PRESS REVIEW - OCTOBER 12/18 , 2019

SFGATE

Food waste still too high

This was stated by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which explains that about 14 percent of the food produced globally is lost before it is consumed. The causes are believed to be inefficient harvesting and handling practices, a lack of infrastructure, land degradation and adverse weather conditions. Central and South Asia have the highest levels of food loss at over 20 percent, followed by North America and Europe at over 15 percent. 

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The Guardian

Malnutrition and climate, two interlinked factors

Higher temperatures are associated with higher levels of malnutrition. This was revealed in a report by FAO, which was presented on World Food Day: while some progress has been made in the fight against malnutrition, at least 117 countries display alarming levels of undernourishment. Some of the main causes are conflict, social inequality and the effects of climate change. The “zero hunger” by 2030 goal is therefore becoming less and less achievable. 

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Bloomberg

Ethiopia uses drones to improve crop yields

A former JPMorgan Chase & Co. analyst is using drones and satellites to boost Ethiopia’s agricultural exports and to improve food security in a country that is still facing famine conditions. This kind of technology can help improve fertilizer use and find new buyers interested in crops such as coffee, corn, barley and many others.  

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People

California to ban the sale of animal fur

California has become the first state to ban the sale and production of animal fur products. All fur sold in California will soon be faux and it will no longer be possible to sell or buy animal fur.  

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BBC

Diet modulates the microbiome

What we eat can improve the way our body responds to stress by modulating the intestinal flora. Regulating gut bacteria through diet can have a positive impact on anxiety symptoms. 

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FAO

The EU promotes a sustainable agricultural project

A recent agreement will see the EU invest €9 million to support FAO’s work. This agreement will focus on fighting land degradation and desertification, as well as on bolstering food security and climate change resiliency. The aim is to develop agricultural policies and practices that can preserve and sustainably use biodiversity and natural resources. 

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