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Middle-Aged Americans At Greater Risk Of Hunger Because Of Recession

Middle-Aged Americans At Greater Risk Of Hunger Because Of Recession | Food issues | Scoop.it
If further proof were needed of the far-reaching harm caused by the Great Recession, it would seem to have arrived in the form of a study from the University of Kentucky and the University of Illinois, which finds that a much higher number of...
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Turkey – the delicate GM balance | Agricultural commodities analysis & news | WorldCrops.com

Turkey – the delicate GM balance | Agricultural commodities analysis & news | WorldCrops.com | Food issues | Scoop.it
Turkey has cracked the door to imports of genetically modified (GM) corn, and it’s only a matter of time until that door gets blown wide open.
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What next for the global food movement?

What next for the global food movement? | Food issues | Scoop.it

This is a fantastic issue of The Nation. Free registration required - and you get articles by Frances Moore Lappé, Raj Patel, Eric Schlosser, Michael Pollan, Vandana Shiva & more.

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Concerns raised over use of toxic pesticides to fight sea lice

Concerns raised over use of toxic pesticides to fight sea lice | Food issues | Scoop.it
Documents show that anti-lice drug used by fish farmers in the east is losing its effectiveness, forcing industry to seek alternatives...
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Cargill Recalls Ground Turkey, Again

Cargill Recalls Ground Turkey, Again | Food issues | Scoop.it
For the second time in two months, Cargill has recalled ground turkey after USDA inspectors found antibiotic-resistant salmonella in samples.
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World Bank policies "enabling" African land grab (Bretton Woods Project)

World Bank policies "enabling" African land grab (Bretton Woods Project) | Food issues | Scoop.it
New research claims World Bank Group's policies facilitate land grabs in Africa and favour the interests of financial markets over food security and environmental protection.
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In Terms of Health Benefits and Versatility, Tomatoes Reign Supreme | Timi Gustafson RD - seattlepi.com

In Terms of Health Benefits and Versatility, Tomatoes Reign Supreme | Timi Gustafson RD - seattlepi.com | Food issues | Scoop.it
Tomatoes rank among the most popular and versatile foods we know. They are loaded with important nutrients and are believed to have heart-health-promoting and even cancer-preventing properties.
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2 in Texas get sick from melons

2 in Texas get sick from melons | Food issues | Scoop.it
Health officials have issued a warning for cantaloupes from a revered melon-producing area of Colorado amid a bacteria outbreak blamed for four deaths in the state and New Mexico, troubling farmers who depend on sales of the fruit.
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Caterer says no profit in serving healthy school meals - CTV News

Caterer says no profit in serving healthy school meals - CTV News | Food issues | Scoop.it
Students at an Ottawa-area high school are learning a difficult lesson, after the company that used to service their cafeteria decided that what's good for kids' waistlines isn't necessarily good for the bottom line.
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Escaped Genetically Modified Rice Exposes Holes in Regulatory Net | Sustainable Business Forum

Escaped Genetically Modified Rice Exposes Holes in Regulatory Net | Sustainable Business Forum | Food issues | Scoop.it
Genetically-engineered crops may help feed the world. But people who choose not to consume what alarmists call Frankenfoods should not be forced to eat them.
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ENVIRONMENT: Shrimp Farm Certification: Mere Greenwashing? - IPS ipsnews.net

ENVIRONMENT: Shrimp Farm Certification: Mere Greenwashing? - IPS ipsnews.net | Food issues | Scoop.it
Shrimp farming, one of the most destructive industries for coastal ecosystems, may soon be endowed with a set of standards that would supposedly vouch for environmentally responsible production, through the efforts of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
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Attacking the Obesity Epidemic by First Figuring Out Its Cause

Attacking the Obesity Epidemic by First Figuring Out Its Cause | Food issues | Scoop.it
A series of reports in The Lancet lays out the reasons why the number of overweight Americans began skyrocketing in the 1970s, and how the problem can be brought under control.
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Resisting the Corporate Theft of Seeds | The Nation

Resisting the Corporate Theft of Seeds | The Nation | Food issues | Scoop.it

We are in a food emergency. Speculation and diversion of food to biofuel has contributed to an uncontrolled price rise, adding more to the billion already denied their right to food. Industrial agriculture is pushing species to extinction through the use of toxic chemicals that kill our bees and butterflies, our earthworms and soil organisms that create soil fertility. Plant and animal varieties are disappearing as monocultures displace biodiversity. Industrial, globalized agriculture is responsible for 40 percent of greenhouse gases, which then destabilize agriculture by causing climate chaos, creating new threats to food security.

