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Message from India – Get a Better Handle on Food

Touch the Soil News #262 A metro area of some 1.5 million people, the city of Vijayawada, India has been recognized as a “Global City of the Future.” So what goes on in such a city so far away? For starters, they are encouraging “Terrace Organic Farming.” This is farming on terraces and rooftops. At a recent workshop, Mr. Rambabu, a former agricultural chemical consultant – turned organic – tells folks why they should change their source of fresh vegetables to their own enterprise. Mr. Rambabu explains that there is a widespread lack of knowledge among farmers in India relative to applying chemical-based fertilizers. This lack of knowledge is creating…

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The World’s Largest Food “Manufacturing” Companies – Behind the Scenes (Part 2 of 2)

In Part 1, we covered some background on the 10 largest food manufacturing companies plus behind-the-scenes information on the first five companies. In Part 2, we will look at the last five companies with #1 being the largest food manufacturing company in the world. Company #5 – Mondelez International Mondelez International split off from Kraft Foods in 2012, taking with it all the snack and candy brands such as Cadbury, Nabisco, Oreo, Trident gum, Wheat Thins, Ritz crackers, Sour Patch Kids and many others. Headquartered in East Hanover, New Jersey, the Company has annual revenues of $35.3 billion annually. It is the world’s largest snack food company. The CEO of…

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High Fructose Corn Syrup – The Winner of the Food Ingredient You Should Avoid Most

The non-profit – Citizens for Health – sponsors a Website called Food Identity Theft. The idea is that much of the food we eat has been changed through additives, preservatives and toxins that can enter anywhere along the food chain. Recently, in celebration of National Read Your Labels Day (4/11/15) Food Identity Theft listed the top 10 food additives that you should avoid. Starting from #10 we’ll work up towards #1:   #10 – Artificial Colors. These chemicals are suspected of bringing contaminants into the food chain for no practical reason other than visual promotion.   #9 BHA and BHT. Preservatives made from coal tar or petroleum that are banned…

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