The U.S. Air Force began flying tons of aid to a Colombian town on the Venezuelan border on Saturday as part of an effort meant to undermine socialist President Nicolas Maduro and back his rival to leadership of the South American nation. The first of three C-17 cargo planes took off from Homestead Air Reserve Base in Florida and landed in the Cucuta. That border city, swollen by a flood of migrants from Venezuela, is a collection point for aid that's supposed to be distributed by backers of Juan Guaido, the congressional leader who is recognized by the U.S. and many other nations as Venezuela's legitimate president. Previous aid shipments came on commercial planes, which is aimed at dramatizing the economic crisis — including hyperinflation and shortages of food and medicine — gripping Venezuela under Maduro. Critics say last year's re-election was fraudulent, making Maduro's second term illegal. Maduro has been using the military, which remains loyal, to help him … [Read more...] about US Military Planes With 180 Tons of Food, Health Supplies for Venezuelans Head to Colombia
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A 2013 file photo of children receiving a Dansk Folkehjælp Christmas food package. Photo: Morten Stricker /Ritzau Scanpix Charity Dansk Folkehjælp, an organisation that seeks to help underprivileged people in Denmark, has been unable to provide food packages to all applicants this Christmas despite record numbers of donations. Although 14.7 million kroner (1.9 million euros) was raised through charitable donations to the organisation in 2018, enabling the NGO to provide relief to a record 11,332 families, that was still not enough to meet the needs of vulnerable people who asked for help. 4,000 applications from families who would have been approved were rejected due to lack of resources, general secretary Klaus Nørlem said. “We have to concede that the task was bigger than our capacity. That means there were a number of families who tried to no avail again this year,” Nørlem said. Dansk Folkehjælp and a number of other charities in the … [Read more...] about Danish charity hands out record number of food boxes
Thursday, September 13, 2018 by: Ralph Flores Tags: badfood, badhealth, badpollution, biological contaminants, biotoxins, clean water, disease causes, Ecology, environ, food poisoning, food safety, food supply, harmful algal blooms, marine animals, Marine biotoxins, marine ecosystem, ocean life, Oceans, outbreaks, plastic pollution, research, science, seafood, seafood products, toxic ingredients (Natural News) People are fond of seafood. In the U.S., this means that a person, on average, will consume more than 47 pounds (around 21.51 kg) of fish and seafood in a year. Unfortunately, this also means that his chances of being poisoned by eating contaminated fish are also increased. An article published in the journal Global Food Security looked at the impact of these outbreaks, as well as possible solutions to mitigate the effects. Seafood, for the most part, is an essential part of a healthy diet; however, it isn’t without risk. The likelihood of being … [Read more...] about Thousands of food poisoning cases believed to be caused by fish are actually caused by environmental pollution
Monday, August 20, 2018 by: Isabelle Z. Tags: agriculture, badfood, badhealth, Big AG, biotech, Calyxt Inc, Cargill, CRISPR, food science, food supply, gene editing, gene-edited crops, genetically modified crops, GMO, GMOs, harvest, USDA (Natural News) The USDA has inexplicably decided not to regulate the Crispr gene editing technique for food, and a slew of young companies are working around the clock to take advantage of this business-friendly approach and vie for dominance in the gene-edited crop sphere. Gene editing technology is used to target certain genes within an organism, disrupting the ones that are associated with undesirable characteristics or changing them in a positive way. It might sound a little better than traditional genetic modification, which involves the transference of a gene from one type of organism to another, but the truth remains that we simply don’t know what the long-term effects of this approach and their impact on human health could be. … [Read more...] about GMO “gold rush” underway after USDA refuses to regulate Crispr gene editing of foods
At least six multi-state foodborne illness outbreaks are going on now, according to federal health officials, prompting recalls aimed at preventing further problems.There are also a number of food recalls due to potential illness, although no known illnesses have been reported, according to the US Food and Drug Administration.Here's what to stay away from: McDonald's salads As a precaution, McDonald's has stopped selling salads in 3,000 locations in 14 states to try to contain an outbreak of cyclospora illness.The states no longer selling these salads are Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Montana, North Dakota, Kentucky, West Virginia and Missouri.To date, 395 cases have been confirmed in 15 states since May 1, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The cyclospora parasite causes intestinal illness as a result of consuming contaminated food or water. Symptoms can begin a week or more after … [Read more...] about There are lots of food recalls due to outbreaks right now. Here’s a list of what to avoid.