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Issue 99: 10 September


“The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people”

Theodore Roosevelt, 26th US president

 

Food bites… Wallet, not conscience, is king

Image “People will not pay more for sustainability. They will not pay for ethically grown products even though they say they will. It is expected. Most people are not willing to pay more for premium … People don’t necessarily want to pay for this but they just increasingly expect it. What you could get away with 15 years ago, you can’t now.”
David Hughes, emeritus professor of food marketing, Imperial College, London. Read more

Editor’s Stuff – Up there with the worst in the world!Brenda


In South Africa, with our mix of first and third world economies, we mostly lag the main Western world food trends. But there’s one trend where we’re right up with the worst: the nation’s ever-expanding girth and which is costing this country dear.

The big news this week, excuse the pun, is that South Africa comes third in global obesity stakes, as confirmed by the results of an indendent survey done in July in our four biggest cities, on behalf of the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline.

Passing time by often observing the passing parade of hefty bodies whenever I’m in a supermarket queue in my home town of Cape Town, it comes as no surprise to learn that 72% of the Mother City’s residents are overweight. Pretoria comes second at 68%, followed by Johannesburg at 59% and Durban at 52%.

Despite these harsh (and obviously apparent statistics if you just look around you), South Africans are not only fat, but we’re a nation of people in denial when it comes to perceptions of how overweight, unfit and unhealthy we are. These are just two of the findings. This research makes for interesting, if not comforting, reading. Read more

 

Enjoy this week’s read!

 

Email Brenda Neall, editor and publisher: [email protected]

 

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