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Seed preservation is vital for a sustainable food system 27.1.2020 GreenBiz.com
"Our seeds are more than just food for us. Yes, they are nutrition. But they’re also… spirituality," says Electa Hare-RedCorn, a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma and a Yankton descendant. "Each seed has a story and each seed has a prayer."With a background in social work, Hare-RedCorn was brought on to the Pawnee Seed Preservation Project in 2012 as a seed-keeper, to carry the conversation forward with youth and families. The project, she says, has become a movement.
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Ensuring your lab is capable of testing for heavy metals in food 23.1.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Ensuring your lab is capable of testing for heavy metals in food
When it comes to testing heavy metals in food, the result is only as good as the lab. 23.1.2020 Nanotechnology Notes
Tom Neltner, J.D., Chemicals Policy Director and Boma Brown-West, Senior Manager. Heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, and lead are present in most foods, whether conventional or organic, usually as the result of environmental contamination. Because heavy metals pose significant threats even at low levels, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has made reducing cumulative […]
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From sustainable to regenerative: bold business moves to transform the agriculture system 16.1.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Regenerative practices could bring huge win-wins for farmers, food companies and the environment, implementing them will involve overcoming wide-ranging barrier.
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Editorial: Lead in our lipstick? Mercury in mascara? That's got to stop 13.1.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Banning the sale of certain body-care products if they contain chemicals known to be dangerous to humans stalled last year in the California Legislature. But lawmakers have revised the bill to give it another chance.

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New SNAP rule impacts college students by limiting benefits and adding confusion 22.12.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
College students often struggle to make ends meet, and food insecurity is more common on campus than you might think. A new rule makes it even more challenging for some to get food stamps.
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What's in a name? When it comes to fruit, economic and genetic forces have a major say 19.12.2019 L.A. Times - Food & Dining

Today more than half of all newly developed fruit varieties have gobbledygook for official names, such as WA 38, Code 3X97 or Burpeachthirtysix.

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Early-career public-sector sustainability professionals reflect on VERGE 19 (Part 1) 19.12.2019 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Insightful on mobility. Actionable ideas for addressing food waste. Youth activism. What inspired CivicSpark leaders at this year’s conference.
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Why supermarkets are key to a cooler climate 18.12.2019 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Refrigeration management is an urgent need, and a potent opportunity.
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Putting People at the Center of Climate Action 12.12.2019 THE CITY FIX
This commentary explores the social and economic benefits that climate action can deliver and uses real world examples to show how these benefits can be used to further equity and ensure a just transition to a new climate economy. In ...
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Romaine lettuce tainted by fecal bacteria sickens more than 100 people 5.12.2019 LA Times: Business

Throw out romaine lettuce if it came from California's Salinas Valley, the Food and Drug Administration advises as an E. coli outbreak grows.

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How Countries Can Step Up Climate Pledges Through Action in 4 Key Sectors 3.12.2019 THE CITY FIX
Every year for the past decade, scientists have come together to measure the gap between where greenhouse gas emissions are headed under current climate pledges, and where they need to be in order to limit global warming to the levels ...
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How Countries Can Step Up Climate Pledges Through Action in 4 Key Sectors 3.12.2019 WRI Stories
How Countries Can Step Up Climate Pledges Through Action in 4 Key Sectors Comments|Add Comment|PrintSolar PV installation at a Shanghai train station. Photo by The Climate Group/Flickr. Every year for the past decade, scientists have come together to measure the gap between where greenhouse gas emissions are headed under current climate pledges, and where they need to be in order to limit global warming to the levels specified in the Paris Agreement. Last week, these scientists announced that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Opinion: Our food is tainted with E. coli, yet the FDA is rolling back safety rules 26.11.2019 LA Times: Opinion

Trump is rolling back rules to prevent E. coli outbreaks like the Salinas lettuce recall that hospitalized 28 people in 16 states.

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These 21 projects are democratizing data for farmers 25.11.2019 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
On fields across the world, phones, tablets, drones and other technologies are changing how food is grown. Through these devices, artificial intelligence (AI) — technology able to perform tasks that require human intelligence — may help farmers use the techniques they already know and trust on a bigger scale. And big data — data sets that reveal telling patterns about growth, yield, weather and more — may help farmers make better decisions before crises strike.
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FDA’s updated results for PFAS in food suggest progress but raise questions about its method 20.11.2019 Nanotechnology Notes
Tom Neltner, J.D., Chemicals Policy Director and Maricel Maffini, Ph.D., Consultant The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released revised lab results from testing for 16 PFAS in food. Initial results of the testing were announced last June and gained wide attention because the levels of PFAS in certain foods were quite high. Surprisingly, the revised […]
Greeley’s meat packing plant broke regulations on water discharge for 5 years 19.11.2019 Denver Post: Local
For 60 consecutive months, the JBS Swift plant in Greeley failed to meet state and federal guidelines for the water it discharged from a holding pond near its slaughterhouse.
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Presidential Candidates Wouldn’t Touch This Radical Idea to Transform Agriculture—Until Now 17.11.2019 Mother Jones
Food and agriculture policies have been at best a fringe issues during the last few Democratic presidential primaries. Candidates tend limit their agricultural appeals to “broad value statements” rather than dive into the policy specifics “that would indicate they’ve given these issues the attention they deserve,” says Sarah Hackney, coalition director for the National Sustainable […]
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Think PFAS in food packaging are safe simply because FDA accepted their use? Think again. 13.11.2019 Nanotechnology Notes
Tom Neltner, J.D., Chemicals Policy Director and Maricel Maffini, Ph.D., Consultant Per- and poly-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS)—recently dubbed “forever chemicals”—have received a large amount of national attention, mostly due to contamination of drinking water affecting millions of Americans. Since June 2019, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its testing results from three studies, […]
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Time for a safer food supply: The legal challenge to FDA’s GRAS Rule 10.11.2019 Nanotechnology Notes
Tom Neltner, J.D., Chemicals Policy Director, Environmental Defense Fund This blog initially was published as a guest column in Chemical Watch on September 9, 2019. After publication, FDA filed its reply brief to plaintiff’s August 23, 2019 brief. The briefings are complete and the case awaits a decision by the judge. Litigation is a time-consuming and […]
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