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Pedestrian Traffic Deaths Have Returned To 1990 Levels: What Is Causing It?

A picture is worth a thousand words, and a simple chart of pedestrian deaths is worth 6,227 - that is the number of pedestrian deaths last year, not the length of this article. read more

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More Expensive Milk Won’t Help Farmers Enough – Culture Has Changed

I don't drink much milk now, though I did when I was a kid. I think I eat more cheese than I did then, and that makes sense. We were a poor family on a subsistence farm and cheese is expensive. Milk was not. At least if you got it right from the farmer. But most of us don't get it right from the farmer, which is one reason why an increase in milk prices in the U.S. won't help dairy farmers...

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“Ultra-Processed” Food Is Not Killing People In France – Too Many Calories Are

A recent paper in JAMA Internal Medicine had all of the ingredients mainstream media love in food stories; a cosmic sounding number of participants (44,551), which sounds like it adds statistical power, and a provocative conclusion about the perils of the modern world - in this case that eating "ultra-processed food" is lowering life expectancy.read...

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HPV Vaccine Did Not Lead To Promiscuity In Teenage Girls – Instead, Sexual Activity Declined

When the HPV vaccine was first introduced, there were a number of reasons people listed for being critical. Some were just corporate cynicism - a company that just lost $5 billion in a Vioxx settlement was working its way under the same vaccine halo as polio and smallpox, they said. Others argued that it didn't work very well. And then there was a more subjective cultural claim that protecting...

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Vegetarians Are Even More Okay With Eating Insects Than Omnivores Are

For the last 20 years, insects have been touted as the next big thing in food, because they have a lot of protein and would be reasonable to produce at scale. And people who don't understand agriculture think land only suitable for animal husbandry could magically support amber waves of grain if we stopped eating steers.But are insects too icky? Perhaps to people who have never seen animals...

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Vegetarians Are Even More Okay With Eating Insects Than Omnivores Are

For the last 20 years, insects have been touted as the next big thing in food, because they have a lot of protein and would be reasonable to produce at scale. And people who don't understand agriculture think land only suitable for animal husbandry could magically support amber waves of grain if we stopped eating steers.But are insects too icky? Perhaps to people who have never seen animals...

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