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Antibiotics and Animals Raised for Food: Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics | Food Safety News

Antibiotics and Animals Raised for Food: Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics | Food Safety News | Food issues | Scoop.it

Eliminating antibiotics to control or prevent infections in our herds and flocks will eliminate many CAFOs and drive up the cost of protein to the point where many will have to look elsewhere for this portion of their diets. And many opponents of the use of antibiotics in animals say: “And that would be a good thing.”

 
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Interesting commentary - good part of the ongoing discussion.

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Genetically Modified Animals Will Be on Your Plate in No Time | WIRED

Genetically Modified Animals Will Be on Your Plate in No Time | WIRED | Food issues | Scoop.it
Some of the genetically modified animals that could make their way to your grocery store---a few years from now.
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Citrus fruit consumption may be associated with increased melanoma risk

Citrus fruit consumption may be associated with increased melanoma risk | Food issues | Scoop.it
A new analysis of dietary patterns among more than 100,000 Americans suggests that frequent consumption of citrus -- namely whole grapefruit and orange juice -- may be associated with an increased risk of melanoma. Melanoma risk was 36 percent higher in people who consumed citrus fruit or juice at least 1.6 times daily compared to those who consumed them less than twice per week.
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In Chicago, rooftop farming is getting off the ground

In Chicago, rooftop farming is getting off the ground | Food issues | Scoop.it
For more than a decade, Chicago has been at the forefront of the green-roof movement. Now the city is poised to take an active role in the next environmental push — using roofs to grow food.
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How Mark Lynas Got Converted To G.M.O. Food

How Mark Lynas Got Converted To G.M.O. Food | Food issues | Scoop.it
Around the world, when it comes to food, few topics are more hot-button than genetic engineering. Mark Lynas, a researcher at the Cornell Alliance for
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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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Rising fossil fuel energy costs spell trouble for global food security

Rising fossil fuel energy costs spell trouble for global food security | Food issues | Scoop.it
In an analysis of food preservation and transportation trends, scientists warn that new sustainable technologies will be needed for humanity just to stay even in the arms race against the microorganisms that can rapidly spoil the outputs of the modern food system.
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Foodies could be healthiest among us: study

Foodies could be healthiest among us: study | Food issues | Scoop.it
We think of those who love fine food and trying new dishes as being indulgent and even gluttonous, yet a new study suggests the opposite: Foodies weigh less and could be in better health than the less adventurous among us.
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Linda MacConnell's curator insight, July 6, 2:21 PM

This is so true to me, as most of my friends are "Foodies" and fit too.

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The Big Money Battle to Sway Americans’ Food Choices | Civil Eats

The Big Money Battle to Sway Americans’ Food Choices | Civil Eats | Food issues | Scoop.it
New report says food industry groups spend big and “spin” the truth to turn U.S. consumers away from organic.
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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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