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Hold the red, pass the white - meat that is

Hold the red, pass the white - meat that is | Food issues | Scoop.it
New migrants, price, ethics and health are driving a shift in our meat choices, once seen as a badge of national pride, writes Inga Ting.
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Justice and Health: Missing ingredients in the US food system

Justice and Health: Missing ingredients in the US food system | Food issues | Scoop.it
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Is Buying Organic Produce For Your Kids Worth It?

Is Buying Organic Produce For Your Kids Worth It? | Food issues | Scoop.it
Organic food offers earthly delights as well as principles, practices and government-backed rules that produce cleaner and healthier food. Yet some folks think otherwise....
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The Major Problem with GMO Seeds Engineered to Solve 3rd World Vitamin Deficiencies

The Major Problem with GMO Seeds Engineered to Solve 3rd World Vitamin Deficiencies | Food issues | Scoop.it

When The malnourished people I met in my travels didn't just lack vitamins — they simply lacked food.

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Next time someone claims you don't care about humanity because you question "Golden Rice", Jill Richardson gives you some solid reasons to stand your ground.

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Kristen E. Sukalac's comment, April 24, 3:35 AM
Regardless of what you think about Golden Rice, I have to respectfully disagree that these are solid reasons. This article is composed of anecdotal evidence and there is nothing to indicate that any measures have been taken to protect against confirmation bias. Ms Richardson says that only people suffering from undernourishment suffer from malnutrition, and that is patently untrue. While less than one billion people go hungry today (still a shockingly high number), one in three suffer from malnutrition. Recent research to under the extent of nutrient deficiencies is a huge step forward in acknowledging the need for a holistic approach to improving nutrition that goes beyond counting calories. http://www.micronutrient.org/english/View.asp?x=573
Arpita Bhattacharjya's comment, April 24, 7:31 AM
Why would I rely on someone's travel anecdotes as compared to scientific evidence? Just because it does not suit my scary, anti-science narrative which lets kids go blind and die? This is so wrong and sad. Yes, people need more food but poor people cannot afford fruits and vegetables and the nutrients they provide, their diet mostly consists of staples and fortifying those is a good solution. A parent whose child is suffering before their eyes would be grateful for what the writer contemptuously terms "colored grains". how do I know this? I did not travel anywhere but I lived among these people.
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Health-conscious consumers demanding more from local food producers

Health-conscious consumers demanding more from local food producers | Food issues | Scoop.it
From lowering sodium and cutting fat to adjusting recipes to exclude gluten, region food producers are trying to keep up with the evolving dietary demands of their customers.
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World’s longest rice experiment seeks answers vs. climate change

World’s longest rice experiment seeks answers vs. climate change | Food issues | Scoop.it
Since 1962, the Long-Term Continuous Cropping Experiment (LTCCE) has been seeing a steady decline due to climate shifts. But there may still be hope.
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Rising food prices pinching consumers

Rising food prices pinching consumers | Food issues | Scoop.it
Grocery stores are are starting to pass sharply higher wholesale food costs to consumers. Beef, pork, poultry and milk are seeing some of the biggest price increases.
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Salmonella cases dip in U.S., but food poisoning rates remain high

Salmonella cases dip in U.S., but food poisoning rates remain high | Food issues | Scoop.it
New CDC report finds certain contaminants, such as Vibrio and E. coli, on the rise.
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How You Might Be Investing in Monsanto’s Toxic Legacy Without Realizing It

How You Might Be Investing in Monsanto’s Toxic Legacy Without Realizing It | Food issues | Scoop.it
One organization has launched a global divestment campaign
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Food companies unhappy with FDA feed proposal

Food companies unhappy with FDA feed proposal | Food issues | Scoop.it
Expired marshmallows, broken crackers, stale donuts, even orange peels are among the billions of pounds of would-be waste that help feed livestock every year.By regularly diverting its waste in this way, the food industry prevents millions of tons of greenhouse gases from being released into the atmosphere, but an obscure proposal under a 2011 food...
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The human food connection: Authentic Puerto Rican food in Connecticut

The human food connection: Authentic Puerto Rican food in Connecticut | Food issues | Scoop.it
Tucked away in Hartford, Conn., a Puerto Rican community is creating a tropical home away from home through cuisine that is so authentic it has caught the attention of scientists. Biologists took a close look at the fresh crops in the Puerto Rican markets of Hartford and uncovered evidence that gives new meaning to a phrase that food lovers have been using for years: home is in the kitchen.
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World’s Number 1 Herbicide Discovered in U.S. Mothers’ Breast Milk

World’s Number 1 Herbicide Discovered in U.S. Mothers’ Breast Milk | Food issues | Scoop.it
Sustainable Pulse Credit: Occlusion Urine testing shows glyphosate levels over 10 times higher than in Europe Initial testing shows Monsanto and Global regulatory bodies are wrong regarding bio-accumulation of glyphosate, leading to serious public health concerns Testing commissioners urge USDA and EPA to place temporary ban on all use of Glyphosate-based herbicides to protect public health, until further more comprehensive testing of glyphosate in breast milk is completed. In the first ever testing on glyphosate
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Foster Farms outbreak: Illness continue despite company's crackdown on salmonella

