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Food for thought



April 13 · Issue #117 · View online
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This is first ever image of a black hole, or rather the image of the “shadow” of a black hole given that in theory it can’t be photographed since even light particles can not escape it’s gravitational pull. Isn’t that something?
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Let’s start by talking about food. This next article sums up most of the discussion points around our diets. Producers focus on quality rather than quantity, consumers shift habits towards snacking and processed food while health and obesity metrics continuously deteriorate across the world. Even in Asian countries shifts in consumer eating habits have significantly affected health within a single generation. This is a discussion I have been having all the time with friends and family, while trying to convince my children to eat more healthy. I find this topic fascinating. The toxic truth about the food we eat.
If you think food is something that is easy to produce, that you can just pop down to the shops and grab something ready or some ingredients to prepare a meal, that you fancy yourself a good chef, then think about this. There is a British chef out there called Georgiades who cooks every day for 100 people and he doesn’t have any fresh produce and he doesn’t have a shop to pop into other than once a year. He is not a celebrated TV chef but his job is pretty impressive. He is the head chef at the British Antarctic Survey’s Rothera Research Station.
On the other end of the spectrum we have New York. “Many people in the city joke that what makes them real New Yorkers is that they never leave their apartments unless they have to”. The new trend apparently is hiring an in house chef. For $300 a chef visits you once a week and prepares three meals for 4 people. $200 extra and s/he serves the first meal as well. The rest go on the fridge. In New York it’s not a problem if money can make it go away. Bespoke house services for the rich.
If you like photography that packs a punch then this should be right up your alley. Winners of the 2019 World Press Photo of the Year awards. If you are into a slightly longer piece about the Russian intelligence services, here is something that should do the trick. Russia ordered a killing in the Ukraine of a prison guard. The killing made no sense even to the hired assassin. Then he started talking.
One last interesting point of reference for you. Take the 10 biggest most successful tech companies in the world. Make them 15. Google, Apple, Microsoft, whatever you think. Take even non tech companies. Put them together and their size would be daunting. Well, once, back in the 1600, there was a company that was bigger than all of them together. Meet the Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie or the Dutch East India company.
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