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'Delicious' new grape debuts
Researchers at the University of Florida have introduced 'Delicious', a new muscadine grape cultivar. 'Delicious' ripens early, produces high yields, and is disease-resistant. The black fruit features exceptional taste and texture with an edible skin, making it well-suited for fresh fruit consumption and the potential for wine production. The name 'Delicious' was selected based on the comments of vineyard visitors who sampled the fruit
Mar 23, 2009 - 9:17:48 AM

Food & Health : Agri. & Environ.
Resistant Antibiotics Found at the Beach and in Seafood
Global warming and our "absurd over-dependence on carbon-based fuels" is interconnected with the looming economic and national security crises said former US Vice President Al Gore to an overflow audience at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Chicago in February.
Feb 24, 2009 - 2:58:46 PM

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UCLA study: U.S. Women at Greater Risk from Teflon Chemical
A major new study published yesterday in Human Reproduction, a European reproductive medicine journal, has found that pregnant women and women of child-bearing age in the United States are at greater risk than previously thought for infertility and reproductive problems as result of exposure to the toxic Teflon chemical PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid).
Jan 31, 2009 - 1:22:08 PM

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Common Toxic Chemicals May Delay Pregnancy
Perfluorinated chemicals used in food packaging, pesticides, clothing, upholstery, carpets and personal care products among others may delay pregnancy, a new study in the Jan. 29 online edition of Human Reproduction suggests.
Jan 29, 2009 - 9:24:34 AM

Food & Health : Agri. & Environ.
Rubber chemical may cause cancer in humans
British researchers published a study report in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine saying that a rubber chemical may increase risk of cancer in people exposed to the fumes during the manufacturing of rubber products.
Jan 19, 2009 - 10:05:18 PM

Food & Health : Agri. & Environ.
Farmed catfish and tilapia not the best fish to eat for omega 3 fattyc acids
We are advised to eat fish because they are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids.  A study reported in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, December 2008, showed that farm raised tilapia fish and catfish (which most of us buy, possibly without knowing that they are farm raised) have much lower amounts of omega-3 fatty acids than the amounts found in wild tilapia and cat fish … actually 1/8th of the amount found in wild fish ... but they are cheaper, so we buy them thinking that we are taking good fatty acid nutriton.
Jan 16, 2009 - 4:37:42 PM

Food & Health : Agri. & Environ.
Study: Fluoridation Benefits Doubtful
Achieving cavity-free status has little to do with fluoride intake, reports a study in the Fall 2008 Journal of Public Health Dentistry
Jan 9, 2009 - 8:13:20 AM

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Hops Extract May Reduce Clostridium in Chickens
Hops contain substances that control pathogenic bacteria in the intestines of chickens, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and cooperators have reported.
Jan 8, 2009 - 9:24:28 AM

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Phthalate Alters Germ Cell Development
Di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), one of the most abundant phthalates produced, has been incorporated into flexible plastic products such as food containers and packaging, toys, medical equipment, and home and garden products. DEHP is being phased out of some products because of growing concern about its potential health effects. A French team has now established the first tangible link between one phthalate, the DEHP metabolite mono-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (MEHP), and altered human germ cell development
Jan 7, 2009 - 11:55:26 AM

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Arsenic exposure linked to increased risk of bladder cancer
Exposure to low concentrations of arsenic in drinking may increase risk of bladder cancer, a new study published in the Dec 2008 issue of Regul Toxicol Pharmacol.
Dec 9, 2008 - 9:31:39 AM

Food & Health : Agri. & Environ.
Flaxseed may protect against radiation harm
A new study suggests that patients who are going to receive radiotherapy may be better off incorporating some flaxseed flour in their diet because flaxseed lignans seem to be protective against damages from radiation.
Dec 4, 2008 - 8:35:32 AM

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Action Alert - Petition to Obama for MEANINGFUL GMO labeling
President Obama promised that genetically modified foods will require labels. Please sign the petition demanding comprehensive and meaningful GMO labeling; and thank him for giving us what we want, and deserve.
Dec 2, 2008 - 10:52:29 AM

Food & Health : Agri. & Environ.
Despite Warnings, Pesticide Use during Pregnancy Persists
The team of U.S. researchers also found that use of replacement pesticides is steadily increasing to fill the void, that the air the test subjects breathed remains surprisingly contaminated with chlorpyrifos and diazinon up to 5 years after the restrictions went into effect, and that household use of pesticide spray cans and bug bombs contaminated the air far more than did use of bait traps or boric acid or spraying by professional exterminators.
Dec 2, 2008 - 7:40:32 AM

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Study Links PBDEs to Hormone Disruption in Male Sport-Fish Consumers
Levels of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) measured in human samples have increased in recent years, but the health effects of these compounds are not well studied. A group of persistent pollutants similar in structure to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), PBDEs are thought to affect endocrine function, but this relationship has only been examined in several small studies.
Dec 2, 2008 - 7:34:17 AM

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GM foods safety uncertain
A new review study suggests that many years of research with animals and clinical trials are needed to assess the safety of genetically modified foods.
Nov 22, 2008 - 3:10:31 PM

