Nicola Temple

Newsmaker Interviews
Monday, April 23rd

Author Nicola Temple puts processed food in perspective. She joins WILK's Sue Henry to talk about her new book, "Best Before: The Evolution of Processed Food."


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In good shape to what we look like gets humans in fact it's the ability to protect students. And it has to look certainly of all the photos that it's you know it says that the technologies that exist today that effective balloons are. Understanding unseeded outfit a goofy because you know I've freshly cut loaf of bread for example probably shouldn't last week. Collier county top. We if you got a big break itself it's instead to go stay in a matter of days so. It is to instead. Technologies have certainly in them. Most of certainly and even when I'm at my house and I have oranges and and things I just. Marvel at their in my kitchen so I guess a lot has to be done. In. In the background for for things to gaps to where they are going. In a cost. Efficient and Angus long lasting ways to surprise us. About it maybe some of the processing that is done for certain foods to give them some sort of a shelf life. All of the talent for example I'm you know when you cut hasn't let us. The games you can shoot one single cut the bit to them the defense that lettuce that we knew we loved those. That variety is believed that common a bag of lettuce and and each one of those stands as cuts and so different that creates that. Def. Who. DK for each of those fleeing. I'm every captain that it is that you look so out of it the bag that they are contained in has. Been. And that it's called the good fight atmospheric. Packaging and and and to change the ratio and gases for example to try and slow down that decay process. Yeah I think the simplest as an apple for example. And you know it can be photographed. Have to as much as hundreds crying it's just look at the ratio of green to red because some supermarkets would prefer a different ratios and others. And and you know that. That's an example of that is really different. According but we don't really think of an apple is being protest but even something as simple as that has been. Has been protests. Well at that that we that we think can call may do we don't know but we think. That does bad salads. They're kind of the new norm because lettuce. As such a volatile commodity I mean we've just seen SE coli outbreak with thorough Romaine. So you know we see that we actually feel a degree of safety even though. I can tell when you're in the restaurant that it isn't most of it's from a bag at this point. Glad that this has has test cannot. Exponentially in minutes played there would be any food manufacturers dream to have that's. Exponential rise in any popularity that bagged lettuce has had. At the United States TV and Q3 and while no food prior to the 1980s say they technology wouldn't have existed in order to keep those. I little leave well as as fresh as we would like to see them. But it is because we we love varieties that attack comes with a bag Madison and and then of course. It's been washed its. Didn't and they said it's an atmospheric bid to the atmosphere within the packaging the change to try and Florida decayed down. And all of these technologies exist since the suit also trying to produce the safer food for everyone and as luck out of the equalized. Yeah that's it. You euros taken Yang a chance this snuff it's possible for someone to develop an allergy because of food processing. I mean have been that certainly didn't want to see the questions I have and stated at a gluten intolerance for example. You see probably gluten intolerance in North America and you do here in Europe. As an example and end. Since. Read an offense that has good and proposed that beach house and the bread making protest has changed so it's not commended for as little round. It's so it has all been sped up to using enzymes can and other methods. And it's possible that people are starting to develop and intolerance to gluten putts doesn't exist for example they might tolerated sourdough. Our property soured that's been fermented further. Yeah a few days essentially. It's possible about what pop and it also. I'm there and some people that the thing has helped us. And it's analogy though it was our ability to protest notes into cheese that. Started it's. It is the trend of becoming. Lactose tolerant so we are very rare among that. The mammals so that we can drink milk into adulthood for about 35% of the population can drink milk can to help that that would because we were processing Milken to achieve that. That enabled that and be patient happen in our in our genetics. Chip. Development has been done so on things that that are in the market. Oh look attractive. To consume matters because. I mean holidays you go to the store and they deal look over the fruit and whatnot and that if it as a blemish he might not pick in Jerry go over to the you know any you select meat based upon and the way that it looks so what what's been done in that regard to make things. Certain is that a steady Oakley pleasing. To the consumer. It's been. Quite a few things. For example kicking back can be pumped up wit and added water tests. Make them look a bit Fuller. There's been some discussion about me having a dye is added to them in order to make them look fresher. I'm there I'm that they are definitely cases. Is that feed industry. Using processing method to the bit deceiving. You know there is there's coating could get for you can use to make up. I'd cut apple. And like it was tough factually for up to 27 days then and for me personally that's where it cost the full line. Because I think that that's very deceiving if if communities that have an expectation of how food should be he is and but it doesn't behave that way it just called to their perception. What do you think what will happen in the future hold let's talk about this first step in our culture. In the United States Nicole out there is a lot of waste. In the food stream from now do you think the future there will be at last what kind of things will be done. May be to improve that set with consumers. And to try to get them to understand check out how. Severe it is. It is a young men are already happening in and then if for a lot says a country's ever around the world lots. Supermarkets have been running for example you know agreed fruit and vegetable campaigns to trying get people to choose the less the critically pleasing. And veggies and whatnot but. There is still a tremendous amount of waste and I think that that's one of my eighth grade. Fear that the fact. Protests it has a bit of a bad rap and to and from that is definitely justifying it but if we kind of ignore if we don't. We have a rational calm conversation about a protest scenes and able beat the money