Food

December 14, 2011 to December 15, 2011

Food Security 2011: Transforming the Food Production System

This conference will gather business leaders and representatives from the private sector, governments, multilateral agencies, and non-governmental organizations to examine changing agricultural investment patterns, highlighting international policy developments and business approaches to coping with environmental shocks and stresses presented by climate change and global population growth.

December 5, 2011 to December 9, 2011

Global South-South Development Expo 2011 in Rome

The Global South-South Development Expo (GSSD) is the first-ever expo to showcase successful Southern-grown development solutions (SDSs) to address the need to meet Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for the Global South.

December 5, 2011 to December 7, 2011

Wessex Institute of Technology - First International Conference on Water and Society in Las Vegas, NV

This first International Conference on Water and Society aims to provide a multi-disciplinary forum for the presentation and discussion of many issues affecting water resources today. The meeting will encourage trans-disciplinary communication on issues related to the nature of water, and its use and exploitation by society.

"Suit Could Chill Government Efforts To Keep Food Safe"

"A major fruit company's lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration could have a chilling effect on regulators' efforts to get tainted food off the market. Florida-based Del Monte Fresh Produce is striking back at the FDA with a lawsuit after the agency halted imports of its Guatemalan cantaloupes, saying they may be contaminated with salmonella. Such a lawsuit is extremely rare, and the threat of litigation could make officials more reluctant to tell the public about the possibility of contamination in food."

Source: AP, 09/01/2011

"Register Investigation: Egg Farms Rack Up Violations"

"One year after 1,900 people were sickened and a half-billion Iowa eggs were recalled, government inspectors continue to find unsanitary conditions and inadequate protections against salmonella on Iowa’s egg farms. None of the violations have resulted in fines or penalties from state or federal agencies, and Iowa’s egg producers still aren’t required to tell state officials when they find salmonella on their farms."

Source: Des Moines Register, 08/30/2011

Link Between Food Dyes, Childhood Hyperactivity Gets Renewed Attention

"When it comes to the safety of dyeing food, the one true shade is gray.

Artificial colorings have been around for decades, and for just about as long, people have questioned whether tinted food is a good idea. In the 1800s, when merchants colored their products with outright poisons, critics had a pretty good case. Today’s safety questions, though, aren’t nearly so black and white — and neither are the answers.

Source: Science News, 08/29/2011

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