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Cuddle up to 'Frankenfish?' Author makes case for genetically-modified animals

Cuddle up to 'Frankenfish?' Author makes case for genetically-modified animals | Food issues | Scoop.it
A lot of people get squeamish at the thought of eating what some call 'frankenfish,' or other genetically-modified animals, but writer Emily Anthes tells KIRO Radio's Ross and Burbank Show that we should give it a chance.
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A Patch of the Bronx Where the Corn Is as High as a Cabdriver’s Eye

A Patch of the Bronx Where the Corn Is as High as a Cabdriver’s Eye | Food issues | Scoop.it
About 15 years ago, a group of cabdrivers started an urban farm in the Spuyten Duyvil neighborhood. They grow corn, beans and tomatoes.
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Latvia, Greece win opt-out from Monsanto GM crop

Latvia, Greece win opt-out from Monsanto GM crop | Food issues | Scoop.it
Monsanto said it would abide by Latvia's and Greece's requests under a new EU opt-out law to be excluded from its application to grow a genetically modified (GM) crop across the European Union, but
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How to feed the world, with a little kelp from our friends (the oceans)

How to feed the world, with a little kelp from our friends (the oceans) | Food issues | Scoop.it
Paul Dobbins' farm needs no pesticides, fertilizer, land, or water — we just have to learn to love seaweed.
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Eric Larson's curator insight, August 27, 9:21 AM

Kelp a good idea?

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Cleveland Clinic boots McDonalds from its food court

Cleveland Clinic boots McDonalds from its food court | Food issues | Scoop.it
The Cleveland Clinic is kicking McDonald's off its campus.
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Just walking the talk. More will follow suit.

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16 Campaigns that Reveal the REAL Cost of Food

16 Campaigns that Reveal the REAL Cost of Food | Food issues | Scoop.it
There is no such thing as cheap food. Environmental and health costs are not reflected in market prices for food, but rather, absorbed by people who suffer from diet-related diseases and citizens who pay for environmental cleanup.
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Hats off to these organizations pointing out the consequences of our food choices.

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Food crises to become more common as climate changes

Food crises to become more common as climate changes | Food issues | Scoop.it
The kind of food crises that helped spark the Arab Spring will occur every 30 years instead of every century thanks to climate change and population increases, according to a new report.
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Don't Worry, Honey, The Other Bees Have Your Back

Don't Worry, Honey, The Other Bees Have Your Back | Food issues | Scoop.it
Honeybees are major crop pollinators in the U.S., but they're in trouble. So researchers are now investigating how other bees could start picking up some of the slack.
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Better yet, let's investigate how we can get all the culprits undermining bees to safeguard honeybees - and that includes us consumers.

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Food insecurity ups health care costs: study

Food insecurity ups health care costs: study | Food issues | Scoop.it
People who lack for food need more medical care and cost Canada’s public health care system more, according to a recent study. Researchers say that proves that it makes fiscal sense to have social programs to ensure people have the money they need to buy food. Statistics suggest that some four million Canadians have some…
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We've known this for ages, but the public health system is continually asked to "prove" it. Time to stop "proving" and start acting. 

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Eric Larson's curator insight, August 17, 10:13 PM

Improving the poor's diets will reduce everyone's health care costs. 

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Health experts: Coca-Cola funds scientists with misleading message

Health experts: Coca-Cola funds scientists with misleading message | Food issues | Scoop.it
Coca-Cola is funneling millions of dollars to support a nonprofit organization that alleges that Americans should focus more on exercise for weight loss than diet, The New York Times reports.
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Eric Larson's curator insight, August 17, 10:14 PM

You can buy your scientist to prove your own point. Is that shocking?

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Chili peppers in diet linked to lower risk of death

Chili peppers in diet linked to lower risk of death | Food issues | Scoop.it
Eating spicy food frequently is linked to a lower risk of death in a Chinese study, adding heat to the debate on whether people should eat chilies for health benefits.
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How to grow more food with less water

How to grow more food with less water | Food issues | Scoop.it
Scientists and farmers collaborate on a quest for more efficient irrigation
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I grew up in southern Idaho, where we were watering crops with irrigation ditches. Now I live in the dry Okanagan Valley in B.C. Both areas still have a lot to do to become better water stewards.

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Kim Frye Housh's curator insight, August 5, 7:29 AM

I grew up in southern Idaho, where we were watering crops with irrigation ditches. Now I live in the dry Okanagan Valley in B.C. Both areas still have a lot to do to become better water stewards.

Kim Frye Housh's curator insight, August 5, 7:31 AM

I grew up in southern Idaho, where we were watering crops with irrigation ditches. Now I live in the dry Okanagan Valley in B.C. Both areas still have a lot to do to become better water stewards.

Alan Yoshioka's curator insight, August 5, 1:16 PM

I grew up in southern Idaho, where we were watering crops with irrigation ditches. Now I live in the dry Okanagan Valley in B.C. Both areas still have a lot to do to become better water stewards.

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GM organisms could trigger environmental disasters, say scientists

GM organisms could trigger environmental disasters, say scientists | Food issues | Scoop.it
A powerful new technique for generating “supercharged” genetically modified organisms that can spread rapidly in the wild has caused alarm among scientists who fear that it may be misused, accidentally or deliberately, and cause a health emergency or environmental disaster.
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On four continents, historic droughts wreak havoc

On four continents, historic droughts wreak havoc | Food issues | Scoop.it
California’s historic drought appears to be matched by severe dry spells on three other continents. Brazil, North Korea and South Africa are bearing the brunt of much-lower-than-average precipitation, wreaking
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It's simple. No water, no food. Less water, less food. What is not as simple is doing something about it, but we must.

