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Local food, sustainability among Canadian restaurants' top trends

Variety is the hottest trend in Canadian restaurants this year, according to CRFA’s annual survey of Canadian chefs. Chefs identified trends from all over the menu.

 
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Prescription food: Veggies make house calls

Prescription food: Veggies make house calls | Food issues | Scoop.it

We all know that eating more fruits and vegetables leads to better health. But what if your doctor could actually write a prescription for healthier food?

Zenger Farm, in partnership with Multnomah County Health Department and the National College of Natural Medicine, is taking the first step toward that dream with a pilot program to offer what they are calling Prescription Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA).

“I would rather see health care in the grocery store than in the pharmacy,” says the Southeast Portland urban farm’s Program Director David Perry.

Many of the details of the program are being worked out, but by next June around 40 patients will begin receiving their share of produce from local farms. The weekly harvest varies with the season and with the farm, but Zenger Farm’s shares aim to feed a family of four, so the patients’ families will see benefits too.

 
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Slow Money & the new Beetcoin | Green Money Journal

Slow Money & the new Beetcoin | Green Money Journal | Food issues | Scoop.it

As of mid-2014, over $38 million has flowed into small food enterprises in the U.S., Canada, France and Switzerland, via 21 local networks and 13 investment clubs. Our first BEETCOIN campaign began October 1 and will end November 12, at Slow Money 2014 Gathering in Louisville, KY where 21 entrepreneurs will be presenting on stage and the two top vote getters will share BEETCOIN proceeds. More details on the event at- http://slowmoney.org/national-gathering/2014/home

 
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Does Halloween Candy Contribute to Climate Change And Destroy the Environment?

Does Halloween Candy Contribute to Climate Change And Destroy the Environment? | Food issues | Scoop.it
An ingredient in your Halloween candy might be very bad for the environment.
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Resistance to healthy school lunches reveals larger problem

Resistance to healthy school lunches reveals larger problem | Food issues | Scoop.it
Students throw away millions of dollars worth food in schools each year, but it's a fraction of what the rest of the country wastes - a signal of a more complex issue.
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Why narratives are more powerful than ideas

Why narratives are more powerful than ideas | Food issues | Scoop.it
There is an enormous amount of whining these days about our ideological debates. This gets the problem wrong. Ideological debates are fought over ideas, but politics is more often about competing stories, or, as the eggheads call them, "narratives."
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Challenging the Dominant Narrative

Challenging the Dominant Narrative | Food issues | Scoop.it

Nobody can deny that the oceans and the marine resources they contain are in trouble, but the steady stream of news stories about collapsing oceans misses important details about a more complex story of ecology and political power.

 

A combination of responses is being presented by governments, major international organizations and the big industry players as THE solution to the problems: no-take marine protected areas, privatization of fishing rights, aquaculture. But this dominant narrative is being challenged by Slow Food’s Slow Fish network, which is currently meeting at Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre

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‘Silent revolution’ in biotech farming is overtaking GM, says Greenpeace

‘Silent revolution’ in biotech farming is overtaking GM, says Greenpeace | Food issues | Scoop.it
‘Silent revolution’ in biotech farming is overtaking GM, says Greenpeace
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Many Gluten-Free Products Break Health Canada Rules

Going gluten-free? You’re not the only one. Celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow and Miley Cyrus are aglow about the benefits of a gluten-free diet, and millions of Canadians are eating it up. But researchers say there isn’t much science...
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NewStream Farm Animal Care: Meristem Land & Science

NewStream Farm Animal Care: Meristem Land & Science | Food issues | Scoop.it
Delivering what you need to now in farm animal care today.
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8 Impossible Choices People Who Can't Afford Food Make Every Day

8 Impossible Choices People Who Can't Afford Food Make Every Day | Food issues | Scoop.it
Hunger in the U.S. is on the rise, with one in seven people turning to Feeding America to get help, a new report concluded.

