PRESS REVIEW - APRIL 06/12, 2019

FastCompany

A grain that helps mitigate the effects of climate change

Kernza is a perennial grain crop similar to wheat. It does not need to be replanted each year and, thanks to its roots, it can store a large amount of carbon in the soil. Until now it has been used in Asia as feed for livestock, but today Patagonia, in cooperation with the Land Institute, is investing to make this grain fit for human consumption due to its excellent nutritional qualities.  

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The Guardian

Britons throw away 720 million eggs a year

According to Wrap, the British government’s food waste advisory body, more than 700 million eggs are binned in the UK, even if they are still edible. Research into consumer habits has shown that 29 percent of Britons throw away millions of eggs because they are past their best before date. This food waste is estimated to exceed €150 million a year. 

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South China Morning Post

The Yacón is now also grown in the Himalayas

This tuber, originally from the Andes, is now also grown in the state of Sikkim, known for its organic production. According to several studies published in the journal Nutrients, this tuber is considered highly nutritious: in fact, it reduces carbohydrate intake and can be used as a dietary supplement to treat a number of chronic diseases or as a prebiotic to improve health and reduce the risk of colon cancer. 

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The Guardian

Pesticides and insecticides are polluting European rivers

More than 100 pesticides and 21 drugs were detected in the 29 waterways analyzed in 10 European nations. A quarter of the chemicals identified are banned, whereas half of the rivers analyzed had at least one pesticide above permitted levels. The researchers involved said that the high number of pesticides and drugs was found in the form of complex mixtures, the impact of which is still unknown.  

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The Street.com

The 4R project has helped more than 80,000 farmers in Africa

The project, promoted by the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada and Fertilizer Canada, is aimed at supporting sustainable agriculture in Ethiopia, Ghana and Senegal. Approximately $15 million have been invested to help more than 80,000 farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

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Nutritions

Nutrients from food are better than supplements

A study published in Annals of Internal Medicine confirms what doctors have been saying for some time, and that several researches have already highlighted: there is no association between dietary supplement use and good health. On the contrary, the use of certain supplements, such as calcium, appears to be linked to an increase in the likelihood of developing certain types of cancer.  

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UK Gov

EU Exit guidance for the farming sector

How should those who are involved in the food industry, who need water or who work in the agricultural sector behave if the UK leaves the EU with a no-deal Brexit? The UK Government’s Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has issued a dedicated guide. 

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USDA.gov

A month to reduce waste in the USA

U.S. government agencies have declared April “Winning on Reducing Food Waste Month”. In the USA, more than one third of all food is wasted. 

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