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Livestock industry growing superbugs?

Livestock industry growing superbugs? | Food issues | Scoop.it
If news is supposed to be new, it's surprising there was any coverage at all when the U.S. Centers f... - Business - Winnipeg Free Press.
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What Can Restaurants Do in the Fight Against Climate Change?

What Can Restaurants Do in the Fight Against Climate Change? | Food issues | Scoop.it
San Francisco’s forthcoming The Perennial restaurant and the nonprofit ZeroFoodprint are attempting to make carbon neutral a realistic goal for the food industry.
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Genetically Modified Salmon: Coming To A River Near You?

Genetically Modified Salmon: Coming To A River Near You? | Food issues | Scoop.it
Scientists are trying to predict what might happen if genetically modified salmon escaped growth facilities. It's a scenario often raised by critics who don't want the FDA to approve sale of the fish.
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A field trial of GM wheat has failed to show it can repel aphid pests, say scientists

A field trial of GM wheat has failed to show it can repel aphid pests, say scientists | Food issues | Scoop.it
A controversial field trial of genetically-modified wheat has failed to demonstrate that the GM crop can repel aphid pests as scientists had predicted from previous laboratory studies.
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Local Food Is Still A Niche. Can It Grow Beyond That?

Local Food Is Still A Niche. Can It Grow Beyond That? | Food issues | Scoop.it
"Local" food makes up a small fraction of what Americans eat. But a recent study argues that 90 percent of people living in cities could be fed with food grown within 100 miles.
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If you have ever eaten an egg from Costco, you should know this.

If you have ever eaten an egg from Costco, you should know this. | Food issues | Scoop.it

TNot sure whether to be mad or sad. Why not both? Jesus. "Just-released investigation into a Costco egg supplier finds dead chickens in cages with live birds

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This is not for the faint-hearted, but then neither is being a chicken in a factory farm.

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Nut consumption associated with reduced risk of some types of cancer

Nut consumption associated with reduced risk of some types of cancer | Food issues | Scoop.it
Nut consumption has long been hypothesized to have a role in preventing both of these diseases, but until now evidence has been inconsistent. A new systematic review and meta-analysis shows that nut consumption is, indeed, associated with a decreased risk of certain types of cancer, but not type 2 diabetes.
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Scientist deconstructs Séralini’s PLOS GMO study: ‘Failed attempt at redemption’

Scientist deconstructs Séralini’s PLOS GMO study: ‘Failed attempt at redemption’ | Food issues | Scoop.it
Séralini's latest paper is a thinly veiled attempt to address the consensus scientific criticism of his previous work, retracted by a mainstream journal and
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Wherever you fall on the pro-, anti-, or on-the-fence side of GMO issues, this is worth reading. Scientists who came down hard on Séralini's paper were not just industry shills. Questioning each other's methods and results is a critical part of science.

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How climate change deniers got it right — but very wrong

How climate change deniers got it right — but very wrong | Food issues | Scoop.it
Scientific “consensus” on climate change has surged past the famous — and controversial — figure of 97% to more than 99.9%, according to a new study.
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From famine to food basket: how Bangladesh became a model for reducing hunger

From famine to food basket: how Bangladesh became a model for reducing hunger | Food issues | Scoop.it
A recent UN report on global hunger highlights Bangladesh – a onetime food basket case – for having cut chronic hunger by more than half since 2000.
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Here is a good-news story for a change, out of a country where famine has been endemic.

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Surprisingly few 'busy bees' make global crops grow

Surprisingly few 'busy bees' make global crops grow | Food issues | Scoop.it
Surprisingly few bee species are responsible for pollinating the planet's crops, a major international study finds. Only two percent of wild bee species pollinate 80 percent of bee-pollinated crops worldwide, the researchers suggest.
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With proper care, contaminated urban soils are safe for gardening, study finds

With proper care, contaminated urban soils are safe for gardening, study finds | Food issues | Scoop.it
Crops grown in contaminated urban soils present little to no risk for people eating those crops when gardeners have followed best practices, a six-year study indicates. The findings are significant for urban and suburban gardeners, who according to a 2012 estimate from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provide about 15 percent of the world's food, much of that on vacant lands.
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Good news for city gardeners

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Fewer Canadians believe claims made on food packaging actually improve their health: poll

Fewer Canadians believe claims made on food packaging actually improve their health: poll | Food issues | Scoop.it
The vast majority of Canadians want to know what’s in their food and where it comes from, but the poll showed that what respondents cared about the most was that the food was locally-grown, priced well and fresh.
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Way to go, Canadians - you're on the right track.

