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Food Banks Shift Focus, Seek to Nourish People in Need

Food Banks Shift Focus, Seek to Nourish People in Need | Food issues | Scoop.it
Food banks are in the business of combating hunger -- and they want to nourish their clients too. Sarah Henry reports on a new initiative designed to help places like the Alameda County Community Food Bank better serve people in need of a good feed.
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The new low-carbon diet: eat well without gobbling up resources

The new low-carbon diet: eat well without gobbling up resources | Food issues | Scoop.it
Recipes from all over the world that highlight the difficulties - and the pleasures - of eating sustainably
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We Can Reverse Climate Change By The Way We Grow Food

We Can Reverse Climate Change By The Way We Grow Food | Food issues | Scoop.it
Beyond "stemming" the effects of climate change on agriculture however, the way we produce food has the potential to substantially address and even reverse many of the root causes driving climate change....
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Prehistoric dairy farming at the extremes

Prehistoric dairy farming at the extremes | Food issues | Scoop.it
Finland's love of milk has been traced back to 2500 BC, thanks to high-tech techniques to analyze residues preserved in fragments of ancient pots.
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5 food writers subpoenaed in 'pink slime' lawsuit

5 food writers subpoenaed in 'pink slime' lawsuit | Food issues | Scoop.it
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Several food writers, including a New York Times reporter, have been subpoenaed by a meat producer as part of its $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC in regards to the network's coverage of a beef product dubbed "pink slime" by critics.
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Brazil farmers say GMO corn no longer resistant to pests

SAO PAULO, July 28 (Reuters) - Genetically modified cornseeds are no longer protecting Brazilian farmers from voracioustropical bugs, increasing costs as producers turn to pesticides,a farm group said
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Sylvain Rotillon's curator insight, July 29, 12:42 PM

The failure of GMO.

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Healthy school lunches get thumbs up from students

Healthy school lunches get thumbs up from students | Food issues | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—Elementary school students seem to be satisfied with the healthier school lunches being offered to them, according to a new study of school officials.
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This is in spite of industry pressure to maintain an unhealthy status quo by claiming good food was unacceptable to children.

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askdrmaxwell's curator insight, July 29, 9:30 PM

When you start them young, the learn to appreciate and enjoy healthy food. 

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California drought: As land sinks, farmers' brainstorm on water

California drought: As land sinks, farmers' brainstorm on water | Food issues | Scoop.it
[...] between the three-year drought and increased plantings of thirsty crops such as almonds, the deep-water layer is being siphoned up in bigger quantities than ever. The area around Los Banos has subsided more than most areas of the valley, according to maps compiled by the California Water Foundation. [...] a few years ago, Vlot said, the annual maintenance cost on his wells was about $200,000. Foremost among the solutions being discussed by Vlot, Hurley and the other farmers is storing more water from rain when it does fall. Since there aren't enough reservoirs or ponds for that storage, the ad-hoc group plans to pick several fields among themselves to lay fallow so they can absorb the water and stow it underground. The main challenge is making sure that those who voluntarily leave their fields fallow are compensated for their crop loss by neighbors who benefit from the stored water. Other remedies being considered include trying to capture more floodwaters in a really big rain, installing stingier irrigation methods and pushing for new reservoirs - never an easy fight, given environmental opposition. [...] overall, groundwater supplies nearly two-thirds of the state's water, and scientific studies tracking the drought unmistakably tie the usage to the land subsidence. Two bills making their way through the Legislature would create a regulatory system, and though most farmers would rather avoid the intrusion, others say it is necessary for the future health of California's water supplies. "We have a groundwater crisis in California, and if we're not coming up with ways to reduce its use in wet years to allow it to rebound, we are going to be in trouble," said Andrew Fahlund, deputy director of the California Water Foundation, which studies water management issues and supports regulation.
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Food bank demand spikes in high-cost Calgary

Food bank demand spikes in high-cost Calgary | Food issues | Scoop.it
Rising rents and higher prices at the grocery store are forcing more people to turn to the Calgary Food Bank for help.
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A Global Kale Shortage is Upon Us: Brace Yourselves for the Kalepocalypse

A Global Kale Shortage is Upon Us: Brace Yourselves for the Kalepocalypse | Food issues | Scoop.it
Brace yourselves. There's a kale shortage happening and it could spell spinach for all of us.
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Picturing Monoculture: The Separation Between Us and Food

Picturing Monoculture: The Separation Between Us and Food | Food issues | Scoop.it
A photo exploration of the separation between us and food.
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Drier than the Dust Bowl: waiting for relief in rural America

Drier than the Dust Bowl: waiting for relief in rural America | Food issues | Scoop.it
As wide swaths of rural America suffer through historic drought, they're being left further behind.
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Dinner is Served: Eating Insects with a Little Help from 3D Printing

Dinner is Served: Eating Insects with a Little Help from 3D Printing | Food issues | Scoop.it
Dietitians ar enow using 3D printing to make insects more palatable and acceptable as a mainstream delicacy.
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Who knew? Is this the secret for getting past the ick factor?