Food & Health : Agri. & Environ.
Exposure to fluoride induces early puberty
You don't have a right to choose what type of water to drink or use. The dentists decide it because they say it's good for your teeth.  But just because they say fluoride is good for the teeth does not mean they have the right to force you to drink it.  If fluoride is indeed good for the teeth, people can use supplements or whatever anytime. But why this stuff should be added to in the public drinking water systems? Something fishy.
Nov 18, 2008 - 12:33:53 PM

Food & Health : Agri. & Environ.
Bisphenol A linked to breast cancer risk -study
A new study published in the Oct 9 2008 issue of Archives of Toxicology suggests that exposure to bisphenol A may increase risk of breast cancer.
Nov 18, 2008 - 9:11:20 AM

Food & Health : Agri. & Environ.
EPA's Database on Mercury-Containing Products and Alternatives
Listing a product in this EPA database does not signify EPA's endorsement of the product. No specific product in this database has been evaluated by EPA regarding its efficacy, environmental benefit or relative cost.
Nov 15, 2008 - 6:56:28 PM

Food & Health : Agri. & Environ.
United Nations Says Africa Could Grow More Food With Organic Farming
A new study released by the United Nations indicates that the best way to increase food production in Africa is to shift to organic farming practices.
Nov 13, 2008 - 8:55:17 AM

Food & Health : Agri. & Environ.
Dioxin Exposure and Cardiovascular Disease
Now a systematic review of epidemiologic studies has found an association between dioxin exposure and death from cardiovascular diseases, particularly ischemic heart disease (reduced blood supply to the heart).
Nov 12, 2008 - 1:02:28 PM

Food & Health : Agri. & Environ.
Pesticides risky when used in combination, watch produce you eat
A new study suggests that pesticides can pose a serious threat to the environment and possibly human health when used in combination in agricultural products at even levels the EPA allows although they may not cause any harm when used individually.
Nov 12, 2008 - 6:58:22 AM

Food & Health : Agri. & Environ.
Methylmercury warning
Recent studies hint that exposure to the toxic chemicals, such as methylmercury can cause harm at levels previously considered safe. A new analysis of the epidemiological evidence in the International Journal of Environment and Health, suggests that we should take a precautionary approach to this and similar compounds to protect unborn children from irreversible brain damage.
Oct 28, 2008 - 8:42:32 AM

Food & Health : Agri. & Environ.
World’s First Cattle Vaccine to Reduce E. coli O157 Threat
Bioniche Life Sciences Inc. (TSX: BNC), a research-based, technology-driven Canadian biopharmaceutical company, today announced that Econiche™, the world’s first vaccine designed to reduce the shedding by cattle of Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157:H7, has received full licensing approval from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Econiche is now available for unrestricted use by Canadian cattle producers and their veterinarians
Oct 27, 2008 - 5:10:47 PM

Food & Health : Agri. & Environ.
Melamine-laced eggs from China found in Hong Kong
Hong Kong found eggs imported from northeastern China contaminated with high levels of melamine, the chemical that was found early in milk infant formula sickening more than 50,000 children and killed at least three infants.
Oct 27, 2008 - 1:46:14 PM

Food & Health : Agri. & Environ.
EPA: Lead in the air needs to be 10 times lower!
The U.S Environmental Protection Agency announced on Oct 16, 2008 that it has set a new air quality standard for lead at 0.15 micrograms per cubic meter of air 9ug/m3 - ten times lower than the previous standard 1.5 ug/m3 set in 1978.
Oct 19, 2008 - 5:06:48 PM

Food & Health : Agri. & Environ.
Texas spinach industry still packing a punch in spite of reduced acreage
Like Popeye after eating a can of the leafy greens, Texas spinach producers are “pumped up” about the future of their industry due to its track record of product safety and increasing consumer demand for high-quality greens, experts said.
Oct 14, 2008 - 5:56:17 PM

Food & Health : Agri. & Environ.
Toxic chemicals found 3 times higher in young children than their mothers
A study of chemical fire retardants in parents and their children showed toddlers and pre-schoolers had 3 times more the neurotoxic pollutants known as polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in their blood than their mothers'
Sep 6, 2008 - 11:06:35 AM

Food & Health : Agri. & Environ.
Bisphenol A may harm fetuses, infants and children
The NTP has some concern for effects on the brain, behavior, and prostate gland in fetuses, infants, and children at current human exposures to bisphenol A.
Sep 6, 2008 - 8:43:37 AM

Food & Health : Agri. & Environ.
Toxic Compounds in Toddlers & Preschoolers 3x Higher Than in Moms
In the first nationwide investigation of chemical fire retardants in parents and their children, Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that toddlers and pre-schoolers typically had 3 times more of the neurotoxic compounds in their blood than their mothers. The study suggests that U.S. children 1 to 4 years of age bear the heaviest burden of flame retardant pollution in the industrialized world.
Sep 4, 2008 - 8:18:11 AM

Food & Health : Agri. & Environ.
California Assembly passes bill to ban Teflon chemical
California State Assembly has approved legislation to ban a toxic Teflon chemical from food wrappers and packaging, which is linked to health risks including cancer, The Environmental Working Group, a not-for-profit environmental health advocate reported on August 27.
Sep 3, 2008 - 9:59:52 PM

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