China may be the world’s biggest lettuce producer, but the concept of tucking into a bowl of crispy green leaves is still somewhat of a novelty for Chinese consumers, who are used to eating their lettuce cooked rather than raw. However, the rapid expansion of Western-style restaurants across the country is starting to change this.
Policy analysts estimate that between 500,000 and 1 million Americans will lose eligibility for participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamps Program, over the course of 2016. The prompt change in coverage for 2016 is due to federal implementation of a 1996 welfare law which limits childless, non-disabled […]
The issue of food loss, food waste, and the environmental cost of food production edged closer to the forefront of the US public consciousness in 2015. US consumers are becoming increasingly concerned with and aware of the environmental cost of food production, and have begun taking steps to combat waste and lessen the environmental footprint […]
The global grapefruit market is decidedly sluggish. A closer look reveals that it is industrialised markets that are seeing sales suffer the most. The ravages of the, thus far, incurable citrus greening disease is no doubt part of the reason, but it is far from the whole story.
http://traffic.libsyn.com/euromonitor/first-gmo-animal-fda-euromonitor.mp3 In mid-November 2015, the FDA in the United States approved the first genetically modified animal for human consumption when a genetically modified salmon achieved regulatory status. The announcement was met with an almost immediate uproar from opponents of genetic modification. In America, genetic modification is generally concentrated within the realm of cash crops such […]
Russian embargo expected to impact on both Turkey and Russia Geopolitical tensions between Russia and Turkey have risen this week after a Russian warplane was shot down by a Turkish fighter jet on Tuesday 24th of November. Russian Prime Minister Medvedev appeared on Thursday 26th of November to toughen his position against Turkey with the government […]
Fresh produce has so far assumed the “unofficial face” of food waste simply because it is the most bulky and, hence, the most visible. Unlike protein foods such as meat and fish, fruits and vegetables are not what a meal tends to be centred around, at least not in developed countries, and so they often […]
Euromonitor International recently published updated health and wellness data, and several trends have emerged from the research. First, global diets are becoming more plant-based than ever before, with vegetables and heritage grains as the focus. Breads, pastas and cereals, which were once losing ground in the market are once again being consumed thanks to […]
On October 26, 2015, the World Health Organization concluded that eating processed red meats such as ham, bacon and sausages and highly processed meats such as hot dogs raises the risk of colon cancer. The research unit now classifies processed meats as “carcinogenic to humans”. Overall red meat consumption in America has been falling for […]
Cliché or not, France has a reputation for resisting the globalisation of food habits, particularly the Americanisation of these, to perpetuate the myth of a ‘French paradox’ (below average cases of being overweight and having heart disease in spite of its rich gastronomy), and the French remain loyal to traditional ways of eating. Most meals […]
The corridors of Spanish supermarkets have gone green. They are being loaded with stacks of fresh Mediterranean-style vegetables and mountains of fresh seasonal fruit. Have Spaniards been possessed with a sudden urge to devour fresh food? Far from it, this increasing interest in fresh produce is the response to a widespread movement in the country’s […]
Australians have always been enthusiastic when it comes to fresh meat. Over time, however, Australians are eating less of it. While total volumes of meat increased by 1% to reach 1.9 billion tonnes in 2014, per capita consumption has fallen from 83.5kg per person in 2009 to 80.9kg per person in 2014. The main reasons […]