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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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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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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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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EU and Canada’s deal CETA is set in motion, but stumbles in its first steps

EU and Canada’s deal CETA is set in motion, but stumbles in its first steps

After 8 years of negotiations, CETA is now a (provisional) reality approved by the EU and Canadian governments. We say provisional because now the accord needs several steps to progress. Firstly, it has to be ratified by the European Parliament; secondly, by all the parliaments of the 28 member states (and in some countries, also the regional parliaments). However, it will immediately come into force no matter when […]

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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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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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