Eating junk, getting sick: a look on new interventions to solve the issue

The connection between processed food and chronic disease; the rise in the costs of national healthcare systems; the necessity to revise our lifestyle and habits. Several streams of scientific research offer new insights on one of the most primordial human affairs: the relation between people and food. Continue reading

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Human, all too human

nudgeFindings in the fields of neuroscience, behavioral economics and psychology, overturned the paradigm that conceived humans as rational calculators. The presence of many psychological errors lead people to commit mistakes in their judgements and actions. Nudging is a recent approach that entail minimalist, non-paternalistic interventions to guide people in the right direction. Continue reading

WHO vs. European Food Safety Authority: Battle on the Risks of Glyphosate

monsanto-roundupGlyphosate is one of the most commonly used herbicides in the world, and its residues are increasingly found in food and the environment. WHO stated that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic“. The European Food Safety Authority responded it is “unlikely” to be carcinogenic. A story of missing data, disputes among institutions and scientists, and mostly trade secrets. Continue reading

Tales of Disaster from the Tropical Islands

hjvIn ecology, the concept of isolation does not exist. Western-based environmental pollution is intimately linked to the events that are altering natural and human life conditions in apparently remote regions of the globe. Climate change side-effects are tangible in the complex, fragile environments of the world tropical islands, from the Pacific to idyllic Maldives. Continue reading..

 

Industrial Agriculture, a Deathly Deal for the Marine Ecosystem

Climate change events such as atmospheric warming, the warming of the oceans, sea level rise, ocean acidification, and the increase in the incidence of extreme weather events, are the results of the increase in greenhouse gas emissions. What and how is this happening? Continue reading..

Our Daily Food Poison

our-daily-poison-4-750x345.jpgThe science behind the use of pesticides, and the safety of consuming traces of them, has been largely produced by groups that have major conflicts of interests. In the book “Our Daily Poison” Marie-Monique Robin investigate the dangerous chemicals into everyday food products and the system in charge of the regulation. Continue reading

The COP21 Agreement, light at the end of the tunnel?

COP21The Agreement has been welcomed as well as harshly criticized. Scientist James Hansen define it a ‘fraud’. Big business representatives played a role behind doors to stop the deal, and the Agreement is deficient indeed. However, 195 countries by engaging in the Agreement made a little step forward, showing that – hopefully – there may be a small light at the end of the tunnel. Continue reading

Food Waste: where and how much?

food-wasteFood is lost or wasted throughout the supply chain, from initial agricultural production down to final household consumption. Food loss and waste amount to a major waste of resources, including water, land, energy, generating unnecessary GHG emissions. As FAO reports, fruit and vegetables are the most wasted products accounting for up to 45% . Continue reading

Good for the Palate, Bad for the Environment

As consumers, we are increasingly alienated from the food on our tables. When we shop, we rarely wonder about the origins of the delicious steak or fish filet we are buying. However, our basic need for nutrition has now major ethical and political implications. Recent studies carried out by the international scientific community have shed light on the influence and damage to the environment that comes from the animal food industry. Continue reading