GM Food

altMark Gavin and Lucy Archer of Hudson Gavin Martin give expert advice on labelling, selling and using GM products.

Genetic modification (GM), also known as genetic engineering (GE), is, and will most likely remain, a topic that stirs public controversy. While competing views are mostly based around its desirability and safety as a concept, there is also a strong divergence regarding the regulations which stipulate how genetically modified foods are to be labelled to address consumer concerns. Labelling is after all the most important advertising tool for food producers, as well as the only source of product information for consumers at point of sale.

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Competing for the best

How good are you at your job?

How many positions have you applied for in the last 12 months?

You are great at your job right… and the chances are you have not applied for one job in the last 12 months. You are happy where you are and work for an employer who recognises the talent you bring and is using good retention tools to keep you there. And you are busy too; since the GFC, structures have shrunk and so your job is likely to have expanded in recent years. When would you have time to look at advertised jobs?

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Discount, online and convenience is key

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“The era of the big supermarket is coming to an end,” boldly claimed Charles Wilson recently. As the chief executive of Booker, a large British food wholesaler, Wilson is a keen observer of and participant in the highly competitive retail grocery market in the United Kingdom. He argued that “after 60 years of supermarket and hypermarket expansion, the growth has now switched to discount, convenience and online.”

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Tamara’s Thoughts: Getting Freekeh for good health

More than 60% of New Zealand adults are overweight, with obesity costing the country about $850 million a year in healthcare and lost productivity. It’s estimated that by 2021 diabetes will be costing the economy more than $1 billion a year. That’s definitely not good news.

However, the answer to our struggle with certain health issues could be growing in our backyard, lurking in our fridge or sitting in our pantry. The results of a recently published study reveal that blueberries could play a significant role in helping to manage weight and prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes. The findings show that blueberries can potentially reduce hyperglycaemia, weight gain and cholesterol levels.

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