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A call for GMO labeling

A call for GMO labeling | @FoodMeditations Time | Scoop.it
Editor's note: David Schubert is professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.
Most people like to know what they are eating. However, labeling for genetically modified organisms is not required in any state.
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The FDA let risky antibiotics remain in livestock feed, new report claims

The FDA let risky antibiotics remain in livestock feed, new report claims | @FoodMeditations Time | Scoop.it
The US Food and Drug Administration allowed more than a dozen antibiotics used in animal agriculture to remain in livestock feed — despite knowing that the drugs posed a "high risk" of...
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CDC Threat Report: Yes, Agricultural Antibiotics Play a Role in Drug Resistance - Wired Science

CDC Threat Report: Yes, Agricultural Antibiotics Play a Role in Drug Resistance - Wired Science | @FoodMeditations Time | Scoop.it

The grave assessment on the advance of drug resistance, by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, contains some important observations about the relationship between antibiotic use in agriculture and resistant infections in humans...

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Pesticide Companies Sue EU Commission for Protecting Pollinators

Pesticide Companies Sue EU Commission for Protecting Pollinators | @FoodMeditations Time | Scoop.it
On Nov. 6 BASF, a German agrochemical company, took legal action in the General Court of the European Union
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BASF harmful to bees, harmful to people!

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From fertiliser to Zyklon B: 100 years of the scientific discovery that brought life and death

From fertiliser to Zyklon B: 100 years of the scientific discovery that brought life and death | @FoodMeditations Time | Scoop.it
It's 100 years since Fritz Haber found a way to synthesise ammonia – helping to feed billions but also to kill millions, and contributing to the pollution of the planet

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National Chocolate Week: Think you know about cocoa? - The Independent

National Chocolate Week: Think you know about cocoa? - The Independent | @FoodMeditations Time | Scoop.it
The Independent
National Chocolate Week: Think you know about cocoa?
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... stuff...this week is National Chocolate Week.
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Choc horror! Cocoa shortage, rising prices threaten chocolate bars - NBCNews.com

Choc horror! Cocoa shortage, rising prices threaten chocolate bars - NBCNews.com | @FoodMeditations Time | Scoop.it
Choc horror! Cocoa shortage, rising prices threaten chocolate bars
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The humble candy bar could soon change beyond recognition as palm oil, chemical flavorings and fillers replace increasingly scarce cocoa beans and expensive ingredients.
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Chocolate is changing as raw material prices rise...

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Diesel exhaust pollution may disrupt honeybee foraging - KDAL

Diesel exhaust pollution may disrupt honeybee foraging - KDAL | @FoodMeditations Time | Scoop.it
Diesel exhaust pollution may disrupt honeybee foraging KDAL In a study published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports, scientists from Britain's University of Southampton found that the fumes change the profile of the floral odors that attract...
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Bees are very important...

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Would you eat bread made from INSECTS? Grasshoppers, Bread and...

Would you eat bread made from INSECTS? Grasshoppers, Bread and... | @FoodMeditations Time | Scoop.it

Would you eat bread made from INSECTS? Students turn grasshoppers into flour to be used in bread and other foods to feed people in poor countries...

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Frankensalmon could breed with trout, produce frankentrout

Frankensalmon could breed with trout, produce frankentrout | @FoodMeditations Time | Scoop.it

ShutterstockBrown trout sans frankengenes.
Interspecies hanky-panky is a thing, in case you didn’t know. Sometimes love, or perhaps a blindly primeval desire to reproduce, can lead one species of animal to breed with another.

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Top 10 Alternative Christmas Trees | Xmas | MiNDFOOD

Top 10 Alternative Christmas Trees | Xmas | MiNDFOOD | @FoodMeditations Time | Scoop.it
Flex your DIY skills and try piling presents under one of these creative Christmas tree alternatives this year.
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Moment of truth: Is the “food movement” for real — or just talk?

Moment of truth: Is the “food movement” for real — or just talk? | @FoodMeditations Time | Scoop.it

At the start of the Obama administration, the newly minted President, the same one who quoted Michael Pollan, immediately and disappointingly set about enforcing the food and farm policy status quo...

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How Your Chicken Dinner Is Creating a Drug-Resistant Superbug

How Your Chicken Dinner Is Creating a Drug-Resistant Superbug | @FoodMeditations Time | Scoop.it
Continuing to treat urinary tract infections as a short-term, routine ailment rather than a long-term food safety issue risks turning the responsible bacteria into a major health crisis.
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It's not the 'skipping' three who should be questioned, it's the wasteful supermarkets

It's not the 'skipping' three who should be questioned, it's the wasteful supermarkets | @FoodMeditations Time | Scoop.it

That's a product of the rising desperation in our society that has seen foodbanks become one of our fastest growing industries...

