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Big Ag's factory farming solution to its own pollution: GMO 'Enviropigs'

Big Ag's factory farming solution to its own pollution: GMO 'Enviropigs' | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Big Ag's factory farming solution to its own pollution: GMO 'Enviropigs'
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These articles address food, water and environment issues that relate to farmers and consumers to enable their personal and local control over those matters
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8 healthy tweaks to make your diet today, according to nutritionists

8 healthy tweaks to make your diet today, according to nutritionists | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Forget fad diets. Try these eight simple changes for a healthier 2018.

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#Geoengineering carries ‘large risks’ for the natural world, studies show | Carbon Brief

#Geoengineering carries ‘large risks’ for the natural world, studies show | Carbon Brief | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Reducing the impacts of human-caused climate change through the use of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage – better known as BECCS – could have major consequences for wildlife, forests and water resources, a new study shows.

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Study sheds light on how fracking increases earthquake risk - The Globe and Mail

Study sheds light on how fracking increases earthquake risk - The Globe and Mail | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

A scientific study of the 4.8 earthquake that occurred near Fox Creek, Alta. two years ago provides results that could help industry better control the seismic activity that fracking creates 


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Warming, Water Crisis, Then Unrest: How Iran Fits an Alarming Pattern

Warming, Water Crisis, Then Unrest: How Iran Fits an Alarming Pattern | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
A water crisis — whether caused by nature, human mismanagement, or both — can be an early warning signal of conflict ahead. Iran is the latest example.
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Oxygen is disappearing from the world's oceans at an alarmingly rapid pace

Oxygen is disappearing from the world's oceans at an alarmingly rapid pace | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The ocean can't seem to catch a break—or its breath.
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Weather and climate disasters cost the U.S. a record $306 billion in 2017

Weather and climate disasters cost the U.S. a record $306 billion in 2017 | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
From wildfires to major hurricanes, the U.S. just endured a record-breaking year of extreme weather.
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As Sea Levels Rise, is the Ocean Floor Sinking? | Science | News

As Sea Levels Rise, is the Ocean Floor Sinking? | Science | News | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Researchers say that past estimates of sea level rise are too conservative and that to increase their accuracy, the effect of ocean bottom deformation should be taken into account, either based on modeled estimates of ocean mass change, or using more dire
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A sinking, melting ancient tectonic plate may fuel Yellowstone’s supervolcano

A sinking, melting ancient tectonic plate may fuel Yellowstone’s supervolcano | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The subduction of an ancient tectonic plate may be the driving force behind Yellowstone’s volcanic eruptions.
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Silicon Valley Wants to Solve Our Water Problems

Silicon Valley Wants to Solve Our Water Problems | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Silicon Valley Wants to Solve Our Water Problems

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3 ways the course of water sustainability changed in 2017

3 ways the course of water sustainability changed in 2017 | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
And how that’s likely to affect the flow of strategy in the months ahead.

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Growing food using mattresses: Ingenious solutions to everyday hardships in a Syrian refugee camp

Growing food using mattresses: Ingenious solutions to everyday hardships in a Syrian refugee camp | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Anthony Ryan took a group of scientists and engineers to Jordan's Za'atari Camp where they worked with Syrian refugees to help build novel solutions to the challenges on site.
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Clinical Trial Finds Diet Works for Depression

Clinical Trial Finds Diet Works for Depression | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Groundbreaking research proves that dietary choices have the power to help reduce and even reverse depression.
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10 facts about water policy and infrastructure in the US

10 facts about water policy and infrastructure in the US | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
From the water safety crisis in Flint, Michigan to the near-disaster with the Oroville Dam in California, a string of water-related events have made headlines, and called into question the U.S. foc…
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Want to lose weight this year? Use this 7-day meal plan

Want to lose weight this year? Use this 7-day meal plan | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
This four-step plan is the perfect guide if you’re looking to gain energy, improve your overall health, and also lose weight.

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Eating vegetable oils could lead to fatigue, migraines and dementia

Eating vegetable oils could lead to fatigue, migraines and dementia | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
In the middle of the 20th century, concerned by the growing heart-attack epidemic, Americans ditched butter and other saturated fats in favor of vegetable oils.

