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February 6, 2013
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  • Study: Public views on diet, sustainability not always aligned
    There is public interest in healthful diets and sustainability, but the advice given on achieving each can often be in conflict, according to a study. "Integrating guidance to reduce the environmental impact of the diet with dietary recommendations for health adds a level of complexity but addressing these issues together is essential to ensure clear and consistent dietary messages are given to consumers,” writes Dr. Jennie Macdiarmid of the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health in Scotland. FoodNavigator (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Novozymes buys enzyme supplier
    Novozymes expects to increase sales and efficiency through the purchase of Bio-Products, a unit of Iogen that was auctioned off. "We get a number of products that complement our existing product portfolio and welcome a talented group of employees who are very good at developing and producing industrial enzymes," Novozyme executive Andrew Fordyce said. Bloomberg (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study: Palm oil trees grown for biofuel could increase emissions
    Palm oil trees grown for biofuel may trigger the further release of greenhouse gases if they're grown in deforested peat swamps, according to a scientific paper. The researchers discovered that carbon locked deep in the soil was dissolved into waterways when swamps were deforested to make way for palm plantations. "Our results are yet another reminder that when we disturb intact peat swamps and convert them to industrial biofuel plantations, we risk adding to the very problem that we are trying to solve," said Chris Freeman of the University of Bangor in Wales. Reuters (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Job market for chemists
    "New graduates with bachelor's degrees in chemistry are expected to have a harder time finding employment this year than in 2011,” according to Chemical & Engineering News. "A top criterion that recruiters value in candidates is relevant experience gained through internships or co-ops," said Marilyn S. Yeager of Texas A&M University. "In addition, they want candidates who have a combination of strong academic preparation at a major institution and effective writing and interpersonal communication skills, which allow them to work well with others on teams." LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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