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Food fighters: Don'tgive up on the farm bill

Food fighters: Don'tgive up on the farm bill | Food issues | Scoop.it
The upcoming farm bill won't be the watershed moment we've been waiting for. But it still provides an opportunity for food reformers to become sophisticated policy players.
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America’s Dangerous Food-Safety System

America’s Dangerous Food-Safety System | Food issues | Scoop.it
Exclusive: Lack of inspectors in U.S. food-safety system exposes Americans to risk of illness and death. By Eve Conant.
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New Law Review Article: Approach food not as commodity but as critical infrastructure

New Law Review Article: Approach food not as commodity but as critical infrastructure | Food issues | Scoop.it
A young MBA student and reader of Keating's Desk asked me why I focus on agriculture so much.  A new law review article entitled Regional Foodsheds: Are Our Local Zoning and Land Use Regulations ...
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Pure maple syrup may be good for liver: Study

Pure maple syrup may be good for liver: Study | Food issues | Scoop.it
Pancake and waffle lovers, prepare to raise your forks. New research suggests a diet that includes pure maple syrup may help to promote liver health.
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News: Reforming the Carnivores - Inside Higher Ed

A growing number of students are taking on the food system's biggest generator of greenhouse gases: meat production.
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Primary component in curry spice kicks off cancer-killing mechanisms in human saliva

Primary component in curry spice kicks off cancer-killing mechanisms in human saliva | Food issues | Scoop.it
Curcumin, the main component in the spice turmeric used in curry, suppresses a cell signaling pathway that drives the growth of head and neck cancer, according to a pilot study using human saliva.
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Banned pesticide found in human milk - The Times of India

Banned pesticide found in human milk - The Times of India | Food issues | Scoop.it
Banned agricultural pesticide DDT, which can cause cancer, is still widely found in human bodies, new research claims.
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Seaweed does the heart good?

Seaweed does the heart good? | Food issues | Scoop.it
Researchers at Teagasc have been investigating lipids from a variety of Irish and Canadian seaweed species for their heart-health properties.
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French Government Defies E.U. Court on GM Maize - ScienceInsider

French Government Defies E.U. Court on GM Maize - ScienceInsider | Food issues | Scoop.it

The French government continues to stand its ground against lifting the ban on growing genetically modified corn in France.

On Thursday, the European Court of Justice said that France's 2008 prohibition against Monsanto's MON810 variety was out of line on procedural grounds. But in a reaction, the French minister for the environment, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, told reporters she was more convinced than ever that MON810 should be kept from French fields, according to the French daily Le Figaro.

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49 Million Americans struggle to put food on the table - Tehran Times

49 Million Americans struggle to put food on the table - Tehran Times | Food issues | Scoop.it
The number of Americans struggling to put adequate food on the table remains at an all-time high, a new government report shows.

The report, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), finds that 49 million Americans, or one in six, lacked the resources to eat sufficient, regular meals in 2010.

That number was essentially unchanged since its peak in 2009. The report is based on an annual survey of 45,000 U.S. households conducted by the U.S. Census.

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Mexico's poor suffer as food speculation fuels tortilla crisis - Investigations - The Ecologist

Mexico's poor suffer as food speculation fuels tortilla crisis - Investigations - The Ecologist | Food issues | Scoop.it
A surge in financial speculation on maize is causing vastly inflated prices for corn tortillas - a sacred staple in Mexico - and threatening the health and livelihoods of the country's poor.
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