Food fraud costs the world economy $50 billion every year — $3 billion just in Australia. Fraudulent practises include concealment, substitution, dilution, adulteration, and, most often, mislabelling. Due to customers’ high confidence in food brands, requests for stricter regulation have been made, with little result. Even after the 2008 infant formula scandal, where eight babies died from liver damage, little has been done to ensure better oversight. In the meantime, purchasing locally can help mitigate risks. “A shorter supply chain means less exposure to altered food or labelling.” Read full article here
Why Do Modern Pop Songs Have So Many Credited Writers?
The music industry has changed dramatically over the last few decades – with the number of songwriters credited on number one hits more than doubling. This is due to a combination of factors, including money, the computer and a changing definition of what songwriting is. For example, if The Beatles’ classic “I Feel Fine” was released today, it would likely have four writers credited instead of two, due to the influence of producers, samples and interpolations. With the rise of lawsuits, artists now preemptively add songwriter credits to their songs, even if the similarities between their song and the source material are coincidental. It all goes to show that the music industry is becoming more complex and competitive. Read full article here