Saturday, January 24, 2015

'#BigFood' Dominates School Food Conference

'#BigFood' Dominates School Food Conferencefrom If there’s still any doubt about where the School Nutrition Association’s (SNA) allegiances lie, their recent School Nutrition Industry Conference (SNIC) leaves no uncertainty.

The annual conference, which this year ran from January 11- 13, is “where school nutrition directors and industry representatives [came] together to build successful partnerships to better serve the nation’s children,” according to the SNA’s website. But a review of the conference agenda, speakers, educational sessions and sponsors paint a far different picture – one of an overwhelmingly industry-driven event heavy on the promotion of food and beverage offerings from major processed food corporations.

That’s bound to happen when the SNA taps the food and beverage industry to financially sponsor a conference. Food behemoths Domino’s Pizza and Jennie-O Turkey Store were listed as $5000+ sponsors donating between $500 and $4,999 included ConAgra, Five Star, General Mills, Kellogg’s, Sara Lee, Barilla, Kikkoman, Land O’Lakes, PepsiCo, Rich Products and Schwan’s.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Clean eating: Getting real food back in your diet

Clean eating: Getting real food back in your dietfrom Clean eating? Barbara Mintz thinks the term is silly. Real food? Who comes up with these phrases? But regardless the trendy buzz word you want to use now, Mintz and fellow registered dietitians and doctors are rejoicing that Americans are now finding it cool to do what they've been telling us for years to do: Eliminate processed foods from our diets and replace them with an array of vegetables and fruits, whole grains and lean proteins. "It's like, 'OK, now you're finally getting it,' " said Mintz, vice president of healthy living and community engagement for Barnabas Health. Clean eating continued its spread throughout the masses last year, but health experts say it's not just a flashy fad that should be discarded for 2015.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Canadian Government Loses Appeal To Stop Medical Marijuana Patients From Growing Pot At Home

from The federal government has lost its latest attempt to prevent medical marijuana patients from growing pot at home.

New rules were introduced earlier this year that prohibited home growing and instead shifted production to commercial operations, but a group of patients is challenging that regime.

Those patients won a court injunction earlier this year, allowing them to continue growing their own marijuana at least until their case is decided next year.

The government appealed, but the patients' lawyer, Kirk Tousaw, says the Federal Court of Appeal has upheld the injunction.

A three-judge appeal panel has also ordered the Federal Court to clarify the terms of the injunction, which leaves out certain patients.

Health Canada says it does not know how many patients continue to grow marijuana at home because of the injunction.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

New Study Raising Alarms About '#Superbugs'

from Growing resistance to drugs in microbes and the rise of “superbugs” could cast medicine “back to the dark ages” and lead to the deaths of over 10 million people by 2050, according to a British government-commissioned review [PDF]. The review further added that Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) is a global problem that cannot be solved by any one country acting in isolation.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

.@Uber Launches $3 Food Delivery Service #UberFresh

.@Uber Launches $3 Food Delivery Service #UberFreshfrom It's true, Uber really is taking over the world. In addition to being your sober dial-a-ride service, the company has launched a food delivery service called UberFresh. The service is available for lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and for dinner between 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. daily. If you're in the coverage area, which includes the Westside, Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, a small fork and knife icon will show up to the far right in your regular Uber app.

Friday, November 21, 2014

#CyberSpaceWar: Norway To Grow Food Crops In Space

from A team of scientists in Norway are set to research the possibility of growing plants and food crops in outer space, it was revealed on Friday.

A new EU-funded research project is set to 'take-off' researching how food plants grow in space and how the horticulture could supply space travellers with oxygen and food.

The 10-year project called TIME SCALE will be led by Ann-Iren Kittang Jost, research chief at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Space (CIRiS) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim.

The research team has not yet decided what plants they will try and grow, but are looking at tomatoes, lettuce and soybeans.

The Trondheim research unit has been trying to grow plants in space since 2006. Under the Norwegian research team's guidance, plant growing experiments were carried out at the International Space Station (ISS). The research focused on the flowering weed, Arabidopsis thaliana.
It is a complex journey of investigation for the scientists who must learn about the interaction of the plants to their new, very different environment.

"One of the big challenges is to administer exactly the right amount of water and nutrients to the plants in such little gravity,” said Kittang Jost to Science Nordic.

Researchers from the MELISSA space program believe a closed ecosystem can be fully functional in space by 2050. With this goal in mind, the Norwegian researchers' work is a critical part of giving space explorers the means to survive and eat in a self-sustaining fashion, many thousands of miles away from Earth.

SOURCE: The Local

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

#GoodNewsNextWeek - McDonald’s Japan Sees Profits Fall Into The Red

from On the 6th November, McDonald’s Holdings Co. (Japan) reported a substantial, ¥9.4 billion ($82 million) net loss for the July-September period – a stark contrast to the ¥1.8 billion net profit from the same period last year.

Still reeling from the scandal of “Mc-Nugget Gate” , the company has revised its annual projections from a ¥6 billion profit to an expected net loss of around ¥17 billion – this will mark the first time in 11 years that the company’s full-year earnings have fallen into the red.

Bad news comes in threes, it seems. In October, one month before McDonald’s Holdings Co. (Japan) released their report, American McDoanld’s Corp posted a nearly one-third drop in its quarterly profit, promoting the corporation’s CEO Don Thompson to admit that the company was currently contending with some ‘image problems’.

The mounting troubles on both sides of the Pacific Ocean, paired with the relative successes of their leading competitors, has led some commentators to question whether McDonald’s reign at the top of Japan’s fast food restaurants has finally come to an end.