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Supermarket LThe latest major health survey from Stats SA reveals that only 23% of South African toddlers are fed a diet considered to be adequate in terms of child nutrition. This is a figure which should concern us all: its implications for the future development of this demographic cohort are frightening. As a new book by agricultural economist Dr Tracy Ledger makes clear, at the heart of the country’s hunger crisis is the government’s failure to rein in the rampant profiteering of big food retailers, reports Rebecca Davis of The Daily Maverick.

Lisa Ronquest is one of South Africa's top young food scientists, now transferred to the Netherlands in a global food R&D role for Mars. She's been sharing her European impressions, insights and travels with FOODStuff SA readers in a regular blog, and we're proud here to publish her 13th episode. This time, Lisa explores cider, wine and pastry in France.