Newsletter Chicago #1 - December 2011

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The French Office of Science and Technology at the French Consulate in Chicago presents the first of its English monthly newsletters. Geared for France’s partners in the Midwest, this newsletter informs the reader on the latest scientific and technological advancements taking place in France and in the US, it contains news about local scientific community as well as it displays on cooperatives between our two nations.

The Office for Science and Technology in Chicago is dedicated to two objectives. On one hand, we follow all sciences and developments in fields such as in math, physics, chemistry, biology, in institutions throughout the Midwest region of the U.S. We also cover all developments in agriculture, food sciences, green technology, and all green sciences at the national level. Both objectives serve our mission of developing and maintaining bridges between France and the U.S. in the realms of science and technology.

Our newsletter is then intended to share these developments and our work with the French-American science community in the Midwest, throught the U.S. and in France in order to promote Franco-American partnerships in science and technology.

We would appreciate to receive any and all input science related that you are willing to share as well as any ideas that you may have concerning our newsletter.

We wish you a happy Holiday Season.

Adèle Martial, Scientific attache
Cécile Camerlynck, Deputy scientific attache

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- Highlight

France welcomes the 6th World Water Forum which will be held from the 12th to the 17th of March, 2012

The ban on GMO corn cancelled

Lee Buras earns USDA Excellence in Teaching Award

French food in the US

- Call for projects

Partner University Fund

Chateaubriand Fellowships in science: call open for 2012-2013

Other calls now open

In 2012, CNRS is recruiting 330 permanent researchers in all scientific fields

2012 INSERM Competition : opening for 119 Researchers

Science & Technology in the US
- National news

Guidance on effective imported food control

USDA sees food-price increases abating in 2012

Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Among High School Students

Health gap has grown among young US adults, study finds

USDA Announces Proposed Rule to Streamline Generic Labeling Approval Processes

USDA Invests in Micronutrient-Fortified Food Aid in Six Countries to Improve Nutrition

USDA Awards Grants to Universities in 13 States to Improve Food Safety

Waste to energy fuel pellet technology is a sustainable alternative to coal

USDA Economic Research Service studies future Renewable Identification Numbers prices

DOT awards grants for biodiesel buses

USDA announces New Insurance Pilot Program for Biofuel-Friendly Oilseed Crop with potential to create jobs

Asian palm-based biofuel may struggle in U.S.

Biofuels milestone as E. coli engineered to eat switchgrass

U.S. Navy Fuels "Green Strike Force" with $12 Million Biofuels Contract

- Midwest news

Syed Hashsham’s invention analyzes plant diseases without leaving the field

Midwest farmland value highest in three decades

MSU researchers help African farmers cope with climate change

Obese Adolescents Benefit from High-Dose Vitamin D Supplements

The Use and Misuse of Science: A Commentary on Transgenic Salmon

New policy recommendations for food systems

New Projection Shows Global Food Demand Doubling by 2050

Algae biomass increased by more than 50 percent

Louisville Biodiesel Coop, LJCMSD, Green Triangle form waste oil biodiesel pact

- Other states’ news

Adolescent Weight Status and Receptivity to Food TV Advertisements

Harvard Researchers Question USDA and Use of “MyPlate”

Food served in California children’s hospitals rated largely unhealthy

Advanced biofuels industry focuses on 10 priorities, as Advanced Biofuels Markets gets underway

Lower ethanol prices? Researchers say gene discovery increases fermentation

New yeast unlocks ethanol potential in pine trees

A how-to guide to slashing California’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

Sundrop announces $450M biofuels project in Louisiana

US biodiesel industry sets new annual production record

POET company ramps Up Production of Corn Oil for Biodiesel

Science & Technology in France
- At the National level

G20 Summit of Heads of State and Government – Cannes, France

Animal meal comeback in France?

