REUTERS: Written by Ana Ionova and Chris Prentice The "war on sugar" being waged by governments and consumers to combat public health emergencies like diabetes is slowing growth in global demand, which along with other factors could signal a fundamental shift in consumption ahead. Consumption may grow at its slowest pace in seven years in 2017/18, according to analyst group Platts Kingsman. It forecasts a rise of 1.04 percent, nearly half the average growth of about 2 percent per year over the last decade. "Consumption is generally stagnating in developed countries," Tom McNeill, director at commodity analyst group Green Pool, told Reuters. Falling consumption in more health-conscious markets has been exacerbated by higher prices and the use of alternatives like high-fructose corn syrup in developing countries that might otherwise have made up the shortfall. Continue reading "'War on sugar' takes toll; Asia, Brazil struggle to make up shortfall"read moreTC PALM: Written by Tyler Treadway. May 22, 2017. People living in areas with significant blue-green algae blooms, including the Treasure Coast, are more likely to die from nonalcoholic liver disease than those who don't. Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties make up a striking "cluster" with a high rate of both blooms and deaths, according to Ohio State University researchers. It's the only such cluster in Florida and one of 65 scientists found nationwide. In fact, the death rate from liver disease not related to alcohol was nearly twice as high in the four counties as the national rate during the 12 years of the OSU study, according to data calculated for TCPalm by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Continue reading "Ohio State University study links toxic algae blooms, fatal liver disease"read more
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