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Food is Free in a City Near You | Civil Eats

Food is Free in a City Near You | Civil Eats | Food issues | Scoop.it
From Austin to Iowa City, a new kind of sharable community garden is springing up.
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More evidence of Roundup's link to kidney, liver damage

More evidence of Roundup's link to kidney, liver damage | Food issues | Scoop.it

Long-term exposure to tiny amounts of Roundup—thousands of times lower than what is permitted in U.S. drinking water—may lead to serious problems in the liver and kidneys, according to a new study.

The study looked at the function of genes in these organs and bolsters a controversial 2012 study that found rats exposed to small amounts of the herbicide Roundup in their drinking water had liver and kidney damage. 

 

It is the first to examine the impacts of chronic, low exposure of Roundup on genes in livers and kidneys and suggests another potential health impact for people and animals from the widely used weed killer.

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This is an important new story on the health effects of a commonly used pesticide.

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Local food movement rooted in relationships and values

Local food movement rooted in relationships and values | Food issues | Scoop.it
According to a new study, people are shopping farmers markets and joining food coops at record numbers because they enjoy knowing who grows their food. These so-called 'locavores' are also driven to eat locally grown produce and meat because their commitment to do so makes them feel a part of something greater than themselves -- a community that shares their passion for a healthy lifestyle and a sustainable environment.
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Eric Larson's curator insight, August 27, 8:55 AM

Do you shop at a farmer's market?

#FarmersMarket,  #FoodCoop, #CommunityFoodGrowing, #AgriculturalTrends.

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Does Eating Spicy Food Help You Live Longer?, Health Check - BBC World Service

Does Eating Spicy Food Help You Live Longer?, Health Check - BBC World Service | Food issues | Scoop.it
The new study that finds people who regularly eat spicy food have a lower risk of death.
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Here's the scoop behind those yummy spicy foods. If you don't have a half hour to listen, the quick answer is "yes", but it's worth hearing what the research has to say.

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Buy local, live healthy

Buy local, live healthy | Food issues | Scoop.it
There is a growing movement to buy local food – and Interior Health is working to keep the food it serves patients as local as possible.
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Hooray for Interior Health. I was one of many pushing for this, when I worked for the health authority between 2005 and 2008. I'm thrilled to see this and grateful to the amazing community nutritionists who never stopped working for this goal.

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Op-Ed: A New Prescription for the Health Care Industry? Fresh Food

Op-Ed: A New Prescription for the Health Care Industry? Fresh Food | Food issues | Scoop.it
Focusing on nutrition can improve outcomes and reduce readmissions.
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We get it in terms of our cars, but it's taken longer to accept that the fuel we take in affects the way our bodies run too.

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Eric Larson's curator insight, August 17, 10:09 PM

Fresh food for improved health? How outrageous!

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» Big Food and Public Health Research

» Big Food and Public Health Research | Food issues | Scoop.it

As an obesity researcher I have publicly grappled with the ethics of working with the food industry here on Obesity Panacea for several years.  Originally I had always leaned more towards the view of engaging with industry.  While I felt that people like Michele Simon and Yoni Freedhoff made good arguments against engaging with Big Food, I felt it was possible that the positive aspects of engagement (primarily in the form of money for research or other programs that might not be possible otherwise) outweighed their potential to do harm.

However, over the past few years I’ve gradually been pulled toward the views held by Yoni and Michele for 2 reasons:

Big Food seems willing to say or do just about anything to promote their own interests.Funding public health projects (including research) probably helps Big Food avoid meaningful regulation.
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It puzzles me that it has taken so many in health research and community nutrition and public health so long to grasp that Big Food does not, and never will, have the health interests of their customers as their priority. For those who still believe regulations are just another "nanny state" tactic, perhaps this one person's turnabout will help clarify the scope of the problem.

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Lack of proper access to food costs the health care system: study

Lack of proper access to food costs the health care system: study | Food issues | Scoop.it
People who have trouble putting food on the table are more likely to visit their doctor or the emergency room – costing the health care system a lot of money.
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The message is not new. When are governments going to pay attention?

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Feeding people on our stressed planet will require a “revolution” — Environmental Health News

Feeding people on our stressed planet will require a “revolution” — Environmental Health News | Food issues | Scoop.it

Two renowned scientists—Stanford's Paul Ehrlich and UC-Berkeley's John Harte — argue that feeding the planet goes way beyond food. Revolutionary political, economic and social shifts are necessary to avoid unprecedented chaos.

 

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I have felt for a long time that it will take revolution to change our ways, but I continue to hold out hope for peaceful revolution.

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Deirdre Mairead Kroone's curator insight, August 10, 5:07 AM

I have felt for a long time that it will take revolution to change our ways, but I continue to hold out hope for peaceful revolution.

Eric Larson's curator insight, August 17, 10:15 PM

World populations climb so will starvation.

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Pesticide Drift Threatens Organic Farms

Pesticide Drift Threatens Organic Farms | Food issues | Scoop.it
Farmers use millions of pounds of pesticides each year to protect crops from weeds and insects. When those chemicals drift to neighboring property, they can ruin crops on organic farms.
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What Does It Mean for the Food Industry to Scrap Antibiotics, Cages, GMOs, and Artificial Ingredients?

What Does It Mean for the Food Industry to Scrap Antibiotics, Cages, GMOs, and Artificial Ingredients? | Food issues | Scoop.it
A look at the language—and the realities—of some of 2015's big announcements from big food.
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This is a good reminder to ask a lot of questions before giving Big Food credit for changes they are not really making.

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In US, 8 million baby boomers go hungry amid health and economic challenges

In US, 8 million baby boomers go hungry amid health and economic challenges | Food issues | Scoop.it
According to a new study, millions of older Americans are turning to charity for food as they face unemployment, housing shortages and poor health
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