Ecophyto 2018

Nutrition labeling: Rules published in the Official Journal

- Institutions / Universities

Domestication of wheat

Plant varieties tolerant to herbicides

French soil threatened by soil erosion

Bisphenol A and food: the Academy considers the law premature

French people are not eating their 5 fruits and vegetables per day

Food: French are always so friendly

Food: The Challenge of Sustainable Development

- Companies and Research Cluster

To be more competitiveness, cooperatives address the distortions of competition

Microalgae Foods Pioneer, Solazyme Roquette Nutritionals, Announces Manufacturing Facility in Lestrem

Tereos PureCircle Launches “SteviaSucres” as Suppliers Welcome Stevia Approval

Beghin Say Ligne Sweetener Adds Stevia PureCircle Trust Mark

Entrepreneurship: the environment, a new Eldorado for business creation

- Get in touch with science

 

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France welcomes the 6th World Water Forum which will be held from the 12th to the 17th of March, 2012 in Marseille

 

Interested in the challenges of water management? Contribute to the 6th World Water Forum and present your solutions
Purpose of the Forum: To tackle the challenges our world is facing and to bring water high on all political agendas. There will be no sustainable development while the water issues remain unresolved. Everywhere on the planet, for all and everyone, the Right to Water as access to safe water must be guaranteed and implemented.
To see more information:

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The ban on GMO corn cancelled - Nov 28th

 

French justice has canceled on Monday 28th, November a decision against the crop of GMO corn taken by the French government in February 2008 and called into question since the Court of Justice.
To see more information: http://lci.tf1.fr/science/environnement/l-interdiction… (French article)

 

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Lee Buras earns USDA Excellence in Teaching Award - Nov 18th

 

An Iowa State University professor of agronomy has been awarded the annual USDA Food and Agricultural Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award. Lee Burras is one of nine people to receive the national award, which encompasses all the food and agricultural disciplines.
To see more information: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/987/

 

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French food in the US - Dec 15th

 

New website in english on French food and agricultural policies, conducted by the Economic Department and the Press service of the Embassy, for the public américian.

This site deals with food policy: obesity, eating habits, geographical indication, rule of origin, it also addresses our efforts in research in this area, and provides summary sheets including French agriculture and food industries.
To see more information: http://www.frenchfoodintheus.org

 

You can find this website and others at the end of each newsletter: Get in touch with science

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Partner University Fund

 

The Embassy of France to the United States and the FACE Foundation are accepting application proposals for the Partner University Fund (PUF). PUF promotes innovative collaborations of excellence in research and education between French and American institutions of higher education. PUF supports emerging transatlantic partnerships with the potential to continue beyond the initial 3-year grant. PUF currently supports 55 multifaceted partnerships in all fields of study. The deadline to apply is February 6th, 2012.
To see more information: http://www.facecouncil.org/puf

 

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Chateaubriand Fellowships in science: call open for 2012-2013

 

The Chateaubriand Fellowship Program of the French embassy is intended for PhD students registered in an American university who wish to conduct their research in a French laboratory for a 4 to 10 month period. Two sub-programs, one for the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and the other for HSS (Humanities and Social Sciences) are announced on: http://www.chateaubriand-fellowship.org

 

For the STEM program, the Office of Science and Technology will provide a stipend (1,400 Euros a month) and cover the cost of travel and student health insurance.
Priority will be given to the candidates who will seek a “dual degree” (cotutelle) with the French host university. All disciplines in Sciences, Technology and Health are eligible. Knowledge of French is not mandatory. The deadline to apply is February 1st, 2012, and the fellowship can begin on any date from September 1st, 2012, to April 1st, 2013.
More information and application: http://stem.chateaubriand-fellowship.org/

 

Other calls now open

 

 

 

  • The French National Research Agency (ANR) has published three calls for proposals "Back postdocs," "Chairs of Excellence" and "Agrobiosphère":

 

o Back postdocs: The program Back postdocs facilitates the return of completed post-doctoral stay out of France by young French researchers from another countries, but also by young researchers. It also promotes, through the acquisition of additional research experience, future recruitment in a research organization or business in France.
The call for projects is open to all disciplines. The winners are offered for a period not exceeding three years, the means to achieve their research project on the national territory.
Application deadline: March 13, 2012.

