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How environmental issues affect the food we eat, and what's being done to improve the quality of our food.
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Environment and Diet - How Have Environmental Issues Changed …
Are you eating less red meat and tuna, and buying more organic or locally grown food? How have environmental issues and health concerns changed your eating habits? Share your diet decisions with Environmental Issues readers.

Mercury in Fish: Does Eating Seafood Help or Harm Your Health?
Commercial seafood contains higher levels of mercury than most people suspect, and neither government regulators nor the seafood industry are doing much to educate or protect consumers from the health hazards of eating seafood laced with mercury, according to a study by the Chicago Tribue and Rutgers University.

Are Backyard Barbecues Bad for Your Health?
Nothing says summer like the smell of a backyard barbecue, but along with the aromas of meat and vegetables on the grill you may also be inhaling cancer-causing chemicals. Studies have shown that grilling over charcoal releases soot and other pollutants into the air and creates carcinogens in the smoke from the grill and the food itself.

Aquaculture Makes Splash with Scientists and Consumers, but There May Be a Catch
Can aquaculture bridge the gap between the world's dwindling wild fish populations and the growing demand for seafood? Many scientists believe aquaculture could be an important source of food in the future, but aquaculture also carries a high risk of disease, habitat destruction and environmental degradation.

What is the Problem with Soft Drinks?
Carbonated soft drinks (aka soda pop) have become a dietary staple for millions of people, but what are the dangers and drawbacks of consuming so much "liquid candy" and where can consumers find healthful alternatives?

What are the Negative Health Effects of Red Meat?
What about red meat? Red meat has been associated with health problems like heart disease and colon cancer. Evidence also suggests that red meat meat may contribute to dementia, osteoporosis and other serious illnesses.

Food Safety Bill Passes; Lawmakers Have Ties to Food Industry
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a controversial bill -- backed by the food industry and supported by key lawmakers whose family or close friends are food-industry lobbyists -- which would wipe out more than 200 state laws mandating local inspections and safety labels to warn consumers about everything from mercury in fish to pesticides in vegetables.

Dangerous Pesticides Found in All Oranges Tested
Before you peel that orange, consider an official government report from the United Kingdom that suggests this popular citrus fruit should come with a warning label.

Mercury in Fish: Does Eating Seafood Help or Harm Your Health?
The next time you start to order a tuna sandwich for lunch or a swordfish steak as your dinner entrée, give some thought to a new research study by the Chicago Tribune and Rutgers University, which shows that commercial seafood contains much higher levels of mercury than most people suspect.

Safe Cookware - Which Type of Cookware is Safest for Cooking?
Since chemicals used to make Teflon were linked to health hazards, consumers have wondered about the safety of their Teflon cookware. This article explores the safety and potential health risks of several types of cookware, from Teflon to Aluminum to Stainless Steel, and offers practical advice.

I'm Hatin' It
Low-income Americans are spending less of their budget on food, but obesity is increasing. How is this possible? Because the federal government makes less-healthy food cheaper and more available than food that is actually good for you.

Organic Farming - Can Organic Farming End World Hunger?
All farming was organic for thousands of years, but then mankind discovered chemical pesticides and fertilizers and began to believe they were the secret to high crop yields and high profits. New research confirms organic farming is still best for farmers and consumers--and may be the only way to end world hunger without harming the planet.

Fear of Pesticides Drive Parents to Switch to Organic Baby Food
Learn why many parents are switching to organic baby food because of a new study, which concluded that babies who eat conventional baby food have much higher levels of pesticides in their bodies than those who eat organic varieties.

Drinking Water and Health: What You Need to Know
Basic information about how drinking water quality can affect your health, and what you can do to protect yourself.

What’s For Dinner? Genetically Modified Foods
Banned in Europe and shown to cause lesions in mice, genetically modified foods continue to be a staple in U.S. diets.

What is a Locavore?
Locavore is the name given to people who take part in the growing local food movement. But what is a locavore exactly, and what distinguishes locavores from other consumers who appreciate locally grown food?

What is the Origin of the Term "Locavore?"
Locavore is a term that is widely used to describe people who are committed to eating locally grown food for reasons ranging from better nutrition to supporting local farms and businesses to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But where did the word come from and how did it become part of our everyday language?

Should Genetically Modified Food Products Be Labeled for Consumer Protection?
Many consumers have concerns about genetically modified foods and want labels that will identify genetically modified food products so they have a...

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