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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Scotland's $2 Billion Salmon Industry Is Thriving — But At What Cost? : The Salt : NPR

Scotland's $2 Billion Salmon Industry Is Thriving — But At What Cost? : The Salt : NPR | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
The growth of the country's farmed salmon sector has reached such a critical point that, if not addressed, may cause "irrecoverable damage to the environment," a government report says.
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Huge reduction in meat-eating ‘essential’ to avoid climate breakdown | Environment | The Guardian

Huge reduction in meat-eating ‘essential’ to avoid climate breakdown | Environment | The Guardian | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
Major study also finds huge changes to farming are needed to avoid destroying Earth’s ability to feed its population
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Can lessons be learned from Pret baguette allergy death?

Can lessons be learned from Pret baguette allergy death? | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
After the death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, a light is shone on food allergen labelling.
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Why the UK has such cheap food

Why the UK has such cheap food | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
Britons spend very little on food compared with other nations, but that could be about to change.
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Ditch the almond milk: why everything you know about sustainable eating is probably wrong | Food | The Guardian

Ditch the almond milk: why everything you know about sustainable eating is probably wrong | Food | The Guardian | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
From cod to clingfilm, the advice we’re given can often be confusing. If you’re serious about eating green, here are some straightforward solutions
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Horrible clickbait title, but some useful insights that show how the most sustainable option may not always be obvious. 
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If you want to save the world, veganism isn’t the answer | Isabella Tree | Opinion | The Guardian

If you want to save the world, veganism isn’t the answer | Isabella Tree | Opinion | The Guardian | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
Intensively farmed meat and dairy are a blight, but so are fields of soya and maize. There is another way, says the farmer Isabella Tree
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Global Warming Means Insects Will Eat More Crops

Global Warming Means Insects Will Eat More Crops | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
Climate change will mean more insects, and less food for humans.
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Third of farmed fruit and veg deemed 'too ugly to sell'

Third of farmed fruit and veg deemed 'too ugly to sell' | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
Researchers say a lot of farmed produce never reaches supermarkets because it is misshapen or the wrong size.
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Microbial Magic Could Help Slash Your Dinner's Carbon Footprint : The Salt : NPR

Microbial Magic Could Help Slash Your Dinner's Carbon Footprint : The Salt : NPR | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
In one year, fertilizer production in the U.S. emitted as much carbon dioxide as two million cars. What if we could help plants make their own nitrogen so they wouldn't need man-made chemicals?
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UK food falls short of sugar reduction targets

UK food falls short of sugar reduction targets | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
The UK food industry has failed to meet sugar reduction targets set by the government as part of its plans to curb childhood obesity.
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Bt GMOs reduce pesticides, increase yields, and benefit farmers (including organic farmers)

Bt GMOs reduce pesticides, increase yields, and benefit farmers (including organic farmers) | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
Few technologies have been demonized to the same extent as genetic engineering. According to countless websites, GMOs are an evil scourge on the earth that destroy biodiversity, use exorbitant levels of pesticides, and hybridize rampantly with wild crops, and all of that is before we even get to the (largely false) claims about Monsanto. Reality,…
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Lab-grown 'clean' meat could be on sale by end of 2018, says producer

Lab-grown 'clean' meat could be on sale by end of 2018, says producer | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
Meat grown in a laboratory could be on restaurant menus by the end of the year, one manufacturer has claimed.  In vitro animal products, sometimes referred to as “clean meat”, are made from stem cells harvested via biopsy from living livestock, which are then grown in a lab over a number of weeks.  Some environmentalists believe the process could be the key to reducing global warming, with one study predicting it could lower harmful greenhouse emissions by 96 per cent.
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Vast animal-feed crops to satisfy our meat needs are destroying planet | Environment | The Guardian

Vast animal-feed crops to satisfy our meat needs are destroying planet | Environment | The Guardian | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
WWF report finds 60% of global biodiversity loss is down to meat-based diets which put huge strain on Earth’s resources
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Food is a great source of pleasure. Forget that, and we’re doomed to eat badly | Bee Wilson | Opinion | The Guardian

Food is a great source of pleasure. Forget that, and we’re doomed to eat badly | Bee Wilson | Opinion | The Guardian | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
Yet another report reveals the error of our dietary habits. But hectoring won’t work; from childhood, we should learn the joy of varied tastes
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'Flexitarian' diets key to feeding people in a warming world

'Flexitarian' diets key to feeding people in a warming world | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
Eating more plant-based foods, ending waste and improving farming are vital for the future, say scientists
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Food and Brexit: will our cupboards be bare? | Food | The Guardian

Food and Brexit: will our cupboards be bare? | Food | The Guardian | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
From farmers and poultry producers to professors of food policy, those on the frontline have been sounding the alarm. So how will the UK cope after 29 March 2019?
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Do Healthy Diets Protect The Planet? As The U.N. Meets, A Focus On Sustainability : The Salt : NPR

Do Healthy Diets Protect The Planet? As The U.N. Meets, A Focus On Sustainability : The Salt : NPR | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
As United Nations leaders gather in New York, top food and nutrition experts are convening for a forum to talk about how people around the globe can have both a nourished diet and a healthy planet.
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Four million UK children too poor to have a healthy diet, study finds | Society | The Guardian

Four million UK children too poor to have a healthy diet, study finds | Society | The Guardian | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
Food Foundation finds poorest families cannot meet healthy food guidelines of government
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'It’s not if, it’s when': the deadly pig disease spreading around the world | Environment | The Guardian

'It’s not if, it’s when': the deadly pig disease spreading around the world | Environment | The Guardian | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
Swine fever has made its way into China, home to half the world’s pigs. Farmers in Estonia are already counting the cost
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What Is a Genetically Modified Crop? A European Ruling Sows Confusion - The New York Times

What Is a Genetically Modified Crop? A European Ruling Sows Confusion - The New York Times | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
In Europe, plants created with gene-editing technologies will be stringently regulated as G.M.O.’s. But older crops whose DNA has been altered will be left alone.
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Your Ancestors Probably Ate Insects. So What's Bugging You? : The Salt : NPR

Your Ancestors Probably Ate Insects. So What's Bugging You? : The Salt : NPR | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
An anthropologist takes a deep dive into the history of gathering, raising and eating insects, and why in America and Europe, they're unlikely to become a mainstream food option anytime soon.
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Smarter metrics will help fix our food system

Smarter metrics will help fix our food system | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
Think less about bigger crop yields, and more about better lives, says Pavan Sukhdev, as more-comprehensive evaluation techniques are unveiled.
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For One Fine-Dining Chef, Cutting Food Waste Saves The Planet And The Bottom Line : The Salt : NPR

For One Fine-Dining Chef, Cutting Food Waste Saves The Planet And The Bottom Line : The Salt : NPR | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
After nearly going bankrupt, chef Tim Ma cut costs by cooking creatively with every last bit of ingredients. Some dishes born of frugality have become favorites at his acclaimed D.C. restaurant.
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Stopping the rot: Meet the waste warriors

Stopping the rot: Meet the waste warriors | Contemporary Food Issues | Scoop.it
Meet the people using innovative approaches to tackle the problem of food waste.
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