PRESS REVIEW - FEBRUARY 8/14, 2020

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Social media influence our diet

According to a recent survey published by Appetite magazine and conducted by Aston University, the respondents, all students, increased the portions of fruit and vegetables they consumed by a fifth following the example published by their peers on Facebook. The same trend also seems to apply to so-called “junk food”. According to the researchers, this behavior depends both on the type of post published and on the perception of the state of health that these habits entail. 

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Reuters

Drones to fight locust swarms in Africa

The United Nations will test drones equipped with sensors and sprayers to spray pesticides in parts of East Africa to combat the invasion by desert locusts. The huge swarms are hitting Somalia, Kenya, Uganda and Djibouti and are devastating crops, worsening the food crisis in these countries. 

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The Guardian

European Environment Agency publishes climate risk maps

A series of maps created by the European Environment Agency (EEA) warns about the possible impacts of forest fires, floods and droughts that Europe could face by the end of the century if urgent actions are not taken to adapt and deal with global warming. The maps show that, in the worst case scenario, many coastal cities will face frequent flooding due to an estimated sea level rise of about one meter on average. 

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South China Morning Post

New study confirms the risks associated with meat consumption

New research published in the Jama Internal Medicine journal found that eating two servings of red meat or processed meat every week is associated with a 3 to 7 percent higher risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attack and stroke, and a 3 percent higher risk of premature death than other causes. Eating two portions of poultry every week is linked to a higher risk of heart disease, but not to mortality. The study contradicts a systematic review more favorable to meat published in late 2019. 

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Reuters

New European standards for palm oil

Indonesia and Malaysia, the world's major palm oil producers, have accused the European Union of targeting the product as part of a plan to impose new limits on the levels of contaminants considered harmful to health. The EU has in fact imposed a limit on glycidyl esters and will soon impose a limit on 3-monochloropropane diol (3-MCPD), contaminants that can form during the refining process of edible oils. 

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Morning Star

Build more grocery stores to reduce waste

Increasing the number of grocery stores in the city could help reduce waste and mitigate the effects of climate change. The suggestion is made by a new study, published in the Manufacturing & Service Operations Management magazine, which found that increasing the density of neighborhood grocery stores reduces consumer waste, while also improving access to food. 

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