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Loblaw chief Galen Weston says farmers’ markets pose health risk

Loblaw chief Galen Weston says farmers’ markets pose health risk | Food issues | Scoop.it
Galen Weston enrages farmers’ markets community and local foodies with off-the-cuff remark.

 

Yes, the remark was off the cuff, but the sentiment behind it was not. The industrial food system would quite happily control every morsel that is grown and eaten.

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Postmedia News says a hefty report by a 10-member panel recommends major changes to the way the government manages fisheries, including limiting the minister of fisheries and oceans' "czar-like" powers.


The panel, which spent two years assessing ocean biodiversity and challenges posed by climate change, fishing and fish farming, found the department is in a basic conflict of interest because it's responsible for both exploiting and conserving fisheries.


The report blames overfishing that has seriously depleted many species and disrupted the marine food chain.

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Genetically-Modified Papaya Hits Shelves in Japan

Genetically-Modified Papaya Hits Shelves in Japan | Food issues | Scoop.it

Rainbow papayas recently went on sale in Japan. They are the only gene-altered fruit on the market today in Japan, a country with strict laws regarding genetically-modified organisms (GMOs).

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10 misleading food product labels in Canada - Canada - CBC News

10 misleading food product labels in Canada - Canada - CBC News | Food issues | Scoop.it

A CBC Marketplace investigation reveals the Top 10 lousy labels in the grocery store, products which make supposed health claims that aren't always supported by the medical and nutritional evidence.

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Preference for fatty foods may have genetic roots

Preference for fatty foods may have genetic roots | Food issues | Scoop.it

A preference for fatty foods has a genetic basis, according to researchers, who discovered that people with certain forms of the CD36 gene may like high-fat foods more than those who have other forms of this gene.

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Germany: Genetically Modified Foods Not Welcome

Germany: Genetically Modified Foods Not Welcome | Food issues | Scoop.it
German chemicals giant BASF is closing its biotech division in Germany. The move was prompted by massive resistance to genetically modified food among both the public and politicians.
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Danes want biotech firms, EU govts to agree GM crop bans

* Bans would be agreed before EU cultivation approval -draft * Plan designed to restart stalled talks on GM crop bans * EU environment ministers due to discuss proposal in March By Charlie Dunmore BRUSSELS,...
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Thousands Demand Food, Jobs in Mexico City - Hispanically Speaking News

Thousands Demand Food, Jobs in Mexico City - Hispanically Speaking News | Food issues | Scoop.it
Thousands of peasants, workers, university students and unemployed people took to the streets of Mexico City to demand that the government provide...
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How to eat local forever: lessons on food security gathered from First Nations

How to eat local forever: lessons on food security gathered from First Nations | Food issues | Scoop.it
The ongoing controversy over the Enbridge oil pipeline and the testimony of First Nations before the Joint Review panel has brought into focus the connection of First Nations people to their...
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The seed emergency | The Asian Age

The seed emergency | The Asian Age | Food issues | Scoop.it

The deepening agrarian and food crisis has its roots in changes in the seed supply system, brought on by the erosion of seed diversity and the farmer’s loss of rights to seed. These rights include the right to save, breed and exchange seed, to have access to diverse open-source seeds which are not patented, genetically modified, owned and controlled by giant corporations. There is an urgent need to reclaim the seed and biodiversity in the food chain as commons.

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The World Today - 25,000 ducks killed in avian flu campaign 31/01/2012

The World Today - 25,000 ducks killed in avian flu campaign 31/01/2012 | Food issues | Scoop.it
Authorities in Victoria say the site of an avian influenza outbreak at a farm north of Melbourne will stay in lock down for several weeks as they try to eradicate the virus Up to 25 000 ducks have a...
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7Live: Chiles, fiery food to benefit health

7Live: Chiles, fiery food to benefit health | Food issues | Scoop.it
Did you know cooking and eating chile peppers can improve your health? Executive Chef John Ledbetter of Bocanova restaurant in Oakland shares tips on how to shop for and handle them, and what healthy dishes you can make.
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Eat free or die - The Boston Globe

Have you heard of the “food sovereignty’’ movement, sometimes called the “food rights’’ campaign?
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Mexico Drought Chokes Cattle, Crops

Mexico Drought Chokes Cattle, Crops | Food issues | Scoop.it
The worst drought on record in various parts of Mexico has destroyed millions of acres of cropland and left millions of livestock without food.
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Yaffe: Plentiful food creates its own challenges

Yaffe: Plentiful food creates its own challenges | Food issues | Scoop.it
While most people might think about tucking into a good meal when the topic of food is raised, it happens to be a pressing issue for Canada's politicians.
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Fish Feud: The Right to Know about GMO | OnEarth Magazine

Fish Feud: The Right to Know about GMO | OnEarth Magazine | Food issues | Scoop.it

Consumers in California apparently don’t have the right to know if they are buying genetically engineered foods. The California Assembly recently voted down the Consumer Right To Know Act, or AB 88, which was introduced by Jared Huffman, a Democrat from San Rafael. This is too bad. The bill would have considered genetically engineered fish or fish products "misbranded" if they lacked labeling that conspicuously identifies them as such.

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Indigenous communities poisoned by pesticides | MediaGlobal News

Indigenous communities poisoned by pesticides | MediaGlobal News | Food issues | Scoop.it

For centuries, indigenous peoples throughout the world relied on hunting, farming, and fishing for their subsistence. Today, many traditional foods have become life-threatening dangers, contaminated by pollutants and pesticides. Over 355,000 people are poisoned every year, and hundreds of thousands more are made ill.

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Diet high in processed meat linked to increased diabetes risk

Diet high in processed meat linked to increased diabetes risk in populations with high diabetes rate...
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China To Invest In Agriculture Innovation To Boost Food Security - Planet Ark

China said on Wednesday it would boost agriculture innovation in an effort to increase food output, signaling that the world's most populous country is trying to tackle outdated farm and food infrastructure to feed its people.

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Societal control of sugar essential to ease public health burden, experts urge

Societal control of sugar essential to ease public health burden, experts urge | Food issues | Scoop.it
Sugar should be controlled like alcohol and tobacco to protect public health, according to a team of researchers, who maintain in a new report that sugar is fueling a global obesity pandemic, contributing to 35 million deaths annually worldwide...
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Why They Don’t Drink the Water, Kids Jazzed on Energy Drinks

Why They Don’t Drink the Water, Kids Jazzed on Energy Drinks | Food issues | Scoop.it

Today, the number of sugary drink options my children have is absolutely astounding. According to a recent study by Yale’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, there are now 600 products to choose from. They range from full-calorie sodas, sports drinks, vitamin water drinks, flavored waters, fruit drinks to the fairly new option of “energy” drinks.

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Farm helps develop life skills for special-needs adults

Farm helps develop life skills for special-needs adults | Food issues | Scoop.it

Adults with developmental disabilities regularly visit Special Dreams Farm to receive training in life skills such as cooking, sewing, growing vegetables and caring for animals.
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Declining fisheries will affect us all soon enough

Declining fisheries will affect us all soon enough | Food issues | Scoop.it
Globally, fisheries are at risk because of overfishing exacerbated by climate change. Human apathy may be the biggest threat to declining fish species, though, as too many governments and individuals remain in denial about the urgency of the problem.
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The Great Northern Migration -- Of U.S. Cattle

The Great Northern Migration -- Of U.S. Cattle | Food issues | Scoop.it
For more than a century, through a dozen dry spells when lakes disappeared and the land died, thousands of cows from the Swenson Land & Cattle Co have roamed the fields of Texas.
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