PRESS REVIEW - MAY 26/june 01, 2018

The Independent

New Zealand could cull 150,000 cattle

The New Zealand government is planning to cull 150,000 cattle to avoid the spread of the Mycoplasma bovis bacterium: a project that could cost millions of dollars but would also protect the industry from a pathogen that causes animals to develop mastitis, pneumonia and other diseases. Rather than a clear threat to the country's food safety, this measure shields farmers from huge losses. The bacterium was found in cattle last July for the first time.

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Commissione Europea

The European Union rewarded the best Life projects

Nine Life Award winning projects were declared on 23 May, on the occasion of the European Green Week. The prize went to innovative projects and start ups operating in the domain of food security, climate change mitigation, protection of nature and resources. Winners include environmental projects in Italy, Spain and Poland, naturalistic projects from Belgium, Greece and Slovakia, and climate action projects from Spain, again, and from Austria. The winning projects were selected for their contribution to environmental, social and economic improvement, and for their innovative content and replicability. 

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The Guardian

Europe wants to ban plastic cutlery and straws

The European Commission is working on a ban on plastic straws and cutlery, in addition to other disposable items like ear buds, balloon sticks, stirrers for drinks. This action is likely to reduce environmental pollution caused by the disposal of single-use plastic items. The proposal requires the approval of Member States, but could result in a EUR 22 million reduction in environmental damages by 2030. 

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Global demand for tea grows but climate change puts production at risk

China and India lead the global demand for tea, in terms of both average wages and supply. Good news for the emerging producing countries, which will benefit from the market growth. It was revealed in a FAO report on commodities, published on 28 May. However, production could be severely affected by climate change, because tea can only be produced in a very small number of countries, which are already experiencing droughts and floods. 

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New Scientist

People who eat fish have more sex and greater probability of conceiving

Couples who eat fish more than twice a week, have more sex and a greater probability of conceiving. This, according to a study carried out on 500 couples who tried to have a baby for a year. The results were published on theJournal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, and they showed how, bythe end of the year, 92 per cent of the couples who were eating more than two portions of fish had achieved their objective. These results are consistent with previous studies that demonstrated an increase in fertility for couples who used medically assisted fertilization and followed a Mediterranean diet rich in fish.

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World Food Program Insight

We cannot eradicate hunger without putting an end to wars

In a historical vote, the United Nations' Security Council recognized, for the first time, that wars and violence are closely linked to food insecurity, and the risk of famine is currently threatening millions of people.

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Organizzazione Mondiale della Sanità

More obese children in southern Europe

The latest data (2015-2017) from the World Health Organization (Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative - COSI) show that the countries in Southern Europe have the highest child obesity rates. Nearly one child in 5 (from 18 to 21 per cent) is obese in Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta, and San Marino. Denmark, France, Ireland, Latvia and Norway exhibit some of the lowest rates, ranging between 5 and 9 per cent for both boys and girls.

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Hunger is no longer decreasing

The United Nations Secretary General released the Advance Version of the 2018 SDG Progress Report: results are not good for some of the Goals, particularly for Goal No. 2 Zero Hunger. "After a prolonged decline, world hunger appears to be on the rise again", claims the Report, and the prospect of ending hunger and malnutrition by 2030 has become more difficult.

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International Labor Organization

Green revolution at work

How much could the implementation of the Paris agreement be worth? 24 million jobs, according to the Report from the International Labor Organization, which invites all countries to train their workers with the necessary skills to move towards a greener economy, and to offer a social safety net to facilitate the transition to new jobs.

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