Reducing food waste reduces greenhouse gas emissions

For the first time, a study conducted by CGIAR calculated how the measures adopted to reduce food waste along the entire value chain can reduce climate-changing emissions. Among the various agri-food sectors, the dairy sector could contribute significantly to this goal.  

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Science Times

Diet is the best weapon against depression

After conducting a control group study, researchers found that depression decreases by consuming more fruit and vegetables and by following a Mediterranean diet. The research, which was published in the journal Plos One, shows that avoiding processed foods and replacing them with fruits and vegetables leads to less stress and anxiety. In fact, foods high in essential nutrients are associated with fewer depressive episodes. 

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Air pollution in India linked to an increase in strokes and heart attacks

According to researchers who conducted a study in a peri-urban area in southern India, air pollution in the country is associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. The study shows that people most exposed to fine particles have a specific marker that demonstrates they are at higher risk of developing cardiovascular diseases such as stroke or heart attack. 

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In This Time

Regenerative agriculture is the key to fighting climate change

According to GRAIN, an international nonprofit organization made up of small farmers and social movements, the global food system produces 44 to 57 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions. According to the organization, agricultural systems need to be converted and soil organic matter needs to be rebuilt, restoring its biodiversity. This would result in carbon drawdown and improved water infiltration and storage in soils. 

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The Atlantic

Poultry farming is changing in the USA

From intensive poultry industry to crop-producing farms. This is the Transfarmation project launched in the USA, which encourages farmers to switch industry in order to improve animal welfare and increase crop production. It is also a way of opposing large companies specializing in intensive poultry farming and supplying major fast food chains.  

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This Day / AllAfrica

New projects to recycle waste in Nigeria

The Green Life initiative launched by the Sahara Group is aimed at increasing the amount of waste recycled in the country. According to a recent report, more than 40 percent of household generated waste ends up on the streets or in waterways. The group has announced that it will build its first recycling hub in the community where the West African-based oil company Asharami Synergy operates out of. 

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