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B.C entrepreneur celebrates the sweet smell of (Kicking Horse Coffee) success

B.C entrepreneur celebrates the sweet smell of (Kicking Horse Coffee) success | Food issues | Scoop.it
Ethical coffee company founder has signed one of the biggest private equity deals in B.C. this year.
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This Desktop Farm Is Like A 3-D Printer For Fresh, Natural Food

This Desktop Farm Is Like A 3-D Printer For Fresh, Natural Food | Food issues | Scoop.it
Run a little farm, right on your desk.
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We need to grow 50% more food yet agriculture causes climate change. How do we get out of this bind?

We need to grow 50% more food yet agriculture causes climate change. How do we get out of this bind? | Food issues | Scoop.it
The World Bank’s head of agriculture and food security speaks of a “frustrating lack of attention paid to agriculture” at the climate talks and calls for advances in climate-smart farming
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What's in your soda? An oil dispersant that might make you fat

What's in your soda? An oil dispersant that might make you fat | Food issues | Scoop.it

A chemical used in sodas and some laxatives for years assumed safe by federal health officials might make people more prone to obesity.

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The chemical is used as a laxative and in sodas to help ingredients mix properly. It's also a major ingredient in Corexit, the dispersant applied by the millions of gallons in the Gulf of Mexico during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.

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Farmland could be unprofitable in a generation, warns report - Farmers Weekly

Farmland could be unprofitable in a generation, warns report - Farmers Weekly | Food issues | Scoop.it
Some of England’s most productive agricultural land is at risk of becoming unprofitable within a generation due to soil erosion, says the government’s committee on climate change.

Soils are being degraded and eroded at unsustainable levels in some areas, while increasing water shortages are likely to put farming’s profitability and competitiveness at risk in areas such as the East Anglian Fens.

This has the potential to reduce agricultural productivity and lead to increased reliance on imported food, while farmers would miss out on opportunities generated by growing demand globally.

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This is happening globally. Time for us to wake up!

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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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From App Design to Farming: Training the Next Generation | Civil Eats

From App Design to Farming: Training the Next Generation | Civil Eats | Food issues | Scoop.it
The new Mendocino, California-based Grange Farm School offers an affordable, 3-month farming training program.
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Restaurant food adds extra 200 calories: Study

Restaurant food adds extra 200 calories: Study | Food issues | Scoop.it
Not many are aware that whenever people eat out, whether at a fast-food outlet or a full-service restaurant, they end up consuming about 200 additional calories than eaten at home, says new study.
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Hardly surprising when you consider the options available and the portion sizes.

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Agriculture Beyond Water

Agriculture Beyond Water | Food issues | Scoop.it
Drought is becoming more prevalent and causing havoc for food producers around the globe.
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This is not just an isolated drought in California or China. This is a global phenomenon.

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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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Jerome Peloquin's curator insight, July 2, 12:28 PM

Aquaponics makes the case for the only real sustainable farming method available ...much more that traditional organic, much more even than Hydroponic ... and it produces both protein and vegetables.  An aquaponic farm makes the perfect backdrop for a sustainable food experience.

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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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Montebello Kitchens's curator insight, June 21, 7:50 AM

Try Montebello Kitchens peanut soup and peanut butter powder

 

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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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