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Fish oil pills: A $1.2 billion industry built, so far, on empty promises

Fish oil pills: A $1.2 billion industry built, so far, on empty promises | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The phenomenon reflects our confusion about diet and anything touted as a life-extending elixir.
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We Americans are always buying into one fad or another. Science requires replication and control for alternative explanations. However, when it comes to diet supplements and alternative medicines, the American public is willing to believe any and every one. It would be a good thing if we had a government agency responsible for evaluating scientific research and making sure that excessive claims were not being made. Instead, the government agencies that exist seem to open their own gates to the claims without due and proper evaluation. That something doesn't do harm should, IMHO, not be sufficient. That said, I will fess up, I do take one supplement about which I have no proof other than a friend's recommendation. And I do take a few vitamins, but I don''t take a lot. How about you, my friend?

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How Iraq is Driving Itself to Hunger

How Iraq is Driving Itself to Hunger | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The fight against the Islamic State has disrupted food production in Iraq, but the Iraqi government is in no shape to fill the food gap.
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Throughout the world people are starving. Iraq, which has typically had good grain production, is slipping into a food desert as strive cuts production, displacement of people increases need, and government mismanagement hurts the market for what is grown. Soon that poor country will be suffering famine to go along with war and the pestilence of ISIS. We know what dark force has cast these plagues on the Iraq, but does anybody from the Bush administration care?

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People love chickens that are “vegetarian fed.” Here’s why that’s bad for the birds.

People love chickens that are “vegetarian fed.” Here’s why that’s bad for the birds. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Food companies advertise that their hens get vegetarian diets, but chickens are omnivores, and their nutrition depends on proteins often unavailable in vegetarian sources.
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Chickens are by nature carnivores. Not only do their need protein from insects, but their eggs do better if they eat shells from eggs or sea creatures. I'm no chicken expert, but I studied up enough to write Broody New Englander and I know that vegetarian chickens are not a good idea. How about a little common sense people; farming is not about political worldviews but nature.

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What nobody told me about small farming: I can’t make a living

What nobody told me about small farming: I can’t make a living | Upsetment | Scoop.it
People say we're "rich in other ways," but that doesn't fix the ugly fact that most farms are unsustainable
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When we talk about income inequality, should we not also talk about the need to subsidize those professions which enrich our world. Local, organic farming, teaching, the arts, care of the elderly: the list of jobs that are often underpaid and yet essential to the quality of our lives: do the people who do them not deserve our support against the marketplace? Sure you can buy that produce from WalMart, or Fry's but do you want to?

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New antimicrobial edible films that increase the lifespan of cheese

New antimicrobial edible films that increase the lifespan of cheese | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Researchers at the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) have developed new coatings to apply to soft cheese. These coatings are totally edible and have an antimicrobial capacity, which increases the lifespan of the cheese. These films incorporate oregano and rosemary essential oils as antimicrobial ...
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There are few things I love more than cheese; I will travel miles for a good fromagerie. On the one hand this news should make me happy; I will be able to get great cheeses shipped that are not available in the dairy-desert that is Arizona. BUT, I am terribly allergic to lobster and wonder if I will be able to tolerate this coating. BUT, will it change even one iota the taste and texture of some wonderful cheese? BUT, well, heck, when it comes to cheese, I represent the far right, the don't tread on me conservative. Anyway, I have to go buy crackers; a true curse to have more brie than crackers.

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Who is pulling the strings at the School Nutrition Association? | Al Jazeera America

Who is pulling the strings at the School Nutrition Association? | Al Jazeera America | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Why the largest school pizza supplier might be behind the school food lobby's scuffle with the first lady
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Profit margins are the nutritional necessity of corporations, but they should not affect the nutritional value of school lunches. Despite the Supreme Court of the U.S., quite simply, I never saw the place of a corporation in kindergarten.

