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Hemp is a potent source of fatty acids, says Paul Benhaim

Soapbox

Will hemp replace fish as the king of omega-3?

By Paul Benhaim, chief executive of Hemp Foods Australia and Elixinol

As decades of unjustified prohibition and persecution continue to lose their grip, hemp is rapidly regaining the popularity it held for millennia as a primary and sustainable source of life's necessities — including omega-3 and 6 fatty acids.

With natural medicines companies forced to discount, what will the

Soapbox - Guest viewpoint

Maintaining standards as market demands natural medicine discounts

By Ryan Gorman, brand director of Network Nutrition-IMCD

Through the gradual process of rationalisation, corporatisation and sophistication, the world’s supplements manufacturers are now bringing an unprecedented level of competitiveness to the industry.

Malaysians still bugged about eating insects

Southeast Asia

Malaysians still bugged about eating insects

By Rei Rengsen Siew Lin

Many Southeast Asians might wonder what all the fuss is all about as the insect ingredient industry looks at ways to make dietary bugs more enticing to Western consumers. 

Diabetes expert: Rice is obese Malaysia's most dangerous junk food

Malaysia

Diabetes expert: Rice is obese Malaysia's most dangerous junk food

By Rei Rengsen Siew Lin

The causes behind the rise in obesity and diabetes in Asia’s most overweight country, Malaysia, are very different to those in the Western world, according to one of the Southeast Asian country’s leading endocrinologists.

After much waiting, China establishes long-chain omega 3 guidelines

China

After much waiting, China establishes long-chain omega 3 guidelines

By RJ Whitehead

China has finally published official dietary reference intakes (DRIs) for EPA and DHA omega 3 fatty acids—a move that is expected to help thousands of its consumers who are at risk of poor health by not consuming enough of the substance.

China’s krill market opening up to newcomers

China’s krill market opening up to newcomers

By RJ Whitehead

Canadian biotechnology company Neptune has followed its krill supply rivals Aker Biomarine in receiving New Food Raw Material certification in China, which allows the companies to sell their krill oil nutraceutical products in the county.

Oz government should provide more support for complementary medicine

Oz government should provide more support for complementary medicine

By RJ Whitehead

According to Australia’s Complementary Healthcare Council, 2014 will put an ever-increasing burden of chronic health problems on the country’s healthcare system. As a result, the body is urging the government increase prominence for complementary medicines...

Vitamin-shy Asia-Pacific on verge of osteoporosis crisis

Vitamin-shy Asia-Pacific on verge of osteoporosis crisis

By RJ Whitehead

A new report by the International Osteoporosis Foundation, shows that osteoporosis is a looming crisis throughout the Asia-Pacific region, with half of the world’s sufferers set to come from Asia by 2050.

The vandalised golden rice field site showing uprooted and trampled plants.

Is GM rice’s future golden?

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn

A recent attack on a GM golden rice trial field in the Philippines has raised questions about the future of the project in the country and beyond.

Can ramen be the saviour with food security in the soup

Books

Can ramen be the saviour with food security in the soup

By RJ Whitehead

If you were asked to list Japan’s biggest export concepts, what would you say? Undoubtedly consumer electronics would be there; cars too - after all, the country has made the production of complex goods into an art form, regardless of the weight of the...

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