Organic food and malformations in the urinary tract (hypospadias) in newborn boys

… positioned exactly at the tip of the penis. This condition arises during fetal life, and is surgically corrected after birth. This study shows that mothers who report eating organic food within one or more of six food categories, had less than half the probability of delivering boys with hypospadiascompared with women who reported “never or seldom” eating organic food. From the data, organic vegetables emerge as the food category with the greatest impact on the result. The analyses …

4 ways to create a healthful summer diet – The Washington Post

By Consumer Reports | June 22, 2015 Summer’s bounty of fruit and vegetables does more than tempt your taste buds; it can have a powerful impact on your health. When you have more choices, there’s a greater chance that you’ll eat more produce, and that’s likely to lead to a lower risk of chronic conditions such as heart disease, most cancers, Type 2 diabetes and obesity. To maximize the health benefits, make these four easy changes to the way you shop for, prep and store your fruit and …

Solano Coalition for Better Health: Sustainable food system better for all

… communities partner to create a more locally based, self-reliant food economy. Adopting even one seemingly small and simple habit can make a difference in promoting a more sustainable food system. Here are the top five sustainable food habits: 1. Plant-based. A plant-based diet, which focusses on including more plant foods than animal foods in your diet, can have an impact on the environment. Producing billions of pounds of animal meat and dairy each year takes pesticides, chemical fertilizer, …

Cebu City farmers oppose ban of GMO crops | Cebu News, The Freeman Sections, The Freeman | philstar.com

By Kristine B. Quintas/FPL (The Freeman) | June 8, 2015 CEBU, Philippines- Citing possible adverse impact in their livelihood, farmers in Cebu City are opposed to the idea of eliminating genetically modified organism crops in the market. Emilio Secretaria, chairman of the Cebu City Federation of Farmers Association and Cooperatives, said banning GMO crops would result to low production of agricultural products in the city. “Kaming tanan nagtanum na niini. Tungod niini dili hugot ang among …

Is Your $40 Skirt Hurting the Environment?

From www.elle.com | May 27, 2015 “So, can I ever shop at Zara again?” was my first question to director Andrew Morgan after watching his new documentary, True Cost. With the help of Stella McCartney, Livia Firth, and environmental activist Vandana Shiva, the film uncovers the deep impact that cheap, disposable clothing is having on our world today, and is, at times, gut-wrenching and alarming. “Look, I don’t want anyone to walk away from this film thinking less of …

Berkeley-Based Wild Food Week Aims to Convince People to Eat Weeds – CityLab

… Source Food and the chefs of some of the Bay Area’s most well-regarded restaurants, kicks off next week. On Wednesday, diners will be able to order a $50 prix fixe meal from the folks behind Mission Chinese Food (“There’s always a line around dinner time,” cautions Yelp) and the Perennial, which hasn’t opened yet but which promises to view all its business  decisions “through the lens of environmental impact.” On Thursday, Chez Panisse will offer a “set menu with wild …

Claims that GMOs Will “Feed the World” Don’t Hold Up | EWG

… unlikely to change in light of increased consumption of meat around the world and the U.S. biofuels policy requiring production of millions of gallons of corn ethanol to blend into gasoline. “There is a way out of this mess that will produce enough food for the world’s burgeoning population with minimal impact on our environment,” said Cassidy. “In combination, smarter use of fertilizers, a dramatic shift in biofuels policy, a significant reduction in food waste and a better diet could …

Slippery slope? Heated debate in Uganda over super crops | Zee News

… good,” said Semakula, who lives and farms 16 kilometres (10 miles) outside the capital Kampala. “It`s rare not to find it regardless of what part of the country you`re in.” But in recent years a deadly bacterial disease, known as “banana wilt”, has had a devastating impact, driving some farmers to abandon their beloved crop altogether. It has also sparked a Ugandan version of the global row over genetically modified (GMO) foods. Across the world, heated debate …

5 ways Congress could affect S.D. farmers

… as well as a handful of regulations being crafted by the Environmental Protection Agency. Congress also could aid producers by expanding trade opportunities. Here are five farm-related issues that could come up in Washington this year that could impact South Dakota: To finish reading this article, click on this link: via 5 ways Congress could affect S.D. farmers. …

Drastic Climate Change Carved Up Mars, and May Still Be Happening : Environment : Nature World News

Climate change isn’t an exclusively Earth-side affair. New analyses of gulley patterning carved into the sides of some of Mars’ largest impact craters has revealed that the Red Planet underwent many instances of severe climate shifting, including several ice ages, within the last two million years. That’s at least according to a study recently published in the journal Icarus, which details how researchers assessed images of hundreds of gully-like features found on the walls of …