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Tesco cancels meat contract over Amazon cattle claims

Tesco cancels meat contract over Amazon cattle claims | Food issues | Scoop.it
Tesco has cancelled its contract with the world’s biggest meat exporter after Greenpeace claimed beef sold in the supermarket could be from cattle raised on illegally deforested areas of the Amazon.
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Monsanto back to its old games | The Asian Age

Monsanto back to its old games | The Asian Age | Food issues | Scoop.it
You have to admire the gumption of Monsanto Company, called not without reason the world's most ...
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A turn to old crop varieties for tough times - AlertNet

A turn to old crop varieties for tough times - AlertNet | Food issues | Scoop.it
Crop diversity preserved in seed banks may play a key role in helping farmers cope with climate change...
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Behind Super-Sized Sodas, a Deeper Danger

Behind Super-Sized Sodas, a Deeper Danger | Food issues | Scoop.it
If we want to get serious about fighting obesity, public health researchers would like us to understand, we need to look at the social dynamics that drive our bad health behaviors. And the most powerful driver of that unhealthy behavior?
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Food and Health Luminaries, Public Interest Groups Demand Healthy Food and Farm Bill | Environmental Working Group

Seventy leading chefs, authors, food policy experts, nutritionists, CEOs, and environment and health organizations sent an open letter to Members of Congress today urging lawmakers to reinvest federal farm and crop insurance subsidy dollars into programs that feed the hungry, protect the environment and promote the consumption of local, organic and healthy food.

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Behind The Kitchen Door

Behind The Kitchen Door | Food issues | Scoop.it
Written by Saru Jayaraman, founder of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, and to be...
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Nudge the U.S. Out of Its Obesity

Nudge the U.S. Out of Its Obesity | Food issues | Scoop.it
Unlike anti-smoking advocacy, anti-obesity policymaking is a much less mature field, and the public is still unsure when -- or if -- it wants the government meddling in what it eats and drinks.
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Legal challenges to New York soda ban face uphill climb

Legal challenges to New York soda ban face uphill climb | Food issues | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed ban on large-size sugary soft drinks in New York isn't winning him many new friends in the beverage and restaurant industries.Trouble is, they may...
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Tourism Richmond Reveals Identity of "Richmond Foodie Blogger"

She's worked as a film set caterer, served as the head cook for 120 rural tree planters and now she's set to start her biggest culinary adventure yet: eating at 365 restaurants in 365 days. Tourism Richmond announced today that popular Vancouver-based blogger Lindsay Anderson has accepted the highly coveted "Richmond Foodie Blogger" job as part of the award-winning organization's 365 Days of Dining campaign.

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Young Thais flee their rice heartland - Hawaii News - Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Young Thais flee their rice heartland - Hawaii News - Honolulu Star-Advertiser | Food issues | Scoop.it

During 18 years living across the road from rice paddies, Malinee Khammon has never planted a single seedling. The daughter of farmers who is in her last year of high school, she has become adept at deflecting increasingly desperate pleas from her parents for help on the farm.

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Science group finds drought-tolerant GMO corn lacking - Times LIVE

Science group finds drought-tolerant GMO corn lacking - Times LIVE | Food issues | Scoop.it
New genetically altered corn aimed at helping farmers deal with drought offers more hype than help over the long term.
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Farmer Hopes to Ignite Goat-Weeding Industry in Canada | National | Canada | Epoch Times

Farmer Hopes to Ignite Goat-Weeding Industry in Canada | National | Canada | Epoch Times | Food issues | Scoop.it
A Canadian goat farmer is using an innovative and cost-effective way to fight invasive weeds, which he hopes will be widely adopted across the country.
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Despite Opposition, Bloomberg's Soda Ban Is A Good Idea

Despite Opposition, Bloomberg's Soda Ban Is A Good Idea | Food issues | Scoop.it
In today's food environment, education just isn't enough to discourage the overconsumption of sugary beverages.
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Overfed fruit flies develop insulin resistance; Represent new tool to study human diabetes

