PRESS REVIEW - JANUARY 30/ FEBRUARY 5, 2021

The Independent

Species at risk without controls on agricultural expansion

New research reveals that over 17,000 species around the world could lose their habitat unless agricultural expansion is tackled. The research uses modeling to estimate the extent to which continued agricultural expansion across the world could encroach on the habitat of nearly 20,000 species by 2050. It found that 88% of these species will see some habitat loss by the middle of the century. 

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AsiaOne

Malaysia criticizes Europe

The Malaysian government recently filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO), accusing Europe of having imposed measures against palm oil that contravene the organization’s rules. In filing the complaint, Industry and Commodities Minister Khairuddin Aman Razali said the EU had failed to consider Malaysia’s views on the issue, despite the country having given feedback and deployed economic and technical resources to find a resolution.  

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SFGate

Americans eat too much salt

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans consume nearly 50 percent more than the recommended daily allowance (2.3 grams of salt per day). The average is instead around 3.4 grams. According to the Food and Drug Administration, seventy percent of the salt in the American diet comes from packaged and prepared foods. 

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The Independent

Demand for low cost meat at the root of zoonotic diseases

The demand for affordable meat will create future pandemics that will make the COVID-19 pandemic look like a kind of “dress rehearsal”. This is the disturbing warning given by scientists, who explain how meat production in factory farms is creating a breeding ground for the emergence of similar diseases. Experts from both the United Nations and the European Food Safety Authority have previously identified industrial animal farming as the cause of most of the new infectious diseases transmitted to humans in the past decade. 

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This is Money

WHO in Wuhan to find the source of the coronavirus

A team from the World Health Organisation (WHO) visited the fish market in the Chinese city of Wuhan to examine the origins of the coronavirus pandemic. Scientists initially suspected the virus came from wild animals sold in the market. The market has since been mostly closed but it could provide clues as to how the virus spread so widely. 

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Food Navigator

A new kind of cultivated meat

Biomedics has announced that it has developed a new type of laboratory cultivated meat using an innovative method. Specifically this is a way of producing meat by stacking thin sheets of muscle and fat cells “cultivated” in the laboratory. The technique is adapted from a method used to grow tissue for human transplants. 

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