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7 food trends of 2015 that embrace health and sustainability

7 food trends of 2015 that embrace health and sustainability | Food issues | Scoop.it
Some years see food fads that bring shudders to the green- and salubrious-inclined, but 2015 has ushered in some fashionable noshes that we can live with.
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Canadian taste test: Do we like it salty or sweet?

Canadian taste test: Do we like it salty or sweet? | Food issues | Scoop.it

What tastes and flavours are particularly appealing to Canadians, that could set us apart from other nationalities? 

Let's start with salt, and Canadians' reputation for loving salty food.

Canadians do eat a great deal of salt — too much, as health experts keep telling us.

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The picture is far more complex and interesting than we might expect.

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Why the 'I ate junk food and turned out fine' argument doesn't work

Why the 'I ate junk food and turned out fine' argument doesn't work | Food issues | Scoop.it

Over the past 50 years, many medical advances have made it easier for people to survive heart attacks, treat high blood pressure and manage elevated cholesterol. We have surgeries, medicines and treatments that once weren't available. Sounds good, doesn't it? So why do Americans have a shorter life expectancy than people in most high-income countries?

 
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In the war over GMO labeling, Big Food loses the PR battle | Al Jazeera America

In the war over GMO labeling, Big Food loses the PR battle | Al Jazeera America | Food issues | Scoop.it
Food industry efforts to quash labeling initiatives further hurt genetically modified foods' image
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7 sugary foods that are pretending to be healthy

7 sugary foods that are pretending to be healthy | Food issues | Scoop.it
Don’t listen to the package hype: many processed foods are way too high in added sugars.
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51 Healthy Food Items That Cost Under $1

51 Healthy Food Items That Cost Under $1 | Food issues | Scoop.it
Sure, you can spend a lot to eat healthy, but you can also spend a ton of money on a very unhealthy diet. I've always noticed that the food we should be eating the most of (according to the good old USDA) - things like grains, legumes, fruits and veggies - happen to cost less on a per-pound basis than the food that's bad for us, at least in large quantities (red meat, fatty dairy products, processed foods, etc.).
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There might be something else in your milk besides milk

There might be something else in your milk besides milk | Food issues | Scoop.it
Dairy cows get treated with a variety of medications to help them fight illness, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has yet to release the results of its inquiry – started more than four yea...
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E. coli: Inside Alberta's 2014 outbreak

E. coli: Inside Alberta's 2014 outbreak | Food issues | Scoop.it
It was the biggest E. coli outbreak in Alberta's history. How was it stopped? What was the culprit? Find out in this interactive timeline.
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Dietary guidelines panel suggests tax on sugary foods

Dietary guidelines panel suggests tax on sugary foods | Food issues | Scoop.it
A tax on sugary drinks and snacks is one way a government panel of nutrition experts thinks Americans can be coaxed into eating better.
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Renata Hill's comment, February 24, 8:05 PM
Agree. Plus, I bet the sugar lobby is much bigger than I (we?) realize.
Cathryn Wellner's comment, February 24, 8:09 PM
Have you read the new U.S. dietary guidelines? I've only read about them, but it's encouraging to see the environment factored in.
Renata Hill's comment, February 24, 8:28 PM
I have not, but yes, it is.
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Marion Nestle, author of Food Politics, on what really drives eating in America.

The author of "Food Politics" discusses America's new food guidelines, what they mean, and how they could shape the future of food.
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Why eating late at night messes with your head

Why eating late at night messes with your head | Food issues | Scoop.it
That dinner you’ve been putting off until late at night or bowl of ice cream you can’t resist before bedtime could mess with your head....
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Will A Move Away From A Health Message Be Good For McDonald's Shareholders?

Will A Move Away From A Health Message Be Good For McDonald's Shareholders? | Food issues | Scoop.it
Taking a marketing about face, in its latest round of ads McDonald’s has decided to buck the healthy food trend that has been cited as one reason competitors like Chipotle Mexican Grill and Chick-fil-A have been performing well. Unlike recent ad campaigns that focused on its healthier options or tried [...]
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Big Food will never be as interested in our health as they are in profits, but our poor diets are a drain on the health system. That's why government has a regulatory role to play in this like school-food guidelines. When food industry reps promise voluntary compliance with dietary guidelines, what they really are saying is, "as long as they don't compromise our profits."

