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USDA reopens comment period for genetically modified apple | AgriPulse

USDA reopens comment period for genetically modified apple | AgriPulse | Food issues | Scoop.it
USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today announced the apple’s plant pest risk assessment and draft environmental assessment will be reopened for public comment through Jan.
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Brazil farmers say GMO corn no longer resistant to pests

SAO PAULO, July 28 (Reuters) - Genetically modified cornseeds are no longer protecting Brazilian farmers from voracioustropical bugs, increasing costs as producers turn to pesticides,a farm group said
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The failure of GMO.

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Healthy school lunches get thumbs up from students

Healthy school lunches get thumbs up from students | Food issues | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—Elementary school students seem to be satisfied with the healthier school lunches being offered to them, according to a new study of school officials.
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This is in spite of industry pressure to maintain an unhealthy status quo by claiming good food was unacceptable to children.

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askdrmaxwell's curator insight, July 29, 9:30 PM

When you start them young, the learn to appreciate and enjoy healthy food. 

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California drought: As land sinks, farmers' brainstorm on water

California drought: As land sinks, farmers' brainstorm on water | Food issues | Scoop.it
[...] between the three-year drought and increased plantings of thirsty crops such as almonds, the deep-water layer is being siphoned up in bigger quantities than ever. The area around Los Banos has subsided more than most areas of the valley, according to maps compiled by the California Water Foundation. [...] a few years ago, Vlot said, the annual maintenance cost on his wells was about $200,000. Foremost among the solutions being discussed by Vlot, Hurley and the other farmers is storing more water from rain when it does fall. Since there aren't enough reservoirs or ponds for that storage, the ad-hoc group plans to pick several fields among themselves to lay fallow so they can absorb the water and stow it underground. The main challenge is making sure that those who voluntarily leave their fields fallow are compensated for their crop loss by neighbors who benefit from the stored water. Other remedies being considered include trying to capture more floodwaters in a really big rain, installing stingier irrigation methods and pushing for new reservoirs - never an easy fight, given environmental opposition. [...] overall, groundwater supplies nearly two-thirds of the state's water, and scientific studies tracking the drought unmistakably tie the usage to the land subsidence. Two bills making their way through the Legislature would create a regulatory system, and though most farmers would rather avoid the intrusion, others say it is necessary for the future health of California's water supplies. "We have a groundwater crisis in California, and if we're not coming up with ways to reduce its use in wet years to allow it to rebound, we are going to be in trouble," said Andrew Fahlund, deputy director of the California Water Foundation, which studies water management issues and supports regulation.
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Food bank demand spikes in high-cost Calgary

Food bank demand spikes in high-cost Calgary | Food issues | Scoop.it
Rising rents and higher prices at the grocery store are forcing more people to turn to the Calgary Food Bank for help.
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A Global Kale Shortage is Upon Us: Brace Yourselves for the Kalepocalypse

A Global Kale Shortage is Upon Us: Brace Yourselves for the Kalepocalypse | Food issues | Scoop.it
Brace yourselves. There's a kale shortage happening and it could spell spinach for all of us.
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Picturing Monoculture: The Separation Between Us and Food

Picturing Monoculture: The Separation Between Us and Food | Food issues | Scoop.it
A photo exploration of the separation between us and food.
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Drier than the Dust Bowl: waiting for relief in rural America

Drier than the Dust Bowl: waiting for relief in rural America | Food issues | Scoop.it
As wide swaths of rural America suffer through historic drought, they're being left further behind.
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Dinner is Served: Eating Insects with a Little Help from 3D Printing

Dinner is Served: Eating Insects with a Little Help from 3D Printing | Food issues | Scoop.it
Dietitians ar enow using 3D printing to make insects more palatable and acceptable as a mainstream delicacy.
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Who knew? Is this the secret for getting past the ick factor?

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H2O Alkalizer's curator insight, July 22, 10:52 AM

Would you be willing to switch to this protein source?

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Monsanto's Herbicide Linked to Fatal Kidney Disease Epidemic: Could It Topple the Company?

