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This Week’s Food News

Government food policy ‘inadequate’
A report has concluded that the government needs to put in place tighter measures to define and tackle food poverty. Despite the consistently rising cost of food and static wages, our government currently has no strategy for addressing these challenges, which are every bit as pressing as climate change.

A pill to make food less tempting?
We know that if something smells good we’re more inclined to want to eat it, Subway of course being the exception that proves the rule. Scientists in America have now come up with a pill that hinders sense of smell, meaning fattening goodies like chips and popcorn lose their allure.

Junk food and celebs
The latest edition of the Lonely Planet has described Britain as a country of celebrity-obsessed junk food troughers. Any indignation is largely unjustified. We eat more ready meals and junk food than the rest of Europe put together, and this is a country that has allowed Katie Price to publish four – FOUR! – autobiographies. Shame on us.

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Other food news this week:
* Diet Coke knocks Pepsi to third place in soft drink stakes.
* Insects to be a major part of diet in 2020.
* Daily Express runs deeply misleading headline about a salt ban in chip shops.
* Satsumas, kumquats and Jerusalem artichokes trend as health foods
* …and a woman eats sofas. Really.

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Piece to fill in a bit of space before the video:
* Top 10 picnic spots in Britain.

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A funny picture…
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Aaaaand video:
April Fool – who says Germans don’t have a sense of humour?

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This Week’s Food News

UK food prices rocketing
Food prices in this country are rising at three times the rate of G7 nations. This, it doesn’t need pointing out, is not good news. As oil prices rise we can avoid driving, but we gots to eat. It has been suggested that supermarkets are taking advantage of global shifts to nudge up their prices. A good reason to shop at independent retailers…

Subway overtakes McDonalds
This week Subway eclipsed McDonalds as the world’s largest fast food chain. Subway has 33,749 ‘restaurants’ globally, compared with the pitiful 33,737 Golden Arches. I have never been into one myself, not because of any food snobbery, but just because the smell that drifts from those putrid green shops makes me want to orally eviscerate myself with a coat hanger.

Little victory for tuna campaigners
After much pressure from campaigners, Princes, the largest tinned tuna manufacturer in the UK, have agreed to sort of maybe do their best not to buy shitty tuna. The brand has said that it ‘aimed’ to source only line-caught tuna by the end of 2014. Riiight. I aimed to be out of bed by 8.30 this morning but it’s now nearly 10 and I’m not that arsed.

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Other food news this week:
* Cocoa prices reach 32-year high.
* FSA told salt levels in mature cheddar should rise.
* Government experts tell us to eat less red meat.
* PC dinner replaces TV dinner.
* Online grocery sales to double within five years.

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THE DRAPERS INVASION

On the 20th April, four of us food bloggers will be taking over the kitchen at The Drapers Arms in Islington to raise money for Action Against Hunger. There are more details on Hollow Legs’ blog. To book tickets click here.

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Video of the week:
One of my favourite recent youtube discoveries:

 

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This Week’s Food News

Chocolate prices to rise
Political uncertainty in the Ivory Coast will lead to a massive rise in the price of chocolate, experts predict. In an effort to stem funds for controversially self-elected honcho Laurent Gbagbo, recognised leader Alassane Ouattara is contemplating an export ban. This has led to a 12%  leap in cocoa prices, with futures rising too. Chocolatiers, however, reckoned the rise was ‘short term’.

Chinese wine the next big thing
By 2015 China will produce more wine than Australia, according to a leading forecaster. Although China’s current offerings are met with turned-up noses by most oenophiles, its geography gives it some serious potential. So instead of Semillon and Chardonnay we may soon be supping Dragon’s Eye and Ju Feng Noir with our nuts.

French cuisine UNESCO protected
French food has joined the Royal Ballet of Cambodia and Mexico’s Day of the Dead Festival as one of UNESCO’s “World Intangible Heritages”, despite a general agreement that French food has lost its way (even Joël Robuchon admitted British food was better). Either way, France’s contribution to our own cuisine is undoubted and vast, so good on them.

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Other food news this week:
* Rapid growth in the UK for Caribbean food.
* Too much water in supermarket bacon, watchdog finds.
* South West named hottest region for UK food.
* Beef being sold as lamb in Falkirk.
* General panic about food prices continues. Yawn.

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Piece of the week
* A very entertaining piece by Christopher Hirst on the history of British binge drinking.

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Recipe of the week
* Helen Graves’s jerk chicken.

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Ollie and James run the marathon
My pal Ollie Thring and I are running the London Marathon on April 17th in aid of Action Against Hunger. We’d be incredibly grateful for any donations, which you can give here.

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Video of the week:

Let’s hope Ollie and I avoid a catastrophe like this:

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This week’s food news | 24th September 2010

UN holds meeting over food prices
The UN is today holding a meeting to discuss rising concerns over escalating food prices. Alarmed by the recent drought in Russia, and floods in China and Pakistan, the Food and Agricultural Organisation is trying to figure out a way of avoiding the sort of chaos that arose from the food spike in 2007. Continue reading

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This week’s food news | 6th August 2010

Cloned cows cause chaos
This week’s big news was the whole cloned meat, cloned milk fiasco. It initially emerged that there was milk from cloned cattle in the UK. Next it was cloned meat, as it was revealed that meat from the offspring of cloned cattle had been noshed. Some are saying the meat is fine, others think we’re all going to start mooing. Would eating cloned cow bother you? Continue reading

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