 

o Chair of Excellence: Chair of Excellence program brings in top researchers from abroad in French laboratories.
Three types of chairs are available:

  • Chairs "seniors short term" (18-24 months)
  • Chairs "Junior"
  • And the chairs’ senior long-term "(36-48 months). Application deadline: March 16, 2012.

 

o Agrobiosphère: Agrobiosphère program aims to define transitions towards sustainable production systems adapted to changing environmental, economic and social.
It is based on an understanding of the ecological functioning of production systems.
It aims to broaden the range of technology solutions, economic and social that can be mobilized to solve the problems of sustainability and productive ecosystems to adapt to "global change". More generally, it aims to support the design and implementation of adaptation paths of productive systems and territories.
Application deadline: March 22, 2012.

 

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In 2012, CNRS is recruiting 330 permanent researchers in all scientific fields

 

The French National Center for Scientific Research (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS) is recruiting 330 permanent researchers in all scientific fields for the 2012 recruitment campaign which runs from December 1, 2011 to January 5, 2012.
To see more information: http://www.dgdr.cnrs.fr/drhchercheurs…

 

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2012 INSERM Competition : opening for 119 Researchers

 

The French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) is recruiting 119 permanent researchers (Research Associates and Junior Directors of Research) in Human Health fields for the 2012 recruitment campaign which runs from December 12, 2011 to January 12, 2012. To see more information: https://www.eva2.inserm.fr/EVA/jsp/Concours/index_en.jsp

 

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Guidance on effective imported food control - Nov 3rd

 

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has today published guidance on effective imported food control for local authority food services. ’Effective imported food control’ draws on experience gained from the Agency’s programme of auditing local authority imported food services
To see more information: http://www.food.gov.uk/news/newsarchive/2011/nov/importcontrol

 

USDA sees food-price increases abating in 2012 - Nov 25th

 

The U.S. government left its food price inflation forecast unchanged in a monthly report Friday, projecting that a sharp climb in prices will abate in 2012. The price for all food in 2011 is expected to be up between 3.5 percent and 4.5 percent, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said, followed by an increase of 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent in 2012. Both projections, along with all of the various food categories in the report, were unchanged from a month ago.
To see more information: http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking…

 

Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Among High School Students - Nov 25th

 

A diet high in fruits and vegetables is associated with a decreased risk for many chronic diseases and forms of cancers, and can aid in weight management. Current daily fruit and vegetable recommendations for adolescents who participate in <30> http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6046a3.htm?s_cid=mm6046a3_w]

 

Health gap has grown among young US adults, study finds - Dec 1st

 

Levels of health disparity have increased substantially for people born in the United States after 1980, according to new research. The study also found that health disparity tends to increase as people move into middle age, before declining as people reach old age. These two results suggest that the gap between the healthiest and least healthy people in the United States as a whole will grow larger for the next one or even two decades as the younger generations grow older and replace previous generations.
To see more information: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases…

 

USDA Announces Proposed Rule to Streamline Generic Labeling Approval Processes - Dec 5th

 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is proposing a new rule that will allow establishments to label a broader range of products without first submitting the label to FSIS for approval, should it become final.
To see more information: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News…

 

USDA Invests in Micronutrient-Fortified Food Aid in Six Countries to Improve Nutrition for Vulnerable Populations - Dec 6th

 

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA is investing more than $8.5 million to help six organizations develop improved food aid products under the Micronutrient-Fortified Food Aid Products Pilot Program. This program is funded by the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition (McGovern-Dole) Program, and recipients will focus their efforts over the next three years in Cambodia, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Mozambique and Tanzania.
To see more information: http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome…

 

USDA Awards Grants to Universities in 13 States to Improve Food Safety through Research, Education and Extension - Dec 12th

 

