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Embarrassing: McDonalds In The United Arab Emirates Is Cleaner Than McDonald's In The U.S. | Fast Company

Embarrassing: McDonalds In The United Arab Emirates Is Cleaner Than McDonald's In The U.S. | Fast Company | Food issues | Scoop.it
Everyone loves a “man bites dog” story. Not everyone likes those tales, however, if they embarrass someone in the process.

Take the news out of the oil-rich United Arab Emirates, where fast food giant McDonalds has just announced that they will fuel their delivery trucks with bio-diesel made from their own used vegetable oil. Neutral Fuels will process the oil into fuel--powering 100% of Big Mac’s fleet with something that is otherwise treated as a waste product there. They say it will slash air pollution and greenhouse gases about 50%, but the real figure is probably much greater when you consider the lifecycle of the product compared to the extraction, refining, and combustion of petroleum for the same purpose.
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How business funded the anti-soda tax coalition

How business funded the anti-soda tax coalition | Food issues | Scoop.it

Take the recent “soda tax” battles in San Francisco and Berkeley. The Nov. 4 ballots in both of these Bay Area cities had propositions asking voters whether they wanted new taxes on sugary drinks within their municipalities. The unsuccessful San Francisco proposition (Prop. E), which required a two-thirds majority vote to win, would have imposed a tax of $.02/ounce of sugary beverages, increasing the price of a can of soda by approximately a quarter in the city. The successful Berkeley proposal (Measure D), which required only a majority vote, was slightly less onerous, imposing a tax of a penny per ounce on sugary drinks.

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Why is Bill Gates backing GMO red banana 'biopiracy'?

Why is Bill Gates backing GMO red banana 'biopiracy'? | Food issues | Scoop.it
The Gates Foundation has sunk $15 million into developing GMO 'super bananas' with high levels of pre-Vitamin A, writes Adam Breasley. But the project is using 'stolen' genes from a Micronesian banana cultivar. And what exactly is the point, when delicious, popular, nutritious 'red bananas' rich in caroteinoids are already grown around the tropics?
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Pope Francis: Food has been reduced to a commodity

Pope Francis: Food has been reduced to a commodity | Food issues | Scoop.it
Market pre-eminence has reduced food to a commodity subject to financial speculation, Pope Francis told attendees at a major nutrition conference in Rome this morning.
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How Climate Change Will End Wine As We Know It

How Climate Change Will End Wine As We Know It | Food issues | Scoop.it
Hotter and less predictable temperatures mean that much of the world’s premium wine regions are now under threat and new ones are emerging. How the wine industry is — and isn't &mda...
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Backyard pesticides show up increasingly in California watersheds: report

Backyard pesticides show up increasingly in California watersheds: report | Food issues | Scoop.it
SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - Levels of a type of pesticide commonly used in backyard gardens and on farms have increased in urban and rural watersheds in California, the state said in a report released
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Here's why Hawaii's anti-GMO laws matter

Here's why Hawaii's anti-GMO laws matter | Food issues | Scoop.it
If Hawaii opts to stop biotechnology, that would be a serious blow to the industry.
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Farming for profit? Or for people, nature, health, wellbeing and human survival?

Farming for profit? Or for people, nature, health, wellbeing and human survival? | Food issues | Scoop.it
Farming today is well on the way to becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of the agro-chemical-biotech industry, writes Colin Tudge. Defra and the European Commission are all too keen to make it so, reflecting the interests of an agro-oligarchy obsessed with profits and growth at all costs. But there is an alternative. Join the 'real farming' agrarian renaissance ...
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What Happened When Whole Foods Tried to Challenge Elitism, Racism, and Obesity in Detroit

What Happened When Whole Foods Tried to Challenge Elitism, Racism, and Obesity in Detroit | Food issues | Scoop.it
A couple of years ago, as winter gave way to spring, Toyoda Ruff began to think about changing how she ate. Ruff had always been heavy, but her son, Tarik, a freshman honor student, had recently crossed the 300-pound mark, prompting Ruff to ferry him to appointments at a children’s...
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Lessons to be learned from Quebec’s agri-food industry

I spend a lot of time in Quebec and find the culture and the history of the province fascinating. It is in many regards, Canada’s little bit of Europe and
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Entrepreneurs Have A Vital Role In Food Security

Entrepreneurs Have A Vital Role In Food Security | Food issues | Scoop.it
"Recovered food" is getting lots of attention these days: from mainstream stories like the Cannes award-winning campaign for French supermarket chain Intermarché's Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables and independent films such as "Just Eat It" to the more fringe freeganism movement. And the attention is for good reason; in these heady days of waste reduction and sustainable food production, food recovery tackles our most bourgeois societal needs for perfect looking produce.
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Kitchen nightmares: 8 terrifying new facts about restaurant food

