Tagged: food

The Manuka honey fight is one we have to have - Guest Work

Guest Work May 30, 2017

By William van Caenegem, Professor of Law, Bond University The current row about the certification of Manuka honey, and whether it is a distinctly New Zealand product, is just the latest dispute involving Geographical Indications (GIs). These are markers that products have special qualities due to their origins in a specific region, like Champagne. There is … Read More

Junk food packaging hijacks the same brain processes as drug and alcohol addiction - Guest Work

Guest Work May 10, 2017

By Bernd Weber, University of Bonn Food is important for our survival, which is why all living beings have developed an urge for high energy foods, like those high in sugar and fat. Historically, this hadn’t been an issue, as energy dense foods weren’t always as available as they are today. But in modern societies, we not only … Read More

Mandatory labelling – again - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Apr 24, 2017

Twitter suggests there’s a pretty common fallacy out there that needs a bit more thorough treatment. Here’s how it looks: Free markets require informed choices Therefore the government should compel companies to label their products about things that I happen to care about. Otherwise how can people make informed choices? Why is this an error? There’s an infinite array of … Read More

Hoppy meals - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Apr 20, 2017

Here’s a weak signal associated with changing dietary habits. Grasshoppers were on the menu at a Major League Baseball game in the US recently. At a Seattle Mariners vs Astros game six kilos of spicy grasshoppers sold out. I wrote in October in more detail about some of the trends and challenges associated with traditional western food consumption. Read More

Nomenclature nonsense, chemical fail - BioBlog

Alison Campbell Apr 11, 2017

On the stuff page today, Dr Libby was asked how someone could reduce their exposure to chemicals. While she distinguished between ‘natural’ & ‘synthetic’ chemicals, sadly, ‘natural’ doesn’t always equate to ‘safe’ or ‘good for you’ (as the list of plants growing in the Poison Garden in the UK makes clear). Similarly, there may be no difference … Read More

Is a vegetarian diet really more environmentally friendly than eating meat? - Guest Work

Guest Work Jan 30, 2017

By Wayne Martindale, Sheffield Hallam University Beef from Brazil, avocados from Mexico, lamb from New Zealand, wines from South Africa and green beans from Kenya – food shopping lists have a distinctly international flavour. And with many questioning the sustainability of importing so much food from so far away, we are beginning to ask if switching to a … Read More

Better nutrition for mental health – food for thought - Guest Work

Guest Work Jan 29, 2017

By Prof Julia Rucklidge, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Canterbury. Mental illness affects one in five New Zealanders and, despite the wide availability of solid empirically supported therapies, these statistics are not getting any better. We appear to have reached an impasse improving outcomes, despite improvements in other areas of medicine. We need to explore new avenues. Read More