Monsanto's Herbicide Linked to Fatal Kidney Disease Epidemic: Could It Topple the Company? | Food issues | Scoop.it
Monsanto's herbicide Roundup has been linked to a mysterious fatal kidney disease epidemic that has appeared in Central America, Sri Lanka and India.
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The food industry lobby groups behind the new school nutrition standards

The food industry lobby groups behind the new school nutrition standards | Food issues | Scoop.it
No wonder Pop Tarts count as a whole grain.
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Food and climate change | Oxfam GB

Food and climate change | Oxfam GB | Food issues | Scoop.it
Decades of vital, hard-won progress in the fight against hunger could unravel unless governments and big business act now on climate change. You can help.
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Farms Finest: Are silent farmlands the canary in the coal mine? | AspenTimes.com

Farms Finest: Are silent farmlands the canary in the coal mine? | AspenTimes.com | Food issues | Scoop.it
The size of private donations given to universities by big agribusiness is astounding. From grant money to construction of research labs and even the funding of actual positions, corporate
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Fighting food: Consumers revolt online

Fighting food: Consumers revolt online | Food issues | Scoop.it
Sitting at her kitchen table in Houston, Bettina Siegel, a corporate lawyer-turned-school lunch blogger and mom of two, had no idea she had the power to spark a massive consumer uprising with her laptop. But that’s exactly what she did. In March 2012, her petition on Change.org asking the Agriculture Department to stop serving “pink slime”...
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Big lobbying dollars flow in engineered food fight

Big lobbying dollars flow in engineered food fight | Food issues | Scoop.it
The way consumers would be informed when their food has been genetically engineered is being battled in Congress and among advocacy groups.
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Eating in season could help food security

Eating in season could help food security | Food issues | Scoop.it
In his book 'The Third Plate,' Dan Barber notes how the world's food system is disconnected. How can people fix that? Eating more foods that are in season.
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GMO Contamination of the Food Chain. Devastating Health Impacts. EU Food Safety Regulators Turn "A Blind Eye"

GMO Contamination of the Food Chain. Devastating Health Impacts. EU Food Safety Regulators Turn "A Blind Eye" | Food issues | Scoop.it
“Corporations as the dominant institution shaped by capitalist patriarchy thrive on eco-apartheid. They thrive on the Cartesian legacy of dualism which puts nature against humans. It defines nature...
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German NGO says TTIP will undermine global food security

German NGO says TTIP will undermine global food security | Food issues | Scoop.it
The German aid organisation Brot für die Welt warns that a planned EU-US free trade agreement known as TTIP will undermine local support for smallholders in developing countries and exacerbate the global food crisis. EurActiv Germany reports.
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Africa: GMOs and Food Sovereignty - Which Way Africa?

PHYS African governments are under intense pressure from within but also from big agribusiness and Western governments to embrace GMOs. Governments must resist all forms of arm-twisting and food colonialism and make their biotechnology choices based on the facts
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So Long, Ronald McDonald: These Oakland Teens Are Kicking Fast Food to the Curb

So Long, Ronald McDonald: These Oakland Teens Are Kicking Fast Food to the Curb | Food issues | Scoop.it
The teens’ video for their original song ‘Are You Loving It?’ has them turning down processed junk food for healthy veggies.
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Food security: a matter of India’s sovereignty

Food security: a matter of India’s sovereignty | Food issues | Scoop.it
India is justified in resisting WTO pressure on the trade facilitation pact
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Bees and Colony Collapse

Bees and Colony Collapse | Food issues | Scoop.it
The demise of honeybees should alert us that our own well-being might be similarly threatened.
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Saskawhat? A Novel Berry Takes Root On Michigan Farms

Saskawhat? A Novel Berry Takes Root On Michigan Farms | Food issues | Scoop.it
Some rookie farmers in northern Michigan are growing saskatoon, a shrub that looks like blueberry. They're also experimenting with it in the kitchen — in jams and pies.
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I never came across these until I moved to Canada, where they have been popular since colonizers landed on the shores.

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Why Monsanto Will Never Rule the Food World - Cornucopia Institute

Why Monsanto Will Never Rule the Food World - Cornucopia Institute | Food issues | Scoop.it
The Three-Prong Movement That’s Stopping the Beast in Its Tracks Nutiva by John W. Roulac John Roulac, Nutiva The issue of how we grow and process our food
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New proposal could have people plating more fish

New proposal could have people plating more fish | Food issues | Scoop.it

WaGov. Jay Inslee wants you to be able to eat a fish fillet every day without having to worry about getting cancer.

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Washington State's governor is trying to make industry responsible for their impact on water quality - may he succeed!

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As we age, declining sense of smell affects appetites

As we age, declining sense of smell affects appetites | Food issues | Scoop.it
Food can be one of those unexpected flash points of late life.
Grandma may say she's never hungry or that the only things that taste good are salty foods such as French fries. Grandpa may lose control over his sweet tooth, living on Tastykakes and ice cream.
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