Hi, I’m Natasha Spencer-Jolliffe, and I love words.

Listening to them, learning new ones, putting the perfect ones down on page to make that sentence just right, and whizzing them around again until they’re just so.

And of course, nattering words to chat, relate, put the world to rights, ask questions, and generally find out more about the world and us in it.

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Natasha Spencer-Jolliffe

Here are my latest published articles

FAO and partners intensify efforts to help countries combat banana disease threat

Throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, bananas are both of significant nutritional and economic importance. Yet, their continuance is under threat due to a banana disease, called Banana Fusarium wilt. To address the problem, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has implemented an emergency project under its Technical Cooperation Programme. The initiative has been launched to support countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to tackle the spread of Fusarium...

PAHO develops action plan to remove trans-fatty acids from industrial food production

A new action plan aims to lower the incidence rates of cardiovascular disease by eliminating trans-fatty acids from industrial food production by 2025. Cardiovascular disease is currently the leading cause of death in the Americas. Approved by the 57th Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the Action Plan to Eliminate Trans-fatty Acids from Industrial Production 2020-2025 encourages regulatory action. This action will focus on overcoming the prevalence of trans fats

Active Pharmaceutica and BioActor enter into exclusive partnership

Already available in the US and Europe, BioActor is now setting its sights on expansion in Latin America, by entering the marketplace through Brazil’s compounding pharmacy market. Under their partnership agreement, Dutch BioActor will see its proprietary sports performance ingredient, WATTS’UP, targeted at, and distributed in, the compounding pharmacy market in Brazil. Active Pharmaceutica will apply its specialist experience in importing and distributing raw materials in Brazil...

Eating out, mindfulness and plant-based trends will dominate industry, whitepaper reveals

Euromonitor International, a market intelligence company, highlights how three leading themes: consumer segmentation, mindful consumption, and plant-based eating are set to influence new product developments in food and nutrition. The global food and nutrition industry grew by 1.6% in 2013-2018 and its popularity continues to rise, Euromonitor International states. Latin America is expected to see a hike in packaged food sales growth of 2.7%, reaching 244.8 billion by 2023...

The M-Commerce Revolution, And What It Means For Your IT

The M-Commerce Revolution, And What It Means For Your IT M-commerce might seem like a new term, but it’s a concept that’s been around for a long time. The only difference is, it’s going through rapid growth in popularity, and now the m-commerce industry is starting to take over from regular e-commerce. The message to retailers is clear – consumer habits are changing dramatically, and they need to be able to change with it. It’s not just retailers who are feeling the pinch. Businesses of every

Peru focuses on agriculture and education to lower child malnutrition

In releasing its new strategy, the World Food Programme (WFP), is pursuing an advocacy, partnering and convening role in Peru as it steps up its commitment to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 2: to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture. WFP will utilize and collate social mobilization, evidence generation and communications to achieve these goals.

UN makes landmark decision to achieve universal health goals

Following calls from the WHO and partners to double health coverage between now and 2030 or leave up to 5 billion people unable to access health care, the declaration was formed and announced on the 23rd September. What does the Global Action Plan include?​ Global heads met to discuss the world’s advancement towards universal health coverage (UHC) by investing in four primary health care areas. Commenting on these health care areas, Agnes Soucat, a Director in the UHC and LifeCourse Division a

Health and wellness sphere is “heading in a very positive direction”: GNC executives state

1. Can you tell me a little about GNC - your brand, products and values?​ John Learish, SVP of Marketing at GNC: GNC has a strong and proud heritage of providing innovative, high quality and efficacious supplements to help motivated consumers achieve their goals and live well. We are on an unwavering quest to develop and source the most advanced and proven effective products to meet and exceed our customers’ needs. All GNC products have the highest quality ingredients and go through intensive

DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences explores plant-based and probiotics expansion

When it comes to megatrends impacting consumer-style, behavior and choice — health and well-being is one such trend that is influencing different demographics, generations and geographies. DuPont sees that this is “no different in Latin America”, ​explained Daniel Borges, LATAM Sales and Industry Leader of Probiotics, Fibers and HMO at DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences. Consumers are looking for benefits that appeal to their personal, their family’s and their planet’s wellbeing.

