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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532592/extending-the-scope-of-eco-labelling-in-the-food-industry-to-drive-change-beyond-sustainable-agriculture-practices
#1
Marco A Miranda-Ackerman, Catherine Azzaro-Pantel
New consumer awareness is shifting industry towards more sustainable practices, creating a virtuous cycle between producers and consumers enabled by eco-labelling. Eco-labelling informs consumers of specific characteristics of products and has been used to market greener products. Eco-labelling in the food industry has yet been mostly focused on promoting organic farming, limiting the scope to the agricultural stage of the supply chain, while carbon labelling informs on the carbon footprint throughout the life cycle of the product...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515650/prevalence-and-comparing-of-some-microbiological-properties-somatic-cell-count-and-antibiotic-residue-of-organic-and-conventional-raw-milk-produced-in-turkey
#2
Bayram Ürkek, Mustafa Şengül, Tuba Erkaya, Vecihi Aksakal
The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of production systems and milk collection periods on the somatic cell count (SCC), some microbiological properties, total aerobic mesophilic bacteria (TAMB), coliform, Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus), yeast and mould) and antibiotic residue of milk; in Turkey. Milk samples were collected from 9 conventional farms and 9 organic farms during one year time, at six different months (December 2013 to October 2014), and all farms were selected from the same geographical locations...
2017: Korean Journal for Food Science of Animal Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513266/a-technical-and-policy-case-study-of-large-scale-rescue-and-redistribution-of-perishable-foods-by-the-leket-israel-food-bank
#3
Dana Philip, Smadar Hod-Ovadia, Aron M Troen
BACKGROUND: Food banks seeking to rescue and redistribute highly nutritious perishable foods to simultaneously alleviate food insecurity and reduce food waste often encounter practical, ethical, and political dilemmas. OBJECTIVES: We present a case study of "Leket Israel," an Israeli food bank that uses an effective large-scale logistical model for the rescue and redistribution of perishable food and discuss the challenges and solutions it offers. RESULTS: The organization operates in a rich country plagued with poverty and inequality, where the government passively encourages nongovernmental organizations to respond to the serious and growing problem of food insecurity...
June 2017: Food and Nutrition Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510105/agrochemical-loading-in-drains-and-rivers-and-its-connection-with-pollution-in-coastal-lagoons-of-the-mexican-pacific
#4
Omar Arellano-Aguilar, Miguel Betancourt-Lozano, Gabriela Aguilar-Zárate, Claudia Ponce de Leon-Hill
The state of Sinaloa in Mexico is an industrialized agricultural region with a documented pesticide usage of 700 t year(-1); which at least 17 of the pesticides are classified as moderately to highly toxic. Pollutants in the water column of rivers and drains are of great concern because the water flows into coastal lagoons and nearshore waters and thereby affects aquatic organisms. This study was done in four municipalities in the state of Sinaloa that produce food intensively. To investigate the link between pollution in the lagoons and their proximity to agricultural sites, water was sampled in three coastal lagoons and in the rivers and drains that flow into them...
June 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494365/a-critical-review-on-effects-tolerance-mechanisms-and-management-of-cadmium-in-vegetables
#5
REVIEW
Muhammad Rizwan, Shafaqat Ali, Muhammad Adrees, Muhammad Ibrahim, Daniel C W Tsang, Muhammad Zia-Ur-Rehman, Zahir Ahmad Zahir, Jörg Rinklebe, Filip M G Tack, Yong Sik Ok
Cadmium (Cd) accumulation in vegetables is an important environmental issue that threatens human health globally. Understanding the response of vegetables to Cd stress and applying management strategies may help to reduce the Cd uptake by vegetables. The aim of the present review is to summarize the knowledge concerning the uptake and toxic effects of Cd in vegetables and the different management strategies to combat Cd stress in vegetables. Leafy vegetables grown in Cd contaminated soils potentially accumulate higher concentrations of Cd, posing a threat to food commodities...
