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Greenest Restaurant in Nation

Not only was a Chicago restaurant just named the greenest eatery in the United States, but its second Chicago location managed to snag the number two spot in the Green Restaurant Association's review of hundreds of certified members.

USDA Defines Food Deserts

Food deserts are defined  as parts of the country vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods, usually found in impoverished areas. This is largely due to a lack of grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and healthy food providers.

Win for Organic Farm

Does anyone remember the case of Percy Schmeiser, a Canadian farmer who was sued by Monsanto  after the company's Roundup Ready canola had drifted onto his farm without him knowing about or wanting it? A new case in Minnesota could be just the opposite scenario: Oluf and Debra Johnson say that pesticides from surrounding conventional farms have been wafting onto their 1500-acre organic farm—damaging their crop and impacting their profits. A court has now ruled that the Johnsons can sue to recover their losses for this illegal contamination.

GMO not Wanted

Belize, a small Carribean country is joining many other countries saying no to GMO crops.

Omega-3 for Depression

A meta-analysis of the Omega-3 fatty acid EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) as therapeutic supplement for major depression followed the above study online September 6 in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.1 The investigators noted prior data suggesting that EPA exerts greater efficacy than DHA.

Study Suggests Diabetes Cure

A new study has transformed thinking on type 2 diabetes by reporting that an extreme low calorie diet could reverse the condition in just eight weeks.

The research, published in the journal Diabetologia, reports that a low calorie diet of 600 calories a day for two months can remove excess fat clogging up the pancreas, thus allowing normal insulin secretion to be restored – overturning the long held belief that type 2 diabetes is a lifelong condition.

Boosting International Organic Trade

Canada and the European Union have reached an agreement on equivalency of organic products, in a move expected to significantly boost organic food trade between the two markets.

Canada introduced its Canada Organic Biologique logo just two years ago, bringing together the previous hotchpotch of voluntary and mandatory organic certification in different provinces across the country. Its Organic Products Regulations now require all Canadian organic products to be endorsed by a certification body accredited by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

More Candy = Thinner Kids?

Children and adolescents who eat candy tend to weigh less than their non-consuming counterparts, according to a new study sponsored by the USDA [funding also received from the National Confectioners Association], published in Food & Nutrition Research. 

Lead researcher Carol O'Neil, PhD, MPH, LDN, RD, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, wants to ensure the study is put into perspective.