Ban on halal and kosher slaughter methods comes into force in Belgium

Halal and kosher ways of killing – where conscious animals have their throats slit – are now illegal in Flanders since a ban was imposed on New Year’s Day. Supporters of the ban say it puts a stop to inhumane animal treatment. Those opposed claim it attacks the core of the culture and religious practice of thousands of Muslims, mainly migrants, and Jewish citizens and creates inequality. Now, animals will have to be electronically stunned before being killed.

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South China Morning Post

In Singapore, rooftop farms offer solution to concerns about food security

As only 1% of its surface is cultivated, Singapore imports 90% of the food consumed on the island. This is why hi-tech urban farms set up on rooftops are starting to produce fruit and vegetables for local shops and restaurants. Experts see this as a viable solution to improve the city’s food security . 

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Thomson Reuters Foundation - AllAfrica

Solar-powered pumps bring water to rural Kenya

A simple technology is changing lives in Tharaka-Nithi  county, in rural Kenya. Thanks to solar power, pumps are used to store and distribute water to the population during the day. Locals in this area, especially women, used to spend most of the day searching for water. Now, they can grow their crops, go to school, start small local businesses. 

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In January increasing numbers sign up for meat-free resolution

Veganuary is a pledge to go vegan in January. According to organizers of the British-based campaign, a record 170,000 people across 14 countries have signed up for Veganuary, nearly triple the number just two years earlier.

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The Independent

By 2040 UK agriculture emissions could reach net zero

In the United Kingdom, agriculture is responsible for 10% of the nation’s greenhouse gases. National Farmers’ Union (NFU) president Minette Batters, said emissions should be cut out completely by 2040, to compete with other nations on green standards. The government has announced plans to pay farmers for preserving clean air and water, and restoring habitats that can act as carbon sinks. 

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The Straits Times

Giving up beef could reduce diet-related deaths by 5%

If people switched to alternative sources of protein from beef, diet-related deaths may decline as much as 5% in high- and upper-middle-income countries, according to a report by the World Economic Forum (WEF). The report also said such a scenario could reduce food-related greenhouse gas emissions by a quarter. 

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The World Bank

The best water blogs of 2018

The International Money Fund published the top 8 blogs on water (from wastewater treatment to saving water in agriculture and daily life).

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World Food Program

WFP demands action after uncovering misuse of food relief intended for hungry people in Yemen

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is demanding an immediate end to the diversion of humanitarian food relief in Yemen. When distributing food, local authorities have been privileging some groups of people or neighborhoods to the detriment of others.

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Climate: inaction impacts on food security

Food security is critical to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. But climate change is creating a risk that is growing rapidly. Inactions means putting the future of food security at risk. 

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The UN proclaims World Food Safety Day

Starting in 2019, every 7 June will be a time to celebrate food safety. A way of putting the issue of food production and its impact on the environment at the center of the media and governments’ attention. 

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