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Yes, Chocolate Tastes Better When You’re Dieting

Yes, Chocolate Tastes Better When You’re Dieting | Food issues | Scoop.it
Diets are all about finding healthy or "guilt-free" options. But maybe guilt is exactly what makes food — and the things we enjoy the most — taste so good.
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GM organisms could trigger environmental disasters, say scientists

GM organisms could trigger environmental disasters, say scientists | Food issues | Scoop.it
A powerful new technique for generating “supercharged” genetically modified organisms that can spread rapidly in the wild has caused alarm among scientists who fear that it may be misused, accidentally or deliberately, and cause a health emergency or environmental disaster.
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On four continents, historic droughts wreak havoc

On four continents, historic droughts wreak havoc | Food issues | Scoop.it
California’s historic drought appears to be matched by severe dry spells on three other continents. Brazil, North Korea and South Africa are bearing the brunt of much-lower-than-average precipitation, wreaking
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It's simple. No water, no food. Less water, less food. What is not as simple is doing something about it, but we must.

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Top 4 Lies About Nutrition That You Actually Believe In – Health and Beauty Makeup

Top 4 Lies About Nutrition That You Actually Believe In – Health and Beauty Makeup | Food issues | Scoop.it
The real info about healthy nutrition,lies that are all around us,and the best detox food for our natural beauty.
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Salt Is Slowly Crippling California's Almond Industry

Salt Is Slowly Crippling California's Almond Industry | Food issues | Scoop.it
California's ongoing drought has forced many almond growers to use groundwater on the thirsty crop. The problem: That water is high in salt, and it's killing almond trees.
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Come hell or high water: The disaster scenario that is South Florida

‘Sooner or later, we’ll have to move. Most of the population will have to move.’
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For Florida, it appears, avoiding the impacts of climate change may not be possible. The tipping point may already have been reached.

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Human-wrought environmental changes impacting crops, pollinators could harm millions: Studies quantify potential effects of pollinator declines, decreased zinc levels in food

Human-wrought environmental changes impacting crops, pollinators could harm millions: Studies quantify potential effects of pollinator declines, decreased zinc levels in food | Food issues | Scoop.it
Changing global environmental conditions caused by humans could negatively impact the health of millions by altering key crops, say two studies. One study found declining food pollinators such as bees could lead to decreased nutrient-rich crops linked with staving off disease. A second study found increasing levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide could lead to lower zinc levels in food and expanded zinc deficiency.
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Not a pretty picture, but we can change this if we work together and if we keep our world leaders' feet to the fire of responsibility.

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Bird flu epidemic proves factory-farmed chickens have come home to roost

Bird flu epidemic proves factory-farmed chickens have come home to roost | Food issues | Scoop.it
The outbreak has required that farmers resort to fire-extinguisher foam to kill off infected flocks. Can commercial farms protect themselves, or is US chicken farming fundamentally unsustainable?
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The world eats cheap bacon at the expense of North Carolina’s rural poor

The world eats cheap bacon at the expense of North Carolina’s rural poor | Food issues | Scoop.it
Neighbors battle pig farms and their stinky manure-filled lagoons in North Carolina.
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The Unlikely Alliance That Is Fixing School Lunches

The Unlikely Alliance That Is Fixing School Lunches | Food issues | Scoop.it
Even in some very cash-strapped districts, kids are now eating antibiotic-free chicken on compostable plates.
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Cattle Feed Yard Dust Can Transport Steroids Into Environment

Cattle Feed Yard Dust Can Transport Steroids Into Environment | Food issues | Scoop.it

To beef up their herds, many cattle ranchers give their livestock steroid growth hormones. Manure-laden runoff from cattle feed yards carries these endocrine-disrupting compounds into the environment, where they can adversely affect fish and other wildlife—and taint drinking water supplies. But these compounds also stick to dust, and a new study finds that airborne particulate matter may be a significant source of steroids from beef cattle feed yards in arid regions (Environ. Sci. Technol. 2015, DOI:10.1021/acs.est.5b01881).

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Unprescribed pharmaceuticals are making their way into the environment.

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Do I have to be vegan to combat climate change? » Scienceline

Do I have to be vegan to combat climate change? » Scienceline | Food issues | Scoop.it

Soret’s studies have found that vegetarian or semi-vegetarian diets (eating meat fewer than once a week) produce a bit less than half of the associated greenhouse gas emissions as a meat-eating diet. His work has been echoed by U.K. researchers, whose study found an even greater reduction in greenhouse gases. Both of these studies looked at tens of thousands of real diets that people were eating, not modeled or theoretical plates. Both also found significant health benefits, including a longer life, associated with vegetarian and semi-vegetarian diets.

