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Why Urban Agriculture Should be Important to Black people

Why Urban Agriculture Should be Important to Black people | Food issues | Scoop.it
by Duron Chavis “Black people growing food on a farm is too much like slavery.” – anonymous Unfortunately some African Americans have said this or perhaps they thought it and didn...
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On Nebraska's Farmland, Keystone XL Pipeline Debate Is Personal

The pipeline's fate looms large in Washington. But for people living in Keystone XL's proposed path, the project will alter livelihoods and legacies — for better or worse, depending on whom you ask.
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The horrifying reason why your fruit is unblemished

The horrifying reason why your fruit is unblemished | Food issues | Scoop.it
Mexican megafarms coddle US-bound produce. The workers themselves are not so lucky.
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How Monsanto's Big Data push hurts small farms

How Monsanto's Big Data push hurts small farms | Food issues | Scoop.it
New evidence suggests that so-called precision farming could make American farms even larger and less diverse.
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The food-water-energy nexus defeated the Romans. It could defeat us too

The food-water-energy nexus defeated the Romans. It could defeat us too | Food issues | Scoop.it
As well as being masters of water engineering, the Romans also engaged in a long distance trade in water across the Mediterranean - embodied in grain, oil, wine, cloth, metals and other goods. They also discovered the food-water-energy nexus - and not in a good way. We need to heed the warnings from Roman history.
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Alan Yoshioka's curator insight, December 15, 12:38 PM

an extremely important discussion ... water is a primary resource that our civilization CANNOT do without ... now with the added pressure from fracking, the clock is ticking faster ...  can modern ag tech help ... we must adopt efficient use of water rather than attempting to produce cheap food at the expense of our very existence ...

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Should You Really Be Concerned About the Natural Cheese Preservative That’s Banned at Whole Foods?

Should You Really Be Concerned About the Natural Cheese Preservative That’s Banned at Whole Foods? | Food issues | Scoop.it
Whole Foods and Lebanon may seem like odd bedfellows, but on the matter of dairy products, they’re of one mind. Both have shown distaste for the antifungal known as natamycin, which is commonly used to preserve cheese. The preservative appears on Whole Food’s “Unacceptable Ingredients for Food” list and has...
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FDA Plan for Antibiotics in Food-Producing Livestock has a Loophole?

FDA Plan for Antibiotics in Food-Producing Livestock has a Loophole? | Food issues | Scoop.it
An FDA plan to regulate antibiotics in food-producing livestock has a loophole, an advocacy group claims.
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Investigation: “Factory Farms” Producing Massive Quantities of Organic Milk and Eggs

Investigation: “Factory Farms” Producing Massive Quantities of Organic Milk and Eggs | Food issues | Scoop.it
Regulations Not Being Enforced—Watchdog Asks for USDA to Remove Program Management In what has been called one of the largest fraud investigations in the h
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Agroecology and the Disappearing Yield Gap : Food First

Agroecology and the Disappearing Yield Gap : Food First | Food issues | Scoop.it
The more scientists actually study agroecology, the better it looks. The largest meta-analysis to date comparing yields of organic and conventional agriculture concluded that the “yield gap” between the two is much smaller than previously assumed and for some crops, doesn’t exist at all.
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Opinion: Industrialization of livestock farming to blame for avian flu outbreak

Opinion: Industrialization of livestock farming to blame for avian flu outbreak | Food issues | Scoop.it
The appearance of avian flu in the Fraser Valley — the fourth such outbreak in 10 years — is just one symptom of the inexorable rise of factory farming, with its attendant risks to animal welfare, human health and the environment.
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12 paths to strengthening food security in an unstable world

12 paths to strengthening food security in an unstable world | Food issues | Scoop.it
In the face of climate change, conflicts and disease, our panel suggest how to ensure access to nutritious food for all
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Food banks don’t solve food poverty. The UK must not institutionalise them

Food banks don’t solve food poverty. The UK must not institutionalise them | Food issues | Scoop.it
Graham Riches: Canada has tried this, and it doesn’t work. Westminster should face up to its responsibilities and revisit the right to food
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Why Did Vitamins Disappear From Non-GMO Breakfast Cereal?

Why Did Vitamins Disappear From Non-GMO Breakfast Cereal? | Food issues | Scoop.it
When GMO-free cereals landed in supermarkets, some vitamins had mysteriously vanished from them. But these vitamins don't necessarily come from genetically altered organisms.
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In a Surprising Move, This Major Fast-Food Chain Will Start Selling Grass-Fed Burgers

In a Surprising Move, This Major Fast-Food Chain Will Start Selling Grass-Fed Burgers | Food issues | Scoop.it
Carl’s Jr. will roll out the menu item at 1,150 locations on Dec. 17, but it might be too good to be true.
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Women's Work Is Never Done On The Farm, And Sometimes Never Counted

Women's Work Is Never Done On The Farm, And Sometimes Never Counted | Food issues | Scoop.it
The percentage of female farmers is climbing — slowly, according to federal figures. But those numbers don't take into account the many new roles women are filling on multigenerational family farms.
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Do you speak cow? Researchers listen in on 'conversations' between calves and their mothers

Do you speak cow? Researchers listen in on 'conversations' between calves and their mothers | Food issues | Scoop.it
Researchers have been eavesdropping on ‘conversations’ between calves and their mothers — measuring the process of how cows communicate using detailed acoustic analysis for the first time.
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Any farmer could have told them this.