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan visited Michigan State University today to announce that USDA has awarded 17 grants to improve the safety of the food supply in the United States through research, education and extension. To see more information: http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda…

 

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Waste to energy fuel pellet technology is a sustainable alternative to coal - Nov 14th

 

In September, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, announced major agricultural research funds to develop regional, renewable energy markets, generate jobs and decrease America’s dependence on foreign oil. The five-year program would deliver more than $136 million in research and development grants to public and private sector partners in 22 states.
To see more information: http://biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2011/11…

 

USDA Economic Research Service studies future Renewable Identification Numbers prices - Nov 15th

 

The USDA’s Economic Research Service published a study focused on renewable identification numbers (RINs) and their role in the renewable fuel standard (RFS2) program in November. In addition to providing basic information on the function of RINs, the study, titled, “The Renewable Identification Number System and U.S. Biofuel Mandates,” also addressed market outlook for RINs.
To see more information: http://www.biodieselmagazine.com/articles…

 

DOT awards grants for biodiesel buses - Nov 21st

 

The U.S. Department of Transportation is funding 46 innovative transit projects aimed at helping reduce the nation’s dependence on oil while creating a marketplace for green jobs. On Nov. 17, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that these projects will share a combined $112 million in funding from the Federal Transit Administration.
To see more information: http://biodieselmagazine.com/articles…

 

USDA announces New Insurance Pilot Program for Biofuel-Friendly Oilseed Crop with potential to create jobs, stimulate rural economies - Nov 30th

 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) has announced a new pilot program of insurance for camelina beginning with the 2012 crop year. Camelina is an oilseed crop with the potential to create new renewable energy markets in the United States, generate rural jobs here at home, and decrease America’s dependence on foreign oil.
To see more information: http://usda.gov/wps/portal/usda…

 

Asian palm-based biofuel may struggle in U.S. – Dec 1st

 

Indonesian palm-based biodiesel shipments seeking a foothold in the United States will face stiff competition from feedstocks such as corn oil and waste oils, which will become cheaper as more supplies hit the market, a top USDA official said on Thursday.
To see more information: http://www.reuters.com/article…

 

Biofuels milestone as E. coli engineered to eat switchgrass - Dec 7th

 

A milestone has been reached on the road to developing advanced biofuels that can replace gasoline, diesel and jet fuels with a domestically-produced clean, green, renewable alternative.
To see more information: http://westernfarmpress.com/management/biofuels…

 

U.S. Navy Fuels "Green Strike Force" with $12 Million Biofuels Contract - Dec 8th

 

The U.S. Navy is moving forward with plans to create a "Green Strike Force" by purchasing 450,000 gallons of drop-in biofuel to be used on jets and vessels. The contract was signed with Dynamic Fuels, a joint partnership between Tyson Foods and Syntroleum Corp. that creates fuel from repurposed cooking oil. Dynamic Fuels signed a subcontract with Solazyme, which makes algae-based fuels, for 100,000 gallons to fill the order.
To see more information: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article…

 

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Syed Hashsham’s invention analyzes plant diseases without leaving the field - Nov 4th

 

Farmers and field scientists can now instantly identify diseases attacking crops and plants, thanks to a Michigan State University professor’s new invention.
Syed Hashsham, professor of civil and environmental engineering, has developed the Gene-Z device, which performs genetic analysis using a low-cost handheld device and is operated using smartphone technology.
To see more information: http://news.msu.edu/story/9990/

 

Midwest farmland value highest in three decades - Nov 16th

 

Agricultural land value is soaring in the Midwest, with parts of the region surging 25 percent from last year, according to two recent Federal Reserve surveys. The jump is the highest increase in three decades.
To see more information: http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking…

 

MSU researchers help African farmers cope with climate change - Nov 14th

 

A team of Michigan State University researchers secured a $700,000 grant to help farmers in Zambia and Kenya overcome the challenges faced from changes in climate.
The project, which will link climate change to coping strategies and impacts on food production, food security and incomes for farm families in those areas, is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development Bureau for Food Security, Office of Agriculture, Research and Transformation.
To see more information: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub…

