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Atrazine: A "Molecular Bull in a China Shop"

Atrazine: A "Molecular Bull in a China Shop" | Food issues | Scoop.it

Dr. Warren Porter, a renowned toxicologist at the University of Wisconsin - Madison (UW-Madison) who studies pesticide exposure in vertebrates, explained to CMD, "Atrazine is a molecular bull in a china shop, and the china shop is you."

 

Dr. Porter summarized atrazine’s effects this way: "Atrazine alters sexual hormone levels, and the effects of that, especially at the embryonic stage, can be life-threatening or have life-long impacts. If it affects the immune system, and it can, then it can be life-threatening, or cause long-term chronic inflammation and all kinds of long-term chronic disease. The nervous, endocrine and immune systems are all interconnected, and if you get hit on any of them, you're likely to get hit on them all."

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E. coli from chicken may be causing human infections, study suggests

E. coli from chicken may be causing human infections, study suggests | Food issues | Scoop.it
E.coli from chicken may be causing human infections, study suggests...
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The Organic Elite Surrenders To Monsanto: What Now?

The Organic Elite Surrenders To Monsanto: What Now? | Food issues | Scoop.it

A self-appointed cabal of the Organic Elite, spearheaded by Whole Foods Market, Organic Valley, and Stonyfield Farm, has decided it's time to surrender to Monsanto.

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Special report: The hungry generation

Special report: The hungry generation | Food issues | Scoop.it
A quarter of young children around the world are not getting enough nutrients to grow properly, and 300 die of malnutrition every hour, according to a new report that lays bare the effects of the global food crisis.
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Debate intensifies over effort to ban controversial chemical found in baby food

Debate intensifies over effort to ban controversial chemical found in baby food | Food issues | Scoop.it
AUGUSTA, Maine — The debate over the chemical bisphenol-A continued Tuesday as groups released competing claims about the additive’s health effects, and one baby food manufacturer insisted its products are BPA-free.
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Prolonged fructose intake not linked to rise in blood pressure, study suggests

Prolonged fructose intake not linked to rise in blood pressure, study suggests | Food issues | Scoop.it
Eating fructose over an extended period of time does not lead to an increase in blood pressure, according to new research.
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Nature's Rx: Farmers markets cropping up at hospitals

Nature's Rx: Farmers markets cropping up at hospitals | Food issues | Scoop.it
After years of treating their clientele for the ravages of poor nutrition, some doctors finally are catching on to the idea that prescribing carrots instead of pharmaceutical drugs might be a better option...
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Food Exports Can Drain Arid Regions - Science News

Food Exports Can Drain Arid Regions - Science News | Food issues | Scoop.it

About a fifth of the water that humankind now uses gets exported from its original country to another—though rarely as anything that can splash into a glass.

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Is Agriculture Sucking Fresh Water Dry? - ScienceNOW

Is Agriculture Sucking Fresh Water Dry? - ScienceNOW | Food issues | Scoop.it

The average American uses enough water each year to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool, and global agriculture consumes a whopping 92% of all fresh water used annually. Those are the conclusions of the most comprehensive analysis to date of global water use, which also finds that one-fifth of humankind’s water consumption flows across international borders as “virtual water”—the water needed to produce a commodity, such as meat or electronics, if the ultimate consumers were to make it themselves rather than outsource its growth or manufacture.

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Chipotle Airs Anti-Factory Farm Ad During Grammy Awards. What Does This Mean for Sustainable Business?

Chipotle Airs Anti-Factory Farm Ad During Grammy Awards. What Does This Mean for Sustainable Business? | Food issues | Scoop.it
It was nice to see this anti-factory farming message reach a national audience during the 2012 Grammy's!
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Monsanto guilty of chemical poisoning in France | Reuters

Monsanto guilty of chemical poisoning in France | Reuters | Food issues | Scoop.it

A French court on Monday declared U.S. biotech giant Monsanto(MON.N) guilty of chemical poisoning of a French farmer, a judgment that could lend weight to other health claims against pesticides.

