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Of Course There's Such a Thing as a Bad Food!

Of Course There's Such a Thing as a Bad Food! | Food issues | Scoop.it

Of course there's such a thing as a bad food. At least there is if "bad" is defined on the basis of health. In a sense, a bad food is one whose risks outweigh its nutritional benefits when consumed regularly.

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Organic Consumers Association Statement on GMO Labeling Law Victory in Vermont

Today, by a vote of 28-2, the Vermont state Senate passed H.112, a bill to require mandatory labeling of foods sold in Vermont that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The bill also makes it illegal to call any food product containing GMOs “natural” or “all natural.” Unlike bills passed last year in Maine and Connecticut, which require four or five other states to pass GMO labeling laws before they can be enacted, Vermont’s law contains no “trigger” clauses, making it the first “clean” GMO labeling law in the country.

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Congratulations, Vermont, for this bold move.

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Sugar vs. Sugar: A Comparison Of 10 Processed Foods With Whole Food Options

Sugar vs. Sugar: A Comparison Of 10 Processed Foods With Whole Food Options | Food issues | Scoop.it
Check out these 10 processed food products loaded with sugar, combined with a suggestion for an alternative whole food option.
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Herbicides play havoc with favorite veggies

Herbicides play havoc with favorite veggies | Food issues | Scoop.it

Herbicides sprayed in pastures to eradicate invasive Canada thistle and members of the knapweed clan are taking an unintended toll on vegetables found in almost any home garden or commercial grower’s field in La Plata County.

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And, of course, the problems is not just in La Plata County.

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B.C. farmers snap “felfies” showing opposition to Agricultural Land Reserve changes

B.C. farmers snap “felfies” showing opposition to Agricultural Land Reserve changes | Food issues | Scoop.it
Critics of Bill 24 are taking to social media to post "felfies" (farmer selfies) with protest messages.
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Study: Farms contribute to Yakima Valley air pollution

Study: Farms contribute to Yakima Valley air pollution | Food issues | Scoop.it
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Every country must cut emissions to avoid hunger: Oxfam

A UK-based international development agency says every country must be part of the global effort to keep climate change under control, but that it ...
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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)  held a recent meeting in Japan and have changed their prediction from a 2 degree temperature rise to anticipating even higher temperature increases.  Oxfam insist wealthy countries need to cut emissions in order to prevent imminent climate change escalation beyond the expected 2 degrees. The biggest challenge is that wealthy nations are creating hunger for poorer nations. 

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Banner Summer On Tap For Ocean Salmon Fishing

Banner Summer On Tap For Ocean Salmon Fishing | Food issues | Scoop.it
A federal fisheries management panel has approved what some charter captains are calling the best ocean fishing season in 20 years.
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...but this comes with a caveat

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Ten Scientific Studies Prove that Genetically Modified Food Can Be Harmful To Human Health

Ten Scientific Studies Prove that Genetically Modified Food Can Be Harmful To Human Health | Food issues | Scoop.it
"GM Crop Production is Lowering US Yields and Increasing Pesticide Use...There is no reason GM foods should be approved safe for consumption, we just don’t know enough about them. We could easily f...
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Oil sludge threatens Indian farms | Environment | DW.DE | 09.04.2014

Oil sludge threatens Indian farms | Environment | DW.DE | 09.04.2014 | Food issues | Scoop.it
India has a fast growing economy and a booming population. In a bid to decrease reliance on expensive energy imports, the government has started extracting oil locally. Farmers fear the drilling will destroy their crops.
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Declining Nutrition of Fruits and Vegetables

Declining Nutrition of Fruits and Vegetables | Food issues | Scoop.it
Get the latest news and health tips about general health, cancer awareness, healthy aging and more., There is some evidence that the fruits and vegetables available to most people today don't contain the nutritional value they had about 40 or 50 years ago.
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Britain's honeybee colony deaths among worst in Europe, study reveals

Britain's honeybee colony deaths among worst in Europe, study reveals | Food issues | Scoop.it
Landmark research shows 29% of honeybee colonies died in winter of 2012-13, with summer losses also high at 9.7%
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Daily serving of beans, peas, chickpeas or lentils can significantly reduce bad cholesterol

Daily serving of beans, peas, chickpeas or lentils can significantly reduce bad cholesterol | Food issues | Scoop.it
Eating one serving a day of beans, peas, chickpeas or lentils can significantly reduce 'bad cholesterol' and therefore the risk of cardiovascular disease, a new study has found. North Americans on average currently eat less than half a serving a day.
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Quebec's Le Baluchon named cheese of year

