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Report: Schools key to fighting America's obesity

Report: Schools key to fighting America's obesity | Food issues | Scoop.it
Schools should be a cornerstone of the nation's obesity battle, but to trim Americans' waistlines, changes are needed everywhere people live, work, play and learn, a major new report says.
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The Seedy Side of Seeds: Monsanto’s Attempted Control of Agricultural Markets

The Seedy Side of Seeds: Monsanto’s Attempted Control of Agricultural Markets | Food issues | Scoop.it

“If there were one word to explain what Monsanto is about, it would have to be farmers.” This is an excerpt from the “Who We Are” portion of Monsanto’s website, a page that assures readers that Monsanto is working with farmers to produce more food and to improve lives. Not mentioned on the website is the ninety plus lawsuits that have been filed against famers and the fifteen million dollars that Monsanto has been awarded from their legal settlements against small output farmers and community businesses.

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From chickpeas to lentils, pulses pack a nutrient-rich punch

From chickpeas to lentils, pulses pack a nutrient-rich punch | Food issues | Scoop.it
It was 20 years ago that a new Indian cookbook introduced me to the scrumptious curry-flavoured world of Indian food. I flipped through the colourful pages.
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Why consuming animals may be the right thing to do

Why consuming animals may be the right thing to do | Food issues | Scoop.it
Eating meat has come under assault in the past few decades, but people aren’t becoming vegetarians in droves. And meat-eaters are trying to find an ethical basis for their animal consumption.
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The World According To Monsanto

The World According To Monsanto | Food issues | Scoop.it

Check out this feature-length documentary that takes a comprehensive look at the history of Monsanto–the world’s largest Biotech Agribusiness.

The overwhelming influence that this multinational corporation wields over the highest levels of governmental decision-making is unprecedented. And the direct effect that they have on our food supply is unrivaled. The most shocking part is that when GMOs were introduced into our crops in the mid-90s, it was done without any longterm studies regarding the adverse health risks that they pose.

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One In Seven Seniors Faces Threat Of Hunger: Report

One In Seven Seniors Faces Threat Of Hunger: Report | Food issues | Scoop.it
One in seven seniors in America -- some 8.3 million people -- faced the threat of hunger in 2010, a 78 percent spike since 2001, according to a study released today by Meals On Wheels, the nonprofit that delivers meals to the homebound.
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Three Shocking Ways Packaged Foods Are Contaminated

Three Shocking Ways Packaged Foods Are Contaminated | Food issues | Scoop.it
Packaged foods acquire long shelf lives when their chemical properties are manipulated so that bacteria cannot grow.
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WIDESPREAD GMO CONTAMINATION: Did Monsanto Plant GMOs Before USDA Approval?

WIDESPREAD GMO CONTAMINATION: Did Monsanto Plant GMOs Before USDA Approval? | Food issues | Scoop.it

Did Monsanto actually plant genetically modified alfalfa before it was deregulated by the USDA?

There is some shocking evidence that, until recently, was withheld from the public showing that Monsanto’s genetically altered alfalfa may have been set free in 2003 — a full two years or more before it was deregulated in 2005. In a letter, obtained by NaturalSociety with permission to post for public viewing, it becomes clear that the USDA may have turned a blind eye to the entire situation, allowing widespread GMO contamination of GMO-free crops.

Amazingly, the letter actually suggests that the USDA was fully aware of the situation. In order to fully understand the intricate details of this event, it is first important to understand a few key factors regarding alfalfa and its connection to the entire food supply.

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Special Report: How Washington went soft on childhood obesity

Special Report: How Washington went soft on childhood obesity | Food issues | Scoop.it
Washington, D.C.(Reuters) - In the political arena, one side is winning the war on child obesity.The side with the fattest wallets.After aggressive lobbying, Congress declared pizza a vegetable to protect...
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Food sovereignty as a transformative model of economic power

The argument is being made that “food sovereignty” is an organising principle so demonstrably strong that it has the potential to transform economic power. Can we really invest in it as the ecological principle to take us into the 21st century? Jenny Allsopp reports from the AWID Forum 2012

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Plants flowering much faster as global temperatures rise

Plants flowering much faster as global temperatures rise | Food issues | Scoop.it
Scientists have been underestimating the effects of climate change on plant growth, according to a recent study.
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The 8 Insects You're Eating By Accident

The 8 Insects You're Eating By Accident | Food issues | Scoop.it
If you thought finding a fly in your soup was enough to turn you off your meal, try finding a maggot in your canned mushrooms or caterpillar remains in your spinach salad.
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When a Non-Profit Gets in Bed with the Enemy

When a Non-Profit Gets in Bed with the Enemy | Food issues | Scoop.it
It's huge – asymmetrical, shaped like two fat boomerangs meeting in midair at their mouths. The benefactors call it a campus.
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Public Policy and Obesity

Public Policy and Obesity | Food issues | Scoop.it
What was it that calorie labeling had that the soda tax did not -- or vice versa -- and more generally, what does this say about the current opportunity for obesity related legislation?
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Four days in April deadly for bees

Four days in April deadly for bees | Food issues | Scoop.it
While Ohio agriculture officials look for the cause of another mass die-off of commercial honeybees, beekeepers say they know what’s killed them — a popular insecticide.
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Kids and dirt behind school garden trend

Kids and dirt behind school garden trend | Food issues | Scoop.it
Projects give students opportunity to learn about environment; aids attentiveness, emotional development, teachers say...
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Food-safety website crashes on overload

Food-safety website crashes on overload | Food issues | Scoop.it
A POISONOUS food alert website, created by a local postgraduate student, crashed due to severe overload yesterday as visitors thronged the site to learn about food safety amid an unending stream of food scandals in...
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Restaurants find healthy choices a tough sell

Restaurants find healthy choices a tough sell | Food issues | Scoop.it
Restaurants find healthy choices a tough sell, When chef Aaron Chamberlin opened his central Phoenix eatery in 2009, he was determined to serve good-for-you foods. Portions would be delicate, greens from a nearby farmer and the menu hamburger-free.
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Nutritious Nutella? All you need to know about the pitfalls of food labels

Nutritious Nutella? All you need to know about the pitfalls of food labels | Food issues | Scoop.it
Science-ish ponders the health impact of nutrition content information...
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Eating fish, chicken, nuts may lower risk of Alzheimer's disease

A new study suggests that eating foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish, chicken, salad dressing and nuts, may be associated with lower blood levels of a protein related to Alzheimer's disease and memory problems.
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Junk food out, healthy food in

Junk food out, healthy food in | Food issues | Scoop.it
A large number of school canteens are not complying with the existing regulations prompting health authorities to draft stricter laws that will ensure that only healthy foodstuff is made available to children in schools.
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Scientists: Extinctions Just as Damaging as Climate Change

Scientists: Extinctions Just as Damaging as Climate Change | Food issues | Scoop.it

A new study finds that species loss is changing Earth's ecosystems in all the bad ways and just as fast as global warming, ozone holes, acid rain, and nutrient pollution.

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Eat More, Move Less: What's Driving the Obesity Epidemic

Eat More, Move Less: What's Driving the Obesity Epidemic | Food issues | Scoop.it
When it comes to obesity in America, there are things we think you should know. At HBO, we answer to subscribers, not advertisers. And that gives us a certain freedom to speak the truth, even when the truth is disturbing.
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Curbing food speculation - right step to stop hunger?

Curbing food speculation - right step to stop hunger? | Food issues | Scoop.it
Can financial speculation on commodities, widely seen as a key driver behind rocketing food prices, be curbed?
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