Food and health news from around the world

BulletPointNews_logoU.S.— The EPA has raised the alarm over some GMO crops that are breeding swarms of pesticide-resistant bugs (corn specifically) which now is infected with a root worm stronger and more numerous than ever before.

Alarmed, the EPA now wants to prevent problems the government created in the first place.

Between 1995 and 2012 the government has spent $84 billion in taxpayer funds encouraging farmers to plant GMO corn (most used for fuel, animal food and human junk food).

Just in the last five years $42 billion has been given to mostly big commodity farms that grow corn, soy, wheat and cotton.

SPAIN—Galdakao, a town of 29,000 in Spain, is working on a project to reduce food waste and help its poor citizens.

They have installed what they call a ‘Solidarity Fridge,’ a large commercial refrigerator in the center of town where residents, restaurants and markets can dispose of extra or outdated food, and anyone can help themselves to it. It took a while to get it going, plowing through paperwork and obtaining a city permit.

It now has a wooden fence around it, which identifies it from appliances to be hauled off.

U.S.—There is now a ‘Food Recovery’ pilot program in operation in West Philadelphia, home to a large population of homeless, low-income and ‘food insecure’ population.

The intent of the program, partially sponsored by the EPA, is to recover throwaway or outdated food from restaurants and markets and recycle it into ‘more appealing and appetizing’ food items such as veggie chips, ice cream, jams and smoothie bases.

This is called ‘Repurposing Food.’ Worldwide, about 30 percent of food is wasted and 40 percent in the U.S.

UK—A British study published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that children diagnosed with asthma and treated with vitamin D supplements, reduced their asthma exacerbation by 74 percent. Among all age groups the study found that people with the most vitamin D deficiency were 36 percent more likely to suffer from respiratory infections.

EU—The European Society of Cardiology researchers concluded that a daily walk may add as much as seven years to your life. Coronary heart disease is the biggest killer in Britain (more than any other EU country).

Researchers say that regular exercise could reduce the process of aging and halve the risk of dying from heart disease (at least 20 minutes of daily walking or jogging)—with health benefits at any age!

U.S.—A Columbia University study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition said there is a very clear link found between consumption of refined carbohydrates and depression.

The average American Diet is still 70 percent processed junk, despite all that is now known about the importance of consuming wholesome, unprocessed food. The Standard American Diet (SAD) is a definite contributor to our many ‘Diseases of Affluence’, the researchers concluded.

RUSSIA—Russia, which has announced its aim to be the world’s first GMO-free country, is issuing grants to small farmers (which already produce 40 percent of Russia’s total food).

The Ministry of Agriculture has pledged to allocate 2 trillion rubles ($31 billion) over the next five years to support the country’s small and large native farmer agricultural industry.

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