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Asia’s rising appetite for meat & seafood will ‘strain environment’

Asia’s rising appetite for meat & seafood will ‘strain environment’

Asia’s growing appetite for meat and seafood over the next three decades will cause huge increases in greenhouse gas emissions and antibiotics used in foods, researchers said on Tuesday 4th September 2018

Rising population, incomes and urbanisation will drive a 78 percent increase in meat and seafood demand from 2017 to 2050, according to a report by Asia Research and Engagement Pte Ltd, a Singapore-based consultancy firm.

Global food waste could rise by a third by 2030

Global food waste could rise by a third by 2030

Food waste could rise by almost a third by 2030 when more than 2 billion tonnes will be binned, researchers said on Tuesday (21st August 2018), warning of a “staggering” crisis propelled by a booming world population and changing habits in developing nations.

The United Nations has set a target of halving food loss and waste by 2030. But the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) study found that if current trends continued, it would rise to 2.1 billion tonnes annually – an amount worth $1.5 trillion.

Twinings reveals suppliers amid drive for slave-free Indian tea

Twinings reveals suppliers amid drive for slave-free Indian tea

Tea firm Twinings published a list of the Indian plantations it buys from this week, citing the need for transparency to improve conditions in an industry experts say is rife with abuse. India’s tea industry, the world’s second largest, employs 3.5 million workers and studies have found many live in appalling conditions, below the poverty line.

British farms failing modern slavery test, says watchdog

British farms failing modern slavery test, says watchdog

Agricultural companies in Britain are failing to comply with a tough anti-slavery law despite being considered potential hotbeds for forced labour, the anti-slavery watchdog said on Wednesday this week (15th Aug 2018). Less than half the agricultural companies in that category had complied by June, according to a report by the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner – a lower proportion than in 2017.

Dangerous for soil? First experimental study on the influence of micro-plastics on soil & its micro-organisms

Dangerous for soil? First experimental study on the influence of micro-plastics on soil & its micro-organisms

Soil microorganisms play a central role in many biogeochemical cycles, such as the decomposition of organic matter and the binding of carbon in soil. A research project at the Freie Universität in Berlin has provided the first experimental evidence that microplastics can change the biophysical conditions of soil as well as the functional activity of microbes.