Smart labels to reduce food waste

A large number of researchers are working on new systems to give consumers better information about food expiry dates. The market already offers new, tactile labels which change in relation to physical modifications to the food inside the pack, while others have sensors or pigments that respond to variations in specific parameters, such as by measuring the quantity of gases present. 


New York Time

Fish oil and vitamin D do not prevent cancer and heart disease

This is the finding of the largest study ever undertaken to test vitamin D and omega-3 supplements in healthy adults. According to the study, there is no evidence that these substances are useful in preventing heart disease. However, benefits were found for some ethnic groups, such as Afro-Americans.

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Millions of Asian farmers do not have access to seeds resilient to climate change

According to the Access to seeds index, millions of small farmers in South East Asia are unable to access the new climate-change-resilient seeds due to poor infrastructures, excessively high costs and lack of information. The problem affects more than four fifths of the Asian region's more than 170 million small farmers.

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Sky News

A campaign against ultra high-calorie milkshakes starts in the UK

Some milkshakes may contain as many as 1,200 calories per portion, or more than 60 percent of the calories required by an adult woman. Therefore, Action on Sugar is launching a campaign to ban the sale of all milkshakes containing more than 300 calories per portion. It has been calculated that a single drink contains 39 teaspoons of sugar.

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Healthy rivers and lakes are essential to our existence

This is stated by Andreas Baumüller of the WWF, in an editorial published in Euractive. The planet's wetlands supply drinking water, help us to adapt and mitigate the impacts of climate change, and absorb CO2. They shelter thousands of birds, mammals and insects, as well as being home to 15 thousand different species of fish - about 45 percent of all the planet's fish species.

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Organizzazione mondiale della sanità

60% of all diseases affecting man originate in animals

This is revealed by a recent World Health Organization report which underlines the threat posed by antibiotic resistance to global health. About 700 thousand people die worldwide every year due to drug-resistant bacteria. About 33 thousand of these are in Europe. In fact, many of the microbes that affect animals also cause infections in man.

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