PRESS REVIEW - FEBRUARY 22/28 , 2020

Al Jazeera

Mexico among the countries most affected by climate change

Straddling two oceans, Mexico is already suffering from prolonged and frequent periods of drought. Many farmers have already been forced to stop growing corn and other cereals in favor of alternatives that require less water, such as pistachios and cacti. According to Sol Ortiz-Garcia, director of the climate change group at the Ministry of Agriculture, 75 percent of Mexican soil is already considered too arid for agriculture. 

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Washington Post

Beer production waste used to grow oriental mushrooms

Cellars in the famous Anderlecht district market in Brussels are being used by organic beer producers to grow different varieties of mushrooms using the waste from cereals used in the production of beer. Thanks to their constant temperature and humidity, the cellars are ideal for hosting the 3,000 square meter underground urban farm producing Shiitake, Maitake and Nameko mushrooms 

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Reuters

Colombia will use the army to protect national parks

The announcement was made by the country’s Minister of Defense, explaining that a special military unit will be created to protect Colombia's national parks and thus intensify operations against illegal armed groups who burn the forest to free up space to plant coca. Twelve park rangers have been killed since 1994.

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South China Morning Post

China is intensifying efforts to prevent the locust invasion

Beijing has set aside around € 200 billion to prevent and control the locusts that have affected neighboring India and Pakistan. Locusts have invaded farming land in both countries in an area identified as a crisis point by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). 

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Washington Post

Eating one egg a day does not increase the risk of cardiovascular disease

A new analysis based on three major studies conducted on nearly 178,000 people has found that eating an egg a day does not increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Researchers at McMaster University in Canada reported no significant association between egg consumption and cholesterol levels. 

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All Africa

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation donates a million to fight locusts

The Gates Foundation has paid approximately one million euros into FAO funds to help governments in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia fight the locust infestation that is currently posing a serious threat to food production and livelihoods in the region. The latest locust invasion is the worst to strike Ethiopia and Somalia in 25 years and the worst that Kenya has experienced in 70 years. 

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