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.
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.
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
Cathryn Wellner's insight:
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.
Based on a thorough review of the scientific evidence, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalized its determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not "generally recognized as safe" or GRAS for use in human food. Food manufacturers will have three years to remove PHOs from products.
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.
Séralini's latest paper is a thinly veiled attempt to address the consensus scientific criticism of his previous work, retracted by a mainstream journal and
Cathryn Wellner's insight:
Wherever you fall on the pro-, anti-, or on-the-fence side of GMO issues, this is worth reading. Scientists who came down hard on Séralini's paper were not just industry shills. Questioning each other's methods and results is a critical part of science.
Surprisingly few bee species are responsible for pollinating the planet's crops, a major international study finds. Only two percent of wild bee species pollinate 80 percent of bee-pollinated crops worldwide, the researchers suggest.
Crops grown in contaminated urban soils present little to no risk for people eating those crops when gardeners have followed best practices, a six-year study indicates. The findings are significant for urban and suburban gardeners, who according to a 2012 estimate from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provide about 15 percent of the world's food, much of that on vacant lands.
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