Posts for Food

Chimpanzees spotted smashing open and eating tortoises for the first time

Erwan Theleste, CC BY-SA Lydia Luncz, University of Oxford; Alexander Piel, Liverpool John Moores University, and Fiona Stewart, Liverpool John Moores University All chimpanzees eat animals at least sometimes, including […]

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Jamie Oliver restaurant closures – did the celebrity chef bite off more than he could chew?

Isabelle Szmigin, University of Birmingham More than a decade after being launched with a great fanfare of publicity, Jamie Oliver’s restaurant group has been taken into administration with the potential […]

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Ultra-processed food causes weight gain – firm evidence at last

Darryl Brooks/Shutterstock Richard Hoffman, University of Hertfordshire We know we should eat less junk food, such as crisps, industrially made pizzas and sugar-sweetened drinks, because of their high calorie content. […]

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Government tries to drive down food waste

Players from the worlds of food retail and hospitality, along with social media influencers and chefs, have been urged to take ground-breaking action to drive down food waste from all […]

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Food poverty: agony of hunger the norm for many children in the UK

Children are growing up hungry across Britain. Daniel Jedzura/Shutterstock Iain Wilkinson, University of Kent Back in the year 2000, as a newly qualified sociologist fresh out of my PhD, I […]

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No merger of Sainsbury’s and Asda

To my mind, they were unlikely bedfellows anyway but now it’s official: In its final report, published today, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) found that UK shoppers and motorists […]

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The quest to save the banana from extinction

Cavendish bananas may not be around for much longer. Steve Hopson/wikipedia, CC BY-SA Stuart Thompson, University of Westminster Panama disease, an infection that ravages banana plants, has been sweeping across […]

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Plastic additives – do they affect human health?

A study by T.S Galloway et al published this year suggests that the environment (while important enough) is not the only thing to suffer from plastic packaging. Plastics have their […]

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Easter eggs: hunting for a solution to excessive packaging

Shutterstock Elliot Woolley, Loughborough University So which Easter tradition came first? The packaging or the egg? The answer is of course not that surprising (it’s the egg). The tradition of […]

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Intuitive eating: a ‘diet’ that actually makes sense

Lesterman/Shutterstock Melissa Barker, Royal Holloway Diets for weight loss usually involve restriction. The 5:2 diet relies on restricting calories, and the ketogenic diet relies on restricting particular types of food. […]

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