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Canadian government invests in agricultural transportation
Farms.com
Farmers are aware that livestock and poultry are a crucial part to the success of their operation and should be treated with the utmost respect and gentleness at all times, especially when being transported.
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Canada food guide's listing of juice as a fruit serving called 'bananas'
CBC News
A Health Canada review will determine whether juice should be considered a fruit serving in the Canada Food Guide. The guide currently lists 125 mL or half a cup of fresh, frozen or canned vegetable or fruit or 100 per cent juice as an example of a serving of fruits and vegetables. The food guide also says to choose vegetables and fruit more often than juice.
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Agriculture: Job growth to boom over next five years
CNBC News
Dire news about drought in the West and avian flu in the Midwest may lead Americans to believe farming is struggling. They'd be wrong. The industry is thriving—and hiring college grads.
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Are your kids picky eaters? Try letting them play with their food
Globe and Mail
Parents who have tried in vain to teach their preschoolers table manners may have a new reason to give up the fight. Playing with food may actually help kids overcome a fear of new flavours and eat a more varied diet, a small study suggests.
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GMO debate shows big opinion gap between scientists, public over safety
CBC News
A major restaurant chain eliminating foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) was sure to be controversial. Chipotle Mexican Grill continues to get pilloried in mainstream and social media, accused of shrugging off the views of most scientists who say that foods that contain GMOs are generally safe to eat.
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The strange science of why men love spicy food
Yahoo! News
A recent study, conducted at Pennsylvania State University and published in the forthcoming issue of the journal food quality and preference, examined people's spicy food preferences and how they correlate with other factors like gender and personality. In the study, 246 test subjects answered questions about their favorite foods from BBQ to Asian food, took a personality survey, and then sampled a variety of intense flavors including capsaicin, the chemical that gives peppers their spicy kick.
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Excessively salty food may delay puberty: Study
International Business Times
A new study claims that intake of excessive salt can delay puberty, leading to a number of problems. In addition to behavioral issues and stress, delay in puberty may also result in infertility and its associated problems. Researchers from the University of Wyoming in the U.S. say the problems indicated in their findings could affect the reproductive health of the coming generations.
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Shoppers aren't ready to buy groceries online, Metro says
Montreal Gazette
Despite an increase in online advertising, consumers aren't yet ready to do their grocery shopping via the Internet, the president and CEO of Metro said. Only a small minority of Canadians are buying groceries online, Eric La Flèche said at an investors' conference. However, he added that countries with populations similar to Canada have seen long-term potential.
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Want to know exactly where your meal came from? Scannable lobster a hook for Newfoundland grocery chain
National Post
In the war for consumer choice, the humble lobster tank has long been on the front lines—it provides literally transparent support for the idea that customers have a right to know what they're getting when they buy. But in one Newfoundland grocery chain, the tank is becoming even more transparent. As of last week, customers at Coleman's have been able to scan their lobster and halibut, with their smartphones to find out not just where their seafood is from, but who caught it.
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Canadian researcher's invention helps fight anemia in the third world
Winnipeg Free Press via The Canadian Press
Who says fish has to be edible to be a source of iron? Not researchers from the University of Guelph. They say they've developed a way to help address iron deficiency in developing countries using a piece of the metal shaped like a sea creature. Researchers say placing the fish-shaped block of iron into a cooking pot, adding something acidic like citrus juice and boiling it for 10 minutes greatly increases the iron content of the cooking liquid.
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Lack of diversity in processed foods may be causing obesity and cancer
Food Navigator
It's not just the high fat, salt or sugar content of processed foods that is driving obesity and diet-related illnesses—the lack of food diversity is killing our gut flora, claims one researcher. Drawing upon evidence from multiple studies, Professor Tim Spector said the restrictive nature of highly processed diets which use just a few ingredients is responsible for reducing our microbe diversity and is making us ill.
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