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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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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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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