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Best U.S. cities for vegetarians and vegans

With October 1 being World Vegetarian Day (and November 1 being World Vegan Day), the personal-finance website WalletHub has released its report on 2019’s Best Cities for Vegans & Vegetarians.

Crop ban after French chemical plant fire

Lille - Authorities in northern France where a massive fire this week ravaged a chemicals factory in the city of Rouen on Sunday banned the harvesting of crops and sale of produce of animal origin from the region, as a precautionary measure.

From the mouths of babes: bottles that weaned prehistoric infants

Apo - Archaeologists have uncovered the first evidence that our prehistoric ancestors in Europe weaned their infants much the way we do now, using specialised baby bottles to feed them animal milk.

Tropical fish swim into Europe's waters as common species head north

Paris - Cod, sole and plaice might be regulars on European dinner tables but as climate change heats the oceans common species are heading to cooler northern waters -- with profound potential consequences for fish stocks and consumers.

Utilizing AI for 'New Era of Smarter Food Safety'

The U.S. FDA has announced that it plans to utilize artificial intelligence as part of the “New Era of Smarter Food Safety”. This comes after Amazon has begun to use Natural Language Processing to constantly monitor for food safety issues.

Singapore restaurants make history with three Michelin stars

Paris - Two Singapore restaurants have been awarded the maximum three Michelin stars for the first time ever, the French-based culinary guide said Tuesday.

Essential Science: Soft drink consumption and mortality risk

Researchers have examined data connecting soft drink consumption and the risk of early mortality and concluded that there is a connection. This relates to an International Agency for Research on Cancer study.

Healthy butter developed, and it's almost entirely water

Food technologists have developed a low-calorie 'butter' spread formed primarily of water. One tablespoon of the low-calorie spread contains 2.8 grams of fat and 25.2 calories. This contrasts with butter - 11 grams of fat and nearly 100 calories.

Can global matcha craze save Japan's tea industry?

Fujieda - From matcha ice cream to cake and chocolate, producers of traditional Japanese green tea are capitalising on growing global interest in its flavour -- even as demand for the drink declines at home.

Second woman dies in Spain listeria outbreak

Madrid - A woman died Tuesday after eating tainted meat in Spain, the second fatality in a listeria outbreak that has seen more than 200 people infected with the potentially fatal food-borne bacteria, authorities said.

Mussels, 'super-filters' that can help beat water pollution

Paris - Seafood lovers who prize the mussel for its earthy taste and succulent flesh may be unaware of its growing potential in the fight against water pollution.

Disneyland Shanghai sued over 'double standards'

Shanghai - A Chinese student is suing American giant Disney alleging double standards because the company bans visitors to its Asian theme parks from taking their own food.

Meal timing strategies can lower appetite and aid weight loss

New research finds that meal timing strategies can help with weight loss by lowering appetite. Selective timing of meal times can also help to improve fat burning.

Packaged food in the U.S. remains over-processed and unhealthy

A new study finds that U.S. citizens remain overexposed to processed (and ultra-processed) pre-packed food products that are high in calories, saturated fat, sugar and salt. Health warnings and promises from food producers appear to have gone unheeded.

Bolsonaro says claims of hunger in Brazil 'a big lie'

Bras - Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said Friday there was no hunger in the country, citing the lack of rail-thin poor people in the streets as proof.

Seeking an insect superfood? Grasshoppers top the list

Consuming insects, if you can overcome the thought, is more sustainable for the planet in terms of providing a protein source, than eating meat. If you're looking for the 'superfood' of the insect world, then it's the grasshopper.

Latin America faces obesity-food insecurity paradox: report

Paris - Latin America and the Caribbean is facing an obesity epidemic while paradoxically the number of people facing food insecurity in the region continues to rise, the OECD and FAO warned in a report on Monday. "In Latin America and the Caribbean ...

Will the public ever accept lab-grown meat?

How can companies investing in lab-grown meat prepare the ground for public acceptability of the products? One answer is to sell ‘labriculture’. This means less emphasis on lab, and more emphasis on the cultural acceptance.

Fake Twitter account for new UN food agency chief shut down

Rome - A fake Twitter account opened immediately after the weekend election of China's Qu Dongyu to head the Food and Agriculture Organization has been shut down, the UN food agency said Monday.

Qu Dongyu becomes first Chinese to head UN food agency FAO

Rome - Qu Dongyu on Sunday became the first Chinese national to be elected to head the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization, clinching the post in the first round of voting.

Yemenis fear starvation after partial suspension of aid

Sanaa - In Yemen's capital Sanaa, Mohammed Omar is terrified he will not be able to feed his five children after the UN announced the partial suspension of aid in the rebel-held city.

UN food agency to elect chief as climate change ups hunger

Rome - Candidates from China, France and Georgia are vying to head the UN's food agency, as the fight to eradicate world hunger takes a blow from global warming and wars.

World Food Programme announces partial suspension of Yemen aid

Rome - The World Food Programme (WFP) announced Thursday the "partial suspension" of aid to Yemen's capital Sanaa, controlled by Huthi rebels, citing problems with "diversion of food" from the neediest.

Striking French workers block world's biggest Nutella plant

Rouen - A factory in northern France that makes a quarter of the world's Nutella has been blockaded for a week by workers striking for more pay, causing key ingredients to run low, unions said Monday.

Descend, Eat, Marvel: Europe's first underwater restaurant

For the chef and diners alike, each meal beneath the waves at Europe's first underwater restaurant is a thing of wonder.

You can have your plate and eat it too, says Polish inventor

Polish inventor and entrepreneur Jerzy Wysocki catches a brown plate -- still warm -- as it drops out of a machine and he begins to eat the crunchy, fibrous tableware.

Fruit and vegetables lower risk of clinical depression

Researchers from the University of Warwick have detailed evidence of a longitudinal connection between current diet and later mental health. This indicates that consumption of fruit and vegetables could improve people's mental-health.

Denmark's fabulous food journey, from hearty fare to haute cuisine

Aarhus - Long known for their hearty meat-and-potatoes fare, Danish chefs have now carved out a name for themselves in the culinary world with trailblazing dishes at star-studded restaurants.

North Korea seeing worst drought in a century: state media

Seoul - North Korea is experiencing its worst drought in over a century, official media reported Friday, days after the World Food Programme expressed "very serious concerns" about the situation in the country.

'Extreme drought' in North Korea: KCNA

Seoul - North Korea's average rain and snowfall this year fell to the lowest level in 37 years, Pyongyang's state media said Wednesday, just days after the UN expressed "grave concerns" about food shortages.
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