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Minister admits India's warehouse problem, calls on corporates to help

India’s food minister has acknowledge something that everyone with a passing knowledge of the country’s food network has been aware of for years: that India simply doesn’t have adequate storage...

Maori gout evidence suggests lesser link to lush lifestyle

A New Zealand researcher has further dispelled the notion that gout is a Western lifestyle disease brought about by diet and affluence by discovering that early Maori settlers also suffered...

From Kant to the 6 o'clock swill: creative ways to limit alcohol abuse

Philosopher Julian Baggini has been commissioned by the New Zealand Food and Grocery Council to give his take on the serious issues affecting the industry. Here, he looks at how...

Australian complementary healthcare body slams NZ vitamin D findings

A meta-analysis that found that vitamin D supplements have no beneficial effect on bone density has drawn intense criticism from Australian experts, who say the study’s conclusions could have “dire...

New herbicide approach helps sugarcane run-off in Great Barrier Reef

An innovative new approach to sugarcane plantation weed management trialled in select Great Barrier Reef catchments have shown a dramatic 90% reduction in runoff of highly soluble herbicides into waterways.

Australians want more government regulation, says survey

People in at least one Australian state would welcome more government regulation on food matters for a better public health environment, a new survey has revealed.


Coke or milk? A philosopher’s perspective

Food is a big part of all our lives not only providing sustenance, but enjoyment and a social experience. 


China’s red-faced diplomacy meets with Kiwi gritted teeth

New Zealand’s prime minister, John Key, must be laughing on the inside following the friendly advice given to him earlier this week by the Chinese premier and broadcast by state...

New standard for red meat proposed in Australia and New Zealand

Australia and New Zealand’s red meat sector has joined a long list of food processing sectors that the region’s top food safety watchdog looking to standardise food safety requirements. ...

ANZ standards body calls for public submissions on GM lucerne

Food Standards Australia New Zealand has called for submissions from industry and the public an application to change the Food Standards Code for the countries to allow food derived from...

RAN: Kellogg cannot deflect palm oil heat onto supplier

Kellogg cannot shirk its palm oil responsibility by deflecting attention to its supplier, says RAN following a statement from Kellogg calling for productive talks between its supplier Wilmar and the...

Researcher embarks on study of “dumpster divers” in New Zealand

A New Zealand anthropologist has been investigating the cultural economics of commercial food waste and so-called “dumpster-diving”.

Research to prove that more food is not the solution to malnutrition

Despite two decades of increased agricultural productivity across the world, there has not been a corresponding drop in malnutrition rates. And now, two new multidisciplinary projects at the University of...

Free range prices prompt Oz watchdog to question claims

New South Wales’ fair trading department has been asked to investigate potentially misleading free-range egg claims after consumer watchdog Choice found that consumers are paying double the price of cage...

Australian watchdog refuses to impose barriers for processed imports

Australia's Productivity Commission has ruled against putting in place emergency safeguard measures against the import of cheap processed fruits and vegetables as demanded by the local food processing industry.

Special report: Part II

Indonesia’s plantation war with foreign conglomerates

How should Indonesia and, more to the point, the local community, benefit from foreign investment in plantations?

US, Japan strike deal to fully recognize each other's organic standards

An organic equivalence agreement signed yesterday between the US and Japan will reopen the Japanese market to US organic producers and could provide more—and possibly cheaper—food for US consumers....

China bans import of Australian chilled beef

China has moved to ban the imports of chilled beef from Australia citing food safety concerns, according to media reports in China and Australia. 

From the 20th International Congress of Nutrition in Granada, Spain

Unilever: Healthier food choices must be ‘doable’

The food industry came under attack last week at the International Congress of Nutrition (#ICN20) for not doing enough to improve the healthiness of its portfolios…unfairly, says Unilever.

Special report: Part I

Indonesian plantation monopolies under threat

The Indonesian Government is planning to crack down on further expansion of groups in the powerful palm oil plantation industry and, indirectly, foreign conglomerates.

Scientists find genetic link between sugary drinks and gout

Scientists in New Zealand have for the first time discovered a genetic link between sugary drinks and the occurrence of the debilitating arthritic disease, gout, in men.

GreenPalm announces first trade of palm oil by-product certificate

GreenPalm has announced the first certified trade of palm oil by-product for feed use, hailing the development a triumph in supply chain sustainability for food manufacturers. 

Indonesian trade minister urges cocoa import policy review

The Indonesian deputy trade minister has said that after successfully increasing domestic cocoa grinding capacity the country should lower cocoa bean import duties to prevent shortages in the future.


Everyone’s a food expert—even when they get the facts so badly wrong

“Thought leadership” is the new fashion for some corporates. It has been described by some as providing ideas that intrigue, challenge and inspire, but for others the phrase can sound...

Report: Powerful lobbies thwarting antipodean efforts to curb obesity

Powerful and influential food industry lobbies in Australia and New Zealand have set the two countries to fail in stemming their obesity epidemics, a new study has suggested.

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