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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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No. 1 Most Expensive Coffee Comes From Elephant's No. 2

No. 1 Most Expensive Coffee Comes From Elephant's No. 2 | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
A coffee entrepreneur claims his brew is different — and better — than the trendy civet poop coffee. And it starts with the idea that elephants, unlike humans or civets, are herbivores.
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Eat more meat and save the world: the latest implausible farming miracle

Eat more meat and save the world: the latest implausible farming miracle | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
George Monbiot: Allan Savory tells us that increasing livestock can reduce desertification and reverse climate change – but where is the scientific evidence?
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Row as horsemeat file shelved

Row as horsemeat file shelved | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
Publication of inquiry into 2013 food fraud delayed after national salmonella outbreak and reports of contaminated chicken
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Will Americans Buy Bug Snacks? Maybe ... If They're Funny And Cute

Will Americans Buy Bug Snacks? Maybe ... If They're Funny And Cute | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
The "ick factor" has kept consumers in the U.S. from eating crickets, locusts and mealworms. To convert skeptics, bug-food advocates are trying to win them over with sleek packages and clever names.
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Food Standards Agency - Country of origin of foods study published

Food Standards Agency - Country of origin of foods study published | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it

The FSA is today publishing the results of a study to look at the origin of foods claiming to be from the UK and Ireland. The study did not identify any cases of food on sale with misleading country of origin claims.

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U.K. Supermarket To Run On Electricity Made From Its Own Rotting Food

U.K. Supermarket To Run On Electricity Made From Its Own Rotting Food | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it

A Sainsbury's store in Cannock in central England is getting access to anaerobic digesters. The store plans to use electricity solely from the digesters, taking no electricity from the U.K.'s national power grid, which is fed by a combination of coal, natural gas, nuclear power plants and other sources. Sainsbury's will even sell any excess electricity it makes back to the grid.

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Visualizing UK Waste

Visualizing UK Waste | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
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Higher antioxidant and lower cadmium concentrations and lower incidence of pesticide residues in organically grown crops: a systematic literature review and meta-analyses

Higher antioxidant and lower cadmium concentrations and lower incidence of pesticide residues in organically grown crops: a systematic literature review and meta-analyses | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it

In the present study, we carried out meta-analyses based on 343 peer-reviewed publications that indicate statistically significant and meaningful differences in composition between organic and non-organic crops/crop-based foods.

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Interesting review paper, but there doesn't appear to be evidence that the increases in anti-oxidant levels are nutritionally sgnificant, and results indicate some organic crops might have lower protein levels than their non-organic counterparts.

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Kate Humble: aquaponics is the answer to our growing food crisis

Kate Humble: aquaponics is the answer to our growing food crisis | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
The Springwatch presenter explains to Lucy Siegle the anger that motivated her to build the UK's first aquaponic greenhouse on her farm – a closed-loop system producing food in a small space
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Food Fears « Science-Based Medicine

Food Fears « Science-Based Medicine | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
A new Cornell University study examines the origins of food fears, and possible remedies. It's a survey of 1,008 mothers asking about foods they avoid and why...
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Why a supermarket price war is bad news for Britain's ability to feed itself

Why a supermarket price war is bad news for Britain's ability to feed itself | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
The big four are cutting prices again – and if farmers get less money, self-sufficiency in UK food production will continue to slide. By Jay Rayner
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Food origins still lost on children

Food origins still lost on children | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
Children think that bread, potatoes and pasta all come from animals and that carbohydrate is more calorific than fat, a new study by the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) has revealed.
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Link to survey: http://www.nutrition.org.uk/nutritioninthenews/pressreleases/healthweek14

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PETA Embraces Autism Pseudoscience « Science-Based Medicine

PETA Embraces Autism Pseudoscience « Science-Based Medicine | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it

PETA provides us with a nice example of how having an ideological agenda can motivate an individual or a group to embrace dubious science. In an article currently on their website, and making the rounds in social media the group warns: Got Autism? Learn About the Link Between Dairy Products and the Disease.

