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Organic farming with gene editing: An oxymoron or a tool for sustainable agriculture?

Posted by Shira Rossiter

11-Oct-2018 16:04:59

This post was originally published on The Conversation, and is written by Rebecca Mackelprang, a Postdoctoral Scholar from the University of California, Berkeley.


A University of California, Berkeley professor stands at the front of the room, delivering her invited talk about the potential of genetic engineering. Her audience, full of organic farming advocates, listens uneasily. She notices a man get up from his seat and move toward the front of the room. Confused, the speaker pauses mid-sentence as she watches him bend over, reach for the power cord, and unplug the projector. The room darkens and silence falls. So much for listening to the ideas of others.

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Topics: organic, agriculture, genetics, genetic modification (GM), environment and sustainability, IFIS Publishing, bacteria, food production, food safety, functional foods, regulations and guidance, food research, nutrients, pesticides, food security

The Rising Popularity of Meat Alternatives in Europe - Part 1

Posted by Sophie Edgington

07-Sep-2018 17:04:04

This is part one of our three part blog series, exploring the options, benefits, risks and popularity of meat alternatives in Europe. Keep an eye out for part two, coming soon!


What’s driving consumer demand for plant-based alternatives to meat?

The European market for meat alternatives is rapidly expanding, with the UK market alone reportedly worth £572m in 2017, a £33m increase from just two years earlier (http://bit.ly/2CKCrYN) and retail sales are predicted to continue growing to £658m by 2021. 

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Topics: meat, vegetables, plant-based diets, dieting, fermented foods, novel foods, food economics, food research, food production, food processing, consumer behaviour, animal welfare, environment and sustainability, health, healthy eating, sensory perception, protein, processed food, social media, appetite and satiety, soy, nutrition, nutrients

How the Lowly Mushroom is Becoming a Nutritional Star

Posted by Shira Rossiter

26-Apr-2018 11:05:00

This post was originally published on The Conversation, and was written by Robert Beelman, Professor of Food Science at Pennsylvania State University.

 

Mushrooms are often considered only for their culinary use because they are packed with flavor-enhancers and have gourmet appeal. That is probably why they are the second most popular pizza topping, next to pepperoni.

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Topics: health, healthy eating, nutrition, dieting, food research, nutrients, cancer, flavour, cholesterol, gluten free, protein, fibre, immune system, superfoods, Asia, selenium, vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, genetics, cognitive function, agriculture

If sugar is so bad for us, why is the sugar in fruit OK?

Posted by Shira Rossiter

20-Mar-2018 11:30:00

This post was originally published on The Conversation, and was written by Kacie Dickinson, an accredited practising dietitian and lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics at Flinders University, alongside Jodi Bernstein, a PHD candidate in Nutritional Sciences, from the University of Toronto.

 

We hear regularly from health organisations and experts that we should eat less sugar. But we’re also told we should eat more fruit.

All types of sugar will give us the same amount of calories, whether they are from fruit or soft drink. But the health risks of eating sugar are related to consuming too many “free sugars” in the diet, not from eating sugars that are naturally present in fruits or milk.

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Topics: health, healthy eating, obesity, nutrition, dieting, food research, diabetes, sugar and substitutes, fruit, monosaccharides, confectionery, water, nutrients, fibre, cancer, cardiovascular health, dairy, appetite and satiety, vegetables

Health Check: can chopping your vegetables boost their nutrients?

Posted by Josh Newport

12-Jun-2017 07:00:00

This post was originally published on The Conversation.

We all know eating vegetables is a good way to improve health. And for many years the focus has been on just eating more vegetables, be it fresh, frozen or tinned. But what if there was a quicker and easier way to get more benefit from our vegetables? Can the way we prepare vegetables boost their nutrition? Does tearing or chopping your lettuce makes any difference? And if we chop, does it matter what type of knife we use?

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Topics: food research, nutrition, health, vegetables, nutrients, polyphenols, vitamins and minerals, enzymes

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