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2012, Climate Change and Permaculture

2012, Climate Change and Permaculture | Food issues | Scoop.it
Featureteaser:  Shamans and scholars tell us that the close of this great cycle of the Mayan calendar is not the cue for apocalypse but rather a new beginning.
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Pesticides 'threaten shellfish industry'

Pesticides 'threaten shellfish industry' | Food issues | Scoop.it
The failure of Government departments to regulate fish farm-used pesticides is continuing to threaten shellfish and inshore fishing industries, along with marine wildlife, in West Cork.
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Foodie culture puts Duncan, B.C., on startups' map

Foodie culture puts Duncan, B.C., on startups' map | Food issues | Scoop.it
Food and wine business boom in Duncan, B.C., is fueled by demand for all things local and sustainable
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The future of family farming is in our hands

The future of family farming is in our hands | Food issues | Scoop.it
Everyone loves family farming! And so they should, writes Holly Creighton-Hird, as family farms produce most of the world's food. But the UK Government has a funny way of showing it - favouring corporate agriculture and eliminating farm payments for small land holdings. It's up to us, the public, to support small, high welfare producers.
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The New Junk Food Marketing to Kids: Health Food Marketing to Adults

The New Junk Food Marketing to Kids: Health Food Marketing to Adults | Food issues | Scoop.it
As we expect more from "healthy," we'll start making better choices and perhaps model for our children a better relationship with food marketing....
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Opinion: Food banks were supposed to be temporary

Opinion: Food banks were supposed to be temporary | Food issues | Scoop.it

Food banks have become a permanent fixture in our society. Nowadays, when confronted with poverty, our common response is donating cans of food or volunteering at a charity. And these services are well used: over 800,000 people line up at food banks across the country each month to help feed their families.

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Food banks are a sign of the failure of social policy, with government and business relinquishing responsibilities, shrugging and accepting growing poverty as normal. 

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Fast food heart attack risk can be HIGHER depending where you are

Fast food heart attack risk can be HIGHER depending where you are | Food issues | Scoop.it
A new study has found the amount of salt in your cheeseburger, sandwich or cereal can vary dramatically from one country to the next
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Food security brings economic growth — not the other way around

Food security brings economic growth — not the other way around | Food issues | Scoop.it

On World Food Day, it's time to remind ourselves that economic growth is only sustainable if all countries have food security. Without a country-owned and country-driven food security strategy, there will be obstacles and additional costs to global, regional and country level economic growth.

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“No seeds, no future” a short Biowatch/Oxfam film

“No seeds, no future” a short Biowatch/Oxfam film | Food issues | Scoop.it

For many generations subsistence farmers have successfully grown their own fruits and vegetables, and reared their own livestock. KwaHhohho in Mtubatuba, KwaZulu-Natal, has a rich history of these traditional farming practices. But these are under threat.

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This is what Monsanto, Syntenta, Dow, the Gates Foundation and their allies want to do away with.

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On World Day of Food Sovereignty, Struggling for Land in Brazil

October 16 is World Food Day. To ensure that there is food for the world, and that it is not controlled by corporations, small farmers and allies across the globe have also named October 16 the Day of Action for Food Sovereignty and against Transnati...
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Hospitals dig into sustainable seafoods | Crosscut.com

Hospitals dig into sustainable seafoods | Crosscut.com | Food issues | Scoop.it

Kathy Pryor sits in the lobby at Bellevue's Overlake Hospital, one of the few in the state committed to serving what is called “sustainable” seafood, an amorphous concept that means everything from local fish caught with hook and line, to healthy wild stocks, to avoiding fish caught with bottom trawling or from stressed marine ecosystems. Pryor is at the hospital as a representative ofWashington Healthy Food in Health Care. The effort is a national initiative of Health Care Without Harm whose mission is to get hospitals to use their purchasing power to invest in foods that heal. "That could be healing the patient,” says Pryor. “It could be healing the earth. It might even be healing the communities that they're purchasing food from.”

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The new green revolution

The new green revolution | Food issues | Scoop.it

We cannot afford to let the old green revolution die without creating a “greener” green revolution to take its place. What, exactly, this new green revolution will look like is still a big open question. But crisis is forcing innovative farmers to lead the way. Case in point: coffee producers in Central America and the Caribbean whose coffee plants are being ravaged by climate-related disease.

