|Blood levels of BPA become source of controversy|
Science News - 2/17/2013. By Janet Raloff - Boston: The ubiquity of the pollutant bisphenol A in many plastic products, food-can linings, cash-register receipts and dental resins means that everyone is exposed to it daily. But controversy remains about how much BPA people actually ingest or otherwise encounter.
|Food Sovereignty: Think Globally, Eat Locally|
Other Worlds - 2/17/2013. By Tory Field and Beverly Bell - A movement is afoot to put food, land, and agricultural systems back in the hands of citizens. One element has long been considered the overarching essential around the world, though it is only beginning to make an appearance in this U.S. This is food sovereignty, a combination of farming practices, marketing systems, and policy choices.
|Halve meat consumption, scientists urge rich world|
The Guardian [UK] - 2/17/2013. By Fiona Harvey - People in the rich world should become "demitarians" – eating half as much meat as usual, while stopping short of giving it up – in order to avoid severe environmental damage, scientists have urged, in the clearest picture yet of how farming practices are destroying the natural world.
|What’s the real purpose of the agriculture census?|
Bangor Daily News - 2/17/2013. Op-ed by Ryan Parker - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is currently conducting the Census of Agriculture, which occurs every five years. If you eat, this affects you profoundly, and you might want to pay attention to the results, especially because of the inaccuracy of the data and how it affects national policy.