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Cloned animals safe to eat?

The United States Government's declaration yesterday that food from cloned animals is safe to eat and does not require special labelling sparked concern within the Jamaican Government and the main local consumer organisation about the implications the decision could have for Jamaica, which imports meat from that country.

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Change the world just by buying certain foods

Has the supermarket trolley dethroned the ballot box? Voter turnout in most developed countries has fallen in recent decades, but sales of organic, Fairtrade and local food-each with its own political agenda-are growing fast. Such food allows shoppers to express their political opinions, from concern for the environment to support for poor farmers, every time they buy groceries.

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Why isn't global warming news?

The news does not make the connection between the recent weather we are experiencing and climate change, therefore the public sees no cause and effect. Instead, they continue to think that the climatic changes being driven by our activities is still somewhere in the distant future.

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Global warming claims tropical island

For the first time, an inhabited island has disappeared beneath rising seas. The obliteration of Lohachara island marks the moment when one of the most apocalyptic predictions of environmentalists and climate scientists has started coming true.

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Cattle causes more damage than cars

A 400-page report by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization states that the world's surging cattle herds are the No. 1 threat to the climate, forests and other wildlife, as they cause environmental problems from acid rain and the introduction of alien species to the poisoning of drinking water and the destruction of ocean life.

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O Frankentree

Could genetically engineered spruce and poplars save Canada's forests from over-harvesting and vicious pests such as the pine beetle? Environmentalists are not hugging these trees.

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New York City bans trans fats from eateries

New York is the first city in the the US to ban all restaurants from using artificial trans fats, while requiring hundreds of eateries to post food calorie counts right on their menus. Restaurants will get a grace period to make both changes, but by mid-2008, Dunkin' Donuts will have to find a substitute for the 3.5 grams of trans fat in its Boston Kremes and tell customers up front that th...

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Hormones in milk can be dangerous

A Harvard School of Health scientists says, "Among the routes of human exposure to estrogens, we are mostly concerned about cow's milk, which contains considerable amounts of female sex hormones." Dairy accounts for 60 percent to 80 percent of estrogens consumed.

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Border bungle allows GE corn seed into NZ

Close to two tonnes of sweetcorn contaminated with genetically engineered seeds entered New Zealand from the United States in October. The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is investigating how its own quarantine service "inadvertently cleared" the seeds.

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Defining which fish are organic is a whole new can of worms

A US Department of Agriculture proposal to label some farmed fish as organic and exclude wild fish from that category has the nation's fishermen bristling. Environmentalists and other people who rely on the strict standards or the certified organic label aren't very happy either.

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