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Could Chicken Be Contributing To The Obesity Epidemic?

Could Chicken Be Contributing To The Obesity Epidemic? | Food issues | Scoop.it
Virtually all commercially-available chickens now have what many call the "obese gene," which makes birds gain weight quickly to speed up production from birth to slaughter.
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Monsanto's Deep Roots In Washington

Monsanto's Deep Roots In Washington | Food issues | Scoop.it
It's planting season, which brings to mind one of the most ubiquitous names in agribusiness: Monsanto. Love it or hate it -- and there are plenty of people on either side -- the company's formidable Washington presence makes it a tough competitor.
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Evidence of GMO toxin absorption and toxicity

Evidence of GMO toxin absorption and toxicity | Food issues | Scoop.it
Lab and clinical research shows that toxins from Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are absorbed by humans. Pregnant women and their fetuses had detectable levels of the toxins in their blood.
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Kids' TV time tied to unhealthy food choices

Kids' TV time tied to unhealthy food choices | Food issues | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Kids and teens who watch a lot of television are less likely to get their fruits and veggies and more likely to snack on candy or drink soda every day, according to a new survey of close to 13,000 U.S.
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Hotel food is getting healthier - even the hamburgers

Hotel food is getting healthier - even the hamburgers | Food issues | Scoop.it
It's becoming almost impossible to get a junk-food fix at many major hotels, as they steadily give their restaurant menus healthy makeovers.
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'The Weight of the Nation' review: Obesity crisis

'The Weight of the Nation' review: Obesity crisis | Food issues | Scoop.it
Obesity is an epidemic and perhaps America's biggest health problem.

That's the message pounded home with singular effectiveness in HBO's four-part, multidisciplinary documentary "The Weight of the Nation." Produced by Sheila Nevins and John Hoffman, "Weight" pulls no punches, spares neither the multibillion-dollar food and advertising industries nor public officials for not only failing to fix the problem but actually making it worse, and essentially writes a prescription for the nation's health and economic future that we ignore to our peril.

 

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Eating fast increases diabetes risk

Eating fast increases diabetes risk | Food issues | Scoop.it
People who wolf down their food are two and a half times more likely to suffer from type 2 diabetes than those who take their time according to new research.
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WFC: Climate Change is Affecting Fish Stocks

WFC: Climate Change is Affecting Fish Stocks | Food issues | Scoop.it
SCOTLAND, UK - The Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP) launched its latest Report Card yesterday at the World Fisheries Congress in Edinburgh, looking at the impact of climate change on the marine environment.
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McDonald's 'healthy' drink has 12 teaspoons of sugar

McDonald's 'healthy' drink has 12 teaspoons of sugar | Food issues | Scoop.it
The new drink, called Fruitizz, is part of the fast food giant's efforts to improve the health credentials of its children's meals.
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Teens in California, which patrols school food, eat less fat, sugar

Teens in California, which patrols school food, eat less fat, sugar | Food issues | Scoop.it
Anyone who’s gone on a diet knows: It’s easier to avoid potato chips if you don’t have any.
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The Great Food Robbery, How Corporations Control Food, Grab Land and Destroy the Climate

The Great Food Robbery. By putting profits first, corporations destroy local food systems, exploit labour and damage the environment. Land grabs displace the poor, a billion go hungry though there is enough for all, and the climate worsens.
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Food Sovereignty: An idea worth fighting for | The Nelson Daily

Food Sovereignty: An idea worth fighting for | The Nelson Daily | Food issues | Scoop.it
A daily online news service committed to providing the most indepth and comprehensive news, sports and arts coverage for the region of Nelson, BC, Canada.
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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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Quantifying Urban Agriculture Impacts, One Tomato at a Time

Quantifying Urban Agriculture Impacts, One Tomato at a Time | Food issues | Scoop.it
With most of the world's population living in urban areas for the first time in history, understanding food supply in urban areas is becoming increasingly...
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Monsanto, Dow and Genetically Modified Trouble

Monsanto, Dow and Genetically Modified Trouble | Food issues | Scoop.it

Dow now sells 2,4-D to help kill various weeds, but the herbicide is so strong that it also kills nature's own version of corn plants. Thus, Dow's genetic engineers went into the corporate lab and manufactured a new corn that's immune to the weed-killer. This would let the chemical maker profit from selling the patented seed, plus enjoying a huge increase in sales of its 2,4-D herbicide.

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‘Bitter Seeds’ Documentary Explores the Human Toll of GMOs in India

‘Bitter Seeds’ Documentary Explores the Human Toll of GMOs in India | Food issues | Scoop.it

Bitter Seeds is the third and final film in Micha X. Peled’s award-winning Globalization Trilogy. The film follows a season, from sowing to harvest, in an Indian village where many small farmers are struggling to make a living.

 

Following a U.S. complaint to the World Trade Organization, India was coerced into opening its doors to foreign seed companies. Within a few years, large corporations had taken over the country’s seed market, and now only genetically modified seeds are available in many locations. GM seeds are much more expensive for farmers, and require extensive additional purchases such as insecticides and fertilizers.

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Nearly 4 Million U.S. Seniors Are Food Insecure

Nearly 4 Million U.S. Seniors Are Food Insecure | Food issues | Scoop.it

Nearly four million U.S. seniors are food insecure. Many of these older Americans live on fixed incomes, and are often forced to choose between buying groceries or paying for health care, housing, or other basic essentials.

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Enviroblog: Chemical Agriculture Goes to the Mattresses Archives

Enviroblog: Chemical Agriculture Goes to the Mattresses Archives | Food issues | Scoop.it

The U.S. Department of Agriculture began testing fruits and vegetables for pesticide residues in 1991 after the public became concerned about their potential risks to children. Remember Alar? In 1993, at the request of Congress, several top public health experts released a seminal report, Pesticides in the Diets of Infants and Children. Three years later, Congress responded by passing unanimously the federal Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA), which required the Environmental Protection Agency to implement health-based standards for all pesticides used in food, with special safeguards for infants and babies.

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Hunger and poverty: Demand action

Hunger and poverty: Demand action | Food issues | Scoop.it
Hunger and poverty are a part of life. They’ve become so tightly woven into our social fabric that we no longer bat an eye when a new food bank or shelter pops up in our neighbourhood. We accept lackluster solutions from government.
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Hyatt Introduces Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served.

Hyatt Introduces Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served. | Food issues | Scoop.it

An industry-leading, global effort and new philosophy to provide healthy, sustainable and responsible food and beverage options for guests and associates

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How healthy is 'healthy' fast food?

How healthy is 'healthy' fast food? | Food issues | Scoop.it
With more and more restaurant chains adding healthier options to their menus, we look at the growing trend in America, the fast food capital of the world...
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Exploring the Link Between Animal Health and Food Safety

Exploring the Link Between Animal Health and Food Safety | Food issues | Scoop.it

Scientists have long known there is a link between animal health, stress levels and pathogen shedding, but as CAST and others have noted, more research is needed.

"In addition to overtly ill animals, there is a growing body of evidence showing that chronically, previously, and not visibly ill animals are more likely to be contaminated with foodborne pathogens after processing in the abattoir (slaughterhouse)," the researchers write. "These animals, however, may go unnoticed during antemortem (live animal) inspection, and thus questions arise concerning the potential impacts of these animals entering the food supply on public health risk from foodborne pathogens."

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Crashing bat population likely to hit P.E.I.

Crashing bat population likely to hit P.E.I. | Food issues | Scoop.it
The white nose fungus killing hibernating bats in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia will almost certainly have an impact on populations in P.E.I., says a scientist at the Atlantic Veterinary College.
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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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