Global food systems are not meeting the world's dietary needs. About one billion people are hungry, while two billion people are overweight. India, for example, is experiencing rises in both: since 1995 an additional 65 million people are malnourished, and one in five adults is now overweight. This coexistence of food insecurity and obesity may seem like a paradox, but over- and undernutrition reflect two facets of malnutrition. Underlying both is a common factor: food systems are not driven to deliver optimal human diets but to maximize profits.

Oplon Pure Science, a developer of anti-bacterial plastic sheets for packaging, has signed an $8 million agreement with PepsiCo Corporation for a joint project that will lead to the supply of packa

Sunita Narain introduces the first comprehensive Indian study to look at nutritional claims made (or not made) by junk food makers, and how they compare with the benchmarks for recommended daily intakes of salt, sugar, carbohydrates and fats issued by India's National Institute of Nutrition and the World Health Organization.

It is not in the interest of food companies to advertise what their products contain, but it is in our interest to know

Junk food is junk by its very definition. But how bad is it and what is it that companies do not tell people about this food? This is what the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) laboratory checked. The results were both predictable and alarming. Equally predictable was the response of big food companies and their spokespersons — denials and dismissals. But they are missing the point.

CSE study says fast-food firms misleading consumers, demands stricter labelling firms named deny charges

Fast-food meals and snacks in India contain dangerous levels of trans-fats and salt, an analysis from the combative Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has found. A single packet of potato chips can meet half the daily requirement of fats in a person; a packet of instant noodles has half the salt a human body can absorb in a day.

Awareness education & effects low in face of sustained marketing, regret activists

In recent months, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have had frequent run-ins with regulators and activists over issues pertaining to the presence of harmful chemicals such as lead and cadmium and the adverse impact of caramel.

Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc.

Implications well beyond cola market; demands for similar enforcement here of new US standard

Coca-Cola India will import caramel made through a modified process from its international suppliers to allay any fear that excessive drinking of colas could have an adverse impact on health. However, no deadline for the change has been fixed by the soft drinks major.

Coke and Pepsi are changing the way they make the caramel coloring used in their sodas as a result of a California law.

New bottles from cola cos to be 30% biomass-based. The next time you take a swig from a Coca-Cola bottle, it may well be ‘green’ — not in colour or content, but in composition.