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FOOD MESSAGES – "Food is a Weapon" "Buy wisely, cook carefully and…

FOOD MESSAGES – "Food is a Weapon" "Buy wisely, cook carefully and eat it all"

this is not the crop of the poster I wanted – is there a way to control this other that the "right pixel ratio"

This message, on a Second World War poster in the news museum at Pilgrims Rest in South Africa, is one the world is considering to reduce the high level of waste in first world households. This in the face of climate, population and culture changes that threaten food supply.

This message is just the same as it was in England in the war, although the slogan "Food is the Weapon" is no longer.

On a human level it's interesting to wonder why we wouldn't want to "Buy wisely, cook carefully and eat it all" which is routinely done by the poor and undernourished.

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Principles For Hygienic Factory Design

Here is a short and very simple article on designing a factory that would meet the FDA's requirements.

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I find the well structured approach, via six focus areas, and the simple first person language easy to read and absorb.

 

Swings and Roundabouts in Brewing

Its interesting that the heart of beer development outside of Europe could be argued to have started in the US moved to Britain and then back to the US and that the UK is now moving towards learning from the US.

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This 3 or 4 page article is a very nice overview of the current status and of the history of how things developed in the US and the UK.

Canned Food – Growing Consumption

What at first glimpse seems to be a rather crude processing technology that produces mass market foods, is growing in the UK and seems to be attracting attention.

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At first glimpse it also appears to be an energy intensive process, but it needs to be compared to the energy input along the whole value chain and over time. I also needs to be seen as a cooking process, a preservation technique and as food packaging.

Some time ago I did a Google Plus post on a recent study that claimed the nutrition provided by canned beans was cheaper than that fom dried beans. I noted that this seemed unlikely and undertook to follow up on it. I contacted the author and received the paper on which the report was based. The reason was clear, in calculating the cost of nutrition from dried beans the cost of preparation time was included. This is the correct approach but the time calculated for dried beans was not just for the preparation and cooking, but included the hours that the beans were soaked in water. Canned obviously beans did not have such a cost included and the total cost worked out to be lower than the dried beans.

This just shows how careful one needs to be in these kinds of evaluations. Other issues that could be important when convenience, considering canned foods is the low cost of storage, the long shelflike and the reduced in home cooking needs. On the negative side the high cost of packaging and the limitations on the products that can be offered through canning.

 

What Are We Coming To?

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What Are We Coming To?

Four or five guys like this one, took off their clothes and ran on to the field in a match between the Crusaders and the Force.

The Crusaders were worried about the safety of their thirty 90 kg plus, ultra fit players at the hands of these boozy show offs.

The Crusaders, firmly controlled by the Force, felt they would have scored from their half if play hadn't been stopped

The episode was described by the authorities using terms like embarrassing, marring, unacceptable, not tolerated, disgraceful, inadequate, incompetent, idiots, farcical, failure, minority and perpetrators.

But if you look at the faces of the spectators behind the security guy…..

Aren't we just getting too serious and politically correct?

#Rugby  #politically correct

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Force take dim view of pitch invaders against Crusaders
Western Force are “embarrassed” by the pitch invasion that marred their win.

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What Are We Coming To?

Four or five guys like this one, took off their clothes and ran on to the field in a match between the Crusaders and the Force.

The Crusaders were worried about the safety of their thirty 90 kg plus, ultra fit players at the hands of these boozy show offs.

The Crusaders, firmly controlled by the Force, felt they would have scored from their half if play hadn't been stopped

The episode was described by the authorities using terms like embarrassing, marring, unacceptable, not tolerated, disgraceful, inadequate, incompetent, idiots, farcical, failure, minority and perpetrators.

But if you look at the faces of the spectators behind the security guy…..

Aren't we just getting too serious and politically correct?

#Rugby  #politically correct

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Force take dim view of pitch invaders against Crusaders
Western Force are “embarrassed” by the pitch invasion that marred their win.

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What's interesting is the whole range of gastronomic theft the author has managed…

What's interesting is the whole range of gastronomic theft the author has managed to drag up.

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Germany’s Nutella heist – the latest great gastronomic robbery
The theft of £14,000’s worth of the popular spread at the weekend is the most recent in a series of worldwide raids by thieves with a taste for fast food

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Reusing and Recycling Potatoe Waste

The recovery of food from Food Industry waste will become more and more attractive as food prices increase and per capita availability decreases.

In general technology is already available to recover value but the viability limits what is done. This is an interesting approach to improve viability by addressing the logistics of handling waste.

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Projects like these improve the sustainability of the Food Industry.

More Information From GEA

You might be thinking I have been employed by GEA to promote their website, but its just that once I am on an informative website like this, I see lots that's worth sharing.

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This article on fruit juice, only a few pages long, gives a bit on history of the market segment and the technology that went with it, something on health benefits, the current world situation and trends. After that is of course the bit that says how much GEA can help juice manufacturers.

Having linked to their separator, decanter and process based information, I also saw they have general information like that above and of course process information linked to other Unit Operations – so there will probably be more!

 

Decanter, Separator and Process Line Food Processes

GEA is an enormous processing equipment group that includes previous independent processors such as Westfalia, Wiegand, APV Kestner and Niro from the days when I still worked in processing.

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This website is that of the separator, decanter and process line part of their business. It presents a wealth of general information on many beverage and dairy processes with links to their equipment pamphlets. Each process is described in detail with a process flowsheet.

While you might be tempted to dismiss this as a source of information because of it equipment supplier link, I believe the information is general enough and unbiased to be useful.