PRESS REVIEW - FEBRUARY 9/15, 2019

Asia One

Study confirms a global decline of insects

A new researched published by the journal Biological Conservation shows that the proportion of insect species in decline is twice as high as that of vertebrates and that the extinction rate of regional species is eight times higher. The study suggests that by the end of the century most insects will be threatened with extinction.

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United Nations

Schools in Germany try new dishes to promote sustainable diets

The idea is simple: getting kids to eat healthier and more sustainable meals while reducing carbon footprints of the schools’ food services. Some schools have been serving vegetarian meals or meals with a more expansive selection of vegetarian options once per week and measuring the advantages in terms of reduced carbon footprints while making children aware of the advantages to the environment.

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EURACTIV

Coalition of 400 stakeholders call for “Common Food Policy”

A coalition of 400 EU stakeholders, convened by the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food), has mapped out a new vision of the role of agricultural production against the backdrop of global warming, biodiversity loss, rising obesity and viable farming for future generation.

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IISD

Gender equality accelerates the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals

A report by the UN Development Program (UNDP) and UN Woman recommends adopting a holistic approach to gender equality focused on transforming structures that create and perpetuate gender equalities, in order to support integrated achievement of the SDGs.



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IISD

E-waste towards circular economy

A UN report highlights the environmental and health risk posed by e-waste and urges a circular economy shift. The annual e-waste production is worth over 62.5 billion dollars.


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Financial Review

Depression can be caused by an unhealthy diet

A new study conducted on 46,000 people and published in Psychosomatic Medicine has found that people with an unhealthy diet are more likely to develop depression. A more balanced diet may help to reduce the symptoms, but more studies are required to confirm this correlation.


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Farming First

Getting more women into science can help solve our food system’s challenges faster

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science highlighted the fact that to solve the challenges in connection with food production, we will need the best and brightest minds working in agricultural research, who often are young women. 


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The Straits Times

Toxic bacteria found on plastics at beaches

Between April and July last year, marine scientists at the National University of Singapore found more than 400 different types of bacteria on 275 pieces of microplastics collected from three beaches. Some of these toxic bacteria are capable of causing coral bleaching and wound infections in humans.


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The New Times - AllAfrica

In Rwanda extreme weather costs 10 percent of national budget

The Minister for Environment Vincent Biruta said that extreme weather including drought and floods had an impact on the lives of thousands of Rwandans. It is predicted that by 2030 natural disasters may cost cities 314 billion dollars per year, at a time when they will be busier and increasingly more populated.


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The Straits Times

Eating ultra-processed foods increases the risk of death

A French study appears to have found a link between ultra-processed foods and higher risk of premature death in adults. The research, which monitored the diets of thousands of French people between 2009 and 2017, found a link between increased consumption of ultra-processed foods and a heightened mortality risk. 

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The Guardian

A fifth of the EU's budget goes on livestock farming

According to a report by Greenpeace, every year between 28 and 32 billion euro of “taxpayer money goes to support livestock farming”, approximately 18-20 percent of the European Union’s total budget. The research shows that almost 70% of the EU’s agricultural land is cultivated to produce fodder.

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EURACTIV

Agri-food sector calls for foodstuffs ‘fast-track’ in case of no-deal Brexit

European farmers, agri-traders and food makers are lobbying EU negotiators to consider unilateral contingency measures for foodstuffs, as current plans would not be enough to avoid a harsh impact of a no-deal Brexit on the agri-food sector.


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