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Asia Sentinel - Europe's Slow Agricultural Reform

Asia Sentinel - Europe's Slow Agricultural Reform | Food issues | Scoop.it

The 34-member Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, in a report issued Wednesday, says European farmers are much less dependent on the subsidies and other forms of support that have made them some of the world’s richest and helped to lock out cheaper goods from impoverished nations.

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Do school-based obesity interventions really work?

Do school-based obesity interventions really work? | Food issues | Scoop.it

As for school interventions that mixed both diet and exercise, a review looked those in 2009 (along with programs that involved only increased physical activity or dietary changes). The University of Melbourne’s Dr. Elizabeth Waters (PhD), one of the researchers on the study and the lead on a soon-to-be-released updated review on the subject, spoke to Science-ish about the work, which builds on over 15 years of tracking intervention research conducted under trial conditions.

She said the latest review was actually more promising than previous studies: it showed some reduction in BMI from interventions that focus on nutrition and physical activity, particularly in a school setting. “Overall, the evidence is mounting now that (school-based) interventions are more likely to be effective,” said Dr. Waters.

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Will Barack Obama break his GM food labelling promise?

Will Barack Obama break his GM food labelling promise? | Food issues | Scoop.it
Mother Jones: As presidential candidate, Barack Obama promised he would force the labelling of GM ingredients in food.
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Natural Foodie: Chemical concerns should steer families toward organic food | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Natural Foodie: Chemical concerns should steer families toward organic food | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | Food issues | Scoop.it

A study published in the June issue of the journal Pediatrics looked at the connection between prenatal pesticide exposure and a child's size at birth. By measuring pesticide residues in umbilical cord blood, the researchers found a link between prenatal pesticide exposure and babies with lower birth weights, shorter birth lengths and smaller head circumferences.

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FoodCorps steps in to help schools do what they couldn’t otherwise afford

FoodCorps steps in to help schools do what they couldn’t otherwise afford | Food issues | Scoop.it
The program, part of AmeriCorps, aims to improve nutrition by teaching kids how to grow and harvest their own food.
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Food banks emphasize nutritional needs of poor Canadians - CTV News

Food banks emphasize nutritional needs of poor Canadians - CTV News | Food issues | Scoop.it
CTV Calgary - Canadian television's online home for news about Calgary...
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Tainted seafood reaching American tables, experts say

Tainted seafood reaching American tables, experts say | Food issues | Scoop.it
Eighty percent of the seafood eaten in the United States is imported, but only about 2 percent is inspected, experts say.
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Inspectors struggle to keep up with flood of imports

Inspectors struggle to keep up with flood of imports | Food issues | Scoop.it
Inside the giant warehouse, past the labyrinth of cubicles and corner offices, behind the security door marked “Authorized Personnel Only,” the smell isn’t all that bad today.
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Tolerance for Frankenfish is falling: survey

Support for genetically modified fish and animals is on the decline in Canada as more consumers grow skeptical of the federal government's ability to regulate these high-tech food options, a government-commissioned poll has found.
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Could BPA predispose girls to breast cancer?

Could BPA predispose girls to breast cancer? | Food issues | Scoop.it

A new study suggests that early exposure to a chemical found in hard, clear plastics and the linings of cans may cause changes in breast tissue, predisposing laboratory animals to breast cancer.

The study, released yesterday in the journal Molecular Endocrinology, adds to a growing body of evidence showing that small amounts of the chemical bisphenol A, or BPA, can cause irreparable damage to developing animals.

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Mawyl's comment, October 4, 2011 2:53 PM
that's why one should stop eating from plastic /microwave , drinking from can or plastic bottles and going back to glass container !
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Antibiotics in livestock fuel debate over hazardous meat and poultry

Antibiotics in livestock fuel debate over hazardous meat and poultry | Food issues | Scoop.it
Heidi Vittetoe knows a thing or two about raising healthy animals. In 31 years, she’s sent more than 6 million pigs to slaughter from her Washington County, Iowa, farm.
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Group seeks labels on genetically altered food

Group seeks labels on genetically altered food | Food issues | Scoop.it
A coalition of 300 companies, organizations and doctors is filing a petition with the FDA to require labels on genetically engineered food.
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From Food Monopolies to Food Commons | Food For Thought | Slow Food International - Good, Clean and Fair food.

