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Will climate change lead to culture change?

Will climate change lead to culture change? | Food issues | Scoop.it
Some worry that society will have to suffer total collapse and rebuild itself in the face of climate change. But does it really have to be that drastic?
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Cooking Channel video featuring Morgan Spurlock talking about Food Day

Great video to raise awareness about Food Day - love the story he tells about the kids who saw Supersize Me and started a food rebellion in their school.

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Health benefits of broccoli require the whole food, not supplements

Health benefits of broccoli require the whole food, not supplements | Food issues | Scoop.it
New research has found that if you want some of the many health benefits associated with eating broccoli or other cruciferous vegetables, you need to eat the real thing -- a key phytochemical in these vegetables is poorly absorbed and of far less...
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'Root Cause' Likely to Call Attention to Farming Practices

'Root Cause' Likely to Call Attention to Farming Practices | Food issues | Scoop.it

When the "root cause" --- how deadly Listeria got into the cantaloupes --- is identified by that report, it may then focus attention on harvest or post harvest practices and may even point to places where it is safer to grow cantaloupes than other places.

Specifically, it may be safer to grow "dry" cantaloupes in places like California than "wet" cantaloupes grown in more inland climes. Not even California cantaloupe growers have said that yet --- although they come pretty close.

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Healthy diet trumps genetic heart disease

Healthy diet trumps genetic heart disease | Food issues | Scoop.it
Your mother's urging to eat your vegetables is now backed by an international study that suggests a good diet can overcome a genetic heritage for heart disease.
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How India squared up to Monsanto’s 'biopiracy' - News - The Ecologist

How India squared up to Monsanto’s 'biopiracy' - News - The Ecologist | Food issues | Scoop.it
Following allegations of defying India's Biological Diversity Act (BDA), Monsanto faces a lawsuit from the Indian government, reports Rosie Spinks...
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New link on the Gateway: Cereal Crimes from Cornucopia Institute

New link on the Gateway: Cereal Crimes from Cornucopia Institute | Food issues | Scoop.it
This report explores the vast differences between organic cereal and granola products and so-called natural products, which contain ingredients grown on conventional farms where the use of toxic pesticides and genetically engineered organisms is widespread.

 

Our analysis reveals that “natural” products—using conventional ingredients—often are priced higher than equivalent organic products. This suggests that some companies are taking advantage of consumer confusion.

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To Save Lives: Why Our School Went Junk Food Free

To Save Lives: Why Our School Went Junk Food Free | Food issues | Scoop.it
I predict the day will come when commercial interests will be similarly barred from selling their wares on school property and when students will be required to refrain from bringing in junk food.
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Federal regulators rethinking guidelines on marketing food to children

Federal regulators rethinking guidelines on marketing food to children | Food issues | Scoop.it
A federal proposal that would restrict the kinds of foods marketed to children may soon be changed to address the concerns raised by the food and beverage industry.
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Eco-farming rules 'will not help wildlife'

Eco-farming rules 'will not help wildlife' | Food issues | Scoop.it
UK officials warn that European measures to make farming more environmentally friendly will not work...
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Beekeepers still struggling with colony collapse disorder | Michigan Radio

Beekeepers still struggling with colony collapse disorder | Michigan Radio | Food issues | Scoop.it

Michigan beekeepers are continuing to lose huge numbers of bees. They join beekeepers from around the country – and the world – who have been dealing with what’s called Colony Collapse Disorder. It’s been around for five years now. Julie Grant visited with some beekeepers, and reports that scientists and the government don’t agree on what should be done to help them.

