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Healthwashing

Healthwashing is a term used to describe the activities of companies and groups that position themselves as leaders in the crusade forward to good health while engaging in practices that may be contributing to our poor health… A good product, campaign

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Posted in CONSUMER AWARENESS, GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS, HUMAN HEALTH ISSUES & FOOD, NUTRITION, PICK N PAY, RETAILERS, SOUTH AFRICA RETAILERS, WOOLWORTHS

Coke falls flat in terms of health

Coca-Cola’s Healthwashing by Sonia Mountford, Grass Food Researcher Although Coke is selling more in emerging markets, South African volumes grew 7%; sales of Coke in the United States are declining since those more informed consumers are turning to healthier options.

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Posted in COCO-COLA, CONSUMER AWARENESS, DIETS, GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS, HUMAN HEALTH ISSUES & FOOD, NUTRITION, PUBLIC HEALTH, SOUTH AFRICAN SCHOOLS, YOUTH

Woolworths: manipulating math or semantic science?

by Sonia de Villiers, Grass Food Researcher Grass looked at another Woolworths product recently, Oatmeal Digestives. Although the product is named Oatmeal Digestives, there is only 3% oatmeal in the product. Rather astonishing to label a product as being Oatmeal

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Diet Soda Concerns

by Sonia de Villiers, Grass Food Researcher We are told it is all about making better choices.  If we all took more personal responsibility we could stop this obesity and diabetes epidemic, we can stop being fat.  We have also

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Woolworths & GMO labelling

Update to this story Grass has formally laid a complaint, on 30 October 2013, with the National Consumer Commission requesting that Woolworths comply with the GMO labelling law and correctly label their products that contain 5% or more GMO content.

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Posted in CONSUMER AWARENESS, FREE RANGE SPECIFICATIONS IN SA, GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS, GMO, HUMAN HEALTH ISSUES & FOOD, NUTRITION, PUBLIC HEALTH, RETAILERS, SOUTH AFRICA RETAILERS

Food Processing

Food processing By Heidi du Preez Whole foods are relatively cheap. To increase profit, food processors change them into ‘value added’ products, because more can be charged for foods that have been changed by processing technology. They may add ‘value’

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The need to include animal protection in public health policies

Many critical public health issues require non-traditional approaches. Although many novel strategies are used, one approach not widely applied involves improving the treatment of animals. Emerging infectious diseases are pressing public health challenges that could benefit from improving the treatment

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Posted in ANIMAL HEALTH ISSUES, ANIMAL PROTECTION, AVIAN FLU, CONSUMER AWARENESS, EIDs, EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES, ENVIRONMENTAL FARMING HAZARDS, FOOD SECURITY, HUMAN HEALTH ISSUES & FOOD, MEDICAL RESEARCH, NUTRITION, PUBLIC HEALTH