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Global Diets Are Putting People at Risk

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Touch the Soil News # 179 According to a study by David Tillman and Michael Clark at the University of Minnesota, diets in 2050 will contain 60 percent more empty calories. According to the authors, rising incomes and urbanization are driving a global dietary transition in which traditional diets are replaced by diets higher in refined sugars, refined fats, oils and meats. By 2050 these dietary trends, if unchecked, would be a major contributor to an estimated 80 per cent increase in global agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from food production and to global land clearing. Moreover, these dietary shifts are greatly increasing the incidence of type II diabetes, coronary heart…

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Politically Driven Food Crimes

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Touch the Soil News # 151 On Thursday, August 7, 2015, the international news agency AFP reported that Russian officials steamrolled tons of cheese, fruit and vegetables – defying public outrage – to begin a controversial drive to destroy Western food smuggled into the crisis-hit country. Buldozers in Russia commence destroying what could ultimately amount to hundreds of tons of food. The problem begins with Russia’s military actions in the Ukraine, which precipitated Western economic sanctions against Russia. In turn, Russia decided not to buy food from the West. However, in the middle of the political economic wars, many Russians fell through the cracks and have become impoverished and hungry.…

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Food Hardship – Is the Solution Food Gardening?

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The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) recently published its 2014 National, State and Local Index of Food Hardship. Food hardship is a state of being in which there is struggle to put food on the table.  According to the report, food hardship afflicted between 17.2 and 18.6 percent of Americans at various times over the last seven years – that’s between 55 and 61 million people. Here are some of the highlights: Mississippi has the highest food hardship rate of any state at 24.7 percent. About one out of every 4 people in Mississippi is food challenged. North Dakota has the lowest food hardship rate of any state at…

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World Health Organization – We Need Safe Food from Farm to Plate

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April 7, 2015 │ Geneva, Switzerland In a recent press release, World Health Organization Director-General, Dr. Margaret Chan (see photo), recently said:  “Food production has been industrialized and its trade and distribution have been globalized. These changes introduce multiple new opportunities for food to become contaminated with harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites, or chemicals.” No small warning from the world’s top health official – Dr. Margaret Chan – which dedicated World Health Day (April 7, 2015) to the issue of food safety. Dr. Chan further stated: “A local food safety problem can rapidly become an international emergency. Investigation of an outbreak of foodborne disease is vastly more complicated when a single…

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