Just the Facts...
Meat Eaters Want Meat Alternatives
A new survey from market research company Mintel found that 51 percent of consumers believe meat alternatives are healthier than real meat, 31 percent are trying to reduce meat consumption, and 31 percent say they enjoy the taste of meat alternatives.
Fab Fast Food
Chipotle Mexican Grill is offering its new tofu Sofritas burrito at West Coast locations and plans to expand to other markets this fall.
After London residents complained that their toilets did not flush properly, an investigation turned up a “bus-sized lump” of food fat in London’s sewer system.
Empathy causes dogs to yawn after witnessing familiar humans yawn, according to a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE.
Down Under Diet
The Australian government’s newly released Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend plant-based diets, aiming to reverse worrisome health trends. Sixty percent of Australian adults and 25 percent of children are overweight or obese, according to a new United Nations report.
Over 4 Billion Served
Growing crops exclusively for human consumption—rather than animal feed— could increase available food by as much as 70 percent, which could feed an additional 4 billion people, according to a new study in the journal Environmental Research Letters.
No So Farm Fresh
A recent study published in the Journal of Food Safety found that 90 percent of whole chickens purchased at farmers markets tested positive for campylobacter bacteria, which cause diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain, and fever. Twenty-eight percent tested positive for salmonella.
Big Apple Prescription
Doctors at New York City hospitals in the Bronx and Harlem are now writing “prescriptions” for fruits and vegetables, rather than medications, to encourage patients to buy healthier foods.
A study recently published in Frontiers in Comparative Psychology reviewed video of chimpanzee, bonobo, and human babies and found that as they developed they all used similar gestures to communicate.
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