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Pesticides On Food

Pesticides On Food
Related:  Food (in)security, consumption, health & sustainability

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. 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. What makes animal agriculture so inefficient? Efficiency 101: Farmed animals consume more food than they produce. That doesn’t even begin to address the damaging greenhouse gas emissions released from the millions upon millions of ‘food’ animals belching and farting all day long. So why is nobody talking about it? The good news is that people are now starting to talk about it. So it is being talked about. Slaughter-free meat cultured in a lab could help solve the climate crisis

The fertile fringe THERESE Schreurs’ celery farm is about to be buried under concrete and bitumen — and she couldn’t be happier. Two of her family’s properties at Clyde, near Cranbourne, are among some of Melbourne’s key market gardens rezoned in 2010 for the city’s newest south-eastern suburb. Casey Council resisted the move, arguing that the sandy loam soils that produce much of Melburnians’ daily greens should be set aside for growing food, not houses. Therese Schreurs and her husband Tom (pictured) disagreed. “The general public talks about suburbs gobbling up farming land. Food bowl. Tension over the development of Victoria’s most productive horticultural areas at Clyde is just one crack opened by an emerging faultline in Australian public policy over farmland and how we use it. The Victorian debate has focused on the loss of farmland to sprawl and subdivision, and the clash between working farmers and their new lifestyle neighbours. The Schreurs intend to stay in the food business. Find out now!

Frequently Asked Questions - FOOD INGREDIENTS -- The Vegetarian Resource Group 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. 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. The guide is available for $6. (Editor's note: The purpose of our food ingredient research is intended to educate people to enable them to make informed decisions about the foods that they choose to eat. *The contents of this brochure and our other publications are not intended to provide personal medical advice. What is B-12 derived from? B-12, when used to fortify foods, is generally synthetic or fungal in origin. What are "natural flavors"?

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. It was first noted by the British economist W. Stanley Jevons, in his book The Coal Question published in 1865, where he argued that “it is a confusion of ideas to suppose that the economical use of fuel is equivalent to diminished consumption. Further Reading Alcott, B. 2005. Citation Herring, H. (2011).

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. MS Rinehart's Hope Dairies is looking to spend around $500 million on 5,000 hectares of Queensland farmland to create what's tipped to be one of the country's biggest dairy farms. The plan is to produce baby formula and UHT milk to meet rising demand for dairy products in China. Once up and running, the farm is expected to produce an estimated 30,000 tonnes of infant formula a year, all of it for Chinese consumption. "Gina Rinehart has had a lifelong association with the agriculture industry and she has teamed up with a great deal of expertise in Queensland to build another export industry with huge potential for Australia," a spokesman for Ms Rinehart said.

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. 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.

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. 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. Despite an impressive safety record, we cannot afford to become complacent. Ensuring food safety into the future will require vigilance. Our Goal For 2025 Australia will be considered to be in the top three countries in the world for food safety, increasing the reputation of Australia’s exports. By 2025 we would like to see Australia as one of the top three countries in the world for food safety, improving the wellbeing of Australians and increasing the already good reputation of our exports. Food as culture Food is part of all of our lives

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. 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). In Australia we are in the enviable position of having adequate quantities of high–quality food to feed our population. Australia faces challenges to food production, including climate change, resource constraints (such as water, fertiliser, energy and land) and a slowdown in agricultural productivity growth (PMSEIC 2010). We can position Australia to meet these challenges and ensure there is food on Australian tables by maintaining a strong and sustainable food sector and allowing food imports. Our Goal For 2025 Indigenous​ food security