May 2, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489474/global-burden-of-sugar-related-dental-diseases-in-168-countries-and-corresponding-health-care-costs
#6
T Meier, P Deumelandt, O Christen, G I Stangl, K Riedel, M Langer
Oral diseases such as dental caries, edentulism (tooth loss), periodontal disease (PD), and oral cancer currently constitute an increased major public health burden across the globe, with significant differences between countries. One of the main drivers of caries, edentulism, and PD is the excessive intake of sugars. Here, we aimed to quantify the global sugar-related dental health and cost burden in the year 2010. This study used a health-econometrical model to calculate the disease burden as well as the direct and indirect costs attributable to the intake of free sugars (mono- and disaccharides [MDS])...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487674/uncovering-potential-applications-of-cyanobacteria-and-algal-metabolites-in-biology-agriculture-and-medicine-current-status-and-future-prospects
#7
REVIEW
Rachana Singh, Parul Parihar, Madhulika Singh, Andrzej Bajguz, Jitendra Kumar, Samiksha Singh, Vijay P Singh, Sheo M Prasad
Cyanobacteria and algae having complex photosynthetic systems can channelize absorbed solar energy into other forms of energy for production of food and metabolites. In addition, they are promising biocatalysts and can be used in the field of "white biotechnology" for enhancing the sustainable production of food, metabolites, and green energy sources such as biodiesel. In this review, an endeavor has been made to uncover the significance of various metabolites like phenolics, phytoene/terpenoids, phytols, sterols, free fatty acids, photoprotective compounds (MAAs, scytonemin, carotenoids, polysaccharides, halogenated compounds, etc...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483709/exposure-to-ddt-and-its-metabolites-from-khat-catha-edulis-chewing-consumers-risk-assessment-from-southwestern-ethiopia
#8
Seblework Mekonen, Argaw Ambelu, Belay Negassa, Pieter Spanoghe
Khat (Catha edulis) is one of the most consumed plant in the horn of African countries. However, it is a stimulant plant that has several side effects on the health of consumers. On top of that, the khat leaves used for human consumption are often contain contaminants such as pesticide residues. The present study aims to investigate the level of DDT residue and its metabolites (p'p-DDE, p'p-DDD, o'p-DDT and p'p-DDT) in khat samples and to undertake exposure assessment to consumers. The khat samples were collected from local markets in southwestern Ethiopia...
May 5, 2017: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479148/potential-risk-assessment-of-metals-in-edible-fish-species-for-human-consumption-from-the-eastern-aegean-sea
#9
Idil Pazi, L Tolga Gonul, Filiz Kucuksezgin, Gulsen Avaz, Leyla Tolun, Aydın Unluoglu, Yakup Karaaslan, S Mine Gucver, Aybala Koc Orhon, Esra Siltu, Gulnur Olmez
The levels of Hg, Cd, Pb, Cr, Cu and Zn were measured in the tissues of four edible fish species namely: Diplodus annularis, Pagellus erythrinus, Merluccius merluccius and Mullus barbatus, collected from the Turkish Coast of the Aegean Sea. Except for D. annularis, the levels of Cd and Pb in all fish tissues sampled in Aliaga Bay in 2009 were above the tolerable limits according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Hg in P. erythrinus and M. barbatus were higher than the maximum permitted limits (FAO), while D...
May 4, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475976/the-association-of-environmental-toxicants-and-autism-spectrum-disorders-in-children
#10
REVIEW
Bi Su Ye, Anna Oi Wah Leung, Ming Hung Wong
Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) is a set of complex neurodevelopment disorders that is prevalent in children and is increasing at a steady rate in recent years. However, the etiology of autism is still poorly understood. Humans are at higher risk of chemical exposure than in the past as a result of the increasing usage of chemicals in various fields, including food preservation, agriculture, industrial production, etc. A number of environmental agents have been suggested as contributing factors to ASD pathogenesis, which includes heavy metals (Hg and Pb), persistent organic pollutants (DDT, PBDEs and PCBs) and emerging chemicals of concern (phthalates and BPA)...
