In 1967, global production of plastic was less than 50 million metric tons; in 2013 it was 299 million metric tons.

In The Graduate (1967) Mr McGuire approaches Dustin Hoffman’s character Benjamin, fresh from university. “I just want to say one word to you. Just one(...)

Your goose is cooked!

The latest European report on foodborne infectious diseases is a timely reminder of the heightened risk of food poisoning at this time of year. No one(...)

The differences in iron content in the diets of men and women, and boys and girls, suggest these are related to how males and females are catered for when it comes to food. Photograph: Thinkstock

Most people never think about the iron content of food or their daily intake of this important element. With so much food around, and more than two-t(...)

There is evidence that exposing infants to a wide range of tastes at an early stage will lead to healthier eating later in life. Photograph: Thinkstock

‘Is this one of the worst wrong turns in the history of parenting advice?” was the rather dramatic introductory sentence in a New Scientist article la(...)

A genetically engineered AquAdvantage salmon. Photograph: Barrett and Mackay Photography/The New York Times

US health regulators have cleared the way for a type of genetically engineered Atlantic salmon to be farmed for human consumption - the first such app(...)

The European Commission is likely to face pressure from the food industry to downplay the findings amid fears of its impact on food consumption. Photograph: Getty Images

The European Commission said it will “carefully analyse” the World Health Organisation report that processed meats can increase the risk of cancer. S(...)

Bernhard Url, executive director of the European Food Safety Authority: “Diseases affecting animals, humans and plants are spreading because of climate change.” Photograph: Pier Luigi Vasini

European food production is under constant threat from pathogens able to cross frontiers, and the health of EU citizens is also at risk from food-born(...)

This is how toast should be cooked, according to the European Food Safety Authority. Photograph: Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Correspondent It’s not an old wives’ tale. Eating burnt toast really does increase your risk of developing cancer. The European Food Safety Authority(...)

Adults who take too much caffeine can suffer anxiety and problems sleeping

Consuming more than five espressos worth of caffeine a day could be damaging to your health, according to European food safety experts. The European F(...)

 New EU rules  allowing member states to ban or restrict the cultivation of genetically modified crops in their territory have been formally adopted by the European Council. File photograph: Larry Downing/Reuters

New EU rules that would allow member states to ban or restrict the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops in their territory have moved a step(...)