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Mid-afternoon slump? Why a sugar rush may not be the answer

Mid-afternoon slump? Why a sugar rush may not be the answer | Food issues | Scoop.it
A new study has found that protein and not sugar activates the cells responsible for keeping us awake and burning calories. The research has implications for understanding obesity and sleep disorders.
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Changing fish diet killing baby birds, say Maine researchers

Changing fish diet killing baby birds, say Maine researchers | Food issues | Scoop.it
ROCKLAND, Maine — An increase in emaciated and dying baby seabirds seems to indicate that something is different in the Gulf of Maine. The cause is difficult to pinpoint, but the U.S.
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Canada lagging on farm-animal welfare

Canada lagging on farm-animal welfare | Food issues | Scoop.it
While many developed countries across the globe make strides to improve conditions for farm animals, Canada has some catching up to do before we can legitimately claim to treat our animals well.
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Herbicide atrazine spurs reproductive problems in many creatures, report finds

Herbicide atrazine spurs reproductive problems in many creatures, report finds | Food issues | Scoop.it
An international team of researchers has reviewed the evidence linking exposure to atrazine -- an herbicide widely used in the US and more than 60 other nations -- to reproductive problems in animals.
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State of the World's Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture

State of the World's Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture | Food issues | Scoop.it

Widespread degradation and deepening scarcity of land and water resources have placed a number of key food production systems around the globe at risk, posing a profound challenge to the task of feeding a world population expected to reach 9 billion people by 2050, according to a new FAO report published today.

 

The State of the World’s Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture notes that while the last 50 years witnessed a three-fold increase in food production, “in too many places, achievements have been associated with management practices that have degraded the land and water systems upon which food production depends.” [UN Food and Agriculture Organization, November 2011]

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Mid-morning snacking may sabotage weight-loss efforts

Women dieters who grab a snack between breakfast and lunch lose less weight compared to those who abstain from a mid-morning snack, according to a new study.
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Fighting Childhood Obesity: It's A Family Affair : NPR

Fighting Childhood Obesity: It's A Family Affair : NPR | Food issues | Scoop.it
A Northern California program offers a model for how parents can work with their kids to lose weight and keep it off. The approach is remarkably straight forward — and successful.
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Worsening weather driving food prices higher, report says

Extreme weather events caused by climate change are endangering global food supplies and driving up prices for consumers worldwide, says new research released Sunday by the humanitarian group, Oxfam.
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U.S. teens don't eat enough fruits and veggies: CDC

U.S. teens don't eat enough fruits and veggies: CDC | Food issues | Scoop.it
U.S. teens still aren't eating enough fruits and vegetables, according to a new CDC study.
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Fukushima dairy farmer loses hope of returning as vegetation overruns farm

Fukushima dairy farmer loses hope of returning as vegetation overruns farm | Food issues | Scoop.it
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Sowing the Seeds of Food Security

With the help of charities, some of South Africa's poorest communities are turning waste ground in their townships into a source of fresh produce.
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Holy Crap! B.C’s organic cereal is going global | Vancouver Sun

Holy Crap! B.C’s organic cereal is going global | Vancouver Sun | Food issues | Scoop.it
Corin Mullins started experimenting with healthy breakfast cereals after her husband Brian was diagnosed with diabetes. "The first batch tasted awful," she admitted. "It was so bad.
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WWOOFing: Farm life for the fun of it

WWOOFing: Farm life for the fun of it | Food issues | Scoop.it
Kelly Bayer took a vacation from her job in a sleep laboratory by toiling in a vegetable patch in Santa Barbara.
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Prince of Wales calls for more school farms - Telegraph

Prince of Wales calls for more school farms - Telegraph | Food issues | Scoop.it
The Prince of Wales has called for more ‘school farms’ where pupils grow their
own food and rear livestock, while the Duchess of Cornwall wants more young
women to join the Women's Institute.
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Walnut trees may not be able to withstand climate change

Walnut trees may not be able to withstand climate change | Food issues | Scoop.it
Warmer, drier summers and extreme weather events considered possible as the climate changes would be especially troublesome -- possibly fatal -- for walnut trees, according to researchers.
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Coffee may protect against endometrial cancer, study suggests

Long-term coffee consumption may be associated with a reduced risk for endometrial cancer, according to a recent study.
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French Ban on Genetically Modified Corn Loses Another Round - ScienceInsider

French Ban on Genetically Modified Corn Loses Another Round - ScienceInsider | Food issues | Scoop.it

The French government has lost the latest round in its battle to maintain a ban on growing genetically-modified (GM) corn in France, but the new ruling is not the end of the story.

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Study disputes need to conserve ag water

Study disputes need to conserve ag water | Food issues | Scoop.it

A new report suggests that California agriculture already uses water efficiently and disputes the notion that conservation could free up large amounts of water for other uses.

 

Increasing water efficiency would generate only 330,000 acre-feet per year of new water, according to the study [PDF], which was conducted by the Center for Irrigation Technology at CSU Fresno. That represents about 0.5 percent of the state's water use.

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Atrazine in water tied to menstrual irregularities, low hormones

Atrazine in water tied to menstrual irregularities, low hormones | Food issues | Scoop.it
Women who drink water contaminated with low levels of the weed-killer atrazine may be more likely to have irregular menstrual cycles and low estrogen levels, scientists concluded in a new study.
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The Flavorists: Tweaking tastes and creating cravings

The Flavorists: Tweaking tastes and creating cravings | Food issues | Scoop.it
60 Minutes on CBS News: The Flavorists: Tweaking tastes and creating cravings - Meet the scientists who create flavors that make foods and beverages so tasty that critics say they're addictive...
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The Land as Life-Giver: Two First Nations Cultivate Health and Economic Independence

One started as a community kitchen, aiming to improve health and well-being of the general population as well as people of few means. The other started as a community garden, helping people get off ...
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Urban farming: Students raise, show and sell livestock at local schools

Urban farming: Students raise, show and sell livestock at local schools | Food issues | Scoop.it
The pigs are squealing, the chickens clucking, the lambs playing, the goats bleating, and the steers standing in their pen.
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Visualizing the World's Food Consumption (infographic)

Visualizing the World's Food Consumption (infographic) | Food issues | Scoop.it

"We wanted to create an interactive display of daily calorie consumption for the extreme 20 countries in the world, and so we did. But, we wanted to add another dimension altogether to see if we can make this data even more interesting. This is where the average percent of income spent on food came in. By mashing these two data pieces together, we believe we’ve created a really interesting comparison." [Food Service Warehouse, November 10, 2011]

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Atlantic salmon debacle being repeated in the North Pacific

In the 1960s, Danish, Norwegian and Icelandic corporations discovered the open-ocean habitat of Atlantic salmon at the juncture of nutrient-rich ocean currents in the Labrador Sea.
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Americans Are 20 Pounds Heavier Today Than Two Decades Ago: Report

Americans Are 20 Pounds Heavier Today Than Two Decades Ago: Report | Food issues | Scoop.it
Americans are reporting that they weigh, on average, about 20 pounds more than they did 20 years ago, according to a new report from Gallup.
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