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GMOs get a go-ahead

GMOs get a go-ahead | Food issues | Scoop.it
If you slice open a strawberry, it still looks like a strawberry, whether it’s genetically modified or not.
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‘Food, Inc.’ Wins News and Documentary Emmy Award

‘Food, Inc.’ Wins News and Documentary Emmy Award | Food issues | Scoop.it

The film touches on animal abuse but focuses primarily on how food production affects people. Kenner tags along with a family to a fast-food joint and a supermarket. The dollar menu at the restaurant feeds the family of four for less than $12. At the supermarket, the diabetic father laments the high cost of produce (the pre-diabetic younger daughter is denied a pear because they’re too expensive), while the mother points out that the soda, at four two-liter bottles for $5, is affordable. As Schlosser says, “We’ve skewed our food system to the bad calories.”

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Busting Monsanto’s ‘better’ broccoli

Busting Monsanto’s ‘better’ broccoli | Food issues | Scoop.it
The seed giant is now selling a ready-to-eat broccoli product meant to "maintain your body's defenses against the damage of environmental pollutants and free radicals." Can you taste the irony?
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Superweeds, superpests and superprofits

We have been repeatedly told that genetically engineered (GE) crops will save the world. They will save the world by increasing yields and producing more food. They will save the world by controlling pests and weeds. They will save the world by giving farmers drought-tolerant seeds (and other seed traits) that will provide resilience in times of climate change.

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Listeria outbreak in cantaloupes is deadliest in a decade - Chicago Sun-Times

Listeria outbreak in cantaloupes is deadliest in a decade - Chicago Sun-Times | Food issues | Scoop.it
Health officials say as many as 16 people have died from possible listeria illnesses traced to Colorado cantaloupes, the deadliest food outbreak in more than a decade.
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Row over policy on animal feed - Farming - Yorkshire Post

Row over policy on animal feed - Farming - Yorkshire Post | Food issues | Scoop.it
BRITISH ministers should not support a European proposal to relax the rules against recycling of abattoir waste into animal feed, the Food Standards Agency has advised.
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People learn while they sleep, study suggests

People learn while they sleep, study suggests | Food issues | Scoop.it
People may be learning while they're sleeping -- an unconscious form of memory that is still not well understood, according to a new study.
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Do long-lived crops differ from annual crops in their genetic response to human domestication?

Do long-lived crops differ from annual crops in their genetic response to human domestication? | Food issues | Scoop.it
Most of what we have come to think of as our daily fruits, vegetables, and grains were domesticated from wild ancestors.
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Eating balanced meals, farm-fresh produce benefits families, communities, nutrition researchers say

Leaders at the recent United Nations meeting emphasized nutrition as critical to producing thriving children, families, and communities.
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Land grabs and role of the U.S. government

Land grabs and role of the U.S. government | Food issues | Scoop.it

Most of the world’s work is agricultural work. Most of that is done by smallholder farmers and most of those are women. Increasingly these farmers are finding their livelihoods at risk by the encroachment of foreign investors seeking to reap rewards for their own countries.

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Trace amounts of crude oil harm fish : Nature News

Trace amounts of crude oil harm fish : Nature News | Food issues | Scoop.it

Heart-breaking pictures of seabirds covered in black crude oil, arresting as they are, can miss the hidden story of an oil spill's impact on wildlife.

Exposure to even tiny concentrations of the chemicals present in oil can also cause harmful biological effects that usually go unnoticed, according to a study published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Who's behind the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance and why it matters

Who's behind the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance and why it matters | Food issues | Scoop.it
In response to Food Inc., Michael Pollan, and the growing interest Americans are showing in their food system, Big Ag has rolled out an expensive PR campaign designed as a "preemptive strike" against antibiotic and pesticide regulations.
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Energy drink expert report leaves Health Canada in sticky situation

Energy drink expert report leaves Health Canada in sticky situation | Food issues | Scoop.it
Health Canada is wrestling over what to do with controversial recommendations from its own expert panel on energy drinks as it finalizes its plan to address health concerns over the caffeinated beverages.
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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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Food lovers brake for edible attractions during Fall Okanagan Wine Festival

Food lovers brake for edible attractions during Fall Okanagan Wine Festival | Food issues | Scoop.it

The Okanagan Valley is home to about 140 wineries, and most people who travel there aren’t seeking vinegar. In fact, a wine that tastes like vinegar generally signals that things have gone sideways. But at Valentine Farm in Summerland, Kim Stansfield stands proudly behind her product.

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Feds help GMO salmon swim upstream

Feds help GMO salmon swim upstream | Food issues | Scoop.it
Although the FDA approval process has been stalled, a new grant from the USDA suggests salmon may yet become the first genetically engineered animal to be approved for human consumption.
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Berry toxic: Decoding the organic strawberry debacle

Berry toxic: Decoding the organic strawberry debacle | Food issues | Scoop.it
Food advocates and farmers want to close a loophole that allows farms to sell organic berries that have spent as much as half their lives in conventional nurseries.
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Ending junk food: the harder addiction to quit

Ending junk food: the harder addiction to quit | Food issues | Scoop.it
Public health campaigns that aim to end the junk food craze will face more challenges than those that have tackled smoking.
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Increased caffeinated coffee consumption associated with decreased risk of depression in women, study finds

The risk of depression appears to decrease for women with increasing consumption of caffeinated coffee, according to a new study.
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How Lobbyists Are Spinning Weak Science to Defend BPA

How Lobbyists Are Spinning Weak Science to Defend BPA | Food issues | Scoop.it
They're arguing that a new study shows canned foods to be safe, even when lined with BPA. The problem? That's not what the study says.
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'Illusion of plenty' masking collapse of two key Southern California fisheries

'Illusion of plenty' masking collapse of two key Southern California fisheries | Food issues | Scoop.it
A new study has found that overfishing of spawning areas and environmental conditions are behind the collapse of two bass species.
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Sometimes one blog just isn't enough | Tweet4Ok

Part 1 of a series on blogging and social media for beginners...
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Yogurt: Much More Than a ‘Health Food’ — Recipes for Health

Yogurt: Much More Than a ‘Health Food’ — Recipes for Health | Food issues | Scoop.it
Yogurt’s benefits are well known, but focusing on that overlooks the fact that it is wonderful in savory preparations, lending a tangy coolness to dips, dressings and spicy foods.
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Hunger kills 2,000 Indian kids each day

Hunger kills 2,000 Indian kids each day | Food issues | Scoop.it
CHENNAI: Every day, more than 2,000 children die of hunger in India, according to a report released on Monday by international dev..
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Fox's War On Health: "Salt Really Isn't That Bad For You" Edition | Media Matters for America

Fox's War On Health: "Salt Really Isn't That Bad For You" Edition | Media Matters for America | Food issues | Scoop.it

In keeping with Fox News' longstanding War on Health, Fox today defended another unhealthy practice: eating lots of salt. This morning on Fox & Friends, the co-hosts attacked the FDA for considering ways to get Americans to reduce their salt intake, with co-host Steve Doocy complaining that the "food police are rearing their head" and co-host Gretchen Carlson fearmongering that soon "we [will] now see that you can't eat salt in your own home, potentially".

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