According to Dr. Catherine Shanahan, author of the new book “Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food” (Flatiron Books, out now), that was a fatal mistake.

Shanahan — a family physician based in Denver with a degree in biochemistry and genetics — has built a career around bucking the nutritional norm. Unlike many doctors and dieticians who suggest diets packed with fruits and vegetables, Shanahan recommends an eating plan based on animal fats and proteins, along with traditional healthy foods such as vegetables and nuts.

She began her career practicing medicine and studying traditional diets in Hawaii, and gained a fan in Kobe Bryant. She overhauled his diet, taking out vegetable oils and sugar and adding in foods such as bone broth, and went on to became the director of the Lakers’ nutrition program, a position she still holds. With the release of “Deep Nutrition,” she’s made it her mission to get Americans to ditch vegetable oils — or, in her words, “your brain’s worst enemy.”



To understand the problem with the substances — which she says include canola, palm, corn, soy, sunflower, safflower, cottonseed, rice bran and grapeseed oils, but not olive, coconut, avocado or peanut oils — Shanahan says, you have to understand why we began eating vegetable oils in the first place. “In the 1950s, we were told we couldn’t have saturated fats,” she says. “We stopped eating butter and natural fats, but still craved fatty foods, so we turned to vegetable oil[s]. And then restaurants started using them because they’re dirt cheap.”

While unsaturated vegetable oils seemed healthy at first, recent research has shown that the processed oils may be more destructive than the fats they replaced. One re-evaluation of a heart study from the 1970s, published in April in the British Medical Journal, questioned the original finding that consuming vegetable oils instead of saturated fats can lower the risk of heart disease and death. In fact, it found that consuming too much vegetable oil may actually increase the risk of heart disease.

Researchers believe that this may be due to what happens when vegetable oils are processed or heated when cooking food.

“The way the oils have been treated strips away the antioxidants,” says Shanahan. As a result, the balance between disease-fighting antioxidants and free radicals is tipped in favor of free radicals, which have been shown to cause disease growth. (It’s important to note that Shanahan’s claims have a foundation in previous studies, but most of her specific ideas have not been scientifically tested themselves.)



While Shanahan claims that vegetable oils can wreak havoc on all areas of the body, she’s particularly concerned about the brain. Regularly consuming vegetable oils can lead to lethargy and trouble concentrating in the short term, she believes, and, in her view, might trigger brain conditions, such as Alzheimer’s or dementia, down the line. “Oxidative stress disrupts the function of the brain, so the cells cannot do their normal housekeeping,” in her opinion, which allows plaque to build up in the brain.

“The No. 1 symptom someone would feel is migraines,” she believes, adding that most people would experience general brain fog and fatigue after consuming vegetable oils. “They don’t realize how poorly they were thinking until they’re off this stuff.”

Still, says Shanahan, growing up on a vegetable oil-rich diet doesn’t mean you’re stuck with a misfiring brain. “At any point in time, if you get those things out of your diet, you’re going to improve,” she says.

Maria Elena Rodriguez, a registered dietitian and diabetes program manager at Mount Sinai Hospital, has a more moderate view. “On a scale of oils, vegetable oils land somewhere in the middle” in terms of how bad they are, she says.

Still, Rodriguez says, vegetable oils shouldn’t be the basis of anyone’s diet. “When we’re talking about heart health, diets that are high in vegetable oils can lead to plaque buildup and heart disease.” They can also cause inflammation.

But she’s not a fan of replacing vegetable oils with saturated fats from butter or coconut oil, either. “Saturated fat is shown to have a higher risk of plaque, heart disease, diabetes and inflammation,” Rodriguez says — claims that Shanahan calls outdated and based on faulty science.



New research appears to back up Shanahan’s concern.

The European Food Safety Authority issued a report in May warning against high levels of contaminants in palm oil, an inexpensive vegetable oil used in Nutella, margarine and Girl Scout cookies, among other treats. The report cautioned against potential gerotoxins and carcinogens that are created when the oil is heated over roughly 400 degrees Fahrenheit during the refining process. The EFSA announced last week that it is going to re-examine the warning.

