Defusing the ‘heart disease timebomb’

An obesity scare story that lacks, er, weight.

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Food security: running away from the world

The desire for the UK to be more self-reliant is a bad idea.

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The myth of an obesity timebomb

Children are healthier and happier than ever before, whatever well-paid scaremongers might claim.

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Frankenburger? Tuck in

Lab-grown burgers are a smart idea, whatever eco-minded food snobs might say.

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Confectionery: the new contraband

A little girl from Watford has been sent home from a school trip - for eating chocolate.

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Obesity is not a disease, it’s a body shape

Classifying obesity as a disease will open up a vast swathe of the population to state-approved bullying.

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Save the world - eat an insect

Being corralled into eating beetles and wasps to save the planet is enough to put you right off your food.

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Eurocrats with a bee in their bonnets

It seems the bee has replaced the whale and the polar bear as the friendly face of green authoritarianism.

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Calculating corporations and weak-willed consumers

In his new book about mass-produced foodstuffs, Michael Moss dresses up a rancid view of firms and consumers as investigative journalism.

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Processed meat causes ‘early death’? Bullshit.

The top story in the UK media this morning is the claim that processed meat is killing us. This is the latest example of the British media churning out food scares like they were cheap sausages.

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