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Living on Earth: Feeding a Growing Population

Living on Earth: Feeding a Growing Population | Food issues | Scoop.it
The world’s population is expected to reach seven billion by the end of this month. Janet Ranganathan of the World Resources Institute tells host Bruce Gellerman about strategies to sustainably feed the growing number of hungry humans.
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Chef’s Showcase: Roasted pumpkin risotto

Chef’s Showcase: Roasted pumpkin risotto | Food issues | Scoop.it
Chef Binh An Nguyen of Winchester Kitchen & Bar shares his recipe for roasted pumpkin risotto.
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CDC: Americans consume too much sodium

CDC: Americans consume too much sodium | Food issues | Scoop.it
Most Americans consume too much sodium, and new strategies and stronger efforts are needed to reduce the amount of dietary salt.
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Young vegetarians: Getting the nutrition they need - CNN.com

Young vegetarians: Getting the nutrition they need - CNN.com | Food issues | Scoop.it
Niki Gianni was 11 or 12 when she found a video on YouTube called "Meet Your Meat." Saddened and disgusted by the footage from a slaughterhouse, the Chicago girl announced she was no longer going to eat meat.
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Biotech group bids to recruit high-profile GM 'ambassadors'

Biotech group bids to recruit high-profile GM 'ambassadors' | Food issues | Scoop.it
Leaked documents claim Sir Bob Geldof, Kofi Annan and Lord Patten have shown interest in EuropaBio outreach programme...
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Tweeting farmers bridge gap between farm, table - Business - CBC News

Tweeting farmers bridge gap between farm, table - Business - CBC News | Food issues | Scoop.it
More and more Canadian farmers are using Twitter to bridge the gap between farm and table, connecting Canadians wanting to know more about where their food comes from with the people who make their living producing it.
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Do Farm Subsidies Cause Obesity? | Food & Water Watch

Do Farm Subsidies Cause Obesity? | Food & Water Watch | Food issues | Scoop.it
This paper finds that the deregulation of commodity markets – not subsidies – has had a significant impact on the price of commodities.
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Jeremy Cherfas's comment, October 21, 2011 2:30 AM
This seems utterly fishy to me. For one thing, the paper thinks that somehow supply of food can be stabilised. That's hubristic in the extreme. For another, it claims farmers are slow to respond to price signals. The evidence of corn (maize) plantings of the past 5 years surely goes against that. But I'll wait until a trained economist can look into it.
Cathryn Wellner's comment, October 21, 2011 11:17 AM
It'a good one for sparking discussion but not as persuasive to me as some others that come at the issue from quite different directions.
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Hunger Strike to Go 'Until Death' Says Raw-Milk Farmer

Hunger Strike to Go 'Until Death' Says Raw-Milk Farmer | Food issues | Scoop.it

For Canadian raw-milk farmer Michael Schmidt, a citizen's fundamental right to choose what he or she eats is a matter of life or death. Literally.

On Sept. 29, he began a hunger strike, which he describes as the continuation of his efforts over the past 17 years to engage the authorities in a "constructive dialogue about the issue of non-pasteurized milk in Ontario and Canada."

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Why your great-grandchildren will thank you for eating healthily

Why your great-grandchildren will thank you for eating healthily | Food issues | Scoop.it
Researchers from Stanford University have found environmental factors, such as what you eat, may not just effect your longevity but that of your descendants as well.
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Judith van Praag's comment, October 20, 2011 3:50 PM
And this also accounts for the fact why descendents of those who were deprived of nutritious food or calcium or vitamin D or whatever during pregnancy and before still suffer deficiencies.
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Climate change could trap hundreds of millions in disaster areas, report claims

Climate change could trap hundreds of millions in disaster areas, report claims | Food issues | Scoop.it
Report says refugees forced to leave homes by weather caused by global warming may end up in even worse afflicted areas...
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There's a new—and naked—oat in town

There's a new—and naked—oat in town | Food issues | Scoop.it
It looks like brown rice. It tastes nutty and is chewy, like spelt or wheat berries. But the new grain on Vancouver grocery-store shelves isn’t any of the above.
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'Superweeds' Revive an Old, Highly Toxic Herbicide

'Superweeds' Revive an Old, Highly Toxic Herbicide | Food issues | Scoop.it
Don't call it a comeback; 2, 4-D's been here for years. It even played a role in Agent Orange.
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U.S. senators seek new study of deadly salmon virus

The proposed amendment comes just two days after researchers at Simon Fraser University announced the results of laboratory testing that revealed two of 48 sockeye smolts tested from Rivers Inlet in northern British Columbia were carrying infectious salmon anemia, also known as ISA. It's the first time the virus -- which in its virulent form has been found to be deadly to Atlantic salmon, but harmless to humans ­-- has been documented along the Pacific Coast.

