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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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Commission in a 'sticky situation' over GM honey - Public Service Europe

Commission in a 'sticky situation' over GM honey - Public Service Europe | Food issues | Scoop.it
The European Commission's reputation for impartiality is at risk following rulings on GM honey and battery hens - claims Alyn Smith MEP...
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Who Fishes Matters: Fish Sovereignty

Who Fishes Matters: Fish Sovereignty | Food issues | Scoop.it

Community-based fishermen are facing tough times as access to fish is being consolidated into the hands of a few. We know small-scale community-based fishing favors jobs, stability and ecological protections necessary for a healthy society. As NAMA says, “Who fishes matters.”

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Fed up with lunch: How one woman went undercover to expose vile school food

Fed up with lunch: How one woman went undercover to expose vile school food | Food issues | Scoop.it
Sarah Wu, 34, a speech pathologist working in public schools in Chicago, began a blog in January 2010 in which she described the school lunch every day for a year.
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France squeezes out ketchup from schools

France squeezes out ketchup from schools | Food issues | Scoop.it

The French have declared war on ketchup.

The country has officially banned the tomato condiment from all high school and college cafeterias.
While France may blame the condiment's high sugar content, it may also be snubbing the pervading influence of American fast food culture, like McDonald's.

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With high food prices set to continue, UN agencies issue call to action

With high food prices set to continue, UN agencies issue call to action | Food issues | Scoop.it
The United Nations agencies working to combat hunger today called for action to ensure long-term food security as a new report shows that high food prices are likely to continue and possible increase over the next decade.
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No Migrants, No Food: How Anti-immigration Laws are Creating Farm Worker Shortages

No Migrants, No Food: How Anti-immigration Laws are Creating Farm Worker Shortages | Food issues | Scoop.it
What’s clear from the farmworker shortage is that if there’s any area where tough, no-tolerance legislation is needed, it’s not in immigration - it’s in working conditions for farm labourers.
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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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We're Not Buying It: Sign On Now

We're Not Buying It: Sign On Now | Food issues | Scoop.it
Watch, sign on and share! We're Not Buying It exposes deceptive marketing to children, debunks industry claims, and highlights the latest research.
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Dietary Supplements May Cause Serious Health Issues | ThirdAge

Dietary Supplements May Cause Serious Health Issues | ThirdAge | Food issues | Scoop.it
Taking dietary supplements can cause potentially serious health problems, according to a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Mineral intake may be too high for dietary supplements users.
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Feed a student, feed the future

Feed a student, feed the future | Food issues | Scoop.it
A pilot program at Toronto’s C.W.Jefferys Collegiate Institute draws a link between nutrition and academic success...
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The Canadian National Newspaper: U.S. Farmer: GMOs are fake food dangerous to human health

The Canadian National Newspaper: U.S. Farmer: GMOs are fake food dangerous to human health | Food issues | Scoop.it

Farmer, author, and activist Eric Herm talks in the above video about the dangers of GM (genetically-modified) crops and the importance of labeling GM foods.

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Flawed State Reporting Leaves Consumers Vulnerable

Flawed State Reporting Leaves Consumers Vulnerable | Food issues | Scoop.it

Inconsistent reporting of foodborne illnesses among states leaves large portions of the country vulnerable to the spread of potentially deadly outbreaks before health officials can identify their causes and recall contaminated foods.

Since 2006, salmonella outbreaks from products such as eggs, cantaloupe and turkey burgers have sickened at least 6,000 people, resulting in more than 700 hospitalizations and 11 deaths, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

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