PRESS REVIEW - JULY 24/30, 2021

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The cost of food is three times what Americans pay for it

A report published by the Rockefeller Foundation shows that while the current national spending on food production is about $ 1.1 trillion, the true cost of food is closer to $ 3.2 trillion. This cost includes covering the costs of addressing the effects of malnutrition on human health, such as cancer and diabetes, as well as the cost to the environment and biodiversity  

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All Africa

Madagascar: child malnutrition is expected to quadruple

According to the United Nations, at least half a million children under the age of five in drought-hit southern Madagascar are on the verge of acute malnutrition. The number of severely malnourished children is likely to quadruple, including 110,000 in severe condition whose growth and development will suffer irreversible damage 

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The Independent

Reducing air pollution improves brain function

According to a study published by the US Alzheimer's Association, reducing air pollution levels can improve cognitive function and reduce the risk of dementia. The new research is the first wide-ranging review to show that decreased pollution, particularly of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and pollutants from burning fossil fuels, is associated with a lower risk of dementia 

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This is Money

Microplastics in seafood may be underestimated

Researchers at the University of Portsmouth have found that microplastics coated with a biofilm of microbes are more likely to be ingested by oysters. This type of microplastics could carry potentially harmful bacteria along the food chain, and also impact the health of consumers.  

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This is Money

The pandemic has worsened the food crisis

According to a recent UN report, world hunger and malnutrition increased last year from about 118 million people to 768 million, with most of the increase likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Straits Times

Moderate alcohol consumption reduces the risk of heart attack

According to a study published in the journal BMC Medicine, light to moderate alcohol consumption is linked to a reduced risk of heart attack, stroke and death among people with heart disease. The greatest benefit - a 50% risk reduction compared to non-drinkers - was seen in people with heart disease who drank an average of 6 grams of alcohol per day. The study has caused debate because it goes against the grain of those released in recent years, which seemed to disprove this association known as the “French paradox”. 

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