Wellness Week 2019 encourages health and education to collaborate to “build healthy schools”

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) launched this year’s Wellness Week with making health easy at the forefront of its campaign. PAHO is urging health and education sectors in Pan America to work together to create healthy schools. Adopting the #AHealthySchoolIs as part of its social media campaign, Wellness Week — celebrated between 14th-21st September 2019 — strives to use the increased awareness and united efforts to advocate for better health. It calls for the Ministries of Health a

Legal Theory: What You Need to Know

Legal Theory: What You Need to Know Legal Theory, or Jurisprudence, as it is also known, refers to the theoretical study of law and is a key topic of study law degrees such as the LLB law degree. It constitutes the principles and body of rules that are enforceable in a court of law. The subject underpins all specific legal areas, and so provides new law students with a solid foundation on the English legal system. You will delve into the fundamentals of contract, criminal and constitutional

Clean recipes help sports nutrition enter the mainstream

Amrin Walji, Senior Innovation Analyst at Mintel explains that in Latin America, consumers are after clean recipes. Emphasizing the importance of ingredient transparency, product label clarity and health, the industry is honing in on ensuring its sports nutrition segment is set up to deliver on these demands. Market intelligence provider, Euromonitor International asserts how sports nutrition remains an “evolving category”​ in the region.

Obesity levels in Mexico call for emergency action

The ​ by Díaz-Zavala (2019), entitled Lifestyle intervention for obesity: a call to transform the clinical care delivery system in Mexico​, shines a light on the epidemiological emergency in Mexico. As obesity and its co-morbidities have not only remained, but increased in prevalence in Latin America, obesity has “become the most important public health problems for Latin America”​, the recently-published study states. With overweight and obesity affecting 72.5% of adults, approximately 56 mill

ANVISA opens public consultation on food labeling in Brazil

The National Sanitary Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) opened the public consultation on food labeling on 23rd September 2019. ANVISA, a regulatory body of the Brazilian government, unveiled that a core goal of the review is to gather consumer understanding on nutritional information. The public consultation, which will close after 45 days on 6th November 2019, will explore current Brazilian labeling standards. Published in the Official Gazette (DOU), it seeks to gain comments and insights on wheth

Unilever vows to work with third party to test the nutrient levels in Mexican products after report highlights shortcomings

We speak with Alice Delemare Tangpuori from Changing Markets Foundation to look at what impact this has on consumer confidence and transparency in the food industry. The Changing Markets Foundation, Proyecto Alimente and ContraPESO teamed up to explore Unilever’s commitment to, and deliverance of, its global nutritional responsibility. Their research, which culminated in the trio’s Changing Markets ​, found that the global leader in food production is failing to keep to its worldwide promises,

What's next for blockchain in the food industry?

European retailers and food manufacturers are maximising their efforts in food tracking to optimise transparency in the supply chain. A whole host of brands have activated blockchain technology to highlight the need for product and supply transparency that communicates safety and quality. Looking after the supply chain European supermarkets and manufacturers are striving to reduce the complexity and potential confusion of supply chains by implementing QR codes and product labelling. Carrefour

Fiber-rich food appeals to health, diet and lifestyle needs

Roquette conducted an online survey with participants in Mexico, Brazil and the US. When it comes to food and nutrition awareness, while sugar and fat may be considered as highly prevalent in the media and health organization’s campaign initiatives, fiber remains somewhat in the background. The French-based leader in plant-based ingredients and new vegetal proteins gathered responses from consumers in Mexico, Brazil and the US to understand perceptions about fiber in food and drinks. Increasin

Genomma Lab and UPI promote infant nutrition in Mexico

Group Novalac Nutrition & Health-owned UP International (UPI) has granted Genomma Lab the exclusive license to market its Novamil and Novalac infant nutrition products in Mexico as it develops its presence in Latin America. Both UPI and Genomma Lab “strongly support breastfeeding as the best nutrition for babies”.​ As such, they aim to evolve their nutrition products to support breastfeeding while simultaneously offering nutritional supplements for babies who cannot be breastfed. As part of th

Fiber-rich food appeals to health, diet and lifestyle needs

Roquette conducted an online survey with participants in Mexico, Brazil and the US. When it comes to food and nutrition awareness, while sugar and fat may be considered as highly prevalent in the media and health organization’s campaign initiatives, fiber remains somewhat in the background. The French-based leader in plant-based ingredients and new vegetal proteins gathered responses from consumers in Mexico, Brazil and the US to understand perceptions about fiber in food and drinks. Increasin

How to Discuss PM Johnson's Supreme Court Hearing at Interviews

How to Discuss PM Johnson’s Supreme Court Hearing at Interviews On 24th July 2019, the leader of the Conservative Party, Boris Johnson, took over as the UK’s new prime minister. In a tumultuous three-year-plus journey navigating Brexit following the UK’s decision to leave the EU, it was clear that doing just that was the main job at hand. On Wednesday 18th September, an overwhelming majority of 544 votes to 126, with 38 abstentions, in the European Parliament voted to allow the UK more time to
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