China promises boost to African bamboo expertise 

… France, will be overseen by INBAR, a China-based intergovernmental organisation that seeks to use bamboo and rattan to reduce poverty and environmental damage. Part of a 20 billion renminbi (US$3.1 billion) fund that China launched in September to increase South-South cooperation on climate change will be spent on the initiative. Bamboo’s quick growth and easy care make it ideal for removing carbon from the atmosphere, and being a raw material for biofuel and consumer products, the …

FSSAI to tighten noose on meat and poultry industry – The Times of India

… that licensing of slaughterhouses may be taken care by the FSSAI and state governments as per current regulations, but the enforcement of the rules and correct practices should be checked by local urban bodies. So far, slaughter house license is issued by local urban bodies, which FSSAI aims to take under its ambit. A committee has, comprising of the food safety commissioners from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Kerala and Jammu and Kashmir, to work on a set of good business and regulatory practices …

We have the right to know what we are putting in our bodies – Columbus healthy living | Examiner.com

… not proven safe and the labels would not be accurate. The announcement on May 11, 2015 was made by Joseph Mercola MD as a call-to-arms for people to write their Congressmen immediately to stop the progress of H.B. 1159. Our bodies are the temples of our souls. We have an obligation to take care of them. While the USDA and FDA pretend that GMOs may not be harmful, there is no doubt that Roundup (glyphosate), 2-4-D (Agent Orange) and similar chemicals are carcinogenic and cause damage to the …

Farmers who switch to organic face strict rules, costs, red tape – Times Union

By Madeline St. Amour | April 26, 2015 As a cardiorespiratory therapist in an intensive care unit and later as a nutritionist, Pamela Schreiber saw many people with grave ailments. Working in rehabilitation, she helped long-term smokers, asthmatics, people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and postoperative cardiac surgery patients. “I worked with people who hadn’t taken care of themselves their whole lives through smoking or poor diet,” she said. After doing a lot …

Just Because Your Chicken Is Organic Doesn’t Mean It Was Raised Humanely | Mother Jones

… label to its line of cheese. “The USDA organic program really is failing to meet both the spirit of organic and consumer expectations around animal welfare,” says an ASPCA representative. “Organic is about what the cow is eating and what you’re doing to the land,” Meerman says. “AWA is about the cow.” He takes special care to manage his animals’ pain, and keep young cows with their mothers for a week after they’re born, for example. And those …

True Food Kitchen chef favors healthy, ethnic foods

… House, but I get cravings for Tacos Jalisco that won’t be stopped. Thankfully, they’re open late. I also love the Penang curry and green papaya salad at Thai Basil, and enjoyed a really interesting meal at SumoMaya. And I’m still discovering new places. Why did you become a chef? I get so much pleasure out of feeding and taking care of people, plus it’s my creative outlet … and I’m kind of an adrenaline junkie. I don’t have any desire to jump out of a …