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Is Eating Organic Really Better for You and the Environment? On average, organic food items are 47 percent more expensive than standard supermarket fare—but thanks to their purported health and environmental benefits, many shoppers still splurge on them.

Is Eating Organic Really Better for You and the Environment?

In fact, the total retail market for organic products in the United States was valued at over $39 billion in 2016. But while the organic industry means big business for farmers and food companies, the question still remains: Are organic foods actually better for both you and the environment? In the video below, AsapSCIENCE co-creator and host Mitchell Moffit explains why eating organic may not be the panacea most people think it is. Contrary to popular belief, an organic diet isn't chemical-free. In fact, Moffit explains, organic farmers can still use natural pesticides and fungicides to keep crop-destroying insects at bay—and studies show that they aren’t necessarily better for you or the soil than synthetic ones. Labels tend to be misleading, too. A Map Of Where Your Food Originated May Surprise You.

Some people may be dimly aware that Thailand's chilies and Italy's tomatoes — despite being central to their respective local cuisines — originated in South America.

A Map Of Where Your Food Originated May Surprise You

Now, for the first time, a new study reveals the full extent of globalization in our food supply. More than two-thirds of the crops that underpin national diets originally came from somewhere else — often far away. The biggest cause of global warming that nobody’s talking about. LAST UPDATED: 21 August 2015 Even if Prime Minister Tony Abbott hasn’t come around to the idea yet, most of us would agree that if we want planet Earth to sustain life for generations to come, we need cleaner energy.

The biggest cause of global warming that nobody’s talking about

We need cleaner energy to fuel our cars, our homes, our cities… If advances in green tech can overcome these challenges, we will have solved a big piece of the climate puzzle. But not all the big pieces… What about the energy we use to fuel our bodies? Turns out, this is the biggest question of all. Frequently Asked Questions - FOOD INGREDIENTS. Click here to view our most current ingredient information: Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Food Ingredients, now online in its entirety Our Guide to Food Ingredients is very helpful in deciphering ingredient labels.

Frequently Asked Questions - FOOD INGREDIENTS

Many of the following answers were provided by research gathered for the guide. The Guide to Food Ingredients lists the uses, sources, and definitions of 200 common food ingredients. The guide also states whether the ingredient is vegan, typically vegan, vegetarian, typically vegetarian, typically non-vegetarian, or non-vegetarian. Pesticides On Food. Department of Agriculture The National Food Plan. Department of Agriculture 5.2 Ensuring the safety of our food supply. Australia has one of the safest food supplies in the world, with a world–class system to manage safety across the food supply chain.

Department of Agriculture 5.2 Ensuring the safety of our food supply

We work in partnership with state and territory governments and the New Zealand Government using a risk–based regulatory approach. This is consistent with international obligations and scientific best practice. The safety of our food supply is critical to maintaining the health and wellbeing of our population. Australia’s global reputation relies on the safety of our food supply–food safety is also important for trade. Despite an impressive safety record, we cannot afford to become complacent. Department of Agriculture 5.1 Maintaining food security in Australia. ​​​​​​Food security encompasses various factors that shape the food supply for individuals, families and communities.

Department of Agriculture 5.1 Maintaining food security in Australia

While there are many definitions of food security the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations defines food security as: when all people at all times have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life (FAO 2009). Amazing low-tech harvester collects water from even the driest of air. Even in places where there’s a severe lack of water, there’s one thing every place has.

Amazing low-tech harvester collects water from even the driest of air

Air. Jevons paradox. Jevons paradox (also known as the rebound effect) is the observation that greater energy efficiency, while in the short-run producing energy savings, may in the long-run result in higher energy use.

Jevons paradox

10. The Sustainability Secret. Director’s Note: The science and research done on the true impacts of animal agriculture is always growing.

The Sustainability Secret

The statistics used in the film were based on the best information we had available while producing the film. We will continually update this list with further resources as they become available Animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, more than the combined exhaust from all transportation. [i] Ethical Consumer: the alternative consumer organisation.

Is There a Future For Instant Coffee? Vandana Shiva. Navdanya. The Undercurrent: why are we being fed by a poison expert? Monsanto and Roundup – video. Right of reply: Monsanto responds to the Undercurrent video. Last week the Guardian published a video called “Why are we being fed by a poison expert: Monsanto and Roundup” on its news website, under the science and agriculture banner.

