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2015 was a banner year for vegetarians - The Portland Press Herald

2015 was a banner year for vegetarians - The Portland Press Herald | Food issues | Scoop.it
The pope, The New York Times, Miley Cyrus – seemingly everyone says eat less meat.
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Big Think: Making Food Waste a Social Taboo

Big Think: Making Food Waste a Social Taboo | Food issues | Scoop.it
Dana Gunders, a scientist with the NRDC, wants to make throwing out perfectly good food as unacceptable as littering.
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Wild bees on the decline in key US agricultural ecosystems – study

Wild bees on the decline in key US agricultural ecosystems – study | Food issues | Scoop.it
Researchers point to concerns over pesticides as diseases as bee numbers drop while farmland requiring the pollinators increases
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Wild bees on the decline in key US agricultural ecosystems – study

Wild bees on the decline in key US agricultural ecosystems – study | Food issues | Scoop.it
Researchers point to concerns over pesticides as diseases as bee numbers drop while farmland requiring the pollinators increases
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The West Coast Groundfish Recovery: The Best Fish News You Haven’t Heard Yet

The West Coast Groundfish Recovery: The Best Fish News You Haven’t Heard Yet | Food issues | Scoop.it
By 2000, most of the groundfish on the West Coast was gone. Here's how environmentalists and fishermen worked together to bring it back.By 2000, most of the groundfish on the West Coast was gone. Here's how environmentalists and fishermen worked together to bring it back.
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Composting food waste remains your best option, study finds

Composting food waste remains your best option, study finds | Food issues | Scoop.it
A new study confirms that composting food scraps is better than throwing them away, and also calculates the environmental benefits associated with keeping these organic materials out of landfills.
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Even if you use vegetable scraps for stock, you end up with waste. So composting is a good use of whatever you don't eat.

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A world in which we all eat the same food will end up with a side of disaster

A world in which we all eat the same food will end up with a side of disaster | Food issues | Scoop.it
Supermarket shelves filled with the exotic give a false impression, warns environmentalist Simran Sethi. Her new book exposes the dangers eating a small number of the same things
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The article starts with a frightening statistic we should all be concerned about - that 3/4 of our food "comes from 12 plants and five animals."

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We can’t talk emissions without talking agriculture

We can’t talk emissions without talking agriculture | Food issues | Scoop.it
Climate change may actually present Canada, and the Canadian food and farming sector, with unique opportunities
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We can't keep destroying soil, water and air and expect to feed a burgeoning population.

 

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I quit. After 14 years fighting New Zealand's obesity crisis, nothing's changed | Robyn Toomath

I quit. After 14 years fighting New Zealand's obesity crisis, nothing's changed | Robyn Toomath | Food issues | Scoop.it
I now believe civil uprising is our best hope for change so I’m passing the baton to overweight and obese people
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Some thoughtful prose for those who think the obesity epidemic is just a matter of poor willpower - and for those who know how much more complicated it is.

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As Beekeepers Lose More Hives, Time For New Rules On Pesticides?

As Beekeepers Lose More Hives, Time For New Rules On Pesticides? | Food issues | Scoop.it
Beekeepers lost 42 percent of their hives last year. NPR and PBS NewsHour investigate what's behind the plight of the pollinators. Some scientists say pesticides called neonics are being overused.
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It's only our food supply at risk.

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Moderate coffee drinking may be linked to reduced risk of death

Moderate coffee drinking may be linked to reduced risk of death | Food issues | Scoop.it
Drinking coffee daily was associated with a lower risk of deaths from Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and neurological diseases in nonsmokers. Regular consumption of coffee can be included as part of a healthy, balanced diet.
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Right, OK, I'm a coffee drinker but am not turning cartwheels. The implications are tiny, and the truth of the matter is, we are all going to die. Coffee drinking will play a small role.

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How the Western Diet Has Derailed Our Evolution - Issue 30: Identity - Nautilus

How the Western Diet Has Derailed Our Evolution - Issue 30: Identity - Nautilus | Food issues | Scoop.it
For the microbiologist Justin Sonnenburg, that career-defining moment—the discovery that changed the trajectory of his research,…
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We're performing massive experiments on the human body with our modern diet. The unintended consequences are a boomerang turning back to whack us.

