Food, Agriculture and Animal Health

Food websites

Food

  • The Food Standards Agency main website covering day to day work including food laws, food policy, business and research.
 

Healthy Eating

  • The Food Standards Agency's eatwell web site aimed directly at members of the public. It provides advice on healthy eating, understanding food labels and how what we eat can affect our health.
  • The Food Standards Agency has another website dedicated to the dangers of excess salt consumption.
  • www.dh.gov.uk/healthtopics - The Department of Health's site has a special section on healthy lifestyle choices. Includes recent White Paper called "Choosing Health- making healthy choices easier". Describes the six key aims
    • reduce obesity, improve diet & nutrition
    • reduce smoking
    • increase exercise
    • encourage sensible drinking
    • improve sexual health
    • improve mental health

Further Reading: White Paper

  • There is an NHS site dedicated to the "5-a-day" scheme. This is aimed at increasing fruit & vegetable consumption and includes a link to the school fruit & vegetable scheme.
  • Food Vision - An initiative promoting the production of safe, sustainable and nutritious food with the aim of improving local community health and well being. Sponsored by LACORS, the Local Government Association and the Food Standards Agency, the website showcases examples of excellence by Local Authorities in spreading positive messages about food. It includes a case study on Hampshire County Council's "Food-the choice is yours" campaign.
  • The British Dietetic Association is the professional body for qualified dieticians holding qualifications recognised for Registration by the Health professions Council. The site gives useful information on nutrition and diet.
  • The Glycaemic Index (GI) Diet is increasing in popularity and is favoured by many scientists because it does not exclude any particular food groups. Instead it encourages the consumption of low GI foods that release glucose into the blood slowly. In contrast, high GI foods give a sugar rush followed by insulin production in the body. The insulin promotes fat storage and also leads to hunger. Two useful websites on GI are:

    www.gidiet.co.uk - This describes the popular book published by Rick Gallop.

    www.glycemicindex.com - This links to the University of Sydney website. It includes useful background information and a database giving the GI for a range of foods.
  • For information on diabetes, the Diabetes UK website is useful. Diabetes UK is a charity working for people with diabetes. It funds research and campaigns and helps people to live with the condition.
  • The BBC also has a healthy Eating website full of useful information and links.
  • The Consumer's Association has a Food and Drink web site which highlights their latest food campaigns. It contains several useful reports including food shopping online.
 

Agriculture

  • DEFRA is the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs and has particular responsibilities relating to Animal Health and Agriculture.
 

Education

  • Teachernet - Heathy Living - The Blueprint aims to help schools support children in leading a healthy lifestyle and to make the most of the resources which already exist.
  • The British Nutrition Foundation is a scientific and educational charity which promotes the well being of society through the impartial interpretation and dissemination of evidence-based nutritional information.
  • Foodlink - This part of the Foodlink web site holds a variety of interactive food safety games, quizzes and puzzles.