May 2, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475153/an-innovative-method-for-monitoring-food-quality-and-the-healthfulness-of-consumers-grocery-purchases
#11
Le-Thuy T Tran, Philip J Brewster, Valliammai Chidambaram, John F Hurdle
This study presents a method laying the groundwork for systematically monitoring food quality and the healthfulness of consumers' point-of-sale grocery purchases. The method automates the process of identifying United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Patterns Equivalent Database (FPED) components of grocery food items. The input to the process is the compact abbreviated descriptions of food items that are similar to those appearing on the point-of-sale sales receipts of most food retailers. The FPED components of grocery food items are identified using Natural Language Processing techniques combined with a collection of food concept maps and relationships that are manually built using the USDA Food and Nutrient Database for Dietary Studies, the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, the What We Eat In America food categories, and the hierarchical organization of food items used by many grocery stores...
May 5, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469708/integrated-systems-for-biopolymers-and-bioenergy-production-from-organic-waste-and-by-products-a-review-of-microbial-processes
#12
REVIEW
Giorgia Pagliano, Valeria Ventorino, Antonio Panico, Olimpia Pepe
Recently, issues concerning the sustainable and harmless disposal of organic solid waste have generated interest in microbial biotechnologies aimed at converting waste materials into bioenergy and biomaterials, thus contributing to a reduction in economic dependence on fossil fuels. To valorize biomass, waste materials derived from agriculture, food processing factories, and municipal organic waste can be used to produce biopolymers, such as biohydrogen and biogas, through different microbial processes. In fact, different bacterial strains can synthesize biopolymers to convert waste materials into valuable intracellular (e...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469449/obstacles-and-opportunities-for-diffusion-of-integrated-pest-management-strategies-reported-by-bolivian-small-scale-farmers-and-agronomists
#13
REVIEW
Erik Jørs, Antonio Aramayo, Omar Huici, Flemming Konradsen, Gabriel Gulis
Integrated pest management (IPM) with an increased used of ecological farming methods and less and safer use of pesticides offers solutions to reduce risks of developing pest resistance, human poisoning, and environmental pollution. Despite being promoted by Food and Agriculture Organization and others, it has not spread readily in low-income countries. This article presents the opinions of Bolivian farmers and agronomists on perceived obstacles and opportunities for a diffusion of IPM. Focus group discussions revealed an increased workload without certainty of higher yields or better prices for products grown with IPM compared with traditional agriculture being hindrances for a spread of IPM...
2017: Environmental Health Insights
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469291/milled-cereal-straw-accelerates-earthworm-lumbricus-terrestris-growth-more-than-selected-organic-amendments
#14
Tom Sizmur, Elodie Martin, Kevin Wagner, Emilie Parmentier, Chris Watts, Andrew P Whitmore
Earthworms benefit agriculture by providing several ecosystem services. Therefore, strategies to increase earthworm abundance and activity in agricultural soils should be identified, and encouraged. Lumbricus terrestris earthworms primarily feed on organic inputs to soils but it is not known which organic amendments are the most effective for increasing earthworm populations. We conducted earthworm surveys in the field and carried out experiments in single-earthworm microcosms to determine the optimum food source for increasing earthworm biomass using a selection of crop residues and organic wastes available to agriculture...
May 2017: Applied Soil Ecology: a Section of Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465670/review-of-major-sweetpotato-pests-in-japan-with-information-on-resistance-breeding-programs
#15
REVIEW
Yoshihiro Okada, Akira Kobayashi, Hiroaki Tabuchi, Toshikazu Kuranouchi
Sweetpotato (Ipomoeae batatas (L.) Lam.) is an important food crop affected by several pests throughout the world, especially in tropical, subtropical, and temperate regions. Although Japan is relatively free from many serious sweetpotato pests, some pests, especially soil-borne pathogens, viruses, and insects such as plant-parasitic nematodes and weevils, cause severe damage in Japan. In this review, we describe the current status and management options for sweetpotato pests and diseases in Japan and review research related to sweetpotato breeding that can promote resistance to these problems...
