PRESS REVIEW - APRIL 16/22, 2018


First online trading platform for agricultural waste

A new service, the first of its kind, has been launched in the United Kingdom. Veolia, a group operating in the sustainability sector, recently launched BioTrading, a new platform that brings together demand and supply of resources and products of organic origin. The platform will enable sellers to obtain good prices for both end products and by-products from their productions, by putting them in contact with other companies that need these materials for energy production or other projects linked to up cycling and the circular economy. 


Nature Nanotechnology

Drinking water from the sea with graphene technology

British researchers designed a graphene membrane that can filter sea water and make it drinkable. Published on Nature Nanotechnology, the research explains how scientists from the university of Manchester, led by Doctor Rahul Nair, have succeeded in creating a sort of sieve that can block the salts dissolved in water and only let water molecules go through. The results are promising potentially for industrial production of this technology, together with the filters previously used.

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International investments can improve food security

International farming investments can help the world achieve “zero hunger”, while increasing food security and nutrition, and supporting sustainable development. This is the key takeaway from the fourth chapter of the Global Food Policy Report, written by the International Food Policy Research Institute. The Report shows that sustainable investments can improve production of the basic crops for domestic consumption, as well as creating an industry that can distribute resources and improve agricultural value. The necessary condition, however, is the existence of suitable policies and controls to avoid issues like rights violations and hindered access to lands. 

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New York Times

The United States recall over 200 million eggs contaminated with salmonella

This is the largest recall of a food item in the recent history of the United States. The Federal Food and Drug Administration has informed that it recalled over 200 million eggs produced in a North Carolina farm after 22 people fell ill. The eggs may be contaminated with salmonella, an organism that can cause serious infections, with lethal consequences for vulnerable individuals or chronic illness in younger people.

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New York Times

Insects can cover increasing demand for proteins

In Canada, new companies are being set up to farm fly larvae as a source of new low cost proteins with low environmental impact. Insects are transformed into protein-rich feed for fish, chickens and pets. After fattening, fly larvae are toasted, dried and pressed to extract oils, then they are minced into a brown powder that smells like toasted peanuts. 

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UN News

Across the world, hunger is increasing with wars and climate change

A recent United Nations report explains that the number of people facing hunger has increased for the first time in over a decade, with wars and climate change as main causes of this change. This puts one of the Sustainable Development Goals at risk, the "zero hunger" goal for 2030. According to data released by the international agency, over 815 million people faced hunger in 2017, an increase of 38 million compared to the previous year. This figure represents 11% of the world population. 

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Nature is the best ally for global water security

All of Cape Town's claims to fame (tourism, economics, biodiversity...) risk becoming secondary: will the town become the symbol of the global water crisis?

Despite extraordinary efforts, the end of the emergency is far. Other cities that experienced this problem in the past, like Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo in Brazil, have resorted to rationing, but infrastructural and management issues remain. 

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Citizens' science for the management of water resources

A project involving local communities in Nepal in monitoring water and lands shows how data collection by citizens can help traditional decision making and improve water resources. This is the research carried out by Imperial College in London and the Grantham Institute.

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The cadmium war: the EU in a geo-political tug of war

The issue of cadmium levels in fertilizer production has been at the center of a fierce debate in the European Union: some analysts believe that blocking them may increase dependency on Russia, with risks for the European Union and farmers. 

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Natural disasters in Latin America and the Caribbean: 22 billion dollars lost in 10 years

Drought has been the costliest disaster in Latin America between 2005 and 2015: it led to 13 billion worth of lost harvests and food stock, according to new FAO analysis. 

After Africa and Asia, this area's farming has suffered the third highest loss caused by natural disasters, reaching 22 billion in 10 years.

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Plastic does not prevent food waste

Between 2004 and 2014, plastic packaging has increased as much as food waste, according to a joint research by Friends of the Earth Europe and Zero waste Europe. Since plastic packaging keeps food fresh for longer, it should be an advantage that leads to less waste. But the research shows otherwise: each European resident has reached 30 kg of packaging and 173 kg of wasted food. 

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Parlamento Europeo

Circular economy and waste recycling

During the April plenary session of the European Parliament, voting will take place on four proposals on the circular economy (on waste, landfills, packaging and end of life vehicles, batteries and WEEE).

According to these proposals, Member States would have to prepare no less than 65% of urban waste for recycling, and use the landfill for no more than 10% of urban waste by 2030 (with a 5-year extension granted to seven Member States); they would also have to recycle 75% of packaging waste by 2030, with specific targets for different materials. Member States are also asked to use economic tools to create a waste hierarchy, to adopt preventive measures to reduce waste production and to guarantee recycling of organic waste, wherever it is practicable 'from a technical, environmental and economic standpoint'.

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WHO and UNICEF: guidelines for the promotion of breastfeeding

Breastfeeding babies for the first two years of their life could save 820 thousand children under 5 each year: these are the guidelines published by WHO and UNICEF to support and promote breastfeeding.

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