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Food researcher ousted

Food researcher ousted

Cornell University food researcher and director of the institution’s Food and Brand Lab, Brian Wansink developed a high profile by producing quirky and news-worthy nutrition studies that linked behavioural science with food consumption – often in ways that seemed to...

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Balancing drought

Balancing drought

Imagery of starving livestock, desperate farmers and cracked barren paddocks from across NSW and Queensland have flooded Australian media in recent weeks. In response to the media blitz the public and corporates mobilized, starting GoFundMe pages, food drives, “parma...

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Big 4 tackle policy

Big 4 tackle policy

In the US, four of the world’s biggest food companies want to change food policy. They have joined forces to form The Sustainable Food Policy Alliance to fight for progressive food policies – from conservation programs to prominent nutrition labels. Nestle, Mars, and...

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A strategy in Trump’s trade war?

A strategy in Trump’s trade war?

The turbulent regime of US President Donald Trump has overturned virtually every bastion of public administration, in pursuit of delivering on a suite of promises to be a president like no other before. Not only has he attempted to dismantle or reverse almost anything...

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No trace in food poisoning outbreak

No trace in food poisoning outbreak

In the largest US outbreak of Escherichia coli (E. coli) since 2006, five people have died and almost 200 people fell ill, with many requiring hospitalisation, after eating contaminated, pre-cut packaged lettuce. The Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC)...

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Weather – the double-edged friend

Weather – the double-edged friend

Market cycles have little to do with rapid changes in demand – it is mostly about the effect of weather on supply, and how the demand side of commodity trade responds. The spectacular turnaround in prospects for the world’s dairy markets since early 2018 has come from...

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Death knell for live trade?

Death knell for live trade?

Live export is in the news again – and not in a good way. 60 Minutes recently aired whistle-blower footage revealing appalling conditions for sheep transported to the Middle East from Australia. The death of 2,400 sheep aboard the Awassi Express in August last year...

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Price wars over?

Price wars over?

The Australian grocery retail landscape is set for big changes as Wesfarmers has announced it will sell 80% of Coles Supermarket to the public. According to the pre-IPO sales pitch from Wesfarmers, Coles will now transform itself by moving away from its long-running...

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Veganuary versus Februdairy

Veganuary versus Februdairy

I’m guessing many readers didn’t participate in or perhaps have even heard of Veganuary! It’s a mostly UK phenomenon, a pledge to go vegan for the month of January. Veganuary claims a record number of people – 167,000 – pledged to try a vegan diet for a month...

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Are live beef exports sustainable?

Are live beef exports sustainable?

After hidden camera footage of cattle being bludgeoned to death with sledgehammers in Vietnamese abattoirs, Australian live exports have been suspended to the culprits by the industry. The graphic footage, captured by activist group Animals Australia was run...

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The worm finally turns

The worm finally turns

As we approach Christmas, we can at last talk about a brighter outlook for the global dairy market around the corner. Not the usual promise of “things look great in the long term” which gets overplayed every time the market takes a dip. The market is actually starting...

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