How ”Extreme Levels” of Monsanto’s Herbicide Roundup in Food Became the Industry Norm

Vitamins, Minerals and Roundup

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By Thomas Bøhn and Marek Cuhra

Food and feed quality are crucial to human and animal health. Quality can be defined as sufficiency of appropriate minerals, vitamins and fats, etc. but it also includes the absence of toxins, whether man-made or from other sources. Surprisingly, almost no data exist in the scientific literature on herbicide residues in herbicide tolerant genetically modified (GM) plants, even after nearly 20 years on the market.

One of the supposed benefits of genetically modified crops was supposed to be a reduction in pesticide use. So how’s that working out?

The global market for agrochemicals was valued at USD 207.5 billion in 2014. It is projected to reach USD 250.5 billion by 2020, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.2% from 2015 to 2020.

Asia-Pacific dominated the global market with a share of around 36.7%. The European region is expected to be the fastest-growing market in the near future, for the growing concentration of farmers towards technology driven agriculture practices.

So what is the recommended daily dose of toxic pesticides?
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Americans Eating More Organic

Americans Eating More Organic Food

Demand For Organic Food Driving Big Food Disruption

Go ahead. Ask your neighbors, co-workers or classmates if they buy organic. You’ll probably find out they do. Organic products can now be found in the kitchens of 82.3% of American households, according to new Nielsen findings released by the Organic Trade Association (OTA). In the first comprehensive look at organic purchases by households on a state-by-state level, this nationally representative Nielsen study of 100,000 households conducted in 2015 and 2016 reported that more households than ever bought organic food on a regular basis throughout 2016. The national average climbed 3.4% from 2015 to 82.3%.

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Buyer Beware When It Comes To Food Labels

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If Reading Food Labels Leaves A Bad Taste, You’re Not Alone

 Food Labels Like ‘Organic’ and ‘Whole Grain,’ Meant to Clarify, Often Confuse. See Decoding Nutrition Labels for a beginners guide. If you shop at farmer’s markets or have a vibrant local food scene, you’ll want to know all about the Green Market Glossary: Farmers Market Labels Demystified

If you find yourself thinking “I’ll just eat whatever” or, “labels are way to confusing and complicated, I might as well eat what I like, then JO CRAVEN MCGINTY offers a helpful guide to understanding what the label means on the food you’re buying.

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Key House Panel Directs USDA to Consider Funding Multivitamins for Use in WIC Program

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Key House Panel Directs USDA to Consider Funding Multivitamins for Use in WIC Program

A key House Panel directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Nutrition Services (FNS) to prepare a report assessing the benefits of allowing vitamins to be purchased through the supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children (WIC).

“Women, infants and children utilizing the WIC program deserve equal access to and should be allowed to purchase vitamins,” said Dan Fabricant, CEO and executive director of NPA (Natural Products Association).  “The Committee’s instructions are a step in the right direction towards addressing the crisis of undernourishment in America.”

Vitamins are proven to have many health benefits especially relevant to those the WIC program intends to help:
· Classic nutrient deficiency diseases (scurvy, pellagra, and iron deficiency anemia);

· Improve appetite and growth rates in low-income children;

· Prevent neural tube birth defects;

· Protect against heart disease and stroke; and

· Build bone mass in the young.

“We will continue to look for policy options to improve access and availability to products that support a healthy lifestyle for American consumers,” Fabricant said.

NPA also sent a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the House Committee on Appropriations expressing its strong view that the WIC program should be expanded to include the purchase of multivitamins and multiminerals.

Read more www.npainfo.org.

 

Longer School Lunches Lead To Better Food Choices

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Longer School Lunches Lead To Better Food Choices, Say Researchers

More research to inform industrial education. Less time to eat definitely makes an impact. Not only on food choices, but the amount of food chosen that gets eaten. More food waste.

I guess there’s a big difference between 20 and 15 minutes to eat lunch. What’s wrong with this picture? School salad bars are one of the easiest options available for teaching healthy food choices and learning life long values. If we don’t allow enough time to eat lunch, what’s the point?

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