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Organic farming matters – just not in the way you might think

In All, Environment, Food Products, General, Guest Article, Nutrition by Guest Author

Guest article by Verena Seufert, University of British Columbia and Navin Ramankutty, University of British Columbia Is organic agriculture the solution to our global food system challenges? That’s been the premise and promise of the organic movement since its origins in the 1920s: farming that’s healthy, ecological, and socially just. Many people – from consumers and farmers to scientists and international …

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Health check: is it safe to microwave your food?

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Guest article by Senaka Ranadheera, Victoria University; Duane Mellor, University of Canberra; Nenad Naumovski, University of Canberra, and Robyn McConchie, University of Sydney Today every kitchen would seem “under-equipped” without a microwave, with its efficient ability to cook, defrost and reheat a variety of different foods. The handy appliance uses microwave radiation to do so. This is a type of …

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No animal required, but would people eat artificial meat?

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Guest article by Clive Phillips, The University of Queensland and Matti Wilks, The University of Queensland Futurists tell us that we will be eating in vitro meat (IVM) – meat grown in a laboratory rather than on a farm – within five to ten years. IVM was first investigated in the early years of this century and since then criticisms of …

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How the bacteria in our gut affect our cravings for food

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Guest author Vincent Ho, Lecturer and clinical academic gastroenterologist, Western Sydney University We’ve long known that that the gut is responsible for digesting food and expelling the waste. More recently, we realised the gut has many more important functions and acts a type of mini-brain, affecting our mood and appetite. Now, new research suggests it might also play a role …

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Worried about BPA in canned foods? Unless you’re on a total canned food binge, you’re probably okay

In All, Food Products, General, Guest Article by Michael Holsapple

Guest article by Michael P. Holsapple, Michigan State University Those making the traditional green bean casserole over the holidays might see a label on their can of green beans or mushroom soup that reads, “BPA-free lining.” BPA, or bisphenol A, is an industrial chemical used to make plastics and resins, which are often used in containers that store food and beverages. …

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Is a blood infection in cattle linked to breast cancer in humans?

In All, Food Products, General, Guest Article by Meredith Frie

Guest article by Meredith Frie, Michigan State University Humans began domesticating animals for food over 10,000 years ago, cultivating a close relationship with animals over the following millennia. Like humans, animals can get sick, and sometimes infections pass between humans and animals. Some of these infections, like ringworm, are mostly harmless, while others, like bovine tuberculosis, are extremely serious. But how …

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What happens to your gut if you eat a gold pizza?

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Guest article by Marie-Ann Ha, Senior Lecturer in Nutrition, Anglia Ruskin University A restaurant in the New York financial district is offering customers a pizza priced at US$2,000 (£1,623). It is topped with caviar, stilton cheese and gold leaf, with each bite costing around US$50. New York is usually the kind of place that sets trends, but pizzerias elsewhere have …