Environment

Climate change-driven droughts are getting hotter, study finds

Temperature increases during dry periods outpace average climate warming Dry months are getting hotter in large parts of the United States, another sign that human-caused climate change is forcing people to encounter new extremes. In a study published today in Science Advances, researchers at the University of California, Irvine report that temperatures during droughts have…

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Farming

Wheat that pumps iron, naturally

Is biofortification the best thing since sliced bread? Well, biofortified wheat could certainly make it easier to help some humans get proper nutrition. Biofortification is the process of naturally increasing the nutritional value of a crop. Unlike fortification, which might add a mineral like iron directly to something like bread dough, the goal of biofortification…

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Food

Researchers explore popular food trends in nutritional review

Evidence suggests beneficial outcomes from legumes, mushrooms, coffee and tea What’s the bottom line on the potential heart health benefits of popular health foods? In their second paper on controversial nutrition trends, researchers from the American College of Cardiology Nutrition & Lifestyle Workgroup of the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease Council discuss nutritional “hypes” and controversies…

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Environment

How forests improve kids’ diets

A first-of-its-kind global study shows that children in 27 developing countries have better nutrition — when they live near forests. The results turn on its head the common assumption that improving nutrition in poorer countries requires clearing forests for more farmland — and, instead, suggest that forest conservation could be an important tool for aid…

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Environment

Soil bugs munch on plastics

Thin mulch films made of polyethylene are used in agriculture in numerous countries, where they cause extensive soil contamination. Researchers have now identified an alternative: films made of the polymer PBAT biodegrade in soils. Our world is drowning in a flood of plastic. Eight million tons of plastic end up in the oceans every year.…

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Food

Allergy potential of strawberries and tomatoes depends on the variety

Approach for cultivation of strawberry and tomato varieties with reduced allergy potential Strawberries and tomatoes are among the most widely consumed fruits and vegetables worldwide. However, many people are allergic to them, especially if they have been diagnosed with birch pollen allergy. A team has investigated which strawberry or tomato varieties contain fewer allergens than…

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