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'First ever' criminal investigation in France into wine grower's death from pesticide use

'First ever' criminal investigation in France into wine grower's death from pesticide use | Food issues | Scoop.it
French criminal court launches landmark inquiry into “involuntary homicide" of James-Bernard Murat, who spent 40 years spraying a carcinogenic pesticide on his Bordeaux grapes and died of lung cancer in 2012
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Wild fish ecosystems resist impact of biodiversity loss, may be masking serious rapid decline in fish production potential

Wild fish ecosystems resist impact of biodiversity loss, may be masking serious rapid decline in fish production potential | Food issues | Scoop.it
New mathematics model shows that as the fish diversity of complex marine food webs declines, fish production resists the change, masking ultimate rapid loss.
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In US, 8 million baby boomers go hungry amid health and economic challenges

In US, 8 million baby boomers go hungry amid health and economic challenges | Food issues | Scoop.it
According to a new study, millions of older Americans are turning to charity for food as they face unemployment, housing shortages and poor health
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Smallholder Farmers Are The New Global Food Frontier

Smallholder Farmers Are The New Global Food Frontier | Food issues | Scoop.it
One-third of the world's 7.3 billion people are smallholder farmers and their families who produce nearly 70 percent of all food consumed worldwide on 60 percent of the planet's arable land. For what sounds like a major part of the global economy, you would expect these farmers to be relatively well off and financially secure. But they aren't. In fact, they represent the majority of the poorest and hungriest people on earth.
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Big Ag has such power it is easy to lose sight of the fact that most of the crops they raise are commodity crops rather than the diverse foodstuffs we like to see on our tables. Hats off to smallholder farmers.

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Why everyone who is sure about their food philosophy is wrong

Why everyone who is sure about their food philosophy is wrong | Food issues | Scoop.it
UNEARTHED | There is no one principle that can reliably guide all our decisions. Trade-offs abound.
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A good reminder that we make compromises every day and can try to be thoughtful about them.

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Bees and Pesticides: 70% Contamination in Massachusetts

Bees and Pesticides: 70% Contamination in Massachusetts | Food issues | Scoop.it
The pesticide class associated with bee colony collapse is in 70% of pollen and honey samples in Massachusetts. How are the rest of our 49 states doing?
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Fighting Climate Change and Food Waste With ‘Imperfect Produce’

Fighting Climate Change and Food Waste With ‘Imperfect Produce’ | Food issues | Scoop.it
Major grocery chain pilots program selling imperfect produce, at a discount.
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A good move to counteract our insistence on perfect produce.

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Would you eat this produce?

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Organic farming needs direction to be sustainable

Organic farming needs direction to be sustainable | Food issues | Scoop.it
Large-scale organic farming operations, based on a review of almost a decade of data from 49 states, are not reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
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Big Organic is not adhering to sustainable practices

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Nick Offerman Touts Pizza as Health Food in Funny or Die Skit (Video)

Nick Offerman Touts Pizza as Health Food in Funny or Die Skit (Video) | Food issues | Scoop.it
“Listen, if it’s on a plant, it’s good for you — who cares how it got there,” Offerman says
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"Acres of pizza, kissed by the sun...orchards of taquito trees..."

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A Dose Of Culinary Medicine Sends Med Students To The Kitchen

A Dose Of Culinary Medicine Sends Med Students To The Kitchen | Food issues | Scoop.it
Aspiring doctors at the University of Chicago are learning how to teach patients about healthy eating. Nutrition advocates say this kind of training is critical to fighting obesity and diabetes.
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Weedkiller blamed for decline of monarch butterflies in Teaneck and across U.S.

Weedkiller blamed for decline of monarch butterflies in Teaneck and across U.S. | Food issues | Scoop.it
The population of monarch butterflies in the Teaneck Creek Conservancy and across the U.S. has plummeted in the past few years, and a chemical widely used in herbicides is being blamed.
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Plight of the bumblebee: climate change puts insect at risk

Plight of the bumblebee: climate change puts insect at risk | Food issues | Scoop.it
Researchers say bees dying out as they fail to migrate north to escape rising temperatures
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The story of another type of non-commercial bee…and one that is instrumental to pollinating many cherished plants, including the tomato.

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Why climate talks need to focus on agriculture

Why climate talks need to focus on agriculture | Food issues | Scoop.it
Other sectors often dominate discussions, but climate-smart farming offers potent solutions, says Frank Rijsberman.
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Think twice before ordering your next steak: The grave consequences of meat consumption

High consumption of livestock products could have serious consequences for people and the environment, according to a recent article. The article emphasizes that the demand for livestock-based foods has soared over the last few decades. The article’s authors emphasize that, if left unchecked, worldwide meat consumption and production could lead to species loss, climate risks, poverty, and even social breakdown as large meat-producing companies continue to displace small-scale farmers.
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