Overfed fruit flies develop insulin resistance; Represent new tool to study human diabetes | Food issues | Scoop.it
Researchers have demonstrated that adult fruit flies fed either high-carb or high-protein diets develop metabolic abnormalities, including insulin resistance, which is a hallmark of type 2 human diabetes.
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U.S. House biotech proposal would bypass courts-critic

U.S. House biotech proposal would bypass courts-critic | Food issues | Scoop.it

A provision in a U.S. House bill would allow farmers to grow genetically modified crops while court battles are under way to decide if the plants are safe, said a biotech skeptic on Tuesday, calling the idea an unprecedented muzzle on federal judges.

 

The one-paragraph provision, buried in a funding bill for the Agriculture Department, obliges USDA to approve cultivation of a biotech crop while USDA completes "any required analyses or consultations" to decide if the crop is safe to plant.

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Disney will limit junk food ads? Color me skeptical

Disney will limit junk food ads? Color me skeptical | Food issues | Scoop.it
Disney's announcement that it will banish junk food ads on its TV channels, radio station and website leaves this food blogger with questions — and doubts.
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Obesity epidemic threatens to bankrupt the nation | Healthcare Finance News

Obesity epidemic threatens to bankrupt the nation | Healthcare Finance News | Food issues | Scoop.it

The obesity epidemic in the U.S. will eventually bankrupt the nation if left unchecked, according to the Bipartisan Policy Center, which held a webcast Tuesday to outline its recommendations for curbing the crisis.

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Subway meals get 'heart-healthy' stamp from  American Heart Association 

Subway meals get 'heart-healthy' stamp from  American Heart Association  | Food issues | Scoop.it
It's the first fast food chain to receive the stamp of approval for offering heart-healthy fare by the American Heart Association.
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How Big A Backyard Do You Need To Live Off The Land?

How Big A Backyard Do You Need To Live Off The Land? | Food issues | Scoop.it
More and more people are turning away from grocery stores and utility companies in favor of their own back yard. The idea of becoming self-sufficient is an alluring one, but exactly how much land would you need?

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Mercury Bigger Worry Than Radiation in Tuna

Mercury Bigger Worry Than Radiation in Tuna | Food issues | Scoop.it
Learning that bluefin tuna caught off California contain traces of radioactivity is disturbing regardless of health risks to diners. But the fact is, when it comes to tuna, we have more serious problems to worry about, like mercury and overfishing.
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Disney: No more junk food ads for kids; and Mrs. Obama backs it

Disney: No more junk food ads for kids; and Mrs. Obama backs it | Food issues | Scoop.it
Disney plans to junk the junk food ads in kids' TV programming. Anti-obesity crusader, first lady Michele Obama, will be at the announcement today to endorse the move.
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School turns animal farm -- all in aid of learning

IT'S the only national school in the country with its own herd number.
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Op-Ed: 5 million Brazilian farmers sue Monsanto in huge class action

Op-Ed: 5 million Brazilian farmers sue Monsanto in huge class action | Food issues | Scoop.it
Monsanto is hitting a lot of resistance from India, and now Brazil has entered the war against the company. Farmers accuse Monsanto of effectively taxing them illegally by demanding royalties. The issue is whether Monsanto owns rights to crops.
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USDA could deregulate Roundup Ready sugar beets

USDA could deregulate Roundup Ready sugar beets | Food issues | Scoop.it
The upshot is that USDA recommends full deregulation of Roundup Ready Sugar beets. The agency will now take public comment for 30 days before releasing it's final decision.
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World's 'oldest fish trap' found

World's 'oldest fish trap' found | Food issues | Scoop.it
Wooden fish traps said to be some 9,000 years old are found in the Baltic Sea off Sweden, possibly the oldest such traps in existence.
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