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Obesity Rises Despite All Efforts to Fight It, U.S. Health Officials Say

Obesity Rises Despite All Efforts to Fight It, U.S. Health Officials Say | Food issues | Scoop.it
Despite years of efforts to reduce obesity, federal health officials reported Thursday that the share of Americans who were obese increased slightly.
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Alaska's Inuit Link Steady Food Supply to Environment Health

Alaska's Inuit Link Steady Food Supply to Environment Health | Food issues | Scoop.it
Alaska's Inuit Link Steady Food Supply to Environment Health
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Cathryn Wellner's comment, December 28, 2015 1:02 PM
Indigenous people around the globe are raising alarms - and mostly being ignored.
pdeppisch's comment, December 28, 2015 1:28 PM
And I totally expected that! We are ignoring scientists! We are ignoring the part of the population that is worried about climate change. We can't agree on fish quotas and in the meantime we kill all the fish. Japan keeps hunting whales for scientific research - my ass! When there is money to be made and jobs in an economic endeavour it will happen regardless of the destructive consequences!
Cathryn Wellner's comment, December 28, 2015 5:02 PM
We humans are not known for our commitment to the health of the planet, alas.
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10 Foods That Could Disappear Because of Climate Change

10 Foods That Could Disappear Because of Climate Change | Food issues | Scoop.it
Climate change is making the world a different place with more floods, droughts, wildfires, heat waves and other extreme weather events. Certain foods could disappear
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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, December 27, 2015 1:10 PM

Brace yourself: Here are 10 foods you’ll probably be sad to see go.

1. Guacamole
2. Apples
3. Beer
4. Rice and Beans
5. Seafood
6. Chocolate
7. Coffee
8. Peanut Butter
9. Wine
10. French Fries

Food may be one of the most apparent and immediate ways many of us will feel the impact of climate change. “The general story is that agriculture is sensitive,” said David Lobell, deputy director of the Center on Food Security and the Environment at Stanford University. “It’s not the end of the world, but it will be a big enough deal to be worth our concern.”

We certainly don’t need another reason to fight climate change. But a good one would be to save some of our favorite—and the world’s most important—foods from extinction.

 


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The only way to save your beloved bananas might be genetic engineering

The only way to save your beloved bananas might be genetic engineering | Food issues | Scoop.it
Yes, we may soon have no bananas, thanks to a nasty fungus.
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Crab pots lie empty, boats idled as toxic algae stalls a San Francisco tradition

Crab pots lie empty, boats idled as toxic algae stalls a San Francisco tradition | Food issues | Scoop.it
It was quiet on Pier 45. Crab pots were stacked neatly in rows. Idled fishing vessels bobbed at their berths. One of the few dock workers present made small talk on his cellphone. Another puttered by on an empty forklift.
It was just after dawn on a recent weekday. Larry Collins, a veteran of...
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The ‘Extinction’ Of Bananas Shows Us Why Our Food System Needs Help

The ‘Extinction’ Of Bananas Shows Us Why Our Food System Needs Help | Food issues | Scoop.it
The good news? One expert’s solution involves eating more food.
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Life without bananas? It's a real possibility.

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Will Climate Change Break the Global Food System?

Will Climate Change Break the Global Food System? | Food issues | Scoop.it
Extreme weather events scuttling harvests. Skyrocketing food prices causing famine for millions and driving multitudes into poverty. Governments toppling - again - in Pakistan and Ukraine. Massive flo
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The global food system is under so much strain. What will the future hold for our grandchildren?

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Salmon RIP? |

East Bay Express

Salmon RIP? |<br/>   <br/>East Bay Express | Food issues | Scoop.it
Last winter and spring, thousands of adult Chinook salmon nosed upstream past Richmond, through the Carquinez Straits and into the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, on...
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Putting the Chicken Before the Egg

Putting the Chicken Before the Egg | Food issues | Scoop.it
The market, while still small, is growing fast for pastured eggs, which means that hens live in housing that allows them to spend much of their day in open pasture.
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I've pastured chickens before. They are happy, friendly, and lay the best-ever eggs.

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Coke's Chief Scientist, Who Orchestrated Obesity Research, Is Leaving

Coke's Chief Scientist, Who Orchestrated Obesity Research, Is Leaving | Food issues | Scoop.it
Rhona Applebaum, Coca-Cola’s top scientist, is stepping down, a move that follows revelations that the company had funded research that played down the role beverages played in the spread of obesity.
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9 Foods That Contain More Than a Day's Worth of Sugar

9 Foods That Contain More Than a Day's Worth of Sugar | Food issues | Scoop.it
The FDA just announced that Americans should limit their added sugar intake to 12 teaspoons daily. That’s less than it probably seems.
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Nicely paired with the other article I posted, on the intractability of obesity in America (and elsewhere, though the U.S. seems to be leading the big pack). Is it any wonder so many of us are overweight with fare like this?

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Humans have relied on honeybees for nearly 9,000 years — and now they’re mysteriously declining

Humans have relied on honeybees for nearly 9,000 years — and now they’re mysteriously declining | Food issues | Scoop.it
Evidence gathered at ancient sites around the world documents a thousands of years old relationship between species.
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Given our manipulation of the environment, it hardly seems surprising that bees are affected.

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