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Are company gardens the new what's next?

Edging out traditional team-building events and happiness-quotient consultants, company gardens are the new eco-friendly work-endorsed health advantage.Studies confirm that employees who interact directly with live plants report lower stress levels and exhibit higher mental acuity. Can company gardens really.....

Highlighting Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture as a Tool to Fight Malnutrition on World Food Day

“In the past we concentrated on producing vegetables to increase income. But now, we also think of consuming vegetables for our health. We grow diverse vegetables in our kitchen garden throughout the year; we sell only surplus vegetables in the market.”- Mrs. Chandrakala Thapa, Member, Kafalmela Mother.....

Pope Francis' keynote during World Food Day:

"Wars and climatic change are a cause of hunger"

Yesterday, October 16, Pope Francis called for governments around the world to collaborate to make migration a safer and voluntary choice, arguing that assuring food security for all requires tackling climate change and ending conflicts. He made the call at the global ceremony to mark World Food Day, held at.....

Earth, Wind, Fire, and global agreements: How do global events change the nature of food security research?

At their inaugural meeting, the Global Food Security Science Advisory Group analysed recent events and identified a set of 10 priority research questions to address the food security challenge. Professor Tim Benton from the University of Leeds and chair of the advisory group, and the Global Food Security.....

New Zealand: More science added to 5+ A Day

Food scientist Dr Carolyn Lister has been appointed a trustee on the board of the 5+ A Day Charitable Trust.The Trust’s general manager, Paula Dudley, says Dr Lister’s appointment this month brings a new level of scientific expertise to the organisation and broadens the skillset at board level.Dr Lister,.....

Australia: AUSVEG launches 'Try for 5' campaign

Leading horticultural body AUSVEG is calling on the Australian vegetable industry and consumers to ‘Try for 5’ serves of vegetables each day and share their stories ahead of National Nutrition Week, which runs from 15-21 October 2017.An initiative of Nutrition Australia that coincides with the United Nations.....

Scottish aren't eating their five servings of fruit and veg a day

Scotland consumed three portions per day on average in 2016, with consumption having ranged from 3.1 to 3.3 since 2003, the Scottish Health Survey 2016 found.Only one in five (20%) of adults who responded ate the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables the previous day, the joint lowest percentage.....

US (WI): Bay View schools cultivate agriculture and nutrition know-how

Over the last decade, elementary and high schools throughout Milwaukee and the nation have begun installing gardens and greenhouses that are employed as a multifaceted teaching tool. In addition to getting fresh air and gaining access to nutritious food, students gain fundamental garden skills and learn.....

Belgium's new food pyramid encourages fruit & veg but warns against meat

Belgium has introduced a new food pyramid that flips the old version on its head.Courtesy of Vlaams Instituut Gezond LevenWater, fruits, vegetables, tofu, and noodles get top billing—and steak sits at the bottom of the graphic.Bacon, pepperoni, and other deli meats don’t make it onto the pyramid at all;.....

European Union promotes healthy lifestyles

"If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health." This formula for a healthy life was proposed over 2000 years ago by Hippocrates, the ancient Greek physician and so-called father of medicine. Two.....

A tomato a day keeps the doctor away?

Forget avocado, rosehip or coconut oils – the latest miracle ingredient to fight ageing might just be sitting in the bottom of your crisper.Tomatoes are the key ingredient in a new skin care range by plant breeder Abundant Produce, including the latest release of lip balm, Tomato Infusion Lips Alive but the.....

October 13-14, Northwood

UK: Focus on health at the CIH Annual Conference

This year the Chartered Institute of Horticulture (CIH) Annual Conference will be held in the surrounds of Dublin within the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Northwood, across 13-14 October.This is the first time the conference has been held in Ireland and CIH President, Dr Owen Doyle CHort FCIHort, discussed why: "The.....

Could chili peppers become the hottest new thing in weight loss?

For scorching taste buds, nothing beats the zing of a chili pepper.Now, a new Arizona State University research study has shown that chili peppers may also be a key ingredient to melting the pounds away and reducing one’s appetite.The ASU research team, led by scientists Yue Deng and Fang Chen at the.....

US: Obesity of parents is associated with obesity of children

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 out of 5 children and adolescents (ages 2-19) are obese in the United States. A recent ERS study used data from USDA’s National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey (FoodAPS) to look at how households with at least one obese.....