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Composting food waste remains your best option, study finds

Composting food waste remains your best option, study finds | Food issues | Scoop.it
A new study confirms that composting food scraps is better than throwing them away, and also calculates the environmental benefits associated with keeping these organic materials out of landfills.
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Even if you use vegetable scraps for stock, you end up with waste. So composting is a good use of whatever you don't eat.

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A world in which we all eat the same food will end up with a side of disaster

A world in which we all eat the same food will end up with a side of disaster | Food issues | Scoop.it
Supermarket shelves filled with the exotic give a false impression, warns environmentalist Simran Sethi. Her new book exposes the dangers eating a small number of the same things
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The article starts with a frightening statistic we should all be concerned about - that 3/4 of our food "comes from 12 plants and five animals."

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We can’t talk emissions without talking agriculture

We can’t talk emissions without talking agriculture | Food issues | Scoop.it
Climate change may actually present Canada, and the Canadian food and farming sector, with unique opportunities
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We can't keep destroying soil, water and air and expect to feed a burgeoning population.

 

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I quit. After 14 years fighting New Zealand's obesity crisis, nothing's changed | Robyn Toomath

I quit. After 14 years fighting New Zealand's obesity crisis, nothing's changed | Robyn Toomath | Food issues | Scoop.it
I now believe civil uprising is our best hope for change so I’m passing the baton to overweight and obese people
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Some thoughtful prose for those who think the obesity epidemic is just a matter of poor willpower - and for those who know how much more complicated it is.

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As Beekeepers Lose More Hives, Time For New Rules On Pesticides?

As Beekeepers Lose More Hives, Time For New Rules On Pesticides? | Food issues | Scoop.it
Beekeepers lost 42 percent of their hives last year. NPR and PBS NewsHour investigate what's behind the plight of the pollinators. Some scientists say pesticides called neonics are being overused.
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It's only our food supply at risk.

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Moderate coffee drinking may be linked to reduced risk of death

Moderate coffee drinking may be linked to reduced risk of death | Food issues | Scoop.it
Drinking coffee daily was associated with a lower risk of deaths from Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and neurological diseases in nonsmokers. Regular consumption of coffee can be included as part of a healthy, balanced diet.
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Right, OK, I'm a coffee drinker but am not turning cartwheels. The implications are tiny, and the truth of the matter is, we are all going to die. Coffee drinking will play a small role.

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How the Western Diet Has Derailed Our Evolution - Issue 30: Identity - Nautilus

How the Western Diet Has Derailed Our Evolution - Issue 30: Identity - Nautilus | Food issues | Scoop.it
For the microbiologist Justin Sonnenburg, that career-defining moment—the discovery that changed the trajectory of his research,…
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We're performing massive experiments on the human body with our modern diet. The unintended consequences are a boomerang turning back to whack us.

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Obesity Rises Despite All Efforts to Fight It, U.S. Health Officials Say

Obesity Rises Despite All Efforts to Fight It, U.S. Health Officials Say | Food issues | Scoop.it
Despite years of efforts to reduce obesity, federal health officials reported Thursday that the share of Americans who were obese increased slightly.
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Why our salt is packed with plastic

Why our salt is packed with plastic | Food issues | Scoop.it
Despite the unquantified risk from microplastics in salt, salt is essential for life and sea salt tends to have trace minerals.
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Plastic in salt? Sheesh!

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Faced with climate change, Ethiopia rediscovers an ancient staple crop | Global Ideas | DW.COM | 03.11.2015

Faced with climate change, Ethiopia rediscovers an ancient staple crop | Global Ideas | DW.COM | 03.11.2015 | Food issues | Scoop.it
Often dubbed the false banana, the giant enset is a staple crop in certain parts of Ethiopia. As climate change brings increasingly frequent droughts, the plant's versatility and resilience could help fight hunger.
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"Progress" is often blind to the gifts the natural world so generously bestows on us.

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Obesogens | The Scientist Magazine®

Obesogens | The Scientist Magazine® | Food issues | Scoop.it
Low doses of environmental chemicals can make animals gain weight. Whether they do the same to humans is a thorny issue.
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Meet The (Other) Musk Brother, Who Wants To Change The World Of Food

Meet The (Other) Musk Brother, Who Wants To Change The World Of Food | Food issues | Scoop.it
While Elon Musk tries to solve the world's transportation and energy problems, his brother Kimbal is working to transform what we eat.
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Coconut oil: Is it a 'miracle' food?