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Americas may be hit by catastrophic banana disease

Americas may be hit by catastrophic banana disease | Food issues | Scoop.it
A researcher warned that a disease that has decimated Cavendish bananas in Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia could be headed for the Western Hemisphere.
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Fusarium wilt is heading north. With nearly half of all bananas being grown coming from one strain, the Cavendish, the banana supply is dwindling.

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The Chill Ride Your Food Takes to the Supermarket Is Heating Up the Planet

The Chill Ride Your Food Takes to the Supermarket Is Heating Up the Planet | Food issues | Scoop.it
Refrigerated trucking reshaped the American foodscape, but at a significant cost to the climate. Now, new tech could help drastically reduce emissions.
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Congress doesn't think agriculture has anything to do with your health

Congress doesn't think agriculture has anything to do with your health | Food issues | Scoop.it
At least, that's what new riders relating to booting sustainibility from the Dietary Guidelines suggest.
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Genetically modified 'jellyfish lamb' accidentally sold as meat in France

Genetically modified 'jellyfish lamb' accidentally sold as meat in France | Food issues | Scoop.it
A lamb born to sheep injected with jellyfish protein was accidentally sent to an abattoir for slaughter
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The real reason General Mills will cut fake flavors from cereals like Trix and Lucky Charms

The real reason General Mills will cut fake flavors from cereals like Trix and Lucky Charms | Food issues | Scoop.it
The cereals won't be any healthier, but parents in the breakfast aisle might be intrigued.
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The food industry is scrambling to find persuasive arguments that they care about our health. This tiny move in the right direction does nothing at all to bolster that.

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Can hunger contribute to mental illness?

Can hunger contribute to mental illness? | Food issues | Scoop.it
For more information, visit ProMedica HealthConnect Food insecurity is often associated with many physical health conditions, such as hypertension and diabetes. You may also be surprised to know that a lack of nutritious food can impact mental
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This is not something new, but our institutions behave as thought it were not true. People cannot be healthy, mentally or physically, without adequate nutritious food.

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Bees feeding on fungicide-dosed flowers develop health issues, studies say

Bees feeding on fungicide-dosed flowers develop health issues, studies say | Food issues | Scoop.it
While insecticides are a known deadly threat, two studies find that bees exposed to fungicides are smaller, sickly and declining in ‘chemical cocktail’ farmlands
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20 Percent of Your Food Comes From Urban Farming Now

20 Percent of Your Food Comes From Urban Farming Now | Food issues | Scoop.it
Think urban farming is just a quaint little Hipster trend? Think again. It's now providing 20 percent of all food.
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Fructose powers a vicious circle

Fructose powers a vicious circle | Food issues | Scoop.it
Researchers have found a hitherto unknown molecular mechanism that is driven by fructose and can lead to cardiac enlargement and heart failure.
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So much for the food industry's insistence that sugar is sugar, in any form.

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The 100-year-old scientist who pushed the FDA to ban artificial trans fat

The 100-year-old scientist who pushed the FDA to ban artificial trans fat | Food issues | Scoop.it
100-year-old professor has pushed the government to ban trans fats.
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FDA takes step to remove artificial trans fats in processed foods: Action expected to prevent thousands of fatal heart attacks

FDA takes step to remove artificial trans fats in processed foods: Action expected to prevent thousands of fatal heart attacks | Food issues | Scoop.it
Based on a thorough review of the scientific evidence, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalized its determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not "generally recognized as safe" or GRAS for use in human food. Food manufacturers will have three years to remove PHOs from products.
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Is the leading nutrition science group in big food's pocket?

Is the leading nutrition science group in big food's pocket? | Food issues | Scoop.it
A new report exposes how the American Society for Nutrition gets cozy with its corporate sponsors.
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Michele Simon does her homework. A professional group should NOT be licking the boots of industry.

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Health Canada to re-examine every facet of Canada’s Food Guide

Health Canada to re-examine every facet of Canada’s Food Guide | Food issues | Scoop.it
The governmental department will re-examine the science behind it, to the policies and programs that stem from it and it’s relevance to Canadians, the “changing food supply, population and demographics,” says spokesperson.
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If Health Canada can do this without bowing to the food industry and caving in to their pressure, the revamping could be useful. Otherwise...

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