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Touch the Soil News #514

General Mills Flour Recall under Control

The Centers for Disease Control says the problem has been contained after 63 people in 24 states were sickened by flour contaminated with Shiga-toxins. By the time it was all said and done, General Mills recalled a whopping 45 million pounds of suspected flour products.


World Health Organization – Tax Sodas

The World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland recently established a new recommendation to curb the consumption of sugary drinks – a cause of epidemic obesity and diabetes conditions. On October 11, 2016, the WHO recommends a tax on sugary drinks that would lead to at least a 20 percent increase in the retail price of sugary drinks. In response, the beverage industry called the recommendations discriminatory and unproven. The WHO, says that sugar intake must be curbed as it is at the core of global deteriorating health. See video below.


Consumer Trends for 2017

More chocolate for health as researchers say it helps abstract reasoning. Turmeric is getting more popular as a health food. Trends are increasing to meatless protein as consumers seek plant-based proteins. Cutting food waste by repurposing food waste such as stems, skins and rinds into new food dishes. Instead of cocktails the trend is mocktails – fresh pressed juices, flavored teas, sipping vinegars and muddled herbs and spices. The dispersion of war refugees is bringing greater diversity of food to other nations around the globe.


Sales of Carbonated Soft Drinks Peaking Out

News is rolling in that sales of carbonated drinks are peaking out – even though population is growing. In 2010, carbonated drink sales increased 1.8 percent. In 2012, carbonated drink sales increased 1.4 percent. In 2015, carbonated drink sales increased only 0.2 percent. Experts say that concern over sugar consumption and artificial sweeteners and preservative is driving the decline as these drinks offer little functional benefits to nutrition.

While monster-size sodas, like this half gallon cup, are popular today – health research and trends may move future generations away from them (photo CC. 2.0).

Edible Flower Petals

Researchers from the Polytechnic Institute in Portugal report that edible flowers have important nutritional characteristics and can constitute new sources of bioactive compounds. The researchers selected edible petals from dahlia, rose, centaurea and marigolds.


Pesticide Action Network (PAN) reports on Glyphosate (Round Up) Toxicity

PAN reports that the studies they have accumulated about glyphosate reveal adverse human impacts including acute poisoning, kidney and liver damage, imbalances in the intestinal microbiome, cancer, genotoxicity, endocrine disruption, reproductive and developmental reduction, neurological damage and immune system dysfunction. Chances are high that Monsanto and the FDA will argue that humans are ot exposed to dosages at a level that would cause these problems??? See video below.

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