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April 22nd, 2015
Vani Hari: The thousands of letters I have received from parents whose children have benefited from the removal of artificial food dyes are ringing in my ear this morning. We finally did it.
More than 365,0000 health advocates, consumers, and concerned families are celebrating the success of a popular petition led by activist and New York Times Best Selling Author Vani Hari. Faced with intense public scrutiny, Kraft Foods has just announced plans to remove artificial yellow dyes from all Macaroni & Cheese products by 2016.
Vani Hari, petition author and founder of FoodBabe.com, celebrated Kraft’s announcement. “This is a revolution – consumers voices are finally being heard.” Read Full Article »
April 21st, 2015
The New York Times
by Aaron E. Carroll
Over the past few months, I’ve written a number of times on how nutrition recommendations are seldom supported by science. I’ve argued that what many people are telling you may be inaccurate. In response, many of you have asked me what nutrition recommendations should say.
It’s much easier, unfortunately, to tell you what not to do. But here at The Upshot, we don’t avoid the hard questions. So I’m going to put myself on the line. Below are the general rules I live by. They’re the ones I share with patients, with friends and with family. They’re the ones I support as a pediatrician and a health services researcher. But I acknowledge up front that they may apply only to healthy people without metabolic disorders (me, for instance, as far as I know).
These suggestions are also not supported by the scientific weight of rigorous randomized controlled trials, because little in nutrition is. I’ve inserted links to back them up with the available evidence. They are not “laws” and should not be treated as such. No specific nutrients will be demonized, and none will be held up as miracles. But these recommendations make sense to me, and they’ve helped me immensely. Read Full Article »
April 21st, 2015
The Cornucopia Institute Adds Staff, Announces Board Election Results
The Cornucopia Institute, a national farm and food policy organization based in Wisconsin, has added a new member to its board of directors. At its recent annual meeting in St. Paul, the board elected Mitch Blumenthal to a two-year term on the board. Mr. Blumenthal is the President and Founder of Global Organic/Specialty Source, Inc., one of the most significant organic distributorships in the Southeast United States.
Celebrating its 15th year in business, the company’s mission is to get organic foods into as many mouths as possible. Mr. Blumenthal is a resident of Sarasota, Florida. In 1995, he purchased ten acres of organic farmland on which he continues to grow vegetables, fruits, herbs, and specialty items at Blumenberry Farms.
The board also reelected three other board members to two-year terms: Kevin Engelbert, the nation’s first certified organic dairy farmer from Nichols, New York; Dave Minar, the former dairy producer and owner of the organic Cedar Summit Dairy in New Prague, MN; and Goldie Caughlan, now retired from her work as education director at the nation’s largest co-op grocer, PCC Natural Markets in Seattle, WA. Both Mr. Engelbert and Ms. Caughlan are also former members of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). Read Full Article »
April 20th, 2015
Center for Food Safety
Center for Food Safety today (April 6, 2015) sharply criticized Monsanto’s announcement that it is giving $4 million toward monarch population restoration. Two decades of the company’s top-selling crop system – Roundup Ready corn and soybeans – has nearly eradicated milkweed, the monarch caterpillar’s sole source of food, in cropland in the monarch’s vital Midwest breeding ground.
“Monsanto brought in $15.85 billion in sales last year. This pledge for monarchs equates to only 2 hours’ worth of their sales – hardly a substantial commitment. Regardless of amount, the only way to save monarchs is a major reduction in Monsanto’s Roundup Ready crop systems, which are the leading cause of Monarchs’ threatened extinction,” said Andrew Kimbrell, executive director at Center for Food Safety. “Throwing a pittance of money at the problem is not a real path to survival; this maneuver is an attempt to greenwash Monsanto’s image, nothing more.” Read Full Article »
April 20th, 2015
Iowa Public Radio
by Luke Runyon
Nate Storey’s greenhouse in west Laramie, Wyoming is packed with vegetables growing in long, upright plastic towers.
Storey’s set-up is an urban farmer’s dream: the waste from fish tanks fertilizes the crops through plastic tubing that drips water onto the vertical garden. The greenhouse is small, but produces a lot of food.
Like a proud father he shows off bok choy, butter lettuce and spinach.
“You can grow anything. People have grown some crazy stuff with the towers,” Storey says. “We’ve grown tomatoes and very large statured crops, watermelons. It works until they’re about 20 pounds apiece and then things start falling.” Read Full Article »