Livestock raised for food in the US are dosed with five times as much antibiotic medicine as farm animals in the UK. The difference in rates of dosage rises to at least nine times as much in the case of cattle raised for beef, and may be as high as 16 times the rate of dosage per cow in the UK. There is currently a ban on imports of American beef throughout Europe, owing mainly to the free use of growth hormones in the US.
Enamelled drinking glasses and popular merchandise can contain potentially toxic levels of lead and cadmium, a study has shown.
A former advertising executive who spent two decades working with Big Food corporations has revealed how they are still working to persuade us to eat more sugar and junk food in spite of the obesity epidemic.
Polishing an apple with your shirt might remove some dust and dirt, but getting rid of pesticide residues could take a little more work. Researchers now report in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, that washing apples with a common household product — baking soda — could do the trick for residues on the surfaces of the fruit.
Cuba’s slow shift toward organic farming owes much of its inspiration and technical knowhow to one family, the Funes clan of Havana. Fernando Funes Aguilar and his wife Marta Monzote, who died in 2007, spoke and wrote passionately about the damage that indiscriminate use of chemical inputs and the sugar monoculture were doing to Cuba’s ecology and food supply.
The initial objective of coffee-drinking was to transcend the material world and find peace.
Fertile soil is being lost at rate of 24bn tonnes a year through intensive farming as demand for food increases. Heavy tilling, multiple harvests and abundant use of agrochemicals have increased yields at the expense of long-term sustainability. Industrial agriculture is good at feeding populations but it is not sustainable. It’s like an extractive industry.
The use of antibiotics in factory farms in Asia is set to more than double in just over a decade, with potentially damaging effects on antibiotic resistance around the world. Factory farming of poultry in Asia is also increasing the threat of bird flu spreading beyond the region.
Diet is the second highest risk factor for early death after smoking. Other high risks are high blood glucose which can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure, high body mass index (BMI) which is a measure of obesity, and high total cholesterol. All of these can be related to eating the wrong foods, although there are also other causes.
Canadian supermarkets have become the first in the world to stock genetically modified fish.
Reducing meat consumption and using more efficient farming methods globally are essential to stave off irreversible damage to the environmental, a new study says.
Demand for cheaper food and lower production costs is turning green fields into industrial sheds to process vast amounts of meat and poultry. Mega farms and intensive farms are controversial because they require keeping tens of thousands of animals in a small space.
Redefining fine cuisine using only indigenous (Native American) ingredients.
The world population consumes around 10 per cent more food than it needs, while almost nine per cent is thrown away or left to spoil, researchers say. Reducing losses from the global food system would improve food security and help prevent environmental harm.
People devalue ‘food animals’ particularly when they are of non-mammalian species.
In 1878 there was only one vegetarian restaurant in the UK but, as the vegetarian movement, which was as much about a way of life and social change as about not eating meat, began to find new ground in London among white-collar workers during the 1880s (historically its home was the working classes of Manchester), the number of vegetarian restaurants grew to 52. Many looked on the junior bank clerks, dressmakers and shop assistants dining in them as oddities.
Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP), a chemical commonly used in the food manufacturing process, can increase fat stores in the body even before we're born.
Eating a meal of seafood or other foods containing omega-3 fatty acids at least once a week may protect against age-related memory loss and thinking problems in older people.
Never make a decision when you are hungry. The hormone ghrelin -- that is released before meals and known to increase appetite -- has a negative effect on both decision making and impulse control.
Half of the world's fruit and vegetable crops are lost during the food supply chain, due mostly to premature deterioration of these perishable foods. Biomedical engineers have demonstrated that fruits can stay fresh for more than a week without refrigeration if they are coated in an odorless, biocompatible silk solution so thin as to be virtually invisible.