to drive innovation to reducing things like situations that all of the research and development will be. Five manufactures that are more motivated by profit rather than resolving. You know huge societal problems just like reducing the glee fellows. This is definitely. I'm from thing I would like to see happen on the results of this book. That lets certain that they the movement toward organic food which has its own. Place in our supermarkets. And does seems to tout. The fact that it is so much better for you although it does come at a price will that day come would you think when when that will be. More accepted even even at the price because people want to products that are more natural. I think there will always have to be out of range. Price. Options and well I think that in fact anything that wouldn't grown organically should be the thing that's labeled. Rather than your again exceeded I think that's that we have to be realistic any place stack them up for example. In any supermarket and you'll feel range. Products from you know. Organically. Grown and and cool to re and a happy little pigs to. You know the really cheap value. Happen that's available and they've. The manufacturers are adding more and more water to that product so that they can and offer a product that's been an increase in the back preaching it but people want so I don't think that there is. We're going to be you know organic food to be ubiquitous. It's the table always the need for a cheaper options. And that's why it's important to have dissident and national conversation about protesters who didn't rule in our society. Okay what about GM knows which. But there's some backlash against and then that might go with you know how they're labeled and how they're made one in your research. Is there anything particularly troubling that you find to about ten GM doesn't and that's a very large question but what do you think. Questions yeah. Confident they'd cleared give those to be honest. And instead introduce the concept is as nano technology I think it. Brian that the risk. Going in the same direction as key in my thinking gizmos. I. Happened. Horrible communications around them and why not just got a concept EG amount that the hole is not. Old concerning who are the things that areas where we need to then take these precautions. But that doesn't mean we should throw the whole idea I would and I think that's the same with nano technology as well and I think that that's something that we're gonna see more and more iron and it with relation to our feud. You know looking as an example of socially we know we're looking for ways to reduce. Sugar consumption throughout all of our future include if we can and manufacture sugar that. People are small which is what nanotechnology. And I think you know we increase the amount of weakness that we get from finalists shattered the fact is is that. Going to happen in the future and oh Catholic the amount we need to be cautious the better use as fat nano technology and embrace others. Added that pervasive use use of sugar and some even things do you think are good for you. If you creek that content of sugar they earn out why. We're aware manufacturers. Do this and and you. Pallet of individuals can be changed. In the futures so that they don't crave that in. And maybe they can scale back country. He had hit it it was cute and I don't nobody ever cut. Sort of try to reduce he mentioned in your diet but if indeed that for any period Chinese go back we have. I agree per extra and it just taste feel and hasn't fleet week. If there is no denying that your palate can change and you're absolutely right do you shooters ubiquitous and it's because it doesn't mean it's so. We've become so efficient processing time. And we're finding sugar is. It's become. And become an ingredient rather than just a sweetener or an occasional treat so it's used as a tool by the by the food industry. I'm at the conservative that it has entered flavors the King County if city acidity and and some of the other food additive that might have a partner about them so. No citric acid for example that you that the conservative and then you add more sugar in China countered that pregnant so. And and then go get that is of course you know if you if one manufacturer makes it a little bit questioned there and sit there and meet Arafat for example. And consumers are inherently going to prefer that thing inside. And the Fed and the other manufacturers will probably up there sugar content. Come in response to that me and friendly. How. Everything becomes a bit sweeter and I certainly noticed that I'm Canadian and I go back and forth between Canada and Britain and the keynote is accused differences that countries are much sweeter here than they are in Canada for example but. Into the jungle fighter is what she's a leader in Canada and in this year. That's an interesting thing to bring up by I never thought of it that way that at pallets and based on country may be a bit different and finally before really got. The future the future of the food. On May be a little bit on the wild side some of the things that. Things that are out there and that you write about are out kind of mind blowing to me C wants on the audience about. Some of Theo laboratory creations and 3-D. Technology that will come into play. Yeah at the treaty printing that was and he has something that came out of the looking at ways. To provide astronauts with fractured food if you will be looking at treaty printed and some restaurants now are incorporating treaty printing so printing. Chocolate garnish for example. You know he had to put together a whole bunch of the same thing and that I really love but there was a group of MIT's dean if you were really Indians send me. Printed the past it's we love different sheet passive but of course when they're all different shapes they. To pick up a lot of packaging and that they printed at the passive flat and then they put another layer so it became forty printed. Differently though you know just plant material. It's different pattern on the past them and send you boil bat path that you that they changed their sheep as a result that's of the way it had been. Did. Man meant they could all be forgotten until violent packaging and then appreciate packed and so I think we're gonna see some interesting I mean that's good sound way out there and a bit. Little any different and since the from the head of the page is that if scifi novel by. If you know as I mean this guy is at all that the innovations that have happened trick human history and I'm sure sounded a bit off the wall to begin who has. For certain Nicole thank you for being with us today in that tolerating our question and I talked and it is really interesting subject that's before the evolution and future of processed food enjoy the rest today. You parent.