Reusable bags encourage shoppers to buy junk food, Harvard finds – Telegraph

… environmentally friendly organic products, they also make people feel more virtuous and so deserving of a sugary or fatty treat. In fact, a study showed that people who took their own reusable bag into supermarkets were 33 per cent more likely to pick up unhealthy snacks than those who used the shop provide film bags. “Grocery store shoppers who bring their own bags are more likely to purchase organic produce and other healthy food,” said study author Uma Karmarkar, assistant professor …

Organic Movement Is Unstoppable! — Organic Food Demand Growing Faster Than Domestic Supply

From www.inquisitr.com | July 5, 2015 The past five years have seen the most growth pertaining to the demand of organic food. This is thanks to a high number of independent studies showing the negatives of conventional foods made with science (such as GMOs). Because of this, organic food has become a viable business as well as a viable diet. The former is exampled best by the fact Costco, the second-largest wholesale retailer in the United States, has invested in organic food to the point it is …

Method keeps salmon fresh for a month without the use of chemicals

… to be tested on ecological salmon and meat, and the hope is that it will make a difference to the shopping habits of ‘purpose-driven food consumers’. The underlying thinking is that people who buy ecological food are more concerned about the environment and thus are more aware of emissions and resource utilisation than those who buy ‘ordinary’ raw materials,” says project manager Michael Bantle of SINTEF. In fact, the technology is not widely used by …

Special Report: The war on big food – Fortune

… mouth, or made your lips purse with disdain, you are part of Big Food’s multibillion-dollar problem. In fact, you may even belong to a growing consumer class that has some of the world’s biggest and best-known companies scrambling to change their businesses. Lest you think this is hyperbole, consider the commentary in February at the Consumer Analyst Group of New York conference, the packaged-goods industry’s premier annual gathering. To continue reading this article, please click on this …

Genetically modified food in the UK and TTIP | openDemocracy

… GM crops being grown here and more GM foods being imported. Lobbying by vested-interest agribusiness is a major factor throughout. With TTIP, US agribusiness expects to get its GM products (human food, agricultural crops, animal feed and products from GM-fed animals) into the EU market. US/EU ‘regulatory harmonisation’ is core to TTIP. The fact that a reported 70% of US supermarket processed food contains GM is an indication of what harmonisation with the US on GM will bring. EU citizens’ …

Beware of the Corporate GMO Spin Doctors | Food & Water Watch

… is wisely skeptical of. Does this mean that it’s game over for the GMO labeling movement or that we should trust Monsanto’s word? Of course not. In fact, it means we should be more suspicious than ever. Companies like Monsanto hope that casting doubt on the GMO labeling debate will cause us to get caught up in the proverbial weeds of the issue. So let’s get something straight: the debate over GMOs isn’t just about GMOs. It’s about the current and future state of our food system—who …

Insect-inspired eye may allow drones to navigate their environment more naturally

By Colin Jeffrey, posted March 11, 2015 Most modern aircraft, cruise missiles, spacecraft – in fact, almost all flying vehicles – use an accelerometer for flight stabilization. Living creatures that fly, on the other hand, rely on their own innate sense of balance determined by environmental observation and inbuilt organ-based systems. Now French researchers have designed a bio-inspired, sight-based system that could be used in conjunction with accelerometers to vastly increase the …

‘Man-made’ climate change a major woman’s problem – Business Insider

… fore in global negotiations on climate change, which scientists warn will be responsible for increasingly violent and frequent natural catastrophes around the world. “It boils down to the fact that women and men have different types of vulnerabilities already in the world,” said Tara Shine, special advisor to the Mary Robinson Foundation-Climate Justice think tank, headed by the former Irish president-turned UN special envoy for climate change. “And then climate change comes …

Call for “equal rights” for landholders dealing with miners | Fraser Coast Chronicle

… unresolved farming families simply loathe the fact that they are currently subsidising the resource sector,” he said. ” PRA believes that committing to the No Disadvantage principle provides a positive solution, a rule of thumb to progress all of Queensland into the future. “While there may be some within political parties that may wish to dispute what has occurred in the past, it is important that all of the population is informed and lessons are learnt from past …