Coconut oil: Is it a 'miracle' food? | Food issues | Scoop.it
Coconut oil has been said to cause weight loss, protect against cancer and heart disease, and even slow down or prevent dementia. Here's what the studies actually say.
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The wild claims are based on small studies. The jury is still out, but as long as you don't expect miracles, this delicious oil can play a small role in your diet.

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The ‘Extinction’ Of Bananas Shows Us Why Our Food System Needs Help

The ‘Extinction’ Of Bananas Shows Us Why Our Food System Needs Help | Food issues | Scoop.it
The good news? One expert’s solution involves eating more food.
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Life without bananas? It's a real possibility.

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Will Climate Change Break the Global Food System?

Will Climate Change Break the Global Food System? | Food issues | Scoop.it
Extreme weather events scuttling harvests. Skyrocketing food prices causing famine for millions and driving multitudes into poverty. Governments toppling - again - in Pakistan and Ukraine. Massive flo
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The global food system is under so much strain. What will the future hold for our grandchildren?

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Salmon RIP? |

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Salmon RIP? |<br/>   <br/>East Bay Express | Food issues | Scoop.it
Last winter and spring, thousands of adult Chinook salmon nosed upstream past Richmond, through the Carquinez Straits and into the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, on...
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Putting the Chicken Before the Egg

Putting the Chicken Before the Egg | Food issues | Scoop.it
The market, while still small, is growing fast for pastured eggs, which means that hens live in housing that allows them to spend much of their day in open pasture.
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I've pastured chickens before. They are happy, friendly, and lay the best-ever eggs.

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Coke's Chief Scientist, Who Orchestrated Obesity Research, Is Leaving

Coke's Chief Scientist, Who Orchestrated Obesity Research, Is Leaving | Food issues | Scoop.it
Rhona Applebaum, Coca-Cola’s top scientist, is stepping down, a move that follows revelations that the company had funded research that played down the role beverages played in the spread of obesity.
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9 Foods That Contain More Than a Day's Worth of Sugar

9 Foods That Contain More Than a Day's Worth of Sugar | Food issues | Scoop.it
The FDA just announced that Americans should limit their added sugar intake to 12 teaspoons daily. That’s less than it probably seems.
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Nicely paired with the other article I posted, on the intractability of obesity in America (and elsewhere, though the U.S. seems to be leading the big pack). Is it any wonder so many of us are overweight with fare like this?

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Humans have relied on honeybees for nearly 9,000 years — and now they’re mysteriously declining

Humans have relied on honeybees for nearly 9,000 years — and now they’re mysteriously declining | Food issues | Scoop.it
Evidence gathered at ancient sites around the world documents a thousands of years old relationship between species.
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Given our manipulation of the environment, it hardly seems surprising that bees are affected.

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A Seismic Shift in How People Eat - NYTimes.com

A Seismic Shift in How People Eat - NYTimes.com | Food issues | Scoop.it

Urbanites are not the only ones turning away from the products created by big food companies. Eating habits are changing across the country and food companies are struggling to keep up.

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Obesity: Is junk food really to blame? Candy, soda, and fast food are not driving the rising obesity trend in the US

Obesity: Is junk food really to blame? Candy, soda, and fast food are not driving the rising obesity trend in the US | Food issues | Scoop.it
Soda, candy, and fast food are often painted as the prime culprits in the national discussion of obesity in the United States. While a diet of chocolate bars and cheese burgers washed down with a Coke is inadvisable from a nutritional standpoint, these foods are not likely to be a leading cause of obesity in the United States according to a new study.
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Is Feeding Your Child Organic Food Enough to Reduce the Pesticides in Her Body? | Civil Eats

Is Feeding Your Child Organic Food Enough to Reduce the Pesticides in Her Body? | Civil Eats | Food issues | Scoop.it
A new study could shed light on whether an organic diet helps to decrease pesticide exposure among young children.
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A good reminder that we live in complex ecosystems. Directly ingesting pesticides in the food we eat is only one way we absorb the thousands of chemicals in our environments.

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Mark Bittman’s Next Gig: Bringing Plant-Based Cooking to the Masses | Civil Eats

Mark Bittman’s Next Gig: Bringing Plant-Based Cooking to the Masses | Civil Eats | Food issues | Scoop.it
The author and columnist traded his desk job to help launch Purple Carrot, a vegan meal-delivery business.
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Why Genetic Engineering is Stranger Than You Think it is

Why Genetic Engineering is Stranger Than You Think it is | Food issues | Scoop.it
Genetic engineering and horizontal gene transfer are phrases that have been used with delight by scare-mongers with limited appreciation of subtleties essential to their understanding.
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An interesting essay on a scientific practice that makes promises and raises concerns.

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