Something is stirring in the sticky world of sugar as supermarket executives, of all people, have decided a lot of the food they sell is just far too sweet.


For years the big food processors and their colleagues in the supermarkets have been asking one lump or two because. They were certainly talking about the sugar load in the food they sell but they might well have been talking about the effect on your children.

Let’s face it, it’s become all too obvious that the contagion of morbid obesity and diabetes begins at school age. We see the victims of this sucrose overload in school bus queues up and down the land.

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SAY CHEESE.....PARMESAN!

So what’s in a name you may ask? Well here at BohemianMojo we love when they mark out the region and heritage of great quality food. We are in fact huge fans of the protection of regional specialties afforded by the ‘geographical indicator’ rules.

These are held as vitally important in Europe where the member countries, and indeed their regions, jealously guard their traditional food origins and recipes. Of course they do. After all they are benchmarks of great quality and great taste. For consumers those geographical labels ‘indicate’ they’re on to a good thing.

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It seems appropriate to start the year off with a conversation about one of the biggest food concerns on the proverbial table.The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has been in the works since last year with discussions occurring under the radar and away from any chance for an open forum of thoughts and ideas.While the TTIP agreement has many facets, the one that is of most concern to Bohemian Mojo (and hopefully to every individual) is the call for a “regulatory convergence” where food production is concerned. If this agreement goes through unchallenged it will be potentially devastating to sustainable and heritage food all across the EU and US.

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Food fight turns its attention to the Agri-Chem and seed giant Monsanto once again. It’s not another passage in the continuing controversy over their top seller glyphosate this time; although California has ordered that to be labelled carcinogenic.

No, it’s another powerful herbicide produced by Monsanto and a couple of other companies like German leviathan BASF that’s been branded a villain this time. It’s called dicamba. This month two US states, Missouri and Arkansas, have banned dicamba after a mass of complaints about a problem called drift. Nice word drift, it conjures up visions of floating down a river on a dinghy or drifts of wild flowers in a mountain meadow.
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Tangy, with earthy hints of sweet almost caramel notes; balsamic vinegar is the perfect accompaniment to my baked fig and goat cheese tartine.

Genuine balsamic vinegar is made from a reduction of white trebbiano grapes. There are several grades of balsamic vinegar, with the real deal stuff being produced in the Modena and Reggio Emilia regions of Italy. Traditional balsamic vinegar is protected origin (PDO) and has a long and esteemed history as a restorative tonic/digestive.

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You can’t eat a label but sure as eggs you can read one and it might help you decide whether you want to eat the food behind it. At Bohemian Mojo's FoodFight we’ve been talking recently about the contrast between GM or ‘transgenic’ food and heritage strains.

It’s our intention to discuss these differences more fully in the days and weeks to come. But the point where these quite radical differences meet are in the world of labeling and its in crisis.

Last July the United States flew in the face of world practice and the wishes of their home consumers when the House passed a Bill preventing individual states from requiring GM food to be so labeled.
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