Candide Cuttings: BAFTA, Best at Chelsea and Tastier Tomatoes

Published on May 16th 2019
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BAFTA for Climate Change

The British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) has called for TV shows to include more environmental messaging into content, no matter the genre.
A report, supported by analysis from Deloitte, revealed how few environmental phrases and words are used in TV programmes. The report analysed subtitles from 128,719 TV shows from September 2017 to September 2018.
'Climate change' was mentioned 3,125 times, and while this number may seem like a lot, it's infinitesimal compared to 'beer' (mentioned 21,648 times), 'tea' (60,060 mentions) or 'dog' (105,245 mentions).
The report claims that TV shows can help normalise environmental issues and support sustainable solutions. Shows like The Great British Bake Off and Black Mirror have been praised for including content about veganism and the importance of bees in their shows.
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Robotic bees pollinate flowers in Black Mirror
When looking at the context in which environmental terms were used, the report found they were mostly focused on talking about the problems, not the solutions.
The report is part of a project 'Planet Placement', a new guide designed to inspire people working in the television industry to bring messages about sustainability into everyone's life through on-screen content.
The full report can be downloaded on the 'Planet Placement' website.

Best at Chelsea

The RHS Chelsea Show 'Product of the Year' and 'Plant of the Year' shortlists have been released.
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Container Weeder by Burgon & Ball has also been nominated
Products nominated include outdoor living and composting tools, such as the Corten Steel Pizza Oven, a stylish addition to your outdoor entertainment area, or the HotBin composters, which allows small households to compost easily in their back garden.
Chris Harrop from Marshalls will be the chair of judges, who will announce the results on Monday, 20th of May.
Chelsea's best new plant will be selected on the same day. There are more than 40 plants longlisted with Osteospremum 'Purple Sun' and BeautiCal among those tipped for success by experts.

Better Tasting Tomatoes

Researchers at the University of Florida have found a way to restore the lost taste of tomatoes.
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Harry Klee, professor of horticultural sciences at the university, has identified the chemical responsible for the lack of taste in supermarket tomatoes.
The cause is is a combination of a lack of sugars and volatile chemicals which made the fruit tastier 50 years ago. He says breeders have not had the adequate tools to screen for flavour.
"We're just fixing what has been damaged over the last half-century to push them back to where they were a century ago, taste-wise," said Klee, "We can make the supermarket tomato taste noticeably better."
Klee stresses that his research only involves classical genetic research and no genetic modification.
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