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Supermarkets misleading shoppers on healthy food, say nutritionists

Image caption Supermarkets routinely brand vegan products as “healthier” Products high in salt and saturated fats are being marketed as healthy by leading supermarkets, BBC Radio 5 Live Investigates has found. The British Dietetic Association said stores including Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s were being “unhelpful” and “confusing” customers. The Royal Society for Public Health called for an independent supermarket regulator. Supermarkets said they were committed to “promoting healthy eating”. BBC researchers visited the top five supermarkets in the UK and found Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Tesco were stocking products high in…

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UN: Growing threat to food from decline in biodiversity

Image copyright Getty Images The plants, animals, crops and micro-organisms that are the bedrock of food production are in decline, according to a UN study. If these critical species are lost, the report says, it “places the future of our food system under severe threat”. The study says that land use changes, pollution, and climate change are all causing biodiversity loss. While species friendly policies are increasing, they are not growing quickly enough, the scientists say. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), who’ve put the report together using data…

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How human food is changing wildlife

Image copyright Alamy Image caption Searching for a snack: ‘Human food’ can make up as much as 30% of a black bear’s diet If a bear is awake, it is hungry; any rubbish bin, landfill site, farm or even a car could provide a meal. But in an increasingly urbanised landscape, bears and other wildlife eat more “human food”, which is shifting their behaviour and biology. A study in the journal Scientific Reports found that bears with a diet rich in human food hibernated as much as 50 days less…

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Brexit: UK will apply food tariffs in case of no deal

Image copyright Getty Images Environment Secretary Michael Gove has promised that the government will apply tariffs to food imports in the event of a no-deal Brexit, to provide “specific and robust protections” for farmers. His remarks come as the government is poised to release details of tariffs (taxes on imports) that would apply to thousands of products coming in from around the world, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Many supporters of Brexit argue that tariffs on food and other items should be scrapped in order to…

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Amber Rudd links universal credit to rise in food bank use

Image copyright EPA Image caption Amber Rudd took over the Department for Work and Pensions in November 2018 Amber Rudd says the increased use of food banks is partly down to problems in rolling out universal credit. The work and pensions secretary said she was “absolutely clear there were challenges with the initial roll-out” of the benefit and that the difficulty in accessing money was “one of the causes” of the rise. But she said the government had made changes to help tackle food insecurity. Food bank operator Trussell Trust…

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Food industry warns Gove on Brexit ‘crisis’

Image copyright Getty Images The UK food industry has threatened to stop co-operating with government policy consultations, saying it is busy trying to stave off the “catastrophic impact” of a no-deal Brexit. The warning came in a letter to Environment Secretary Michael Gove from more than 30 business leaders. They said it looked “ever more the likeliest outcome” that the UK would leave the EU without an agreement. They added that it was a “moment of potential crisis” for their industry. Those signing the letter included the heads of the…

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How two friends built a popular food website

Image copyright Bobbi Lin/Food52 Image caption Merrill Stubbs, left, and Amanda Hesser say that their friendship is key to their success The BBC’s weekly The Boss series profiles different business leader from around the world. This week we speak to Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, co-founders of cookery website Food52. Friends Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs gambled that creating the website they wanted to use but couldn’t find could be the recipe for a business success story. In 2008 the two New Yorkers were disappointed that there wasn’t a one-stop…

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Fast food giants under fire on climate and water usage

Image copyright Getty Images A coalition of investors is calling on McDonalds, KFC, and other fast food suppliers to take swift action on climate change. The group, with around $6.5 trillion under management, want the chains to cut carbon and water risks in their dairy and meat suppliers. Animal agriculture, they argue, is one of the highest emitting sectors without a low CO2 plan. They’re calling for public, time limited targets for reducing impacts. The investors group have targeted some of the largest companies in the global fast food sector…

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Spanish chef Adria to reopen famed elBulli, won’t serve food

MADRID (Reuters) – Spanish celebrity chef Ferran Adria is to reopen his once world-famous elBulli venture next year – but not serving food. The former three-Michelin-star restaurant on the shores of Catalonia’s Costa Brava, once considered the world’s best for four years in a row, will instead house a laboratory and museum of culinary innovation, Adria told Reuters on Monday. “The mission of ‘elBulli1846’ is … to create quality knowledge of restaurant gastronomy and everything that surrounds it,” the 56-year-old Catalan said before going on stage at the Madrid Fusion…

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Robots serve up food and fun in Budapest cafe

A robot waiter serves customers at a cafe in Budapest, Hungary, January 24, 2019. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo BUDAPEST (Reuters) – The robots at the Enjoy Budapest Cafe can do it all – they can serve up food and drink, tell jokes, dance with the kids or just hang out for a chat with customers. The cafe, opened by IT company E-Szoftverfejlesztő in the Hungarian capital, is staffed by a whole team of robots that aim to help familiarize the public with the technological revolution in automation and artificial intelligence. The robot…

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