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Future foods: What you could be eating by 2050

Future foods: What you could be eating by 2050

Science
Getty ImagesScientists have drawn up a list of little-known plants that could be on the menu by 2050.In the future, you could be breakfasting on false banana or snacking on pandanus tree fruit.The Ukraine war has highlighted the dangers of relying on a few globally-traded crops. With 90% of calories coming from just 15 crops, experts at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, London are hunting for ingredients to future-proof our diets. False banana offers hope for warming worldLab-grown meat 'good for planet and health' Fossilised berry clue to plant evolutionClimate change is increasing the risk of severe 'food shocks' where crops fail and prices of staples rise rapidly around the world.Diversifying the food we eat is one of the solutions to alleviating hunger, addressing biodiversity loss, an...
Body-editing apps on TikTok ‘trigger eating disorders’

Body-editing apps on TikTok ‘trigger eating disorders’

Technology
Body-editing apps advertised on social media platforms TikTok and Instagram are “triggering” young people with eating disorders, campaigners fear.Adverts show how the apps can be used to alter body parts, including making waists slimmer and adding muscles.Eating disorder charities have said technology firms should consider the impact on vulnerable people.The platforms said the apps did not break advertising guidance, but TikTok added it does reviews its policies.It said it is “continually looking to enhance” its framework to “support a body-positive environment”.The social media platform, popular with teenagers, banned adverts for fasting apps and weight loss supplements last year. ‘Fuel this epidemic’Social media companies need to be held to account and “stop this unhealthy and unhelpful ...
Covid has ‘heightened’ eating anxieties, say experts

Covid has ‘heightened’ eating anxieties, say experts

Health
Vickie RichardsonPhoenix Richardson is 15 and one of his favourite things to eat is chorizo. Cook it on a raclette and you have food heaven. Food hell includes a very long list of things, as is true for others with his condition, avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder, or ARFID. When the pandemic hit, Phoenix's mum, Vickie, was frantically buying up "safe" foods he would eat. Pasta and sausages was their shopping stockpile, not toilet roll. The Covid outbreak has been particularly difficult for people affected by eating disorders, says the charity Beat.Spokesman Tom Quinn said demand for their helpline "soared" as a result."It's not surprising," he explained, "as those affected and their families have had to cope with extreme changes to their daily routines, support networks and care pl...
Mukbang: Why is China clamping down on eating influencers?

Mukbang: Why is China clamping down on eating influencers?

Technology
As any chef will tell you, we eat with our eyes - so for people who make a living eating on social media, the presentation of their food is key to their success.Korean influencer Sna, known as a.bite, has amassed fans from all over the world for the way she presents and eats beautifully arranged plates of food.And her more than six million followers on TikTok alone tune in almost daily to watch her munch and crunch her way through the enormous platters."I started posting to TikTok more than two and a half years ago," she says."And I've created and eaten 270 one-plate videos in the last year and a half." Sna is one of a growing number of stars who straddle two huge intern...
US allows killing sea lions eating at-risk Northwest salmon

US allows killing sea lions eating at-risk Northwest salmon

Technology
U.S. authorities have given wildlife managers in Washington, Oregon and Idaho permission to start killing hundreds of sea lions in the Columbia River basin in hopes of helping struggling salmon and steelheadBy GENE JOHNSON Associated PressAugust 14, 2020, 9:05 PM4 min readSEATTLE -- U.S. authorities on Friday gave wildlife managers in Washington, Oregon and Idaho permission to start killing hundreds of sea lions in the Columbia River basin in hopes of helping struggling salmon and steelhead trout. The bulky marine mammals long ago figured out that they could feast on the migrating fish where they bottleneck at dams or where they head up tributaries to spawn. “These are places where the fish are really vulnerable,” said Shaun Clements, senior policy analyst for the Oregon Department of Fi...