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Greater emphasis needed on livestock flatulence if we are to save planet

Greater emphasis needed on livestock flatulence if we are to save planet | @FoodMeditations Time | Scoop.it
Cows are slowly destroying the planet, according to
an in-depth analysis published today in Nature
Climate Change.
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Fish Love Campaign

Fish Love Campaign | @FoodMeditations Time | Scoop.it
For the campaign Fish Love, a combination that critical mass and illegal practices of fishing, photographer Denis Rouvre photographed celebrities such as fashio

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Julie O'Donnell's curator insight, December 5, 2013 5:36 PM

Bizarre campaign! Very like the PETA ads.

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Your Meat Is Worse Than Ever and No One Is Doing a Damn Thing to Fix It

Your Meat Is Worse Than Ever and No One Is Doing a Damn Thing to Fix It | @FoodMeditations Time | Scoop.it
Pharmaceutical companies and big agriculture work to keep antibiotics in food.

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Bill Palladino - MLUI's curator insight, November 9, 2013 10:50 AM

This is one reason why we're pushing hard for more local protein production here in northwest Michigan.  We'd like to at least be able to ask a farmer what they fed that steer, or that hog, or that chicken.

Steve Kingsley's curator insight, November 9, 2013 2:41 PM

The inability of USDA to seriously address this issue has created a very serious public health risk.

Jen-ai's curator insight, November 11, 2013 12:10 PM

aaa! good reason to get a share of some local meat if you're into that sort of thing. 

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Food waste: news and teaching resources round up

Food waste: news and teaching resources round up | @FoodMeditations Time | Scoop.it
As food waste returns to the headlines, we pull together some stories, lesson ideas and links that you won't want to throw away Following the news earlier this year that almost half the world's food is thrown away, many of us have been keeping a...
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What's going off in your fridge?

What's going off in your fridge? | @FoodMeditations Time | Scoop.it
We throw away one in 10 bananas and a third of the bagged salad we buy, according to Tesco. Guardian writers confess how much food they waste
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Steve Kingsley's curator insight, November 2, 2013 8:43 PM

They don't seem to be more careful than us in the UK either....

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Former Vegans Explain Why They Eat Meat: Are You Convinced?

Former Vegans Explain Why They Eat Meat: Are You Convinced? | @FoodMeditations Time | Scoop.it
In a recent article in The Atlantic two former vegetarians and vegans explain why they have again chosen to eat meat; a vegetarian of many years explains why she supports other's choice to eat meat.
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We'll run out of cocoa in just SEVEN years! - Daily Star

We'll run out of cocoa in just SEVEN years! - Daily Star | @FoodMeditations Time | Scoop.it
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We'll run out of cocoa in just SEVEN years!
Daily Star
Confectionery giants revealed there are just not enough cocoa plantations across the globe to feed the demand.
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giloop's curator insight, October 8, 2013 3:16 AM

That sounds like the end of humanity

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The laws of leftovers - Sydney Morning Herald

The laws of leftovers - Sydney Morning Herald | @FoodMeditations Time | Scoop.it
Sydney Morning Herald The laws of leftovers Sydney Morning Herald Then there's the effort of trucking it to the landfill, where it breaks down into methane - a greenhouse gas 25 times stronger than carbon dioxide, according to the NSW Government's...
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Yet reducing food waste at home is not rocket science; it's just old-fashioned thrift...

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The giving tree: Agroforests can heal food systems and fight climate change

The giving tree: Agroforests can heal food systems and fight climate change | @FoodMeditations Time | Scoop.it
Erik Shepard Farmer Mark Shepard sees perennials such as chestnuts and apples as a way to diversify his crops and protect the soil.
“Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias,” said farmer and author Wendell Berry.
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Pamela Mayer's curator insight, December 28, 2012 9:47 PM

Wow! This is exciting.

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Cocoa Futures Rally on Surprisingly Sweet Demand - Wall Street Journal

Cocoa Futures Rally on Surprisingly Sweet Demand - Wall Street Journal | @FoodMeditations Time | Scoop.it
Wall Street JournalCocoa Futures Rally on Surprisingly Sweet DemandWall Street JournalNorth American and European cocoa associations reported last week that cocoa grindings, or tonnage of cocoa beans ground into powder, met or beat expectations for...
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Sockeye salmon collapse due to lack of food, study says

Sockeye salmon collapse due to lack of food, study says | @FoodMeditations Time | Scoop.it
Juvenile sockeye salmon likely didn't have enough food to survive as they travelled in poor conditions through British Columbia's Georgia Strait in 2007, resulting in abysmal returns to the Fraser River two years later, a new study suggests.

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