In its recent study on the growing problem, Feeding America -- which helps people in need through its network of food bank...
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Loving Local: Place, Economy and Community

Loving Local: Place, Economy and Community | Food issues | Scoop.it
By Judy Wicks A block of brownstone row houses in West Philadelphia became my place in the world – a place where I aspired to start a business, raise a family, and help build a strong and joyful co...
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Hey Men, Stay Away From That Greasy, Greasy Burger

Hey Men, Stay Away From That Greasy, Greasy Burger | Food issues | Scoop.it
Anyone who's ever watched a young male athlete chow down fast food might be surprised by the findings of a new study conducted on mice fed a high-fat diet, in which the males were more likely to develop brain inflammation and heart disease than the f...
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Think you’re eating healthy? You’re probably not. - The Boston Globe

Think you’re eating healthy? You’re probably not.  - The Boston Globe | Food issues | Scoop.it
We’re lingering over breakfast at the Kendall Hotel when we notice a man watching us. He looks distinguished, not creepy, so we get back to our food. My tablemates finish their meals — plates of fruit and bowls of oatmeal. I dig into some scrambled eggs with a side of melon half-moons.
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Update: Gatorade’s ‘War on Water’ Dampened by NY Attorney General

Update: Gatorade’s ‘War on Water’ Dampened by NY Attorney General | Food issues | Scoop.it
Back in January, I called out Gatorade’s Bolt! mobile game, which told young players to “Keep Your Performance Level High by Avoiding Water.” The game had players maneuver Olympian Usain Bolt’s character through a course in the fastest time possible, gathering Gatorade along the way and avoiding drops of water. Now, thanks to New York... Read More
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Interview With Tanya Fields: Urban Farming and Food Sovereignty Activist

Interview With Tanya Fields: Urban Farming and Food Sovereignty Activist | Food issues | Scoop.it
Tanya Fields, named the Eco-Warrior of the Food System, discusses how she came to be an urban farming and food sovereignty activist working to empower women and change the food landscape in the underserved neighborhoods of New York City.
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How Many Pull-Ups Does It Takes To Burn Off This Drumstick?

How Many Pull-Ups Does It Takes To Burn Off This Drumstick? | Food issues | Scoop.it
You may want to reconsider eating that Big Mac for lunch, unless of course you feel like doing lunges for 57 minutes straight afterwards.

In a quiz-like video by Buzzfeed titled "You vs. Junk Food," the site goes through common fast foo...
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Why Do GMOs Matter? Let Bill Nye Explain. {Video}

Why Do GMOs Matter? Let Bill Nye Explain. {Video} | Food issues | Scoop.it
So, what's the problem now? It sounds like we've been GMO-ing things all over the place ever since we've been human. But...
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Sticky Situation: A Halloween Trick for Children With Allergies

Sticky Situation: A Halloween Trick for Children With Allergies | Food issues | Scoop.it
For many young Canadian witches, goblins and monsters, Halloween is not about a trick or a treat, it is a about a threat. One that could affect their entire livelihood. The scary part is that there is no cure for allergic reactions. Avoidance of the ...
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Amidst Public Controversy China Debates GMO Development

Amidst Public Controversy China Debates GMO Development | Food issues | Scoop.it
Among other recent safety scandals, China is also handling public concern regarding the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food.  China already has a big stake in this area, because it has devoted considerable resources to the research and development of GMOs.  However, it has hesitated to embrace permissions [...]
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Eye in the Sky - Cornucopia Institute

Eye in the Sky - Cornucopia Institute | Food issues | Scoop.it
Cornucopia’s Aerial Photography Investigates Factory Farm Cheating by Will Fantle Chino Valley’s poultry operation in Texas is estimated to confine hundred
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7 things McDonald’s really wants you to forget

7 things McDonald’s really wants you to forget | Food issues | Scoop.it
The fast-food giant has a checkered history of abusing the environment -- and its workers
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Tim Nesbitt: No-browning apples, super-sized salmon and the case for GMO labeling

The fruits of the new tree of knowledge don't come with a label. They should. Measure 92 will make that happen and, over time, give consumers the market power to shape its branches to more beneficial purposes.
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The Midwest's vast farms are losing a ton of money this year

The Midwest's vast farms are losing a ton of money this year | Food issues | Scoop.it
And you're going to pay much of the difference. Is there a better way?
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Tom Philpott always has interesting insights into the U.S. food system. This time he questions the commodity system.

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High North food crisis

High North food crisis | Food issues | Scoop.it
Global warming could trigger a food crisis in the High North with hunters' ability to live of the land threatened due to melting ice and migrating species.
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Pesticides 'threaten shellfish industry'

Pesticides 'threaten shellfish industry' | Food issues | Scoop.it
The failure of Government departments to regulate fish farm-used pesticides is continuing to threaten shellfish and inshore fishing industries, along with marine wildlife, in West Cork.
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