Factory farming conditions and antibiotic-resistant pathogens emerging as a result of them pose an existential threat to humans in the form of zoonotic diseases. Why it’s time to produce and consume food more thoughtfully.
University returns a 1 million dollar donation granted by Coca Cola to support research in favour of sugary drinks
1 million dollars were returned to Coca Cola because they had been used to shift the blame for obesity away from junk food. This is Colorado University’s courageous choice.
The donation granted in 2014 by the Coca Cola group to the School of Medicine of the University of Colorado in order to establish the Global Energy Balance Network, a non-profit group of scientists, was used to shift the blame for obesity away from unhealthy eating habits. This is what was revealed by the New York Times, who also reported some declarations of the University: “Obesity and related health issues are serious concerns for personal medical care and public health. The School of Medicine and physicians and researchers on the University of Colorado are making significant contributions to the understanding of and care for these health-related issues and Coca Cola, the source of funding for the network, should not distract from their efforts”.
Basically, the Global Energy Balance Network, under the donour’s pressure, would have stated that the lack of physical activity is the major cause of obesity, minimising the negative effects of junk food. In a video, Steven Blair, scientist at the University of South Carolina and vice president of the group, accuses the media because they blame fast foods and sugary drinks for the country’s high rate of obesity, declaring that there’s “really virtually no compelling evidence that that, in fact, is the cause”.
The group also launched a campaign on Facebook and Twitter in which it promotes physical activity as a solution to obesity, remaining silent on the role of food.
In August, the Center for science in the public interest presented a petition signed by 37 scientists and public health authorities accusing the Global Energy Balance Network of peddling scientific absurdities. In an interview, Michael F. Jacobson, executive director of CSPI, he praised the University of Colorado for returning the sum of money.
The world of cinema recognises the link between food choices and the climate crisis by offering vegan menus for awards season events, including at the most important of them all: the Oscars.
Let’s look at the reasons behind the growth of veganism in India, as a small yet vocal section of the population turns towards this diet and lifestyle in the largest milk producing country in the world.
In an increasingly uncertain world, we need food production systems that can cope with dramatic climatic variations, provide nutritious diets, and build the resilience of communities and landscapes.
Mint has many health benefits, but in food it’s often accompanied by artificial green colourings. Instead, Galatea has created a green mint ice cream in a completely natural way.
We’re talking about Galatea, a company that produces semi-finished products for artisanal ice creams using high quality ingredients, natural colouring, excluding thickeners and hydrogenated fats, respecting the environment and supporting the less fortunate.
The mad rush to fake food, like fake meat made with genetically-modified soy, ignores the importance of the diversity of our foods and culinary cultures. It’s a recipe to accelerate the destruction of the Planet and our health.
Like with all foods, the quality of an ice cream can be discerned by reading its label. An expert explains how to do this, and tells us how their company steers clear of chemicals, using only natural ingredients to produce an excellent and “free” ice cream.
Quality ingredients, no artificial colouring and hydrogenated fats. These are the main features of a great ice cream. But what makes an ice cream parlour “good”, i.e. sustainable?