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Kraft recalls Velveeta Shells and Cheese

Kraft recalls Velveeta Shells and Cheese | Food issues | Scoop.it
Kraft Foods Inc. has issued a recall for several types of its Velveeta Shells & Cheese single-serve microwaveable cups. Apparently, small, thin pieces of wire bristle may be in the cups.
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Salmonella stays with chickens, from birth to kitchen

Salmonella stays with chickens, from birth to kitchen | Food issues | Scoop.it
When dealing with infected poultry, a combination of inconsistent industry practices and gaps in government oversight results in a fractured effort to ensure safety.
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Federal agencies try to push safe-practice guidelines, but melons still high-risk - The Denver Post

Federal agencies try to push safe-practice guidelines, but melons still high-risk - The Denver Post | Food issues | Scoop.it
Cantaloupes are among the most troublesome foods in the produce system, according to federal records and food experts, but new government powers may be too weak or underfunded to prevent future outbreaks.
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Ontario farmer guilty in raw milk case starts hunger strike

Ontario farmer guilty in raw milk case starts hunger strike | Food issues | Scoop.it
Farmer and raw-milk crusader Michael Schmidt has launched another hunger strike in his nearly five-year legal battle to make Ontario the only province to legalize the sale of unpasteurized milk.
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Plant RNAs Found in Mammals | The Scientist

Plant RNAs Found in Mammals | The Scientist | Food issues | Scoop.it

This is a very exciting piece of work that suggests that the food we eat may directly regulate gene expression in our bodies,” said Clay Marsh, Director of the Center for Personalized Health Care at the Ohio State University College of Medicine who researches microRNA expression in human blood but who was not involved in the study.

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The Food & Drink Issue

Excellent food series in this weekend's New York Times Magazine: Everything you ever wanted to know about food (but didn’t know whom to ask).

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Is Food Getting Dumbed Down Since My Tomatoes Are Gaining Weight Too?

Is Food Getting Dumbed Down Since My Tomatoes Are Gaining Weight Too? | Food issues | Scoop.it
Why, with only week's left in tomato season, do supermarkets provide mealy, flavorless tomatoes when the juicy, sweet, local variety is still in abundance? Is it because they believe we don't care?
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Too Busy, Too Lazy, Too Tired to Cook | Timi Gustafson RD - seattlepi.com

Too Busy, Too Lazy, Too Tired to Cook | Timi Gustafson RD - seattlepi.com | Food issues | Scoop.it
For the majority of American families, homemade meals are a thing of the past. The reasons are multiple: Too inconvenient, too time consuming, too challenging, too expensive.
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CTV Edmonton - No food safe from contamination, but risk can be lowered - CTV News

CTV Edmonton - No food safe from contamination, but risk can be lowered - CTV News | Food issues | Scoop.it
CTV Edmonton - No food safe from contamination, but risk can be lowered - Canadian Television...
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E.coli outbreak which killed one and made 250 ill was kept secret for 7 months

E.coli outbreak which killed one and made 250 ill was kept secret for 7 months | Food issues | Scoop.it
It is thought the food affected was leeks and potatoes and sold in British stores including the major supermarkets.
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Listeria-canteloupe outbreak could get worse, health officials warn

Listeria-canteloupe outbreak could get worse, health officials warn | Food issues | Scoop.it
The listeria outbreak that has killed up to 16 people and sickened more than 70, could get worse according to health officials.
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Healthy foods bill could bring more grocery stores and farmers’ markets to East and West Oakland | Local: In Oakland | an SFGate.com blog

The California Healthy Food Financing Initiative (CHFFI) landed on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk last week, after the state Senate and Assembly both voted to approve it by a wide margin.
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Organic vs. GMO

Organic vs. GMO | Food issues | Scoop.it
The terms "GMO" -- short for genetically modified organism -- and "organic" describe two types of food production methods used in modern agriculture. According to the U.N. Food and ...
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McIntosh apple 200 years old - Collingwood Enterprise Bulletin - Ontario, CA

