PRESS REVIEW - JULY 14/20, 2018

The New York Time

World's oldest bread discovered in Jordan

A discovery that takes the clock back to 4 thousand years before the development of farming. The ancient people of the Eastern Mediterranean already made bread some 14'500 years ago, the dating of the remains of an ancient flat bread found in an archaeological site in north-eastern Jordan. Probably not risen and similar to pita bread, the bread was made of wild grains like barley, einkorn wheat or oats.

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South China Morning Post

Over a billion people suffer from lack of cooling

At least nine countries in Asia and South America face the biggest problems linked to lack of cooling or adequate air conditioning systems. Over 1 billion people already suffer from excessive heating. These figures were published by the United Nations, following its analysis of the 52 most exposed countries. It is not only about air conditioning, but also about an adequate cold chain to keep medicines, vaccines and food. 

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Spring Wise

New textile fibers made from food waste

Startup business 'Circular Systems' developed three different systems to re-use food waste in textiles. The first one is a bio-refinery that recovers production waste directly from farmers, who would otherwise burn it. The second system recovers fibers and fabric from used garments, and the third combines both fibers to create new fabrics that are resistant and breathable. According to the new company, some of the major sports clothing brands are interested in the new fiber.

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The New Times – All Africa

In Rwanda, a young researcher is producing sugar, wine and biscuits from potatoes

Jean Paul Ntezimana, a 27 year old Agriculture and Food Transformation graduate, developed a new system to produce sugar, wine and biscuits from potatoes. After trying in vain to obtain government support, he started a small company that can extract 15 liters of juice from 5 kg of potatoes. The same amount could produce 1 liter of wine. 

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How climate change impacts nutrient concentration

With the constant increase of CO2 in the atmosphere from the beginning of the industrial revolution to date, plants also feel the higher concentration of carbon dioxide. It is estimated that vast swathes of our Planet will face protein, zinc and iron scarcity by 2050, due to the changed climate reducing the amount found in food.

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World Economic Forum

Berlin, bees-friendly city

Since 2010, many beehives have been installed across the German city: on administrative buildings, theaters and even the residency of the German President. The initiative started with an idea of a couple who wanted to help bees, at a time of great risk for them. Now 15 buildings host beehives, with nearly 30 thousand bees humming around the city's flowers.

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Nazioni Unite

Reviewing the SDGs in New York

The High Level Political Forum 2018 took place at the United Nations in New York until 18 July. This is the core platform set up to follow-up and review the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Forum was kicked off by a review of the state of the art and a focus on SDGs, which are still way behind the targets set.

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Moving Europe towards maximum precision agriculture

New technology adoption in Europe has grown in the last decade, also in agriculture. Could the adoption of robotics in the agri-food systems change the current scene? Could it create new markets for data or bring about new global politics? These are the questions posed by FAO in its e-agriculture bulletin.

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Review of the action plan against child obesity

Published in 2016, the British government's Action Plan to contain child obesity by working on diet and physical activity during primary school years has recently been revised by OFSTED (Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills), the government agency overseeing the quality of children's services.

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