These media sources have a slight to moderate liberal bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by appealing to emotion or stereotypes) to favor liberal causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information but may require further investigation. See all Left-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate Food Navigator Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting rather than High due to infrequently promoting pseudoscience.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
Country: United Kingdom (33/180 Press Freedom)
Media Type: Magazine
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Food Navigator is published by William Reed, a publishing company founded in 1862 by William Reed (sugar merchant from Yorkshire) specializing in publishing trade magazines such as The Grocer Magazine. Food Navigator is headquartered in West Sussex, UK. They provide daily news and analysis, podcasts, videos, and its main audience is the European food industry. Food Navigator has editions in Latin America, the USA, and Asia. Charles Reed is the CEO, and Katy Askew is the Senior Editor.
Funded by / Ownership
Food Navigator is owned by the Reed Family, specifically the fifth generation of the Reed family, Charles Reed. Advertising generates revenue.
Food Navigator covers news related to the food industry. News is broken down into the categories science, market trends, business, policy, views, food safety & quality, and promotional features. They also have a section dedicated to food business sectors and resources on different types of food.
Food Navigator publishes articles with emotionally loaded language such as “Returns Gone Sour: The impact of carbon pricing on the dairy sector,” which is sourced from The Guardian, stuff.co.nz, and The Irish Times.
They often report on politics as it relates to the food industry with minimal bias such as this “President Biden: “Instead of workers competing with each other for jobs that are scarce, employers are competing with each other to attract workers.” This story is properly sourced. However, during the presidency of Donald Trump, they reported negatively on some of his policies, such as this Safe Food Coalition condemns President Trump’s ‘bean-counting standard.’
When reporting on science, Food Navigator sometimes promotes pseudoscience. For example, they sometimes promote questionable natural cures such as this Coronavirus: ‘Significant link’ found between dietary selenium and cure rate. While selenium is known to benefit the immune system, there isn’t any evidence that it aids in curing Covid-19. They have also promoted that garlic and onions may prevent cancer Garlic, onions may offer wide-ranging cancer protection. Like above, there are some benefits found in consuming garlic and onions, but studies have not been able to verify if they are the true cause of the benefits related to cancer.
Further, the Magazine frequently reports on GMOs. Some articles point out the benefits of GMOs such as this “GM crops may soon be permitted in EU as study hails health and sustainability benefits of genetic modification techniques,” while others promote facts surrounding GMOs such as this GMA launches GMO Facts website: ‘Ingredients grown using GM technology require fewer pesticides, less water and keep production costs down’. Other GMO articles focus on labeling and the industry in general and usually support the consensus of science. In general, Food Navigator holds left of center political bias and supports the consensus of science; however, we did find instances where they lightly promoted pseudoscience. For the most part, they are a pro-science source.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate Food Navigator Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting rather than High due to infrequently promoting pseudoscience. (M. Huitsing 7/21/2021)