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Food Fraud: 10 Counterfeit Products We Commonly Consume

Food Fraud: 10 Counterfeit Products We Commonly Consume | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Coffee, olive oil and fish are just some of the adulterated and intentionally mislabeled foods regularly passed off as something they’re not.

 

In a country where we have relatively strict labeling regulations, many food manufacturers still manage to swindle shoppers by adding fillers or diluting the real deal with less expensive ingredients, without the knowledge of the consumer. And in fact, it’s become so prevalent that the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention, a nonprofit that sets standards used by the FDA, set up a database to track the infractions. Called the Food Fraud Database (FFD), it describes food fraud as the "deliberate substitution, addition, tampering or misrepresentation of food, food ingredients or food packaging, or false or misleading statements made about a product for economic gain." It has a shocking number of entries.


Via Pamir Kiciman, The DoctorsPlace
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Kirk Fontaine's curator insight, April 7, 2013 11:02 AM

This seems to be happening quite frequently in order to cut production and manufacturing costs and the consumer is the one that loses out

Sandi Cornez's curator insight, April 7, 2013 1:13 PM

Good catches. Best advice: be discerning when you shop. Read labels carefully. Buy organic. Do research on brands you're not familiar with. Purchase fresh foods as often as possible. You can make your own orange juice.

nancercize's comment, April 8, 2013 11:55 AM
Natural foods + natural exercise = health.

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Stupidity Is Not A Valid Defense For Us - The Automatic Earth

Stupidity Is Not A Valid Defense For Us - The Automatic Earth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

If we can't plead stupidity, what else is there? How do we live with ourselves? Is it all the stuff we buy that manages to numb our brains and consciences?

 

When I see a headline like this one at Bloomberg today, World Needs Record Saudi Oil Supply as OPEC Convenes, there’s just one thought that pops into my head: what the world needs is for us to stop doing this thing we’re doing. Even apart from peak oil concerns, it’s obvious we’re going to run out at some point or another, and it doesn’t matter whether that’s tomorrow or at some other point in the future, though we do know it’s not going to take another 100 years, or even 50.

 

And nothing will ever take the place of oil; once those unique carbons are gone, that’s it, we’ll have to find a completely different way of running our societies, and if we’re not smart enough to prepare for that beforehand, we’ll be cats fighting in a sack and use the last scraps to kill off each other. And our legacy won’t be the Greek thinkers and Picasso and Dostoyevsky and Walt Whitman and Maria Callas, since there won’t be the means for our children anymore to share what makes man great between them. Our main legacy will instead be bloodshed, we will have gone the exact same path that any non-thinking or even primitive organism would have taken, who don’t have opera or philosophy or poetry to their name.

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David Collet's curator insight, August 2, 2014 8:26 PM

A thoughtfull read.

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Plant flares emit more pollutants than previously thought, the EPA reports

Plant flares emit more pollutants than previously thought, the EPA reports | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency formula for calculating the amount of pollutants released by flares at refineries and chemical plants nationwide shows that those emissions are four times higher than previously thought. The EPA said last week that the court-ordered update of a decades-old method used by the government and individual industrial facilities to calculate pollution releases will provide more accurate estimates of carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds released by the flaring or burning of waste gases at those facilities. The change was triggered by a 2013 lawsuit against the EPA by Environmental Integrity Project, a Washington, D.C., environmental enforcement advocacy organization. The EPA said the new formula does not apply to, and should
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Paul Krugman Blasts Right-Wing 'Truthers' Who Refuse to Admit They Were Wrong . . . About Anything

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When in doubt, just deny, deny, deny
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Chinese scientists genetically modify human embryos

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China is burning through its natural resources | MINING.com

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Would Earth Day’s creator have celebrated this Earth Day?

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A protest that's gone corporate.

 

“Launched in 1970 as a protest against corporate environmental misconduct, Earth Day has become a planet-hugging marketing frenzy for companies themselves,” the Wall Street Journal wrote in 2008. “Makers of everything from snack chips to sport-utility vehicles now use April 22 to boast about their efforts to help save the planet.”

