The Food Parlour

Industrial design graduate Solveiga Pakstaite’s Bump Mark uses a gelatine-based label to let consumers know when food has passed its prime. Twentysomething Pakstaite admits: "One day I thought ‘how on Earth do blind people know when their food expires because they can’t read the expiry dates and they don’t know what to eat in the fridge first?’”. The result of her curiosity is a work in progress called the Bump Mark; a label which is attached to food packaging and changes shape when the produce deteriorates. Now, as the Guardian puts it, it's up to manufacturers to licence the technology. The key to Africa food security are local vendors, not supermarkets. According to Kenya based magazine Standard Media, traditional markets sell more than 85 percent of the food consumed in sub-Saharan Africa, and rather than replacing them with Western-style supermarkets, governments should train local vendors to improve food safety, researchers say. Contrary to popular conceptions, open-air local markets often have safer milk and meat than supermarkets in much of Africa, according to a book released on Tuesday by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). Local vendors offer fresher products to several hundred million low-income consumers, and many supermarkets still do not have well-regulated supply chains or stable refrigeration systems to prevent contamination. Simple food safety training for informal vendors can limit the spread of SARS, avian influenza and tuberculosis.

The Independent is exploring how Hobart is emerging as a destination for lovers of food, art and echidnas. Tasmania's once-parochial capital is a sleepy city with beauty and brains. its remoteness means that independent cafés, artisan bakeries, and makers' studios flourish. The annual Taste of Tasmania summer food festival, which celebrates the city's metamorphosis into a culinary destination, finished a few weeks ago and has left the people and restaurants of Hobart more excited than ever about their produce.

There's a need in the UK to to ban junk food adverts before 9 pm: experts, The Daily Mail testifies, to intervene for new controls as current rules lead to parents being pressured into buying unhealthy snacks. Seven in ten parents with children aged four to 16 face pressure from kids. As a matter of fact, almost one in three children are overweight or obese in Britain. The unusual move is officially supported by doctors and the Labour party, other than the well respected British Heart Foundation.

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