Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Is teaching mentoring or coaching?

"While mentoring comes from the experience of the mentor, leadership coaching does the opposite -- it comes from the experience of those being coached. Mentors share their experiences, but coaches prompt leaders to reflect on their experience and draw their own conclusions"

'Mentoring' and 'Leadership Coaching' Are Not the Same. Do You Know the Difference? 

At Unis, do we mentor or do we coach? or both? 

Monday, 24 October 2016

experimental design

today, at the lecture theater, we were discussing the issues of functional foods against specific diseases and how we design experiments to produce data to support claims.

Here is what we need to bear in mind
"Do It Right the First Time"

Which of the 6 words is the most important?

Monday, 17 October 2016

Crisis management in food industry : the bute scandal

The above picture was a focal point at the lecture theater today, when we discussed the "bute scandal"...

How many mistakes can you spot at the words chosen to be presented at the picture above?
Is this a passive press release?
As a customer, would you be happy to read "we are changing"?
Changing to what?

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

BPA and politics

Today at the lecture theater, we were talking about BPA and BPA-free food packaging materials.

Here are some related news

lycopene and health claims

A carotenoid-rich tomato extract (CRTE) has been found to inhibit a key process that leads to the thickening of the artery wall, which is typical of heart disease.

Monday, 10 October 2016

GM crops: the urgent need to map our meals

Here you can read my latest article in "International Aquafeed"

GM crops: the urgent need to map our meals 
We are what we eat. Also, our food (either of animal or sea origin) is what it eats. Therefore, it is of vital importance to keep improving the nutritional value of animal and fish feeds. With these in mind, I really enjoyed the interview of Prof Brett Glencross of the University of Stirling as it appeared in “International Aquafeed” in the May/June 2016 issue. His views on the genetically modified atlantic salmon that has been approved in US are of particular interest. I do agree with Prof Glencross that “this is a good piece of science” but I have to disagree though with his statement that “humans have been consuming genetically modified crops for over two decades now”. This phrase may be true for other parts of the world but not for Europe.
In EU, the import of GM food and the use of GM feeds is well monitored and there is still a pan-European ban on GM feeds. Therefore, let’s rest assured that in EU, we have not been consuming GM crops. However, regardless the place we live of this planet, let’s have a look on how we can map our meals, so we know if we actually consume GM genes or not.
 Your Meal - EYD2015, is a Europe Aid funded project, and as the name suggests, its primary goal is to enable consumers to trace the origins of their food through the usage of a mobile phone application, by scanning the barcode of a product; an action which will in turn bring consumers vitally closer to the production process, and an understanding of the conditions and standards producers work.
It’s a new mobile phone app, with tremendous potential for the consumers but also for teachers and parents on how to communicate to our students and children the concept of food chain and how trace-ability can increase our awareness about our diet. 
Through this project, the vast extent of global interdependencies, on a personal, national and international level (i.e. consumer – producer) are highlighted. The project has been crafted to raise awareness about sustainability, equity, global justice and global interdependencies, in young people, youth workers/trainers, community educators, and the general public. However, the project goes further; it aspires to generate a strong and active coalition of citizens promoting human rights, equity, and sustainable ways of living. Additionally, the quality of lives of farmers, producers and their families will be benefited on a significant level.
More specifically, the project aims, based on a comprehensive smartphone application and accompanying interactive learning materials exploring the origins of our food, their individual components, and the socio-economic and environmental impact of these, to increase young people’s awareness about global interdependencies and injustices, as well as about the need for more sustainable food systems.
Today, the issues of food cost and sustainability are of paramount importance. In the case of GM foods, GM crops have not been shown, up to now, to have the capacity to feed the world at an affordable price contrary to the advocations of leading GM companies. In fact, GM crops bring a huge burden to farmers; this is shown vividly at the film “Bitter Seeds”: every 30 minutes a farmer in India kills himself in despair. The film is based on the true story in a village at the centre of the suicide epidemic: a farmer and his family struggle to keep his land. “Bitter Seeds” raises questions about the human cost of genetically-modified agriculture and the future of how we grow things.

Related links
·         Map your meal http://www.mapyourmeal.org/
·         “Bitter seeds” http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2306473/

Ioannis Zabetakis
Lecturer on Food Lipids,
University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland