PRESS REVIEW - FEBRUARY 6/12 , 2021

FAO

New project to promote food security in southern Africa

FAO and the French Development Agency (AFD) have launched a new 3.5 million euro project to improve sustainable wildlife management and food security in the world's largest cross-border conservation area, the Kavango-Zambesi in southern Africa, which straddles Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Every year, this area experiences large scale migrations of megafauna, particularly elephants, and is where 50 percent of the total population of African elephants can be found. 

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NY Times

Invasive insects and diseases are decimating American forests

Over the past 120 years, invasive insects and parasites like fungi have invaded North America very regularly, claiming hundreds of “plant victims”, including chestnut, elm and ash trees. A problem connected not only to the loss of habitat but also to the fact that decomposing trees release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at a rate within the same order of magnitude as wildfires. 

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Business Today

Climate change may have triggered coronavirus

A study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment explains how climate change may have influenced outbreaks of the new coronavirus and the Sars virus of 2002. According to the researchers, there is a link between the development of a new bat hot spot in the southern Chinese province of Yunnan and neighboring regions of Myanmar and Laos, and the climatic conditions of recent years. 

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Straits Times

High levels of heavy metals in baby food

An investigation carried out by a House Oversight sub-committee in the US found dangerous levels of toxic heavy metals in some baby foods. The report says that internal company standards allow dangerously high levels of toxic heavy metals, and documents reveal that manufacturers have often sold foods that exceeded those levels. Food safety and the sustainability of the food supply chain are a problem in the United States, where standards and controls are less stringent than in Europe. 

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Food Navigator

The true cost of meat, milk and plant-based foods

A new study has attempted to calculate the environmental costs of producing dairy, meat and and other plant-based products in Germany. The calculation is used to evaluate greenhouse gas emissions and provide a kind of climate label for the various categories of food products. 

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Business Today

By 2025, two out of three cancers will be reported in developing countries

The finding was reported by the Geneva-based Union International for Cancer Control (UICC) on World Cancer Day.  According to the organization, by 2025, two thirds of cancer cases in the world will occur in developing countries, defining this potential scenario as a real epidemic. The reason lies in a change of lifestyle which, while it has increased the average life span in those countries (cancer is a disease of later life) has also contributed to causing cancer, which is strongly influenced by nutrition and lifestyle. 

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