The politics of our food system

Each year the UN Food and Agriculture Organization celebrates World Food Day on the 16th October to commemorate the founding of the Organization in 1945. Events are organised in over 150 countries across the world to help promote awareness and action for those suffering from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all. In Edinburgh, a panel discussion on the politics of our food system was held at The University of Edinburgh’s Business School. The event was hosted by Nourish Scotland in partnership with the FRiED network and UN House. With rising food insecurity, increasing diet-related illness and the need for more sustainable food, it is becoming clear t

Looking after your liver

Until recently, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) was considered to be quite rare and harmless. For most people, a fatty liver can remain free of inflammation and asymptomatic. However, there seems to be an increasing number of people with NAFLD due to the rising obesity figures. Individuals who have had a fatty liver for some time, are more likely to develop inflammation causing scarring (or fibrosis). In these people this can progress to potentially life-threatening liver cirrhosis. So, how prevalent is NAFLD? Who is at risk? What diet and lifestyle advice is appropriate? What does the liver do? The liver is involved in around 500 different reactions in the body. These include

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