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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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GM foods: a 'biotech revolution'?

GM foods: a 'biotech revolution'? | Food issues | Scoop.it
Biotech plants now cover 10% of global cropland, but opponents of the technology say it is far from game over...
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American Diabetes Association raising funds by peddling sugar/fat

American Diabetes Association raising funds by peddling sugar/fat | Food issues | Scoop.it
American Diabetes Association Deals is setting a new benchmark in the arena of Daily Deal offerings, providing targeted deals that offer value to consumers, donations to community groups, and a way for merchants to attract, identify and reward...
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Judith van Praag's comment, October 20, 2011 1:57 PM
This makes me think of what Forest Gump's momma told him. And no, I'm not talking about liking chocolates. I love them too. But this is so STUPID and people wonder what IS making them AS sick as they are, and the STUPID fundraiser DOES what capitalist moneymakers want her or him to do. Small scale or big, it sucks.
Cathryn Wellner's comment, October 20, 2011 2:03 PM
You're right, Judith. We know all the arguments about non-profits strapped for cash, but this kind of hypocrisy is what keeps us from addressing the issue of rising diabetes rates head on.
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The GMO Emperor has no clothes

The GMO Emperor has no clothes | Food issues | Scoop.it

A Global Citizen Report on the State of GMOs - False Promises, Failed Technoligies

People who point out the emptiness of the pretensions of people and Institutions are Powerful Often Compared to the child in Hans Christian Andersen's fable who says the emperos That has no clothes.

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Food Day: Working to Reform Our Food Systems From Farm to Fork

Food Day: Working to Reform Our Food Systems From Farm to Fork | Food issues | Scoop.it
The executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest explains why he conceived of Food Day and what he hopes it will achieve...
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CBAN barred from Summit on Animal Agriculture | National Union of Public and General Employees

CBAN barred from Summit on Animal Agriculture | National Union of Public and General Employees | Food issues | Scoop.it
Critics of genetically modified animals barred from Summit on the Future of Animal Agriculture.
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Food Safety Should Come First, Not After

Food Safety Should Come First, Not After | Food issues | Scoop.it
The public must demand that food from the market and restaurants, from small and large farms, from domestic and international locations, is free of contaminants.
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Indian farmers' union threatens six-month farming holiday

Indian farmers' union threatens six-month farming holiday | Food issues | Scoop.it

The members of Bhartiya Kisan Union on Tuesday threatened to take a six-month holiday every year for 10 years from framing if the government fails to take note of the hardship faced by farmers over rising prices and acquisition of farm land for commercial activity.

 

Rakesh Tikait of Uttar Pradesh said with increasing input costs, farmers were finding it difficult to cultivate round the year. “If the government does not pay attention, we will be forced to take a six-month holiday every year and the government will be responsible for jeopardising food security.”

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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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Monsanto sprouting a produce-seed line

Monsanto sprouting a produce-seed line | Food issues | Scoop.it
Monsanto Co., whose genetically modified corn and soybeans have reshaped America's heartland and rallied a nation of fast-food foes, wants to revolutionize the produce aisle.

The agribusiness giant already has quietly stepped into the marketplace with produce grown from its seeds.

Grocery customers in California and elsewhere are chopping its onions that produce fewer tears, stir-frying its broccoli that decreases cholesterol and biting into tiny orange tomatoes that last longer on the shelf.

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GM Crops Promote Superweeds, Food Insecurity and Pesticides, say NGOs

GM Crops Promote Superweeds, Food Insecurity and Pesticides, say NGOs | Food issues | Scoop.it

Report finds genetically modified crops fail to increase yields let alone solve hunger, soil erosion and chemical-use issues.

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Got a snacking problem? Try protein

Got a snacking problem? Try protein | Food issues | Scoop.it
A new study finds that people on a lower protein diet consume more calories a day – many from snack foods...
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Judith van Praag's comment, October 20, 2011 2:30 PM
For fear of becoming a diabetic I started at a young age to have protein snacks instead of sweet pick-me-ups. Keeping low blood sugar at bay with protein can save your quality of life. Try a Laughing Cow! At only 30 cal per light triangle you do yourself and loved ones a favor.
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Is the company behind GMO salmon the next Solyndra?

Is the company behind GMO salmon the next Solyndra? | Food issues | Scoop.it
With the FDA only weeks away from announcing official approval of GMO salmon, parent company AquaBounty is struggling to stay afloat.
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If You Eat, You Better Occupy Wall Street

If You Eat, You Better Occupy Wall Street | Food issues | Scoop.it
For everyone who eats, the events that brought down our banking system and the lack of accountability for those who rigged the rules in their favor should be lessons in the making.
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5 Books on Global Food Systems

5 Books on Global Food Systems | Food issues | Scoop.it
From Colin Sage's "Environment and Food" to Michael Carolan's "The Real Cost of Cheap Food," here are a handful of new food books from the fall season that are worth checking out...
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