The Citizen -AllAfrica

Tanzania brought to its knees by drought

The African country has lost 96 billion euros due to drought affecting maize and legume yields, with total annual losses amounting to 306,805 tonnes, with maize accounting for 246,823 tonnes and legumes 59,892 tonnes, the Country Synthesis Report 2018 reveals. 

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National Geographic

Bavarians vote to save bugs

In Bavaria, thousands of people signed a petition to amend the region’s nature protection law and regulate agriculture. The objective is to create a connected web of biodiversity-friendly habitats to support the pollinating insect community and other wildlife species.  

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South China Morning Post

The new food trend is plant-based

In the States, the number of new plant based product grew 268% between 2012 and 2018. A trend that gives consumers of meat and dairy products a chance to experiment a mainly vegetarian diet. Also many restaurant chains prefer to use the term “plant-based”, rather than “vegan”, to underline the flexibility of the choice.  

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Energy consumption for processing artificial meat, a study reveals

Scientists have contrasting opinions on growing meat in labs. Oxford Martin School researchers estimated the long-term effects of meat produced in a lab compared to traditional meat. Scientists say that lab meat may have worse effects on climate change because emissions are linked to energy production, which is almost entirely carbon dioxide, greenhouse gas emissions that persist in the atmosphere for millennia. Whereas methane emissions from cattle only remain in the atmosphere for about 12 years. 

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The Guardian

Home delivery meal kits slash food waste but packaging is a problem

A research shows that home delivery meals can reduce food waste by more than two-thirds, but that suppliers of this service need to switch to reusable packaging to make them environmentally friendly and reduce waste. Therefore, buying the same products from the supermarket would be more sustainable. 

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MEPs reduce funding for intensive farming

Lawmakers in the European Parliament’s Environment Committee have voted for a reduction in subsidies going to intensive farming. The reform is to be voted on by the European Parliament on 6 and 7 March 2019. The aim is to reduce the intensive model in cow, pig and sheep farming. 

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UN News

2019, last chance

2019, last chance The UN announces roadmap to Climate Summit in 2019, a “critical year” for climate action According to General Assembly President Maria Espinosa this year is the “last chance” for the international community to take effective action on climate change.  

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World Day to Combat Desertification

Next June 17 will mark the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification. The UN announces. 

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Women scientists working for global food security

Despite progress in recent years, there still remains a concerning gender gap in science. The UNESCO Institute for Statistics reports that less than 30% of researchers worldwide are women.  To mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, CGIAR shine a light on women who are studying new solutions to ensure food security globally. 

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Right to healthy food should be a key dimension for Zero Hunger

The right to food requires a new approach that encompasses a right to healthy diets, said UN Food and Agriculture Organization Director-General José Graziano da Silva.

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