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10 Billion Served? Free Access to Nat Geo's Global Food Coverage

By Erik Goldman

ngm may 2014 cvr-206x300Population scientists estimate that if current trends continue, there will be  9.6 billion humans living on the planet by 2050. How to feed them all is the largest and most pressing global political, economic, and social issue facing our world today.

Over the last year, National Geographic magazine has been going in-depth on global food issues, providing some of the most interesting, provocative and balanced coverage of highly charged topics like  GMO technology, land rights, availability of water, industrial vs "paleo" diet patterns, overfishing, ancient grains and edible insects, food labeling, organic versus conventional farming, and the benefits versus costs of industrialized agriculture.

From now until Nov 16, the National Geographic Society is offering a definitive compilation of the best of its Future of Food coverage as an interactive magazine via the iTunes store. Check it out at: www.natgeofoodapp.com

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Narrow Lead for GMO Labeling in Oregon, Opposition in Colorado

By Erik Goldman

For many people, next week's midterm elections are about which party will control Congress and they're watching midwestern and southern states very closely.

For those concerned with nutrition, health, and the environment all eyes are on Oregon and Colorado--the current frontlines in the political battle for mandatory labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients.

Oregon GMO Right to Know logoOn Tuesday, Oregonians will vote on Measure 92 a statewide requirement for labeling of GMO-containing food products by January 2016. A similar "right to know" bill with a 2016 deadline is up for vote in Colorado as Proposition 105.

A recent poll by Oregon Public Broadcasting, in conjunction with Fox 12, shows that Oregon's "labelize-it" contingency is ahead by a slight margin of 19% to 44%. Colorado labeling advocates are having a tougher climb. A poll last week by Suffolk University indicated that 29.8% of Coloradans support labeling while 49% oppose it, and 21% are undecided.

In both states, major food, agriculture, biotech and grocery concerns are spending bigtime to defeat the labeling bills. Led byjpeg Monsanto, Pepsico, and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, coroporations opposed to labeling have spent upward of $30 million to derail the mandates, claiming that such state initiatives would be costly, meaningless, and that a state-by-state patchwork of differing labeling rules would impede commerce.

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To Reduce Infections, Try Fist Bumps Instead of Handshakes

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

In a recent UK study, fist bumps emerged not only as the hippest, but also as the most hygienic mode of physical greeting, consistently conveying the fewest germs between hands.

House Bill Promotes Holistic Medicine for Veterans

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

A promising new bill aims to expand access to holistic healthcare services for US military veterans.

FDA Clarifies Labeling on Honey Products

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

A new set of FDA guidelines aims to safeguard consumers from honey thats unnaturally sweet.

Honeybees Are Allies in Fight Against MRSA

By Kristen Schepker | Assistant Editor

Swedish researchers recently discovered unique lactic acid bacteria in fresh honey and in the honey-producing organs of bees that are strongly active against several virulent human pathogens, including Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

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