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News for September 06, 2010

Fast-growing GM salmon 'safe to be farmed and eaten'

The decision by scientists from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) paves the way for the first GM animal to be sold as food.

The fish, called AquAdvantage salmon, could be on American plates within two to three years, raising fears among environmental and food-safety campaigners.

However, shares in Aqua Bounty Technologies Inc, the company which created the fish, leapt by 26 per cent on the London Stock Exchange on Friday, indicating that analysts see GM as the future of fish production.

The FDA is to hold a public meeting later this month on the DNA-altered fish, which could also open the door to producing genetically engineered trout and tilapia.

READ MORE (The Telegraph UK) ]

Arsenic In Your Eggs: The Untested Risk That The FDA Continues To Ponder

Now that the recent egg salmonella scare has passed, and attention has finally focused upon the horrific conditions that are hidden within many large poultry farms, there is new evidence that your eggs may also contain arsenic, a potent toxin. According to a recent article from the Salt Lake City Tribune, the Utah Department of Health has connected significantly high levels of arsenic found in the urine of children to the eggs that they consumed.

The USDA and the FDA have been aware for years of the presence of arsenic in poultry meat and liver, but there has been no significant testing to date of arsenic levels in eggs. Arsenic is present in roxarsone, an anti-microbial treatment often included in the feed given to poultry and swine by many livestock producers.  In 2004, the USDA looked at several years of data to determine levels of arsenic in poultry muscle and organ tissue. Their conclusion:

READ MORE (Technorati) ]

Egg "Whistleblowers": Red Flags Went Unheeded

(CBS)  A couple who worked at one of the two Iowa egg farms faulted in the recent massive recall say they blew the whistle on unsanitary conditions at one plant -- and no one listened. 

Rather, Robert Arnold said on "The Early Show on Saturday Morning," he and his wife, Deanna, were told the practices and conditions they cited, such as repacking old eggs as fresh, were standard operating procedure and to just go back to work. 

He says he regrets that they didn't press on with their complaints.


Spoiled system: Eating healthier comes with a price for families

As Revisha Martinez pondered the cost of peaches and watermelon at her local King Soopers recently, she became the last stop in a complicated food-production system that critics believe has turned healthy eating into expensive eating.

If Martinez wants each member of her household to have one peach, it'll cost her about $3.

If she chooses Kraft macaroni and cheese, she can get 18 servings — with 400 calories and 580 milligrams of sodium in each — for the same price.

The reasons fresh fruits and vegetables are so pricey compared with processed food in a carton are a complicated stew of government subsidies, politics and the whims of Mother Nature.

READ MORE (The Denver Post) ]

Project Living Proof providing an example of sustainable residential gardens

Smart gardening practices take sustainability into the great outdoors.

A garden is a perfect place to put these concepts to work, and a model for sustainable landscape design is taking root around a 99-year-old house in the Rockhill neighborhood, owned by the Metropolitan Energy Center. The front, back and side yards on the 50-by-130-foot lot have been designed to demonstrate smart, ecologically sustainable landscaping practices that make sense for homeowners in the 21st century.



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