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Visual material for Fabio Gomes's last column this month: the Brazilian poet Renata Bomfim; the 'flag of Cokeistan'; Chilean President Sebastián Piñera. After 15 successive issues of our website, we publish the final column by Fabio Gomes this month. His voice has a wide range, for he believes that nutrition is poetic and also political. Three examples from his column this month are as follows. He quotes Brazilian verse that is in love with food, as written by Renata Bomfim (above left). He denounces the hanky-panky of transnational food and drink manufacturers, symbolised by the 'flag of Cokeistan' (above middle). He tracks the occasional successes of public interest organisations fighting to restrict advertising of ultra-processed products to children, in this case in Chile, hopefully with the formal support of President Sebastián Piñera (above right). Also, his 'Joke of the Month' in this column is about the new smash functional food hit, Meat Water, in a convenience store near you soon.
Fabio is not lost to us. He is membership secretary of the Association, and is a member of the publications committee responsible for our Rio2012 congress – see the stories above this one. Also, he is studying for a PhD. Oh yes, and plus, he has a full-time job. You may be reading some more provocations and entertainments by Fabio on this website soon, even if not in the form of a regular column.