Right of reply: Monsanto responds to the Undercurrent video

Printable List of Monsanto Owned “Food” Producers – Rare Footage Shows George Bush’s 1987 Visit to Monsanto, Uttering Seven Infamous Words That Would Change Everything. George Bush Sr., seen here at Monsanto’s HQ in 1987, had a lax attitude toward the “bureaucratic and safety hurdles” facing the company’s GMO crops. Proponents of genetically engineered crops would have you believe that we’ve been “modifying” foods for “thousands of years.” But the truth is that these lab-created GMOs are far different from traditional hybrid crops and have only been around for a few decades. And if not for intense lobbying on the part of St. Louis agrochemical giant Monsanto, GMOs might have never even seen the light of day in the United States.

In 1986, with countless millions at stake, four executives from the Monsanto Company paid a White House visit to a then-Vice President named George H.W. Seed: The Untold Story. Fritjof Capra.

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This Is For Everyone That Still Eats at McDonald's (Even if they won't admit it!) Someone recently asked me what I think the worst ingredients are at McDonald’s and my first thought was… “Um, where do I start?!” The 37-page ingredient list for McDonald’s reads like an encyclopedia of nutrition-less, additive-filled, processed food. It should be pretty obvious that I don’t eat at McDonald’s (and many of you may not either) but I still have family members and friends that eat there on a regular basis (and I can guess you probably do too!).

According to a recent Morgan Stanley report, young adults eat at McDonald’s more than any other restaurant. What I found funny about their report is that while they eat there, they won’t admit it to their friends because they consider the food there so low quality. 20 Disturbing Fast Food Facts that Will Change Your Diet Forever. Quickly made, quickly served, quickly eaten. That’s fast food in six simple words, although in reality, perhaps badly made, poorly served, quickly eaten is a more appropriate summary. What Eating 40 Teaspoons of Sugar a Day Can Do to You - The New York Times. Soda has been a major target in the debate over sugar and its role in the obesity crisis. But high levels of added sugars can be found in many seemingly healthful foods, from yogurts to energy bars and even whole-grain bread. A new movie called “That Sugar Film” seeks to educate consumers about the hazards of consuming too much added sugar, which can be found in an estimated 80 percent of all supermarket foods.

The new documentary stars an Australian actor-director, Damon Gameau, who modeled his movie after “Super Size Me,” the 2004 film that followed Morgan Spurlock as he consumed an all-McDonald’s diet for 30 days. To see the full article, subscribe here. Soda has been a major target in the debate over sugar and its role in the obesity crisis.

This Woman Gets No Applause...Why? They Are Too Creeped Out... Marketing Food to Children: Anna Lappe at TEDxManhattan 2013. The Shocking Amount Nestlé Makes From This Natural Resource in Your Backyard – Fairfoodchallenge. Inspiration and Ants at University of Melbourne’s Farmers' Markets. What urban sprawl means for Melbourne’s food supply. The fertile fringe. Tracer. This Is How Much Water It Takes To Make Your Favorite Foods. 'Food deserts': Grocery dead zones have serious health impacts for residents, experts say. Updated. Hungry Planet: What The World Eats. You Won't Believe How Much Trash They Accumulated in Just 7 Days!

Coles shopper cuts open red capsicum to discover family of caterpillars. The red capsicum purchased from Kurralta Park Coles in South Australia. Photo: Facebook. BROTHL (@brothl) Food Waste: Infographic. Story of Stuff (2007, OFFICIAL Version) Gina Rinehart moves into milk. WITH construction of her massive Roy Hill iron ore mine past the halfway mark, Gina Rinehart has turned her attention towards another highly lucrative commodity: milk. 21 Surprising Statistics That Reveal How Much Stuff We Actually Own. Who Are You? Watching This Breathtaking Video Could Be the Moment You Change Your Life. Inhabitat - Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building. 3000 Acres. Robin Hood Army. FoodCloud. Food waste: harvesting Spain's unwanted crops to feed the hungry. Food Sensitive Planning and Urban Design (FSPUD) Report Released - Victorian Ecoinnovation Lab (VEIL)

Food sensitive planning and urban design (FSPUD) recognises that access to healthy, sustainable and equitable food is an essential part of achieving liveable communities. VEIL and David Locke Associates were commissioned by the National Heart Foundation of Australia (Victorian Division) to develop a resource further articulating the idea of ‘Food Sensitive Planning and Urban Design’ (first articulated by VEIL in 2008 as Food Sensitive Urban Design). This new resource – Food Sensitive Planning and Urban Design: A conceptual framework for achieving a sustainable and just food system – is intended to raise the awareness of planners, architects, urban designers, engineers, policy makers, community members and elected representatives of the need to integrate food considerations into urban land use and development.

Modelling the Relationship between the Food System and Health, Development, and the Environment. Gardening Australia - Fact Sheet: Seed Savers.