Quebec's Le Baluchon named cheese of year | Food issues | Scoop.it
Le Baluchon, a cheese from Quebec, has been named cheese of the year in the inaugural Canadian Cheese Awards.
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How You Might Be Investing in Monsanto’s Toxic Legacy Without Realizing It

How You Might Be Investing in Monsanto’s Toxic Legacy Without Realizing It | Food issues | Scoop.it
One organization has launched a global divestment campaign
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Food companies unhappy with FDA feed proposal

Food companies unhappy with FDA feed proposal | Food issues | Scoop.it
Expired marshmallows, broken crackers, stale donuts, even orange peels are among the billions of pounds of would-be waste that help feed livestock every year.By regularly diverting its waste in this way, the food industry prevents millions of tons of greenhouse gases from being released into the atmosphere, but an obscure proposal under a 2011 food...
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The human food connection: Authentic Puerto Rican food in Connecticut

The human food connection: Authentic Puerto Rican food in Connecticut | Food issues | Scoop.it
Tucked away in Hartford, Conn., a Puerto Rican community is creating a tropical home away from home through cuisine that is so authentic it has caught the attention of scientists. Biologists took a close look at the fresh crops in the Puerto Rican markets of Hartford and uncovered evidence that gives new meaning to a phrase that food lovers have been using for years: home is in the kitchen.
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World’s Number 1 Herbicide Discovered in U.S. Mothers’ Breast Milk

World’s Number 1 Herbicide Discovered in U.S. Mothers’ Breast Milk | Food issues | Scoop.it
Sustainable Pulse Credit: Occlusion Urine testing shows glyphosate levels over 10 times higher than in Europe Initial testing shows Monsanto and Global regulatory bodies are wrong regarding bio-accumulation of glyphosate, leading to serious public health concerns Testing commissioners urge USDA and EPA to place temporary ban on all use of Glyphosate-based herbicides to protect public health, until further more comprehensive testing of glyphosate in breast milk is completed. In the first ever testing on glyphosate
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Foster Farms outbreak: Illness continue despite company's crackdown on salmonella

Foster Farms outbreak: Illness continue despite company's crackdown on salmonella | Food issues | Scoop.it
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just added 43 new cases, including three in Oregon, to the overall case count, which now stands at 524 since March of last year. The company has curbed salmonella contamination but people keep getting sick from freshly purchased chicken.
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Food Scraps To Fuel Vertical Farming's Rise In Chicago

Food Scraps To Fuel Vertical Farming's Rise In Chicago | Food issues | Scoop.it
As vertical farming takes root in cities around the world, critics fear it's leaving a big carbon footprint. An experiment in Chicago turning garbage into energy aims to prove them wrong.
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Express Concern over the Agricultural Growth Act (Bill C-18) | The United Church of Canada

The United Church is asking its members to contact their MP to express their concern over omnibus Bill C-18.
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Hats off to the United Church of Canada for taking a stand on this.

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Don’t fall for these food safety myths

Don’t fall for these food safety myths | Food issues | Scoop.it
We all do our best to serve our families food that’s safe and healthy, but some common myths about food safety might surprise you.
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Food Stamps Don't Keep Walmart's Prices Low, They Keep Its Profits High

Food Stamps Don't Keep Walmart's Prices Low, They Keep Its Profits High | Food issues | Scoop.it
Walmart benefits from food stamps in multiple ways, as taxpayers both underwrite the company's food sales and also subsidize its payroll costs....
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Rethinking Meat

Rethinking Meat | Food issues | Scoop.it
Menus of Change is a ground-breaking new leadership initiative launched in 2012 by The Culinary Institute of America.
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U.S. childhood obesity rates have increased since 1999: study

U.S. childhood obesity rates have increased since 1999: study | Food issues | Scoop.it
By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - U.S. childhood obesity rates have increased over the past 14 years, according to a study published on Monday, casting doubt on a recent analysis by government health researchers that found a sharp drop in preschool obesity rates over the past decade. The good news, announced in February by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), received widespread media coverage and prompted first lady Michelle Obama to say she was "thrilled at the progress we've made over the last few years in obesity rates among our youngest Americans. The new study, published online in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics, used the same data source as the CDC, but analyzed obesity rates over a different timeframe. It found increases in obesity for children age 2 to 19, and a marked rise in the percentage who were severely obese.
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Get yourself into Community Supported Agriculture this season

Get yourself into Community Supported Agriculture this season | Food issues | Scoop.it
It’s beginning to look a lot like Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) season! Ever popular in farming communities and springing up everywhere in cities, a box of seasonal veggies, fresh from the farm, is a welcome part of our growing season.…
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