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Plowed Under: German Farmers Hit Hard by E. Coli Outbreak - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International

Plowed Under: German Farmers Hit Hard by E. Coli Outbreak - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International | Food issues | Scoop.it
Vegetable farmers in Germany are losing up to 5 million euros a day as a result of the E. coli scare which has gripped the country.
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Organic Trade Association Ripe for Change

Organic Trade Association Ripe for Change | Food issues | Scoop.it
Image: Tomatoes, ripe like the OTA - Ajith Kumar via Flickr CC The Organic Trade Association (OTA) was hit with accusations of corruption last week in a short documentary released by an anonymous group calling themselves Organic Spies.
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Bolivia government switches, will allow expanded use of genetically modified foods

Bolivia government switches, will allow expanded use of genetically modified foods | Food issues | Scoop.it
LA PAZ, Bolivia — A leading champion of the battle against genetically modified food is switching sides.
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E.coli outbreak: Fears it's reached America after Virginia girl dies

E.coli outbreak: Fears it's reached America after Virginia girl dies | Food issues | Scoop.it
The two-year-old child, from Dryden, Virginia, died after being exposed to the lethal strain that already appears to have spread throughout the South.
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NEWS ADVISORY: 90% Sprout Contamination Conventional, Not Organic (Linked to Factory Farm Livestock Production) | Cornucopia Institute

NEWS ADVISORY: 90% Sprout Contamination Conventional, Not Organic (Linked to Factory Farm Livestock Production) | Cornucopia Institute | Food issues | Scoop.it
AP 6-6-11: “In a surprising U-turn, German officials said initial tests published Monday provided no evidence that sprouts from an organic farm in northern...
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Reverend Malthus and the Future of Food

Reverend Malthus and the Future of Food | Food issues | Scoop.it
By raising the rewards for innovation, won't higher food prices prompt creative efforts by companies and farmers to break the barriers and produce more? Even a passing familiarity with history suggests that the answer must be yes.
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Too Much Work, Food, Media May Be Hurting Health - US News and World Report

Too Much Work, Food, Media May Be Hurting Health - US News and World Report | Food issues | Scoop.it
Many would do better, physically and mentally, with less, expert says...
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Four suspected U.S. cases of E.coli linked to Germany

Four suspected U.S. cases of E.coli linked to Germany | Food issues | Scoop.it
ATLANTA (Reuters) - The number of suspected U.S.
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Are There Toxins in Your Compost?

Are There Toxins in Your Compost? | Food issues | Scoop.it
A MoJo reporter rolls up his sleeves and holds his nose to find out.
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Obama Deregulates GMO Crops Despite Supreme Court Injunction - being

By Robbie Hanna Anderman Truthout, June 2, 2011 Early this spring, while the world was distracted by Egypt's uprising, President Barack Obama pushed the Secretary of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ...
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Eating dirt can be good for the belly, researchers find

Eating dirt can be good for the belly, researchers find | Food issues | Scoop.it
Most of us never considered eating the mud pies we made as kids, but for many people all over the world, dining on dirt is nothing out of the ordinary. Now an extensive meta-analysis helps explain why.
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Britton Bell's curator insight, April 4, 2013 11:31 PM

If you read the book "Eat Dirt" by a man who was at death's door after sufffering several years with Crohn's Disease, AND if you like playing in the dirt, or remember when you or your kids played in it and ate it, then you already know what researchers are touting!

 

Yes!  Eating dirt IS good for the digestive system because good soil is chuck full of micro organisms which is processed out of our feeds beginning with the chemcials applied to plants and soil. Some of us remember that sweet smell of healthy soil and fondly recall the dirty faces of tykes after a day out in the yard. 

