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Guadeloupe and Martinique threatened as pesticide contaminates food chain

Guadeloupe and Martinique threatened as pesticide contaminates food chain | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

6 May 2013, The Guardian -- On 15 April more than 100 fishermen demonstrated in the streets of Fort de France, the main town on Martinique, in the French West Indies. In January they barricaded the port until the government in Paris allocated €2m ($2.6m) in aid, which they are still waiting for. The contamination caused by chlordecone, a persistent organochlorine pesticide, means their spiny lobsters are no longer fit for human consumption. The people of neighbouring Guadeloupe are increasingly angry for the same reason. After polluting the soil, the chemical is wreaking havoc out at sea, an environmental disaster that now threatens the whole economy.

 

"I've been eating pesticide for 30 years so I carry on eating my fish. But what will happen to my grandchildren?" asks Franck Nétri who has fished off the south-east coast of Guadeloupe all his life. Aged 46, he sees little scope for a change of trade. Yet he knows he has no option: the area where fishing has been banned will soon be extended. In 2010 a government decree placed the offshore limit at 500 metres. It will soon be 900 metres.

 

Chlordecone (aka Kepone) is known to be an endocrine disruptor and was listed as carcinogenic in 1979. The coastline was the last part of the island to be contaminated, as the chemical was gradually washed down by the rivers. Pollution centres on the Basse-Terre area, which specialised in growing bananas for export. As the contamination spread, fishing had to be stopped and freshwater prawn farms closed. The same soon applied to the crabs caught in the mangrove swamps. It remains to be seen which deepwater species will be allowed to be caught in the future.

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China arrests 900 in fake meat scandal

China arrests 900 in fake meat scandal | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

3 May 2013 - The Guardian.

 

Police in China have arrested 904 people for "meat-related offences" over the past three months, including a gang that made more than £1m by passing off fox, mink and rat meat as mutton, the country's public security ministry has announced.

 

Since January, authorities have seized 20,000 tonnes of illegal products and solved 382 cases of meat-related crime – primarily the sale of toxic, diseased and counterfeit meat.

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Mars, Incorporated Sponsors U.S. Tour of National Archives' Food Exhibition

Mars, Incorporated Sponsors U.S. Tour of National Archives' Food Exhibition | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

April 2013 - Mars Incorporated press release

 

"The Foundation for the National Archives is pleased to announce that Mars, Incorporated and its Uncle Ben’s® Brand have donated $250,000 to sponsor a national tour of the National Archives Experience’s popular exhibition “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?”

 

The generous donation will help launch a multi-city traveling exhibition of “What’s Cooking?” beginning in 2014. The gift follows a $100,000 donation by the company and its subsidiary, Mars Food, to sponsor “What’s Cooking?” when it debuted in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, in 2011.

 

The landmark exhibit, curated by the National Archives’ Alice Kamps, uses the treasured records of the National Archives to explore how federal policies affect the food Americans eat. The exhibit is divided into four sections – Farm, Factory, Kitchen, and Table -- and illustrates the role government agencies play in influencing the production, regulation, research, innovation, and economics of the food supply."

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RTI International: Study: Guatemalan Businesses Shift from Philanthropy to Corporate Social Responsibility

RTI International: Study: Guatemalan Businesses Shift from Philanthropy to Corporate Social Responsibility | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

5 April 2013, RTI re Development in Practice, G. Bland and A. Wetterberg -- "Alianzas, a U.S. Agency for International Development-funded project promotes private contributions to health and education in Guatemala ...

 

The project, implemented by RTI, has leveraged $18.4 million from private sector organizations and more than 9 million Guatemalans have benefited from programs that improve education, maternal and child health, reproductive health, and HIV/AIDS interventions.

 

Teresia Ligorría Goicolea, chief of party for Alianzas  ..."Companies are learning about critical development issues such as reduction of chronic malnutrition and, investment in early childhood education, and are actively engaging in the country’s efforts to address them.” ..."

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Obesity finding turns diet advice on its head

Obesity finding turns diet advice on its head | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

4 December 2012, Vancouver Sun -- "Research from the University of B.C. and the Salk Institute in California throws doubt on the value of calorie counting and suggests that popular dietary advice to eat frequently through the day may promote obesity. ..."


Photo: A UBC study using mice suggests when you eat — and when you don’t eat — matters as much as the amount you eat.  Credit: DOUG HANSEN , AFP/Getty Images


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Steve Kingsley's curator insight, June 2, 2013 2:28 PM

Eating junk and prepared foods frequently through the day definiely promotes obesity.

Steve Kingsley's curator insight, September 27, 2013 5:53 PM

Counting calories promotes self-control. Eating frequently (especially junk food) through the day most certainly does not.

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Chocolate Flavanol Health Benefits Vary Depending on Where Cacao Beans Originated

Chocolate Flavanol Health Benefits Vary Depending on Where Cacao Beans Originated | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

6 May 2013, NutraIngredients-USA.com --

 

Barry Callebaut’s innovation department has revealed that the level of cocoa flavanols, which are associated with a string of positive health effects, vary depending on where beans are sourced.

 

 

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Dietary patterns and non-communicable diseases in selected Latin American countries

1 March 2013, World Bank -- "To raise awareness among policymakers and health practitioners about unhealthy diets, this document examines dietary patterns in selected Latin American countries using household surveys. The analysis shows that a large percentage of households in the countries examined have inadequate diets. Not only are calorie intakes higher than recommended to maintain a healthy weight, but the diets are also rich in fats, particularly saturated fats, sugars and sodium, and poor in fruits and vegetables.

 

These unhealthy diets are present in both rural and urban areas and in households at different income levels. These dietary patterns are likely to increase the risks for developing non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, certain types of cancer, and diabetes mellitus. These diseases are increasingly representing the main causes of death and disability in Latin America, and thus there is an urgent need to increase efforts to promote healthy diets.

 

There are cost-effective interventions that have proven to improve diets, particularly to reduce sodium and trans fat intake, and there are promising examples in the region of the implementation of some of these cost-effective interventions. In addition, given the harmful effects of these dietary patterns, it is important to monitor the prevalence of unhealthy diets across different population groups as well as the intermediate risks factors linked to these diets, such as overweight and obesity, high blood pressure, and high fasting glucose in the blood. This will require better information than what is currently available and information that is comparable across time. ..."

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Cardiologist Writes Cookbook for Wheat-Free Eating

30 April 2013, Reuters -- "In the "Wheat Belly Cookbook" Davis explains the thinking behind his wheat-free eating plan, adds updates on research and includes 150 wheat-free recipes and instructions on how to make pizzas, pies, cakes and cookies with other types of flour.

 

Davis said he first stumbled upon the benefits of not eating wheat when he was looking at ways to improve his patients' cardiovascular health.

He found that a modern strain of wheat had a high glycemic index, which rates how food affects blood sugar and insulin, and a protein called gliadin that he says stimulates the appetite.

 

After advising patients to remove wheat and wheat products from their diet Davis said he noticed over a few months that they had improved sugar levels, had lost weight, suffered less fatigue and experienced other benefits.

Davis spoke to Reuters about writing the cookbook, developing wheat-free recipes and how to substitute wheat with other foods."

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Q&A with Dr. Davis included in this article.

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Breast Milk and Nothing else 0-6 months

7 December 2012, UNICEF LAO PDR -- "A UNICEF Lao PDR-supported TV spot promoting the benefits of early and exclusive breastfeeding as the healthiest start to a child's life. Funding for this and other spots is part of a €20 million regional grant to UNICEF by the European Union to help counter under-nutrition in SE Asia. ..."


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