 

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Obese Adolescents Benefit from High-Dose Vitamin D Supplements - Nov 1st

 

17% of youths and adolescents (2-19 years) are obese in the United States. Vitamin D deficiency is common in Americans, and especially in overweight and obese adolescents, according to the National Institutes of Health. University of Missouri researchers have found that providing obese adolescents with a high daily dose of vitamin D3 is safe and effective in improving their vitamin D status.
To see more information: http://munews.missouri.edu/news-releases/2011/1101…

 

The Use and Misuse of Science: A Commentary on Transgenic Salmon - Nov 7th

 

Transgenic technology is a new high-tech tool developed by scientists to increase productivity and profitability of commercial food production, while at the same time increasing sustainability of food resources. Atlantic salmon is one example of such a nutritious limited food source.
To see more information: http://foodtecheperspective.wordpress.com/2011/11/07/the-use…

 

New policy recommendations for food systems - Nov 16th

 

The Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change, comprised of 13 senior natural and social scientists from around the world involving University of Wisconsin-Madison, will focus on bringing together existing evidence on sustainable agriculture that contributes to food security and poverty reduction, and helps respond to climate change adaptation and mitigation goals. The Commission began its work early 2011 and launched its Summary for Policy Makers on 16 November 2011.
To see more information: http://ccafs.cgiar.org/commission

 

New Projection Shows Global Food Demand Doubling by 2050 - Nov 21st

 

Global food demand could double by 2050, according to a new projection by David Tilman, Regents Professor of Ecology at the University of Minnesota’s College of Biological Sciences, and colleagues, including Jason Hill, assistant professor in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.
To see more information: http://www1.umn.edu/news/news-releases…

 

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Algae biomass increased by more than 50 percent - Nov 21st

 

Research at Iowa State University has led to discovery of a genetic method that can increase biomass in algae by 50 to 80 percent. The breakthrough comes from expressing certain genes in algae that increase the amount of photosynthesis in the plant, which leads to more biomass. Expressing genes means that the gene’s function is turned on.
To see more information: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases…

 

Louisville Biodiesel Coop, LJCMSD, Green Triangle form waste oil biodiesel pact - Nov 30th

 

In Kentucky, the Louisville Biodiesel Cooperative, the Louisville/Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) and The Green Triangle in the 9th District have created a partnership to recycle waste cooking oil.
To see more information: http://biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2011/11…

 

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Adolescent Weight Status and Receptivity to Food TV Advertisements - June 13th

 

This study examined the relationship between adolescent weight status and food advertisement receptivity. Analysis: generalized estimating equations to model the relationship between identifying a food advertisement as their favorite and being overweight.
To see more information: http://www.jneb.org/article…

 

Harvard Researchers Question USDA and Use of “MyPlate” - Sept 22nd

 

Back in June, the USDA got rid of the food pyramid it used to represent healthy eating habits. This has since been replaced with My Plate. The USDA said the purpose of the food plate was to help Americans simplify their diets. Walter Willet, is professor of epidemiology and nutrition at Harvard, says that the USDA may have done its job too well. The concept of a food plate is almost too simple, for he argues that it does not provide the information Americans need to understand how to make healthy food choices.
To see more information: http://www.hivehealthmedia.com/harvard…

 

Food served in California children’s hospitals rated largely unhealthy - Dec 1st

 

Given the obesity epidemic among the nation’s young, one would hope that children’s hospitals would serve as a role model for healthy eating. But hospitals in California fall short, with only 7 percent of entrees classified as "healthy" according to a new study published in Academic Pediatrics. Researchers from UCLA and the RAND Corporation assessed 14 food venues at the state’s 12 major children’s hospitals and found there was vast room for improvement in their offerings and practices.
To see more information: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases…

 

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Advanced biofuels industry focuses on 10 priorities, as Advanced Biofuels Markets gets underway in San Francisco - Nov 10th

