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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.

New study: oxygen loss in the coastal Baltic Sea is “unprecedentedly severe”

New study: oxygen loss in the coastal Baltic Sea is “unprecedentedly severe”

The Baltic Sea is home to some of the world’s largest dead zones, areas of oxygen-starved waters where most marine animals can’t survive. But while parts of this sea have long suffered from low oxygen levels, a new study by a team in Finland and Germany shows that oxygen loss in coastal areas over the past century is unprecedented in the last 1500 years. The research is published today in the European Geosciences Union journal Biogeosciences.

Saving the planet…one dumpling at a time

Saving the planet…one dumpling at a time

Canadian scientists have collaborated with Hong Kong climate campaigners to create meat-free dumplings in the hope of persuading the world’s biggest carnivores to stop pigging out.

China eats more meat than any other nation – twice the amount consumed by Americans alone – and a campaigning Hong Kong business is launching a more sustainable, plant-based diet that it says has less impact on global warming. But all of the taste.

First ‘plastic free’ label to help shoppers curb pollution

First ‘plastic free’ label to help shoppers curb pollution

A new “plastic-free” logo has been launched in the UK. It will allow shoppers to identify products with plastic packaging, as companies come under growing pressure to use green alternatives.

Eight million tonnes of plastic – bottles, packaging and other waste – are dumped into the ocean every year, killing marine life and entering the human food chain, according to the United Nations.

Adolescents’ cooking skills strongly predict future nutritional well-being

Adolescents’ cooking skills strongly predict future nutritional well-being

Confidence in cooking ability led to fewer fast food meals, more meals as a family, and more frequent preparation of meals with vegetables in adulthood, according to a new study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior

Evidence suggests that developing cooking and food preparation skills is important for health and nutrition, yet the practice of home cooking is declining and now rarely taught in school. A new study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior found that developing cooking skills as a young adult may have long-term benefits for health and nutrition.