PRESS REVIEW - OCTOBER 9/15, 2021

World Economic Forum

Sudan suffers a severe water crisis

Over 40% of households do not have access to basic water services, 67% of the population do not have access to basic sanitation, and 75% do not have access to basic hygiene. Improvements in supply and sanitation have been slow, particularly in rural areas. 

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The Guardian

Multinationals call for halt to biodiversity

loss In an open letter, the chief executives of Unilever, H&M and 9 other companies have called on governments to take meaningful action on mass extinctions of wildlife and the collapse of ecosystems or risk “a dead planet”. The warning comes ahead of the Cop15 summit on biodiversity, due to be held in China. 

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Straits Times

Salmonella epidemic spreading to 14 U.S. states

A salmonella outbreak that sickened 109 people in 14 U.S. states has been linked to the seafood sold in Colorado’s capital city of Denver, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said. The Center announced that the first illness onset date was May 11 and the majority of the people became sick between June 27 and Sept 7. 

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Bloomberg

Climate change is shocking our food chain

Record heat and drought is forcing producers to adopt new business models to survive changing weather patterns. Thousands of U.S. farmers’ businesses have been both damaged and transformed by historic drought and heat in recent months. Climate change is having an impact on agriculture more grave than that of the pandemic, driving a paradigm shift in the business of food. 

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Washington Post

Plant-based diet more popular at the height of the pandemic

A majority of American households bought plant-based foods — with the greatest sales coming from milk alternatives, and from meat alternatives. Today, 1 in 4 Americans still report eating more protein from plant sources than in spring 2020, including foods like quinoa, lentils and tempeh, propelling the more than 7 billion-dollar plant-based industry. 

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Al Jazeera

To address malnutrition, we should turn to ‘blue’ foods

Aquatic “blue” foods – fish, shellfish and algae that are caught or cultivated in fresh or saltwater – are poised to play an ever more important role in addressing this gap and building a better food system in the future. 

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