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Beef labeling rule is caught in bureaucratic limbo

Beef labeling rule is caught in bureaucratic limbo | Food issues | Scoop.it
A new labeling rule that food safety advocates say could prevent illnesses and save lives appears to be mired in White House bureaucracy. The proposal would require labels on steaks and other beef products that have been mechanically tenderized.
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Life on Mars? For Potatoes Maybe... | Cook Mix Mingle

Life on Mars? For Potatoes Maybe... | Cook Mix Mingle | Food issues | Scoop.it
Scientist are at it again with their attempts at growing food in outer space. This time Peruvian potatoes in soil taken from the Atacama Dessert.
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Good one, Cook Mix Mingle - interesting experiment. Watch for the outcome.

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Fewer than 1 in 25 Seattleites can really eat locally

Fewer than 1 in 25 Seattleites can really eat locally | Food issues | Scoop.it
A new study finds that urban crops in Seattle could only feed between 1 and 4 percent of the city's population, even if all viable backyard and public green spaces were converted to growing produce.
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La ferme de demain, écolo et prospère, existe déjà, nous l’avons visitée

La ferme de demain, écolo et prospère, existe déjà, nous l’avons visitée | Food issues | Scoop.it
She could have stayed a Breton farm like the others, and suffer the crisis, like the others. Yet, when he took over the family farm of Small-Chapelais Simonneaux Gilles turned to organic and diversified, intensified and when his neighbors were specialized. Guided visit with a farmer who has given meaning to his profession. Chavagne (Ille-et-Vilaine), reportage An avenue of fruit trees leads visitors to the courtyard lined with old stone buildings. The (...)



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There'll be more farms like this - and they can't come too soon.

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Raphael Souchier's curator insight, January 11, 1:13 PM

Agriculture: Demain, c'est déjà aujourd'hui.

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How antibiotics in our food system affect your health

How antibiotics in our food system affect your health | Food issues | Scoop.it
More than 70% of antibiotics sold in the U.S. are for food production animals.
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The FDA Just Banned These Chemicals in Food. Are They the Tip of the Iceberg?

The FDA Just Banned These Chemicals in Food. Are They the Tip of the Iceberg? | Food issues | Scoop.it
FDA banned three toxic food packaging chemicals and is considering banning seven cancer-causing food flavoring chemicals but food safety advocates say the process highlights flaws in the system.
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Don't stop now, FDA

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Eric Larson's curator insight, January 28, 9:50 PM

At least it is a start.

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MIND diet repeatedly ranked among best: Included seven times in U.S. News & World Report's 2016 'Best Diets'

MIND diet repeatedly ranked among best: Included seven times in U.S. News & World Report's 2016 'Best Diets' | Food issues | Scoop.it
A diet proven to lower the risk of Alzheimer's disease by as much as 53 percent in participants who adhered to the diet rigorously has also been ranked as the easiest diet to follow by U.S. News & World Report.
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No cheese? Sigh

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Agriculture is big threat to water quality. These farmers are doing something about it.

Agriculture is big threat to water quality. These farmers are doing something about it. | Food issues | Scoop.it
Agriculture, with its fertilizers, has emerged as the biggest threat to water quality in many parts of the US. Some farmers are trying new conservation strategies.
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Regent Park catering collective cooking up community profit

Regent Park catering collective cooking up community profit | Food issues | Scoop.it
A growing group of women are cooking up something profitable in Toronto's largest community housing project, and 2015 could be their biggest year yet.
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As we welcome newcomers to our countries, familiar foods will play an important role in making them feel at home.

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Alaska's Inuit Link Steady Food Supply to Environment Health

Alaska's Inuit Link Steady Food Supply to Environment Health | Food issues | Scoop.it
Alaska's Inuit Link Steady Food Supply to Environment Health
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Cathryn Wellner's comment, December 28, 2015 1:02 PM
Indigenous people around the globe are raising alarms - and mostly being ignored.
pdeppisch's comment, December 28, 2015 1:28 PM
And I totally expected that! We are ignoring scientists! We are ignoring the part of the population that is worried about climate change. We can't agree on fish quotas and in the meantime we kill all the fish. Japan keeps hunting whales for scientific research - my ass! When there is money to be made and jobs in an economic endeavour it will happen regardless of the destructive consequences!
Cathryn Wellner's comment, December 28, 2015 5:02 PM
We humans are not known for our commitment to the health of the planet, alas.
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10 Foods That Could Disappear Because of Climate Change

10 Foods That Could Disappear Because of Climate Change | Food issues | Scoop.it
Climate change is making the world a different place with more floods, droughts, wildfires, heat waves and other extreme weather events. Certain foods could disappear
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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, December 27, 2015 1:10 PM

Brace yourself: Here are 10 foods you’ll probably be sad to see go.

1. Guacamole
2. Apples
3. Beer
4. Rice and Beans
5. Seafood
6. Chocolate
7. Coffee
8. Peanut Butter
9. Wine
10. French Fries

Food may be one of the most apparent and immediate ways many of us will feel the impact of climate change. “The general story is that agriculture is sensitive,” said David Lobell, deputy director of the Center on Food Security and the Environment at Stanford University. “It’s not the end of the world, but it will be a big enough deal to be worth our concern.”

We certainly don’t need another reason to fight climate change. But a good one would be to save some of our favorite—and the world’s most important—foods from extinction.

