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Pulp fiction about baby foods and pesticides


One area where cynicicm about organic is often suspended is over baby food.

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Fussy Fearnley-Whittingstall


An anecdotal riposte to Jamie Oliver’s assumption that childhood eating habits determine adult ones - from his Channel 4 food campaigning chum, Hugh.

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Sweets and violence


Study suggests kids who are given sweets every day are more likely to be violent in adulthood.

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Sweets and violence


Study suggests kids who are given sweets every day are more likely to be violent in adulthood.

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Are we consuming unhealthy food campaigns?


Sandy Szwarc at Junkfood Science looks at how a belief that something can make you ill can produce genuine psychosomatic illness.

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Average age of death in the UK


Instead of life expectancies, I was wondering how long people actually lived for.

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Epidemic of type 2 diabetes in children - is it real?


The fear that our kids are going to die young because of obesity is largely predicated on a steep rise in cases of type 2 diabetes, starting among children.

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From food to sex: defend spontaneity


Whether we’re drinking or fornicating, why are we always being told to ‘stop, think, proceed with caution’?

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Let’s call a ceasefire in the ‘war on obesity’


In tackling an imaginary fat epidemic, the government is intruding into our lives, guilt-tripping parents and stigmatising chubby children.

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Once we worried about getting enough food. Now we seem to fret about having too much food, or about what food might do to us and the planet. This website is designed to be an antidote to food fears.

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