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Bisphenol A: BPA additive blocks cell function

Bisphenol A, a substance found in many synthetic products, is considered to be harmful, particularly, for fetuses and babies.
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Big Food uses dirty tricks in ballot fights over GMO labeling, soda taxes | Al Jazeera America

Big Food uses dirty tricks in ballot fights over GMO labeling, soda taxes  | Al Jazeera America | Food issues | Scoop.it
Voter initiatives in California, Oregon and Colorado illustrate what’s at stake in the food wars
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UW Health plans to stop selling sugar-sweetened drinks by end of the year

UW Health plans to stop selling sugar-sweetened drinks by end of the year | Food issues | Scoop.it
UW Health officials have decided to stop serving sugar-sweetened beverages at their facilities. These beverages include regular sodas, sweetened fruit-flavored drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks, sweetened teas and sweetened coffees.
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Put calorie labels on beer, wine and spirits, say public health experts

Put calorie labels on beer, wine and spirits, say public health experts | Food issues | Scoop.it
Alcoholic drinks are fuelling obesity epidemic and most have no idea how many calories their drinks contain
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Canada's #1 food brand, President's Choice®, removes all artificial flavours and artificial colours

Canada's #1 food brand, President's Choice®, removes all artificial flavours and artificial colours | Food issues | Scoop.it

Loblaw Companies Limited has successfully achieved its pledge to remove all artificial flavours and artificial colours from the full range of more than 4,000 President's Choice® brand products. In recent years, these additives have been associated with consumer concerns around hyperactivity, allergies, and various other serious conditions and diseases*.

 

 

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Prescription food: Veggies make house calls

Prescription food: Veggies make house calls | Food issues | Scoop.it

We all know that eating more fruits and vegetables leads to better health. But what if your doctor could actually write a prescription for healthier food?

Zenger Farm, in partnership with Multnomah County Health Department and the National College of Natural Medicine, is taking the first step toward that dream with a pilot program to offer what they are calling Prescription Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA).

“I would rather see health care in the grocery store than in the pharmacy,” says the Southeast Portland urban farm’s Program Director David Perry.

Many of the details of the program are being worked out, but by next June around 40 patients will begin receiving their share of produce from local farms. The weekly harvest varies with the season and with the farm, but Zenger Farm’s shares aim to feed a family of four, so the patients’ families will see benefits too.

 
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Slow Money & the new Beetcoin | Green Money Journal

Slow Money & the new Beetcoin | Green Money Journal | Food issues | Scoop.it

As of mid-2014, over $38 million has flowed into small food enterprises in the U.S., Canada, France and Switzerland, via 21 local networks and 13 investment clubs. Our first BEETCOIN campaign began October 1 and will end November 12, at Slow Money 2014 Gathering in Louisville, KY where 21 entrepreneurs will be presenting on stage and the two top vote getters will share BEETCOIN proceeds. More details on the event at- http://slowmoney.org/national-gathering/2014/home

 
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Does Halloween Candy Contribute to Climate Change And Destroy the Environment?

Does Halloween Candy Contribute to Climate Change And Destroy the Environment? | Food issues | Scoop.it
An ingredient in your Halloween candy might be very bad for the environment.
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Resistance to healthy school lunches reveals larger problem

Resistance to healthy school lunches reveals larger problem | Food issues | Scoop.it
Students throw away millions of dollars worth food in schools each year, but it's a fraction of what the rest of the country wastes - a signal of a more complex issue.
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Why narratives are more powerful than ideas

Why narratives are more powerful than ideas | Food issues | Scoop.it
There is an enormous amount of whining these days about our ideological debates. This gets the problem wrong. Ideological debates are fought over ideas, but politics is more often about competing stories, or, as the eggheads call them, "narratives."
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Challenging the Dominant Narrative

Challenging the Dominant Narrative | Food issues | Scoop.it

Nobody can deny that the oceans and the marine resources they contain are in trouble, but the steady stream of news stories about collapsing oceans misses important details about a more complex story of ecology and political power.

