Local and international food scientists, experts, students and members of industry gathered at the South African Association for Food Science and Technology's (SAAFoST2017) international congress, recently held in Cape Town.
Themed "A hunger for change: innovations,
In his presentation on ‘SMART foods for the food insecure’, CoE affiliate and
Emmambux and his a team of researchers are investigating food processing technologies to create and process ‘SMART’ foods and food ingredients that have been enriched to combat malnutrition and diet-related non-communicable diseases.
Food waste also came under the spotlight with researchers arguing for better consumer education around food labeling, and in particular, helping the public to better understand the various types of food labeling. Chris Findlay cautioned that current levels of food waste are not sustainable, adding that food waste would affect food security needs of future generations.
The need for consumer education was also highlighted during presentations about the increase in food fraud. Food fraud continues because product descriptions not easily understood by the lay
In his talk titled: ‘Food Fraud, pseudoscience and ethics’,
Similarly, UCT’s Jaques Rousseau argued that “we are prone to confirmation bias, but one of the things we should be panicking about is how ignorant we are.” Focusing on arguments that sugar is addictive, Rousseau said: “If substances caused addiction, treatment would work better. The problem is not the substance. Substances on their own do not cause addiction. People who binge on sugar have poor impulse control.”
Although there is agreement that sugar is a major contributor to obesity, according to
The key message from the Congress was the need to gather all role players around the same table and find practical solutions to tackle the food challenges we face today, to ensure and protect the food and nutrition security of future generations.
Article by: Mologadi Makwela