Study shows vegetarian diet lowers blood, urine phosphorous levels

December 04, 2015

De Schutter also expressed concern over China's treatment of whistle-blowers that highlight food safety issues, the BBC reports. He "said the state's actions had 'a chilling effect' on others worried about violations. He said the Chinese authorities seemed to underestimate the contribution that free expression and association could make to the right to adequate food," the news service writes (12/23). "His preliminary report [.pdf] summarizing his observations and recommendations encouraged China to boost transparency and access to information to help combat its food safety problems," the AP reports. "His report also urged less use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides that are polluting the environment and that legal protections for small farmers be stronger. Small farms in China sometimes are taken away by corrupt officials and land developers," according to the news service (12/23).

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