Factwire: Hong Kong’s ‘healthy’ food labelling scheme may mislead shoppers

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A government food labelling scheme designed to promote healthy eating among Hongkongers has a loophole: products tagged as low in one potentially unhealthy ingredient may be high in another one.

At least 12 products labelled “low sugar” or “no sugar” under the voluntary “Salt/Sugar” Label Scheme for Prepackaged Food Products contain excessive sodium or salt; similarly, at least five products labelled “low salt” or “no salt” contain excessive sugar, FactWire has found.

After receiving inquiries from FactWire, the government removed over 30 per cent of the products under the scheme from its website with the consent of their manufacturers or

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The Homegrown Meals In This Prison Stand Out Against Most Unpalatable Jail Food : NPR

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At a prison in Maine, residents tend a garden that produces much of the facility’s food. Advocates say it’s a good way to avoid the unhealthy diets served at other prisons and teach useful skills.



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Food served in prisons and jails is notoriously dreadful. Picture mystery meat drenched with dull gravy with a heavy reliance on overly processed starch. One advocacy group has identified an exception to this trend, though – Maine’s Mountain View Correctional Center. From Maine Public Radio, Susan Sharon has more.

SUSAN SHARON, BYLINE: Studies show that prison diets are often lacking in nutrition,

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Growing From the Heart promotes healthy food, sharing

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HANCOCK, Mich. (AP) — Dr. Michelle Seguin of the Portage Health Foundation has banded together with other like-minded health food lovers to share that love with the community by forming a group called Growing From the Heart.

“In 2020, right when the pandemic started, we developed a program that was kind of modeled off the nationwide program called Plant a Row for the Hungry, which encourages people to plant literally an extra row in their garden to donate to food pantries,” Seguin said.

Growing From the Heart began as a mission to donate home grown produce to those in need

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Trending / SNAP: Single largest and permanent benefit increase in food stamp history | News

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This fall, individuals and families in Columbia County, across Oregon and the nation who depend on food stamp assistance will see what the Biden Administration calls a significant and permanent increase in benefits.

It is reportedly the largest single increase in the food stamp system’s history, which now operates as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).






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This change will increase SNAP benefits distributed in Oregon by $337 million. For SNAP households this change on average will be about $36 more in money to buy food per person.




Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) Press Secretary Jake Sunderland said Biden

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‘It’s not the cow, it’s the how’: why a long-time vegetarian became beef’s biggest champion | Food

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After refusing to eat meat for 33 years, Nicolette Hahn Niman bit tentatively into a beefburger two years ago. She had become a vegetarian because she was concerned about animal welfare and the environmental cost of meat. Unlike most vegetarians, she had experience of the dire conditions on factory farms during her career as an environmental lawyer campaigning against pollution caused by industrial meat production in the US. Then she married a farmer.

Hahn Niman’s journey from vegetarian activist to cattle rancher to writing a book called Defending Beef may be driven by love, but it is also informed

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Garden Plate: Get back to the basics with farm stand food recipes

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September traditionally brings us the usual “back to school” doldrums, but for the Garden State, our season of fresh fun is still going strong. Farm stands continue to brim with an abundance of options at the tail end of summer. The recipes are ripe with best of nature’s offerings in New Jersey.

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Jersey is the proud parent of the tomato, zucchini and homegrown eggplant. Put these together with a few other ingredients, and you have got yourself an easy, end-of-summer supper. The best part is that it can be assembled and roasted in minutes.

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