopped working for this goal.

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Op-Ed: A New Prescription for the Health Care Industry? Fresh Food

Op-Ed: A New Prescription for the Health Care Industry? Fresh Food | Food issues | Scoop.it
Focusing on nutrition can improve outcomes and reduce readmissions.
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We get it in terms of our cars, but it's taken longer to accept that the fuel we take in affects the way our bodies run too.

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Eric Larson's curator insight, August 17, 10:09 PM

Fresh food for improved health? How outrageous!

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» Big Food and Public Health Research

» Big Food and Public Health Research | Food issues | Scoop.it

As an obesity researcher I have publicly grappled with the ethics of working with the food industry here on Obesity Panacea for several years.  Originally I had always leaned more towards the view of engaging with industry.  While I felt that people like Michele Simon and Yoni Freedhoff made good arguments against engaging with Big Food, I felt it was possible that the positive aspects of engagement (primarily in the form of money for research or other programs that might not be possible otherwise) outweighed their potential to do harm.

However, over the past few years I’ve gradually been pulled toward the views held by Yoni and Michele for 2 reasons:

Big Food seems willing to say or do just about anything to promote their own interests.Funding public health projects (including research) probably helps Big Food avoid meaningful regulation.
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It puzzles me that it has taken so many in health research and community nutrition and public health so long to grasp that Big Food does not, and never will, have the health interests of their customers as their priority. For those who still believe regulations are just another "nanny state" tactic, perhaps this one person's turnabout will help clarify the scope of the problem.

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Lack of proper access to food costs the health care system: study

Lack of proper access to food costs the health care system: study | Food issues | Scoop.it
People who have trouble putting food on the table are more likely to visit their doctor or the emergency room – costing the health care system a lot of money.
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The message is not new. When are governments going to pay attention?

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Feeding people on our stressed planet will require a “revolution” — Environmental Health News

Feeding people on our stressed planet will require a “revolution” — Environmental Health News | Food issues | Scoop.it

Two renowned scientists—Stanford's Paul Ehrlich and UC-Berkeley's John Harte — argue that feeding the planet goes way beyond food. Revolutionary political, economic and social shifts are necessary to avoid unprecedented chaos.

 

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I have felt for a long time that it will take revolution to change our ways, but I continue to hold out hope for peaceful revolution.

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Deirdre Mairead Kroone's curator insight, August 10, 5:07 AM

I have felt for a long time that it will take revolution to change our ways, but I continue to hold out hope for peaceful revolution.

Eric Larson's curator insight, August 17, 10:15 PM

World populations climb so will starvation.