Investigative food journalism is a field that attracts children and teenagers as readers of news articles about food. For example, fourteen-year-old GMO protester and activist annihilates bullying TV host, says an August 18, 2013 Natural News article by Ethan A. Huff, staff writer. Interestingly investigative food journalism is a trend that interests both children, teenagers, and seasoned investigative science reporters. You can check out the article at the Natural News website.
In fact, children interested in nutrition and investigative science reporting can take a look at the website, The Kids Right To Know, “GMO Just Label It! Campaign” is founded on the belief that we have the “Right to Know” what’s in our food, helping to create mass awareness about the risks of GMOs and to push for their mandatory labeling. Funds received will help with the expenses of printing, videos, touring and GMO awareness, for better health and to help save the environment. Also see the October 18, 2013 news release, "Genetically Modfied Organisms (GMO) need to be assessed through systematic networks."
The debate between the TV personality and the 14-year old young lady
What children interested in nutrition might enjoy is the debate between cable news personality Kevin O'Leary, and a 14-year-old young woman on the topic of GMOs. The teenagers debating the cable news personality is Rachel Parent, founder of the group, Kids Right to Know. Check out the video segment of this debate which aired on Canada's CBC News on May 27, 2013.
Rachel Parent has been educating the public and her peers about the dangers of GMOs since she was 12 years old. She challenged O'Leary to a debate, which he accepted, says Natural News. Children and parents can check out the TV segment of the debate.
Rachel's challenge was accepted, which allowed her the unique opportunity to educate viewers of The Lang and O'Leary Exchange about the fact that GMOs have never been long-term safety tested, for instance, and that genetic modification is not the same thing as hybridization. Without even having to say it herself, Rachel's calm and concise responses to O'Leary's tactics even achieved an admission from O'Leary himself that the public is being used as a collective guinea pig in a massive GMO experiment with unknown consequences, explains the Natural News article.
What Rachel Parent suggested was a long-term study to determine whether GMOs are safe for not only our ecosystem but also for our health as well. Check out the full interview on YouTube. Kids and anyone else can explore the world of investigative food journalism at the website, Kids Right to Know. Or see the Natural News article. Also see, ""GMO - Kids Right to Know" Rally - Toronto." Check out the YouTube video, "Kevin O'Leary Challenged by 14-Year Old GMO activist."Or see the site, GMO News.com.
Kids interested in nutrition investigative journalism can check out these video sites:
Link to O'Leary's rant, Rachel's invitation to watch the debate with her and O'Leary on July 31, 2013, Rachel's website, and Rachel at the March Against Monsanto. Investigative nutrition and other food-related journalism appeals to children and teenagers because food is a tangible object in science that's easy to begin looking at closer as a child's interest in nutrition increases and at the same time the child or teenager wants to investigate and write about universal issues that appeal to everyone. We all want to eat safer foods and desire food security. And many kids want answers that connect food to health issues.
Also, you may wish to check out some of these videos and articles on GMOs, A 17 Min Segment from the GMO Documentary "Genetic Roulette," "Bring Mandatory GMO Labeling To Canada – Sign the Petition," "Non-GMO Shopping Guide," and "Take Action to Stop GM Alfalfa."
Investigative food journalism is becoming a popular form of science writing
Yale researchers report they may have found a key molecular messenger that links the stomach-to-brain reward circuits and signals the brain it has sufficient calories, according to an August 15, 2013 news release by Bill Hathaway, "Messenger between gut and brain linked to eating behavior ."
Mice placed on a high-fat diet have a deficiency of dopamine, a key neurotransmitter involved in activating reward centers of the brain. This suggests that mice — and humans — may overeat in an attempt to restore dopamine release to normal levels.
The Yale researchers show in research published in the Aug. 16 issue of the journal Science that an infusion of the gastrointestinal lipid messenger oleoylethanolamine not only triggers activity of the dopamine system in the brain, but also helped restore levels of the neurotransmitter in mice fed a high-fat diet.
“In the obese — as well as in drug addicts — there seems to be a deficiency in their ability to sense the rewarding properties of certain stimuli, which may lead them to seek more food or more drugs,” says Ivan E. de Araujo, associate fellow in The John B. Pierce Laboratory and senior author of the study, according to the Yale news release. “A deficiency in this chemical messenger produced in the gut may be what makes them unable to sense the presence of calories in the gastrointestinal tract, leading to low dopamine release after ingesting meals containing relatively less calories.”
The scientists indeed found that after infusion with oleoylethanolamine mice fed a high-fat diet showed an increased interest in consuming low-fat meals
“It could be that bariatric surgery works because it affects levels of this gut messenger, thereby modulating the brain reward circuitry,” he says in the news release. His lab and those of colleagues at the J.B. Pierce Laboratory will now explore how the system works in humans and whether the findings can lead to a new way to treat obesity, de Araujo said. The National Institutes of Health funded the work. Lead author of the paper is Luis A. Tellez. Other Yale authors include Sara Medina, Wenfei Han, Jozelia G. Ferreira, Paula Licona-Limón, Xueying Ren, TuKiet T. Lam, and Gary J. Schwartz.
In the study mentioned in the news release, "Genetically Modfied Organisms (GMO) need to be assessed through systematic networks," a European-wide network for systematic GMO impact assessment proposed some changes about how GMO foods are labeled. For example, in Europe there are many concerns about adverse environmental effects of genetically modified (GM) crops, and the opinions on the outcomes of environmental risk assessments (ERA) differ largely. GM crop safety testing and studies on the standardization of impact assessments of releases are insufficiently developed. Therefore a framework was published in the open access journal BioRisk, which aims at improving the European regulatory/legal system.
Specific elements of the network are a) methodologies for both indicator and field site selection for GM crop ERA and PMEM, b) an EU-wide typology of agro-environments, c) a pan-European field testing network using GM crops, d) specific hypotheses on GM crop effects, and e) state-of-the art sampling, statistics and modeling approaches. Involving actors from various sectors the network will address public concerns and create confidence in the ENSyGMO results.
Dr Josef Settele from Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research – UFZ, Halle and Editor-in-Chief of BioRisk explained in the news release, Genetically Modfied Organisms (GMO) need to be assessed through systematic networks, "Assessing GMOs on the basis of separate criteria may yield misleading results, with negative consequences for both nature and mankind. The impact of GMO should be analyzed using integrated approaches and methods at various scales. We are convinced that the proposed assessment framework has the potential to set up a new standard in regulation of the usage of GMO" comment."
You can read the abstract of the original study, "A framework for a European network for a systematic environmentmental impact assessment of genetically modified organisms (GMO)." The study is published in the October 17, 2012 issue of the journal BioRisk.