Foster Farms outbreak: Illness continue despite company's crackdown on salmonella | Food issues | Scoop.it
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just added 43 new cases, including three in Oregon, to the overall case count, which now stands at 524 since March of last year. The company has curbed salmonella contamination but people keep getting sick from freshly purchased chicken.
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Food Scraps To Fuel Vertical Farming's Rise In Chicago

Food Scraps To Fuel Vertical Farming's Rise In Chicago | Food issues | Scoop.it
As vertical farming takes root in cities around the world, critics fear it's leaving a big carbon footprint. An experiment in Chicago turning garbage into energy aims to prove them wrong.
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More Americans in their golden years are going hungry

More Americans in their golden years are going hungry | Food issues | Scoop.it
The seniors who are dealing with hunger are also facing negative health and nutrition consequences, American research indicates. In a country as wealthy as the United States, it may come as a surprise that one in 12 seniors do not have access to adequate food due to lack of money or other financial resources. They are food insecure.
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Organic Activists Charge USDA Regulators Capitulating to Corporate Interests - Cornucopia Institute

Organic Activists Charge USDA Regulators Capitulating to Corporate Interests - Cornucopia Institute | Food issues | Scoop.it
“Undermining Congressional Protections” Results in Threats of Lawsuits and Protests SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS:  When the organic industry gathers in this central Texas city next week sparks are predicted to fly when farmers and consumer activists face off with government regulators who they have accused of a “power grab,” significantly eroding a unique public and private partnership that Congress created in the governance of organic food and agriculture. At issue is the unilateral reversal of 20
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Is land-farmed salmon the answer?

Is land-farmed salmon the answer? | Food issues | Scoop.it
The Freshwater Institute raises salmon in closed tanks. You can get a taste, but not for long.
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Think You Know What a Farmer Looks Like? Think Again.

Think You Know What a Farmer Looks Like? Think Again. | Food issues | Scoop.it
Preliminary results from the 2012 Census of Agriculture show the increasing role of women in U.S. agriculture—especially on organic and small-scale farms.
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The drought hitting 40 percent of the entire country, in 5 maps

The drought hitting 40 percent of the entire country, in 5 maps | Food issues | Scoop.it
Every inch of California is experiencing drier-than-normal conditions, and the drought is spreading.
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Climate-change skeptics don’t deserve a veto - The Boston Globe

Climate-change skeptics don’t deserve a veto - The Boston Globe | Food issues | Scoop.it
The world now has a rough deadline for action on climate change. To forestall the worst effects of global warming, nations needs to take aggressive action in the next 15 years to cut carbon emissions, says the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Expect a certain part of our political class to insist that man-made climate change is not settled science, and that until it is, nothing should be done. But the idea that every prominent skeptic must be satisfied before the country moves forward is wrong-headed. Senator John McCain had it right back in 2008, when the science wasn’t as strong as it is today. McCain, who favored a cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gases, noted that if climate-change believers were wrong and we moved forward, we’d still have a cleaner planet, but if the skeptics were wrong and we did nothing, we would have done a profound disservice to future generations.
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Organic Consumers Association Statement on GMO Labeling Law Victory in Vermont

Today, by a vote of 28-2, the Vermont state Senate passed H.112, a bill to require mandatory labeling of foods sold in Vermont that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The bill also makes it illegal to call any food product containing GMOs “natural” or “all natural.” Unlike bills passed last year in Maine and Connecticut, which require four or five other states to pass GMO labeling laws before they can be enacted, Vermont’s law contains no “trigger” clauses, making it the first “clean” GMO labeling law in the country.

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Congratulations, Vermont, for this bold move.

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Sugar vs. Sugar: A Comparison Of 10 Processed Foods With Whole Food Options

Sugar vs. Sugar: A Comparison Of 10 Processed Foods With Whole Food Options | Food issues | Scoop.it
Check out these 10 processed food products loaded with sugar, combined with a suggestion for an alternative whole food option.
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Herbicides play havoc with favorite veggies

Herbicides play havoc with favorite veggies | Food issues | Scoop.it

Herbicides sprayed in pastures to eradicate invasive Canada thistle and members of the knapweed clan are taking an unintended toll on vegetables found in almost any home garden or commercial grower’s field in La Plata County.

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And, of course, the problems is not just in La Plata County.

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B.C. farmers snap “felfies” showing opposition to Agricultural Land Reserve changes

B.C. farmers snap “felfies” showing opposition to Agricultural Land Reserve changes | Food issues | Scoop.it
Critics of Bill 24 are taking to social media to post "felfies" (farmer selfies) with protest messages.
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Study: Farms contribute to Yakima Valley air pollution

Study: Farms contribute to Yakima Valley air pollution | Food issues | Scoop.it
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Every country must cut emissions to avoid hunger: Oxfam

A UK-based international development agency says every country must be part of the global effort to keep climate change under control, but that it ...
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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)  held a recent meeting in Japan and have changed their prediction from a 2 degree temperature rise to anticipating even higher temperature increases.  Oxfam insist wealthy countries need to cut emissions in order to prevent imminent climate change escalation beyond the expected 2 degrees. The biggest challenge is that wealthy nations are creating hunger for poorer nations.