One of Canada's favourite apples is celebrating its 200th anniversary.
The iconic rosy McIntosh got its start in Dundela in eastern Ontario by...
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Many egg producers still not complying with food-sanitation rules

Many egg producers still not complying with  food-sanitation rules | Food issues | Scoop.it
It costs Pa. farmers two-tenths of a penny per dozen to make eggs safer, and they have cut salmonella’s presence by over half. But those in much of the rest of the country haven’t followed suit.
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Urban farmers join green revolution in South Africa - UPI.com

Urban farmers join green revolution in South Africa - UPI.com | Food issues | Scoop.it

From a modest piece of land provided by the local municipality, 69-year-old Nancy Witbooi is ensuring her community gets enough to eat.

Her weathered face reveals how tough it can be to toil in the Western Cape's unpredictable climate. But Witbooi still has energy to work the land.

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Sweetener Death Match: Sugar vs. Syrup - Miller-McCune

Sweetener Death Match: Sugar vs. Syrup - Miller-McCune | Food issues | Scoop.it
The corn industry goes toe-to-toe with the sugar industry, for the use of the word "sugar."...
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Are Genetically Modified Foods Safe To Eat?

Are Genetically Modified Foods Safe To Eat? | Food issues | Scoop.it
The government admits it doesn't know. So why does it approve virtually all GMOs for supermarket shelves?
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Traditional Foods Go Digital

A new resource about harvesting and preparing traditional foods shares the experiences, language, and knowledge of Nuu-chah-nulth elders.

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VIHA finds no health problems with controversial Lantzville farm

Lantzville organic farmer Dirk Becker believes he has evidence that proves concerns that his Compassion Farm is polluting neighbours' well water are unfounded.
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BusinessDay - More to choosing seed than yields

BusinessDay - More to choosing seed than yields | Food issues | Scoop.it
The effective use of Pioneer’s "better seed" relies on a package of inputs that costs money. This includes synthetic fertilisers and pesticides ( produced and supplied by Pioneer Hi- Bred), irrigation and established marketing channels. The majority of small-scale food producers in SA do not have any hope of gaining sustained access to this package of inputs. They don’t have the resources, and will never have them until there is a fundamental redistribution of wealth in our society as a whole.

 

This package of inputs, the basic technologies of the so-called Green Revolution, is also proving unsustainable globally as the long-term negative ecological effects of soil depletion, excessive water use, narrowing of seed diversity and monocropping take their toll in the form of stagnating yields, destruction of ecosystems and increasing crop vulnerability.

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Video: Hungry black bear raids Whistler pizza shop

Video: Hungry black bear raids Whistler pizza shop | Food issues | Scoop.it
A hungry black bear made his way into a pizza shop in Whistler, BC, and helped himself to food from the restaurant's pizza warmer, while surprised diners videotaped the shocking incident.
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Florida's Del Monte Fresh Produce Fights Salmonella Claims With Unusual Litigation

Florida's Del Monte Fresh Produce Fights Salmonella Claims With Unusual Litigation | Food issues | Scoop.it
Brandon Quester and Tarryn Mento: Florida-based Del Monte Fresh Produce challenged an FDA conclusion that the company's cantaloupes from Guatemala carried a rare strain of salmonella.
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Is It Time to Accept Food Irradiation?

Is It Time to Accept Food Irradiation? | Food issues | Scoop.it

When it comes to ensuring that food enters the market carrying as few pathogens and insects as possible, the large majority of health, governmental and scholarly authorities seem to agree -- food irradiation is an effective final safety measure.

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DuPont spends $1.2M on 2Q lobbying

DuPont spends $1.2M on 2Q lobbying | Food issues | Scoop.it
DuPont Co. spent $1.2 million to lobby lawmakers on a wide variety of issues including biotechnology, energy and national defense, according to a recent disclosure report.
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