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Peter Neill, ContributorDirector, World Ocean Observatory China’s annual catch is estimated at some 15 million tons. China is the largest consumer, producer, and exporter of every species caught by some 3,400 industrial fishing vessels harvesting the waters of over 90 coastal nations and the deep ...
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The greenhouse gas emissions dataset by researchers at RMIT University and Lancaster University will help consumers and catering firms calculate the environmental impact of the fresh food they eat and the menus they serve. The new research suggests altering our eating habits for the good of the env...
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Even though American consumers throw away about 80 billion pounds of food a year, only about half are aware that food waste is a problem. Even more, researchers have identified that most people perceive benefits to throwing food away, some of which have limited basis in fact. A stu...
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Two percent of American's are vegan. Without traditional sources of protein (meat, dairy, etc), where do they get it from? Tofu, a product of unfermented soy curds, is a main source. This bouncy, little, flavorless chunk of legume based extract is as dangerous (apparently) as it is plain. Many healt...
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To eat or not to eat? That is the question.  It seems that many Americans are loving towards their pets, yet eat domesticated livestock without double thinking. How is it that animals smarter than dogs end up on the dinner table? A team of scientists at the University of Melbourne took to find...
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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released the results of a two year investigation into seafood labeling that found 85 per cent of the seafood it tested was properly labeled.The work included seven hundred DNA samples collected from wholesalers in 14 states, prior to restaurant...
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We are told that eating beef is bad for the environment, but do we know its real cost? Are the other animal or animal-derived foods better or worse? New research at the Weizmann Institute of Science, conducted in collaboration with scientists in the US, compared the environmental costs of vario...
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For the first time, a field test has demonstrated that elevated levels of carbon dioxide inhibit plants' assimilation of nitrate into proteins, indicating that the nutritional quality of food crops is at risk as climate change intensifies.   Findings from this wheat field-test study...
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Posted by on in Food
Coffee, almonds and apples are just a few foods whose continued production is under threat due to climate change. But the implications of a changing climate have a much broader impact on global food supply, according to a new report. The new report, which Oxfam released Monday, warns that climate c...
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The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) has released its draft Principles and Criteria for Global Sustainable Beef document for public comment. The document identifies the key areas in the beef value chain that must be addressed to ensure beef production around the globe is environmentally...
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About 80% of antibiotics produced in the U.S. are given to farm animals. This practice is: Bad for Human Health This overuse of antibiotics encourages the evolution of antibiotic-resistant bacteria strains by giving bacteria resistant to the antibiotics a better chance of survival. Because the an...
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A national consumer-advocacy group is asking grocer Trader Joe's to stop selling meat from animals raised on antibiotics. Consumers Union took out full-page ads Monday in The Denver Post and the Boulder Daily Camera, saying, "Trader Joe's, be an industry leader: Get your meat off antibiotics." Tra...
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Warming sea temperatures and ocean acidification put the millions around the world who rely on the sea, at risk.   He sat shirtless on his thin bamboo floor in a home built on posts rising out of the Banda Sea. Tadi had just returned in his dugout canoe from scanning crevices in a nearby reef...
A Bajau woman sitting in a canoe spears a poisonous stone fish so barefoot villagers won't step on it, Nov. 16, 2013, in Indonesia. (Steve Ringman/Seattle Times/MCT)
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS * Growth hormone added to salmon* Critics say "frankenfish" could cause human allergies* Fast-growing salmon appears safe to eat, FDA says Federal health regulators say a genetically engineered salmon that grows twice as fast as normal is unlikely to harm the environment, clearing...
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Posted by on in Fishing
Fishing down the foodweb. The environmental impact of fishing can be divided into issues that involve the availability of fish to be caught, such as overfishing, sustainable fisheries, and fisheries management; and issues that involve the impact of fishing on other elements of the environment, such...
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Posted by on in Buy Local
Most produce in the US is picked 4 to 7 days before being placed on supermarket shelves, and is shipped for an average of 1500 miles before being sold. And this is when taking into account only US grown products! Those distances are substantially longer when we take into consideration produce import...
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By Sarah Newman Since I started this holiday tips tradition a few years ago, the sustainable food movement continues to transform fields of corn, soy and CAFOs to more verdant, bountiful lands filled with organic produce, heirloom greens and pasture-raised livestock. Countless more school and ...
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Posted by on in Animals
Once a rare delicacy served to honored guests, shark fin soup had become so popular among China's fast-growing elite in recent years that it was pushing some shark species close to extinction. Now, there is fresh hope for sharks around the world. The demand for shark fins has plunged, providing a r...
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Posted by on in Population
The real issues facing our country lurk in the shadows, blissfully ignored while impacting every one of us. Chief among these issues is overpopulation. Just how big a problem is it? Centuries ago, Thomas Malthus warned about what could happen if populations were left to grow unchecked.  Urban...
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Shopping was easy when most food came from farms. Now, factory-made foods have made chemical additives a significant part of our diet. In general, it's best to avoid the following ingredients: Sodium nitrite Saccharin, Aspartame, Acesulfame-K Caffeine Olestra Food Dyes And don't forget to cut...
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