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Produce industry presses USDA on pesticide report

Posted May 17, 2011

Every year for two decades, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued an annual report on the amount of pesticide residue it detects from samples of fresh fruits and vegetables around the country. The Environmental Protection Agency uses the data to monitor exposure to pesticides and enforce federal standards designed to protect infants, children and other vulnerable people.

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California votes to label GM fish

Posted May 13, 2011

All genetically modified fish sold in California must be labeled as such according to a bill approved by the California Assembly Health Committee last week.

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Phosphorus Paradox: Scarcity and Overabundance of a Key Nutrient

Posted May 9, 2011

In between shepherding the United States through the Great Depression and bracing the country for war in Europe, then-President Franklin Roosevelt took a moment in 1938 to tell Congress about phosphorus.1 More specifically, he spoke about phosphates, the most commonly commercially exploited form of phosphorus.

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Whatís the Best Water to Drink?

Posted May 7, 2011

If you read our article last week about tap water, you know about the slew of dangerous chemicals found in our drinking water supply and maybe youíve decided that unfiltered tap water just isnít for you. After all, drinking plenty of high quality water is one of the cornerstones of a healthy lifestyle. If you care about your health, itís important to make sure that you are choosing the best water possible. So what are the healthier alternatives to tap water? What type of water is really best water to drink?

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Potential Natural Protection Against Radiation

Posted May 6, 2011

In the midst of ongoing concerns about radiation exposure from the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, scientists are reporting that a substance similar to resveratrol – an antioxidant found in red wine, grapes and nuts – could protect against radiation sickness. The report appears in ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters.

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Chemicals in food packaging linked to breathing problems in babies

Posted May 3, 2011

A gender-bending chemical found in food packaging is linked to breathing problems in young babies, researchers have found.
A study showed pregnant mothers with the highest levels of bisphenol A in their bodies were twice as likely to have babies who suffer from wheezing in their first six months. Wheezing in babies can be a symptom of lung damage, asthma, bronchitis, allergies or an infection.

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Soil Depletion and Nutrition Loss

Posted April 25, 2011

It would be overkill to say that the carrot you eat today has very little nutrition in itóespecially compared to some of the other less healthy foods you likely also eatóbut it is true that fruits and vegetables grown decades ago were much richer in vitamins and minerals than the varieties most of us get today. The main culprit in this disturbing nutritional trend is soil depletion: Modern intensive agricultural methods have stripped increasing amounts of nutrients from the soil in which the food we eat grows.

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How to protect yourself from radiation poisoning

Posted April 8, 2011

In the wake of the Japanese nuclear disaster, radiation has contaminated the food and water supply and the ocean in Japan. Radioactive particles have been carried to distant lands, though no dangerous levels have been detected in other countries. During this time of possible exposure we need to protect ourselves from the toxicity of heavy metals and radiation. Anyone could be exposed to radiation from the nuclear reactors in Japan through contact with contaminated products or travelers, or by ingesting contaminated food, even if the exposure is relatively low in level.

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Study: Antioxidant blend protects against radioactive DNA damage

Posted April 3, 2011

New research presented at the 36th annual meeting of the Society of Interventional Radiology in Chicago, Ill., has revealed the incredible power of antioxidants to protect the body against the damaging effects of radiation. Researchers from the University of Toronto, Ontario, Can., department of medical imaging found that patients who took an antioxidant blend prior to receiving medical radiation scans experienced significantly less DNA damage than others.

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Eating Fresh Foods May Cut Exposure to BPA

Posted April 2, 2011

Families who gave up canned foods and food and beverages prepared and packaged using plastic containers saw their levels of a hormone-disrupting chemical fall by 66%, a new study shows. All it took was three days of eating only freshly prepared, organic foods.

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