PRESS REVIEW - APRIL 17/23, 2020

New York Times

Coronavirus has led to a rediscovery of gardening

Not just a hobby: many families have revived gardening in these weeks of forced isolation. It is also a way to alleviate food safety concerns, as road blocks are slowing down the collection and distribution of some crops. Sales of fruit and vegetable seeds are growing worldwide. 

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This is Money

Earth Day in the midst of a pandemic

Despite the lockdown now widespread in many countries, activists nonetheless celebrated the 50th anniversary of Earth Day online, urging environmental action through apps, webinars and digital campaigns. The day is held every year on April 22 to raise public awareness of environmental issues and to inspire actions to protect it. And never as this year has it come in the middle of a health crisis that has few precedents in the history of humanity. 

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Al Jazeera

In India, coronavirus is affecting the weaker sections of the population

Following the lockdown imposed across the entire country, the government announced relief measures to provide each person with 5 kilograms of rice or wheat for the next three months, as well as one kilogram of pulses per family. In New Delhi, the government announced that it would supply cereals to 7.2 million people, or 40 percent of its population. The rest, many of whom are casual workers, now face serious food safety problems. 

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The Guardian

Australian Aborigines at risk due to coronavirus laws

A group of activists has made it known that Aboriginal communities are at risk of being prosecuted simply for going to regional centers to buy food and basic necessities. In fact, regional stores are unable to obtain enough supplies. A coalition of health, medical and legal groups says that communities still lack food and essential items such as baby food and toilet paper. 

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Food Navigator

Consumers willing to pay more for lab-produced meat

That is according to a study by the University of Maastricht, which conducted research on 193 people, asking them to taste meat grown in the laboratory, without being aware of it. The study showed that consumers would be willing to pay even 40 percent more than traditional meat once they know the benefits of it. 

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Seed World

NIFA invests in research to protect agricultural production

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is investing in scientific research to respond to the problems caused by the pandemic to the US agricultural supply chain. “Food safety is one of NIFA's priorities,” said the agency when the research call was opened. 

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