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On Nutrition: Celiac questions

On Nutrition: Celiac questions | Food issues | Scoop.it
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease that affects an estimated 6 million people in the United States and Europe.
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When Some Farm Subsidies Go Away, Will Our Food System Be Healthy?

When Some Farm Subsidies Go Away, Will Our Food System Be Healthy? | Food issues | Scoop.it
Now is a critical time to start asking questions about what the consequences would be -- intended or otherwise -- if subsidies go away.
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Texas Reduces Weekend Meals for Prisoners

Texas Reduces Weekend Meals for Prisoners | Food issues | Scoop.it
Inmates have been eating fewer meals since April after officials stopped serving lunch on the weekends as a way to trim $2.8 million in food-service costs.
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Q&A: 'Soil is Key to Global Warming, Food Security'

Q&A: 'Soil is Key to Global Warming, Food Security' | Food issues | Scoop.it
Luc Gnacadja, in his second three-year term as executive secretary, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), is widely seen as delivering on his commitment to manage the world's drylands.
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Famine, Food and the 'F' Word

Famine, Food and the 'F' Word | Food issues | Scoop.it
Focus on the famine, but don't overlook the larger food picture. We simply don't know how -- or even whether -- the world can feed a population of 9 billion or higher by mid-century.
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For daily updates on food news: BC Food Security Gateway

For daily updates on food news: BC Food Security Gateway | Food issues | Scoop.it

The Food Security Gateway is designed to be a “one stop” Web resource for food security practitioners and others in British Columbia who want to make “healthy eating the easy choice” and build food-secure communities.

The Gateway is meant to inform and link you to projects, initiatives and organizations in British Columbia as well as publications, tools, guides, news and events – so that you, too, can contribute to building a healthy BC.

This portal was developed and is maintained in partnership by the Provincial Health Services Authority and the Public Health Association of BC.

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How to fix fish farms

How to fix fish farms | Food issues | Scoop.it
A deadly salmon-farm disease has reached the wild. What can the industry do to protect itself and the environment?
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Food Day is back after a 34-year absence

The nationwide event looks to promote better food policies and healthier diets.
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Climate change didn’t ‘go,’ it was pushed

Climate change didn’t ‘go,’ it was pushed | Food issues | Scoop.it
"Where Did Global Warming Go?" asks Elisabeth Rosenthal in The New York Times. But it's not "America" that has lost its belief in climate change and its will to take action. It's the Republican Party.
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The Ethical Dimension of Tackling Climate Change by Stephen Gardiner: Yale Environment 360

The Ethical Dimension of Tackling Climate Change by Stephen Gardiner: Yale Environment 360 | Food issues | Scoop.it
The global challenge of climate change poses a perfect moral storm — by failing to take action to rein in carbon emissions, the current generation is spreading the costs of its behavior far into the future.
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Struggle over GE salmon approval heats up again

Struggle over GE salmon approval heats up again | Food issues | Scoop.it

Senators Mark Begich (D-AK) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) are again stepping up their efforts against AquaBounty’s transgenic AquAdvantage salmon. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the salmon and the proposal is now at the White House Office of Management and Budget for consideration.

If it passes again, AquAdvantage salmon would be the first genetically engineered (GE) animal approved for human consumption.

The Alaska senators have introduced two amendments they want to add to the 2012 agriculture appropriations bill being looked at this week on the floor.

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FOOD: Maggots to the rescue?

FOOD: Maggots to the rescue? | Food issues | Scoop.it
The humble maggot (larva of a fly) is being nurtured as an alternative protein source for livestock and fish farming feed, and could eventually reduce global reliance on the multi-billion dollar fishmeal industry.
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