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Trans Fat: Hiding in Plain Sight

Trans Fat:  Hiding in Plain Sight | Food issues | Scoop.it
The Center for Science in the Public Interest has asked the Food and Drug Administration to get rid of partially hydrogenated oil altogether. In the meantime, avoid products like these.
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India's children reap the bitter harvest of endosulfan

India's children reap the bitter harvest of endosulfan | Food issues | Scoop.it
In some Keralan villages half the families have a severely disabled child: the legacy, locals say, of pesticide spraying...
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Cantaloupe processor largely ignored FDA guidelines, probe finds

Cantaloupe processor largely ignored FDA guidelines, probe finds | Food issues | Scoop.it
A listeria outbreak that killed 30 people and sickened 146 others might have been avoided if a Colorado cantaloupe processor had followed U.S. guidelines and washed the fruit in chlorinated water, a congressional investigation found.
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'Climate farmers' highlight green agriculture practices | EurActiv

'Climate farmers' highlight green agriculture practices | EurActiv | Food issues | Scoop.it
Independent specialised European Union affairs portal for EU policy professionals. Expert EU policy journalists follow a wide range of European legislation and topics. Stories, interviews and articles are available in English, French and German.
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Canadians back ban on junk food ads targeting kids: Survey

Canadians back ban on junk food ads targeting kids: Survey | Food issues | Scoop.it
The majority of Canadians strongly support an outright ban on junk food marketing aimed at children, a new government-commissioned survey has found.
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Court rules for genetically modified seed - UPI.com

Court rules for genetically modified seed - UPI.com | Food issues | Scoop.it
A federal judge has dismissed claims the U.S. government broke the law by completely deregulating a company's genetically engineered alfalfa seeds.
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Second Life: What Happens to Old and Expired Supermarket Products

Second Life: What Happens to Old and Expired Supermarket Products | Food issues | Scoop.it
It doesn't all end up in the trash. Once food hits its sell-by date, many markets donate products to food banks or sell them to salvage stores.
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Chewing on the Best Diets

Chewing on the Best Diets | Food issues | Scoop.it
As you likely know, U.S. News and World Report released a list of "best diets" to coincide with the annual bumper crop of weight loss resolutions as the new year begins. I was privileged to be one of the 22 judges.
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U.S. tightens fishing policy, setting 2012 catch limits for all managed species

U.S. tightens fishing policy, setting 2012 catch limits for all managed species | Food issues | Scoop.it
For the first time, the government will set catch limits for federally managed fisheries in the U.S.
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Farming for Life — Emerging Ideas — Utne Reader

Farming for Life — Emerging Ideas — Utne Reader | Food issues | Scoop.it
India is pushing organic cultivation initiatives to stanch the spate of farmer suicides.
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Cathryn Wellner's comment, January 10, 2012 10:28 AM
Multinationals have sold industrial farming around the world - debts for machinery, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizer, more land - and that has led to suicide. Large scale leads to farming in the hands of fewer people, less biodiversity, etc.
Jeremy Cherfas's comment, January 10, 2012 12:47 PM
But it isn't the large farmers who are committing suicide, is it?
Cathryn Wellner's comment, January 10, 2012 2:13 PM
Exactly. Pushing expansion on small farmers is also the reason there are so many Mexican people looking for work in the fields of North America.
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Who Grows Our Food -- KAMUT International's Bob Quinn

Who Grows Our Food -- KAMUT International's Bob Quinn | Food issues | Scoop.it
KAMUT kernels look like rice on hi-def and cook up fabulously chewy. Flaked, KAMUT is like oatmeal on steroids.
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Questions remain about organic foods grown in China

Questions remain about organic foods grown in China | Food issues | Scoop.it

Since the melamine tragedy of 2008, when infant formula sickened thousands of babies and killed at least six, the country has faced a string of reported food dramas: Watermelons exploding from too much growth chemical, borax in beef, bleach in mushrooms, soy sauce made with arsenic and from human hair, and "eggs" created using chemicals, gelatin and paraffin.

