• US, Mexico and Canada agree to new trade deal

    On Monday (local time), the leaders of the United States, Mexico and Canada formally agreed to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with a new trade deal. NAFTA, which has been in force since 1994, will be superseded by the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) to govern the more than US $1.2 trillion in trade between the three countries. Most of the key provisions of USMCA will not come into effect until 2020, to ... ► Read more

  • Major British supplier rations beer, cider and soft drinks due to CO2 shortage

    Britain’s biggest food and drink wholesaler has begun limiting beer, cider and soft drink sales to pubs, bars, restaurants and shops, as Europe’s carbon dioxide (CO2) shortage continues. Initially caused by maintenance work and unplanned CO2 plant shutdowns, the shortage of food-grade CO2 has worsened due to increased demand caused by the Royal Wedding and the FIFA World Cup, and may deteriorate further during a predicted heatwave. Booker, which was recently acquired by supermarket chain ... ► Read more

  • Week in Brief: 1-7 April 2018

    Australia Commonwealth Games kicks off on the Gold Coast Image credit: Dan Mullan (Getty Images) The 2018 Commonwealth Games kicked off this week on the Gold Coast, with athletes arriving from all across the Commonwealth to compete in the multi-sport event. The opening ceremony drew a nationwide television audience of over two million to Channe 7—a record number for 2018. While most enjoyed the ceremony which explored Australia’s 65,000-year history and featured an indigenous smoking ... ► Read more

  • How food affects your mood

    Growing up, we are all shown food pyramids in school, and told what we should eat more of and what we should stay away from. But telling a kid not to eat chocolate only makes them want it more, and I remember sitting in classes wondering why chocolate was so bad — we know sugar is bad, but what does it really do? In high school, one of my best friends was a fitness maniac who consistently ... ► Read more