PRESS REVIEW - JULY 20/26, 2019

BBC

The use of plant milks is growing, for ethical and environmental reasons

This is reported in the United Kingdom, where a quarter of British citizens buy and drink milk of vegetable origin, such as soy, rice and almond milks. Young people and children are in the vanguard in choosing plant milks, mostly for ethical and environmental motives. However, the milk market remains dominated by cattle production (96 percent).

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Reuters

French farmers request immediate subsidies due to drought distress

France has asked the European Commission to anticipate its agricultural subsidies due to the severe drought that has hit the country. This aid amounts to over 1 billion euros, and has been requested during one of the hottest weeks that France has ever suffered. 

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The Telegraph

The United Kingdom invests in bioplastics

The United Kingdom’s department of business, energy and industrial strategy has decided to invest over 60 million euros in developing new biodegradable plastic packaging, in order to reduce plastic waste. Every year over 8 million tons of packaging are produced, a figure expected to triple by 2050.

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UN News / AllAfrica

Zimbabwe suffers from severe drought

More than one third of the country's small farming families have been hit by severe drought. An estimated 3.5 million people do not currently have safe access to food, according to UN calculations. The World Food Program has indicated that this period of crisis will reach its climax between January and March 2020, when 59 percent of families living in rural areas – over 5.5 million people – risk suffering from severe hunger. 

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BBC

Russia on alert, due to a rapid decline in bee populations

The head of the Russian Beekeepers' Union has stated that 20 Russian regions have recorded massive bee deaths. The affected regions include Bryansk and Kursk, south of Moscow, and Saratov and Ulyanovsk on the Volga. This crisis could lead to a reduction of one fifth in honey production, as well as causing problems for the pollination of two of the country's main crops: sunflowers and buckwheat. The chief suspected cause of this problem is erroneous use of pesticides. 

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Reuters

Climate change is causing an unexpected number of problems

In a paper published in Nature Sustainability, a group of researchers from the United States, Sweden and Australia have shown that environmental risks arising from human activities are becoming increasingly complex and interconnected, threatening far-reaching consequences for food production and human livelihoods.

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