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"News in Brief" for March 04, 2014

Half of people in B.C. want GMOs banned: poll
Canada.com

Among those people who reported a negative opinion of GE foods — popularly known as genetically modified organisms or GMOs — many cited concern for their health, doubts about the long-term effects of GMOs and a preference for natural foods. The online poll of 1,339 people in B.C. and Alberta was conducted in January.

USDA adds foods such as yogurt, whole-grain pastas to women, infants and children food program
Canada.com

Pregnant women, mothers and children who get federal assistance with their grocery bills will now be able to buy more whole-grain foods, yogurt, fish, fruits and vegetables.

Children's weight affected by bedroom TVs, active gaming
CBC News

Children's weight is influenced by whether they have active video games and if there is a television in the bedroom, according to the results of two new studies. The first study came from Temple University in Philadelphia, the UnitedHealth Group of Minnesota and the University of Queensland in Australia. The second came from Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in New Hampshire. Both were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, with different outcomes.

Canada's obesity rates triple in less than 30 years
CBC News

Obesity rates in Canada have tripled between 1985 and 2011, according to a study from Memorial University in St. John's. N.L. and N.B. have highest rates of obesity, while rates are lower in western provinces.

Tripling in obese Canadians expected to strain health-care system
The Globe

Additional commentary on Canadian obesity rates study. The sharp rise in the number of extremely overweight adults are expected to place a heavy burden on the health-care system.

Gluten-free tops Canada’s hottest food trends for 2014
Global News

The local food movement and dark leafy superfoods have been usurped — gluten-free is Canada’s hottest food trend for 2014. According to the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation, more than 330,000 Canadians are believed to be affected by celiac disease (although only 110,000 have been diagnosed).

Jennifer Sygo: Are you ready to eat bugs? Get past the creep and crawl factor because insects are a great way to get protein and healthy fats
The Post

Yes, it’s true: There is a small, but growing movement to encourage Westerners to drop their fear of creepy-crawlies and embrace entomophagy — or eating of insects. And while cricket flour or locust meat aren’t necessarily high demand items (yet), that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t at least start to explore our relationship with bugs, which are commonly consumed as sources of energy and protein in many other parts of the world.