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Former bodybuilding champion Jim Morris still has an amazing physique, which he credits to his veganism

Why I'm quite happy to eat genetically modified food

Ignore your natural distrust of Government spin doctors' efforts to generate good publicity

Leading Article: The merits of letting us know what we are eating

THERE ARE two quite separate dangers from genetic modification of food, which so far have been widely confused. One is the question of whether genetically-modified food is safe to eat. The other is whether it is damaging to the environment to grow it.

Angling: Fishing Lines: The day the bass went to grass

WHAT A sad old man I have become. This sorry fact was brought home to me as I knelt in the heart-shaped jacuzzi at Best Western's hotel in Cypress Gardens, Florida, trailing a piece of line through the bubbles. Any normal red- blooded male, blessed by happy circumstance with the honeymoon suite (four-poster bed and all) would have filled the vast tub with champagne and voluptuous babes. Me? I'm using it to test spinners.

Food for thought: Are uncooked red kidney beans poisonous?

Can it be true? After all, chilli con carne just wouldn't be the same without red kidney beans. Are they really poisonous? In their raw state, they do contain toxins that make them unsuitable for consumption. Eating raw or inadequately cooked beans can lead to symptoms that indicate food poisoning. Vomiting and diarrhoea may occur two to three hours after consumption. When non-organism poisoning is to blame, high concentrations of the protein haemagglutinin are involved. The toxicity of raw red kidney beans is related to their levels of haemagglutinin - around 37,000 to 53,000 units per gram in their dry state. However, when the beans are soaked for 18 hours, between 22 to 66 per cent of the protein is removed.

Food for thought: Why does a skin form over hot milk?

SOMETIMES HOT milk can seem to be the only remedy for a sleepless night. But this often means having to remove an unpleasant skin from the top of your bed-time drink with a teaspoon (or enduring a novelty white moustache). This skin formation is due to the loss of solids that the milk undergoes as it is warmed up.

Food for thought: Why do egg-whites foam when you whisk them?

THE METAMORPHOSIS of globular egg-white to fluffy peaks of foam is one of the many culinary facts we take for granted. But how does it work?

CJD may be transmitted by surgery

SCIENTISTS HAVE found new evidence to suggest that the human version of "mad cow" disease might be transmitted during surgery via contaminated surgical instruments.

Science: How many more will die?

Scientists attempting to estimate the numbers likely to die from the human version of `mad cow disease' have some important new clues that could help direct their research.

Health: Health Check

I HAVE invented a new diet and I am launching it today to a waiting world - free, gratis and for nothing. I have called it the Wet and Dry diet, and I guarantee that if you follow it for three months you will find your bathroom scales pointing in the right direction.

Food & drink: Bean there yet?

Strange, bland and unappetising? Not if you know how to use it. Michael Bateman conquers his initial resistance and is converted to cooking with bean curd

Science: Beating deadly viruses with the use of an X-ray machine

VIRUSES ARE living proof that you can tell a book by its cover. These tiny organisms consist of little more than a twist of nucleic acid inside a capsule of protein. Indeed, biologists often argue over whether they can even be classified as alive. They exist only to burst into the cells of more complex organisms and hijack their molecular machinery to make more of the same.

Focus: It's hard to swallow

With the suppression of a disturbing report into genetically modified food, concern is growing over its side-effects

Restaurants; Where shall we meet in Pimlico?

Considering diets adapt to the way we live, and modern life requires little more exercise than running for the bus, it's odd that most restaurants are still so meat-orientated. The cream-based sauce is becoming a thing of the past, but vegetables still languish, essentially, as garnishes, or as the odd, grudging dish for the substantial part of the population that is now vegetarian.

The thought police: Brief Answers To Big Questions- 2. Can roses grow from thistles?

When botanists say that the rose is related to the thistle, are they reporting a discovery or making a decision? That is, are they telling us about the real nature of the world, or are they choosing to group certain things together because doing so is - to put it bluntly - useful?
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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links