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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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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Madrid punishes carpooling company BlaBlaCar with a €8,800 fine

Madrid punishes carpooling company BlaBlaCar with a €8,800 fine

Can you imagine that your city’s administration bans AirBnB for not complying with specific laws? Well, that situation is not hypothetical in cities like Paris, New York or Barcelona. In the latter, the online company has been fined €30,000 by the local government for side-stepping the tourism laws. The pressure comes not only from the hospitality and hotels industry, but also probably from the city’s Council, very much concerned about […]

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Zaytoun brings the best olive oil from Palestine to the UK

Zaytoun brings the best olive oil from Palestine to the UK

Yesteday, Edinburgh hosted its second Eco Fair, a great opportunity to discover how charities and local businesses are carrying out the idea of “think global, act local”. Greenpeace, East Coast Organics or Hadeel were some of the organisations present in Out of the Blue Drill Hall. This year the fair has gone bigger, with 30 stalls devoted to causes such as animal welfare, climate change, and fair […]

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Free-range eggs to dominate the UK market by 2025

Free-range eggs to dominate the UK market by 2025

Time is proving that it wasn’t an utopy: a world without cages is possible, at least for laying hens. Some of the largest supermarkets in the world have announced their commitment to stop selling eggs from caged hens and start selling free-range eggs exclusively. Maybe due to a sudden and collective ethical awakening, or perhaps to not be left behind in a market that is increasingly opting […]

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Healthy junk food to feed awareness

Healthy junk food to feed awareness

Every year, around 88 million tonnes of food are dumped in the EU (other kind of ‘junk food’), being the UK on the top of this waste chart with over 12 million tonnes. This is ‘normal’ given its large population, and it’s proportionally aligned with the rest of the European countries, but think about the figures. Twelve million tonnes is equivalent to 12.000.000.000 kilos. Estimating […]

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Seeds and agrochemical business to be in hands of three mega-firms

Seeds and agrochemical business to be in hands of three mega-firms

Something is happening in the agri-food industry: six of the biggest worldwide companies have decided to merge in pairs at once. Last July, Dow Chemical and DuPont made the announcement of their 59$ million merger. One month later, in August, China National Chemical Corp. received a thumbs up by U.S. authorities to acquire Swiss company Syngenta. Finally, after several months of negotiations, Bayer confirmed $66 […]

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