PRESS REVIEW - May 29/June 5, 2020

Bloomberg

The cocoa industry is gradually reducing the impact on forests

The world’s leading cocoa producing countries, Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana, have seen signs of progress in the protection of tropical forests, halving deforestation compared to the previous year. Ghana signed up to a World Bank initiative in July 2019 that provides member nations with up to $ 50 million over 5 years to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from deforestation. 

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Asia One

Intensive farms as potential outbreak hotspots

Biosecurity in intensive farming is at risk and could cause another pandemic. This is demonstrated by the recent outbreaks of swine fever, which killed hundreds of millions of pigs and brought the meat industry to its knees. The problem is linked to the increase in meat consumption and falling prices, which pushes farmers to produce more in unhealthy conditions for humans and animals. 

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BBC

The loss of primary forest in the world continues

This is revealed by the latest satellite data showing that 2019 was a terrible year for primary forests around the world and, specifically, for older trees. According to a University of Maryland study on trees over 5 meters tall, a primary forest area the size of a football pitch was lost every six seconds in 2019. 

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Voice of America /AllAfrica

COVID-19 could double Africa’s food insecurity

The executive director of the World Food Program (WFP) said that the number of people suffering from acute food insecurity in Africa could more than double due to COVID-19. David Beasley said that the impact of the virus on the economy and on the supply of raw materials could affect over 40 million people in East Africa alone. 

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Food Navigator

Abandoning the oil palm would mean more environmental problems

That is according to a recent study by Goetting University in Germany. According to the team of researchers, who examined the existing scientific literature on the cultivation of palm oil, a total ban on this cultivation would have a massive economic impact and could lead to even greater environmental problems. 

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Bloomberg

Two thirds of American restaurants risk bankruptcy

Almost two thirds of publicly listed restaurants are at risk of bankruptcy due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study. According to an analysis by the consultancy firm Aaron Allen & Associates, the concern is greater for small businesses and specialized restaurants. Recovery in catering could be slow, leading to an increase in unemployment, more prudent spending and greater health and safety concerns. 

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