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London’s Muslims take a green bite out of Ramadan

London’s Muslims take a green bite out of Ramadan

Sitting in straight rows on the floor, supping on bowls of soup made from foraged nettles and home-grown vegetable stew, a group of London Muslims are breaking with Ramadan tradition.

The evening meal known as iftar breaks the fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and is often associated with environmentally-unfriendly excess, with tables groaning under the weight of heavy meat dishes.

Saving the planet…one dumpling at a time

Saving the planet…one dumpling at a time

Canadian scientists have collaborated with Hong Kong climate campaigners to create meat-free dumplings in the hope of persuading the world’s biggest carnivores to stop pigging out.

China eats more meat than any other nation – twice the amount consumed by Americans alone – and a campaigning Hong Kong business is launching a more sustainable, plant-based diet that it says has less impact on global warming. But all of the taste.

First ‘plastic free’ label to help shoppers curb pollution

First ‘plastic free’ label to help shoppers curb pollution

A new “plastic-free” logo has been launched in the UK. It will allow shoppers to identify products with plastic packaging, as companies come under growing pressure to use green alternatives.

Eight million tonnes of plastic – bottles, packaging and other waste – are dumped into the ocean every year, killing marine life and entering the human food chain, according to the United Nations.

Food for Thought lecture weekend at the School of Artisan Food

Food for Thought lecture weekend at the School of Artisan Food

The School of Artisan Food is hosting another fascinating weekend of talks delivered by leaders in the food world. The lectures take place over the weekend of 19th & 20th May. The cost is £55 for a single day or £95 for both days.

Food for Thought offers a unique opportunity to listen, share and join in the discussions on a wide range of topical food subjects.

As water shortages grow, ‘Day Zero’ becomes everyday in India

As water shortages grow, ‘Day Zero’ becomes everyday in India

Parched Cape Town, in South Africa, has managed to push back its “Day Zero” – an estimate of when taps in the city could run dry – to 2019 after successful water-saving efforts.

But in India, “Day Zero” has come and gone for residents in many parts of the country, where taps failed long ago and people have turned instead to digging wells or buying water.

Adolescents’ cooking skills strongly predict future nutritional well-being

Adolescents’ cooking skills strongly predict future nutritional well-being

Confidence in cooking ability led to fewer fast food meals, more meals as a family, and more frequent preparation of meals with vegetables in adulthood, according to a new study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior

Evidence suggests that developing cooking and food preparation skills is important for health and nutrition, yet the practice of home cooking is declining and now rarely taught in school. A new study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior found that developing cooking skills as a young adult may have long-term benefits for health and nutrition.

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