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'Seeds' gets right to the root of how global warming affects food supply

'Seeds' gets right to the root of how global warming affects food supply | Food issues | Scoop.it
Although it may not be the most vivid or exciting subject for cinematic exploration, the documentary "Seeds of Time" offers a vital, clear-headed look at the effects of climate change on global food security. Still, one suspects the film will likely preach to the converted instead of enlightening the science skeptics and political naysayers, largely under-discussed here, who might most benefit from a viewing.
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The Not-So-Obvious Reason This Country Is Banning Food Waste

The Not-So-Obvious Reason This Country Is Banning Food Waste | Food issues | Scoop.it
Think Progress: This Country Just Banned Grocery Stores From Throwing Out Food

How can countries cut down on food waste? Donate it instead of throwing it out.

That's what France is trying, Think
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Congratulations, France, for taking the lead on food waste.

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Banning neonics will have smaller impact on agriculture than industry estimates: leaked draft report

Banning neonics will have smaller impact on agriculture than industry estimates: leaked draft report | Food issues | Scoop.it
Banning neonics will have a minimal effect on corn and soybean yields, an internal federal government draft report shows.
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Women and Biodiversity Feed the World, Not Corporations and GMOs | BillMoyers.com

Women and Biodiversity Feed the World, Not Corporations and GMOs | BillMoyers.com | Food issues | Scoop.it
Biodiverse, ecological agriculture in the hands of women is a solution not just to the malnutrition crisis, but also the climate crisis.
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Forget chemotherapy — try some genetically modified lettuce to fight your colon cancer

Forget chemotherapy — try some genetically modified lettuce to fight your colon cancer | Food issues | Scoop.it
Genetically modified foods are a major political issue, but what if scientists told you they could cure cancer? New research suggests that inserting specific genes known to fight cancer into plant material could be an effective tool to eradicate the disease in certain people.
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Money is the challenge to fresh, healthy food in schools: association

Money is the challenge to fresh, healthy food in schools: association | Food issues | Scoop.it
The province's school lunch association says the biggest challenge to getting fresh produce in schools is funding.
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Without access to water, there can be no food security | Lyla Mehta

Without access to water, there can be no food security | Lyla Mehta | Food issues | Scoop.it
A new report on water for food security and nutrition shows how land, food and water issues are inextricably linked. This must be reflected in policymaking
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Our food system is still a toxic mess: Mark Bittman on changing the way America eats

Our food system is still a toxic mess: Mark Bittman on changing the way America eats | Food issues | Scoop.it
The New York Times columnist talks to Salon about food, justice and demanding change
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Eben Lenderking's curator insight, May 26, 6:12 AM

Amazing that the US has both led the creation of the mess and is now leading the way out of it.

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What happens when a family eats only organic food for two weeks?

What happens when a family eats only organic food for two weeks? | Food issues | Scoop.it
A Swedish family has eaten only organic food for two weeks as part of a study conducted by The Swedish Environmental Research Institute. The study – commissioned by Swedish supermarket chain Coop – saw the family dramatically change its diet, with impressive results. A video about the study introduced the family of five, with mother Anette explaining why they typically didn’t eat organic food. "It costs more than conventional food and we’re a big family," she said in the video.
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Eben Lenderking's curator insight, May 26, 6:10 AM

Thankfully in Italy, organic food is relatively easy to come by.

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Healthy diet tied to lower risk of cognitive decline

Healthy diet tied to lower risk of cognitive decline | Food issues | Scoop.it
Foods such as fruits, fish and soy products may help to maintain memory over time in people at high risk of cardiovascular disease
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760kg of vegetables grown in community gardens, schools donated to those in need

760kg of vegetables grown in community gardens, schools donated to those in need | Food issues | Scoop.it
250 low-income families received one kilogramme of vegetables together with groceries, while another 250 kilogrammes were distributed to voluntary welfare organisations in the area. The remaining vegetables will be donated to other low-income residents in the GRC.
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Water Scarcity Threatens Major Food Companies, But Few Are Tackling The Challenge

Water Scarcity Threatens Major Food Companies, But Few Are Tackling The Challenge | Food issues | Scoop.it
Most major food companies recognize the risk drought and water scarcity pose to their businesses, but few are actively working to cut water use.
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As Millennials demand better meals, Big Food shifts to keep up

As Millennials demand better meals, Big Food shifts to keep up | Food issues | Scoop.it
Tyson Foods announced this week it will eliminate human antibiotics from its chickens by 2017, following announcements by McDonald's, Kraft, and Chipotle.
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One more reason to have hope for future generations

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Sharon Lezberg's curator insight, May 5, 9:51 AM

Will changes in consumption patterns change the food industry? Keep in mind that these corporations exist for profit, and they want to capture market share. The key to reforming food systems is local enterprise and local control.

