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Portland food-waste program expands carbon footprint: compostable commercial waste headed farther away

Portland food-waste program expands carbon footprint: compostable commercial waste headed farther away | Food issues | Scoop.it
The majority of Portland's commercial food waste, previously sent to North Plains, will travel an average 164 miles away to four different facilities, ranging from Junction City, Ore. to Royal City, Wash.
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A Road to Mental Health Through the Kitchen

A Road to Mental Health Through the Kitchen | Food issues | Scoop.it
Therapists use cooking to treat depression, anxiety and other psychological problems.
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The Year in Sustainable Food: Much Progress, and More Work to Be Done | Peter Lehner's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

The Year in Sustainable Food: Much Progress, and More Work to Be Done | Peter Lehner's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Food issues | Scoop.it
The movement for a clean, sustainable food supply built up quite a head of steam in 2014. Many of this year’s happenings had me and my colleagues at NRDC cheering; some had us shaking our heads—and rolling up our sleeves....
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Your Cheeseburger Is Destroying the North Pole and the Other Top Food Stories of 2014

Your Cheeseburger Is Destroying the North Pole and the Other Top Food Stories of 2014 | Food issues | Scoop.it
It was a year of curveballs and surprises in the world of diet and health.
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Pesticides in your food? Don't worry, says USDA : Business

Pesticides in your food? Don't worry, says USDA : Business | Food issues | Scoop.it
But the government didn't test for residues of glyphosate, saying that was too expensive.
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Fife Diet food scheme folds after swallowing up £1 million of public money

Fife Diet food scheme folds after swallowing up £1 million of public money | Food issues | Scoop.it
Fife Diet food scheme folds after swallowing up £1 million of public money
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VIDEO RELEASE: Biocultural Diversity Combats Climate Change

VIDEO RELEASE: Biocultural Diversity Combats Climate Change | Food issues | Scoop.it
From the Saami in Europe, to the Maori in New Zealand, indigenous communities are creating and maintaining rich biocultural landscapes. A biocultural landscape is a holistic system of culture and nature that has been shaped by human management over long periods of time. Food Tank produced this video highlighting how biocultural landscapes can benefit the health of both people and the planet. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE.
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Who Benefits When Walmart Funds the Food Movement? | Civil Eats

Who Benefits When Walmart Funds the Food Movement? | Civil Eats | Food issues | Scoop.it
Last month’s impressive Black Friday protests at a reported 1,000 Walmart stores highlight the growing movement against the company’s low wage culture. As the nation’s largest private employer, Walmart has done more than any other company to reinforce income inequality. With an average wage of $8.81 per hour, Walmart keeps its labor expenses low by... Read More
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Where True Quality of Life Comes From

Where True Quality of Life Comes From | Food issues | Scoop.it
The following is an abridged version of the speech Maria Rodale delivered at the United Nations on Monday, December 8, 2014, upon receiving Auburn University's International Quality of Life Laureate Award....
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On Nebraska's Farmland, Keystone XL Pipeline Debate Is Personal

The pipeline's fate looms large in Washington. But for people living in Keystone XL's proposed path, the project will alter livelihoods and legacies — for better or worse, depending on whom you ask.
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The horrifying reason why your fruit is unblemished

The horrifying reason why your fruit is unblemished | Food issues | Scoop.it
Mexican megafarms coddle US-bound produce. The workers themselves are not so lucky.
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How Monsanto's Big Data push hurts small farms

How Monsanto's Big Data push hurts small farms | Food issues | Scoop.it
New evidence suggests that so-called precision farming could make American farms even larger and less diverse.
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The food-water-energy nexus defeated the Romans. It could defeat us too

The food-water-energy nexus defeated the Romans. It could defeat us too | Food issues | Scoop.it
As well as being masters of water engineering, the Romans also engaged in a long distance trade in water across the Mediterranean - embodied in grain, oil, wine, cloth, metals and other goods. They also discovered the food-water-energy nexus - and not in a good way. We need to heed the warnings from Roman history.
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an extremely important discussion ... water is a primary resource that our civilization CANNOT do without ... now with the added pressure from fracking, the clock is ticking faster ...  can modern ag tech help ... we must adopt efficient use of water rather than attempting to produce cheap food at the expense of our very existence ...

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Should You Really Be Concerned About the Natural Cheese Preservative That’s Banned at Whole Foods?

