Indigenous people are the best guardians of forests

According to a new report, deforestation rates are significantly lower in territories where governments have formally recognized the rights of indigenous people to manage their land. Jointly published by FAO and the Fund for the Development of Indigenous Peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean (FILA), the reports also shows that improving the security of tenure of these territories is an efficient and economical way to reduce CO2 emissions. Based on a review of more than 300 published studies, the new report reveals for the first time the extent to which indigenous and tribal peoples in Latin America and the Caribbean are the best guardians of their forests. 

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Starits Times

Food for the needy from the community gardens of Singapore

Needy residents of the Sembawang district of Singapore will have the chance to receive fresh vegetables grow in urban vegetable gardens. Around 250 residents working in 23 community gardens have joined together to plan how to distribute their next harvest, which will supplement the food donations given to need residents, including basic necessities such as oil, salt and clothing. 

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Science Times

Processed meat increases the risk of dementia

A new study shows that consuming processed meats, such as sausages, ham and bacon, could increase the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Researchers from the Nutritional Epidemiology Group at the University of Leeds have found that a daily portion of 25 g is associated with a 44% greater risk of developing dementia. While some of the study participants were already more likely to develop the disease due to genetic factors, the results suggest that diet-related risks may equal (and add to) genetic ones. 

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Fast Company

Companies begin to report the impact of their products on labels

A number of products on the market are beginning to state their level of sustainability in terms of environmental impact on the life cycle. This includes details about the packaging and whether it is recyclable or not. Using a QR code on the box, customers can view further information online to help them understand what the data mean by comparing them to emissions from other sources. 

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Washington Post

A third of all the food in the US is wasted

The carbon footprint of food waste in the US is greater than that of the aviation industry. Globally, wasted food accounts for around 8 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions. And the environmental consequences of producing food that no one eats are enormous. Most food, around 37 percent, is wasted at home due to the wrong purchases being made, incorrect storage or a surplus of perishable foods. 

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All Africa

Africa urged to work for a green and resilient recovery

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa has urged African countries to adopt policy measures that encourage green investments aimed at increasing productivity to facilitate a durable recovery from the coronavirus crisis and achieve sustainable industrialization. 

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