 

A combination of responses is being presented by governments, major international organizations and the big industry players as THE solution to the problems: no-take marine protected areas, privatization of fishing rights, aquaculture. But this dominant narrative is being challenged by Slow Food’s Slow Fish network, which is currently meeting at Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre

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‘Silent revolution’ in biotech farming is overtaking GM, says Greenpeace

‘Silent revolution’ in biotech farming is overtaking GM, says Greenpeace | Food issues | Scoop.it
‘Silent revolution’ in biotech farming is overtaking GM, says Greenpeace
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Many Gluten-Free Products Break Health Canada Rules

Going gluten-free? You’re not the only one. Celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow and Miley Cyrus are aglow about the benefits of a gluten-free diet, and millions of Canadians are eating it up. But researchers say there isn’t much science...
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NewStream Farm Animal Care: Meristem Land & Science

NewStream Farm Animal Care: Meristem Land & Science | Food issues | Scoop.it
Delivering what you need to now in farm animal care today.
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Monsanto Hired This Guy To Help It Win Over Millennials

Monsanto Hired This Guy To Help It Win Over Millennials | Food issues | Scoop.it
Vance Crowe, 32, has a tough assignment: reach out to millennials, many of whom are skeptical of GMOs. Crowe says the company can do a better job of listening to their concerns.
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Frozen Food Still Beats Out Fast Food

Frozen Food Still Beats Out Fast Food | Food issues | Scoop.it
Frozen meals are healthier than fast food, and frozen fruits and vegetables are just as healthy as fresh-stored fruits and vegetables, if not more so.
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Apps Aim To Guide You On 'Sustainable Food' (Whatever That Means)

Apps Aim To Guide You On 'Sustainable Food' (Whatever That Means) | Food issues | Scoop.it

Consumers who care about how their food is produced have a growing number of apps they can turn to at the supermarket. The problem? Nailing down just what sustainability means when it comes to food.

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Why School Gardens Matter

Why School Gardens Matter | Food issues | Scoop.it

“We have the compost!” a chorus of voices declares as kids pile bags of the week’s frozen food scraps into our rickety wheelbarrow. “Can I carry the rakes?” asks another, shuffling through a pile of tools next to the classroom bookshelves. Soon, a dozen middle schoolers from Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science, and Engineering in New York City’s south Harlem toting handfuls of garden equipment squeeze into the elevator, excitedly debating who will push the wheelbarrow up each block.

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Update: Gatorade’s ‘War on Water’ Dampened by NY Attorney General

Update: Gatorade’s ‘War on Water’ Dampened by NY Attorney General | Food issues | Scoop.it
Back in January, I called out Gatorade’s Bolt! mobile game, which told young players to “Keep Your Performance Level High by Avoiding Water.” The game had players maneuver Olympian Usain Bolt’s character through a course in the fastest time possible, gathering Gatorade along the way and avoiding drops of water. Now, thanks to New York... Read More
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Interview With Tanya Fields: Urban Farming and Food Sovereignty Activist

Interview With Tanya Fields: Urban Farming and Food Sovereignty Activist | Food issues | Scoop.it
Tanya Fields, named the Eco-Warrior of the Food System, discusses how she came to be an urban farming and food sovereignty activist working to empower women and change the food landscape in the underserved neighborhoods of New York City.
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How Many Pull-Ups Does It Takes To Burn Off This Drumstick?

How Many Pull-Ups Does It Takes To Burn Off This Drumstick? | Food issues | Scoop.it
You may want to reconsider eating that Big Mac for lunch, unless of course you feel like doing lunges for 57 minutes straight afterwards.

In a quiz-like video by Buzzfeed titled "You vs. Junk Food," the site goes through common fast foo...
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Why Do GMOs Matter? Let Bill Nye Explain. {Video}

Why Do GMOs Matter? Let Bill Nye Explain. {Video} | Food issues | Scoop.it
So, what's the problem now? It sounds like we've been GMO-ing things all over the place ever since we've been human. But...
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Sticky Situation: A Halloween Trick for Children With Allergies

Sticky Situation: A Halloween Trick for Children With Allergies | Food issues | Scoop.it
For many young Canadian witches, goblins and monsters, Halloween is not about a trick or a treat, it is a about a threat. One that could affect their entire livelihood. The scary part is that there is no cure for allergic reactions. Avoidance of the ...
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Amidst Public Controversy China Debates GMO Development

Amidst Public Controversy China Debates GMO Development | Food issues | Scoop.it
Among other recent safety scandals, China is also handling public concern regarding the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food.  China already has a big stake in this area, because it has devoted considerable resources to the research and development of GMOs.  However, it has hesitated to embrace permissions [...]
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Eye in the Sky - Cornucopia Institute

Eye in the Sky - Cornucopia Institute | Food issues | Scoop.it
Cornucopia’s Aerial Photography Investigates Factory Farm Cheating by Will Fantle Chino Valley’s poultry operation in Texas is estimated to confine hundred
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7 things McDonald’s really wants you to forget

7 things McDonald’s really wants you to forget | Food issues | Scoop.it
The fast-food giant has a checkered history of abusing the environment -- and its workers
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