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Cravings: what scientists think we want from food

April 29, 2012 by


English-speaking women tend to report chocolate cravings at ‘that time of the month’, but for Spanish women it’s at times of stress that they crave chocolate. That means that chocolate cravings seem to have more to do with culture and emotions than physiology, explains Robyn Moffitt. Robyn Moffitt is a CSIRO researcher who specialises in […]

Slow Food with Carlo Petrini

November 30, 2009 by


A bowl of penne seems puny compared to a fast food giant like McDonalds, and such a stark contrast is an excellent way of making a point. Slow food and fast food are opposites. Fast food is a product of an industrial food chain, while the Slow Food Movement supports food that is good, clean […]

A Physician’s Feast

July 15, 2009 by


Galen was an Ancient Greek physician who lived around 129-210 AD. His descriptions of anatomy were used up until the sixteenth century (the time of Galileo) even though he only dissected animals and not humans, which lead to some errors in his work. His anatomy focused on the humours, or fluids, that permeated the body. […]

Plant based diet? Patatas bravas anyone?

February 21, 2009 by


I went to an excellent lecture this week called Eating the Earth: how should we eat to ensure a sustainable future? Stuart White from the Institute for Sustainable Futures at UTS introduced the session. He explained how all food has to use resources in its production. This means it has embodied water and fuel, not […]


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