 

In California, more than 350 delegates gathered at Advanced Biofuels Markets to set industry priorities for the next six months, seal partnerships, and exchange outlooks on 2012. It did not take long for the Top 10 priorities to become clear.
To see more information: http://biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest…

 

Lower ethanol prices? Researchers say gene discovery increases fermentation - Nov 18th

 

Researchers at the Energy Biosciences Institute in California have found a gene they named AXY4, in a model plant that exhibits a 20-45% reduction in xyloglucan O-acetylation. This chemical can inhibit a microbe’s ability to ferment sugars.
To see more information: http://biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2011/11…

 

New yeast unlocks ethanol potential in pine trees - Nov 24th

 

Researchers at the University of Georgia have developed a “super strain” of yeast that can efficiently ferment ethanol from pretreated pine, one of the most common species of trees in Georgia and throughout the U.S.
To see more information: http://biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2011/11…

 

A how-to guide to slashing California’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 - Nov 24th

 

What will a day in the life of a Californian be like in 40 years? If the state cuts its greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050 — a target mandated by a state executive order — a person could wake up in a net-zero energy home, commute to work in a battery-powered car, work in an office with smart windows and solar panels, then return home and plug in their car to a carbon-free grid.
To see more information: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-11…

 

Sundrop announces $450M biofuels project in Louisiana - Nov 25th

 

In Colorado, Sundrop Fuels announced that they have agreed to purchase about 1,200 acres of land near Alexandria, Louisiana to build their first plant. Using forest waste and hydrogen from natural gas, their plant will produce up to 50 MGy of renewable gasoline. The plant will cost $450 to $500 million to build and will be financed in part through the sale of tax-exempt Private Activity Bonds.
To see more information: http://biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2011/11…

 

US biodiesel industry sets new annual production record - Nov 28th

 

The U.S. biodiesel industry has set a new record for annual production, according to the latest figures by the U.S. EPA, proving the power that strong domestic energy policy has in creating jobs and boosting the economy.
To see more information: http://biodieselmagazine.com/articles…

 

POET company ramps Up Production of Corn Oil for Biodiesel - Dec 2nd

 

By the end of 2011, POET will be producing enough corn oil as feedstock for 12 million gallons of biodiesel per year.
To see more information: http://domesticfuel.com/2011/12…

 

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G20 Summit of Heads of State and Government – Cannes, France - Nov 3rd & 4th

 

Heads of State and Government put agriculture, food security and price volatility in agricultural commodities at the heart of the priorities of the G20. Jobs, international relations, economic, climate change, development and the future governance of G20 were also discussed.
To see more information: http://www.g20-g8.com/g8-g20/g20/english…

 

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Animal meal comeback in France? - Dec 2nd

 

Banned in the EU following the scandal of "mad cow" meat, bone meal could be reintroduced in the diet of some animals. Brussels pushes the wheel on the grounds of new manufacturing processe of which the French National Food Council is in favor.
To see more information: http://lci.tf1.fr/science/environnement… (French article)

 

Ecophyto 2018 - Dec 13th

 

A plan to gradually reduce the use of plant protection products (ie pesticides) in France, 50% if possible by 2018. To see more information: http://agriculture.gouv.fr/Ecophyto-Kesako,15005 (French article)

 

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Nutrition labeling: Rules published in the Official Journal - Nov 30th

 

Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 of the European Parliament and of the council of October 25th, 2011 on food consumer information was published in the Official Journal (OJ) of November 22nd, 2011, also known as INCO or regulations nutrition labeling.
To see more information: http://eur-lex.europa.eu…

 

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Domestication of wheat - Nov 15th

 

As one of the first cultivated crops, wheat has been a staple food for one third of the world population since the Agricultural Revolution. A study published by researchers from INRA, CEA / Genoscope and their American colleagues in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (November, 15th 2011), reveals that the different copies of a gene called Q, major component of domestication of wheat, contribute to a coordinated and differentiated character of domestication.
To see more information: http://www2.cnrs.fr/presse/communique/2351.htm (French article)

