Food security is strategic issue: official

BEIJING, China (Reuters) — Food security is a strategic issue, said Han Changfu, Chinese Agriculture Minister at a news briefing for the fourth session of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) in Beijing on Monday. Han said that food security is always a major issue in China, a country with a population of 1.3 billion. China’s grain output has been increasing for 12 consecutive years to reach 621 million tons in 2015, but in the […]

Climate change poised to hurt food supplies: study

PARIS, France (AFP) — The effects of climate change on food production could cause 500,000 extra deaths by 2050 compared to a world without global warming, according to a study released Thursday. If greenhouse gas emissions continue at current rates, this would cut projected increases in food availability by about a third before mid-century, the study found. As of 2015, some 800 million people in the world are undernourished, meaning they cannot meet daily minimum dietary […]

Cheaper healthy food could save millions of lives: study

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Scientists have been telling Americans about the benefits of healthy eating for decades, and yet more Americans are obese than ever — more than a third of the country. Now, researchers at Harvard and Tufts Universities have laid out concrete steps officials can take by linking food prices to health effects. Reducing prices of fruit and vegetables while raising prices for sodas and other sugary drinks could save millions of […]

What is your comfort food?

QUEZON City, Philippines (February 27) – Food is a lot of people’s therapy – when we say comfort food, we really mean that. Its releasing dopamine and serotonin in your brain that makes you feel good. Brett Hoebel It’s a fact that a lot of us enjoy eating! In fact, we may find it so good that we may actually start to turn to food for comfort.   When we feel the comfort, then it means […]

Feature: Facts about whole grain

DO you ever wonder why most health-conscious people choose whole grain foods? Here are some facts about whole grains. Whole grains are cereals, which retain the bran, the hard, outer layer of the grain. It also contains the germ, the smallest part of the grain as well as the endosperm, the main part of the grain. Common whole grain products include oatmeal, popcorn, brown rice, whole-wheat flour and whole wheat bread. Typical whole grain cereal […]

Feature: Discover the versatility of potatoes

POTATOES are one of the most popular vegetables abundant throughout the year.  They are nutritious, easy to prepare, and very versatile. A potato has approximately the same energy value as bread, but it is a far better balanced food than bread.  Potatoes are rich in complex carbohydrates which supply energy.  One serving of boiled potato, about 100 grams (g) edible portion, has about 62 calories, 1.7 g protein, 34 milligrams (mg) calcium, 44 mg phosphorus and […]

Organic milk, meat richer in omega-3: study

PARIS, France (AFP) — Organic milk and meat contain about 50 percent more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids than conventionally produced equivalents, according to a pair of large-scale studies published Tuesday. Previous research has linked omega-3 with reduced rates of cardiovascular disease, improved neurological development, and better immune function. A team of two dozen researchers led by Carlo Leifert, a professor at Newcastle University in England, combed through nearly 200 peer-reviewed studies on milk, and 67 […]

Poultry supply remains stable – DA

Despite the spread of the Newcastle disease, the Department of Agriculture assured the public that the poultry supply remains stable. (Eagle News Service Described by Jay Paul Carlos, Video Editing by Dexter Magno, Uploaded by MRFaith Bonalos)

Look for salt that has proper iodine content – NNC-7

The National Nutrition Council (NNC-7) reminded the public to be careful with the amount of iodine content in salt for consumption. In the Philippine Information Agency – Association of Government Information Officers (PIA 7-AGIO 7) Forum, NNC-7 Regional Director Parolita Mission said the public should be conscious in the proper iodine content of salt being used. “Look for salt that has proper iodine content, look for DOH-sealed iodized salt as these are the ones with […]

Sugar shortage due to El Niño

The Sugar Regulatory Administration plans to import additional sugar as production of said agricultural product suffers a down slide due to the effects of El Niño. (Eagle News Service Described by Jay Paul Carlos, Video Editing by Jericho Morales, Uploaded by MRFaith Bonalos)

Shellfish ban in Pilar town still up

Two more consecutive week laboratory tests having negative results to paralytic shellfish poison are needed to lift the shellfish ban in the coastal water in Pilar. Capiz Office of the Provincial Agriculturist head Sylvia dela Cruz said that in order that the shellfish ban will be lifted, there must be three negative red tide results in the shellfish meat samples, wherin laboratory tests will be conducted weekly. Dela Cruz explained that so far the first […]