PRESS REVIEW - JANUARY 9/15, 2021

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Safe system developed to tackle rice fraud

A team of researchers has developed two systems, one manual and one based on lab tests, to accurately detect adulteration of Basmati rice. The system is apparently be able to detect food fraud affecting this highly valuable cereal and protect both producers and supply chain as a whole.  

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The Independent

British government authorizes a neonicotinoid that is dangerous for bees

Environment secretary George Eustice has agreed to allow use of a product containing the neonicotinoid thiamethoxam to treat sugar beet seed in an effort to protect the crop. According to the Department of the Environment, a virus significantly reduced sugar beet yields last year. The pesticide has been banned across Europe as it is known to be toxic to bees and other pollinators. 

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Al Jazeera

World leaders hold a virtual climate summit

On Monday, January 11, a number of political leaders attempted to restart international environmental diplomacy with a summit on biodiversity that ushers in a critical year for efforts to stem the effects of global warming. The One Planet Summit, a largely virtual event hosted by France in collaboration with the United Nations and the World Bank, will feature speeches by French President Emmanuel Macron, UN Chief Antonio Guterres, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the head of the European Union Ursula von der Leyen. 

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The Independent

Prince Charles launches the sustainability charter

Prince Charles has launched a new initiative to promote sustainable practices in the private business sector. The Terra Carta charter sets out a ten-point action plan for businesses as part of a recovery plan designed to improve their carbon footprint by 2030. Designed by  former Chief Design Officer at Apple, Sir Jony Ive, the project is part of the Sustainable Markets Initiative that was launched by Prince Charles in January 2020 at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos. 

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Metro

British households waste 42% of the food they buy

The finding is revealed in a report conducted by Samsung entitled “Waitrose showing that our attitudes to food have changed”, which states that British families waste £2,675 of unused food every year. This equates to 42% of all the food actually bought. A lot of waste comes from incorrectly stored food, with British people commonly storing things like pears (55%), apples (64%), oranges (66%) on the counter instead of in the fridge. 

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Alla Africa

UN allocates funding to Kenya to fight locusts

The United Nations has allocated 1.2 million euros from its Central Emergency Response Fund to fighting a possible locust upsurge in Kenya. The funds will mainly be used in control operations, including air and ground surveillance and pesticide spraying. Swarms have so far been reported in Mandera, Garissa, Marsabit, Tana River and Wajir. 

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