PRESS REVIEW - MAY 25/31, 2019

Asia One

Vietnam struggling with a swine fever outbreak

Over the last two weeks, Vietnam culled 500,000 pigs due to an outbreak of swine fever. As of today, 5 per cent of all livestock reared in Vietnam has been culled to prevent the disease from spreading. Pork accounts for three-quarters of total meat consumption in the country. 

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Live Nation to ditch single-use plastics at its events in the UK

One of the leading event organizers in the UK has said it aims to ditch single-use plastics by 2021. This means that events such as Reading and Leeds, Wireless, Latitude and Download will go plastic free. The pledge comes after other famous British festivals, such as Glastonbury, announced that they would no longer sell plastic water bottles in a bid to significantly reduce waste. 

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The Reporter - AllAfrica

The Ethiopian hemp industry could be worth billions of dollars

This was revealed in the latest study by New Frontier Data, a Washington-based research institute, which shows that hemp production for industrial and medical use could be worth up to 10 billion dollars. According to the study, this type of crop could help the African state achieve many of its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

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South China Morning Post

Heart attacks in young women are on the rise

According to research published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, women aged 35 to 54 accounted for 31 per cent of hospital admissions for heart attacks in 2014, up from 21 per cent in 1995. In addition, among the younger people treated in hospital for myocardial infarction, more women than men had a history of hypertension and, especially, of being overweight and obese. As experts have stated, this is an alarming rise. 

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Trade policy will go greener after EU Parliament vote

According to Reuters, the rise of the Greens, the “Greta” effect and the entry of French President Emmanuel Macron’s party into the European Parliament will influence European trade policy to adopt more defensive policies geared towards sustainability and climate protection. Both the liberal bloc and the Green bloc have won numerous seats in Parliament. 

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Healthy food for all, based on sustainable agricultural development

This is what FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva stated at the Caritas Internationalis’ General Assembly held in Rome, who then pointed out that nourishing people must go hand in hand with nurturing the planet. He also stressed the fact that in order to improve people’s diets, local farmers need to be encouraged to grow nutrient-rich foods such as fruit and vegetables. This can be done, for example, by introducing policies to ensure procurement from local family farmers.  

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European Commission

The CAP helps mitigate climate change

The European Commission has published an external study on the effects of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) with regard to climate change. This analysis shows that, thanks to common policies, the CAP has had a mitigating effect on climate change and, in the future, it could be even more effective, as it will be explicitly inspired by the need to reduce the ecological footprint of food production.  

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