My kids love cereals in the morning. I try to offer a real mix of homemade granola, porridge and store bought cereals. I was shocked to read this article on Grist summarising the findings of the latest report from EWG on children’s cereals and the amount of sugar some contain (spoiler alert: sometimes more than 50% sugar!). Even though the study was done in the US a lot of the brands are relevant to the UK.
The issue of food security is very much in the news. This article from the Guardian talks about Kew’s Millenium Seed Bank, a place that is safeguarding the seeds of some of our most crucial global crops, and looks at the role seed banks can play in global food security. Modern agriculture is now relying on few varieties of crops and the article points out that in fact 80% of our calories come from just 12 species of domesticated plants.
I was disturbed by this BBC News report from Chaco in the North of Argentina, a vast area where GM crops are grown and where cancers and birth defects have increased. While no scientific proof links the health issues of the population to agrochemicals (yet) this is very reminiscent of Erin Brockovich.
On a lighter note here are 9 Things to Do with Dandelions. Mother Earth News reminded me of my childhood when my grandad would serve them in salad. I have come to hate them in the garden lately. In spite of my best efforts they are winning and taking over the lawn. Maybe I should turn them into something useful and make peace with the enemy?
For some additional light reading here are 11 Smoothies to Get You in Shape for Summer from the Huffington Post. I particularly liked the “blueberry, agave, chia seed” recipe.
And don’t forget to pick up this month’s issue of National Geographic. “The Future of Food” is a special 8-month series (starting this May) where National Geographic investigates how to feed our growing population without harming the planet. You can also visit their website which is full of very interesting features too!