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Looking to Africa for food security - Daily News | Opinion | IOL.co.za

Looking to Africa for food security - Daily News | Opinion | IOL.co.za | Food issues | Scoop.it

Something has to change and countries are looking to Africa for a solution. African agriculture has, for example, become a focus of the Obama administration, with moves to invest in technologies, initiatives and land for growing food in Africa; food for Americans, in the long run.

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Mediterranean diet gives longer life, Swedish study suggests

A Mediterranean diet with large amounts of vegetables and fish gives a longer life, according to Swedish research.
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Teens choose water when calorie count of sugary beverages is easier to understand

Providing easily understandable caloric information, specifically in the form of a physical activity equivalent, may reduce the likelihood of sugar-sweetened beverage purchases among adolescents by as much as half.
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Moms' pesticide exposure tied to infection in kids

Moms' pesticide exposure tied to infection in kids | Food issues | Scoop.it

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new report links remnants of a once-common pesticide to lung infections and wheezing in kids exposed to the chemical before birth.

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Feds’ GM Food Proposal Compromises Food Safety, Say Groups | National | Canada | Epoch Times

Feds’ GM Food Proposal Compromises Food Safety, Say Groups | National | Canada | Epoch Times | Food issues | Scoop.it
A federal government proposal that would allow low levels of contamination from genetically modified foods from other countries is raising concerns among activist groups.
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Prawns bring new life to flooded Bangladesh fields

Prawns bring new life to flooded Bangladesh fields | Food issues | Scoop.it
PUTIA VILLAGE, Bangladesh (AlertNet) - For six months of the year, Bangladeshi rice farmer Raj Mia and his wife suffered as the annual monsoon rains flooded their fields, leaving them unable to feed their...
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Why Are We More Hungry In The Winter? : NPR

When winter arrives, many of us want to eat more. Some experts say it's a vestige of biology: the drive to hoard calories like chipmunks.
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Eating Animals

Eating Animals | Food issues | Scoop.it
Collectively, we have lived 52 years vegetarian or vegan. Yet we no longer think vegetarianism is the answer. Now we firmly believe foods from animals can be both healthful and ethical.
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Wind Turbines May Help Crops on Farms, Research Says

Wind Turbines May Help Crops on Farms, Research Says | Food issues | Scoop.it

Wind energy may do more than improve farm income. When sited in agricultural fields, turbines’ churning of air may help crops to grow, new research indicates.

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Salmon Wars: Cohen & Attack of the PR Flacks

Salmon Wars: Cohen & Attack of the PR Flacks | Food issues | Scoop.it

The second of three extra days of hearings at the Cohen Commission into disappearing Fraser River sockeye yielded more surprises - the biggest of which came in the form of a telling internal email strain between DFO and Canadian Food Inspection Agency staff. The emails were sent following a teleconference for media hosted by the two departments, aimed at quelling concerns over the recent discovery of Infectious Salmon Anemia virus in wild BC salmon.

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3 Reasons Why Freakonomics is Wrong About Local Food

3 Reasons Why Freakonomics is Wrong About Local Food | Food issues | Scoop.it
Steve Sexton's Freakonomics article sets forth three flawed arguments against local food growing systems, including the idea that local food is too expensive, it won't solve the hunger problem, and the economies of scale make it an expensive...
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BPA: a threat to health that's hard to avoid

BPA: a threat to health that's hard to avoid | Food issues | Scoop.it

The 2003-04 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found detectable levels of BPA in 93 percent of 2,517 urine samples from people 6 years and older.

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Scientists fear reprisals after their research on a possibly deadly fish virus

Scientists fear reprisals after their research on a possibly deadly fish virus | Food issues | Scoop.it
VANCOUVER - Two Canadian scientists working on opposite coasts say they fear their reputations are b... - Science & Technology - Winnipeg Free Press.
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An Entrepreneurial Solution To The Problem Of Getting Local Food To Local Tables

An Entrepreneurial Solution To The Problem Of Getting Local Food To Local Tables | Food issues | Scoop.it
  Label states: "Certified Organic Grown in New Paltz, NY, traveled 18 miles to Kingston NY where it was washed, sliced and frozen" Last August, shortly after Hurricane Irene did its damage, I wrote about...
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Mexico Ignores Warnings about Bisphenol A

Mexico Ignores Warnings about Bisphenol A | Food issues | Scoop.it

In spite of the scientific evidence, "no measures are being taken against bisphenol A" in Mexico, Isabel Hernández, a scientist at the Laboratory of Female Reproductive Toxicology, in the Centre for Research and Advanced Studies (CINVESTAV) at Mexico's National Polytechnic Institute, told Tierramérica.

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Hong Kong raises bird flu alert

Hong Kong raises bird flu alert | Food issues | Scoop.it
Hong Kong is culling 17,000 chickens after three birds were confirmed to have died from the deadly H5N1 bird flu strain in the past week.
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Waiting for the "Heavens to Weep"

Waiting for the "Heavens to Weep" | Food issues | Scoop.it
Duduzile Sibanda takes a break from preparing her long stretch of land for her
maize crop in rural Mberengwa, in Zimbabwe’s Midlands province. She wipes her
brow under the scorching sun and looks upwards.
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Fertiliser pollution lives on in the River Thames

Fertiliser pollution lives on in the River Thames | Food issues | Scoop.it

The rapid rise in intensive agriculture since the Second World War together with the use of fertilisers has led to severe nitrate pollution in the River Thames, report scientists.

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Chinese study affirms dietary calcium over supplements

Insufficient calcium intake may be part of the problem behind the obesity crisis in the U.S. and elsewhere, according to an article mentioned in this newsletter last week.
Now, researchers from China have found that the dietary calcium from dairy and other foods is superior to calcium supplements when it comes to achieving this effect in women.

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Eating less could save brain from ageing

Eating less could save brain from ageing | Food issues | Scoop.it

EATING less may keep the mind young, according to Italian scientists who say they have discovered the molecular process by which a strict diet may save the brain from the ravages of age.

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Droughts could push parts of Africa back into famine

Droughts could push parts of Africa back into famine | Food issues | Scoop.it
Drought and erratic rains could lead to further food scarcities in Africa warns the United Nations World Food Program (WFP). The WFP singles out South Sudan, the world's newest nation, and Niger as nations of particular concern.
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Loma Linda Frets About Unhealthy Inroads

Loma Linda Frets About Unhealthy Inroads | Food issues | Scoop.it
Residents are fretting after the City Council of Loma Linda, Calif., known for healthy lifestyles and longevity, recently approved the city’s first McDonald’s outlet.
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High-fat diet leaves its mark on sperm - health - 19 December 2011 - New Scientist

High-fat diet leaves its mark on sperm - health - 19 December 2011 - New Scientist | Food issues | Scoop.it
Obese mice sire insulin resistant offspring because their sperm cells contain epigenetic changes that are influenced by diet...
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Occupy the Food System

Occupy the Food System | Food issues | Scoop.it
'Corporate control of our food system has led to the loss of millions of family farmers, destruction of our soil, pollution of our water and health epidemics of obesity and diabetes. We simply can't afford it.
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