Food & Nutrition

Patrick Martin – Devastating toll of hunger on US school children

Hunger is a growing problem for US children and increasingly affects their performance in school, making it more difficult for them to focus on their classes or do homework. It also contributes to behavior and discipline problems.

This was the finding of a report issued last week by the anti-hunger charity Share Our Strength, based on a survey of 500 low-income parents and their teenage children in public schools. Some 325 teachers were also interviewed. “Low-income” was defined as at or ...

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Organic Food From China Not Organic At All, Here’s Why

Is the organic bubble about to pop?

When you find a good deal on organic foods, it may just be too good to be true if it comes from China or Turkey. While Turkey is suspected to deliberately falsify its “organic” soybeans flooding the U.S., China has a different problem. There is a concerted effort for many Chinese growers to produce organic food but unfortunately it might not be possible.

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MARTHA ROSENBERG – Brave New Food So Safe It’s Not Even Labeled

Almost every issue that food activists care about—unlabeled, dangerous ingredients and drug traces; crowded, polluted farms that harm workers and the environment; Agribiz cornering the food supply and destroying family farms; and animal suffering—is magnified when genetically modified (GM) or genetically engineered (GE) animals are added into the equation.

Read The Rest Of This Article At https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/08/11/brave-new-food-so-safe-its-not-even-labeled/

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Katy Keiffer – Goodbye, Small Farmer? Investors Could Soon Own Most of American Farmland

We’re used to thinking of escalating rents as an urban problem, something suffered mostly by the residents of booming cities. So when city people look out over a farm—whether they see corn stalks, or long rows of fruit bushes, or cattle herds roving across wild grasses—the price of real estate is probably the last thing that’s going to come to mind. But the soil under farmers’ feet has become much more valuable in the past decade.

Read More At http://newfoodeconomy.com/who-really-owns-american-farmland/

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Joe Jarvis – How Good Food and Strong Social Ties Will Save Society

Good food plus interesting people is a recipe for happiness.

As humans evolved, we lived in tight knit self-sufficient communities. Nomadic hunter gatherers spent their time foraging, hunting, eating, and playing together.

It’s tempting to romanticize those days, but they came with some pretty harsh realities. As stressful and lonely as the modern world can be, countless technological benefits have made our lives longer and healthier.

Read The Rest Of This Article At http://www.thedailybell.com/news-analysis/how-good-food-and-strong-social-ties-will-save-society/

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On the early human’s menu: Mammoth and plenty of raw vegetables

Senckenberg scientists have studied the diet of anatomically modern humans. With their recent study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, they were able to refute the theory that the diet of early representatives of Homo sapiens was more flexible than that of Neanderthals. Just like the Neanderthals, our ancestors had mainly mammoth and plants on their plates — the researchers were unable to document fish as part of their diet. Therefore, the international team assumes that the displacement of the Neanderthals ...

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Kali Holloway – Americans Are Gorging on Meat in Amounts Not Seen in Decades

The cliche about the American diet being mostly meat and potatoes has seemed less true over recent years, with vegetarianism going mainstream and veganism gaining popularity. But old dietary habits die hard—possibly because [3] of their clogged arteries. A new study finds there’s been a reversal in meat-eating declines, with the last year seeing Americans piling their plates higher with meat than they have in nearly 40 years. That’s not so great news for Americans’ health, and potentially devastating ...

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Karen Hansen-Kuhn – Building alternatives for food systems and trade

Public opposition to free trade agreements, like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), that serve to increase inequality and concentrate corporate power has reached a loud crescendo. We got to this point through years of effort by thousands of civil society groups around the world, reaching out to educate people on the likely impacts of the very specific rules embedded in those documents, as well as defining alternatives for our economies, environments and food systems. That debate was never simply about trade; ...

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Mark A. Kastel – Most ‘Organic’ Eggs You Buy Are Far From Organic

There’s a growing divide in organic food and agriculture. Consumers hungry for nutritionally superior food that has been ethically produced are the target of giant factory farms that have muscled into organic agriculture. Their emergence and rapid growth is challenging family farm operators who have traditionally helped nurture and grow the popular organic sector.

Nowhere is this divide more apparent than in certified organic egg production. Some industrial-scale operations manage as many as two million hens on a single ...

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Bridget Huber – Welcome to Brazil, Where a Food Revolution Is Changing the Way People Eat

Carlos Monteiro got his start in medicine in the 1970s as a pediatrician working in poor villages and slums in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. His patients were hungry, and it was written on their bodies: Many were anemic, underweight, and stunted. Today, Monteiro is a professor of nutrition at the University of São Paulo’s School of Public Health, a stately building surrounded by lush gardens. It’s a long way—figuratively, at least—from the shantytowns where he trained. His career ...

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