A Canned Cheeseburger

April 2, 2008 by

This comes from the Gizmodo Blog where the question of the title is asked:

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from Gizmodo Blog
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Is there really any question? even before food miles, local and sustainable food!


Hot Dog Council

April 1, 2008 by

Yes there is a Hotdog Council with its website,

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from: Hotdog & Sausage Council

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an a recent press release predicting that 30 million hotdogs will be consumed at major league matches in the coming season.

Sounds a lot but its only 0,15 % of the 20 billion a year hotdogs sold in America. Yes that is more than 1 every week (66/year) for every American!

Now you can drink your caffeine and eat it, too

March 27, 2008 by

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Now you can drink your caffeine and eat it, too


The words caffeine and energy seem to go hand in hand.

If you count on that kick from your caffeine-loaded beverage to jump-start your day or help with brain fog, you can find it just as easily in food.

You can have an oatmeal breakfast such as Morning Spark, a health food typically promoted for heart health that “sparks” your morning with caffeine. For an afternoon snack, grab a caffeinated snack such as NRG caffeinated potato chips or a Snickers Charged bar that contains the same amount of caffeine that you would get in an 8-ounce cup of coffee – 60 milligrams.

This new trend of adding caffeine to food likely started in part because the candy industry is suffering from fewer kids in the population and the increasing awareness of the obesity epidemic in our country. Candy manufacturers have taken to creative marketing and are now targeting adults – their new audience – by loading up their confections with energy-enhancing additives, including caffeine.

In addition to these newly charged choices, caffeine still occurs naturally in some foods, such as coffee beans, cocoa beans, tea leaves and kola nuts.

If it’s now easier to get caffeine in your diet, is it better to be adding more of it? That depends on your perspective.

Remote-control Fish

March 26, 2008 by

Really? Yes fish that will swim to a sound and wait for something to happen.

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from: Mail & Guardian


What does that help? – what about fish that can be released into the open sea and which will swim back when called to be harvested.

Yes its real with the advantage being that they will not need feed and their waste will not accumulate as in conventional aquaculture.

An Amazing Kebab Coater

March 21, 2008 by

Yak cheese healthier for heart than cheddar: study

March 15, 2008 by

It seems like Yak’s produce a milk that when converted into cheese offers nutritional benefits compared to cow’s milk.

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from Food Navigator


” The higher ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids found in yak’s cheese would mean it could be “classified as a healthy food in human diets,” state the researchers from the University of Guelph (Canada), the Asia Network for Sustainable Agriculture and Bioresources in Katmandu, and Kantipur City College in Katmandu.

Source: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Volume 56, Pages 1654-1660
“Fatty Acid Composition of yak (Bos grunniens) Cheese Including Conjugated Linoleic Acid and trans-18:1 Fatty Acids”
Authors: M.M. Or-Rashid, N.E. Odongo, B. Subedi, P. Karki, B.W. McBride “

Low Foodmile Snacks

March 2, 2008 by

We in South Africa and probably in much of Africa look at the Food Mile concept as a novelty which doesn’t really effect us – maybe wrongly. Now following low fat and low calories snacks we have Low Foodmile snacks

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from BakeryandSnacks.com

Probably the concept is difficult to implement where the consumer is driven first and foremost by the amount of food they can access for the spending power they have -worry about the impact on the environment is more appropriate to the wealthier consumer who worries about things like organic food, natural additives and ethical trading.

I will probably publish a bit about Foodmiles and related environmentally focussed issues on my African Agribusiness Issues Blog as there is much discussion of the concept.

Market Research – Chocolate?

February 29, 2008 by

Amidst all the news about chocolate and its functional benefits comes market research

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from Confectionary News

So we now know that “27 per cent of consumers in these countries buy chocolate to promote a feeling of well-being and boost their mood”. I thought everyone ate chocolate for this pleasure – maybe not!

Its interesting to consider what other reason people may have to eat chocolate? sustenance, nutritional value, sweetness, medicinal, school feeding, famine relief?

Craft Brewers

February 29, 2008 by

Having just been in the Western Cape and seen how the new vineyards market themselves as small, exclusive and expensive this trend in the beer market in the US makes sense, especially because commercial beer is so bland.

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What is interesting is that the word CRAFT is used which is often used to mean a tradition or homemade product, but these beers are technologically equivalent to large scale industrial beers.

from Beverage Daily

Important Confectionary News!

February 26, 2008 by

Food Navigator report on the culmination of 3 years of research by Nestle to find a natural colourant to be able to reintroduce the Blue Smartie!

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The solution is based on the use Spirulina which is manufactured from cyanobacteria (blue-green lake algae) algae. However, details of the process and information on whether the nutritional benefits of Spirulina will be maintained in the Smarties.

Food Navigator also notes that “There have been increasing health concerns regarding artificial food colourings and flavourings. Manufacturers have been responding to consumer demand to reduce artificial additives on the back of health concerns and a growing trend to choose natural and organic. They report on a study where Mintel found that more than a thousand new food products claiming to be additive- and preservative-free were launched in the UK last year.