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Why go dairy free?

Posted by Chris Cattini

17-Nov-2016 10:07:08

Consumption of dairy products in the UK has declined by 30% over the last 20 years. Americans drink 37% less milk now than they did in the seventies. Milk alternatives, on the other hand, are becoming increasingly popular. So why is this happening?

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Topics: milk and milk substitutes, labelling, sleep, cancer, animal welfare, nutrition, allergies and allergens, intolerances, nutrients, obesity, dairy, cardiovascular health, nuts, tryptophan, calcium, gut health, child nutrition, health

Reducing Meat Consumption for Sustainability

Posted by Naomi McGrath

05-May-2015 16:30:00

What changes could we make to “meat” the need for more sustainable food choices?

Meat often dominates the dinner plate. Whether it’s a juicy steak, a roast on a Sunday, or some sizzling sausages served up with a mountain of mash, meat regularly forms the central part of the meal, and for many people it is something they would certainly not want to go without. Unfortunately, though, while our enthusiasm for digging into meat-filled meals might leave our stomachs satisfied, it is having rather less positive consequences for the environment.

Meat production and the environment

Meat production is one of the main sources of human pressure on the environment, and its consumption accounts for a significant proportion of the ecological footprint of those who eat it. As well as being a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions (it is claimed that the global livestock industry generates more greenhouse gas emissions than all the cars, trains, ships and planes put together), raising animals for food is inefficient. It requires vast areas of land – not just for grazing, but for growing crops for feeds too, as well as large amounts of energy and water, all to produce only a relatively small amount of meat.

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Topics: food security, cancer, animal welfare, protein, diabetes, grains, obesity, agriculture, meat, cardiovascular health, food production, environment and sustainability, consumer behaviour, plant-based diets

Do Organic Food Consumers Really Know What They’re Buying?

Posted by Naomi McGrath

01-Jul-2014 13:10:00

Organic foods often come at a higher cost than their non-organic counterparts. Yet, some consumers consistently choose to buy them above conventionally-produced foods. Evidence suggests that there is often some discrepancy between what consumers believe organic foods offer and the reality. So what exactly are organic foods, and what motivates consumers to buy them?

Organic food: a definition

Organic foods are those produced by organic farming methods, which aim to reduce negative impacts on the environment. The exact standards producers must meet vary slightly between countries, which set their own guidelines, but there are a few core principles that are shared by all of the various regulatory bodies.

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Topics: zinc, food safety, food quality, organic, cancer, animal welfare, nutrition, flavour, pesticides, agriculture, meat, regulations and guidance, retail and marketing, environment and sustainability, consumer behaviour

Is Ritual Slaughter a Problem for Meat Eaters?

Posted by Chris Cattini

02-Jun-2014 11:01:00

Recently, UK consumers have been made aware that major supermarkets and fast food chains are selling halal meat, often unlabelled as such, and that this practice is fairly widespread, meaning that many non-Muslims have been eating halal foods without realizing it.

So far, the response to this revelation has been mixed. Some people are concerned about the welfare issues associated with the ritual slaughter practices necessary for halal meat production and there is a general sense of unease among parts of the non-Muslim population that the interests of a minority have been given precedence over those of the majority.

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Topics: food safety, labelling, animal welfare, meat, regulations and guidance, retail and marketing

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