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Stonehenge builders 'ate food from Scotland'

Stonehenge builders 'ate food from Scotland'

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The "army of builders" of Stonehenge ate animals brought from as far away as the north east of Scotland, according to a new exhibition at the famous Neolithic site in Wiltshire.Analysis of pig and cattle teeth has revealed some of the animals were from as far as 500 miles away.The "Feast! Food at Stonehenge" exhibition includes the skull of an aurochs, an extinct species of cattle.It is aimed at allowing visitors to explore diet from 4,500 years ago.English Heritage historian Susan Greany said: "Our exhibition explores the important role feasts and food played at Stonehenge."Raising the ancient stones was an incredible feat but so too was feeding the army of builders."Our exhibition reveals just how this was done."The displays reveal research and stories from a "feeding Stonehenge" project...
Ulster Hospital discrimination case over food allergies

Ulster Hospital discrimination case over food allergies

Health
A mother whose daughters have "life-threatening" food allergies took a discrimination case against a hospital after one had an allergic reaction. Maire-Iosa McVicker took her case after her children were twice exposed to food in an allergy clinic's waiting room.The waiting room in the Ulster Hospital originally had signs banning food and drink because of the risk to patients.The South Eastern Trust apologised after signs were removed and agreed to provide a specialised food-free room.'Worried sick'The family was assisted in taking the disability discrimination case by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland.Seven-year-old Aoibhe O'Donnell and her three-year-old sister, Meabh, attend regular appointments at the Ulster Hospital's allergy clinic.The girls both suffer from food protein in...
Food price rises see inflation climb to 3%

Food price rises see inflation climb to 3%

Business
Inflation rose to 3% in September, its highest level in more than five years, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) measure of inflation rose from 2.9% in August thanks partly to higher food prices - adding to the squeeze on households as pay growth lags behind.But it will be welcomed by those receiving the state pension, as the September figure is used to calculate increases in the benefit next April under the Government's "triple lock" guarantee.It was the first time CPI inflation has reached 3% since April 2012. The Bank of England targets inflation at 2%.The CPI figure - which was in line with expectations - should bolster expectations that the Bank will hike interest rates next month, though some have cautioned against such a move at a time of t...
Public 'tricked' into buying unhealthy food

Public 'tricked' into buying unhealthy food

Health
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceThe UK's obesity crisis is being fuelled by businesses pushing unhealthy food and larger portions on shoppers, according to health experts.The Royal Society for Public Health warned consumers were being tricked by a marketing ploy known as upselling.The tactic involves shops, cafes and restaurants encouraging customers to upgrade to larger meals and drinks or adding high-calorie toppings and sides.A poll suggested eight in 10 people experienced it every week.35% added sides like chips to meal 34% bought a larger coffee 17,000 extra calories on average over a year PAThe most common upsells to be taken included larger coffees, bigger meals, sweets and chocolates and extra sides such as onion rings and chips.Royal Society for Public Health chief e...
Global food markets further threaten endangered sharks, rays

Global food markets further threaten endangered sharks, rays

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Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Researchers at the University of Guelph found that the majority of shark fins and manta ray gills sold at markets around the world for traditional medicines come from endangered species.Roughly half of the world's 1,200 species of sharks and manta rays are listed as threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature including 20 that may not be traded internationally.The study, published today in Scientific Reports, used DNA barcoding technology and found 71 percent of dried fins and gills collected from markets and stores came from species listed as at-risk and banned from international trade. Shark finning, which is removing fins from live sharks, is illegal in Canada."Despite the controversy around shark fin soup and the fact that many of these species are...