Should You Really Be Concerned About the Natural Cheese Preservative That’s Banned at Whole Foods? | Food issues | Scoop.it
Whole Foods and Lebanon may seem like odd bedfellows, but on the matter of dairy products, they’re of one mind. Both have shown distaste for the antifungal known as natamycin, which is commonly used to preserve cheese. The preservative appears on Whole Food’s “Unacceptable Ingredients for Food” list and has...
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Food Sovereignty: 5 Steps to Cool the Planet and Feed Its People

Food Sovereignty: 5 Steps to Cool the Planet and Feed Its People | Food issues | Scoop.it
How the industrial food system contributes to the climate crisis Between 44% and 57% of all GHG emissions come from the global food system
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It's National Egg Nog Day: How 'days' are used to market food

It's National Egg Nog Day: How 'days' are used to market food | Food issues | Scoop.it
While national food days can be proclaimed by politicians, charities, product marketers and industry associations, it turns out most of them were made up by a single U.S. food blogger.

In 2006, John-Bryan Hopkins noticed there were only 175 food holidays, so he decided to fill in the rest of the calendar himself. He made up National Onion Rings Day, National Tater Tots Day, National Froot-Loops Day, and this one that falls on March 6:
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A Marriage of Coffee and Conservation in Indonesia

A Marriage of Coffee and Conservation in Indonesia | Food issues | Scoop.it
Klasik Beans coffee cooperative aims to achieve a social and environmental mission: improving the lives of the farmers producing its beans and the environment where the trees are growing.
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Investigation: “Factory Farms” Producing Massive Quantities of Organic Milk and Eggs

Investigation: “Factory Farms” Producing Massive Quantities of Organic Milk and Eggs | Food issues | Scoop.it
Regulations Not Being Enforced—Watchdog Asks for USDA to Remove Program Management In what has been called one of the largest fraud investigations in the h
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Right to Land and Seed – Food Sovereignty in Times of Climate Change | Earth First! Newswire

Right to Land and Seed – Food Sovereignty in Times of Climate Change | Earth First! Newswire | Food issues | Scoop.it
by Jürgen Kraus and Heiko Thiele / GRAIN Right to land and seed - Food sovereignty in times of climate change A film by Jürgen Kraus and Heiko Thiele Camera & film editing: Heiko Thiele Production: Zwischenzeit e.V. “Food sovereignty” is the main political demand of the landless and peasant movement in Bangladesh in times of climate change and intensifying land conflicts. The concept of food sovereignty is based on the right to grow their own food, with own seeds and in an ecologically sustaina
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Migration, Food Sovereignty and Land Rights: A conversation with Carlos Marentes, Sr.

Migration, Food Sovereignty and Land Rights: A conversation with Carlos Marentes, Sr. | Food issues | Scoop.it
On this International Migrants Day (December 18), Grassroots International pays tribute to the courage and dedication of many of our partners and allies, internationally and in the U.S., who are working at the intersection of migrant justice and resource rights.
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Congress Launches Stealth Assault on Progressive Food Policy

Congress Launches Stealth Assault on Progressive Food Policy | Food issues | Scoop.it
That $1.1 trillion spending bill was about a lot more than just keeping the government running.
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What Congress Doesn’t Want You To Know About Industrial Food Production

What Congress Doesn’t Want You To Know About Industrial Food Production | Food issues | Scoop.it
Some members of the U.S. Congress don’t want you to know how the food you eat strains natural resources.  That’s the meaning of a statement attached to the omnibus federal spending bill Congress sent to President Obama last Saturday.  
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In a Surprising Move, This Major Fast-Food Chain Will Start Selling Grass-Fed Burgers

In a Surprising Move, This Major Fast-Food Chain Will Start Selling Grass-Fed Burgers | Food issues | Scoop.it
Carl’s Jr. will roll out the menu item at 1,150 locations on Dec. 17, but it might be too good to be true.
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Women's Work Is Never Done On The Farm, And Sometimes Never Counted

Women's Work Is Never Done On The Farm, And Sometimes Never Counted | Food issues | Scoop.it
The percentage of female farmers is climbing — slowly, according to federal figures. But those numbers don't take into account the many new roles women are filling on multigenerational family farms.
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Do you speak cow? Researchers listen in on 'conversations' between calves and their mothers

Do you speak cow? Researchers listen in on 'conversations' between calves and their mothers | Food issues | Scoop.it
Researchers have been eavesdropping on ‘conversations’ between calves and their mothers — measuring the process of how cows communicate using detailed acoustic analysis for the first time.
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Any farmer could have told them this.

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What's for Dinner? For These Urban Foragers in Berkeley, The Answer is Weeds

What's for Dinner? For These Urban Foragers in Berkeley, The Answer is Weeds | Food issues | Scoop.it
When Thomas Carlson and Philip Stark find a foot-tall dandelion growing out of the sidewalk on Hearst Street, it’s all they can do to contain their excitement. “Oh wow! Now that is robust!” Carlson exclaims. They won’t eat this one; it’s too close to cars and exhaust. But wow, just look at that beauty!
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