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Nutrition: 5 years from now

Advances in nutrition during the past century have helped untold numbers of people around the world enjoy healtheir and longer lives and be more productive members of society. These advances include the identification of common disease states that can arise as a consequence of deficiences of these essential nutrients, the use of food fortification to correct common deficiences in the diet, and improvements in agricultural practices and food processing that have resulted in marked advances of food safety and quality.

Why do we still eat this way?

We know we shouldn't. We hate ourselves when we do. And yet, with all the information available about proper nutrition and the dangers of obesity, we still eat things like Red Robin's "A.1.

Obesity Prevalence Maps

  • No state had a prevalence of obesity less than 20%.
  • 7 states and the District of Columbia had a prevalence of obesity between 20% and <25%.
  • 23 states had a prevalence of obesity between 25% and <30%.
  • 18 states had a prevalence of obesity between 30% and <35%.
  • 2 states (Mississippi and West Virginia) had a prevalence of obesity of 35% or greater.

FDA investigates organic farms

Planned food safety rules rile organic farmers

Local growers are discovering that proposed FDA regulations would curtail many common techniques, such as using house-made fertilizers and irrigating from creeks.

HUSTONTOWN, Pa. — Jim Crawford was rushing to load crates of freshly picked organic tomatoes onto trucks heading for an urban farmers market when he noticed the federal agent.

GMO labeling bill in Congress

Congress to consider G.M.O. labeling bill

Grower and food industry associations have voiced support for a bill introduced in the House of Representatives on April 9 by Representatives Mike Pompeo of Kansas, a Republican, and G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina, a Democrat, that aims to establish federal standards for the labeling of bioengineered foods. The bill, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014, (H.R. 4432), would prevent individual states from passing legislation requiring the labeling of food and beverage products that contain bioengineered ingredients.

Tea & the Olympics

Research carried out at London's Kingston University has revealed that athletes could mask illegal doping with testosterone by drinking green and white tea. A team headed by Professor Declan Naughton, from the University's School of Life Sciences, found drinking the beverages had the potential to reduce the amount of the performance-enhancing hormone present in urine testing.

Coffee Beans for Weight Loss?

Scientists have just reported striking new evidence that green, or unroasted, coffee beans can produce a substantial decrease in body weight in a relatively short time.

Strawberry Safety

When Arysta LifeScience abruptly pulled methyl iodide off the market this week, it cited the “economic viability” of the controversial fumigant, which is used to sterilize soil before crops are planted.

But at a hearing in an Oakland courtroom Wednesday, another factor emerged: Arysta was on the verge of losing a major lawsuit.

Trans Fat Lawsuit

The City of Cleveland filed a lawsuit in state court today, challenging the State of Ohio’s recent attempt to prohibit Cleveland and other Ohio cities from restricting the use of unsafe industrially produced trans fats in the foods served to customers by local restaurants and food shops. The Complaint for Declaratory Judgment is based on Cleveland’s status as a home rule municipality and asserts that the State’s prohibition on local food regulations is
unconstitutional.

What is Local?

Walmart recently announced a pledge to double the amount of produce it purchases from local growers by 2015, with the three-pronged goal of saving on fuel costs, reducing spoilage and catering to a growing consumer appetite for local produce.

But while Walmart defines "local" as grown and sold in the same state, your grocery store might have a different definition for the term.

The Wall Street Journal's recently provided definitions of "local" produce at three major national grocery chains:

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