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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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In Europe, Ugly Sells In The Produce Aisle

In Europe, Ugly Sells In The Produce Aisle | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
Lumpy, bumpy produce that fails to meet supermarkets' high bar for beauty usually ends up as waste. But increasingly, European supermarkets are finding that ugly sells, if you tell the right story.
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Food giant accused over cash request

Food giant accused over cash request | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it

Premier Foods, one of the UK's biggest manufacturers, has been asking its suppliers for payments to continue doing business with the firm.

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Big Food confronts high-tech challengers | Al Jazeera America

Big Food confronts high-tech challengers  | Al Jazeera America | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
Innovative food startups trying to curb soaring meat production can expect legal and political obstacles
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How insects could feed the world | Emily Anthes

How insects could feed the world | Emily Anthes | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
The long read: Is eating insects the answer to feeding the world’s growing population of human beings and livestock? Emily Anthes chews on locusts, beetles, mealworms and more as she tries to find out
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Survey on 'May contain' labelling | food.gov.uk

Survey on 'May contain' labelling | food.gov.uk | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
The Food Standards Agency has today published a nationwide snap-shot survey on a cross-section of pre-packed processed foods both with and without allergen advisory labelling.
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Exercise data signs could cut sugary drink intake - Health News - NHS Choices

Exercise data signs could cut sugary drink intake - Health News - NHS Choices | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
“Signs warning shoppers how much exercise they need to do to burn off calories in sugary drinks can encourage healthier choices,” BBC News reports.
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Is reheated pasta less fattening?

Is reheated pasta less fattening? | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it

Many food-lovers worry about pasta making them fat. But could simply cooling and then reheating your meal make it better for you, asks Michael Mosley.

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The unromantic truth: supermarkets aren’t dying, and that’s a good thing

The unromantic truth: supermarkets aren’t dying, and that’s a good thing | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
Jay Rayner: Tesco et al are our only hope if we are to feed the nation sustainably. So we need a reckoning, not a revolution
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Food Standards Agency budget slashed by £22M

Food Standards Agency budget slashed by £22M | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) will have seen £22M cut from its budget from the beginning of the horsemeat scandal to the end of the 2015/16 financial year.
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Food crime on 'unprecedented' scale

Food crime on 'unprecedented' scale | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it

"Food crime" has reached unprecedented levels, a new report to be published on Thursday is expected to say.

Commissioned by the UK environment agency and health department, the report is understood to recommend the creation of a "food crime unit".

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In A Face-To-Face GMO Debate, The "For" Side Wins

In A Face-To-Face GMO Debate, The "For" Side Wins | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
Last night, more than 400 people packed into New York City's Kaufman Center to hear researchers and Monsanto's chief technology officer debate GMOs.
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Pardoning the turkey? Let’s thank farm workers instead

Pardoning the turkey? Let’s thank farm workers instead | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
Wouldn’t it be something if the President's annual pardoning of a turkey be replaced with an annual Thanksgiving recognition of workers along the food chain?
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Future foods could mimic exercise benefits, claim Nestlé scientists

Future foods could mimic exercise benefits, claim Nestlé scientists | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
Future food and nutritional products could use the enzyme AMPK to mimic the effects of exercise on metabolism, Nestlé researchers have claimed.
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Research paper available here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4104029/

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Bacterial slime: It's what's for dinner

Bacterial slime: It's what's for dinner | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
If natural or humanmade disaster strikes, causing global crop failures, the world won't starve -- providing they are willing to eat bacterial slime and bugs. "People have been doing catastrophic risk research for a while. But most of what's been done is dark, apocalyptic and dismal. It hasn't provided any real solutions," says the author of a new book that provides a more optimistic outlook.
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40 Percent Of The World's Cropland Is In Or Near Cities

40 Percent Of The World's Cropland Is In Or Near Cities | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
Just how much of the world's cropland can we really call urban? That's been a big mystery until now.
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Poor attitudes in the west will stop insects being food

Poor attitudes in the west will stop insects being food | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
Insects are unlikely to become a viable solution to feeding the increasing global population if western attitudes towards them remain negative, according to a leading analyst.
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Do people know where their chicken comes from?

Do people know where their chicken comes from? | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it

Campaigners say chicken meat needs better labelling. How much do people really know about the life of a chicken before it reaches their plate?

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World Food Day: 10 myths about hunger

World Food Day: 10 myths about hunger | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
How much do you know about global hunger? Carla Kweifio-Okai take a look at some of the biggest food production and nutrition myths
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Can we count on counting calories? - Health News - NHS Choices

Can we count on counting calories? - Health News - NHS Choices | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
It's a concept at the cornerstone of most diets: counting the calories of your food intake so you don't go over the limit. But just how accurate are calorie labels?
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GMOs Are Old Hat. Synthetically Modified Food Is The New Frontier

GMOs Are Old Hat. Synthetically Modified Food Is The New Frontier | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
Scientists hyping synthetic biology say it may one day give us biofuels, drugs and organisms that will solve hefty global problems. But synthetic biology food is already here, and causing controversy.
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European Activists Say They Don't Want Any U.S. 'Chlorine Chicken'

European Activists Say They Don't Want Any U.S. 'Chlorine Chicken' | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
Most U.S. poultry is bathed in a little chlorine on the way to your plate. But that treatment is banned in Europe. Now "chlorinated chickens" are a sticking point in a trans-Atlantic trade deal.
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Which? investigation uncovers fish fraud - September - 2014 - Which? News

Which? investigation uncovers fish fraud - September - 2014 - Which? News | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it

A Which? investigation has found fraudulent fish being sold in local fish and chip shops - seven of the 45 portions of fish we bought from fish and chip shops across the UK were mislabelled.

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