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Organic Crop Insurance Cost Spoils Growth of $27 Billion Market

Consumer demand for organic foods has helped Uncle Matt’s Organic Inc. grow from 5 acres of oranges in 1999 to become Florida’s biggest organic-citrus producer.
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Oh Canada! Food trends for 2012

Oh Canada! Food trends for 2012 | Food issues | Scoop.it
We asked our beloved Canadian talent who have the pulse on this country's plate to look into their crystal balls for what's coming our food way in 2012.
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NoGeMo: A Tamagotchi Clone To Teach China About Healthy Food

NoGeMo: A Tamagotchi Clone To Teach China About Healthy Food | Food issues | Scoop.it
Want to grow your NoGeMo? You better not feed it genetically modified food. That's the goal of a new game from Chinese Greenpeace designed to help its users navigate the murky world of healthy produce in China.
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Ohio farms flush with manure

Ohio farms flush with manure | Food issues | Scoop.it
Under the best conditions, raising livestock is a dirty, smelly business. And right now in Ohio, the conditions are far from good. Record rainfall during the fall kept most farmers from spreading manure on muddy fields.
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Organic Misconceptions

Organic Misconceptions | Food issues | Scoop.it
The organics industry is young, but it is booming. So much so that even global corporations with all the finances and resources in the world (literally) have trouble filling orders under “organic” label criteria.
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No junk food on less than food stamps

No junk food on less than food stamps | Food issues | Scoop.it
I honestly can't believe it. For 100 days our family survived on real, fresh, whole, organic, local, non-processed food spending less money than we would have on full food stamp benefits.
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Walmart being pressured to say no to GE sweet corn

Walmart being pressured to say no to GE sweet corn | Food issues | Scoop.it
Walmart, the world’s leading food retailer, is facing a national campaign to live up to its promise of supporting local farming and healthier eating by not selling genetically engineered sweet corn, recently approved for sale by the American...
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Permaculture: A panacea to climate change

Permaculture: A panacea to climate change | Food issues | Scoop.it
Agriculture is a world of contradictions. Certainty, uncertainty, balances, imbalances, progression, retrogression have been part of agriculture for ages, rendering it 'acceptable' to embrace years of bumper yields along with those of scanty....
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Crowdsourcing Crop Improvement in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Proposal for a Scalable and Inclusive Approach to Food Security - van Etten - 2011 - IDS Bulletin - Wiley Online Library

Crowdsourcing Crop Improvement in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Proposal for a Scalable and Inclusive Approach to Food Security - van Etten - 2011 - IDS Bulletin - Wiley Online Library | Food issues | Scoop.it

In sub-Saharan Africa, modern varieties released by the formal seed sector cover only a small part of the total crop acreage. Participatory approaches to crop improvement and seed production have been developed to overcome some of the barriers to modern variety development and seed distribution, but have not been widely scaled up. Crowdsourcing, such as seen in online citizen science projects, might inspire new approaches to upscale farmer-participatory seed innovation, specifically aiming at household food production. Using mobile technology, African farmers may be engaged in massively evaluating and distributing seeds. It is argued that a crowdsourcing approach to seed innovation would not only be scalable, but also inclusive through the strengthening of crop diversity as an open informational resource.


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Homemade Nutella: Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

Homemade Nutella: Chocolate Hazelnut Spread | Food issues | Scoop.it
When I saw this recipe for homemade Nutella pop up on David Leite's FB feed 2 days ago, I knew I'd found the right way to use my toasted hazelnuts leftover from Thanksgiving.
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KILLER SEEDS: The Devastating Impacts of Monsanto’s Genetically Modified Seeds in India

KILLER SEEDS: The Devastating Impacts of Monsanto’s Genetically Modified Seeds in India | Food issues | Scoop.it

Monsanto’s operation in India illustrates monopolization and manipulation of the market economy, tradition, technology, and misgovernance. The world’s largest producer of genetically engineered seeds has been selling genetically modified (GM) in India for the last decade to benefit the Indian farmers – or so the company claims.