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Living Near Walmart Is Why You're Fat

Living Near Walmart Is Why You're Fat | Food issues | Scoop.it
America's love affair with big box stores matches up with its expanding waistlines.
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The Fiber Bar: a Food That Deludes - US News

The Fiber Bar: a Food That Deludes - US News | Food issues | Scoop.it
The problem: They reinforce delusional thinking that we can somehow have our cake (literally) and eat it too.
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Distorting Nutrition Facts To Generate Buzz

Distorting Nutrition Facts To Generate Buzz | Food issues | Scoop.it
In mid-February, the government released a scientific report that will shape its 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Think of it as America's basic nutrition policy. Most people who read the report would have viewed it as a snore; not much has changed.

Yes, the report lifted the longstanding advice to limit cholesterol in foods. That boils down to dropping advice to limit egg yolks. Liver is high in cholesterol, but rarely eaten. Shrimp is high in cholesterol, but so low in saturated fat -- the prime driver of high blood cholesterol -- that its cholesterol hardly matters.
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The War on Genetically-Modified-Food Critics: Et tu, National Geographic?

The War on Genetically-Modified-Food Critics: Et tu, National Geographic? | Food issues | Scoop.it
The consensus on the safety of GM food is perfectly clear: there is no consensus.
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School Food Problems are American Food Problems

School Food Problems are American Food Problems | Food issues | Scoop.it
The biggest problem with school food isn't that it's too healthy, or that students are being offered too little. The biggest problem is that industry is feeding our kids, and we're letting it happen....
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Confessions of a Nanny-State Food Cop: The Truth about Public Health

Confessions of a Nanny-State Food Cop: The Truth about Public Health | Food issues | Scoop.it
I’m not really sure when I first started hating freedom. Ever since I can remember, I’ve loved controlling people, interfering with their lives, and keeping them ...
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Aussie actor gets sugar rush from low-fat health foods

Aussie actor gets sugar rush from low-fat health foods | Food issues | Scoop.it
SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian actor who set out to expose hidden sugar in health food said he gained 8.5 kg (19 lb) and a paunch after a 60-day low-fat diet, including yoghurt, cereal, muesli bars and
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US force feeds GM crops to African nations, says new report - Friends of the earth international

US force feeds GM crops to African nations, says new report - Friends of the earth international | Food issues | Scoop.it

“The US, the world's top producer of GM crops, is seeking new markets for American GM crops in Africa. The US administration's strategy consists of assisting African nations to produce biosafety laws that promote agribusiness interests instead of protecting Africans from the potential threats of GM crops,” said Haidee Swanby from the African Centre for Biosafety, which authored the report commissioned by Friends of the Earth International.

 

The new report also exposes how agribusiness giant Monsanto influences biosafety legislation in African countries, gains regulatory approval for its product, and clears the path for products such as GM maize (corn).

 
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Under the guise of feeding the hungry, U.S. corporations undermine local economies and agriculture.

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Farms of Tomorrow, Today - Modern Farmer

Farms of Tomorrow, Today - Modern Farmer | Food issues | Scoop.it
A look into Tex Avery's absurd conception of farming in the future.
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Over-the-top fun. Oranges with coats, anyone?

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Only agroecology can tackle the global food and health crisis

Only agroecology can tackle the global food and health crisis | Food issues | Scoop.it
The recently published Global Nutrition Report shows almost all countries face high levels of malnutrition and diet-based ill-health, writes Julia Wright. This reveals deep problems with the dominant industrial model of food production, and the need for new agroecological approaches to feeding the world.
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To save orcas, we must save salmon

To save orcas, we must save salmon | Food issues | Scoop.it
Saving our region’s salmon is key to helping Puget Sound’s endangered resident killer whales.
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Inside the food industry: the surprising truth about what you eat

Inside the food industry: the surprising truth about what you eat | Food issues | Scoop.it
Inside the food industry: the surprising truth about what you eat
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Surprising??? Not really!!!

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Everything You Need to Know About Vegetable Gardening in One Graphic | Over Grow The System

Printable version here: http://www.anglianhome.co.uk/.../Vegetable-growing-cheat... ***The guy who wrote this, Brett James, lives in Liverpool so the planting dates are for that region of England. The dates aren't the same but all the other info should transfer. If ya want to know the planting dates for the US, go to http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/ Enter your zip code and find your growing zone. Then look on the back of the seed packets to find out the dates to plant those particular
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Great guide for both yards and patios.

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