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  • A third of all people living in sub-Saharan Africa face severe food insecurity. They do not have enough money, or the resources to grow food, and regularly go for more than a day without food.

  • My good friend, Michael McDougall, at EDF Man Capital Markets, raised an important point in his daily newsletter – malnutrition.

  • Africa’s agricultural productivity has long lagged behind the rest of the world. Crop yields grew across Asia from 1960 onwards, lifting hundreds of millions out of poverty, but stagnated in Africa where cereal yields stayed largely unchanged for the 30 years of the green revolution.

  • Symbolic for the fall harvest, the pumpkin has become an icon for food during this time of the year and can be found almost everywhere you look.

  • I heard about alternatives for our current, mechanisation and cost minimisation driven agriculture recently.

  • If you want to know how much food the world wastes, the internet is your friend.

  • Roquette, a global leader in plant-based ingredients for Food, Nutrition and Health markets and a pioneer in new vegetal proteins, and Equinom Ltd., an innovative Israel based breeding technology company, have signed a partnership agreement for the development and sourcing of new pea varieties with high-protein content.

  • Environmental health is concerned with how the environment - not only air, water and other organisms - but our homes, work and leisure places, means of transport and technology - affects human health and well-being.

  • These days, almost everyone is aware of just how important it is to eat breakfast—it sets you up for the day, gives you the energy you need to get things done, and kick starts your metabolism.

  • Neonicotinoid pesticides including acetamiprid and imidacloprid (that are responsible for deaths of millions of bees) are affecting developing human nervous system and may even harm developing brains of the unborn babies, experts at European Food Safety Authority say.   

  • The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has just released its report, Transforming food and agriculture to achieve the SDG’s. The report contains guidelines that are primarily directed towards decision-makers responsible for integrating the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into national policies and programmes. 

  • South Africa’s food and non-alcoholic beverages price inflation accelerated to 3.9% y/y in September 2018, up by 3.5% y/y in the previous month – the highest rate in five months.

  • The medium-term budget policy statement has addressed some of our bread-and-butter issues, but now that it is behind us it is time to reflect on another: food security.

  • "If it tastes good, just spit it out."

    Too many times, that's how people feel when they are trying to lose weight. Unfortunately, too often those things that taste good are full of calories, fat and/or sodium. And while you might think salads are better for you than other foods, think again.

  • When it comes to spices, cinnamon is a classic. People love cinnamon for its unique flavor combination of sweet and spicy. This food pantry staple is used in baking, teas, cereals, and as a tasty addition to Betsy’s Best Gourmet Cinnamon Almond Butter, Peanut Butter and Sunflower Seed Butters.

  • Looking through the refrigerator at home, we are often assailed by doubts: “Will the chicken still be good after all this time?” “What about the cheese?” “Wait, when did I buy this — wasn’t it last week?”

  • The food industry is undergoing huge transformation, with the emergence of new super markets, new ingredients, and new proteins; retailers coming up with new ideas, from smart packaging to clean labelling; and new legislation to comply with.

  • Stuffed chicken is the ultimate in comfort foods. It evokes images of home and family, of special occasions and chilly nights. Unfortunately, it also brings up memories of overeating and weight gain.

  • Whether it’s smelly feet or stinky armpits, body odor can be really embarrassing, especially when you’re attending an important meeting or special social gathering. More importantly, how you smell can actually reveal a lot about your health.

  • More with less. This is the challenge and the mantra for our future. There will be many more of us in the years to come. We will go from a population of 7.6 billion today to 9.8 billion in 2050; yet, with our current rate of usage, there will be less fresh water, less arable soil, less available land for agriculture or clean, fruitful seas for fisheries.

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