A rep for Ferrero, the company that makes Nutella, tells The Post that the palm oil used in the chocolate spread is refined at a lower heat, and therefore contains fewer contaminants. The Girl Scouts say they are aware of potential risks and are working closely with their bakers to determine if there is any cause for concern.

According to an official statement from the Girl Scouts of the United States of America, "We are aware of recent reports related to the potentially adverse health effects of high-temperature heating of all refined vegetable oils, including palm oil. We are working closely with our bakers to determine if there is any cause for concern. The EFSA has not advised the public to stop consuming products with palm oil, noting further study is required before the level of risk can be properly calculated. Providing safe products is always our top priority."

The FDA, typically less cautious than the EFSA with such matters, has yet to weigh in on palm oil.

But that’s hardly the only claim against vegetable oils. In 2015, researchers at England’s De Montfort University cautioned that heating sunflower and corn oils produced much higher levels of aldehydes — compounds that may cause heart disease and cancer — than fats such as olive oil and goose fat. Other studies have raised concerns over potential disease-causing properties of vegetable oils.

At the same time, there’s been a resurgence in appreciation for old-school fat sources. Health nuts are blending butter, once a pariah, into their morning coffee. Fatty avocados are topping everything from toast to burgers. And lard — unthinkable even a decade ago — is returning to farm-to-table restaurants nationwide.

With so many options on the table, says Shanahan, there’s no need for vegetable oils in a modern diet.

“Why not go with a healthier, tastier fat?”

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Canada's Energy Future 2017

The CSIS Energy and National Security Program is pleased to host a presentation of the National Energy Board's (NEB) Canada's Energy Future 2017: Energ

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This Is an Unprecedented Kind of Oil Spill

This Is an Unprecedented Kind of Oil Spill | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
A tanker that sank off the Chinese coast was carrying “condensate,” a mix of molecules with radically different properties than crude.

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The Three Stumbling Blocks to a Solar-Powered Nation

The Three Stumbling Blocks to a Solar-Powered Nation | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Solar energy is growing at a faster rate world-wide than any other source—but existing technology has its limits and R&D is lacking.
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Four-Part Framework to Value Water - Water Canada

Four-Part Framework to Value Water - Water Canada | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Research led by Oxford University provides a four-part framework to value water for sustainable development to guide better policy and practice.

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Yellowstone supervolcano could be heated by churning chunks of a Pacific Ocean plate

Yellowstone supervolcano could be heated by churning chunks of a Pacific Ocean plate | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
A recent study further unravels the mystery of Yellowstone's volcanic system.
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Don't be silent about the EPA Clean Water rollback

Don't be silent about the EPA Clean Water rollback | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Klean Kanteen CEO: Time is running out to urge the EPA to ensure clean water for the health of business and consumers.

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Cancer-Linked Glyphosate Found In Cheerios, Doritos, Oreos, and More

Cancer-Linked Glyphosate Found In Cheerios, Doritos, Oreos, and More | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
General Mills' Cheerios are one of the first solid foods many parents feed to their children. Despite the fact that they now claim to be GMO-free, independent testin
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Special Report: How Monsanto's GM cotton sowed trouble in Africa

By Joe Bavier BOBO-DIOULASSO, Burkina Faso (Reuters) - In 2000, farmers in Burkina Faso, Africa's top cotton grower, were desperate. Their cotton fetched top prices because its high-quality fibre lent a luxurious sheen to clothing and bedsheets. But pests – bollworms – were threatening the crop. Even when you dropped the bollworm larvae into a bucket of poison, farmers said, they kept swimming. U.S. seeds and pesticide company Monsanto proposed an answer: a genetically modified strain of cotton called Bollgard II, which it had already introduced in America and was marketing worldwide. G
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Van Jones - Green For All: The Next American Economy

Speech by Van Jones, environmental advocate, human rights activist, and attorney. Jones is a co-founder of three non-profit organizations. In 1996, he founded the…
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