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New USDA Rules Crack Down on Junk Food in Schools - Modern Farmer

New USDA Rules Crack Down on Junk Food in Schools - Modern Farmer | Permaculture, Homesteading, Ecology, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
Anything with trans fats is banned, as is anything that contains more than 35 percent sugar by weight or 35 percent calories from fat. Drinks are also subject to these rules: nothing more than 12 ounces, the size of a regular can of soda is allowed, and in elementary schools, the only available drinks will be water, nonfat milk, or 100-percent fruit juice. High schoolers, along with their driving and voting privileges, are allowed to have sodas and sports drinks, but only if they have fewer than 60 calories per 12 ounces, which pretty much limits them to diet varieties.

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(Almost) all processed foods should be banned.
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​Most Apples In The US Drenched With Chemical Banned In Europe

​Most Apples In The US Drenched With Chemical Banned In Europe | Permaculture, Homesteading, Ecology, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
A chemical used on most non-organic American apples that preserves the fruit’s color after harvest was banned by the European Union in 2012 because its makers could not prove it did not put human health at risk, according to a new study.
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USDA Goes Forward With Herbicide-Resistant GMO Seeds

USDA Goes Forward With Herbicide-Resistant GMO Seeds | Permaculture, Homesteading, Ecology, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
The commercial use of new herbicide-resistant, genetically modified corn and soybean seeds moved one step closer to reality on Friday when the United States Department of Agriculture announced their introduction in limited quantities.
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USDA Finds Rising Income Inequality Is Main Driver of Increasing Rural Child Poverty | National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

USDA Finds Rising Income Inequality Is Main Driver of Increasing Rural Child Poverty | National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition | Permaculture, Homesteading, Ecology, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
Nearly a decade after the 2007 recession, the U.S. economy continues to move steadily toward recovery; unemployment has been cut in half (down to 5 percent), and average family incomes have increased 6 percent in just the last two years. By now the slow but rising tide of economic improvement has touched most corners of the country, yet millions of rural children are still living in poverty. In fact, 85 percent of the country’s persistent poverty counties are in rural America.
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Rural Poverty Increasing, Especially Among Children – NSAC

Rural Poverty Increasing, Especially Among Children – NSAC | Permaculture, Homesteading, Ecology, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
Rural poverty increased significantly in the U.S. following the 2007 recession, especially among children, according to data released earlier this mon
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