Category Archives: Food-safety

Low-carb, high-fat a low blow

By Rob Symons This is an article I wrote for the Mercury Food and Wine supplement and it also appears in “Verdant Life“. I have been at a number of functions lately where talk has drifted to diet,  most particularly … Continue reading

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A new transparency

This is my 35th article in the Mercury Food and Wine supplement. This article also appeared on the site, Verdant Life The importance of knowing what is in our food and and how it is produced has grown in relevance. … Continue reading

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The Principle of Health

This is my 32nd article for the Mercury Food and Wine supplement. In previous articles I have always emphasised the differences that distinguish organic farming from the conventional and especially the industrial farming model. A strong distinguishing feature of organic … Continue reading

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Fighting GM controls

This is my 31st article in the Mercury Food and Wine supplement This past Saturday, a worldwide day of action against the bio-tech company Monsanto took place, with marches taking place in all of South Africa’s major cities. What was … Continue reading

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Trust in meat suppliers eroded

This is my 30th article in the Mercury Food and Wine supplement. In recent weeks food issues have gained prominence in the media. Most notably we have had the results of the Stellenbosch study on retail meats in which it … Continue reading

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A Fishy Tale

This is my 27th article in the Mercury Food and Wine supplement. On Christmas eve we were treated to a stunning entrée of smoked salmon and caviar which left such a lasting impression on my taste buds, that I still … Continue reading

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Pesticides: Now More Than Ever – NYTimes.com

By Mark Bittman How quickly we forget. After the publication of “Silent Spring,” 50 years ago, we (scientists, environmental and health advocates, birdwatchers, citizens) managed to curb the use of pesticides and our exposure to them — only to see … Continue reading

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My Dream Food Label – Mark Bittman

A food label that has the interests of consumers in mind and not producers would be ideal. South Africa is about to legislate for mandatory labelling of foodstuffs containing GM ingredients. Mark Bittman speculates on his dream label.

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Is organic healthier than conventional

This is my 23th article in the Mercury Food and Wine supplement. A while back our local paper carried an article trumpeting a paper that had come out claiming that organic food was no better than conventional. I was approached … Continue reading

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Grass vs grain – you decide. Mercury Food and Wine article no. 13

Last month I discussed the concept of how one’s food choices have effects way beyond ones dinner plate. This month I would like to elaborate by looking at the implications of our choices of meats and animal products.   Meat … Continue reading

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