Junk food and sugary drinks are fuelling obesity epidemics among school kids worldwide, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Packed lunches can help kids stave off extra pounds but only about half of South African school kids take lunch to school, many parents may be wondering what’s for lunch.
As South Africa continues to battle the worst drought in more than two decades, small farmers in Limpopo are reporting that hundreds of chickens have already fallen victim to the rising heat in a turn that could financially ruin farmers and leave households hungry.
Helen Whitehead says Port St. Johns residents have little choice but to heap genetically-modified food onto their plates. She’s joined many in demanding better transparency about what’s on the country’s crops and plates.
The stream of media coverage about diets may suggest that the majority of South Africans are pre-occupied with the latest food fads. But what people choose to eat is more often dictated by class and their purses than clinical decisions about what is good for them, writes Thandi Puoane.