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FDA rejects petition to ban BPA in food packaging - JSOnline

FDA rejects petition to ban BPA in food packaging - JSOnline | Food issues | Scoop.it
The Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that it was denying a petition to ban BPA from all food and drink containers, saying the science does not show an immediate cause for such action.
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Monsanto Changes its Spots - Locally Grown News

Monsanto Changes its Spots - Locally Grown News | Food issues | Scoop.it

Monsanto was ripe for a retrofit. Following the Viet Nam war, their fortunes had faded. Their portfolio had included, among others, Agent Orange, DDT and PCBs; all had been banned due to their toxic and carcinogenic effects. PCB pollution contaminated and destroyed an entire neighborhood in Anniston, Alabama. Victims of the scorched earth policy in Vietnam, both U.S. soldiers and the Vietnamese people suffer to this day from the long lasting effects of Agent Orange. And DDT? Though banned in 1972, it seeps in the San Francisco Bay and, according to a 2011 report from the Pesticide Action Network, “DDT and its breakdown products were found in the blood of 99% of people tested by the CDC.”

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Pesticides hit queen bee numbers

Pesticides hit queen bee numbers | Food issues | Scoop.it
Some of the world's most commonly used pesticides are killing bees by damaging their ability to navigate, reducing numbers of queens, research suggests.
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How Much BPA Exposure Is Dangerous? : NPR

How Much BPA Exposure Is Dangerous? : NPR | Food issues | Scoop.it
The FDA has until Saturday to decide whether to ban the plastic additive BPA from food packaging. Some scientists think BPA poses a risk to consumers because it can act like estrogen in the body.
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Farm gives homeless training, dignity

Farm gives homeless training, dignity | Food issues | Scoop.it
CENTRAL SAANICH, B.C. — Richard Leblanc purchased a farm three years ago, but he’s been sleeping on the streets of Victoria since Feb....
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No April Fool's Joke: Monsanto Voted Biggest

Just in time for April Fool's Day, Green America announced the winners of its online contest to determine the biggest "Corporate Fool": Agricultural and chemical giant Monsanto came in first, followed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Chevron. To honor Monsanto as the nation's biggest corporate fool, a donation was made in the name of Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant to Navdanya, an organization in India that has worked with 5,000,000 farmers to create seed sovereignty, food sovereignty and sustainable agriculture over the past two decades, and helped set up the largest direct-marketing fair trade, organic network in the country.

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Obesity Rates Rise Among Mexican-Americans: Report - US News and World Report

Obesity Rates Rise Among Mexican-Americans: Report - US News and World Report | Food issues | Scoop.it
25-year survey results shed light on nutrition and health changes...
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Danger of grill brushes identified

Danger of grill brushes identified | Food issues | Scoop.it
Physicians have identified a number of cases of accidental ingestion of wire grill brush bristles that required endoscopic or surgical removal.
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Nutritional labeling does not prevent obesity

Nutritional labeling does not prevent obesity | Food issues | Scoop.it
Dr.Maurice Doyon of the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences at the Université Laval led a group of French, Canadaian, and United States researchers in an...
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Food, Not War, Is the Biggest Threat to World Security, Argues Lester Brown | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network

Food, Not War, Is the Biggest Threat to World Security, Argues Lester Brown | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network | Food issues | Scoop.it
Even as Iran’s nuclear program raises the likelihood of yet another conflict in the Middle East, the bigger threat is a potential food crisis in the ...
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The link between diet soda and health is complicated, says study | BusinessWorld Online Edition

The link between diet soda and health is complicated, says study | BusinessWorld Online Edition | Food issues | Scoop.it
SOME STUDIES have suggested that diet soda lovers could face higher risks of diabetes and heart disease, but one recent US study of several diet drink consumers found that overall eating habits may be what matters most in the end.
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Caffeine can make you slack off: Study

Caffeine can make you slack off: Study | Food issues | Scoop.it
That cup of joe you think is giving you energy might just be slowing you down.
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5 graphs and 4 photos tell the story on obesity, diabetes & walking | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