 

Plant varieties tolerant to herbicides - Nov 18th

 

Crops’ weeding is an important determinant of crop yields. For 15 years, National Center for Scientific Research have worked with a selection crop varieties that are able to tolerate the application of a substance existing herbicide. This work is in order to help farmer with the difficulties of weeding.
To see more information: http://www2.cnrs.fr/presse/communique/2350.htm (French article)

 

French soil threatened by soil erosion - Nov 18th

 

French soil is slightly contaminated and none is barren, but phosphorus levels are often or too low or too high, the artificial agricultural soils and accelerated erosion is "threatening" according to the first record of soil, published this Friday. After ten years of work, the Scientific Interest Group on soils (Gis ground) conducted the "first scientifically quantified assessment" of soil conditions in France.
To see more information: http://www.20minutes.fr/article/826074… (French article)

 

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Bisphenol A and food: the Academy considers the law premature - Nov 9th

 

The Academy of Medicine releases report on endocrine disruptors (PEs) of the environment and their potential in oncology. It recognizes the probable risk of PEs and the need for precautionary measures but is critical of the decision to ban bisphenol A in the packaging in contact with food in 2014. A measure that academics consider inapplicable to the deadline in the absence of alternatives.
To see more information: http://www.lequotidiendumedecin.fr… (French article)

 

French people are not eating their 5 fruits and vegetables per day - Nov 11th&15th

 

Study done by Credoc, research and studies center, shows only 31% of French people eat 5 or more fruits and vegetable per day. And 9% of 3-14 years old eat enough fruits and vegetables. However, these percentages increase since 2007. To compare, 15% of American eat the minimum amount of fruits and vegetables per day. To see more information: http://www.lepoint.fr/sante/plus… (French article) and http://nutrition.about.com…

 

Food: French are always so friendly - Nov 14th

 

A study by Claude Fischler, director of research at CNRS, unveiled at the second sitting of the Nestlé Foundation November 8, sifts through our behavior around the pleasures of the table, and compares them with those of the Americans and Europeans. Entitled "The French and food," the survey was conducted twice in ten years apart, on a sample of 7,000 people and is accompanied by a booklet of interviews with the sociologist Monique Nemer, Dining, Fashion employment (Fondation Nestlé France).
To see more information: http://www.francesoir.fr/actualite/societe…

 

Food: The Challenge of Sustainable Development - Dec 13th

 

Less waste: it is one of the many challenges facing the world’s food, while it will have to support 9 billion people by 2050. The research project Dualine led by INRA (French National Institute for Agricultural Research) and CIRAD (Agricultural Research for Development) is a further contribution to the debate which aims to make our food more "sustainable". To see more information: http://agriculture.gouv.fr… (French article)

 

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To be more competitiveness, cooperatives address the distortions of competition - Nov 23rd

 

A few days before the Congress of Coop de France, the industry "Animal Nutrition" reports on some technical issues related to health inspections of food and specifications of products labeled.
To see more information: http://www.web-agri.fr/actualite-agricole/politique… (French article)

 

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Microalgae Foods Pioneer, Solazyme Roquette Nutritionals, Announces Manufacturing Facility in Lestrem, France - Oct 24th

 

Solazyme Roquette Nutritionals, a microalgae-derived food ingredients company, announced today the location of its Phase II manufacturing facility. The company will begin producing its lead microalgae derived food ingredient, Whole Algalin Flour, at Roquette’s commercial production plant in Lestrem, France.
To see more information: http://www.solazyme.com/media/2011-10-24

 

Tereos PureCircle Launches “SteviaSucres” as Suppliers Welcome Stevia Approval - Nov 16th

 

Tereos PureCircle Solutions, the 50-50 joint venture between Tereos and PureCircle, welcomes the EU Commission’s final approval for the use of stevia extracts in foods and beverages in the European Union.
To see more information: http://www.foodingredientsfirst.com/news/Tereos…

