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Fat free and 100% natural: seven food labelling tricks exposed

Sandra Jones writes: If you’re confused by food labels, you’re not alone. But don’t hold your breath for an at-a-glance food labelling system that tells you how much salt, fat and sugar each product contains. Australia’s proposed “health star rating” labelling scheme was put on hold in February, following pressure from the food industry. And [...]

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A challenge to Australia: make sure every child has access to affordable healthy food

Marie McInerney reports: Here’s a challenge to Australian politicians, leading food retailers like Woolworths and Coles and perhaps consumers: make sure that every child in the country has access to affordable fruit and vegetables by 2017, “whatever their postcode”. It was laid down last week by global health campaigner Alessandro Demaio who says Australia can’t [...]

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Big Food lobbying: tip of the iceberg exposed

Gary Sacks writes: The influence of the food lobby has come into the public spotlight over the past week, with revelations that Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash’s chief-of-staff, Alastair Furnival, has strong links to the food industry. Furnival previously worked as a lobbyist for several food companies and is the co-owner of a firm that has represented [...] 

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Industry winning the fight against better food labelling

Kathy Chapman writes: Most people doing their grocery shopping are probably blissfully unaware of the industry lobbying and backroom politics that determines what information appears on food labels. So let’s start with some background. For almost two years, a Commonwealth government-led initiative involving public health and consumer groups, industry organisations as well as state government health [...]

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The World Health Organisation takes a tough stand on sugar. It’s about time we listened.

Thanks to David Gillespie, author of Sweet Poison, for providing this update on the WHO’s latest report on sugar. The special interest groups will no doubt be raising their voices in the not too distant future. Readers might also be interested in this recent publication on the relationship between financial conflict of interest and research [...]

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An “underground insurgency” that is transforming agriculture and health

The transformative practices of regenerative farmers were recently profiled at the Oceania Eco-Health Symposium and Workshop, “Linking Peoples, Landscapes, Health and Wellbeing”. Marie McInerney reports: For Colin Seis, it was a devastating bushfire that sparked his move from traditional “industrial” farming to being part of an “underground insurgency”, a small but growing group of Australians at the forefront [...]

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Why we need to avoid peddling Coke

Todd Harper, CEO of Cancer Council Victoria writes: Almost 15,000 people recently took part in the annual Around the Bay ride in Melbourne. It was my eighth time participating in the event and I am always amazed by the large numbers of people of all ages and background who participate. Bike-riding and a healthy free-wheeling [...]

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As Mexico raises the bar in public health policy, Australia contemplates an ever-expanding waistline

In the US, the Center for Science in the Public Interest is urging city councils, state legislatures and Congress to consider taxing soft drinks, in the wake of Mexico’s landmark new “soda” tax. San Francisco is reportedly heading in this direction (depending on the outcome of a ballot this month), proposing that a tax on [...]

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Politicians need to “pull their heads out of the sand”, and address the urgent public heath threat of climate change

Today is the deadline for submissions to the Federal Government about its plans to abolish the carbon tax. (This piece at The Conversation gives an overview of the Government’s plans to repeal the Clean Energy Act and shut down the Clean Energy Finance Corporation). In the articles below: • Dr Peter Tait, a GP and member of [...]

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Fructose health claims ignores evidence of harm

Kerin O’Dea writes: The European Food and Safety Agency (EFSA) has just approved health claims for fructose-sweetened products, in a move that has astonished scientists around the world. Food and drink manufacturers can now claim that their products are healthier if they replace at least 30% of their glucose or sucrose with fructose. The rationale provided [...]

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