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Owen Paterson set to scupper EU plans to ban pesticides linked to bee harm

Owen Paterson set to scupper EU plans to ban pesticides linked to bee harm | Food issues | Scoop.it
Environment secretary not expected to support proposal despite poll showing almost three-quarters of the UK public wants ban
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When an environmental decision so completely ignores both science and public sentiment, government shows its true colours - painted by corporate interests.

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NBC News: Farmers near 'survival mode' in Central Valley

NBC News: Farmers near 'survival mode' in Central Valley | Food issues | Scoop.it
Water allocations will likely limit crop planting.
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California is a major contributor to food security in North America. The consequences of this drought will affect everyone.

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Alan Yoshioka's curator insight, Today, 3:36 PM

we really NEED to get indoor farms going ...

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American Kids Are Eating Less Fast Food, New Health Information Shows

American Kids Are Eating Less Fast Food, New Health Information Shows | Food issues | Scoop.it
New findings published in JAMA Pediatrics show that children may be eating less of their favorite fast-food goodies, ranging from chicken nuggets to burgers and fries.
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Dan Barber Rescues Discarded Food with WastED at Blue Hill - The New Yorker

Dan Barber Rescues Discarded Food with WastED at Blue Hill - The New Yorker | Food issues | Scoop.it
A pop-up restaurant in the West Village finds new uses for edibles we would normally throw out.
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"Cow-Free Milk": A False Solution to Industry Agriculture

"Cow-Free Milk": A False Solution to Industry Agriculture | Food issues | Scoop.it
Muufri milk is made using synthetic technology, sometimes referred to as GMO 2.0.
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pdeppisch's comment, March 29, 12:26 PM
I guess I am a grouchy old man - but I do think we are pushing the envelope and as soon as we can make synthetic food the problem of hunger will be solved! Or will it be? Somehow unintended consequences always gets the last laugh!
Cathryn Wellner's comment, March 29, 12:56 PM
Long live grouchy old men - and real food!
pdeppisch's comment, March 29, 1:41 PM
:)
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Is it OK to eat moldy food?

Is it OK to eat moldy food? | Food issues | Scoop.it
You’re famished for a bit of cheese, but you notice a blue spot on the chunk of cheddar in your fridge. Is it OK to slice off the bad...
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This is an easy, helpful guide

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pdeppisch's comment, March 29, 11:59 AM
I have always wanted to know why I can eat blue cheese but not moldy stuff. And not that I like blue cheese. LOL
Cathryn Wellner's comment, March 29, 12:01 PM
The one blue cheese I really like is Cambozola, and since it's a combination of Camembert and Gorgonzola, it's on the don't-eat list if it gets moldy. Wouldn't you know!?
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Animal abuse breaks law; now, trying to expose it does, too

Animal abuse breaks law; now, trying to expose it does, too | Food issues | Scoop.it
NEW YORK — An undercover video taped in 2012 showed Idaho dairy workers beating cows, prompting criminal convictions. State lawmakers responded -- by banning undercover videos.
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Heinz And Kraft: Before They Were Food Giants, They Were Men

Heinz And Kraft: Before They Were Food Giants, They Were Men | Food issues | Scoop.it
Henry Heinz was big into pickles before ketchup came along. James Kraft gave the world American cheese. (Ironically, he was Canadian.) Now, two companies that revamped how we eat will become one.
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A little history of your mac and cheese and ketchup

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Trevor Hancock: Portion size: The elephant in the room

By now, everybody knows we are in the midst of an epidemic of overweight and obesity in Canada and around the world. There is a horrifying series of maps showing the rate of obesity spreading like . . .
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And guess who is responsible for the astonishing increases in portion sizes?

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Could CETA mean genetically modified apples from Canada exported to Europe?

Could CETA mean genetically modified apples from Canada exported to Europe? | Food issues | Scoop.it
There is a process within CETA that would promote regulatory harmonization and address non-tariff barriers that could allow the export of genetically modified apples into Europe.
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Food Industry Money Talks, and It Says Coke and Kraft Singles Are Healthy

Food Industry Money Talks, and It Says Coke and Kraft Singles Are Healthy | Food issues | Scoop.it
Everyone in the food industry is paying for endorsements from nutrition experts.
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This is not something new so it is good to see attention being paid to it.

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Peruvian farmer demands climate compensation from German company

Peruvian farmer demands climate compensation from German company | Food issues | Scoop.it
RWE asked to pay for costs of protecting home lying in the floodpath of a glacial lake as its historical emissions caused glacial retreat in the Andes
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This may be the only way to force corporations to acknowledge their responsibility toward the planet.

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Are parents or marketers responsible for children’s health and does advertising work?

Are parents or marketers responsible for children’s health and does advertising work? | Food issues | Scoop.it

Last week the Heart Foundation ACT released a damning audit revealing that four out of five food and beverage advertisements targeted at children feature unhealthy products. It lists the venues where children are exposed to this messaging: next to our schools, in our hospitals, on the sports fields, at the local shops and on our bus shelters. It proves that junk food advertising is persistent, pervasive and persuasive.

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Australia's marketers aren't the only ones making it challenging for parents to monitor what their children eat - and what they nag for.