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Why Danes Are So Much Happier Than Americans | Economy | AlterNet

Why Danes Are So Much Happier Than Americans | Economy | AlterNet | Food issues | Scoop.it
Danish happiness has been attributed to their legendary income equality -- but there's more to it than that.
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Genetically-modified salmon are closer than ever to a dinner plate near you

Genetically-modified salmon are closer than ever to a dinner plate near you | Food issues | Scoop.it
The super salmon are (almost) here. The Food and Drug Administration has reportedly finished its evaluation of the environmental impacts of the first fish genetically engineered (GE) for human consumption.
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Small farmers have a critical role - FT.com

As another World Food Day nears, the task of feeding every one on the planet looks daunting – and many have yet to grasp the scale of the challenge.
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Meat consumption jumps 20 percent in last decade with super-sized environmental impacts

Meat consumption jumps 20 percent in last decade with super-sized environmental impacts | Food issues | Scoop.it
Meat consumption and production remains on the rise, according to a new report Worldwatch Institute, with large-scale environmental impacts especially linked to the spread of factory farming.
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The Truth About Trendy Health Food

The Truth About Trendy Health Food | Food issues | Scoop.it
The problem with trendy foods is that they confuse people about what's healthy and what's not -- sometimes they confuse us so badly that we make very irrational choices.
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School food programs in Canada lack unifying vision

School food programs in Canada lack unifying vision | Food issues | Scoop.it
Advocates wishing to pursue a cross-country strategy must reach consensus on questions of scope and cost...
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GM presentations raise concerns over human health | News | Farmers Guardian

GM presentations raise concerns over human health | News | Farmers Guardian | Food issues | Scoop.it
ANY relaxation of the existing GM crop restrictions in Wales is going to be a long way off, if at all, given the views of the speakers at a special one-day conference staged by the Welsh branches of the Women’s Food and Farming Union in Aberystwyth.
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More GM crops in Puerto Rico: Why We Should Worry | Blue Channel 24

More GM crops in Puerto Rico: Why We Should Worry | Blue Channel 24 | Food issues | Scoop.it

GM products are the subject of a worldwide heated controversy, whose participants include doctors and scientists as well as peasant movements, international organizations and political leaders, and has led to arrests, violent repression and persecution against scientists that have dared to contradict the official discourse on biotechnology. Since the 1990′s this debate has produced numerous books, television and newspaper reports, documentaries (both short and of full-length), scientific symposia, contentious international negotiations, and even protest marches and civil disobedience.

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Certain dietary supplements associated with increased risk of death in older women, study suggests

Consuming dietary supplements, including multivitamins, folic acid, iron and copper, among others, appears to be associated with an increased risk of death in older women, according to a new report.
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Excessive use of fertilizers adding to global warming: IIM-A study - The Times of India

Excessive use of fertilizers adding to global warming: IIM-A study - The Times of India | Food issues | Scoop.it
A study of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A ) warns that Nitrous Oxide (N2O) emissions from excessive use of fertilizers by farmers in the country is significantly adding to global warming.
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Rocky Ford cantaloupe growers reeling from "listeria hysteria" - The Denver Post

Rocky Ford cantaloupe growers reeling from "listeria hysteria" - The Denver Post | Food issues | Scoop.it
Roy Allen drove down from Wyoming, as he does every year on his way to a family reunion in Texas, and pulled into Smiths Corner, one of the few produce stands still open in early October.
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Wild rice 'the whole reason our tribe is here'

Wild rice 'the whole reason our tribe is here' | Food issues | Scoop.it
ODANAH — Near the mouth of the Bad River on the Chippewa reservation here, the rice grows in thick stands...
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A Square Meal: how sustainable diets fit the bill | WWF news | WWF UK

A Square Meal: how sustainable diets fit the bill | WWF news | WWF UK | Food issues | Scoop.it

Food is a complex and sometimes controversial issue, but as our new ‘Square Meal’ report indicates, it’s perfectly possible to promote healthier diets, reduce the environmental impacts of food, and support British farmers and producers at the same time.

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Biotech firms warn EU over pace of GM crop approvals

Biotech firms warn EU over pace of GM crop approvals | Food issues | Scoop.it
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Europe's biotechnology industry has warned the European Commission that agricultural imports vital to EU food security are increasingly being put at risk, due to the slow pace of the bloc's approval system for genetically...
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