Study: Public views on diet, sustainability not always aligned | Novozymes buys enzyme supplier | EPA announces higher cellulosic volume targets
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)
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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)
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EPA announces higher cellulosic volume targets
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to increase 2013's required production of cellulosic biofuels even after the U.S. produced no commercially available cellulosic ethanol in 2012. A federal appeals court recently ruled that the EPA's 2012 target was improperly optimistic. The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (1/31), Associated Press (1/31)
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Food, Nutrition & Health
Study: Olive oil may cut cardiovascular risk through genes
Olive oil may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by enhancing the function of genes associated with an increase of high-density cholesterol, according to a Spanish study. Olive Oil Times (2/4)
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Science, Trends & Technology
The dizzying world of cleaning-product eco-labels
Eco-labels are popular with consumers and awarded by myriad organizations, but manufacturers argue that they can be too narrow in focus and confusing to consumers. Sustainability can be demonstrated even if a label isn't present, says Kate Geraghty of Dow Chemical. "In addition to lower hazards, substances should be chosen that result in lower energy, water, and waste footprints," Geraghty said. Chemical & Engineering News (1/28), Chemical & Engineering News (1/28), Chemical & Engineering News (1/28)
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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)
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From the Inform News Desk
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."
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February issue of JAOCS is online now
The February issue of the Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society is now available on SpringerLink. This month, articles cover everything from soy flour-based adhesives to an overview of recent advances in single-cell oils as a source of omega-3 fatty acids. And don't forget: Anyone can access the most-downloaded articles of JAOCS for free.
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