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Obesity Rises Despite All Efforts to Fight It, U.S. Health Officials Say

Obesity Rises Despite All Efforts to Fight It, U.S. Health Officials Say | Food issues | Scoop.it
Despite years of efforts to reduce obesity, federal health officials reported Thursday that the share of Americans who were obese increased slightly.
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Why our salt is packed with plastic

Why our salt is packed with plastic | Food issues | Scoop.it
Despite the unquantified risk from microplastics in salt, salt is essential for life and sea salt tends to have trace minerals.
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Plastic in salt? Sheesh!

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Faced with climate change, Ethiopia rediscovers an ancient staple crop | Global Ideas | DW.COM | 03.11.2015

Faced with climate change, Ethiopia rediscovers an ancient staple crop | Global Ideas | DW.COM | 03.11.2015 | Food issues | Scoop.it
Often dubbed the false banana, the giant enset is a staple crop in certain parts of Ethiopia. As climate change brings increasingly frequent droughts, the plant's versatility and resilience could help fight hunger.
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"Progress" is often blind to the gifts the natural world so generously bestows on us.

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Obesogens | The Scientist Magazine®

Obesogens | The Scientist Magazine® | Food issues | Scoop.it
Low doses of environmental chemicals can make animals gain weight. Whether they do the same to humans is a thorny issue.
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Meet The (Other) Musk Brother, Who Wants To Change The World Of Food

Meet The (Other) Musk Brother, Who Wants To Change The World Of Food | Food issues | Scoop.it
While Elon Musk tries to solve the world's transportation and energy problems, his brother Kimbal is working to transform what we eat.
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Coconut oil: Is it a 'miracle' food?

Coconut oil: Is it a 'miracle' food? | Food issues | Scoop.it
Coconut oil has been said to cause weight loss, protect against cancer and heart disease, and even slow down or prevent dementia. Here's what the studies actually say.
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The wild claims are based on small studies. The jury is still out, but as long as you don't expect miracles, this delicious oil can play a small role in your diet.

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Dr. Bukar USMAN (D.V.M., M.V.S.c)'s curator insight, March 5, 2016 6:38 AM

The wild claims are based on small studies. The jury is still out, but as long as you don't expect miracles, this delicious oil can play a small role in your diet.

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GE Soybeans Give Altered Milk and Stunted Offspring, Researchers Find

GE Soybeans Give Altered Milk and Stunted Offspring, Researchers Find | Food issues | Scoop.it
By Jonathan Latham, PhD Pregnant goats fed with genetically engineered (GE) soybeans have offspring who grow more slowly and are shorter, according to a new
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This Italian study adds yet another piece to the GMO puzzle, and it is not a pretty one.

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What kind of genie have we opened?

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Is Grass-Fed Beef Better for You?

Is Grass-Fed Beef Better for You? | Food issues | Scoop.it
Grass-fed beef tends to be higher in some nutrients, and studies suggest it may contain fewer bacteria that can cause food poisoning — which could be good for your health.
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Timely in light of the latest research showing processed and red meats are linked to cancer.

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Are Your Vegetables on Drugs? | Civil Eats

Are Your Vegetables on Drugs? | Civil Eats | Food issues | Scoop.it
Pharmaceuticals in biosolid fertilizers could be harming your veggies.
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I'm curious about this. Even without biosolids, pharmaceuticals are found in our waterways. Wouldn't they also get into our food?

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Monsanto pushes against California listing of herbicide as cancer cause | News | DW.COM | 21.10.2015

Monsanto pushes against California listing of herbicide as cancer cause | News | DW.COM | 21.10.2015 | Food issues | Scoop.it
The agricultural giant Monsanto has urged California not to list herbicide glyphosate as carcinogenic. Glyphosate is the main ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup herbicides and many other products across the world.
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That this is an understandable business decision on Monsanto's part says something about the separation of corporate ethics from consumer protection.

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10 of the Most Common Ways World Hunger Is Misunderstood

10 of the Most Common Ways World Hunger Is Misunderstood | Food issues | Scoop.it
Could the way people think about hunger be the greatest obstacle to ending it?
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How Monsanto Solicited Academics to Bolster Their Pro-GMO Propaganda — Using Taxpayer Dollars

How Monsanto Solicited Academics to Bolster Their Pro-GMO Propaganda — Using Taxpayer Dollars | Food issues | Scoop.it
Thousands of emails reveal how the biotech giant enlisted public university academics to prop up their massive PR machine.
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Mexican cactus, Chinese ginger top list of pesticide-laced produce

Mexican cactus, Chinese ginger top list of pesticide-laced produce | Food issues | Scoop.it
High levels of an illegal and toxic pesticide continue to be found in  purchased samples of Mexican prickly pear cactus pads, despite fines, border advisories and health notices, according to a statewide inspection report released Wednesday.
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A Seismic Shift in How People Eat - NYTimes.com

A Seismic Shift in How People Eat - NYTimes.com | Food issues | Scoop.it

Urbanites are not the only ones turning away from the products created by big food companies. Eating habits are changing across the country and food companies are struggling to keep up.