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Why George Monbiot is wrong: grazing livestock can save the world

Why George Monbiot is wrong: grazing livestock can save the world | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
L Hunter Lovins: George Monbiot’s recent criticism of Allan Savory’s theory that grazing livestock can reverse climate change ignores evidence that it’s already experiencing success
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Your Sunday roast should carry a health warning

Your Sunday roast should carry a health warning | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
John Allen and Stephanie Lavua: The horror of the campylobacter scandal is that it is a predictable result of our 'just in time' farming system
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Seasonal eating: does it matter?

Seasonal eating: does it matter? | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
A BBC poll has revealed that fewer than one in 10 Brits know when some of the UK's most well-known fruit and vegetables are in season, and supermarkets do little to help. But would a strawberry at the Christmas table really be so out of place?
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Horsemeat report: delays ‘concern’ food industry

Horsemeat report: delays ‘concern’ food industry | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
The food industry has expressed concern over the fate of Professor Chris Elliott’s final report on the handling of the 2013 horsemeat scandal, which has been delayed until Parliament’s next session.
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Why the UK's food prices aren't so high after all

Why the UK's food prices aren't so high after all | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
Families in seven cities around the world took part in our survey of the cost of food and household basics. Here's what we found
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Laboratory-grown beef: meat without the murder, but would you eat it?

Laboratory-grown beef: meat without the murder, but would you eat it? | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
Growing meat in labs could cut hunger, tackle climate change and end animal slaughter, but creator Professor Mark Post says the biggest beef will be convincing consumers
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Obesity webinar your questions answered – in pics

Obesity webinar your questions answered – in pics | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
The Food Manufacture Group assembled an expert team of webinar speakers to help separate the facts from the fictions and the myths from hard scientific realities surrounding Britain’s obesity crisis.
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It's Okay To Be Smart • compoundchem: Great graphic from James Kennedy...

It's Okay To Be Smart • compoundchem: Great graphic from James Kennedy... | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
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Great graphic from James Kennedy (@VCEasy) comparing natural & artificial peaches.




Interesting infographical look at how a few thousand years of human intervention can result in a deliciously juicy summer treat. Most interesting? The percentage of sugar a peach holds has not gone up that much, only the edible flesh ratio and percent water have.


I should add that in this graphic, “artificial” just means that the modern peach was artificially selected by farmers who chose which variants to propagate, as opposed to being subject to the unguided processes of natural selection. I worry about the misconception that “artificial” here might be misconstrued into meaning “inferior” or “dangerous” or “fake”. It is none of those things.


Don’t fear the fruits of science. Especially the juicy ones. 


(Breaking down the chemical fear and overuse of scare quotes that surround the “natural vs. artificial” food movement is the whole point of James Kennedy’s infographics, like his famous list of ingredients in an all-natural banana, I just want to make sure that it comes across to people not familiar with his work!)
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Global food waste in eight numbers

Global food waste in eight numbers | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it

One third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted before it is eaten, the UN's Food and Agricultural Organization estimates.

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'Natural' Food Sounds Good But Doesn't Mean Much

'Natural' Food Sounds Good But Doesn't Mean Much | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
A consumer advocacy group says it's time to ban the word "natural" from food labels because it's misleading. But the quest to get the government to outlaw the word entirely faces tough legal hurdles.
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How Science Put The Nature Into A Chobani Pot

How Science Put The Nature Into A Chobani Pot | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
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How one company tried to deny the science that went into their product.

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Emptying The Ocean: Trawling Leading To Deep Ocean Deserts - Science Sushi | DiscoverMagazine.com

Emptying The Ocean: Trawling Leading To Deep Ocean Deserts - Science Sushi | DiscoverMagazine.com | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
A new PNAS study adds to the mounting evidence that bottom trawling is irreparably damaging deep sea habitats.
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