Worried about the commercial egg supply crisis brought on by the rapid spread of deadly bird flu on American farms? Well Named. The H5N2 virus has struck and, in many cases, killed nearly 47 million birds, mostly hens that provided eggs for processed foods or bakeries. In just a few weeks, a third of the commercial egg supply was gone, leaving bakers to scramble. The good news is that the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture has approved the
import of egg products from the Netherlands to help relieve the pressure, and seven countries are now allowed to import shell eggs for bakeries and food processors: Chile, Argentina, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal. While the flu will likely subside as temperatures rise, the effects on the egg supply can linger for years. Meanwhile, the price of eggs to consumers has climbed more than 120%, prompting some buyers to buy less affected cage-free and organic eggs, which have not seen such a large price increase.
Imagine being able to eat a diet high in fat and high in calories and not gain weight. (This might not be the first time you’ve imagined this.) Researchers at the German Cancer Research Center have identified an enzyme in mice linked to obesity, as well as metabolic syndrome and diabetes. type 2. And they discovered that when they
turns off the enzyme, called Kit, mice could cut back on a diet high in calories and fat without gaining extra weight – or developing diabetes or metabolic problems. There is as yet no proof that the same mechanism will be true for humans, but hey, there is nothing wrong with dreaming.
A little information can go a long way. A new Cornell University study of food labels in mess halls has found that when people are educated about the calories and fat content of foods offered to them, they
tend to choose healthier foods and overall reduce their fat and calorie intake. âThe consumer needs all the help they can get to resist the temptations that the food industry uses to make us increase their consumption,â said study co-author David Levitsky. “Insisting that food labels be visible on the foods we buy can be the kind of help people need to weather the obesity epidemic.”
Something locavores (and the rest of us) can celebrate: Even though Americans are eating more food made by big companies and less from neighboring farms, a new study has found the potential to source locally. in food may be more than we thought. In fact, according to researchers at the University of California, up to 90 percent of Americans could eat
foods grown within 100 miles of their home, and more than 80 percent of us could rely on food grown within a 50-mile radius. Author Michael Pollan has
congratulated researchers for bringing “hard data” to the table.
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