Eating is a pretty basic function. Essential to sustaining life, and infinitely pleasurable, we have few limitations on the food we eat today. Yet the global rise of both obesity, and eating disorders, demonstrate how complicated our relationship with food, and the 'food environment' has become. What came first, the chicken or the egg? Does it matter?
Sadly the saying about 'living off the fat of the land' looks all too anachronistic: half of the world's hungry people are themselves farmers. But if you suggest that farmers in developing countries who grow our food should be paid more, people throw up their hands in horror and cry: 'What about consumers in Europe? How can they afford to pay more? We must keep food prices down for them'.
I always thought education alone could solve diet-related health crises. Given the right information, people make informed, healthy decisions, right? But what if truly effective solutions require more than just education? What if they require government intervention? My conversation with Dr. Schmidt nudged me to consider this possibility.
The victors have been named in Peta’s annual contest to track down the UK’s sexiest vegans. Taking the crowns this year are
UPDATE: Here Are The UK's Sexiest Vegans (PICTURES) Best dressed meat eater, most humorous fruitarian and nerdiest pescatarian
The world's demand for meat is growing and the population is rising. And so the pressure to increase production is escalating at a stupendous rate. The future of farming could go two ways.
Gastronauts is a fun, innovative and absorbing production that looks at our relationship with food. Created by April De Angelis, Nessah Muthy and Wils Wilson, this immersive theatrical production seats its audience in a futuristic restaurant whilst around them little snippets and scenes are played out by the small cast.
On their own, simple economic measures aimed at tackling some dimension of an unhealthy lifestyle cannot work. What is needed is a deeper understanding of why some people make unhealthy choices while others do not. These may include poverty and lack of information or education, but they may also include cognitive psychological differences.
Tesco's announcement, potentially, is different. If Coke are still saying 'there's a problem that we're involved in, but we're not the problem', Tesco are saying 'we are part of this problem - but we can't solve it on our own'.
The pigs were crammed in; moving, squealing, eating, shitting - these animals didn't have the luxury of outdoor exercise or daylight. This barn (more like a warehouse in fact) was home for now. Locals told us the farm contained 13,000 pigs, and was an intensive piglet "nursery", where young animals were brought from breeding establishments elsewhere to fatten up before being dispatched to the slaughterhouse and people's dinner plates.