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Obesity: Is junk food really to blame? Candy, soda, and fast food are not driving the rising obesity trend in the US

Obesity: Is junk food really to blame? Candy, soda, and fast food are not driving the rising obesity trend in the US | Food issues | Scoop.it
Soda, candy, and fast food are often painted as the prime culprits in the national discussion of obesity in the United States. While a diet of chocolate bars and cheese burgers washed down with a Coke is inadvisable from a nutritional standpoint, these foods are not likely to be a leading cause of obesity in the United States according to a new study.
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Is Feeding Your Child Organic Food Enough to Reduce the Pesticides in Her Body? | Civil Eats

Is Feeding Your Child Organic Food Enough to Reduce the Pesticides in Her Body? | Civil Eats | Food issues | Scoop.it
A new study could shed light on whether an organic diet helps to decrease pesticide exposure among young children.
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A good reminder that we live in complex ecosystems. Directly ingesting pesticides in the food we eat is only one way we absorb the thousands of chemicals in our environments.

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Dr. Bukar USMAN (D.V.M., M.V.S.c)'s curator insight, March 5, 2016 6:37 AM

A good reminder that we live in complex ecosystems. Directly ingesting pesticides in the food we eat is only one way we absorb the thousands of chemicals in our environments.

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Mark Bittman’s Next Gig: Bringing Plant-Based Cooking to the Masses | Civil Eats

Mark Bittman’s Next Gig: Bringing Plant-Based Cooking to the Masses | Civil Eats | Food issues | Scoop.it
The author and columnist traded his desk job to help launch Purple Carrot, a vegan meal-delivery business.
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Why Genetic Engineering is Stranger Than You Think it is

Why Genetic Engineering is Stranger Than You Think it is | Food issues | Scoop.it
Genetic engineering and horizontal gene transfer are phrases that have been used with delight by scare-mongers with limited appreciation of subtleties essential to their understanding.
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An interesting essay on a scientific practice that makes promises and raises concerns.

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Cutting Sugar Improves Children's Health in Just 10 Days

Cutting Sugar Improves Children's Health in Just 10 Days | Food issues | Scoop.it
Obese children who cut back on their sugar intake see improvements in their blood pressure, cholesterol readings and other markers of health after just 10 days, a rigorous new study found.
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Ten days is not long enough to form a new habit, but it is a start.

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Hot dogs, bacon & other processed meats cause #cancer, WHO declares

Hot dogs, bacon & other processed meats cause #cancer, WHO declares | Food issues | Scoop.it
U.S. meat industry objects controversial finding and prepares for battle.
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This is not the first time processed meats have been fingered as health hazards so we already know what industry's response will be. 

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Here's What Climate Change Could Do To Your Diet

Here's What Climate Change Could Do To Your Diet | Food issues | Scoop.it
Catherine Woteki, a top food scientist, highlighted the role that precision agriculture, genetic engineering and bugs could play in feeding the growing human population.
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New and Healthier Food Choices Are Being Pushed by Old Hands

New and Healthier Food Choices Are Being Pushed by Old Hands | Food issues | Scoop.it
Veterans of the food industry have taken the tricks and trades of Big Food to food start-ups looking to disrupt the market.
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Not particularly surprising. These are smart marketers, and the companies know it.

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Seed Money: True Confessions Of A Monsanto Apologist

Seed Money: True Confessions Of A Monsanto Apologist | Food issues | Scoop.it
How Kevin Folta got entangled with Monsanto, created a shady podcast alter ego, and spurred a hot public debate over conflicts of interest in big ag.
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Coca-Cola’s sneaky, evil politics: How Big Soda twisted race and used the Koch Brothers to fight a tax

Coca-Cola’s sneaky, evil politics: How Big Soda twisted race and used the Koch Brothers to fight a tax | Food issues | Scoop.it
Have a Koch and diabetes. Big Soda responds to a cup-size limit by aligning with the NAACP, nasty PR and the Kochs
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This is the kind of investigative journalism we need more of. If the Koch brothers supported this instead of anti-democratic shenanigans, we would have plenty of it.

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Who Controls Diet Guidelines? Industry.

Who Controls Diet Guidelines? Industry. | Food issues | Scoop.it
Meat producers showed dominance over nutrition experts this week.
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A good piece on how industry dominates discussions on food guides, without regard to consumer or planet health.

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