Junk food = a throw-away culture

Summary: ‘Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal’, by Eric Schlosser

A book by investigative journalist Eric Schlosser that examines the local and global influence of the United States fast food industry.

Editorial Note: In our opinion Schlosser’s revealing insights into the US fast food industry and its reliance upon industrial farming and Spurlock’s tantalising documentary on the rise of the fast food industry around the world are two of the most influential works that should be reviewed for anyone seeking a clearer understanding on the impact that industrial farming practices and the global domination of the fast food industry is having on humankind and planet earth.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUspRBt7Kp4


Summary: Super Size Me

Director Morgan Spurlock’s social experiment in fast-food gastronomy sees him attempting to subsist uniquely on food from the McDonald’s menu for an entire month. In the process his weight balloons, his energy level plummets and he experiences all sorts of unexpected — and terrifying — side effects. He also examines the corporate giant’s growing role in the lives of American consumers and explores its methods of indoctrinating young people and its contribution to America’s obesity epidemic.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAnCOHC


Summary: A million bottles a minute: world’s plastic binge ‘as dangerous as climate change’ (06.2017)

Annual consumption of plastic bottles is set to top half a trillion by 2021, far outstripping recycling efforts and jeopardising oceans, coastlines and other environments

Editorial note: When we read this statistic we were staggered, as we are sure other readers will be

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/28/a-million-a-minute-worlds-plastic-bottle-binge-as-dangerous-as-climate-change


Summary: Meet the former Army officer declaring war on Britain’s food waste scandal (11.2017)



Summary: Pizzas and ready meals set to shrink in UK Government war on obesity (08.2017)

Link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/18/pizzas-ready-meals-set-shrink-government-war-obesity/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_tw


Summary:  Is it fair to blame Coca-Cola and big corporations for our waste crisis?(08.2017)

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2017/aug/02/coca-cola-big-corporations-waste-crisis-plastics-recycling-packaging-circular-economy?CMP=share_btn_link


Summary: Coca-Cola to radically increase amount of recycled plastic in its bottles (07.2017)

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jul/11/coca-cola-to-radically-increase-amount-of-recycled-plastic-in-its-bottles?CMP=share_btn_link


Summary: Americans use 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour! Most of them are thrown away! (07.2017)

Link: http://www.mrcpolymers.com/PlasticRecyclingFacts.php


Summary: Lauren Singer: Zero waste star sets up package-free shop (07.2017)

Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-40524186/lauren-singer-zero-waste-star-sets-up-package-free-shop


Summary: Amazon to buy Whole Foods Market in $13.7bn deal (06.2017)

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jun/16/amazon-buy-whole-foods-market-organic-food-fresh?CMP=share_btn_link


Summary: Two thirds of adults eat three or fewer portions of fruit and veg each day raising risk of diabetes, warn experts (06.2017)

Link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/06/11/two-thirds-adults-eat-three-fewer-portions-fruit-veg-day-raising/


Summary: Could you cut out plastic from your weekly shop? One family tried (05.2017)

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/money/2017/may/27/cut-plastic-weekly-shop-family?CMP=share_btn_link


Summary: A healthy teenager in the US state of South Carolina died from drinking several highly-caffeinated drinks too quickly, a coroner has ruled (05.2017)

Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39932366


Summary: Former first lady Michelle Obama attacks president’s reversal of regulations to help improve school lunches: ‘Think about why someone is OK with your kids eating crap’ (05.2017)

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/12/michelle-obama-trump-school-lunches-childhood-obesity?CMP=share_btn_link


Summary:  Two-thirds of people in Mexico, Chile and Ecuador are obese, UN finds.(04.2017)

Study calls epidemic frightening and finds that ‘overnutrition’ and sedentary lifestyles are costing countries tens of billions of dollars every year

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/apr/25/obesity-epidemic-latin-america-mexico-chile-ecuador-un-report?CMP=share_btn_link


Summary: The west’s throwaway culture has spread waste worldwide (03.2017)

Packaging – much of it single-use food wrapping – has created a rubbish problem that now pollutes every corner of the world. Manufacturers got us into this mess, but it’s up to us to dig ourselves out – and here’s how

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/mar/13/waste-plastic-food-packaging-recycling-throwaway-culture-dave-hall


Summary: Stroke and dementia risk linked to artificial sweeteners, study suggests. Drinking a can of diet soft drink a day associated with almost three times higher risk, say researchers – but critics warn against causal connection (04.2017)

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/apr/20/stroke-and-dementia-risk-linked-to-low-sugar-drinks-study-finds?CMP=share_btn_link



Summary: What really happens to the plastic you throw away?  (04.2015)

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6xlNyWPpB8


Summary: School Food Problems Are American Food Problems (02.2015)

Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sadie-barr/school-food-problems-are-american-food-problems_b_6754674.html


Summary: Tax fizzy drinks and ban junk food ads, say doctors. Fizzy drinks should be heavily taxed and junk food adverts banished until after the watershed, doctors have said, in a call for action over obesity. (02.2013)

Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-21478314


Summary: The nutritional quality of school food affects students’ health, and therefore their energy levels and academic performance

Link: http://www.ceeonline.org/greenguide/food/upload/studenthealth.aspx


Summary: The Economist – Special Report: Food companies play an ambivalent part in the fight against flab (12.2012)

Link: http://www.economist.com/news/special-report/21568064-food-companies-play-ambivalent-part-fight-against-flab-food-thought


Summary: An increasingly cozy alliance between companies that manufacture processed foods and companies that serve the meals is making students — a captive market — fat and sick while pulling in hundreds of millions of dollars in profits (3.12.2011)

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/04/opinion/sunday/school-lunches-and-the-food-industry.html



and organic food, food waste etc.:

Summary:  The joy of eggs – how ‘nature’s multivitamin’ shook off the scare stories (10.2017)

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/oct/17/joy-eggs-scare-stories-new-guidance-runny-yokes-salmonella?CMP=share_btn_link


Summary:  Britons throw away 1.4m edible bananas each day, figures show (05.2017)

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/15/britons-throw-away-14m-edible-bananas-each-day-figures-show?CMP=share_btn_link


Summary:  Selling organic food is not easy. Hard times for Whole Foods: ‘People say it’s for pretentious people. I can see why’ (04.2017)

The upscale grocery chain is valued at almost $12bn, but six straight quarters of declining sales have led to speculation of a takeover bid. What went wrong?

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/apr/29/whole-foods-hard-times-retail?CMP=share_btn_link