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What if sugar isn’t even that bad for you?

That’s not to say that if you were to eat, say, 100 teaspoons of sugar each day you’d be fine; clearly you wouldn’t, and the effects on your health of excessive sugar are clear. As with anything, let’s be honest, if you eat or drink enough of it at some point you’re going to get sick. Theoretically if you ate a teaspoon of mud every day, aside from it tasting terrible and you perhaps throwing it back up, there wouldn’t be any long term health effects. Having said that, if you tried to eat a bucket a day then you almost certainly would not be healthy. For years now it appears there’s been a myth that has surrounded sugar, in that many people believe any sugar to bad, rather than too much. Let’s not forget that sugar content occurs naturally in most fruits and honeys, and these are generally considered good for us. Where the concern comes in is when people automatically assume that eating sugar of any kind will result in obesity and diabetes, and there have been some misleading media headlines to back up that misguided idea, too. Some new scientific research has come to light that casts doubt on this, however, and may give more context on how people come to get poorly and overweight. Read more...

The Growth of Urban Farms

We’ve all seen it increasing; demand for ethically and locally sourced food that consumers can brag to their friends about. There’s a marked difference between fresh food and things like candy, it must be said, as the popularity for American Candy and sweets and sodas prove that novelty and exclusivity come at a premium over almost everything else. That being said, there’s something very interesting happening at the moment in inner-city areas where more affluent young consumers want more locally grown produce, but where space is at a premium. They’re starting to find spaces that are otherwise useless and making them into urban farming spaces. Areas like old garages, car parks and factories are now being re-purposed to be able to grow fresh food, ingredients and produce. Cities like London, Manchester, Bristol and other urban spreads are seeing increasing numbers of city farmers popping up. Read more...