PRESS REVIEW - MAY 8/14, 2021

FAO

FAO will implement a new Nutrition Strategy to ensure healthy diets for all

The new nutrition strategy sets out a framework for FAO’s future action, which includes enhancing access to nutritious foods while reducing food loss and waste, assessing the impact of COVID-19 on healthy diets and using the crisis as an opportunity to boost healthy diets and resilient agri-food systems. 

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BBC

Amazon deforestation increases

The latest data from the Brazilian government reveals that deforestation of the Amazon rainforest rose by 43% in April compared to the same month last year. A total of 1,157 sq km of rainforest were destroyed in the first four months of 2021. Scientists say the loss of forest has accelerated since Brazilian President Bolsonaro took office in 2019. 

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BBC

China’s emissions exceed those of all developed nations combined

Research by the Rhodium Group shows how China emitted 27% of the world’s greenhouse gases in 2019. The US is the second-largest emitter at 11% while India is third with 6.6% of emissions. According to the think tank researchers, the Asian giant’s emissions have tripled in the last three decades. 

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Reuters

New US plan to protect the land and water

Biden administration officials took their first step toward carrying out the president’s election pledge to conserve 30% of American land and water by 2030. In one of his first executive orders, Biden in fact set this goal to safeguard the land and wildlife from excessive use and development. 

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The Guardian

At least 1 million people at risk of hunger in Madagascar

The African country has been hit by the worst drought in 40 years, leaving over a million people in an unprecedented food crisis. The south of the island is expected to produce less than half of the usual harvest in the coming months because of low rains, thus prolonging the crisis. The south saw 50% of its usual rains during the October planting season. 

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Forbes

Bayer defeated in appeal against the ban on three insecticides

A European court has rejected an appeal by German pharmaceutical giant Bayer against the restrictions decided in 2013 by the European Union on three pesticides harmful to bees. The European Court of Justice upheld the 2018 ruling appealed by the manufacturer of the three nicotinoid pesticides in question. 

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