 


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The only way to save your beloved bananas might be genetic engineering

The only way to save your beloved bananas might be genetic engineering | Food issues | Scoop.it
Yes, we may soon have no bananas, thanks to a nasty fungus.
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Crab pots lie empty, boats idled as toxic algae stalls a San Francisco tradition

Crab pots lie empty, boats idled as toxic algae stalls a San Francisco tradition | Food issues | Scoop.it
It was quiet on Pier 45. Crab pots were stacked neatly in rows. Idled fishing vessels bobbed at their berths. One of the few dock workers present made small talk on his cellphone. Another puttered by on an empty forklift.
It was just after dawn on a recent weekday. Larry Collins, a veteran of...
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Path cleared for massive shopping centre at Victoria Airport

Path cleared for massive shopping centre at Victoria Airport | Food issues | Scoop.it
The Agricultural Land Commission gave the green light to exclude 10 acres of its land on the Sidney side of the airport.
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Because the loonie isn't dropping to historic lows, soil isn't being degraded, bees aren't dying, and everyone has plenty of food???

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Eric Larson's curator insight, January 28, 9:47 PM

How long do we abuse our environment?

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Growing Doubt: A Scientist's Experience with GMOs

Growing Doubt: A Scientist's Experience with GMOs | Food issues | Scoop.it
According to Dr. Jonathan Latham, there are many shortcomings on GMO risk assessments, and companies have developed ways of fudging their risk assessments.

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An intriguing and informative video interview with Dr. Jonathan Latham of the University of Wisconsin, who says the risk assessment process employed by large seed and chemical companies is "severely flawed" and violates basic scientific principles.  Dr. Latham adds that "transgenes used to develop commercial transgendered plants may produce harmful and potentially flawed toxic results."  Latham, who has a master's degree in crops and a PhD in plant virology, believes there are many shortcomings in GMO risk studies--enough risk to proceed cautiously in any GMO project.  Aloha, Russ.

Eric Larson's curator insight, January 28, 9:48 PM

What are our real risk assessments?

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Campbell Soup supports legislation establishing GMO labeling standard

Campbell Soup supports legislation establishing GMO labeling standard | Food issues | Scoop.it
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Campbell Soup says it now supports mandatory national labelling for products containing
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Eric Larson's curator insight, January 28, 9:49 PM

GMO labelling?

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America's food system could be even more vulnerable than we thought

America's food system could be even more vulnerable than we thought | Food issues | Scoop.it
New research quantifies the devastating impact of extreme weather on essential crops.
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Canadians are watching food prices soar because of the low Canadian dollar. Things are going to get a lot worse.

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One crop, two ways, multiple benefits: Pulse crop adds long-term nitrogen, carbon to soil

One crop, two ways, multiple benefits: Pulse crop adds long-term nitrogen, carbon to soil | Food issues | Scoop.it
Recently published research demonstrates the effects of using faba beans in two different ways to increase soil health in Canadian soils. This research has multiple benefits: saving money on the cost of fertilizer, and reducing the chances that excess nitrogen fertilizer will run off into nearby water bodies.
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Food and soil health - great combination

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EPA says pesticide harms bees in some cases

EPA says pesticide harms bees in some cases | Food issues | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON (AP) — A major pesticide harms honeybees when used on cotton and citrus but not on other big crops like corn, berries and tobacco, the Environmental Protection Agency found. It's the first scientific risk assessment of the much-debated class of pesticides called neonicotinoids and how they affect bees on a chronic long-term basis. The EPA found in some cases the chemical didn't harm bees or their hives but in other cases it posed a significant risk. It mostly depended on the crop, a nuanced answer that neither clears the way for an outright ban nor is a blanket go-ahead for continued use. Both the pesticide maker and anti-pesticide advocates were unhappy with report. The issue is important because honeybees are in trouble and they do more than make honey. 

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A West Virginia Family Leaves Coal for Local Food—And Wants to Help Others Do the Same

A West Virginia Family Leaves Coal for Local Food—And Wants to Help Others Do the Same | Food issues | Scoop.it
In a place where coal’s legacy has left residents struggling, one family has a vision of a healthier future.
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2015 was a banner year for vegetarians - The Portland Press Herald

2015 was a banner year for vegetarians - The Portland Press Herald | Food issues | Scoop.it
The pope, The New York Times, Miley Cyrus – seemingly everyone says eat less meat.
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Big Think: Making Food Waste a Social Taboo

Big Think: Making Food Waste a Social Taboo | Food issues | Scoop.it
Dana Gunders, a scientist with the NRDC, wants to make throwing out perfectly good food as unacceptable as littering.
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Wild bees on the decline in key US agricultural ecosystems – study

Wild bees on the decline in key US agricultural ecosystems – study | Food issues | Scoop.it
Researchers point to concerns over pesticides as diseases as bee numbers drop while farmland requiring the pollinators increases
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Wild bees on the decline in key US agricultural ecosystems – study

Wild bees on the decline in key US agricultural ecosystems – study | Food issues | Scoop.it
Researchers point to concerns over pesticides as diseases as bee numbers drop while farmland requiring the pollinators increases
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The West Coast Groundfish Recovery: The Best Fish News You Haven’t Heard Yet

The West Coast Groundfish Recovery: The Best Fish News You Haven’t Heard Yet | Food issues | Scoop.it
By 2000, most of the groundfish on the West Coast was gone. Here's how environmentalists and fishermen worked together to bring it back.By 2000, most of the groundfish on the West Coast was gone. Here's how environmentalists and fishermen worked together to bring it back.
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