 
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Whole Foods to Roll out Rankings for Produce

Whole Foods plans to start rolling out a system that ranks fruits and vegetables as "good," ''better" or "best" based on the supplier's farming practices. Most notably, the supermarket chain says its "responsibly grown" labeling system for produce and flowers will prohibit the use of...
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Pumpkin spice latte, hint-of-lime chips and other chemically enhanced foods you should stop worrying about

Pumpkin spice latte, hint-of-lime chips and other chemically enhanced foods you should stop worrying about | Food issues | Scoop.it
It's not like a chemical additive is safe just because it’s 'natural.'
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Think you’re eating healthy? You’re probably not. - The Boston Globe

Think you’re eating healthy? You’re probably not.  - The Boston Globe | Food issues | Scoop.it
We’re lingering over breakfast at the Kendall Hotel when we notice a man watching us. He looks distinguished, not creepy, so we get back to our food. My tablemates finish their meals — plates of fruit and bowls of oatmeal. I dig into some scrambled eggs with a side of melon half-moons.
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Why did top scientific journals reject this Dr. Bronner's ad?

Why did top scientific journals reject this Dr. Bronner's ad? | Food issues | Scoop.it
"Nature" and "Science" refused to run the soap company's advertorial, which criticized biotechnology.
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This Is What Happens To Fast Food Burgers When Left In A Jar For 30 Days [VIDEO]

This Is What Happens To Fast Food Burgers When Left In A Jar For 30 Days [VIDEO] | Food issues | Scoop.it
Find out whether your favorite fast food burger stays intact or rots when it’s left inside a glass jar for a month.
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Junk Food Diet Worse for Male Brains : DNews

Junk Food Diet Worse for Male Brains : DNews | Food issues | Scoop.it
Eating a high-fat and high-carb diet resulted in inflammation in the brain -- at least in male mice.
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Pesticide Use Skyrocketing on GMO Crops While Pro-GMO Media Run Interference

Pesticide Use Skyrocketing on GMO Crops While Pro-GMO Media Run Interference | Food issues | Scoop.it
Mainstream reporting lately gives a pass to the pesticide industry that pours millions into lobbying government and media elites and defeating voter ballot initiatives to require labeling of GMO foods....
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Sugar in your savory food and condiments? It’s more likely than you think | HellaWella

Sugar in your savory food and condiments? It’s more likely than you think | HellaWella | Food issues | Scoop.it
Craving sugar doesn’t necessarily mean you’re jonesing for cookies, cakes, chocolate, candy or anything that is obviously sweet. Sugar is present in all sorts of food, some of which may surprise you.
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Statement of the Africa-U.S. Food Sovereignty Summit - Community Alliance for Global Justice

Statement of the Africa-U.S. Food Sovereignty Summit - Community Alliance for Global Justice | Food issues | Scoop.it

On Oct 10-14, 2014 Community Alliance for Global Justice/AGRA Watch invited African leaders from six nations representing regional and continent-wide networks to Seattle to meet with leaders from over a dozen US organizations as part of the Africa-US Food Sovereignty Strategy Summit. The aim of the Summit was to promote farmer-led solutions to hunger and climate crises, share research, develop strategies and explore ways to protect communities faced with the consequences of industrial agriculture as promoted by the Gates Foundation.

 
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They stand in solidarity against the G8 New Alliance for Food Security, which seeks to impose corporate agriculture.

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Opinion: To Combat Malnutrition, Don't Just Produce More Food—Produce Better Food

Opinion: To Combat Malnutrition, Don't Just Produce More Food—Produce Better Food | Food issues | Scoop.it
The world's food systems need to produce more nutritious food to help the hungry.
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Land & Resource Grabs in the United States: Five sites of struggle and potential transformation

Land & Resource Grabs in the United States: Five sites of struggle and potential transformation | Food issues | Scoop.it
Land & Sovereignty Brief No. 7 This issue describes five areas of land and resource grabbing in the US, which also embody key sites of resistance.
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Not what the doctor ordered

Not what the doctor ordered | Food issues | Scoop.it
The sugar industry's sponsorship of dietary organisations is in the spotlight.

Via RobKellerMD, Demarcio Washington, H2O Alkalizer
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Can science make low-sodium foods without sacrificing flavor?

Can science make low-sodium foods without sacrificing flavor? | Food issues | Scoop.it
Americans eat twice as much salt as recommended, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While the health risks associated with high sodium intake are widely known, many Americans won’t sacrifice taste to eat healthily. What causes these cravings and how can we limit them? Hari Sreenivasan examines a mission to revolutionize the processed food business. Continue reading →
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Agribusiness, Biotechnology and War

Virtually all of the new, technology-based industries of the past
century have been products of wartime. World War I ushered in the
widespread use of mechanization and the beginnings of aviation. World
War II brought us nuclear power, modern rocketry and cybernetics. The
corporate giants of the automobile, chemical and electronics industries
all made massive fortunes profiting from war and helping fuel the 20th
centurys unending arms race.

 

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