Update, 1 May 2014. The booze giants won a ruling yesterday allowing them to take their challenge over minimum pricing to the European Court. It's now 13 months since the law passed by the Scottish parliament should have come into effect, and started saving lives and livers. Latest briefingfrom Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems here . The challenge will … Continue reading Boycott the bullying whisky barons
An ongoing discussion of Big Sugar and its spending in academia 24 January 2016: BBC1's The Big Questions held a live debate in Edinburgh on sugar and health. During it I stated that Professor Mike Lean, chair of human nutrition at Glasgow University, was funded by Coca-Cola for some of his research. He objected. I based my assertion on a 2012 … Continue reading The sugar corps: scientists for sale?
30 December 2013: fruit sold on health promises, my story published in the UK's Daily Mail. Believe the hype and they’ll solve all your health issues. They are the natural solution for everything from cancer, heart disease and dementia through to ageing skin, poor eyesight and interrupted sleep. No wonder “superfruits” now pop up everywhere: in cereal, desserts, … Continue reading Are "superfruits" a scam? A potato might do the same job at a tenth the price…
December 2013: I spent a night with the Gaza fishing fleet, trying to catch sardines under the guns of the Israeli navy… the words and Gianluca Panella's stunning pictures were published in the Observer magazine. Sometimes the sea calms at sunset: and so it is here in the bottom corner of the eastern Mediterranean. The … Continue reading The bravest fishermen
... is that our greedy, ruthless supermarkets have got off scot-free September 2, 2013: op-ed for the Daily Mail Now, six months after the worst scandal in the history of our supermarkets, the biggest joke of all has emerged. And it is the shops and food manufacturers that are having the last laugh. The big … Continue reading The real horse meat scandal…
The Observer Magazine, October 2013: The basking shark returns to British waters As big as a yacht and with jaws so large it could swallow you whole – it's little wonder terrified sailors hunted basking sharks almost to extinction. But now they are being seen in growing numbers from Donegal to Cornwall. Alex Renton goes … Continue reading In search of baskers
The Times (UK) Magazine, 28 September 2013: Should red meat carry a health warning? Alex Renton investigates the link between what we eat and the increased risk of diet-related cancers We’re hard-wired to eat meat: all we can get of it. Research shows that if you give a diet of unlimited meat to omnivorous animals, … Continue reading Red meat. The real killer?
My Observer magazine story and an editorial calling for government action on sugary drinks gathered lots of interest: 170k web hits, 850 comments and a feeble response from the British soft drinks industry. The tin of 7UP rolls to a stop at my feet. I pick it up, scowling at the kid on a bike … Continue reading Tackling Big Sugar – the next great health war
I've been talking about my forthcoming book on the future of meat eating with Sheila Dillon and Mark Bittman on BBC Radio 4's The Food Programme - you can listen to the show here. And here's a link to pre-order the book - short, shocking and downloadable - from Guardian Books. Out at the end of August.
Wrote three stories for the Observer (links to each one below) this weekend around the G8 discussion on food security and child hunger. Interesting comments, particularly on the piece on the Gates Foundation's work; boy, do some Guardian Online users hate the corporates. Often with good reason. But when government has done so badly at tackling … Continue reading Hunger, child nutrition and eight ways to feed the world