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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.
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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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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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We’re Eating Less Meat—Yet Factory Farms Are Still Growing

The United States remains one of the globe’s most carnivorous nations, but things have changed subtly in recent decades. While our consumption of chicken has skyrocketed, we’re eating much less red meat.
Overall per capita meat consumption has fallen nearly 10 percent since the 2007-‘8 financial meltdown; and as we cut back on quantity, we’re more […]

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Eating beef: pros and cons

What’s the story on climate impact of eating beef? Cattle raising has been accused of adding to greenhouse gas problems, but there’s a thoughtful argument in favor of cattle raising.  Judith Schwartz wrote about how cattle can help sequester carbon in Cows Save the Planet.
Jared Stone writes about the real problem: feed lots and cattle […]

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Frontline’s ‘The Trouble With Chicken’ Reveals Why So Much Chicken Makes You Sick

Frontline’s new episode “The Trouble With Chicken,” which premiered Tuesday night on PBS and is now streaming online, is pretty much as close as the food safety world has ever gotten to its own “The Jinx.”
Like HBO’s mini-series on alleged murderer Robert Durst, “The Trouble With Chicken” investigates, with careful research and damning interviews, a […]

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Vegan diet best for planet

A federal panel that helps set federal dietary guidelines is recommending Americans eat less meat because it’s better for the environment, sparking outrage from industry groups representing the nation’s purveyors of beef, pork and poultry.
The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, a federally appointed panel of nutritionists created in 1983, decided for the first time this year […]

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Food Waste Is Costing Countries Billions Every Year And Contributing To Climate Change

Food waste is costing the global economy billions each year, and governments should act quickly to reduce it if they want to save money and scale back their carbon emissions, according to a new report.
The report, published this week by the U.K.-based Waste & Resources Action Program (WRAP), found that if countries made a point […]

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Consumers shift food buys

I’ve been waiting for the ag system to collapse under its own weight and bad practices. Sounds like the food industry may go first. Here’s Tom Philpott in Mother Jones:
Not long ago, the great processed-food companies like Kraft and Kellogg’s towered over the US food landscape like the high hat that adorned the head of […]

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Less meat, more veggies: Big Food is freaking out about the “nonsensical” new dietary guidelines

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is out with its new recommendations, which form the scientific basis for what’s considered the healthy American diet. Among other things, the 571-page report calls for a dramatic reduction of added sugars, to just 10 percent of one’s daily calorie intake. And for the sake of the environment and for […]

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Ractopamine: It’s What’s for Dinner

China and Russia aren’t known as leaders on food safety or animal welfare, yet there’s one drug that even they — along with much of the world, including the European Union — won’t allow to be fed to animals destined for the plate: ractopamine. This growth-promoting drug has left thousands of pigs lame, in intense […]

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Eating Organic Produce Can Limit Pesticide Exposure

People who eat organic produce may have lower levels of some pesticides in their bodies than people who eat similar amounts of conventionally grown fruits and veggies, according to a new study.
The study is among the first to predict adult exposures to organophosphate pesticides based on people’s usual diets, the researchers said. Organophosphates are the […]

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Chipotle Founder: McDonald’s Chicken Farm Was The ‘Most Absolutely Disgusting Thing’ I’ve Ever Seen

By the mid-2000s, McDonald’s had a 90 percent stake in Chipotle — but the two franchises couldn’t be any more different, especially when it came to food preparation, says Chipotle founder Steve Ells.
The entrepreneur recently recounted a visit to a McDonald’s-operated chicken farm, a facility he described to his family as “absolutely the most disgusting […]

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The world pays too high a price for cheap meat

Not long ago, a meal centred on meat was a rare treat. No longer. Most of us in the West now eat meat every day; many consume it at every meal. And people in less carnivorous cultures are getting a taste for it, too: in China it has become aspirational. Worldwide meat production has surged […]

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Brazil’s Dietary Guidelines Are So Much Better Than the USDA’s

As anyone who has read Marion Nestle’s Food Politics or Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food knows, the US Department of Agriculture’s attempts to issue dietary advice have always been haunted by industry influence and a reductionist vision of nutrition science. The department finally ditched its silly pyramids a few years ago, but its guidelines […]

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Not Going Vegetarian, But Cutting Down on Meat? There’s a Name for That

There are at least four reasons people are trying to cut down on meat: their health, the environment and the treatment of animals and workers. Not everyone gets a pang in their heart when they see how today’s factory farms treat “animal units,” but no one today actually thinks meat is good for you. The […]

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Fast Food Is as Bad For Kids’ Brains as It Is for Their Bodies, Science Finds

Michelle Obama’s war on fatty foods in schools is vindicated. Research from The Ohio State University suggests that the amount of fast food a child eats is proportional to his or her scores on academic tests.
The study, which evaluated 11,740 students on their testing performances in reading, literacy, science, and mathematics in the fifth and […]

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101 Food organizations to watch in 2015

Food Tank has the honor of highlighting organizations across the globe that are working to fight food waste, combat the dual paradoxes of hunger and obesity, recognize the multiple roles of family farmers, increase nutrient density, protect agricultural diversity, and adapt to a changing climate. We hope to amplify their work by showing eaters, farmers, […]

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Kale and hearty: The salad bowl of America turns toxic

It has just rained, welcome respite from California’s ongoing drought, and puddles have turned a fallow farm field to squelchy mud. Artichokes will be planted here in January, to be harvested in the summer, and broccoli or cauliflower will follow.
The Salinas Valley, with its superlative moniker “the salad bowl of America,” is where some 60 […]

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Europe set to allow individual nations to ban GM crops

European Union member states may soon be allowed to ban cultivation of genetically modified crops on their soil even if these crops have already been given approval to be grown in the EU. The European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, is expected to vote on the matter on 13 January, with the outcome being rubber-stamped later […]

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