Intensified efforts against banana disease

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched an emergency project to save banana plantations in the Caribbean and Latin America that are being threatened by Fusarium wilt, a fungal plant disease that is wiping out crops. For the most heavily affected countries, the loss of banana trees is not only an economic problem but also a nutritional one. 

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Too much African fish on European supermarket shelves

Most of the fish we find on supermarket shelves in Europe comes from developing African countries, which can even export more than 90 percent of their catch. According to the researchers who published their findings in the journal Nature, there is a risk that fish will be increasingly exported to wealthy nations instead of providing key proteins and vitamins to the malnourished local people. 

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New York Times

Is red meat bad for you? Maybe not

According to a recent review of dozens of studies conducted by the Cochrane group on the link between cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and red meat consumption, it appears that there is a low potential risk of developing these diseases and that there is no conclusive evidence. The new guidelines published in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggest that we can continue to consume processed red meat. However, experts disagree on the interpretation of this last review, and especially on the fact that it does not distinguish between fresh and processed meat and does not consider the impact of the cooking method used. 

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The Guardian

Organic clothes reduce the footprint of the fashion industry

By buying a single organic cotton T-shirt, we can save 2,457 liters of water, which is equal to eight glasses of water a day for three and a half years. This was claimed by the Soil Association, a trade body that licenses organic products, promotes organic farming and, at the same time, urges consumers to save water in the supply chain. 

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South China Morning Post

Nature-based solutions can help fight climate change

This issue emerged during the UN Climate Action Summit held in New York: nature-based climate solutions offer a unique opportunity and are already generating measurable long-term benefits for biodiversity, climate and people. This will lead to increased food security, more wildlife and enhanced livelihoods, showing how parks and protected natural areas can be leveraged to support global development goals.  

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The UK plans to ban the transport of livestock

Transporting animals on long journeys for slaughter could be banned. The British Conservative Party made this proposal as part of its animal welfare plans, which could involve taking livestock to the nearest slaughterhouse, thus effectively banning most exports of live animals. 

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