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Biotech bill against the spirit of Gandhi - The Times of India

On the 142nd birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, noted agricultural scientist M S Swaminathan told The Times of India that the proposed Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India (Brai) bill is against the spirit of Gandhi and decentralised...
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China's corn rush to redraw global food landscape - Business LIVE

China's corn rush to redraw global food landscape - Business LIVE | Food issues | Scoop.it

The world's most populous nation is expected to triple corn purchases next crop year and, by its own admission, become a significant importer by 2015, putting more strain on global food supplies at a time when inflation is gnawing away at economic growth and the population nears seven billion.

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U.S.: Battle Escalates Against Genetically Modified Crops - IPS ipsnews.net

U.S.: Battle Escalates Against Genetically Modified Crops - IPS ipsnews.net | Food issues | Scoop.it
Home to a fast-growing network of farmers' markets, cooperatives and organic farms, but also the breeding ground for mammoth for-profit corporations that now hold patents to over 50 percent of the world's seeds, the United States is weathering...
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Caffeinated drinks cause a stir

If you are old enough to read this story, chances are you are under the influence of the world's most popular drug.
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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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Flood of food imported to U.S., but only 2 percent inspected

Flood of food imported to U.S., but only 2 percent inspected | Food issues | Scoop.it
More than 10 million food shipments arrived in the U.S. last year — and the federal Food and Drug Administration was only able to inspect 2 percent of them, a number the agency says will shrink in the future.
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U.S. Boosts Egg Inspections to Curb Salmonella

The United States is stepping up inspection of poultry farms to keep eggs free of salmonella.
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What's in a kids meal? Not happy news

What's in a kids meal? Not happy news | Food issues | Scoop.it
High-calorie, high-sodium choices were on the menu when parents purchased lunch for their children at a San Diego fast-food restaurant. Why? Because both children and adults liked the food and the convenience.
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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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