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Follow the 'farm to fork' conversation at Berlin's Green Week

Since 1926, Berlin's Green Week has brought together farmers, food manufacturers and agriculture ministers to showcase the best in international food and drink and discuss the future of the food industry. We've cherry-picked the best of the social media conversation if you can't be there.

Russia says it is revelling after 2014 Western food embargo but could an end be in sight?

Russia's ban of food imports from Europe has been in place since 2014 but Donald Trump's election to the White House could mean an end is in sight. We take a look at what the embargo has meant for Russian food manufacturers, foreign firms with operations there and ordinary consumers.

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Givaudan expands savoury flavour range with Swiss acquisition

 Swiss flavour giant Givaudan has acquired Activ International, a deal which it says will help widen its portfolio of natural meat, seafood and vegetable flavours.

Crikey! Fruit fly flour beats crickets for cost, says Israeli start-up

Move over crickets and mealworms - Israeli start-up Flying Spark is farming and processing fruit fly powders and oils that are cheaper than other insect ingredients but with a similar nutritional and taste profile.

High red meat intake a risk factor for an inflamed gut: Harvard study

The consumption of red meat might be a dietary risk factor in the onset and progression of a common inflammatory bowel condition, according to Harvard researchers.

US reignites trade battle with EU over beef imports

US trade representatives have heeded calls from the country’s meat industry to act on ‘unfair and discriminatory’ rules on US beef imports to the EU – threatening to reopen a 20 year dispute and put sanctions on European products.

More Germans want to see animal welfare logo, says Ministry of Food & Agriculture

The number of Germans who look for animal welfare logos on meat products is rising, according to a 1000-strong survey commissioned by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, which gives a glimpse into the nation's changing dietary habits and preferences. 

Brexit-proof? Irish food and drink 2016 exports exceed €11 billion

Irish food and drink exports have exceeded 11 billion despite the fall in exports to the UK, according to figures from the country’s food board, Bord Bia, a total increase of 41% since 2010.

Sugar changes to Eatwell Guide are ‘large’ but worthwhile: Oxford study

Reducing sugar consumption in line with recommendations set out in the Eatwell Guide, are likely to extend the average life expectancy by around six months according to Oxford University researchers.

From farm to fork: How much do you know about where Europe's food comes from?

Eurostat, the official statistics bureau of the European Union, has published data report on Europe's farms, fisheries and food supply. How much do you know about where your food comes from?

Barbecued meat appears to cut post-cancer survival time: Study

Breast cancer survivors are advised to steer clear of grilled, barbecued and smoked meat as findings have established a link between these cooking methods and a decrease in survival time, post-cancer.

Ethical food and drink worth over €10.5 billion in the UK

Sales of ethical food and drink increased 5.3% in 2015 to just over £9.03 billion (€10.55 billion), according to new research. Organic continued its revival but Fairtrade has struggled again.

Silly sausages? German Ag Minister criticises vegetarian products with meaty names

Germany’s agriculture minister Christian Schmidt has weighed in on the debate surrounding plant-based alternatives using meat names, calling them "completely misleading" - but the European Commission seems reluctant to act.

Mediterranean diet linked to increased brain volume, say scientists

The traditional Mediterranean diet of fruit and vegetables, nuts, fish and wine could prevent neurological degeneration in later life, say researchers at the University of Edinburgh.

Scandalous! Consumers jaded by food scandal media coverage

Media coverage of food scandals affects consumption, but desensitisation and the force of consumer habits may present challenges for food regulators, according to researchers.

Little chance of post-Brexit food fraud frenzy

Criminals operating in the UK’s food chain are “home grown” and unlikely to be involved in organised crime, according to the head of the country’s food crime unit (FCU).

Eating red meat to excess appears not to raise heart attack risk

Exceeding recommended levels of red meat does not seem to make a difference to blood pressure and blood cholesterol - at least in the short-term, a review has concluded.

Consumers aren’t prepared to join the lab-meat love-in

This year there’s been a bit of a lab-meat love-in, but are consumers ready to buy into it? I’m not so sure, especially if they can’t divorce the concept from other more controversial technologies like genetic modification.

Processed & cured meat worsens asthma: Study

A high intake of cured and processed meat can worsen asthma symptoms over time, according to French researchers who used a novel analytical method to take into account obesity as a mediator.

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Algae and alternative protein players in €1.2bn EU food project

A pan-EU sustainable food project sees Israeli astaxanthin supplier Algatechnologies, champion of pea protein Roquette and Dutch nutrition giant DSM among its 50 partners that will invest close to €1.2bn over the next seven years. 

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