Food & Health

Study Links Childhood Cancer and In-Home Pesticide Use

WASHINGTON – A new study by Harvard researchers provides disturbing evidence that children’s exposure to household insecticides is linked to higher risks of childhood leukemia and lymphoma, the most common cancers in children. The analysis also found an association between use of outdoor herbicides to lawns and gardens and higher risks of leukemia… “It is […]

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France Is Doing Something Amazing With Its Food

France has little tolerance for trashing perfectly edible food, and its firm stance is paying off. .. The European country has become a world leader in minimizing food waste, according to a new report on global food sustainability… In February, for example, France declared it illegal for its supermarkets to throw out food that’s nearing […]

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Doubts About The Promised Bounty Of Genetically Modified Crops

LONDON — The controversy over genetically modified crops has long focused on largely unsubstantiated fears that they are unsafe to eat… But an extensive examination by The New York Times indicates that the debate has missed a more basic problem — genetic modification in the United States and Canada has not accelerated increases in crop […]

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A Sustainable Food System Could Be A Trillion-Dollar Global Windfall

The (flagship report) claims that taking a sustainable approach to the world’s food and agriculture challenges, like hunger, food waste and environmental degradation, could lead to new business opportunities totaling an annual $2.3 trillion — and 80 million new jobs — by 2030, based on an analysis of of industry reports and academic literature… That […]

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Tracking System Could Cut Billions Of Dollars In Food Waste

The goal is to to channel more food to the roughly 800 million people who are undernourished globally.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/tracking-system-could-cut-billions-of-dollars-in-food-waste_us_575592c2e4b0ed593f14ee19

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Monsanto profits from chemical agriculture

Janine Jackson interview Patty Lovera of Food and Water Watch on Monsanto:
Monsanto at this point has become synonymous, not just with GMOs, but I think also with a type of agriculture, and it’s a type of agriculture that’s really counter to the way a lot of people want to farm around the world, and are […]

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Plant gene: another view

Pamela Ronald , Professor of Plant Pathology, University of California, Davis, writes in The Conversation:
New molecular tools are blurring the distinction between genetic improvements made with conventional breeding and those made with modern genetic methods. One example is marker assisted breeding, in which geneticists identify genes or chromosomal regions associated with traits desired by farmers […]

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Restoring the Everglades will benefit both humans and nature

Restoring the Everglades will benefit both humans and nature
The park and the wider Everglades ecosystem have suffered immense ecological damage from years of overdrainage to prevent flooding and promote development.
via Restoring the Everglades will benefit both humans and nature.

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Bill Gates goes for chickens

After thinking it over, Bill Gates realizes that Chickens are an answer to poverty.
He elaborates on the subject in this LinkedIn Pulse story.
I hope he isn’t using the chickens he is pictured with. They won’t do the job for him. They are commercial Leghorns and hybrids. They can’t reproduce themselves, since they are already cross […]

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Can A Tiny Wasp Help Save The Citrus Industry?

Researchers in Arizona are fighting fire with fire. They’re collecting new data on a wasp that may help slow the spread of citrus greening, a plant disease that has devastated millions of acres of citrus crops, particularly in Florida.
 
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/05/18/478408570/can-a-tiny-wasp-save-the-citrus-industry

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California’s colorful despite drought

Sara Aminzadeh calls it out for Popular Resistance:
As the drought continues, Californians are stepping up to conserve water, and collectively exceeded Gov. Brown’s 25 percent reduction mandate in June 2015. Nonetheless, water-intensive lawns and other hallmarks of an English garden-style landscape still remain a huge draw on our state’s dwindling water supply.

Outdoor watering accounts for about half of residential […]

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In Search of Sustainable Seafood in Playa Grande

In Search of Sustainable Seafood in Playa Grande

“Local restaurants are serving unsustainable fish, and profiting from turtle tourism, while contributing to the demise of sea turtles.”

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Florida Keys Weigh Options For Battling Mosquitoes And Zika

Key Haven, a Florida neighborhood about a mile east of Key West, is where a test of Oxitec’s genetically engineered mosquitoes might take place later this year. Some neighbors have strongly dissented — at public meetings and via yard signs.
 
http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/04/22/475275676/florida-keys-weigh-options-for-battling-mosquitoes-and-zika?sc=17&f=1001&utm_source=iosnewsapp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=app

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Starbucks Is Selling Nearly A Half-Billion Dollars In ‘Sustainability’ Bonds

The coffee giant is asking investors to fund its environmental efforts for the first time.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/starbucks-sustainability-bonds_us_5735e64fe4b077d4d6f2d612

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CO2 levels add to bees’ woes

How Rising CO2 Levels May
Contribute to Die-Off of Bees
As they investigate the factors behind the decline of bee populations, scientists are now eyeing a new culprit — soaring levels of carbon dioxide, which alter plant physiology and significantly reduce protein in important sources of pollen.
by Lisa Palmer
Specimens of goldenrod sewn into archival paper folders […]

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What’s happening to the bees?

This article was originally published by Global Research in March 2014
Scientists have recently reported that mass extinctions of marine animals may soon be occurring at alarmingly rapid rates than previously projected due to pollution, rising water temperatures and loss of habitat. Many land species also face a similar fate for the same reasons. But perhaps the biggest […]

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America’s impact on Cuba’s agriculture

The Conversation reports on a potential downside:
President Obama’s trip to Cuba this week accelerated the warming of U.S.-Cuban relations. Many people in both countries believe that normalizing relations will spur investment that can help Cuba develop its economy and improve life for its citizens.
But in agriculture, U.S. investment could cause harm instead.
For the past 35 […]

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Feeding poor kids healthy food

Caitlin Daniel at the NY Times looked at the less obvious problems of feeding poor children a healthy diet:
Describing her grocery-shopping routine, a poor mother from South Boston with a 3-year-old son quickly highlighted waste: “I get my food stamps on the 5th and I try to make them last for a month, but that’s […]

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Community Supported Fisheries

Community Supported Fisheries are a different way to buy local fish. But they don’t address the issues of overfishing and resource depletion.
Community-supported fisheries bring the benefits of community-supported agriculture to the seas. Customers support their local economies, while receiving the freshest of seafood.
Mark Tognazzini has been fishing his whole life. On California’s Central Coast, fishing […]

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New rules limit livestock antibiotics

The Greely Tribune reports:
When the Veterinary Feed Directive goes into effect in 2017, it will impact nearly everyone in the livestock industry.
But at the Colorado Farm Show this week, when Christine Gabel, territory business manager with animal health company Zoetis asked a room of farmers and ranchers if they’d heard of it, she was met […]

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