George Monbiot hits the nail on the head again with his insightful article into obesity and argues that the government has got it wrong in trying to financially punish those who struggle to lose weight. George reports on a piece in the Lancet which shows how the body reacts to excessive weight gain and that losing weight (and keeping it off) is not an easy and simple task as your body has biologically changed. If you only read one link this week, let it be this.
I really dislike this sensationalist headline but the study it quotes is of interest so let's ignore that for a second. Recent research published in the British Medical Journal states that the mysterious substance that is margarine is in fact not as good for our bodies as the much feared butter. There have been many articles recently about saturated fat and how it's not the enemy we had previously thought. Makes you wonder what other health claims we follow and believe in are in fact a big pile of crap #cynical
You must have had your head in the clouds this week to have avoided the milk chat going on in the mediascape. This article gives you the facts and figures on milk costs and explains what factors are causing this ongoing problem. If you want to do your bit and buy direct from farmers so you know they are getting a fair price, take a look at this map to find your local dairy farm.
Pizza Express have caused controversy this week by admitting they take 8p from every £1 credit card tip their staff receive and they aren't alone in this practice with other national chains also chalking this off as an essential admin charge. Tipping in restaurants is a tricky one - do you usually leave cash or put a tip on a card? 10% or more? Will you still tip if the service is poor? Do you think the waiters should be paid a better hourly rate so they don't have to rely on tips so much?
FoodCycle is a fantastic volunteer driven community project which collects surplus food then cooks up some great meals for people who are having hard times. So it's brilliant to hear that Morrisons have signed up to work with the charity and donate their extra food. FoodCycle are growing their numbers all the time and now have hubs all over the country from London to Birmingham to Leeds to Bristol so any shops or restaurants who want to get involved are much appreciated.