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All The News That's Fit to Eat: The Bird Flu is Back | Civil Eats

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Bird flu is so 2009, right? That was the year the H1N1 virus made headlines around the world when the first case was found in the United States, prompting fears of a global pandemic and lots of face mask-wearing on public transportation. Since then it’s been quietly mutating and killing humans and poultry around the world.

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What California can learn from Saudi Arabia’s water mystery

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Lake Mead On Track For Record Low Water Level Amid Drought

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Nevada's Lake Mead, the largest capacity reservoir in the United States, is on track to drop to its lowest water level in recorded history on Sunday as its source, the Colorado River, suffers from 14 years of severe drought, experts said on Friday.

The 79-year-old reservoir, formed by the building of the Hoover Dam outside Las Vegas, was expected to dip below 1,080 feet on Sunday, lower than a previous record of 1,080.19 feet last August, according to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

Predictions show that on May 31, the reservoir will have dipped again to 1,075 feet, well below its record high levels of around 1,206 feet in the 1980s, according to Bureau of Reclamation data.

Lake Mead supplies water to agriculture and about 40 million people in Nevada, Arizona, Southern California, and northern Mexico.

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Popular pesticide hurts wild bees in major field study

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A common type of pesticide is dramatically harming wild bees, according to a new in-the-field study that outside experts say may help shift the way the U.S. government looks at a controversial class of chemicals.

 

But in the study published by the journal Nature on Wednesday, honeybees - which get trucked from place to place to pollinate major crops like almonds- didn't show the significant ill effects that wild cousins like bumblebees did. This is a finding some experts found surprising. A second study published in the same journal showed that in lab tests bees are not repelled by the pesticides and in fact may even prefer pesticide coated crops, making the problem worse.

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How Many More? 116 Environmental Defenders Were Murdered Last Year, Mostly in Latin America

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As we continue to mark Earth Day, we look at a new report that finds killings of environmental activists on the rise, with indigenous communities hardest hit. According to Global Witness, at least 116 environmentalists were killed last year — more than two a week. Three-quarters of the deaths occurred in Central and South America. Just recently, three indigenous Tolupán leaders were gunned down during an anti-mining protest in northern Honduras, which has become the most dangerous country for environmental activists. We speak to Billy Kyte, campaigner for Global Witness and author of their new report, "How Many More?"
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Ethical Impact L3C's curator insight, April 26, 5:13 PM

The violence being vented on environmentalists and doctors is a reg flag of huge proportions!

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Chernobyl: The catastrophe that never ended

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Nearly 30 years after the explosion, Bob Simon travels to Ukraine and discovers the reactor still has the power to kill
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Big mining firms falter in environmental responsibility

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Some of the companies perceived as bigger, more powerful and influential score very low marks in environmentally responsible operations, according to the investigations conducted into the Akoben programme of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Ghana.

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New Mexico leaders push for high-level nuclear waste

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Even unseen, the encyclical is attracting outrage from conservatives and praise from environmentalists.

 

The largely secular climate movement is about to get what some predict will be a historic boost from an intriguing source: Pope Francis.

 

Francis is putting the final touches on what may be the most authoritative papal teaching ever on the environment, a topic bound up with economics, global development and politics and thus very controversial. Even though no one outside Francis’s inner circle has seen the document — called an encyclical — it’s already being lambasted by some religious and political conservatives and held up by environmentalists as a potential turning point in their movement.

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Arctic Council sets low bar for environment protection

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Bees may become addicted to nicotine-like pesticides, study finds

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What Do We Really Know About Roundup Weed Killer?

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This Giant Oil Rig Could Usher in a Radically Altered Arctic

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Arctic Oil Spills In Canada Likely To Spread Across Borders: Study

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History lessons highlight climate threat to birds - Climate News Network

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25 April, 2015 − Evidence from the Ice Ages helps show how vulnerable bird populations are to change driven by human-induced global warming.
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Alaskan natives have no name for the red breasted bird that has been showing up there (Robins). Wings, however are faster than seeds....