This is the 10th edition of the "Health Stories of the Week" that we're putting out every weekend.
We'll post links to articles regarding health and nutrition, and occasionally something off topic that's interesting. If you've read some interesting articles on health or supplements, please share with us on our Facebook, Twitter or Google+ pages.
Enjoy the 10th edition:
1. Vote for the Dinner Party; Is this the year that the food movement finally enters politics? -- The New York Times -- "One of the more interesting things we will learn on Nov. 6 is whether or not there is a “food movement” in America worthy of the name — that is, an organized force in our politics capable of demanding change in the food system. There is growing sentiment in favor of reforming American agriculture and interest in questions about where our food comes from and how it was produced.
"And we can see an alternative food economy rising around us: local and organic agriculture is growing far faster than the food market as a whole. But a market and a sentiment are not quite the same thing as a political movement — something capable of frightening politicians and propelling its concerns onto the national agenda. California’s Proposition 37, which would require that genetically modified (G.M.) foods carry a label, has the potential to do just that — to change the politics of food not just in California but nationally too ..."
2. No Accounting for Mouthfeel -- New York Times Book Review -- Fast food is an inescapable part of the modern world, and this author thinks that's a very bad thing. A quote in this article talking about the fast-food industry illustrates some of these problems:
"What's interesting about the fast-food industry is there was a decision made at some point in the growth of this industry, in the early 1960's probably, when the industry could have relied on a small group of well-paid and trained workers, or could create a business model instead based on large numbers of unskilled and untrained workers with a high turnover rate, and there was real decision made to go the latter route. And the success of the fast food industry had tremendous influence within the service sector. And other companies saw that they could have the same sort of work force, a work force that received little pay and no benefits ..." -- not to mention the health problems the fast-food industy has inflicted upon society.
3. Dough Rolls Out to Fight 'Engineered' Label on Food -- Wall Street Journal -- California's Proposition 37, if it passes, would require that most foods containing genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, be labeled as such on their packaging at grocery stores. "It also would mandate that food companies stop marketing as 'natural' any products containing such ingredients," the article reads. As such, many companies are fighting against it, including Kraft, Coca-Cola, Whole Foods Market, and others. With 94% cotton, 93% of soy, 90% of canola and 88% of corn being GMO, this is a serious issue that puts our health and the wealth of other companies at odds.
4. Physical Activity Trumps Mental Activity for Protecting Aging Brains -- WebMD -- "Staying mentally sharp as you age may have more to do with working out than working on crossword puzzles, new research suggests."
5. Organic Food Really is Safer For Children -- HAARETZ -- "Anyone who needs to be convinced that eating organic food prevents exposure to the harmful effects of pesticides should hear Harvard University Prof. Chensheng Lu. Lu, who last week attended the Israel Society of Ecology and Environmental Science's annual conference, presented new research findings showing how consumption of organic foods leads to a significant reduction in exposure to pesticides."
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