 

Even melamine continues to show up. Chinese food imports are regularly turned away from U.S. ports because of melamine content, and last year Chinese police seized more than 26 tons of milk powder tainted with the chemical from an ice-cream maker.

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An apple a day isn't enough: Many people not eating enough fruits and vegetables

An apple a day isn't enough: Many people not eating enough fruits and vegetables | Food issues | Scoop.it
Adults from 30 to 60 years old, especially those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, aren't consuming the daily recommended levels of fruits and vegetables.
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Most milk in India contaminated or diluted

Most milk in India contaminated or diluted | Food issues | Scoop.it
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indians may think twice before gulping down a glass of milk after the country's food safety regulator found most samples collected in a survey were either diluted or adulterated with...
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Tuna, meat labeling disputes highlight WTO control

Tuna, meat labeling disputes highlight WTO control | Food issues | Scoop.it

Consumers stand to lose if disputes over dolphin-safe and country-of-origin designations end in curtailing information.

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'60 Minutes' exposes dark side of truffle trade

'60 Minutes' exposes dark side of truffle trade | Food issues | Scoop.it
Black and white truffles are the world's most expensive foods, and they are coveted by chefs and criminals alike.
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Brown Revolution Brings New Hope

Brown Revolution Brings New Hope | Food issues | Scoop.it
Picking spots for cattle to graze could reverse desertification and even do its bit
to retard climate change, new experiments in Zimbabwe have shown. It’s what
is coming to be called the Brown Revolution.
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Nutrition policy favours food industry - not public health

Nutrition policy favours food industry - not public health | Food issues | Scoop.it
The national nutrition policy formulated by Labour and National-led Governments favours the food industry over public health according to new research from the University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand..
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Antibiotic Use In Farm Animals Still Broadly Unaddressed Despite 'Fanfare' For FDA Move

Antibiotic Use In Farm Animals Still Broadly Unaddressed Despite 'Fanfare' For FDA Move | Food issues | Scoop.it
The Food and Drug Administration's latest move concerning the use of antibiotics in farm animals garnered a good deal of praise last week, but public health advocates say much more is needed.
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Research Study Ranks Antioxidant Value of Nuts: Walnuts Top List

Research Study Ranks Antioxidant Value of Nuts: Walnuts Top List | Food issues | Scoop.it

A new study by University of Scranton Chemistry Professor Joe Vinson, Ph.D., published in The Royal Society of Chemistry's journal Food and Function online on Dec. 21, 2011, shows nuts pack a healthy punch and ranks walnuts at the top for having both more healthful antioxidants, called polyphenols, and a higher antioxidant potency than the other nuts analyzed.

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Local and state farm bureaus fight against ‘war’ on agriculture

Local and state farm bureaus fight against ‘war’ on agriculture | Food issues | Scoop.it

Nutrient management programs and regulations hit farmers hard, although things could be worse, Miltenberger said. That’s because agriculture causes only a small percentage of the pollution entering the Chesapeake Bay, Miltenberger said. At first, the Maryland Department of Agriculture came up with such strict standards that the outcry from farmers and their allies caused the department to back off and revise the guidelines, Miltenberger said.

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Next stop, the Olympics: Urban farmers are digging for eco-victory

Next stop, the Olympics: Urban farmers are digging for eco-victory | Food issues | Scoop.it
Think of farming, and the rolling fields of the countryside spring to mind. But across Britain's towns and cities, veggie growers, cheese-makers and honey producers are becoming established.
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Making Monday Better with a new (light) recipe for the new year

Making Monday Better with a new (light) recipe for the new year | Food issues | Scoop.it
A lot of us have made some resolutions we are hoping to conquer over the course of 2012. Some of us may have included eating a little better and taking care of ourselves. That may have included me.
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Fierce fish farm opponent remains defiant in the face of B.C. defamation case

Fierce fish farm opponent remains defiant in the face of B.C. defamation case | Food issues | Scoop.it
VANCOUVER - Don Staniford says he's never had a fist fight — not even during his most ferocious action as a rugby player in high school or as a soccer...
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