Scientist's book takes a provocative look at the global politics of food
MIKE Gibney's new book Something to Chew On is rightly subtitled Challenging Controversies in Food and Health. Gibney, Ireland's best known food scientist and director of the Institute of Food and Health at University College Dublin, doesn't shy away from controversy. Whether it is GM foods, organic fads or EU food policy in Africa, he dives right in with catchy headings like 'A Tsunami of Lard: The Global Epidemic of Obesity'.
This book, published by UCD Press, is a provocative look at the global politics of food. Professor Gibney brings his vast scholarship to the subject, pulling together reports and studies from around the globe filtered through his own argumentative and common sense approach to one of the most important subjects in the world today.
Donkeys return to Dublin Horse Show
THE RDS will mark the Irish Donkey Society's (IDS) 40th anniversary by welcoming donkeys back to its Dublin Horse Show after a 12-year absence.
A donkey display has been added to this year's programme of events on Sunday, August 19, at 1pm in Ring No 1. This entertaining and educational event will feature a pair of miniature driving donkeys, ridden donkeys and a working donkey carrying turf creels. There will also be a mare and foal on show. The display will give an insight into donkeys' versatility as both working and companion animals.
For information or to book your ticket to this year's Dublin Horse Show, visit www.dublinhorseshow.com or call the ticket line on 01 485 8010.
Knockanstockan has an eye for art
KEEP an eye out on the Knockanstockan Art Trail for art installations and performances created by EVE Estuary Centre, part of Eastern Vocational Enterprise (EVE) and a training centre for individuals with intellectual disabilities, based in Lissenhall, Swords.
Knockanstockan is a three-day independent music and arts festival held this year from Friday, July 27 to Sunday 29, beside the Blessington lakes in Lacken, Co Wicklow. The work, under the direction of artist Rachel Kiernan, will also be displayed at Electric Picnic festival in August.
HSE Eve aims to provide community-based, recovery-orientated programmes for adults who experience mental health difficulties, intellectual disabilities, Asperger's syndrome and physical and sensory disabilities, across Dublin North East and HSE Dublin Mid-Leinster.
Trinity medics make birth defect find
research by medics at Trinity College Dublin suggests that folic acid plays a vital role in preventing not just spina bifida, but also cleft lip and palate. The findings, published in the July 2012 edition of the British Journal of General Practice, show that the risk of having cleft lip and palate (CLP) was more than four times higher if mothers had not taken folic acid in the first trimester.
These findings, by researchers at the Department for Public Health and Primary Care in the School of Medicine, Trinity College, will be of great benefit to women and healthcare practitioners involved in prenatal counselling.
Public alerted to crime spree in Cork
Gardai in Cork City have issued a warning to the public in relation to a number of crimes including burglary which have been committed in the Ballinlough, Douglas and Rochestown area of the city in the last few weeks.
Criminals are calling to houses, representing themselves as employees of local authorities who need to check gas/power/water supplies. While the homeowner is preoccupied with one of these callers, a second person enters the house and steals property.