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BulletPointNews_logo* Food without antibiotics—As reported by Reuters, six of the largest U.S. school districts are switching to antibiotic-free chicken.

Local sourcing, environmental sustainability and healthy kids’ meals keep gaining steam as the top trends on restaurant menus in 2015, according to the National Restaurant Assocciation’s annual ‘What’s Hot’ culinary forecast.

* Celiac disease—Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center have found that, in addition to gluten, the immune systems of patients with celiac disease react to specific types of non-gluten protein in wheat.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that afflicts about one percent of the U.S. population, with an unknown number affected in varying degrees by gluten intolerance.

Gluten proteins represent about 75 percent of the total protein content of wheat grain and are known to be the primary triggers of the immune response to modern wheat (which is not the wheat our grandparents consumed).

* Arsenic cover-up—Documents released by Food and Water Watch show that the FDA colluded with the pharmaceutical company Pfizer to downplay the results of studies that link inorganic arsenic, a human carcinogen, to the U.S. food supply.

The documents, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, show the full reach of the pharma giant and the government agency charged with protecting public health, food safety and drug manufacture oversight.

“These documents reveal a highly inappropriate relationship between FDA and Pfizer, showing that the agency has not fulfilled its responsibilities under law to prevent avoidable human exposure to arsenic,” said Food and Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter. (So, what’s new?)

* Oceans and plastic pollution—The first global estimate of plastic pollution of both micro- and macroplastic floating in every ocean has led researchers to conclude that the smallest and most insidious particles are present throughout the world’s oceans. The new report, published in PLOS ONE, culminates over six years and 50,000 nautical miles of plastics research. The report estimates that 5.25 trillion plastic particles weighing about 269,000 tons are floating in the world’s oceans. Between 4.8 and 12.7 metric tons of plastic entered the oceans in 2010, an ocean pollution problem that began in the 1930s  and 1940s and has increased steadily since.

* Nutrition depletion—“Sadly, each successive generation of fast-growing, pest-resistant carrot is truly less good for you than the one before,” says Scientific American. The only available testings by the USDA were conducted between the early 1900s and the 1990s (as we reported in earlier posts). The testing of depleted and chemicalized soils then apparently ended in the U.S.

Still, even if it takes 7 or 8 carrots or oranges to deliver the same amount of nutrition our ancestors got, they are much better for you than processed food—especially if the veggies are produced by local and organic farmers working to return some areas of soil to their long ago fertility.

Just be aware that most modern diseases are the result of nutritional deficiencies, and that it is your responsibility as an individual and parent to research and determine the nutritional quality of our food, and what vitamins and minerals you may be lacking.

Many nutritional deficiencies today are REAL. Addressing the problems with organic whole supplements began with informed and idealistic believers in natural solutions. Now, international corporations have moved in. But we still have the health of ourselves and our families in our hands. It is up to each of us to learn— and decide what is quality and what is cheap imitation.


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