We regularly talk about food hygiene— quite simply because it is so important. The food we eat needs to be safe; if it isn’t people can suffer food poisoning, get sick and, in rare cases, even die. Continue reading
Local Authorities are employing varied and innovative approaches to tackle childhood obesity. Some of these are outlined in a new report by the Local Government Association, Healthy Weight, Healthy Futures.
You can find all the presentations here from #OurFoodFuture event hosted by the Food Standards Agency on 18th February.
All were interesting, perhaps none more so than Ladislav Miko talking about the scenarios they’ve been working on regarding EU food safety and nutrition in 2050. Continue reading
The notion of a sugar tax has undoubtedly had impact. But how feasible is such a tax, and what effect would it have? Lawyer Jessica Burt recently wrote a Guardian article A sugar tax won’t work. And here’s why.
Following on from our second report on food and the city economy Tensions, trade-offs and opportunities, I’ve been thinking about two quantitative aspects of the food and drink sector that could possibly illuminate a route to a working sugar tax. Continue reading
My son had his height and weight checked as part of the National Child Measurement Programme today. He was annoyed and I was surprised that he was told his height, but not his weight. This wasn’t a local decision but National Guidance. Continue reading
An interesting report from the RSA published in December uses insights from behavioural science to understand why people struggle to adopt healthy behaviours, including healthy eating practices, even when they have the best of intentions.
There is growing interest in obesogenic environments — and that includes the proliferation of cheap fast food outlets and how the number of fast food outlets in an area is associated with the level of obesity. Continue reading
India’s Targeted Public Distribution System (TDPS) aims to provide subsidised food to 800 million people – 67% of India’s population, 10% of the entire world population…
These are the slides Catherine Brown, the FSA’s CEO used when she addressed our first Annual Meeting held on 4th November 2015. Continue reading