Somalia declares a state of emergency due to locust swarms

Somalia has declared a national emergency because of the huge swarms of locusts that are spreading throughout East Africa. The insects are consuming large amounts of vegetation and crops and posing a serious threat to the already fragile food security situation in the country. According to the authorities, this is an emergency that has not been seen for at least 25 years.  

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School kids in London cook wasted food

Near Borough Market, at London Bridge, students from four schools in the Southwark area became improvised chefs, cooking waste food that would otherwise have been thrown away. The Winter Sale, as the event is called, is intended to educate children about food poverty, as well as teach them culinary and entrepreneurial skills, and is organized by the Food Matters' Young Marketeers program. 

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Straits Times

In Singapore, food security is not affected by Australia’s fires

The statement was made by Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli responding to a parliamentary question. According to the minister, the quality of the island's food has not been affected by the recent forest fires that have hit neighboring Australia. The country is in fact an important source of common food products such as meat, milk and sugar. 

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The Guardian

Veganuary continues to grow beyond expectations

The movement that urges people to follow a vegan diet during the month of January this year received over 400,000 subscriptions, far exceeding the 250,000 participants in 2019 and 170,000 in 2018. To date, the only countries that have never officially participated are the Vatican City, North Korea and the former Swaziland, now Eswatini. 

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Residents of Hong Kong stock up on food in fear of the corona virus

Residents of the whole area allegedly stormed the shelves of major Hong Kong supermarkets, amassing meat, rice, cleaning products and soap due to growing fear of the worsening coronavirus epidemic. According to some witnesses, the situation would be worse than that recorded during the Sars epidemic of 2003. 

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Medical Express

A low protein diet reduces cardiovascular risk

The finding is contained in a study published by Penn State University researchers, who evaluated how a plant-based diet can be the key to reducing the risk of heart disease. A diet low in sulfur amino acids, present in protein-rich foods such as meat, dairy products, nuts and soy, is in fact associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases. According to the research team, Americans consume on average almost two and a half times more sulfur amino acids than the estimated requirement.   

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