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Stay away from the tourists traps, economics tells us. Your best bet are those cozy places away from the bustle. www.shutterstock.com

How to find a good restaurant? Economists can help

Finding a place to eat in a new city can be daunting. Economics and big data have a few tips to find the right place.
Parmesan cheese, prosciutto, salami, olive oil… Italian food is at the heart of intense diplomatic lobbying. Shutterstock

Front-of-pack nutrition labels: ‘The parmesan and prosciutto war’

To defend traditional Italian products such as meats and cheeses – delicious, but often high in fat and salt – the country's government has launched an intense lobbying campaign to fight nutrition labels.
Global synchronization of food production negatively impacts food security. Shutterstock

Synchronizing food production can have disastrous effects

Governments need to think about global ways agricultural policies may affect the stability of the food system as a whole, beyond locally focused efforts to increase resilience in production.
Voice-enabled searches are becoming increasingly popular when it comes to web browsing, and that’s a problem for the food industry. (Shutterstock)

Hey Siri! Why are food retailers so slow to embrace technology?

According to a recent report, 30 per cent of web-browsing sessions will soon be done without a screen. Voice-enabled searches are becoming the norm, and that's a problem for the food industry.
Volunteers prepare food parcels for vulnerable individuals and families at the Black Country Food Bank. David Jones/PA Archive/PA Images

Food banks are becoming institutionalised in the UK

Food banks should not be "normal" and yet they are rapidly becoming an accepted substitute for welfare in the UK.
Milling grain meant less wear and tear on neolithic teeth, which had other effects on language. Juan Aunion/Shutterstock.com

Softer, processed foods changed the way ancient humans spoke

Considering language from a biological perspective led researchers to the idea that new food processing technologies affected neolithic human beings' jaws – and allowed new language sounds to emerge.
Shrimp cocktail: Tasty to some, potentially deadly for others. Legoktm/Wikimedia

Shellfish allergies: can they be treated?

Alongside with milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soybeans and fish, shellfish are one of the eight allergens that account for 90% of food-related allergic reactions. What if a vaccine could exist?

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