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Overall quality of pregnant woman’s diet affects risk for two birth defects, study shows

Overall quality of pregnant woman’s diet affects risk for two birth defects, study shows | Food issues | Scoop.it
The overall quality of a pregnant woman's diet is linked with risk for two types of serious birth defects, a new study has shown.
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Fatty acid test: Why some harm health, but others help

In a new paper, researchers offer an explanation, and a framework that could lead to dietary supplements designed to treat obesity at the molecular level.
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Bunge allowed to reject Syngenta’s GM corn, court rules

Bunge allowed to reject Syngenta’s GM corn, court rules | Food issues | Scoop.it
A federal judge has ruled that agricultural processing giant Bunge will not have to process Syngenta’s biotech corn, rejecting Syngenta’s request that Bunge should be obliged to accept the corn until a lawsuit is resolved.
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Pizza-Eating Bear in Whistler, B.C.

Pizza-Eating Bear in Whistler, B.C. | Food issues | Scoop.it
After a heavy snowfall and late spring and summer, berries are scarce in British Columbia hills, and that puts bears at risk.
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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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Weeds are vital to the existence of farmland species, study finds

Weeds are vital to the existence of farmland species, study finds | Food issues | Scoop.it
Weeds, which are widely deemed as a nuisance plant, are vital to the existence of many farmland species, according to a new study.
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Monsanto, World's Largest Genetically Modified Food Producer, To Be Charged With Biopiracy In India (VIDEO)

Monsanto, World's Largest Genetically Modified Food Producer, To Be Charged With Biopiracy In India (VIDEO) | Food issues | Scoop.it
Add a new word to your lexicon: Biopiracy.
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FDA ignored own scientists’ warnings about GM foods

FDA ignored own scientists’ warnings about GM foods | Food issues | Scoop.it

The US government’s refusal to label genetically modified foods has been based on a policy that GM foods are “substantially equivalent” to conventional foods that was established by the Food and Drug Administration in 1992. However, internal FDA documents revealed that the agency’s own scientists expressed doubts about the GM food labeling policy when it was being established, while raising questions about GM food safety.

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Cantaloupes sickening, killing more Americans

Cantaloupes sickening, killing more Americans | Food issues | Scoop.it
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed Friday more deaths have been linked to strains of listeria bacteria in whole cantaloupes from Jensen Farms in Holly, Colorado.
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The Pro-Hunger Lobby - GOP Frontrunners Fight Aid for Starving Americans | Truthout

The Pro-Hunger Lobby - GOP Frontrunners Fight Aid for Starving Americans | Truthout | Food issues | Scoop.it

What's most terrifying about this wave of attacks on the poor is not the denial of facts (food stamps work - people buy food, stimulating domestic production and creating jobs), or the bizarrely simplistic ways in which the candidates have voiced their opposition. It's that none of the candidates have presented a believable economic vision in which hunger is relieved by any other means: they're simply denying the notion that government has a responsibility to support Americans' well-being and security, negating the public good as a political priority. In this frame, poverty and hunger aren't real problems to be confronted in the physical world; they're conceptual nuisances to be wiped out with deafening rhetorical gymnastics.

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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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