5 graphs and 4 photos tell the story on obesity, diabetes & walking | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Food issues | Scoop.it
  Perhaps the single most alarming public health trend in the United States today is the dramatic rise in overweight and obesity, bringing serious risks of heart disease, diabetes and other consequences leading to life impairment and premature...
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What Is Community Supported Agriculture? The Answer Keeps Changing : NPR

What Is Community Supported Agriculture? The Answer Keeps Changing : NPR | Food issues | Scoop.it
As community supported agriculture grows in popularity, some farmers are reinterpreting the idea to reach new consumers. Traditionalists worry that people are being diverted from the values that originally defined the CSA movement.
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10 Things the Food Industry Doesn't Want You to Know - US News and World Report

Nutrition experts argue that you can’t take marketing campaigns at face value.
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Whole Foods to stop sale of unsustainable seafood - National Business - MiamiHerald.com

Whole Foods to stop sale of unsustainable seafood - National Business - MiamiHerald.com | Food issues | Scoop.it
Whole Foods Market said Friday that it will stop selling fish caught from depleted waters or through ecologically damaging methods, a move that comes as supermarkets nationwide try to make their seafood selections more sustainable.
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Chicken Feathers Carry Drugs | Chemical & Engineering News

Chicken Feathers Carry Drugs | Chemical & Engineering News | Food issues | Scoop.it

Chicken feathers processed at high temperatures become “feather meal” that finds use as fertilizer and animal feed. But the feathers retain a slew of pharmaceutical compounds, and not just drugs used to treat chickens, researchers report in Environmental Science & Technology (DOI: 10.1021/es203970e). They discovered antibiotics, fungicides, caffeine, and other compounds in feather meal, and suggest that the meal may be a conduit for antimicrobial resistance.

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Exploiting the smell of genetically modified fear

Exploiting the smell of genetically modified fear | Food issues | Scoop.it
Biotechnology is back on the political agenda today with the launch of a field trial designed to assess a new variety of aphid repelling GM wheat.
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If Monsanto Were a Person

If Monsanto Were a Person | Food issues | Scoop.it
If Monsanto Were a Person The following video is from the March 16, 2012, action that shut down a Monsanto research facility in Davis, CA.
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Key mechanism involved in Type 2 diabetes identified

Scientists have discovered a key protein that regulates insulin resistance -- the diminished ability of cells to respond to the action of insulin and which sets the stage for the development of the most common form of diabetes.
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Practice makes perfect with picky eaters | Appetizer | National Post

Practice makes perfect with picky eaters | Appetizer | National Post | Food issues | Scoop.it

Studies suggest an undesirable food generally needs to be reintroduced between 10 and 30 times before a child will eat it without complaint. Freedhoff says the key is to have kids try at least one bite but not force-feed the full serving if it doesn’t agree with them.

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‘Pink slime’: Is Canada really better off without it?

‘Pink slime’: Is Canada really better off without it? | Food issues | Scoop.it
When celebrity chef Jamie Oliver launched his crusade against so-called "pink slime," a processed beef product added to burger patties in the U.S., the world watched in horror.  The media was buzzing with stories about how beef off-cuts were being...
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Mothers Trump Regulators as Campbell Dumps Chemical

Campbell’s soup and Chef Boyardee pasta are banned from Lori Popkewitz Alper’s pantry in Bedford, Massachusetts, because the mother of three says her family may be harmed by the chemical that lines the metal containers.
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B.C. teens warned away from protein shakes - British Columbia - CBC News

B.C. teens warned away from protein shakes - British Columbia - CBC News | Food issues | Scoop.it
B.C. nutritionists are warning teenagers to stay away from protein powders and pre-mixed supplement drinks that may have unregulated ingredients, and may end up just making the teens ill, or just fat.
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Social media turn up heat on food industry

Social media turn up heat on food industry | Food issues | Scoop.it
Americans enjoy the cheapest food supply in the world, spending the smallest share of their income on groceries of any country.
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