Edible insects on UK supermarket shelves

Sainsbury's is the first British supermarket chain to offer its customers edible insects. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), insects can be a rich source of fat, protein, vitamins, fibre and minerals, and a valid sustainable alternative to feed the world's constantly growing population. 


Financial Times

The mafia infiltrated Italy's food chain

The findings of an investigation by Hannah Roberts published on the Financial Times explains how the mafia infiltrated Italy's food chain and how many products, from field to fork, support organized crime. 



The Toilet that Produces BioGas

On World Toilet Day, the startup company HomeBioGas launched an innovative WC that converts waste into biogas useble as cooking fuel. The innovation could be useful in many developing countries that still use coal and wood to cook. The change would also reduce gas emissions and respiratory diseases among the world's poorest populations. 


The Guardian

The British Heart Foundation: check blood pressure at gyms and train stations

Around 16 million adults in England are known to have high blood pressure and many take medication to keep it within a healthy range. However, an estimated 5.7 million other cases are thought to be undiagnosed, especially among people who are overweight. This is why the BHF suggested that the NHS should start checking people's blood pressure in busy places, such as gyms and train stations.


This Day - AllAfrica

1.7 Million People Need Food Assistance

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the number of people in need of food assistance in North-east Nigeria has reduced. The latest reports show that over the last year, in the three northern states, Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, the number of people in need of assistance has fallen from 2.6 to 1.7 million.



UN in Bhutan to help protect biodiversity

Thanks to an international collaboration project, in Bhutan the United Nations are helping farmers to boost their livelihoods using their traditional knowledge while protecting the country’s varied biodiversity. Local farmers know more than 200 local plants from which they extract seeds, oil, bio-soap and other high-value products.



High pesticide use south of the Sahara

The high use of pesticides among farmers in Africa south of the Sahara poses risks for health and environment. Total pesticide use is projected to increase by a factor of 1.2 to 2.3 (depending on the income growth scenario) by 2040.


World Economic Forum

India is suffering the "worst water crisis in its history"

Worsening water shortages - for farmers, households and industry - threaten the lives and incomes of hundreds of millions of Indians, and the economic growth of the country. An estimated 163 million people out of India's population of 1.3 billion - more than one in 10 - lack access to clean water close to their home.



The objective of a toilet in every home is still far ahead

With just 12 years until the deadline, we are seriously off track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal target of sanitation for all by 2030: today 4.5 billion people live without safely managed sanitation, and 892 million people go to the toilet in the open.


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