These are the countries that eat the most meat

The United States, Australia and Argentina are the countries that eat most meat: more than 100 kg per person. However, meat consumption is high throughout the Western world, where people eat between 80 and 90 kg per person. In the last 50 years, China and Brazil have seen a large rise in meat consumption, from just a few kilos to more than 60. India is the only exception, in fact its population eats very little meat: approximately 4 kg per person.

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The Washington Post

Climate change will alter the color of the oceans

A new research finds that by the end of the century oceans will look bluer and greener thanks to a warming climate. This will have an impact on marine life, starting from phytoplankton, extremely sensitive to ocean water temperatures. Scientists are convinced that the global cycling of carbon will also be affected.

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Obesity-linked cancers on the rise in young US adults

The medical journal Lancet published a study covering two-thirds of the US population that shows that half a dozen of cancers for which obesity is a known risk factor became more frequent between 1995 and 2015 among men and women under 50. The younger the age bracket, the more quickly these cancers gained ground: the data is especially worrying when considering that obesity has more than doubled in the last decades.

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EU to send inspectors to Poland over suspect meat

Poland is under scrutiny after a local TV report showed a company killing sick cows and selling the meat for human consumption. Poland exports 85 percent of the meat it produces – approximately 560,000 tons a year – to the European Union, including Britain, Spain, Italy and Germany. 

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Tanzania Daily News - AllAfrica

Magombera Forest in Tanzania becomes a protected reserve

Over 26,000 hectares of forest land in an area in which the population livelihood relies on the cultivation of rice and sugarcane is now protected. The natural reserve will allow to preserve the ecosystem and drastically reduce illegal wood cutting, deforestation and poaching. 

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Achieving sustainable agriculture requires an integrated approach

FAO has recently launched a new report, “Sustainable food and agriculture: an integrated approach”, that aims to present state-of-the-art evidence on how sustainable agriculture and food systems can be improved. The book is a seminal contribution to the importance of getting policy frameworks right to face the challenges posed by climate change and growing global population.

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Policies addressing food waste will result in the development of better diets

Preventing food loss and waste across the value chain can improve nutritional and environmental outcomes, says Tom Arnold, Global Panel Member and Chair of EU Commission Task Force Rural Africa (TRFA). 

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Agenzia Europea per l’Ambiente (EEA)

Pollution and climate change

Air pollution, noise and extreme temperatures: more action is needed to protect Europe’s most vulnerable citizens. According to the European Environment Agency, considering the population’s social and economic situation, Italy is particularly at risk. 

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The impact of food assistance during conflict in Mali

A study assesses the impact of food assistance on food security, nutrition and education during the conflict in northern Mali.

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Cuts to food assistance will impact US poor

Trump administration’s proposed cuts to SNAP benefits will ‘take food off of people’s plates’. The changes would impact 755,000 people in just three years.

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