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Planting seeds for rooftop farming in Hub

Planting seeds for rooftop farming in Hub | Food issues | Scoop.it
Plans are under way to get Boston’s first commercial rooftop farm off the ground. Would-be farmers John Stoddard and Courtney Bissonnette are in negotiations to plant the farm atop buildings in the South End’s Newmarket Square area or Charlestown.
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GM crops around the world in 2011 – map

GM crops around the world in 2011 – map | Food issues | Scoop.it
New data from the annual report by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agribiotic Applications shows where farmers are growing GM crops around the world...
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Purple vegetables may contain higher levels of antioxidants: scientists

Researchers have long known that eating a variety of brightly coloured vegetables daily is good for health: red, orange, yellow, dark green — and purple?

 

New research by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada scientists suggests that purple vegetables are associated with higher levels of antioxidants, which can help reduce the risk of some types of cancer and heart disease.

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Judith van Praag's comment, February 17, 2012 2:43 PM
Hard to find purple carrots, potatoes and tomatoes.
Cathryn Wellner's comment, February 17, 2012 4:11 PM
I buy them at the farmers' market, but grocery stores depend on the factory farm system and offer a narrow selection of monocropped veg. No wonder biodiversity is at risk.
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The Environment Report: A Pig Ban Gets Muddy

The Environment Report: A Pig Ban Gets Muddy | Food issues | Scoop.it

Wildlife officials took aggressive action last year to keep pigs from running wild on the landscape. Certain kinds of pigs were declared an invasive species. But farmers and ranchers say the move was too extreme. They’re challenging the science of the ban.

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FarmPlate: A Yelp For Local Food And Local Farmers

FarmPlate: A Yelp For Local Food And Local Farmers | Food issues | Scoop.it
The sustainable and local food movements have no shortage of devotees. But awareness doesn’t always lead to action.
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Why California Almonds Need North Dakota Flowers (And A Few Billion Bees) : NPR

This month, the bees from 1.6 million hives — many of them trucked in commercially from as far away as North Dakota — will pollinate California's almond orchards.
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Fukushima farming hard row to hoe | The Japan Times Online

Fukushima farming hard row to hoe | The Japan Times Online | Food issues | Scoop.it
When Takahiro Nagakura set off for distant Okayama two years ago, his plan was to complete his degree at the prefecture's agricultural university and then return to Fukushima and work his family's peach orchard.
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Best time for a coffee break? There's an app for that

Best time for a coffee break? There's an app for that | Food issues | Scoop.it
Caffeinated drinks such as coffee and soda are the pick-me-ups of choice for many people, but too much caffeine can cause nervousness and sleep problems.
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UW study sees dietary tie to early puberty in girls

UW study sees dietary tie to early puberty in girls | Food issues | Scoop.it
Girls today may be reaching puberty as much as four years earlier than generations before them because their diets are higher in calories, research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison suggests.
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Agriculture methods accelerate erosion and global warming, says UN report

Agriculture methods accelerate erosion and global warming, says UN report | Food issues | Scoop.it
Global warming will get worse as agricultural methods accelerate the rate of soil erosion, which depletes the amount of carbon the soil is able to store, a United Nations' Environment Programme report said on Monday.
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Is Adding Fiber To Food Really Good For Your Health? : NPR

Is Adding Fiber To Food Really Good For Your Health? : NPR | Food issues | Scoop.it
Fiber-fortified products are all over the supermarket. But are these foods actually making you healthier? This question turns out to be one of those places where scientists know a lot less than you may think they do.
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Commission calls for action on soil degradation

Commission calls for action on soil degradation | Food issues | Scoop.it

An increase in erosion, soil sealing, acidification and pollution in the EU during the period 1990-2006 have had a serious effect on the EU’s food-producing capacity, as well as its ability to fight drought and flooding, biodiversity loss and climate change. These are the main conclusions of two reports on the strategic and scientific aspects of soil in Europe, presented by the European Commission, on February 13.

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Going Hog Wild: Weaning Antibiotic-Resistant Bugs Out Of Pork

After nearly succumbing to an antibiotic-resistant infection contracted from one of his hogs, Russ Kremer went cold turkey.
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America’s ‘Food Stamp Nation’ continues to grow

America’s ‘Food Stamp Nation’ continues to grow | Food issues | Scoop.it
If the Americans who rely on food stamps constituted a country, they would be the 27th largest nation in the world.
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