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Pit Big Food vs. Big Insurance

Michael Pollan argues that by forbidding insurance companies from considering pre-existing conditions, they will for the first time take a great interest in preventative medicine and the unhealthy American diet. NYTimes http://nyti.ms/aEvRP1

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Don't Waste Food

A careful review of the food chain from seed to table finds many points where food is wasted for capricious reasons. Prospect Magazine http://bit.ly/88kDNx

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Global Development

Localized Food Aid

Systems to allow mass purchases of local food in case of emergency, bypassing the need to ship supplies from afar. Most countries allow this in foreign assistance, but not the US. From http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/11/magazine/11ideas_section2-12.html

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Plant a Garden at Every School

Teach children about healthy eating and improve school lunches: plant a garden at every school. A Change.org "top ten" idea 2010. http://bit.ly/93MpaG

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Variable Rate Irrigation

Variable rate irrigation factors in topography, soil, and other considerations in providing precise irrigation to specific areas. Economist http://econ.st/L0sBgx

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Measure Food in Exercise, Not Calories

Would you be more careful about eating that doughnut if you knew that the 300 calories represented about 3 miles of walking? http://bit.ly/16rStug

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Color Code Food Packaging Based on Health

Frequent foods get green circle, OK foods yellow, occasional foods red. NPR http://n.pr/1gdHTxi

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Flood-resistant Rice

"The grain of rice that can change the world". Economist Magazine http://econ.st/RA1JvF

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Vertical Gardens

British architects have devised terraced, irrigated systems which allow gardens to grow vertically along sides of downtown buildings. A Time Magazine "best invention" of 2009. http://bit.ly/6Ut4ug

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Artificial Meat

Scientists have learned how to grow meat in vitro, eliminating the need to raise animals. A Time Magazine "best invention" of 2009. http://bit.ly/5Z3JD3

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Turn Extra Produce into Storable Form

Canadian non-profit sells bicycle-powered food processor to villages to process and store extra produce, creating jobs and better nutrition. http://www.malnutrition.org/vg_intro.htm

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Regulate Fast Food Restaurants Through Zoning Laws

In an effort to improve public health, L.A. now regulates fast food restaurants within certain zones. NY Times "best of 2008" idea. http://bit.ly/7EZK4o

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