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James Beard Awards Takeaway: Good Food is on the Move in the Culinary Community

James Beard Awards Takeaway: Good Food is on the Move in the Culinary Community | Food issues | Scoop.it
The glamour of the annual James Beard Foundation Awards, held earlier this month in Chicago, has subsided. So it’s timely to assess what the event meant for the Good Food movement. The bottom line ...
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Kudos to the fine chefs who are making a difference, not only to the culinary world but to those who care about good food grown/raised/processed with healthy practices.

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French supermarkets required to give all unsold food to charity

French supermarkets required to give all unsold food to charity | Food issues | Scoop.it
French legislation voted in yesterday will require supermarkets to donate all unsold, edible food to charity in a bid to cut food waste.
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Globally about 40% of food is wasted. The French are trying to reduce that shocking percentage.

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Fliss Clooney's curator insight, May 29, 7:41 AM

A major step forward :)

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Science Explains Why Airline Food Tastes Not-So-Great

Science Explains Why Airline Food Tastes Not-So-Great | Food issues | Scoop.it
It has to do with the dry cabin air
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Maybe some encouragement for those who travel a lot and eat airline food.

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61% of Your Calories Are From Highly Processed Food: Study

61% of Your Calories Are From Highly Processed Food: Study | Food issues | Scoop.it
Most of the foods we buy are highly processed and loaded with sugar, fat and salt
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Gardening in a polluted paradise: Is it safe?

Gardening in a polluted paradise: Is it safe? | Food issues | Scoop.it
Researchers have looked into how vegetables take up different soil contaminants. They also considered how different gardening practices could reduce this uptake. They found that, in the majority of examples, eating vegetables grown in the contaminated soils studied was safe.
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GMO Oranges Come One Step Closer To Market

GMO Oranges Come One Step Closer To Market | Food issues | Scoop.it
The Environmental Protection Agency announced last week that it has given major Florida citrus grower Southern Gardens approval for large-scale field testing of citrus trees that have been genetically
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Consensus on caffeine: coffee is healthy, expert says

Consensus on caffeine: coffee is healthy, expert says | Food issues | Scoop.it
Take a deep whiff of that coffee and enjoy your first sip because it's good for you.
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How's that for good news for those of us who enjoy our daily coffee?

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Hooray!
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USDA develops new government label for GMO-free products

USDA develops new government label for GMO-free products | Food issues | Scoop.it
The Agriculture Department has developed a new government certification and labeling for foods that are free of genetically modified ingredients.
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Food industry 'responsibility deal' has little effect on health, study finds

Food industry 'responsibility deal' has little effect on health, study finds | Food issues | Scoop.it
Firms agreed to make their products healthier, for example by reducing amounts of salt, but few have done so, researchers say
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Reversing Climate Change: A Vision of an Organic Planet

Reversing Climate Change: A Vision of an Organic Planet | Food issues | Scoop.it
Mark Smallwood, executive director at Rodale Institute, claims that a global shift to regenerative organic agriculture can reverse climate change.
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The FAO has been calling for sustainable agriculture for a long time. Are governments listening?

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Hail to the Dandelion!

Hail to the Dandelion! | Food issues | Scoop.it

Little is more emblematic of our culture's dysfunctional relationship with Earth than our relationship with the dandelion. We spread cancer-causing, chemical toxins around our homes and public places to kill plants that produce healthy and delicious dark green leaves (and may also help cure cancer). Check on pesticide toxicities here. Meanwhile we eat store-bought dark green leaves (which are mostly water), packaged in plastic and grown 3,000 miles away in a state in its fourth year of serious drought.

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Thanks for this homage to one of my favourite spring flowers.

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Fliss Clooney's curator insight, May 14, 8:30 AM

Any excuse not to weed  is a good one :D

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Organic farming can reverse the agriculture ecosystem from a carbon source to a carbon sink

Organic farming can reverse the agriculture ecosystem from a carbon source to a carbon sink | Food issues | Scoop.it
Lessening GHG emissions tops the agenda of the world's sustainable development research today. Burning crop residues and excessive use of chemical fertilizers results in an enormous waste of biological resources, which further weakens the potential capacity of the agro-ecosystem as a carbon sink. Now researchers showed that replacing chemical fertilizer with organic manure significantly decreased the emission of GHGs. Organic farming can reverse the agriculture ecosystem from a carbon source to
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If you need an infusion of hope in the midst of all the grim news, read this.

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