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The pending health epidemic that Congress could address – post shutdown shenanigans

October 16th, 2013

As Congress has been gripped by the dramedy of the Ted Cruz and Koch Brothers-inspired government shutdown/debt ceiling frenzy, people in California and a few other states have been quietly falling ill, the victims of a food-borne illness that has solutions, if federal lawmakers can ever clear the agenda to act on them.

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Bees get a break in Europe

April 30th, 2013

The European Union votes to give honey bees a reprieve from a class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids, long suspected of triggering massive bee deaths that threaten agriculture worldwide. The pesticides are still be allowed in the United States.

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How we can cultivate a better food system in 2013

December 27th, 2012

s we start 2013, many people will be thinking about plans and promises to improve their diet and health. But we think a broader collection of farmers, policy-makers, and eaters need new, bigger resolutions for fixing the food system – real changes with long-term impacts in fields, boardrooms, and on plates all over the world. These are resolutions that the world can’t afford to break with nearly one billion still hungry and more than one billion suffering from the effects of being overweight and obese. We have the tools—let’s use them in 2013!

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Small agriculture innovators making a difference in U.S. communities

October 26th, 2012

From Green Right Now Reports Food groups celebrated Food Day in the U.S. this week with a variety of commemorations. But advocates know that recognizing the need for a food-secure world is the least of it. It takes dirt, sweat and vigilance to coax plants from the earth or raise livestock, as any serious gardener [...]

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Scientists criticize French study of GMO corn

September 20th, 2012

Research by French scientists showing that rats fed GMO corn developed tumors and died prematurely has prompted the French government to continue its ban on genetically engineered crops.

But the study came in for criticism from scientists in other countries shortly after it was published Wednesday in Food and Chemical Toxicology.

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Food vs. the environment: getting to the meat of the problem

April 1st, 2009

“Food from the root is better for you than food from the hoof.” — Dr. Jay Adlersberg, Health and Medical reporter at WABC-TV

By Christopher Peake

Even a cattle rancher probably wouldn’t deny that if people cut out even some meat from their diet they’d not only be healthier but they’d also be saving money as well as helping save the planet.

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How to waste less food

February 3rd, 2009

By Robert Lilienfeld
Green Right Now

When it comes to ensuring that sustainable development lives up to its potential for creating environmental, economic and social gains, the global reduction of food and food-related waste represents an enormous opportunity. For reference, the EPA estimates that 12% of municipal solid waste, or 30 million tons, is food scraps. This is enough to feed the entire population of Canada.

Frankly, it’s fairly easy to reduce food waste:

1. Start by developing weekly meal plans. Create the shopping list you need to prepare these meals, and stick to it when you get to the store.

2. Think of leftovers as ingredients for future meals and alter you planning accordingly. Today’s grilled chicken is tomorrow’s chili, chicken salad, lunch meat, etc.

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A side of heavy metal with your sloppy joe?

January 31st, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

Oh for the days when all we had to worry about was a little pesticide residue on our apples. This past week brought two reminders that what we don’t know is in our food can hurt us.

The peanut butter snack recalls continued flying off the conveyor belt, noteworthy for the sheer number of products potentially tainted with salmonella – more than 400 at last count. All that contamination from one little ole peanut processing plant in Georgia. Best to heed the advice of the Food and Drug Administration’s Dr. Stephen Sundlof, “If you don’t know the source of the food that contains peanuts, don’t eat it.” At the same time, the FDA has declared that “national name brand peanut butter” sold in jars at retail has not been contaminated.

We also learned last week that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), that controversial, cheap and ubiquitous sweetener might contain more than just the empty calories blamed for our flourishing flab. A study by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) reported finding traces of mercury in 17 of 55 tested foods made with HFCS.

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Frogs could be nearing extinction thanks to human consumption

January 26th, 2009

By John DeFore
Green Right Now

Last year may have been the Year of the Frog, but it appears that twelve months of focus on amphibian-threatening disease haven’t eased one threat to Kermit’s cousins: Human beings may simply gobble the survivors all up.

Researchers at the University of Adelaide in South Australia say that frogs are in danger of extinction partly because of human consumption; they say over-harvesting — coupled with more significant natural threats currently endangering wild frog populations, like “disease, habitat loss, and climate change” — are putting frogs on track to the kind of dwindling populations seen in certain kinds of fish.

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Waste News

January 26th, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

Ever on the look out for signs of the times, we noticed the other day that “Waste News,” a trade publication covering the waste, salvage and recycling industries, has changed its name to “Waste & Recycling News“.

While we’ll miss the unintentional double entendre of the previous name, we welcome the signal that the world can’t just consider its waste to be just waste anymore. Today, “scrap” or recyclables — stuff that could be re-crafted into something new, or turned into biofuel or compost or PETE plastic parkas — is the new waste. This is a good thing.

And while we’re thinking about tossing less, let’s also consider our food and how much we well-fed Americans send to the waste bin — nearly 100 billion pounds of food annually, according to one report.

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Food indulgence in America: How attitudes weigh us down

January 23rd, 2009

By Paula Minahan
Green Right Now

Piles of cracked and broken shells. Gnawed bones pushed aside. Remnants of what tempted with shameless excess. And in the background, a young Army recruit observes, “This is what we fight for, you know. Not so you can waste food, but so you can have plenty.”

It’s just another day at one of Sin City’s copious casino buffets as depicted in the award-winning documentary, Buffet: All You Can Eat Las Vegas. The film, shown on PBS and at indie festivals nationwide, is MIT cultural anthropology professor and filmmaker Dr. Natasha Dow Schüll’s sometimes humorous, often outrageous look at American indulgence.

“Las Vegas is a great exemplification of things that are shared, that are afoot in American culture in a very extreme way,” says Schüll. “All over America, the buffet amplifies things endemic to our society. It doesn’t surprise me this kind of waste, which is celebrated as a public ritual at the buffet, is carrying over to the more private domain of the household. It’s very OK to throw out food.”

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Fruit and veggies grow on cinder-block walls

November 11th, 2008

By John DeFore

As more and more individuals and groups set out to re-introduce gardens to urban areas — often citing WWII’s “Victory Gardens” as proof that a large percentage of our food can come from our back yards and vacant lots — the Detroit-headquartered Urban Farming wants to push edible plants into new spaces — like walls.

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