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Scurvy makes surprise return in Australia - BBC News

Scurvy makes surprise return in Australia - BBC News | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Doctors in Australia report a resurgence in the disease historically associated with sea explorers.
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You would think given the way Europeans discovered Australia and how so many of the first Aussies got to their new land that everybody there would be super aware of this almost disappeared nutritional disease. But, my guess is that Aussies pride themselves on their "manly" eating and drinking habits and don't give a fart for nutrition and dietetics. As fad diets and use of super-energy-drinks increase, I bet we're going to see an increase in many such nutritional diseases in the States and Europe as well as in the Antipodes. 
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These School Lunches From Around The World Should Embarrass The U.S.

These School Lunches From Around The World Should Embarrass The U.S. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
I knew it wasn't good, but I wasn't prepared for this.
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Hint: Sugar and starch aren't the best foundation for good nutrition. Processed food purchased from big companies makes for good corporate profits but not so good school lunches. Some countries see their children as a precious resource to be nurtured and others see them as little consumers to be sold to.

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Kayleb Forsythe's curator insight, February 5, 2015 12:57 PM

Take a look at school cafeteria food from around the globe and ask yourself, "How do United States school lunches measure up compared to the world?" It's not very good.

Italy provides local fish on a bed of arugula, pasta with tomato sauce, caprese salad, baguette, and some grapes.

When you consider how many students end up eating school-provided lunch, you realize how important it is that they get healthy and balanced meals. That's why sweetgreen, the organization behind this photo project, is committed to helping students make healthier lunch choices through its sweetgreen in schools program. Sweetgreen in schools isn't just about healthy eating; they also teach students about fitness and sustainability throughout workshops across Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and New York City.

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This Harvard researcher wants you to know that your supplements can kill you

This Harvard researcher wants you to know that your supplements can kill you | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A new study finds some over-the-counter supplements contain designer drugs that have never been studied in humans.
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What horrifies me is how willingly people take advice from clerks in "nutritional supplement" stores; often those customers are people who won't visit a physician or even talk to a pharmacist. Do they really believe that untrained twenty-something behind the counter knows the facts about healthy supplements and nutrition?

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Some vitamin supplements raise risk of cancer in men, research shows

Some vitamin supplements raise risk of cancer in men, research shows | Upsetment | Scoop.it

In case you don't already reaClinical trials show high levels of the mineral Selenium can raise chances of developing high-grade cancer by 91%

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In case you don't already realize this, the clerk at the local "nutrition" store doesn't really have good medical knowledge and is paid to sell you stuff from their shelves. Not all supplements are good for you, not even the ones you buy at a pharmacy. Not even the ones that are "organic." Be a careful consumer.

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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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1 in 5 American Kids Needs Food Stamps

1 in 5 American Kids Needs Food Stamps | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Economic recovery is not really benefiting low-income familiies.
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There are three ways to see this. One is to say so what and let the children go hungry (an approach that might be called social Darwinism and extreme Libertarianism) Two is that the economic recovery is not working and we need to do more for companies so they can hire more people (an approach commonly called Reaganomics, trickle-down theory, voodoo economics, and which typifies the conservative mindset.) The third is to see this as an opportunity to make sure children receive proper nutrition through the spread of government programs, which may include having children eat more meals in public schools, providing more supervision of how food stamps, etc. are used, and possibly creating food distribution centers, possibly in cooperation with food banks. (An approach that might be called income redistribution, progressive-ism, and the nanny state.)

Of course, what makes more sense is to tie economic assistance to the well-being of the children who are in need. Once again, I say that those in need should be incentivized to do better for themselves and their families. The child who is regularly attending school and doing his/her best, who is taking part in community activities, etc. should be given our best possible assistance with the goal of producing more successful adults. Is that not the best use of capitalism?

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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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