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As childhood obesity increases, food industry offers weak voluntary standards on advertising food to kids

I’ve written a number of times about why voluntary efforts aren’t the way to get the food industry to improve the nutritional quality of the nation’s food supply so obesity rates can be reduced.
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Amid Pollution Problems, China's Health Food Industry Blossoms

Amid Pollution Problems, China's Health Food Industry Blossoms | Food issues | Scoop.it
At first glance, the World Health Store seems like any other health nut’s paradise: Shelves are cramped neck-high with supplement bars, whey protein for bodybuilders, Nature’s Bounty Evening Primrose Oil and Navitas Naturals Chia Powder. ...
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Corporations vs. communities: a tale of two meetings

Corporations vs. communities: a tale of two meetings | Food issues | Scoop.it
Corporations vs. communities: a tale of two meetings, March 2015 blog_post -- New Internationalist
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Paternalism vs local sovereignty - a contrast in world views

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What Junk-Food Ban? Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Are Back in Campus Vending Machines

What Junk-Food Ban? Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Are Back in Campus Vending Machines | Food issues | Scoop.it
Frito-Lay has reformulated the spicy cheese puffs to meet federal ‘smart snack’ guidelines.
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They'll pat themselves on the back until their arms are sore, but to label these a "Smart Snack" is dubious.

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Profile of an Urban Homesteader​

Profile of an Urban Homesteader​ | Food issues | Scoop.it
Urban homesteader Charlyn Ellis talks about her home 21st Street Urban Homestead and her food lifestyle.
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B.C. pedal power helps African farmers

B.C. pedal power helps African farmers | Food issues | Scoop.it
Two B.C brothers invented a bicycle powered grain mill that is now changing the lives of impoverished farmers in Africa
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pdeppisch's comment, March 26, 12:01 PM
Beautiful! We need more stuff like this! Thanks for posting this,
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china paves the way for a new definition of urban farming

china paves the way for a new definition of urban farming | Food issues | Scoop.it
in an age of exponential population growth and the constant transition of our cities, china reconfigures the relationship between agricultural and urban.
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Sugar in food is poorly labeled, and the industry likes it that way

Sugar in food is poorly labeled, and the industry likes it that way | Food issues | Scoop.it
A wild animal is never more dangerous than when it is cornered. And Big Sugar is lashing out with all the sweet venom it can muster in response to the latest attacks on the iniquities of the American diet. These attacks are now seemingly coming from all directions.
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Do TV Cooking Shows Make Us Fat?

Do TV Cooking Shows Make Us Fat? | Food issues | Scoop.it
Women who cooked the meals they saw prepared on television weighed more, on average, than those who simply watched, a study shows. The findings challenge the notion that home cooking is always best.
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Interesting proposition, but the link is pretty tenuous.

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9 Beautiful Illustrations Explain The Coming Food Crisis

9 Beautiful Illustrations Explain The Coming Food Crisis | Food issues | Scoop.it
From urbanization to population growth, these are the issues we need to be thinking about now.
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Climate change could damage quality and raise cost of produce, study finds

Climate change could damage quality and raise cost of produce, study finds | Food issues | Scoop.it
Climate change could damage quality and raise cost of produce, study finds
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This Australian study has implications well beyond the borders of that island nation.

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Food for thought as hotter, harder times forecast for the farm

Food for thought as hotter, harder times forecast for the farm | Food issues | Scoop.it
Australia's agricultural sector faces profound challenges from climate change over coming decades forcing the migration of some crops and the new varieties of others, a new report by the University of Melbourne researchers has shown.
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Australia's agriculture.

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Will Obama's Ag chief wimpify the 2015 Dietary Guidelines to please Big Meat?

Will Obama's Ag chief wimpify the 2015 Dietary Guidelines to please Big Meat? | Food issues | Scoop.it
The industry's new PR slogan: "Hands off my hot dog."
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It's no surprise that Big Meat is swinging into action. While insisting on their giant share of the family's food budget, they are conveniently ignoring one of the main reasons for the dietary caution: the environment, staggering under the weight of our yen for meat.

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A Cheese 'Product' Gains Kids' Nutrition Seal

A Cheese 'Product' Gains Kids' Nutrition Seal | Food issues | Scoop.it
Kraft Singles, those individually wrapped slices of processed cheese that have long been a staple of school lunches, are the first product to earn a nutrition seal from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
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Huh? These slices of processed, cheese-like substances bear little resemblance to real cheese. Is this the best the Academy could do?