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H2O Alkalizer's curator insight, July 22, 10:52 AM

Would you be willing to switch to this protein source?

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Monsanto's Herbicide Linked to Fatal Kidney Disease Epidemic: Could It Topple the Company?

Monsanto's Herbicide Linked to Fatal Kidney Disease Epidemic: Could It Topple the Company? | Food issues | Scoop.it
Monsanto's herbicide Roundup has been linked to a mysterious fatal kidney disease epidemic that has appeared in Central America, Sri Lanka and India.
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Food Stamps For Heirloom Tomatoes? Diet Effects Of Farmers Market Vouchers Studied

Food Stamps For Heirloom Tomatoes? Diet Effects Of Farmers Market Vouchers Studied | Food issues | Scoop.it
A new study, which included two Boston-area farmers markets, finds that vouchers for farmers markets may help improve the diets of some low-income families receiving federal food assistance.
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Photo Guide to School Lunch -- A Walk Through the School Nutrition Association Expo

Photo Guide to School Lunch -- A Walk Through the School Nutrition Association Expo | Food issues | Scoop.it
I recently attended the annual meeting of the School Nutrition Association, the trade group that represents the 55,000 food service workers who have the thankless job of feeding millions of schoolchildren every day....
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How Urban Agriculture Builds Food Security in Rainier Valley

How Urban Agriculture Builds Food Security in Rainier Valley | Food issues | Scoop.it
This past Saturday, more than twenty volunteers gathered at the Rainier Beach Urban Farm to help construct gardens for Rainier Valley's low-income...
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Xtreme Eating 2014

Xtreme Eating 2014 | Food issues | Scoop.it
Since 1971, the Center for Science in the Public Interest has been a strong advocate for nutrition and health, food safety, alcohol policy, and sound science. Its award-winning newsletter, Nutrition Action Healthletter, is the largest-circulation health newsletter in North America, providing reliable information on nutrition and health.
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Gives new meaning to "the groaning board"

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Big lobbying dollars flow in engineered food fight

Big lobbying dollars flow in engineered food fight | Food issues | Scoop.it
The way consumers would be informed when their food has been genetically engineered is being battled in Congress and among advocacy groups.
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Eating in season could help food security

Eating in season could help food security | Food issues | Scoop.it
In his book 'The Third Plate,' Dan Barber notes how the world's food system is disconnected. How can people fix that? Eating more foods that are in season.
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GMO Contamination of the Food Chain. Devastating Health Impacts. EU Food Safety Regulators Turn "A Blind Eye"

GMO Contamination of the Food Chain. Devastating Health Impacts. EU Food Safety Regulators Turn "A Blind Eye" | Food issues | Scoop.it
“Corporations as the dominant institution shaped by capitalist patriarchy thrive on eco-apartheid. They thrive on the Cartesian legacy of dualism which puts nature against humans. It defines nature...
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German NGO says TTIP will undermine global food security

German NGO says TTIP will undermine global food security | Food issues | Scoop.it
The German aid organisation Brot für die Welt warns that a planned EU-US free trade agreement known as TTIP will undermine local support for smallholders in developing countries and exacerbate the global food crisis. EurActiv Germany reports.
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Africa: GMOs and Food Sovereignty - Which Way Africa?

PHYS African governments are under intense pressure from within but also from big agribusiness and Western governments to embrace GMOs. Governments must resist all forms of arm-twisting and food colonialism and make their biotechnology choices based on the facts
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So Long, Ronald McDonald: These Oakland Teens Are Kicking Fast Food to the Curb

So Long, Ronald McDonald: These Oakland Teens Are Kicking Fast Food to the Curb | Food issues | Scoop.it
The teens’ video for their original song ‘Are You Loving It?’ has them turning down processed junk food for healthy veggies.
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Food security: a matter of India’s sovereignty

Food security: a matter of India’s sovereignty | Food issues | Scoop.it
India is justified in resisting WTO pressure on the trade facilitation pact
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Bees and Colony Collapse

Bees and Colony Collapse | Food issues | Scoop.it
The demise of honeybees should alert us that our own well-being might be similarly threatened.
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