Food

"Produce Industry Presses USDA on Pesticide Report"

Eighteen non-organic produce industry groups have written the Agriculture Secretary in an an effort to muffle the impact of the upcoming USDA report on pesticide residues. The Environmental Working Group uses the annual data to highlight the "Dirty Dozen" fruits and vegetables.

Source: Wash Post, 05/16/2011

"FDA Agents Launch Covert Ops Against D.C.-Area Raw-Milk Buying Club"

"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has just filed a complaint in federal court, seeking a permanent injunction against Amish farmer Dan Allgyer in Pennsylvania. It accuses him of violating a federal prohibition on interstate sales of raw milk by shipping unpasteurized milk to a Maryland buying club's members."

Source: Grist, 05/09/2011

Safe Spinach: "USDA Seeking Comment on Food Quality Agreement"

"The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to hear from the public about what's being called the National Leafy Green Marketing Agreement." Consumer advocates say it puts people at risk of food-borne disease by allowing the spinach and lettuce industries to police themselves when it comes to food safety.

Source: AP, 04/27/2011
May 8, 2011 to May 10, 2011

International Sustainable Development Research Conference

The 17th annual conference of the International Sustainable Development Research Society will be hosted by the Earth Institute, Columbia University, in partnership with the United Nations Division of Sustainable Development and the Asian Development Bank Institute. The conference will explore the fundamental question of how global society's aspiration to continued growth can be harmonized with the existing limits imposed by Earth’s resources.

May 5, 2011 to May 6, 2011

The City: 2nd International Conference

Part of Interdisciplinary Themes Conferences, The City: 2nd International Conference will focus on culture, society and technology in the urban environment.

"Is Sugar Toxic?"

If Robert Lustig is right, in a lecture that has gone viral on YouTube, "then our excessive consumption of sugar is the primary reason that the numbers of obese and diabetic Americans have skyrocketed in the past 30 years. But his argument implies more than that. If Lustig is right, it would mean that sugar is also the likely dietary cause of several other chronic ailments widely considered to be diseases of Western lifestyles — heart disease, hypertension and many common cancers among them."

Source: NY Times, 04/19/2011

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