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"Cow-Free Milk": A False Solution to Industry Agriculture

"Cow-Free Milk": A False Solution to Industry Agriculture | Food issues | Scoop.it
Muufri milk is made using synthetic technology, sometimes referred to as GMO 2.0.
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pdeppisch's comment, March 29, 12:26 PM
I guess I am a grouchy old man - but I do think we are pushing the envelope and as soon as we can make synthetic food the problem of hunger will be solved! Or will it be? Somehow unintended consequences always gets the last laugh!
Cathryn Wellner's comment, March 29, 12:56 PM
Long live grouchy old men - and real food!
pdeppisch's comment, March 29, 1:41 PM
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Is it OK to eat moldy food?

Is it OK to eat moldy food? | Food issues | Scoop.it
You’re famished for a bit of cheese, but you notice a blue spot on the chunk of cheddar in your fridge. Is it OK to slice off the bad...
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This is an easy, helpful guide

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pdeppisch's comment, March 29, 11:59 AM
I have always wanted to know why I can eat blue cheese but not moldy stuff. And not that I like blue cheese. LOL
Cathryn Wellner's comment, March 29, 12:01 PM
The one blue cheese I really like is Cambozola, and since it's a combination of Camembert and Gorgonzola, it's on the don't-eat list if it gets moldy. Wouldn't you know!?
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Animal abuse breaks law; now, trying to expose it does, too

Animal abuse breaks law; now, trying to expose it does, too | Food issues | Scoop.it
NEW YORK — An undercover video taped in 2012 showed Idaho dairy workers beating cows, prompting criminal convictions. State lawmakers responded -- by banning undercover videos.
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Heinz And Kraft: Before They Were Food Giants, They Were Men

Heinz And Kraft: Before They Were Food Giants, They Were Men | Food issues | Scoop.it
Henry Heinz was big into pickles before ketchup came along. James Kraft gave the world American cheese. (Ironically, he was Canadian.) Now, two companies that revamped how we eat will become one.
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A little history of your mac and cheese and ketchup

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Trevor Hancock: Portion size: The elephant in the room

By now, everybody knows we are in the midst of an epidemic of overweight and obesity in Canada and around the world. There is a horrifying series of maps showing the rate of obesity spreading like . . .
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And guess who is responsible for the astonishing increases in portion sizes?

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Could CETA mean genetically modified apples from Canada exported to Europe?

Could CETA mean genetically modified apples from Canada exported to Europe? | Food issues | Scoop.it
There is a process within CETA that would promote regulatory harmonization and address non-tariff barriers that could allow the export of genetically modified apples into Europe.
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Food Industry Money Talks, and It Says Coke and Kraft Singles Are Healthy

Food Industry Money Talks, and It Says Coke and Kraft Singles Are Healthy | Food issues | Scoop.it
Everyone in the food industry is paying for endorsements from nutrition experts.
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This is not something new so it is good to see attention being paid to it.

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Peruvian farmer demands climate compensation from German company

Peruvian farmer demands climate compensation from German company | Food issues | Scoop.it
RWE asked to pay for costs of protecting home lying in the floodpath of a glacial lake as its historical emissions caused glacial retreat in the Andes
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This may be the only way to force corporations to acknowledge their responsibility toward the planet.

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Are parents or marketers responsible for children’s health and does advertising work?

Are parents or marketers responsible for children’s health and does advertising work? | Food issues | Scoop.it

Last week the Heart Foundation ACT released a damning audit revealing that four out of five food and beverage advertisements targeted at children feature unhealthy products. It lists the venues where children are exposed to this messaging: next to our schools, in our hospitals, on the sports fields, at the local shops and on our bus shelters. It proves that junk food advertising is persistent, pervasive and persuasive.

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Australia's marketers aren't the only ones making it challenging for parents to monitor what their children eat - and what they nag for.

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This fast-food-loving, organics-hating Ivy League prof will trick you into eating better

This fast-food-loving, organics-hating Ivy League prof will trick you into eating better | Food issues | Scoop.it
His number one tip: It's not about the food—it's about your surroundings.
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Watch how much water goes into your food

Watch how much water goes into your food | Food issues | Scoop.it
When it comes to conserving water, we have a lot on our plate.
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Another reason those new US dietary guidelines make sense. One 8 oz. steak = enough water for 54 showers.

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A big fat surprise for dietary dogma

A big fat surprise for dietary dogma | Food issues | Scoop.it
Poor Dad gave up his bacon and eggs for nothing. Most of what we thought we knew about nutritional evils turns out to be wrong
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The shifting nutritional advice is not just about fads. It also reflects pressure from industry. The dietary advice I heed is to avoid processed foods and eat the rainbow (i.e., a colourful plate contains the variety of vitamins and minerals the body needs).

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