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What's for Dinner? For These Urban Foragers in Berkeley, The Answer is Weeds

What's for Dinner? For These Urban Foragers in Berkeley, The Answer is Weeds | Food issues | Scoop.it
When Thomas Carlson and Philip Stark find a foot-tall dandelion growing out of the sidewalk on Hearst Street, it’s all they can do to contain their excitement. “Oh wow! Now that is robust!” Carlson exclaims. They won’t eat this one; it’s too close to cars and exhaust. But wow, just look at that beauty!
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Why Solving Inequality is Key to a Climate Smart and Food Secure Future

Why Solving Inequality is Key to a Climate Smart and Food Secure Future | Food issues | Scoop.it
Addressing gender inequality in agriculture would result in a much-needed increase in global food security.CGIAR Climate's insight:Gender is clearly an issue in the farming sector of developing countries.
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and why we need a new economy

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Organic-Farming Boom Stretches Certification System

Organic-Farming Boom Stretches Certification System | Food issues | Scoop.it
USDA Farms Out Inspections, but Thoroughness Is Questioned
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AckerbauHalle's curator insight, December 12, 12:03 AM

Der Boom im Ökolandbau in führt zu Problemen im Zertifizierungssystem

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Healthy Food in Your Community: A Toolkit for Policy Change

Healthy Food in Your Community: A Toolkit for Policy Change | Food issues | Scoop.it
Learn how to navigate the food policy system and join in efforts to make healthy, affordable food part of your community's landscape.

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Russell Roberts's curator insight, December 9, 10:47 PM

A fascinating tutorial on becoming more food self-sufficient and how to "navigate the food policy system" to guarantee fresh food for your community.  The ideas presented here are workable.  All we need is the political will to make them happen.  Other communities have taken the challenge--why not Hawaii?  Aloha, Russ.

Amir Stephenson's curator insight, December 10, 4:41 AM

Healthier options will be added to the menu.

Mari-Lyn Harris's curator insight, December 12, 1:28 AM

There is a meeting in Hayward Dec 15,2014

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Diabetes and depression often go hand in hand

Diabetes and depression often go hand in hand | Food issues | Scoop.it
If well managed, the disease can be held in check; if not, it can be devastating, leading to kidney failure, blindness, stroke and even death. Not only can depression and anxiety seriously affect the ability to manage the disease, but there also is evidence that, for some, depression plays a role in actually causing diabetes. Whether cause or effect, the medical profession needs to do more to address the psychological issues associated with the disease. Others who are suffering from complicat
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Turns Out, the Future of Food Lies in These Old Seeds

Turns Out, the Future of Food Lies in These Old Seeds | Food issues | Scoop.it
Scientists, farmers, and chefs are developing new varieties of produce from heirloom seeds. It will make life better for organic farmers—and yummier for everyone else.
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Nuno Gaspar de Oliveira's curator insight, December 9, 7:30 PM

Already, Stephen S. Jones, a wheat breeder and professor at Washington State University, says he’s contacted at least three times a week by farmers in other states, seeking new varieties or wheat tailored for their region and needs. If successful, they’ll soon be providing more of us with fruits, vegetables, and grains bred to thrive in the various microclimates around the country—suiting the needs of small farmers, artisan bakers and brewers, and chefs—and with correspondingly greater flavor, texture, and nutrient density.

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In This Poverty-Stricken City, People Pay Way More for Food Than You

In This Poverty-Stricken City, People Pay Way More for Food Than You | Food issues | Scoop.it
It costs a lot to eat in Northern Canada.
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Biotech Group Spent Historic $7M Against Maui GMO Farming Moratorium

Biotech Group Spent Historic $7M Against Maui GMO Farming Moratorium | Food issues | Scoop.it
A biotech group backed by Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences spent a record-breaking $7 million in its failed attempt to defeat a Maui County voter initiative that will temporarily ban genetically engineered farming — if it survives a legal challenge by the companies.
Citizens Against the Maui County Farming Ban, a political action committee financed overwhelmingly by global seed companies Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences, spent more than $7.2 million seeking to convince voters to reject the bill, accor
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Illegal pro-GMO observers accused of disrupting Oregon labeling law vote count

Illegal pro-GMO observers accused of disrupting Oregon labeling law vote count | Food issues | Scoop.it
Amid a recount of Oregon’s ballot initiative over labeling of genetically-modified foods, the pro-agribusiness contingent, known as the No on 92 Coalition, tried to illegally place out-of-state election observers in at least four counties, opponents say.
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