Photo:Burgers are king at Michael Mina Pub 1842, including the Heritage turkey burger with guacamole, jack cheese and harissa. Photo:By night at the Westin Lake Las Vegas, savor the cuisine at Marssa restaurant, or cozy up with drinks to a romantic outdoor fireplace. Photo:Jubilee Tower guest rooms at Balley’s Las Vegas come dressed in neutral tones with pops of red and feature flat-screen TVs, refrigerators and updated bathrooms. Photo:The one party you won’t want to miss, the Fetish and Fantasy Halloween Ball takes place at the Hard Rock’s premier venue, the Joint. Photo:The FleurBurger 5000 is Kobe beef stuffed with black truffles and foie gras, garnished with truffle sauce and served on a brioche truffle bun for $5,000. Photo:Michael Jackson ONE is a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience Photo:Wet and wild at Encore Beach Club Photo:The Westin Lake Las Vegas Photo:Park on Fremont Photo:The imposing edifice of the Mob Museum Photo:Gold, black and breathtaking: The Bank at Bellagio Photo:Eyecandy Sound Lounge at Mandalay Bay Photo:The incomparable Hakkasan Photo:Gordon Ramsay’s take on fish and chips at GR Pub & Grill Photo:Andrea’s 5-spice garlic lobster Photo:The epic Fatty Melt from Citizens Kitchen & Bar Photo:Summer sizzles at the Stratosphere Photo:For $250,000, you too can control the Fountains of Bellagio Photo:ARIA Resort & Casino Photo:Dining 180 feet above the Strip with Dinner in the Sky Photo:You will get wet: Wet ‘n’ Wild water park returns to Vegas Photo:Sky Combat Ace lets you take the controls for a bit of pretend dogfighting Photo:Topshop will open a 20,000-square-foot retail space inside Fashion Show Mall October 3, 2013 From Oct. 4 to 6, spend time with culinary superstars in an incredible three-day affair hosted by the MGM Grand, Bellagio and Aria. Treat yourself to gastronomic delights, cooking demos, wine classes, parties and dining meet-ups with Michelin-starred chefs and fellow food and wine connoisseurs at the fourth annual Food and Wine All-Star Weekend. The culinary celebration launches at 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 4, featuring the cooking demonstration and sake-tasting event Ten Ways to Sushi with Shibuya Executive Chef Heather Zheng. By 8 p.m., splurge on sample delights and refreshing cocktails at the First Course Kick-Off Party. The All-Star Brunch with celebrity chefs opens the Oct. 5 festivities at 11 a.m.
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The FAO index averaged 199.1 points in September, 1% lower than in August and 5.4% lower since the start of the year. Global cereal production, which includes wheat and corn, is expected to be 8% higher over 2012s level, at 2.49 billion tons. The U.S., the worlds largest corn producer, is responsible for the bulk of the increase, expected to harvest a record crop of 348 million tonsthats 27% higher than the previous year. U.S. corn supplies have been tight since the size of last years harvest was hit by severe drought. But after high acreage seeded with corn this spring and largely favorable summer weather, the U.S. Department of Agriculture forecasts record U.S. corn output this year. That should push corn prices lower. Current levels mark a drastic turnaround since food prices soared to new heights in early 2011 amid global supply constraints for cereals, sugar and cocoa. Rising food prices helped spark the unrestknown as the Arab Springthat analysts say ultimately ousted the leaders of Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. The London-based International Grains Council this month said world corn production during the 2013-14 crop year will hit 943.2 million tons. It also predicted that world wheat production will increase to 692.6 million tons, reflecting better prospects for the European crop than previously expected and a larger harvest out of Russia and Ukraine. Still, despite ample supplies of cereals, the UN warned that food shortages continue to plague certain countries. Syria, because of the ongoing political tension has 4 million people which are in need of humanitarian assistance.
Such topics are ripe for debate. The hottest controversies in nutrition today are lack of disclosure and food misinformation appearing in various popular medianewspapers, general consumer magazines, and the tabloid press. However, three equally important controversies in nutrition actually are science versus nature, childhood obesity, and the ever-increasing type 2 diabetes epidemic in children and adults. Consumers want to know whether whats on the label is the same as whats in the food or nutritional supplement. According to the International Food Information Council (IFIC) nutrition/food safety staff, while there are nutrition controversies almost too numerous to mention, a couple stand out food myths (or misinformation) concerning the safety/health benefits of consuming fish and seafood, especially canned tuna; and continuing misinformation about the safety of low-calorie sweeteners, such as Aspartame. For further information, check out the IFICs website. What are the current most critical debates about nutrition issues and controversies? The three most critical debates are about hunger versus safer food, childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes risks, and food misinformation, which includes the question of whether what’s printed on the label is or is not what’s in the container. Lets look at the debates, theories, and ever-evolving scientific research on health and nutrition at all ages. According to Dean O. Cliver, PhD, Professor of Food Safety, University of California-Davis, Insistence on a zero-risk food supply will raise the cost of food disproportionately and cost more lives than it could ever save. Further, ultimate improvements in nutrition still will not yield immortality. We need to deal with hunger, in America and the world, first. Over any reasonable period, not eating is more dangerous than eating. According to the opinion of Manfred Kroger, PhD, Professor of Food Science Emeritus, The Pennsylvania State University, the most important issue in nutrition today is the lack of nutrition knowledge by consumers.