Contemporary Food Issues
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Contemporary Food Issues
This topic supports modules in Global Food Issues and Future Food at Bath Spa University, but has relevance to all my University teaching and should interest anyone who cares about what they eat.
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Funky Froot Loops and golf ball hash browns: the 8 weirdest food recalls

Funky Froot Loops and golf ball hash browns: the 8 weirdest food recalls | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
Frozen hash browns that might contain “extraneous golf ball materials" have just been recalled. Other recalls range from peculiar to downright baffling.
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Salmon farming in crisis: 'We are seeing a chemical arms race in the seas'

Salmon farming in crisis: 'We are seeing a chemical arms race in the seas' | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
Rare only 40 years ago, farmed salmon is now taken for granted in our kitchens. But the growth of the industry has come at great cost
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What makes a food 'healthy,' anyway? FDA tries to answer

What makes a food 'healthy,' anyway? FDA tries to answer | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
The FDA asked the public for input on how to define "healthy" foods, and more than 870 individuals and groups have had something to say.
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Blight resistant genetically engineered potatoes that cut fungicide use by half in groceries this fall | Genetic Literacy Project

Blight resistant genetically engineered potatoes that cut fungicide use by half in groceries this fall | Genetic Literacy Project | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
Three types of potatoes genetically engineered to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine are safe for the environment and safe to eat, fed
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Why are these stickers appearing on free range eggs? - BBC News

Why are these stickers appearing on free range eggs? - BBC News | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
Stickers are appearing on egg boxes to clarify that previously free range hens have been kept indoors.
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Fears of ‘dirty meat’ entering food chain after 25% of abattoirs fail tests

Fears of ‘dirty meat’ entering food chain after 25% of abattoirs fail tests | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
Audits carried out at more than 300 abattoirs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland find major hygiene failings in more than a quarter of meat plants
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Is this the beginning of an American influence on UK farming?

Is this the beginning of an American influence on UK farming? | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
New bilateral trade agreements between the UK and the USA could see the former being forced to lift restrictions on food imports from th
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Saving The Planet, One Burger At A Time: This Juicy Patty Is Meat-Free

Saving The Planet, One Burger At A Time: This Juicy Patty Is Meat-Free | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
Pat Brown was a renowned biomedical researcher. But he left that to tackle what he saw as the biggest problem facing Earth: animal agriculture. His solution: a veggie burger so beef-like it bleeds.
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Why it is imperative to define 'natural' in the food industry

Why it is imperative to define 'natural' in the food industry | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
The 'natural' trend is one of the biggest in the food industry. How important is a clear definition of what constitutes natural for the industry?
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Free range is a con. There’s no such thing as an ethical egg | Chas Newkey-Burden

Free range is a con. There’s no such thing as an ethical egg | Chas Newkey-Burden | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
Slapping ‘free range’ on a box of eggs simply hides the catalogue of routine horrors that are allowed under this reassuring banner
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I'm not sure some of the pejorative name calling helps the argument, but this is certainly an impassioned opinion piece.  
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How dangerous is burnt toast? | Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) today launched its Go for Gold campaign, encouraging us not to burn our roast or fried vegetables and keep our oven chips at a nice golden colour.
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Why is there a vegetable shortage? - BBC News

Why is there a vegetable shortage? - BBC News | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
It's not just a courgette crisis - supplies of tomatoes, lettuce and more are hit by Europe's big freeze.
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Don't despair, there is lots of lovely seasonal UK veg around at the moment.
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Household food waste rises, despite falls elsewhere

Household food waste rises, despite falls elsewhere | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
Household food waste reduction targets under the Courtauld Commitment 3 (CC3) – a voluntary agreement aimed at improving resource efficiency and reducing waste within the UK grocery sector – have been missed, despite £100M of business savings being delivered by reducing food
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Gary Taubes and the Case Against Sugar

Gary Taubes and the Case Against Sugar | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
Gary Taubes writes that sugar is the cause of obesity and most chronic diseases. He makes a good case for the prosecution, but he doesn’t convict.
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Why you should beware of those aiming to “separate fact from fiction” in nutrition research

Why you should beware of those aiming to “separate fact from fiction” in nutrition research | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
Journalists have an incentive to serve up new servings of nutrition research as soon as it comes out of the oven -- even it hasn't been fully baked.
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Supply chains need to be shorter and simpler

Supply chains need to be shorter and simpler | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
The UK must shorten and reduce the complexity of its food supply chains if it hopes to ensure future food security and reduce the opportunities for fraud this presents, were key messages to emerge from this year’s City Food Lecture
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Five-a-day of fruit and veg is good, but '10 is better' - Health News - NHS Choices

Five-a-day of fruit and veg is good, but '10 is better' - Health News - NHS Choices | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
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Organic food sales soar as shoppers put quality before price

Organic food sales soar as shoppers put quality before price | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
Retailers say demand is at its highest for a decade with popularity spreading from fruit and vegetables to other groceries
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Food Fraud: a challenge for the food and drink industry

Food Fraud: a challenge for the food and drink industry | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
What is food fraud? We have produced an infographic on food fraud to provide more information on what it is and it
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90 Percent Of Fish We Use for Fishmeal Could Be Used To Feed Humans Instead

90 Percent Of Fish We Use for Fishmeal Could Be Used To Feed Humans Instead | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
Currently, one-fourth of all fish caught globally goes to produce fishmeal and fish oil for farmed seafood, pigs and chickens. A lot of it is "food grade" and could be feeding the world's hungry.
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Misconceptions Continue About The Non-Browning Apples Coming To A Store Near You

Misconceptions Continue About The Non-Browning Apples Coming To A Store Near You | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
Arctic Apples don't brown prematurely, but they do turn brown when rotting. Yet news outlets, TV doctors and activist groups continue to get this fact wrong.
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Why The Arctic Apple Means You May Be Seeing More GMOs At The Store

Why The Arctic Apple Means You May Be Seeing More GMOs At The Store | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
The fruit is one of the first GMOs to be marketed directly to consumers, not at farmers. It's headed to test markets this month. And it's a sign of how the science of genetic engineering is evolving.
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“Detox”: Ritual purification masquerading as medicine and wellness

“Detox”: Ritual purification masquerading as medicine and wellness | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
If the “central dogma” of alternative medicine is that wishing makes it so, one of the most important of the other organizing dogmas of alternative medicine is that “toxins,”…
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Addressing GMO concerns: Are agricultural chemicals hazardous, overused? | Genetic Literacy Project

This is the second in a series that explores common objections to GMOs that are found on the internet. This entry explores the misconception that farmers drench their crops in harmful chemicals.
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Everything you wanted to know about cancer diets

Everything you wanted to know about cancer diets | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
The internet is awash with people claiming that ‘miracle diets’ can prevent or cure cancer. But beware – taking the wrong advice can be disastrous, say experts
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