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Healthier Diets and Reducing Food Waste is Vital to Reducing Climate Change

September 5, 2014


Changing Diets is Vital to Reducing Climate Change

A newly published study from University of Cambridge shows that food production is a main driver of biodiversity loss and a large contributor to climate change and pollution. A new study, published today in Nature Climate Change, suggests that – if current trends continue – food production alone will reach, if not exceed, the global […]

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Study Finds that “Whole Grain” Foods Aren’t Always a Healthy Choice

January 16, 2013

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New Study Evaluates the Healthfulness of Whole Grain Foods

A new study from scientists at the Harvard School of Public Health is the first to empirically evaluate the healthfulness of whole-grain foods based on five commonly used industry and government definitions, finding that the Whole Grain Stamp on food doesn’t always mean it’s a healthy choice. Current standards for classifying foods as “whole grain” […]

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FDA Approves AquaBounty Transgenic Fish

December 26, 2012


AquAdvantage Salmon

The US FDA has finally approved the first genetically engineered animals for human consumption. The fast-growing salmon has been assessed as safe by the FDA. After 60 days of public comment, the FDA may issue a final assessment and approval, at which time the company AquaBounty, of Maynard, Massachusetts, can start selling the fish. The […]

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Diagnostic Tests Undercut Surveillance Abilities of Health Officials

November 26, 2012



Some new diagnostic tests for foodborne pathogens like Salmonella, Campylobacter and Escherichia coli hinder the ability of public health officials to detect outbreaks. The problem is related to the inability to trace the contamination to its source. In the past, doctors routinely tested for potential bacterial culprits using stool samples in labs. An isolate would […]

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Ranchers in the USA Are Struggling to Adapt to Climate Change

November 16, 2012



In Boulder, Colorado, local cattle have developed immunity against the poisonous larkspur flowers that grow amongst the more edible grasses, making decisions to sell cattle a tough one. A rancher culling a herd he can’t afford to feed faces a problem restocking once economics improve, the replacements may die if they binge on the larkspur. […]

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Japanese Super Cellophane Keeps Fruit Fresh for Months

November 2, 2012



A Japanese company has developed a kind of cellophane, named Aura Pack, that helps keep fruits and vegetables fresh. The freshness-preserving effect is achieved by controlling the evaporation of water and excess respiration. Vegetables have a water content of at least 90%. As long as water isn’t lost, they stay crisp and fresh. By using […]

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Transgenic Animal Research Lacks Funding & Approval in the USA

October 17, 2012



Scientifically unfounded assertions about transgenic foods and animals are widely circulating in the American zeitgeist. Claims that transgenic foods are responsible for the rise of autism spectrum disorder, Alzheimer’s disease and type 2 diabetes are seen in different media, from documentaries to the news. Using genetic modification of animals to reduce food costs and improve […]

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Consuming Fruits & Vegetables Improves Psychological Well-Being

October 16, 2012



The World Health Organization recommends five servings of fruits and vegetable every day to keep the human body healthy, but how much is needed to keep your mind happy? That’s the question that researchers pursued in a new study. The scientists will publish their findings in an upcoming issue of Social Indicators Research, but the […]

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Genetically Modified Maize Study Faces Even More Scrutiny

October 12, 2012

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There is more and more scientific criticism over a study that claims that genetically modified maize causes severe diseases in rats, and this controversy shows no signs of abating any time soon. Gilles-Éric Séralini, molecular biologist at the University of Caen, France, is under intense scrutiny to report the full data behind his team’s findings […]

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Cutting Food Losses Could Feed an Additional Billion People

October 10, 2012

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Halving the food losses

A newly published study in Science of the Total Environment is the first to evaluate the impact of food losses and its relationship to resources on a global scale, finding that an additional one billion people can be fed from our current resources if the food losses could be halved. More efficient use of the […]

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Little Significant Difference in Organic Foods vs. Conventional Alternatives

September 10, 2012


Little evidence of health benefits from organic foods

A new study from Stanford researchers examined whether organic foods are safer or healthier than conventional alternatives, finding little significant difference in health benefits between organic and conventional foods and scant evidence that conventional foods posed greater health risks than organic products. You’re in the supermarket eyeing a basket of sweet, juicy plums. You reach […]

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Low Oxygen Levels Trigger the Formation of Plant Sex Cells

August 7, 2012


low oxygen levels could change the way we breed plants

Using a simple approach, a team of scientists at Stanford University demonstrated that low oxygen levels deep inside the developing flowers are all that is needed to trigger the formation of plant sex cells. The findings may lead to new plant breeding techniques. The sex life of corn has gotten a lot of prurient attention […]

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Study Suggests Whole Fruit May Prompt Kids to Make Healthier Choices

July 25, 2012


fruit prompts kids to make better food choices

A study by scientists at Cornell’s Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs suggests that the presence of certain foods in school cafeterias may prompt kids to make healthier lunch choices. Just because healthful foods are available in school cafeterias doesn’t mean children are going to eat them, but in some cases, the very […]

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LiquiGlide Prevents Waste and Increases Recycling Rates

May 31, 2012

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LiquiGlide, a nontoxic, nonstick, super slippery coating for the inside of condiment bottles

For anyone that has suffered through the agonizing task of squeezing out those last few drops from the condiment jar, your troubles may soon be over. LiquiGlide, a nontoxic, nonstick, super slippery coating for the inside of condiment bottles, sends condiments out of their jars with a simple tilt of the hand, preventing waste and […]

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Fiber Optic Probe Measures Carotenoids in the Skin

May 23, 2012


new technology that measures a biomarker by simply bouncing blue laser light off the skin

New technology that measures a biomarker by simply bouncing blue laser light off the skin provides fast, painless and highly accurate results. Based on resonance Raman spectroscopy technology, the device uses computer software and a flexible fiber optic probe that is held against the palm for about 30 seconds while the light interacts with carotenoids […]

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