Weekend reads: Polytunnels under attack, kids exposed to more diet soda ads, and more
It began as little more than a spat between a group of nimbys and a fruit grower in a beautiful corner of the countryside immortalised by Wordsworth. But a dispute snaking its way through the judicial system has been transformed into a battle for the British strawberry.The epic confrontation – over the humble polytunnel – is pitching conservationists against farmers, nature against agriculture, man against the seasons, in a classic stand-off that could come straight from a script of The Archers.
TV isn't the same as it used to be, especially when it comes to children's shows.Though friendly faces such as Mr. Rogers and Barney the dinosaur used to be popular among kids, hyper-active animated samurais and brightly colored creatures from the Gabba gang now rule the small screen.The same can be said about television food advertisements. Something has definitely changed.Using television rating data from Nielsen Media Research for 2003, 2005 and 2007, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago analyzed trends in exposure to food advertising by age and race for children and adolescents, and came up with some interesting findings.
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