A River Becomes a Human, A Big Beef Recall, and More Food News
The Whanganui River Is Now a Legal Person
“The Whanganui River, New Zealand's third-longest, will be represented by one member from the Maori tribes, known as iwi, and one from the Crown. The recognition allows it to be represented in court proceedings. From a Whanganui viewpoint the wellbeing of the river is directly linked to the wellbeing of the people and so it is really important that's recognised as its own identity.” – BBC World
Stressed? Eat Your Veggies.
“Published in the British Medical Journal Open, the longitudinal study of more than 60,000 Australians aged 45 years and above measured participants fruit and vegetable consumption, lifestyle factors and psychological distress. People who ate 3-4 daily serves of vegetables had a 12 per cent lower risk of stress than those who ate 0-1 serves daily. People who ate 5-7 daily serves of fruit and vegetables had a 14 per cent lower risk of stress than those who ate 0-4 serves daily.” – Science Daily
Recall Alert: Rare Shiga Toxin Found in Texas Beef
“Almost 37 tons of Texas beef was recalled Sunday after sampling was positive for the rare E. coli O103. The boneless beef items were produced on March 6, 2017. The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. M13054” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to food manufacturers within the state of Texas.” – Food Safety News
Prosecco DOC Refuses Use of Glyphosate
Stefano Zanette, president of the Prosecco DOC council, said that he wanted to voluntarily ‘eliminate’ the use of one particular herbicide and two fungicides in the Italian sparkling wine production zone. It is part of the council’s strategy to improve Prosecco’s sustainability credentials. He named the three products as the Glyphosate herbicide and the Folpet and Mancozeb fungicides. None of the three chemical sprays named are forbidden under European Union rules.” – Decanter.com
Don’t Miss “Sustainable” -- Now on Netflix
“The narrative of the film focuses on Marty Travis, a seventh-generation farmer in central Illinois who watched his land and community fall victim to the pressures of big agribusiness. Determined to create a proud legacy for his son, Marty transforms his profitless wasteland and pioneers the sustainable food movement in Chicago.” – sustainablefoodfilm.com
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