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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 21st, 2014
A U.S.-based study team analyzed diet and disease data collected from more than 100,000 men and women. Compared to people who ate fried food less than once a week, those who gobbled things like fries, fried chicken, or other deep-fried snacks four to six times a week saw their risk for Type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease jump 39% and 23%, respectively. The risks rose even more for people... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 20th, 2014
The couple knew that it would be a tough vegetable to grow. Cucumbers (and melons) are prone to extensive damage from fruit flies in Hawai‘i. So they covered every single cucumber that came up with plastic bags. “We’d charge a dollar for each at the farmers’ market,” says Kobayshi. “We set up a sign on that said ‘Japanese Cucumbers, $1.’ We offered... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 17th, 2014
By Paul Koberstein, For the better part of two decades, Syngenta, BASF Plant Science, DuPont Pioneer and Dow AgroSciences have been drenching their test fields near Waimea, a small town on the southwest coast of Kaua`i, with some of the most dangerous synthetic pesticides in use in agriculture today, at an intensity that far surpasses the norm at most other American farms, an analysis of... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 17th, 2014
“They are working this very hard and they are not going to let up because of the threat,” said Laura Haight of the New York Public Interest Research Group, which supports the food-labeling bill.   A genetically modified organism, or GMO, has had genetic material altered by scientists to produce a desirable trait. Examples include tomatoes altered to stay fresher longer, and... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 14th, 2014
In July of 2013, Kauai County Councilman Gary Hooser introduced bill 2491 requiring large farms and agriculture companies to disclose pesticide usage and location of their genetically engineered crops. After protests and hours of public testimony, the bill passed in November 2013 with the Kauai County Council overriding a Mayoral veto. The battle over GMO’s isn’t limited to Kauai.... more

Posted By: Ethan on Jun 13th, 2014
The EU's Environment Council voted today to devolve GMO decisions to member states - in effect allowing pro-GM governments to go ahead. This messy compromise threatens to allow GMO corporations to ride roughshod over Europe.The European Union Environment Council today voted to allow member countries to grow GM crops on a devolved basis.The UK supported the proposal, and is certain to be one... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 11th, 2014
"We wanted to remind these politicians what's really at stake with their vote on school lunches," Fed Up filmmakers Stephanie Soechtig and Laurie David wrote in a joint statement. "It is stunning how disconnected they are from the consequences of their political games. "They might be out on the town today enjoying a leafy salad, followed by a leisurely trip to the Congressional gym, but once they... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 11th, 2014
“Our kids deserve more healthy fruits, vegetables and whole grains not more sugar and salt,” said Rep. Farr. “Four years ago, Congress made a promise to school parents that their tax dollars would no longer be wasted on junk food in the lunchroom. We are here to uphold that promise and save healthy school lunches. The new standards are working. 90% of schools are successfully... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 10th, 2014
My new report, Whitewashed: How Industry and Government Promote Dairy Junk Foods, shines a light on the shifting patterns of consumption away from plain milk toward dairy products laden with sugar, fat, and salt. For example: About half of all milk is consumed either as flavored milk, with cereal, or in a drink; Nearly half of the milk supply goes to make about 9 billion pounds of cheese and 1.5... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 10th, 2014
But according to a new study by entomologists at Iowa State University, the rootworm has rapidly developed a resistance to the toxins, with potentially disastrous consequences for farmers and the environment. “Unless management practices change, it’s only going to get worse,” Aaron Gassmann, a co-author of the study, told Wired. “There needs to be a... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 09th, 2014
 By: Guest article by Ken RoseboroIt’s rare that a plant breeder goes from developing genetically modified crops at a major biotechnology company to breeding varieties for organic and non-GMO farmers. Jane Dever, associate professor at Texas A&M’s AgriLife Research and Extension Center, is unique in having done just that. As global cotton breeding manager for Bayer... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 09th, 2014
A walk down the refrigerator aisle today looks a lot different than it would have 50 years ago. Sure, cow’s milk still takes up a significant amount of real estate, but side-by-side with it are a variety of newer beverages, including the ubiquitous soy and the ever-more-popular almond milk. And the non-dairy choices don’t stop there: shelf-stable, carton-packed drinks such as rice,... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 09th, 2014
The main governing Bharatiya Janata Party had said in its 2014 election manifesto that its government will not allow GM foods without a full scientific evaluation on their long-term effects on soil and production, and their biological impact on consumers. Bt cotton, introduced in India in 2002, was the first GM crop to be grown in the country. In February this year, trials for GM crops... more

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