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October 7, 2015

Food Labeling Is A Complex Issue – An Academic Break Down the Current FDA Rules

As the demand grows for more natural foods in our supermarkets and restaurants, so does the demand for better food labeling. But the ultimate accuracy of food labeling is a much more complicated problem than people might think. asked Alison Van Eenennaam, head of the department of animal sciences for the University of California, Davis, to clarify a few points about food labeling – and yes, we asked her about the “DARK Act” too. 

Well.Org: What’s the one thing the public should know when it comes to food labeling?

Eenennaam: Food and Drug Administration policy – under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act – already mandates food labeling when [...]

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September 18, 2015

Up to Half of the World’s Food Goes to Waste. It’s Time To Act…

The U.S. is a land of abundance. Such abundance, in fact, that somewhere between 31 and 40 percent of food goes to waste. And yet by 2013 figures, almost 50 million Americans lived in food-insecure households, and starvation is still happening in developing countries.

Clearly, there’s a distribution problem here. And, since food travels an estimated 1,500 miles, on average, to the consumer’s table, it’s not a transportation-distribution issue.

That said, some of the best solutions to avoiding food waste and getting that food to the people that need it have been localized solutions. For example, the mayor of Galdakao, a small town near Bilbao in Spain’s Basque country [...]

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September 15, 2015

How LEDs May Be the Ticket To Advanced Space Travel and More Efficient Agriculture On Earth

If the thought of rehydratable shrimp cocktail and something called spray-dried orange juice doesn’t exactly get your tastebuds in a tizzy, well, you aren’t alone. Although none were available for confirmation, I think it’s safe to wager that having to add water to transform their crunchy chicken chunks into something resembling actual food is not high on the list of favorable experiences among NASA astronauts on space missions, either. Cramped quarters, food prep limitations and spoilage potential in space, however, all add up to the necessity of such measures aboard spaceships headed for outer orbit.

Surviving on portable, rehydratable, non-spoiling food is just part of the [...]

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August 21, 2015

Controlling the Addictive Mind with Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D.

Can food be an addiction? On this episode of The Health Bridge, Pedram Shojai invites Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D. to discuss the psychology behind food cravings and how the mind can have trouble controlling them. Susan opens up to Pedram about the struggles she had with her own weight and addiction to other substances besides food. Are some people susceptible to becoming addicted to things in general more than other people? Is there a way to break a cycle of addiction?

Are you addicted to food? Answer these FIVE SHORT QUESTIONS to find out how susceptible you are to the addictive properties of refined foods…and discover your best path to FOOD [...]

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