50%: Amount of global coffee that once came from Haiti, which now exports just $1 million of coffee annually. Climate change, deforestation, embargoes, and competition from other nations have been the largest factors in coffees decline in Haiti.
130: Number of outlets Target operates in Canada, which now have an uncertain future as the retail giant is questioning selling the stores following poor sales since acquiring and converting the former Zellers locations.
0: Difference in nutrition between pomegranate that are water-stressed and those that are not according to research by Tiziana Centofanti, who is affiliated with the Center for Irrigation Technology and did the work on behalf of the US Department of Agriculture.
0.48: BOMP (bleeding on marginal probing) score that chewers of xylitol and maltitol sweetened gum chewers achieved according to a study by the Academic Center for Dentistry Amsterdam. Sugar-free gum chewers in the study had a score of 0.26, while non-chewers scores averaged 0.36. No statistical differences in plaque were found between groups.
12 pounds/year: Potential weight gain attributed to reduced calorie-burning by those with a history of depression and current marital hositility following a heavy meal -118 fewer calories up to 7 hours after- according to research by the Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research at The Ohio State University.
2X: Increase in shelf-life for produce sprayed with a new all-natural film produced by Apeel Sciences. With 1/3 of all food being thrown away and the tendency of produce to rot, it is hoped this product might reverse this trend as well as reduce the need for pesticides.
1/5: Amount of the $520 billion total food and beverage market dollar sales in 2013 made up of private label purchases according to Packaged Facts. With a current $102 billion in sales, and a 4% growth rate, the segment could reach $122 billion by 2018. Packaged Facts notes that organic private label investments and offerings have grown substantially in recent years.
50 minutes: Length of time it would take to burn the calories from an average soda through running. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health came up with this figure (which is for a 110 pound adolescent) as a means to combat the lack of attention Americans give to nutrition labels. The Hopkins teams believes teens may respond to messaging that converts calories into the number of miles, or length of time (running or walking) needed to burn calories consumed in food and drink products.
80%: Share of total antibiotics given to livestock. Research from the Stanford University School of Medicine suggest that mice given antibiotics to treat Salmonella infections grow sicker and may be more likely to spread disease. Denise Monack, PhD., the lead author of the study, suggests “If this [study’s findings on mice] holds true for livestock as well – and I think it will – it would have obvious public health implications.”
13%: Share of the 3,821 healthy children aged one to six in a St. Michael’s Hospital study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal that drink non-cow’s milk (rice, almond, soy, or goat). The researchers found that children who drank non-cow’s milk had lower levels of vitamin D in their blood compared to drinkers of cow’s milk. Every 100 milliliters of cow’s milk must be fortified with 40 units of vitamin D, while fortifying non cow’s milk is voluntary.