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There is a growing movement in the UAE toward food that is locally-made and locally-grown where at all possible. All very commendable – and all very challenging when you live in a desert country like the UAE, which relies heavily on imports. But that hasn’t stopped these enterprising foodies from striving to make “Made in the UAE” a byword for “delicious.”  Former economic analyst Justine Corrado launched Basiligo, her food delivery business, in 2014 because...

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I’m not a lover of labels. They can restrict and disempower rather than liberate and empower, and “empath” is territory that definitely falls prey to this in so many ways. Basically, an “empath” is someone with empathy, which is the capacity to understand or feel what another person is experiencing. It means that even when the other person isn’t verbalizing their emotional state, you can just sense it.  This can be immensely powerful and certainly...

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Coffee. It’s everyone’s favorite pick-me-up, whether gulped down on the run while rushing to work or sipped in leisurely fashion after a weekend lie-in. But how often do any of us give any thought to what it takes to produce that reviving dark liquid?  RAW Coffee is a company that wants us to care. In fact, more than that, the owners have made it their mission to make us care. Started in Dubai 13 years...

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This story by Olivia Boyd originally appeared on Huffington Post and is republished here as part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration committed to strengthening coverage of the climate story.       In college, Eben Bayer grew mushrooms under his dorm room bed. The mechanical engineering student, who had grown up on a farm in the US state of Vermont, was convinced the fungus was one of nature’s most effective “technologies” and...

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Charl Reze, the culinary instructor at the European International College in Abu Dhabi and better known as Chef Islam, was a guest on The Livehealthy.ae Podcast on May 17, 2020. Among the topics addressed in a wide-ranging discussion on the future of food were the Covid-19-related shift to veganism, what the lasting impact might be for cooking at home and whether we will ever bring back the buffet.  From virus-phobic to veganism From Dubai to...

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At 35, Tamanna Moolchandani was struggling to conceive. She knew it was related to her weight — doctors were clear on that. Her problems were compounded by Type 2 diabetes, which was also weight-related.  Moochandani knew she needed to make changes and  decided to consult a nutritionist. She joined a weight-loss programme, started exercising and eventually shed a whopping 40kg. It worked: she is now the mother of a five-year-old son. But even as the...

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Some of Elena Kinane’s earliest childhood memories are of working in her Great Aunt Marie’s organic vegetable garden in Bavaria, Germany.  After moving to Dubai in 1996, she worked for the Government of Dubai before getting married and having two children. Although she had always followed a healthy, eco-friendly lifestyle, she originally got into small-scale organic farming so that she could have fresh produce for her family and friends. After the birth of her first...

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Food allergies and intolerances are an increasing problem, sparking a renewed focus into what causes them as people seek prevention before cure. Dr Shefali Verma-Johnson, a general practitioner at the Institute for Biophysical Medicine in Dubai, is seeing how the medical profession is changing the way it treats patients with those conditions.  “When I trained, we learned to control the symptoms of diseases,” she says. “Nowadays we’re trying to look at what’s actually causing the...

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The words sustainable, organic and natural are used so often these days that they have become almost interchangeable. Then there are all those companies trying to cash in on the growing organic movement, adding words to packaging and making claims which have not been verified by a valid certification body – something Yazen Al Kodmani, operations manager at Emirates Bio Farm, is passionate about. “It doesn’t matter how many times you put the word ‘sustainable’ on...

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The food and beverage industry has faced huge challenges during the coronavirus outbreak. While people’s health and wellbeing are currently the number one priority, it is now more important than ever to ask questions about the world and the environment we have created. At Cassette, our focus has always gone beyond just food. We wanted to create a business with sustainability and environmental awareness at its core. Going green is not a new concept. However,...