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It's time for sweetest tax of them all

Never before has a tax been such an instant success. I am talking about what happened in Britain last Friday. That’s when new so-called sugar tax sprung into life, with much of its work already done.>> Read more

Explainer: Orange peel: a cure for cancer?

1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted every year. Meet Professor Fariba Dehghani, one of the scientists turning these scraps into life-saving medicine. >> Read more

FAO says Food Production must Rise by 70%

With global hunger on the rise again, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has issued a sobering forecast on world food production. If global population reaches 9.1 billion by 2050, the FAO says that world food production will need to rise by 70%, and food production in the developing world will need to double.>> Read more

Why sugar is bad for you

It all started with a secret PR campaign dating back to the 1970s. For forty years, the Sugar Association, key trade group for sugar producers, deflected all threats to its multi-billion dollar empire, while sweetening the world’s food supply. As obesity, diabetes, and heart disease rates skyrocket, doctors are now treating the first generation of children suffering from fatty liver disease. The sugar industry is once again >> Read more

Why Diet Soda Could Actually Prevent You From Losing Weight

Soft drinks should be taxed in the same way as cigarettes and leaded petrol to boost the budget by $520 million per year and tackle Australia's obesity epidemic, according to a new report. The supertax, to be applied to the sugar content of non-alcoholic water-based drinks in addition to the GST, would be set at 40 cents per 100 grams of sugar. >> Read more

Dietary fibre found in sugar cane to tackle obesity

Drinks with added caloric sugar were taken from the shelves, said Leeane Jensen, UCSF’s director of wellbeing. The school left drinks such as diet sodas and 100 percent fruit juice, but removed non-diet sodas and fruit juices with added sugars like cranberry juice cocktail >> Read more