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Monsanto sphere of influence penetrates U.S. government

Monsanto sphere of influence penetrates U.S. government | Food issues | Scoop.it
Monsanto, the biotech giant which recently made headlines when its genetically engineered corn was approved for sale, has penetrated the United States government, and the company’s opposition could be experiencing military style trade wars.
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Some 'low-gluten' beer contains high levels of gluten

Beer tested in a new study, including some brands labeled "low-gluten," contains levels of hordein, the form of gluten present in barley, that could cause symptoms in patients with celiac disease, the autoimmune condition treated with a life-long...
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No relief for seniors on a budget with food prices expected to climb in 2012

No relief for seniors on a budget with food prices expected to climb in 2012 | Food issues | Scoop.it

Seniors struggling to pay for groceries will see little relief in 2012 as prices are expected to increase 3 to 4 percent, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. This comes on top of an estimated 4.25 to 4.75 percent increase for groceries in 2011. Restaurant prices in 2012 will likewise rise 2 to 3 percent in 2012, also following increases in 2011.

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Nearly 7 million bats may have died from white-nose fungus, officials say

Nearly 7 million bats may have died from white-nose fungus, officials say | Food issues | Scoop.it
More than five years since the white-nose fungus was detected, up to 6.7 million bats are estimated to have died in 16 states and Canada, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced.
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Laurel Stelter's curator insight, October 3, 2013 7:30 PM
Although bats aren't too many peoples' favorite animal, they still are important. If bats are dying from a fungus at this rate, who knows what their future will hold. The U.S. and Canada need to come together to discuss a solution.
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Antibiotics Breed Drug-Resistant Bacteria in Pigs

Antibiotics Breed Drug-Resistant Bacteria in Pigs | Food issues | Scoop.it
After being exposed to antibiotics for only 2 weeks, a drastic rise in drug-resistant E. coli has been detected in guts of pigs.
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How To I.D. Genetically Modified Food at the Supermarket

How To I.D. Genetically Modified Food at the Supermarket | Food issues | Scoop.it

Wondering how to identify GM produce? It's easy for fresh fruits and veg. This site tells you how.

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The Failure of the FDA: Why We're Still Using Antibiotics on Livestock

The Failure of the FDA: Why We're Still Using Antibiotics on Livestock | Food issues | Scoop.it
Instead of making good on its 1977 promise to limit the use of drugs as growth promoters in animals, the FDA is going in the other direction.
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CBC -The Nature of Things with David Suzuki - Episode - Programmed to be Fat?

CBC -The Nature of Things with David Suzuki - Episode - Programmed to be Fat? | Food issues | Scoop.it
New science links man-made chemicals to the global obesity epidemic. Man-made chemicals may be programming us to be fat - before we're even born.
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GMO: Azores will not comply with United States request

GMO: Azores will not comply with United States request | Food issues | Scoop.it
The Regional Government of the Azores and environmental organizations condemned what they termed US “interference” lobbying against plans to ban the use of genetically modified organisms (GMO) on the archipelago.
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Amy Marques's curator insight, July 29, 2013 9:12 AM

This article is definitley a shocker since both my parents are both from the Azores. One of the most staggering things is that in the Azores, everything "was" done naturally, and pre-1970s all that the Azores produced went to the motherland of Portugal, leaving these islands very poor. I'm surprised that they use GMOS on their crops, although in the grand scheme of things, agriculture has changed. These islands depend of agriculture and turism so when you think of it that way, GMOS ensure good crops, and ensure that there will be enough to keep at home and for sale. 

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These Are The Ten Most Bizarre Fast-Food Locations On The Planet

These Are The Ten Most Bizarre Fast-Food Locations On The Planet | Food issues | Scoop.it
And outer space....
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Foods that look like body parts they're good for

Foods that look like body parts they're good for | Food issues | Scoop.it
Get nutrition facts about foods that look like the body parts they are good for and other great healthy living tips at WomansDay.com.
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Malawi farmers ease climate woes with fertiliser trees - AlertNet

Malawi farmers ease climate woes with fertiliser trees - AlertNet | Food issues | Scoop.it
Planting maize with trees helps hold onto moisture as dry spells worsen...
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5 Food Labels That Mean Nothing

5 Food Labels That Mean Nothing | Food issues | Scoop.it
While certain words and phrases such as "Low Sodium" or "Certified USDA Organic" are regulated and certified by government agencies, most are not -- and it's up to the consumer to read between the lines in order to find something healthy to eat.
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Coke, Pepsi Try to Ease O.J. Fears

Coke, Pepsi Try to Ease O.J. Fears | Food issues | Scoop.it
Coca-Cola said it has been contacted by a relatively small number of consumers with questions about an unapproved fungicide found in orange juice sold by it and competitors in the U.S.
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