From Food Monopolies to Food Commons | Food For Thought | Slow Food International - Good, Clean and Fair food. | Food issues | Scoop.it
Slow Food is a non-profit, eco-gastronomic member-supported organization that was founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people‚ where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food...
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Farmers and children the main victims of Alabama’s new draconian law | Full Comment | National Post

Farmers and children the main victims of Alabama’s new draconian law | Full Comment | National Post | Food issues | Scoop.it

The law gives police the power to detain — and deport — people without legal documents proving their residency status. It also penalizes those who employ them, rent them accommodation or educate their children.

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Genetically modified canola goes wild

Genetically modified canola goes wild | Food issues | Scoop.it
Genetically modified canola has escaped from the farm and is thriving in the wild across North Dakota, according to a study that indicates there are plenty of novel man-made genes crossing the Canada-U.S.
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Report reveals economic, social costs of hunger in America

New study by researchers at Brandeis University and the Center for American Progress finds the social and economic cost of hunger and food insecurity in the United States in 2010 hit $167.5 billion in addition to federal expenditures to address...

 

Unfortunately, this press release does not actually tell us what the paper is or where to find it.

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Organic food no guarantee against foodborne illness

Organic food no guarantee against foodborne illness | Food issues | Scoop.it
Eating organic may limit your exposure to pesticides. It may make you feel environmentally conscious. It can help support local farmers. But scientists warn it won’t necessarily protect you against foodborne illnesses.
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Cantaloupe toll rises to 100 sick and 18 dead, CDC says

Cantaloupe toll rises to 100 sick and 18 dead, CDC says | Food issues | Scoop.it
At least 100 people are sick and 18 have died after eating listeria-tainted cantaloupe in an ongoing food poisoning outbreak that has spread to 20 states, federal health officials reported Tuesday.
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Food Security and Climate Change: The True Cost of Carbon

Food Security and Climate Change: The True Cost of Carbon | Food issues | Scoop.it
With wheat prices surging as major producers are hit by droughts and other extreme weather events, it's costing everyone more to eat...
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Cantaloupes can be risky, depending on the skin

Cantaloupes can be risky, depending on the skin | Food issues | Scoop.it
Rougher varieties can hide more bacteria and be harder to clean.
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Judith van Praag's comment, October 5, 2011 11:52 AM
Years ago I stopped eating cantaloupe outside my home for fear of bacteria. At home I've scrubbed them with drops of chlorine added to water, but still ... and so I stopped buying them. Half a cantaloupe filled with cottage cheese used to be one of my faves at delis. Every now and then I crave the flavor. You know that there's melon flavored gum now? How close have we come to "the Jetsons" pills?
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BRAZIL: Homegrown GM Bean Won't Fight Hunger, Critics Say - IPS ipsnews.net

Critics complain that a genetically modified bean developed in Brazil, resistant to one of the country's most damaging agricultural pests, was approved without enough debate or guarantees that the crop will not affect human health or the environment.
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Salmon Safe eco-certification launches in B.C.

Salmon Safe eco-certification launches in B.C. | Food issues | Scoop.it
A new eco-certification program that ensures B.C. ranchers, farmers and winemakers adopt practices that protect salmon and salmon habitat will officially launch Wednesday.
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Health warning as pollutants build in delta fish

Health warning as pollutants build in delta fish | Food issues | Scoop.it
Oysters with 740 times the safe level of copper and 90 times the cadmium limit. Big-head croaker fish with 24 times the safe level of chromium. Lizardfish with 53 times the permitted lead level.
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U.S. touts fruit and vegetables while subsidizing animals that become meat

U.S. touts fruit and vegetables while subsidizing animals that become meat | Food issues | Scoop.it
While the U.S. urges people to eat fruit and vegetables, it supports raising animals that become meat.
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Calif. lettuce recall covers 19 states, Canada

A California farm that issued a voluntary lettuce recall over listeria contamination concerns said its notice has gone out to 19 states and Canada.

True Leaf Farms of Salinas initially announced a recall of 90 cartons of romaine lettuce shipped to an Oregon food service distributor, which shipped the produce to Washington and Idaho.

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Mawyl's comment, October 4, 2011 2:55 PM
we had the cucumber, tomatoe crisis in Europe this spring!