PRESS REVIEW - October 26/31, 2019

Fast Company

Ocean Cleanup cleans up one of Indonesia’s most polluted rivers

This relates to the Cengkareng Drain, a river that runs through Jakarta. A solar-powered boat, named the Interceptor, is designed to pick up plastics before they reach the sea. The new boat is designed to be anchored to the riverbed, out of the path of the other vessels. As well as a similar system designed for the open sea, this ship is also equipped with a floating barrier to directs the garbage inside. The system is able to pick up 50 tons of waste per day. 

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Straits Times

USD 300 billion to stop climate change

According to U.N. climate scientists, USD 300 billion is required to stop the increase in greenhouse gases and to gain up to 20 years to mitigate climate change. This figure equates to the gross domestic product of a country like Chile, or to worldwide expenditure on the military for about two months. These funds should be used for soil restoration, forestry, pasture management and sustainable agriculture.  

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Arabian Business

Plant-based food consumption is growing across the Middle East

Plant-based foods are increasing in popularity across the Middle East, according to Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed. The Prince is the founder and CEO of Kbw Ventures, a company that has already invested in a number of ventures focused on vegetarian products, including the American companies Beyond Meat and Plant Power Fast Food.  

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The Guardian

Meat stocks at risk for the U.K. Christmas holidays

Because of Brexit, there may be a shortage of seasonal workers to prepare the U.K.’s typical Christmas foods. This relates in particular to glazed hams and roast meats, which must be hand-finished before coming to market. According to the National Pig Association (NPA), which represents processors, slaughterhouses and farmers, difficulties are already being encountered in meeting current orders. 

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Frozen vegetables are better than we think

Frozen foods are great substitutes, especially in winter, when some products are not available. Foods destined to be frozen are harvested at optimal maturity and processed, often within a few hours of harvesting. Some frozen foods are therefore better than those transported from afar, in terms of both taste and carbon dioxide emissions, especially for vegetables grown in winter in the southern hemisphere.  

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A new project providing circular solutions to refugees

A new three-year project has been launched in Nairobi to provide locally functional circular solutions that are attentive to gender equality. The innovations are dedicated to soil regeneration, the use of alternative fuels and sustainable agriculture. The project is dedicated to settlements hosting East African refugees and migrants and will be active mainly in Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia. 

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