By uncovering its genetic journey,
researchers believe they can restore the flavour of the old-fashioned tomato 

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  What is wrong with the ubiquitous and attractive supermarket tomatoes? For many city dwellers, the delicious taste of a succulent garden tomato is little more than a distant memory. The standard grocery varieties have grown larger and blander. Indeed, the decline in flavour quality of the modern commercial tomato compared to heirloom varieties is
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Show more determination, please !

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Les perturbateurs endocriniens, une menace pour le développement du cerveau (Endocrine disrupters, a threat to brain development) is the striking title of an article by Ludmilla Terres that was published in the French newspaper Le Monde, on March 7th this year. I often ask myself whether exposure to chemical compounds affects our brain development; whether
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A policy that costs jobs or lives: which is worse ?

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Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) — sometimes referred to as hormonally active agents or hormone disruptors — have been identified in consumer products, electronics, furniture, personal care products, clothes and food. They are everywhere. Recent research has revealed that they have been detected in human blood and urine at levels known to affect health. EDCs have been associated
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Microplastics shred oceanic and human health

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Plastic pollution of  the world’s oceans was already being mentioned in the scientific literature in the early 1970s. Today, oceans are going through an increasingly severe crisis. Carpenter and Smith [1972] were the first researchers to sound the alarm about the presence of polystyrene spherules in coastal waters. They wrote: “… The increasing production of
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Oceanic coordination chemistry for the benefit of energy supply

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Experts estimate that oceans contain huge stocks of uranium. Uranium is a naturally occurring radioactive element and contemporary uses of uranium exploit its unique nuclear properties. Mineral resources of uranium are limited however – the discovery of uranium in the mineral pitchblende is credited to Martin Heinrich Klaproth (1743 – 1817). Seawater, on the other
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Will the packaging industry opt for more sustainable, perhaps even non-existent food packaging?

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  Adding thyme and/or basil to your next salad dressing will enhance the flavor of your fresh greens. And, more importantly, it will ensure the  safety of the produce. Washing lettuce in a solution containing either basil (Ocimum basilicum) or thyme (genus Thymus with ~350 species) essential oil (EO), at a concentration of 1 %,
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Oyster reproduction is adversely affected by plastic debris

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The ocean is choking. Oceanic plastic pollution is a recent, anthropogenic and worldwide catastrophe. It is persistent, pervasive and pernicious. Once the plastic gets into the estuaries, shallow seas and deep oceans it causes harm to the seawater ecosystems and organisms, damages coastal economies, perturbs leisure activities, and ultimately affects human health [Plastic Oceans – http://www.plasticoceans.net]. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch for instance is a gyre of debris particles in the North and Central Pacific Ocean, west of the Californian beaches. Vast amounts of pelagic plastics and chemical sludge are caught
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