Stephanie Jo Rountree's comment, April 5, 2013 10:44 AM
I remember as a kid eating carrots pulled from the garden with dirt on them! Didn't phase me a bit.
Cathryn Wellner's comment, April 5, 2013 11:16 AM
Children enjoy the complex tastes of earth. We move away from that because the adults in our lives are always telling us to stop eating it.
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Climate Change Threatens Food Crisis, Says Study - ABC News

Climate Change Threatens Food Crisis, Says Study - ABC News | Food issues | Scoop.it
The geographical range of some agricultural crops -- such as corn and beans -- may be greatly reduced if temperatures continue to rise, says a new report.
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'Forks Over Knives': A Sign of Changing Times

'Forks Over Knives': A Sign of Changing Times | Food issues | Scoop.it
Americans have begun to live in a sort of paradox of health. Never before have we had more awareness of health and nutrition. We also live in a time when Americans have never been unhealthier.
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Taste: Urban foraging takes root

Taste: Urban foraging takes root | Food issues | Scoop.it
If it's dinner time and Martha Stauss wants a salad, she doesn't run to the store. She strolls through her Lauraville yard or nearby Herring Run Park and picks wild lettuces, dandelion greens and other free salad fixings.
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E.coli outbreak: Over-use of antibiotics may have led to deadly strain

E.coli outbreak: Over-use of antibiotics may have led to deadly strain | Food issues | Scoop.it
The public and doctors alike are wondering how such a common bacterium as E.coli could have mutated into a drug-resistant superbug.
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Belgian protesters destroy GM field trial | Food Freedom

Belgian protesters destroy GM field trial | Food Freedom | Food issues | Scoop.it
In Wetteren, a municipality in the Belgian province of East Flanders, activists succeeded in damaging the GM potatoes being trialled for blight resistance, despite a large contingent of police officers who had been ordered to guard the GM trial. The officers were unable to stop the 300-400 or more peaceful protesters of all ages, who included local people.
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Where Have All the Apples Gone?

Where Have All the Apples Gone? | Food issues | Scoop.it
By guest blogger Emily Vaughn, biodiversity program manager of Slow Foods USA Extinction isn't just for dodos and dinosaurs: Since 1900, 97 percent of the plant species on the planet have ceased to exist.
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Fueling Resistance: Rx. for Trouble

Fueling Resistance: Rx. for Trouble | Food issues | Scoop.it
Some producers fermenting corn into ethanol add human antibiotics to their fermentation tanks. Why? To control bacteria in the tanks, which can reduce their yields if they get out of control.
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Flaxseed no cure for hot flashes during breast cancer or menopause, study finds

Flaxseed no cure for hot flashes during breast cancer or menopause, study finds | Food issues | Scoop.it
Flaxseed provides no benefit in easing hot flashes among breast cancer patients and postmenopausal women, according to a new study.
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Sprouts and Bacteria: It's the Growing Conditions

Sprouts and Bacteria: It's the Growing Conditions | Food issues | Scoop.it
n the last 20 years, contaminated bean sprouts, alfalfa sprouts or other varieties have been blamed for at least 40 significant outbreaks of foodborne illness across the U.S., Canada and Europe. Most of those incidents were blamed on Salmonella bacteria, but E. coli contamination has occurred as well.
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E. coli: Rise of the Superbacteria - Newsweek

E. coli: Rise of the Superbacteria - Newsweek | Food issues | Scoop.it
The new and even deadlier form of E. coli should make Americans tremble.
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Thailand: GMO-free Thai rice · Global Voices

Thailand: GMO-free Thai rice · Global Voices | Food issues | Scoop.it
As Thailand celebrates Rice and Farmers' week, Natwipha Ewasakul writes about the “little known and un-publicized Thai agricultural policy that protects Thai rice from the risks of genetically-modified organisms.” ...
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Food Politics » San Francisco Chronicle column: food plate, of course

Food Politics » San Francisco Chronicle column: food plate, of course | Food issues | Scoop.it
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Food Supply Under Strain on a Warming Planet

Food Supply Under Strain on a Warming Planet | Food issues | Scoop.it
As global warming puts stresses on farmers feeding a growing world population, financing to develop new crop varieties and new techniques has been slow to materialize.
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Climate change seen changing agriculture - sacbee.com

Climate change seen changing agriculture - sacbee.com | Food issues | Scoop.it
CIUDAD OBREGON, Mexico – The dun wheat field spreading out at Ravi P. Singh's feet offered a possible clue to human destiny.
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