EPISODE III: Three big lies that the food industry is telling us through advertising

EPISODE III: Three big lies that the food industry is telling us through advertising

This episode is all about what we see and hear on TV, newspapers, and on the Internet. We are told to eat healthy food, to exercise, to practise mindfulness and yoga. Is it that simple? Can the food industry and the states do something about it or are we, consumers, entirely accountable for our diseases and health problems? You may change your mind after reading what […]

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EPISODE II: Sugar and its relation with human health, slavery, and environmental damage

EPISODE II: Sugar and its relation with human health, slavery, and environmental damage

Apart from fighting against the lack of clarity on food and drinks labels, as seen in Episode I, VSF has many other ongoing campaigns. One of them is 25 gramos, whose name refers to the daily amount of sugar that a person should consume, as the WHO recommends. Instead, the average consumption is Spain is over four times higher, a piece of statistics that could easily […]

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EPISODE I: A story of food labelling and sugar told by Javier Guzmán from VSF

EPISODE I: A story of food labelling and sugar told by Javier Guzmán from VSF

VSF Justicia Alimentaria Global (Global Food Justice) is an association whose mission is to promote a fair development model for rural environments in pursuit of food sovereignty, as well as to raise awareness on solidarity among society. We have spoken to Javier Guzmán, director of VSF, about many issues related to the food industry that are directly affecting us from various perspectives: socially, economically, environmentally, and […]

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The European Commission remains unresponsive to the problem of food waste

The European Commission remains unresponsive to the problem of food waste

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has just published a report on how the EU is tackling food waste, and the conclusion hasn’t been positive. The ECA considers that the European Commission is not doing much to combat this global problem; actually, its ambition it’s believed to have dicreased over time. The Commission, says the ECA, lacks coordination and a common definition for food waste. Besides, its policies should […]

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Reduce your waste: a meaningful New Year’s resolution for 2017

Reduce your waste: a meaningful New Year’s resolution for 2017

Probably, by this time of the year, many of us have already given up in our New Year’s resolution: getting upset less frequently, controlling our stress, working out three days per week or going on a diet. It may not be one of the most common, but what about trying to reduce our waste? Not so very long ago, in a flat of two people, we […]

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Does your town have a food waste collection system? Glasgow does!

Does your town have a food waste collection system? Glasgow does!

One day of this week we found something lying in front of our main door. No worries, it wasn’t a baby in a basket; it was a caddy provided by the Glasgow City Council as a measure to roll  out  its food waste collection system across the city centre. The council has provided (or will provide) every building with a communal bin for this purpose. […]

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Science fiction and the crops of the future

Science fiction and the crops of the future

We’re surrounded by evidences about the black future of the Earth. This month (November 2016), Leonardo Di Caprio launched his documentary ‘Before the flood’ about global warming and its consequences as an urgent call to action on the matter. Science fiction has also been flirting for a while with the idea of humankind moving massively to other planet. Of course, that couldn’t be explained without setting […]

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Spain, leader of the EU in organic farming area while UK presents a concerning decrease

Spain, leader of the EU in organic farming area while UK presents a concerning decrease

The latest report released by Eurostat about organic farming in the European Union brings mostly good news: 2015 was a year of growth in terms of organic area and organic producers. As per the agency’s estimations, the trend will keep moving upwards during the next years. Spain is the country with the biggest share of organic farming area, accounting for the 18% of the whole UE in 2015. […]

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Favignana: the Sicilian island is your new best eco-friend

Favignana: the Sicilian island is your new best eco-friend

Just the sound of the fighter jets that take off from Trapani‘s military base break the silence that reigns in this little paradise: an island of 2okm square surrounded by crystal clear water, where the bike -and the boat- is the main means of transport. Favignana is the largest of the Aegadian Islands (Isole Egadi), an archipelago 7km off the northwest coast of Sicily which is a very […]

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Let’s Move! or how Michelle Obama’s failure against junk food marketing has been presented as a success

Let’s Move! or how Michelle Obama’s failure against junk food marketing has been presented as a success

When Michelle Obama launched the third campaign of her Let’s Move! in 2013, she claimed that her initiative “changed the conversation in this country”, the US, meaning that childhood obesity was finally recognised as a health crisis. But the country wasn’t the only one changing the conversation; Michelle Obama herself progressively and discreetly schifted the approach of Let’s Move!. The project was founded in 2010 with […]

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