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One Year Later, The Makers of ‘Pink Slime’ Are Hanging On, and Fighting Back | TIME.com

One Year Later, The Makers of ‘Pink Slime’ Are Hanging On, and Fighting Back | TIME.com | Upsetment | Scoop.it
As the meat industry again makes news thanks to an endless stream of articles about horse meat masked as beef popping up all over Europe, the “pink slime” story is still playing itself out in courthouses, law offices and the one BPI plant still in...
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We want to think we are still living in a world where our food comes from the farm as "God" intended, but it really comes from the corporation and the laboratory. That doesn't make it bad or unhealthy, just upsetting. Take "pink slime" was it just misreported? At least in part, yes.

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The Republican war on vegetables: How new dietary guidelines brought out the GOP’s inner petulant child

The Republican war on vegetables: How new dietary guidelines brought out the GOP’s inner petulant child | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Experts say to cut down on meat for the sake of our health and the environment. Republicans react like 3-year-olds
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That diet is the issue in this report misses the real point. Of course science supports eating less meat and more fruits and vegetables. Of course science supports cutting down on meat production to reduce CO2 emissions. Of course science...Ah, wait, there's the rub, Republicans don't like science, not even when the Pope, who happens to have a science background, talks about it. The GOP is the curia of the new Dark Ages, a time when Galileo must repent because his words are not in the Bible. The GOP has become the party of faith, and that faith is the whack-a-do faith of dispensationalism, of end times and "we're gonna get you" not a faith in a rational god who created a world that works by the wonders of science. So let's just eat our steaks and ignore reality because the horsemen are coming on the morrow.

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Whole Foods Is Accused of Overcharging Customers Again

Whole Foods Is Accused of Overcharging Customers Again | Upsetment | Scoop.it
After paying a settlement in California, the chain is now under fire in NYC.
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Quite simply, Whole Foods is ripping people off again. At best, their prices are high, so I seldom shop there even though we have one within walking distance. As for the quality, it's okay but nowhere near the "organic" or "natural" quality they claim.

 

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DNA tests reveal many herbal supplements are fake

DNA tests reveal many herbal supplements are fake | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A third of the pills tested didn't contain the advertised herbs -- and some had been replaced by toxic ingredients
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Of course the U.S. government's attempts to oversee even food and drugs is being hampered by the Republican party and its anti-government stance. But only fools trust businesses to self-regulate. It is time for Americans to realize that proper government oversight of business is essential to a properly functioning society and economy.

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Here's the Question Your Doctor Should Be Asking You—But Isn't

Here's the Question Your Doctor Should Be Asking You—But Isn't | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Almost half of adults surveyed drank at least one soda a day
Kenneth Weene's insight:

It isn't just the sugar, but I gave up soda (including diet) years ago. Water works quite nicely. Sometimes I add fruit (fresh) and let infuse. Sometimes I'll use sparkling water. But soda—gone like tobacco and most alcohol. Does that make me dull at parties? I hope not. I find coffee and chocolate are good treats.

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7 more trendy superfoods that are anything but

7 more trendy superfoods that are anything but | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Some of the hippest health foods make the murkiest claims about their benefits and ethical sourcing
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For my part, I like almond flour because it has so few carbs, but for the rest of these superfood, well I pass. I'll stick with a balanced diet and stay off the carbohydrates.

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14 Dark Secrets Of How Your Groceries Are Made

14 Dark Secrets Of How Your Groceries Are Made | Upsetment | Scoop.it

This is enough to make you want to give up eating.

 

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A fascinating look at how far removed we have become from real food. And you thought Twinkies were bad.

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F.D.A. Offers Rules to Stop Food Contamination

F.D.A. Offers Rules to Stop Food Contamination | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Under a proposal, the Food and Drug Administration would shift from taking action after contamination occurred to requiring measures to prevent it in the first place.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

This is a major change in the reach of government intrusion into business, but it is also a major change in keeping us safe. There should be great public discussion about this. I think this is where the TEA party, the extreme right, and the libertarians should take a stand. Of course, I hope they lose, but they should take their stand.

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