January 2017: Breeding Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465663/recent-progress-in-sweetpotato-breeding-and-cultivars-for-diverse-applications-in-japan
#16
REVIEW
Kenji Katayama, Akira Kobayashi, Tetsufumi Sakai, Toshikazu Kuranouchi, Yumi Kai
Sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam.) is an outcrossing hexaploid that is cultivated in the tropics and warm-temperate regions of the world. Sweetpotato has played an important role as a famine-relief crop during its long history and has recently been reevaluated as a health-promoting food. In Japan, sweetpotato is used for a wide range of applications, such as table use, processed foods, and alcohol and starch production, and two groups at National Agriculture Research Organization (NARO) undertake the breeding of cultivars for these applications...
January 2017: Breeding Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464493/climate-driven-geographic-distribution-of-the-desert-locust-during-recession-periods-subspecies-niche-differentiation-and-relative-risks-under-scenarios-of-climate-change
#17
Christine N Meynard, Pierre-Emmanuel Gay, Michel Lecoq, Antoine Foucart, Cyril Piou, Marie-Pierre Chapuis
The desert locust is an agricultural pest that is able to switch from a harmless solitarious stage during recession periods, to swarms of gregarious individuals that disperse long distances and affect areas from western Africa to India during outbreak periods. Large outbreaks have been recorded through centuries, and the Food and Agriculture Organization keeps a long-term, large-scale monitoring survey database in the area. However, there is also a much less known subspecies that occupies a limited area in southern Africa...
May 2, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464384/higher-yields-and-lower-methane-emissions-with-new-rice-cultivars
#18
Yu Jiang, Kees Jan van Groenigen, Shan Huang, Bruce A Hungate, Chris van Kessel, Shuijin Hu, Jun Zhang, Lianhai Wu, Xiaojun Yan, Lili Wang, Jin Chen, Xiaoning Hang, Yi Zhang, William R Horwath, Rongzhong Ye, Bruce A Linquist, Zhenwei Song, Chengyan Zheng, Aixing Deng, Weijian Zhang
Breeding high-yielding rice cultivars through increasing biomass is a key strategy to meet rising global food demands. Yet, increasing rice growth can stimulate methane (CH4 ) emissions, exacerbating global climate change, as rice cultivation is a major source of this powerful greenhouse gas. Here, we show in a series of experiments that high-yielding rice cultivars actually reduce CH4 emissions from typical paddy soils. Averaged across 33 rice cultivars, a biomass increase of 10% resulted in a 10.3% decrease in CH4 emissions in a soil with a high carbon (C) content...
May 2, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464113/breeding-and-genetics-symposium-climate-change-and-selective-breeding-in-aquaculture
#19
P Sae-Lim, A Kause, H A Mulder, I Olesen
Aquaculture is the fastest growing food production sector and it contributes significantly to global food security. Based on Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, aquaculture production must increase significantly to meet the future global demand for aquatic foods in 2050. According to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and FAO, climate change may result in global warming, sea level rise, changes of ocean productivity, freshwater shortage, and more frequent extreme climate events...
April 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455556/fusarium-diseases-of-maize-associated-with-mycotoxin-contamination-of-agricultural-products-intended-to-be-used-for-food-and-feed
#20
REVIEW
Elisabeth Oldenburg, Frank Höppner, Frank Ellner, Joachim Weinert
Infections of maize with phytopathogenic and toxinogenic Fusarium spp. may occur throughout the cultivation period. This can cause different types of diseases in vegetative and generative organs of the plant. Along with these infections, mycotoxins are often produced and accumulated in affected tissues, which could pose a significant risk on human and animal health when entering the food and feed chain. Most important fungal species infecting European maize belong to the Fusarium sections Discolour and Liseola, the first being more prevalent in cooler and humid climate regions than the second predominating in warmer and dryer areas...
April 28, 2017: Mycotoxin Research
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