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This fast-food-loving, organics-hating Ivy League prof will trick you into eating better

This fast-food-loving, organics-hating Ivy League prof will trick you into eating better | Food issues | Scoop.it
His number one tip: It's not about the food—it's about your surroundings.
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Company launches sustainability website about “the real dirt on real food”

Company launches sustainability website about “the real dirt on real food” | Food issues | Scoop.it
NEW YORK >> Rodale Inc., the world’s leading healthy lifestyle media company, announced the launch of EatClean.com, the nation’s first media outlet solely devoted to covering today’s wildly
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How America’s most famous farmer can appeal to left, right and center

How America’s most famous farmer can appeal to left, right and center | Food issues | Scoop.it
When Joel Salatin speaks about sustainable food, people listen. Even if they don’t agree on anything else.
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Amid Pollution Problems, China's Health Food Industry Blossoms

Amid Pollution Problems, China's Health Food Industry Blossoms | Food issues | Scoop.it
At first glance, the World Health Store seems like any other health nut’s paradise: Shelves are cramped neck-high with supplement bars, whey protein for bodybuilders, Nature’s Bounty Evening Primrose Oil and Navitas Naturals Chia Powder. ...
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Corporations vs. communities: a tale of two meetings

Corporations vs. communities: a tale of two meetings | Food issues | Scoop.it
Corporations vs. communities: a tale of two meetings, March 2015 blog_post -- New Internationalist
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Paternalism vs local sovereignty - a contrast in world views

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What Junk-Food Ban? Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Are Back in Campus Vending Machines

What Junk-Food Ban? Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Are Back in Campus Vending Machines | Food issues | Scoop.it
Frito-Lay has reformulated the spicy cheese puffs to meet federal ‘smart snack’ guidelines.
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They'll pat themselves on the back until their arms are sore, but to label these a "Smart Snack" is dubious.

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Profile of an Urban Homesteader​

Profile of an Urban Homesteader​ | Food issues | Scoop.it
Urban homesteader Charlyn Ellis talks about her home 21st Street Urban Homestead and her food lifestyle.
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B.C. pedal power helps African farmers

B.C. pedal power helps African farmers | Food issues | Scoop.it
Two B.C brothers invented a bicycle powered grain mill that is now changing the lives of impoverished farmers in Africa
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pdeppisch's comment, March 26, 12:01 PM
Beautiful! We need more stuff like this! Thanks for posting this,
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china paves the way for a new definition of urban farming

china paves the way for a new definition of urban farming | Food issues | Scoop.it
in an age of exponential population growth and the constant transition of our cities, china reconfigures the relationship between agricultural and urban.
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Reilley Burrows's curator insight, March 31, 5:03 PM

Although this article was based off information from 2011, it holds powerful information on how major populated cities within China who have started to turn around their ecosystem and opted for a more sustainable life. Urban farming has boomed in major cities within China, and it was so efficient that they almost all exclusively sustained themselves with their local produce. Most of which were sold within 10km of the farm. They have better knowledge of what they produce as well as what they waste.

 

For example, in Shanghai they produced 100% of chicken, milk and eggs, 80% of vegetables and freshwater fish and 50% of pork. Now that’s some serious local farming which they should be extremely proud of. This of course was urban and rural farming, but citizens found themselves to become part of this movement. Think of how much better Canada’s ecosystem and trade would be if we opted for a movement targeted at strict organic, urban and rural farming. We would import less and potentially export more. Not only that but just like China, our cities would be greener, cleaner and the people happier. We would have a better understand of our waste, that being organic, and thus more responsible in the production and use of our energy.

 

Yes, it may sounds much easier than the reality, but if a country like China, holding 20% of the worlds population and start to make their changes there’s no reason we can’t start. There is no better way to sustain your economy than putting citizens money back into our country. I hope others in the class can see how important this is and hopefully start making little changes to their lives, a plant here, a crop there, banana tree? Why not try it out. 

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Sugar in food is poorly labeled, and the industry likes it that way

Sugar in food is poorly labeled, and the industry likes it that way | Food issues | Scoop.it
A wild animal is never more dangerous than when it is cornered. And Big Sugar is lashing out with all the sweet venom it can muster in response to the latest attacks on the iniquities of the American diet. These attacks are now seemingly coming from all directions.
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Do TV Cooking Shows Make Us Fat?

Do TV Cooking Shows Make Us Fat? | Food issues | Scoop.it
Women who cooked the meals they saw prepared on television weighed more, on average, than those who simply watched, a study shows. The findings challenge the notion that home cooking is always best.
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Interesting proposition, but the link is pretty tenuous.

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9 Beautiful Illustrations Explain The Coming Food Crisis

9 Beautiful Illustrations Explain The Coming Food Crisis | Food issues | Scoop.it
From urbanization to population growth, these are the issues we need to be thinking about now.
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Climate change could damage quality and raise cost of produce, study finds

Climate change could damage quality and raise cost of produce, study finds | Food issues | Scoop.it
Climate change could damage quality and raise cost of produce, study finds
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This Australian study has implications well beyond the borders of that island nation.

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