PRESS REVIEW - JUNE 16/22, 2018

Bloomberg

The startup funded by Bill Gates doubles the shelf life of avocados

Apeel has produced a plant-based product capable of delaying the ripening of fruit, using a kind of extra skin to be applied directly onto fruit and vegetable products. The startup has begun experimenting on avocados, doubling their shelf life, and this without the use of refrigerators or other packaging. The product is about to make its debut in over 100 stores in the American Midwest.


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The Diplomat

Acute water shortage in Pakistan

According to the Indus River System Authority (IRSA), Pakistan is experiencing a grave water shortage in the Indus basin irrigation system. This crisis has already delayed the sowing of the country’s main crops, including cotton. The water shortage has adversely affected the summer cropping season as well as the entire hydroelectricity generation system.

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Washington Post

Artificial trans fats officially banned in USA

A ban introduced during the Obama administration in 2015 has now come into effect. Artificial trans fats are now banished from U.S. restaurants and grocery stores. The aim of this decision is to reduce the risk of heart disease due to excessive consumption of food containing artificial trans fats. 

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World Economic Forum

Max Burgers offers carbon neutral menus in Sweden

This is the first fast food chain in the world to offer its customers a carbon neutral menu, that is to say with zero carbon emissions. Swedish burger chain 'Max Burgers' is in fact calculating the entire environmental impact of its products and the related CO2 emissions, compensating for them through various carbon offsetting initiatives, such as the use of renewable energy, recycling frying oil and shifting the menu to more vegan and vegetarian options. 


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All Africa - Vanguard

Obesity crisis next epidemic Nigeria may face

According to an analysis conducted among the 32 countries participating in the World Cup finals, Nigeria ranks among those countries with the highest percentage of obese people. Conducted with data from the World Health Organization, WHO, child obesity in Nigeria has increased by 6 per cent in the last 10 years. In 2016, 29 per cent of adults were obese or overweight.

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Euractiv

Restricted funding for gender equality

Women entrepreneurs are ‘a vast untapped resource’, say development policy-makers. Women and girls are too often forgotten in development policy, despite being in the front-line. A mere 2 per cent of total overseas development aid is spent on policies related to gender equality, panelists heard at the European Development Days (EDD) in Brussels.

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United Nations

The true value of land

On World Day to Combat Desertification, the United Nations shines the spotlight on the ‘true value’ of land. In a statement, the head of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) said that everyone needed to recognize the true value of land.

“I would ask you: when you choose what to eat, what to wear or what to drive, think about how your choice impacts the land — for better or for worse,” said Monique Barbut, UNCCD Executive Secretary, in her message for the day, marked on 17 June.


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World Economic Forum

From fish to honey: nothing is safe from microplastics

A portion of consumer-grade mussels in Europe could contain about 90 microplastics. Consumption is likely to vary greatly between nations and generations, but avid mussel eaters might eat up to 11 thousand microplastics a year. 

It’s harder to know how many microplastics we might be consuming from fish. Most studies to date have only analyzed the stomach and gut content of these organisms, which are usually removed prior to consumption. But one study has found microplastics in fish liver, suggesting particles can get from digestive tissues to other body parts.


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