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News for April 26, 2010

Monsanto's GM Crops Go to US High Court, Environmental Laws on the Line

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in its first-ever case involving genetically modified crops. The decision in this case may have a significant impact on both the future of genetically modified foods and government oversight of that and other environmental issues.


The Claim: Milk Makes You Phlegmy

Many people believe milk leads to upper-respiratory congestion, but studies have generally dismissed it as an old wives’ tale. In one well-known experiment, scientists found that even people inoculated with the common cold virus did not exhibit a statistically significant increase in symptoms or nasal secretions when they drank milk.

But a new report suggests a possible explanation: only a small group of people are susceptible. The theory is described in Medical Hypotheses, a journal devoted to publishing bold and sometimes radical biomedical theories.


Fortenberry Measure Spurs USDA 'Farm to School' Initiative

Lincoln, NE -- Congressman Jeff Fortenberry today commented on a recently announced United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) plan to help schools use more fresh, locally raised food. The plan stems from an amendment Fortenberry helped add to the most recent Farm Bill.

“Local foods systems reconnect farmers to families and rural to urban,” Fortenberry said. “I was pleased to help change the way schools can improve nutrition programs by using fresh, locally raised foods. This is increasingly important as we work to address childhood obesity concerns.


The Urban Forager: Fifty Goats and a Dream

Five years ago, Todd and Shereen Wilcox were living in Williamsburg. He worked in advertising; she was a night-shift baker at Amy’s Bread. Both loved cheese, farmer’s markets, and the weekends they spent at a fishing cabin in the relative wilds of Wayne County, Pennsylvania. Ready for a permanent change, Shereen interned at Bedford Cheese Shop, and the couple moved to Vermont to apprentice at a goat dairy farm before finding 35 acres in northeastern Pennsylvania to build their own. They named the farm after Todd’s grandmother, Ardith Mae.


New raw milk bill could do WI good

Skim, 1 percent, 2 percent, whole, rice, soy — these are the culprits of milk mustaches everywhere. Milk is one of the most commonly consumed beverages in the United States. It’s in cheese, ice cream and yogurt. You put it in your cereal, warm it up to make hot chocolate, and it’s the best partner for a stack of cookies. In the words of America’s Dairy Farmers, “It does the body good.”

And then there’s raw milk — wholesome goodness straight from Bessie’s teats. It’s not pasteurized, homogenized, frozen, altered with additives, chemicals or light. To put it simply, it’s milk in its purest form.


Jamie Oliver Failed to Change Huntington's Eating Habits

Jamie Oliver admits he has failed his mission.

The celebrity chef has been working to change the eating habits of residents in Huntington, West Virginia. However, to his surprise, he wasn’t able to change the unhealthiest city crave for junk food.

In his early shows of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, he tried to teach a bunch of elementary school students the importance of eating right. He was able to get a disgusted face out of them when he showed them the different parts of a chicken that makes up a nugget. Sadly, the kids didn’t mind, they will still continue to eat chicken nuggets.

In his season finale, Oliver revisited the kids in school three months after, only to discover that many of them have reverted to their former bad habits. They were bringing packed lunches with candy, processed food, and salty junks.


Feds tight-lipped about raid on milk farm

Federal agents are being tight-lipped about a 5 a.m. raid on a Pennsylvania milk farm, where law-enforcement officers accompanied FDA inspectors to meet a single farmer trying to milk his cows.

Today, a spokesman for the Food and Drug Administration responded to WND requests for comment that had been submitted Thursday.

Agency spokesman Michael Herndon declined to release information on what alleged violations were discovered at the family-farm operation.

"The investigation is ongoing," he wrote in his response e-mail.

And asked about what evidence there was of illegal activities, he wrote, the FDA "found cause to conduct an inspection at the farm."



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