PRESS REVIEW - JULY 3/9, 2021

Evening Standard

British strawberries nine months of the year with vertical farming

British strawberries could be on supermarket shelves nine months of the year using a new vertical-growing technique:  the system, which is being tested by a fruit-grower in Arundel, West Sussex, uses 50% less water and has a 90% smaller carbon footprint but has yields five times higher than normal production methods. 

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This is Money

Food commodity prices will fall

According to an OECD and FAO report, the prices of major food commodities will fall over the next decade after the surge last year, thanks to higher agricultural productivity and a slowdown in demand from China. Conversely, emissions from agriculture are expected to increase, mainly from the livestock sector. 

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Al Jazeera

Nigerian families struggle to survive

Due to rising inflation around the world and the economic crisis caused by the pandemic, price rises are having dramatic consequences in countries like Nigeria, which has been hit by the double economic effect of low global oil prices and the pandemic. The World Bank estimates that the country's rising inflation and food prices pushed another seven million people into poverty in 2021. 

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The Guardian

Women living in poverty are the most affected by obesity

Obesity is becoming a disease of the poorest people in Britain, a new report from the King's Fund says, putting them at greater risk of premature death. In fact, the gap is growing between people from disadvantaged families who are dangerously overweight and those from more affluent backgrounds. According to the think tank, the difference is particularly pronounced among women. 

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The Guardian

Loss of biodiversity is a risk to the global financial system

World biodiversity is declining faster than at any other time in human history and an estimated 1 million species are threatened with extinction. Furthermore, climate change and biodiversity loss are referred to as the “twin crises” affecting the global financial system. An international task force on nature-related financial reporting (TNFD) has therefore been launched which will develop a framework for corporations and financial institutions to report on nature-related physical and transition risks 

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FAO

Fruit, vegetables and proteins too expensive for Africans

According to the latest Africa Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition, Africans face some of the highest food costs when compared to other regions of a similar level of development. Nutritious foods, such as fruits, vegetables and animal proteins, are relatively expensive when compared to staples such as cereals and starchy roots. 

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