Kitchen nightmares: 8 terrifying new facts about restaurant food | Food issues | Scoop.it
For example: Nearly two-thirds of restaurant workers don't wash their hands after handling raw beef.
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Greed is not Good: How Economic Gluttony Ruins Our Health

Greed is not Good: How Economic Gluttony Ruins Our Health | Food issues | Scoop.it

By now, educated people generally agree that the government is screwing the pooch on food policy. We give subsidies to corn and soy which generally end up either in highly-processed, sugary foods, or are fed to fatty and unnaturally-fed livestock. Meanwhile, we basically ignore fruits and vegetables, which everybody — aside from a few, uh, “meat enthusiasts” — agrees are good for you. “The status quo is f***ed up!” is a rallying cry that can attract both Berkeley professors and Reason editors alike, and so it’s tempting to conclude that if we want a sensible good health policy, we should more or less let the market run its course. That is a very, very bad idea.

 

In a passage well-known to economists and their students, Adam Smith once wrote that “It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.” While this is indeed an adequate description of the state of affairs in a free market, it does little to say whether a free market in food is actually ideal. In fact, sophisticated markets for food have had a clear negative effect on our food’s nutritive value.

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What You Can Do To Help Those In Hunger This Thanksgiving

What You Can Do To Help Those In Hunger This Thanksgiving | Food issues | Scoop.it
The face of hunger in America is the face of those affected by unemployment, declining salaries, increasing global competition, and rising food prices.
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Is a ban on GM crops more harmful than growing them?

Is a ban on GM crops more harmful than growing them? | Food issues | Scoop.it
UK’s chief scientist has said GM crops could provide plentiful food with less damage to the environment and at lower costs. But does that mean we should grow them? Karl Mathiesen investigates
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For ICN2 to Succeed, We Need a New Food System Paradigm

For ICN2 to Succeed, We Need a New Food System Paradigm | Food issues | Scoop.it
By 2050, the world's population will reach 9 billion -- and all will need nutritious diets. Yet despite the intrinsic relationship between the food we grow and the food we eat, the agriculture and nutrition sectors are only just now beginning to over...
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This New Restaurant Is A Lab To Help Find Ways The Food Industry Can Fight Climate Change

This New Restaurant Is A Lab To Help Find Ways The Food Industry Can Fight Climate Change | Food issues | Scoop.it
Anthony Myint's new San Francisco restaurant will find ways for a not-super-sustainable industry to change.
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Green Climate Fund Crucial to Sustained Food Production

Green Climate Fund Crucial to Sustained Food Production | Food issues | Scoop.it

PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Bread for the World welcomes the U.S. pledge of $3 billion made by President Barack Obama last weekend to enable developing countries' economies to grow while also lowering their carbon emissions, thus slowing global climate change.

So far, 13 countries have pledged $7.5 billion to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) following the Group of 20 Summit last weekend in Brisbane, Australia. The biggest donors are the United States and Japan.  The GCF is a multilateral trust fund that builds on previous climate change-related initiatives, such as the Climate Investment Funds (CIFs) spearheaded by President George W. Bush in 2008.  

 
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‘Monsanto uses Indian farmers to contaminate world with GMO crops’

‘Monsanto uses Indian farmers to contaminate world with GMO crops’ | Food issues | Scoop.it
By persuading Indian farmers to buy genetically modified organism (GMO) seeds Monsanto spreads its genetically engineered crops around the world so that no one can compete with pure non-GMO products after that, anti-GMO activist Jeffrey Smith, told RT.
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Why do we need food banks in rich Canada?

The front page of this year's Hunger Count says what many Canadians are thinking "Why do we need food banks in a country as rich as Canada"? The sad truth is that the number of people . . .
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To Slow Down Drug Resistance in Health Care, Buy an Antibiotic-Free Turkey for Thanksgiving | WIRED

To Slow Down Drug Resistance in Health Care, Buy an Antibiotic-Free Turkey for Thanksgiving | WIRED | Food issues | Scoop.it
How can an average person slow down the advance of antibiotic resistance? A healthcare coalition asks you to buy an antibiotic-free Thanksgiving turkey.
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Foragers find bounty of edibles in urban food deserts

Foragers find bounty of edibles in urban food deserts | Food issues | Scoop.it
With the gusto of wine enthusiasts in a tasting room, UC Berkeley professors Philip Stark and Tom Carlson eye, sniff and sample their selections, pronouncing them 'robust,' 'lovely,' 'voluptuous'—and even 'just beyond words.' The undergraduate students with them flock close, curious.
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Food Security a Hostage to Wall Street and US Global Hegemony

Family farming should indeed be celebrated because it really does feed the world. This claim is supported by a 2014 report by GRAIN, which revealed that small farms produce most of the world’s food [2].

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Canegrowers warned 'alternative' chemicals a threat to reef health

Canegrowers warned 'alternative' chemicals a threat to reef health | Food issues | Scoop.it
Researchers say a suite of 'alternative' chemicals used by cane growers are as harmful as those they're replacing.
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