 

Beghin Say Ligne Sweetener Adds Stevia PureCircle Trust Mark - Nov 23th

 

Beghin Say, a major international brand in sugar and sweeteners, expanded its line of nutritional sugars in France last December with the launch of Beghin Say Ligne, sweetened with natural origin stevia extracts by PureCircle. The successful Beghin Say Ligne brand now carries the Stevia PureCircle trust mark.
To see more information: http://www.foodingredientsfirst.com/news…

 

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Entrepreneurship: the environment, a new Eldorado for business creation - Nov 22th

 

If a market that knows no respite in terms of activity is that of the environment. In a crisis, it continued to create jobs in France, when all other areas by removing. Today, as the problem of sovereign debt the economy weakens further, the dynamic remains intact.
To see more information: http://www.lesechosdelafranchise.com/franchise-les-echos… (French article)

 

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Many organizations give you the opportunity to learn and improve your mind about agriculture and food science. Please find below some of website about these:

 

Website to see:

 

For the United States information

 

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http://www.ch.doe.gov/ : The department of Energy provides a lot of information about energy, regulations, programs, … in the United States.

 

 

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http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome : The United States Department of Agriculture gives you information about agriculture and nutrition actions, regulations, studies, …

 

 

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http://www.epa.gov/ : The Environmental Protection Agency provides you lot of information about environment and sustainable actions.

 

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http://www.fda.gov/ : The US Food and Drug Administration protect and promote your health.

 

 

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http://www.chicagonutrition.org/ : Chicago Nutrition Association offers you advices and events to know and understand nutrition facts.

 

 

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http://www.eatright.org/ : American Dietetic Association website is for professional and non-professional person. You can find advices, studies, videos and lots of things about nutrition.

 

 

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http://nutrition.about.com/ : All information about nutrition, food, nutriments and healthy eating

 

 

For France information

 

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http://www.efsa.europa.eu/ : The European Food Safety Authority commit to ensuring that Europe’s food is safe.

 

 

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http://www.anses.fr/ : The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety give you some information about these fields in France.

 

 

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http://www.cnrs.fr/index.php : The French National Center for Scientific Research presents you the research news in France.

 

 

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http://www.bulletins-electroniques.com/ : News from all country about science and technology advanced in each country (French articles).

 

 

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http://agriculture.gouv.fr/ : Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fishing, Rural Affairs and the Planning poses news and information about these fields.

 

 

Places to go:

 

- Museum of Science and Industry
57th Street and Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
http://www.msichicago.org/ On this website, you had some videos, games and lot of explanations about the actual exhibits in the museum.

 

- Science Café Zone 5
Whole Foods Market
Evanston, IL 60201

 

Coming events:

 

EventPlaceTownDateLink
California Biodiesel & Renewable Diesel Conference
Pacific West Biomass
Conference & Trade Show
San Francisco Marquis Mariott San Francisco, California January 16, 2012 http://pacific…
Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Washington Marriott Wardman Park Washington, D.C. January 16-20, 2012 http://www.ieee…
Sustainable foods summit JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square San Francisco, California January 17-18, 2012 http://www.sustain…
4th Annual Edition - Projects & Money Harrah’s New Orleans New Orleans, Louisiana January 18-20, 2012 http://infocas…
2012 NCSE Conference: Environment and Security Atrium of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center Washington D.C. January 18-20, 2012 http://www.envir…
Clean Technology Conference: Sustainability SAP Palo Alto, California January 19, 2012 http://www.svfo…
Partnering for Progress: Communicating a Consumer-Friendly, Consumer-Safe Smart Grid, the 2012 SGCC Annual Symposium Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center San Antonio, Texas January 23, 2012 http://smart…
Colloque Alimentation durable : un bien partagé ? Montpellier SupAgro Montpellier, France January 27, 2012 http://agricul...

 

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Consulate General of France in Chicago - website: www.consulfrance-chicago.org

 

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