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The World is Battling Sugar

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Touch the Soil News #641 (feature photo – soda case in a grocery store – CC SA 3.0) While raising some of your own food can aid in health and exercise, avoiding processed foods are also part of the equation. News and research on the effects of sugar have gone viral in many instances, partially due to the correlation to obesity. And obesity means higher health care costs – some of which is born by governments. Globally, the number of people who are overweight and obese has increased over the last three decades. Estimates are that in 1980, around 29 percent of people were overweight. Today, the rate is hovering…

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Chile – World’s Toughest Food Labeling Law

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Touch the Soil News #438 The Nation of Chile, with one of the world’s highest obesity rates, just implemented a new labeling law. Chile, like America, is struggling to stem the tide of obesity in children – before they become adults. Following recommendations of the World Health Organization, Chile is the first nation to adopt these high standards for stemming the tide of sugar, sodium and saturated fat in foods. According to the World Health Organization, nearly 70 percent of all children in the world are on the path to obesity. The WHO also identified the food industry as part of the problem. While the standards are voluntary, labels on…

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Stopping the Sugar Train

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Touch the Soil News #392 After years of delay, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalized new regulations on food nutrition labels. New are the requirements of having to list all added sugars to include the amount in grams and the percent daily value. This will be a big deal for food companies who now will have to identify the added sugars in their food. It is not unusual for sugary drinks to contain several times the daily allotted amount. The original Starbucks logo dates back to 1971 when the chain first opened. Starbucks is the second largest restaurant in the United States behind McDonalds. It is king of sugary…

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How Much of the Free-Enterprise Food System is Unhealthy?

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Touch the Soil News #302 When national governments pass laws and regulations to curb certain foods, you know the problem is big. On the radar screen for curtailment in Mexico is soda pop. Of concern is Mexico’s out-of-control obesity and diabetes rates. Mexico has the highest rate of overweight and obese adults in the world along with an estimated 10 million Mexicans who have diabetes. The latest reports reveal that 7 out of 10 Mexicans are overweight and 1/3 of the population is clinically obese. Obesity rates among the poor in Mexico are even higher. In 2014, Mexico implemented a 1 peso per liter tax on sugary drinks in attempts…

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