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  • [New] Currently 1.3 billion tonnes of food are wasted every year around the globe - around a third of all food produced - and tackling food waste offers the opportunity to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by up to 10%.
  • [New] Shrinking biodiversity and the impact of climate change are disproportionate threats to food production in Africa and South Asia. Tread Softly
  • [New] The adoption of technology in manufacturing, transport and agriculture sectors could reduce the UK's overall emissions by as much as four per cent a year. Mobile News
  • [New] Spring Gully Foods at Adelaide in South Australia will acquire a new pasteuriser to reduce water usage and improve efficiency for the manufacture of condiments and preserved vegetable products.
  • [New] Production of maize, Kenya's staple food, is projected to decline by 50% in the affected regions due to low acreage under cultivation, while some areas will see total crop failure. The Guardian
  • [New] Food systems currently account for a third of total global greenhouse gas emissions and, with COP26 being hosted in Scotland later in 2021, we have a unique opportunity as Scotland's capital city to bring food systems reform to the forefront of the climate debate. Energy Live News
  • [New] UNCTAD believes the rise in food prices could pose a serious threat to vulnerable populations in the South, already financially weakened by the health crisis. UNCTAD
  • [New] Every garment sold raises money to fight poverty around the world: one dress could raise enough money to buy drought / flood-resistant seeds for a family to keep growing food despite a changing climate. What's On Stirling
  • [New] There has to be a paradigm shift if Africa hopes to wriggle itself out of the challenges facing the agriculture sector, including COVID-19, and build efficient and effective food systems with smallholder farmers at their centre. SciDev.Net
  • [New] Afghanistan is at risk of running out of food as it faces a terrible drought in addition to political upheaval. Reuters
  • [New] The UN Food Systems Summit is a great opportunity to harness science and technology to improve nutrition, safeguard the environment, and focus on move into setting actions and targets. United Nations
  • [New] The transition to net zero emissions modelled by Ernst & Young is in comparison to a business-as-usual trajectory that projects what an Australian on-farm emissions profile may consist of from 2020 to 2050. The Guardian
  • [New] Australia's agricultural sector can reach net zero emissions by 2040, achieving emissions reductions of 40% by 2030 and 60% by 2035 by scaling up existing Morrison government programs. The Guardian
  • [New] The Farm-to-Fork strategy, the EU's food flagship policy, sets an EU-wide target of a 25% share of organic farming until 2030, while the current German government has set a national goal of 20%.
  • [New] The EU is to pay €387bn (£330bn) in farm subsidies from 2021 to 2027, but last Thursday green MEPs in Brussels said a planned overhaul failed to align agriculture with EU climate change targets. The Guardian
  • [New] Repurposing the subsidies to beneficial activities could be a game changer and help to end poverty, eradicate hunger, improve nutrition, reduce global heating and restore nature. The Guardian
  • [New] Other ecosystems will be excluded, even though the EU document concedes that stricter rules to protect the Amazon rainforest have already been shown to accelerate conversion of Cerrado savannah and Pantanal wetlands for agricultural production. The Guardian
  • [New] The research team is exploring if the stem cell-derived neurons can be used to predict whether drugs like aducanumab, a new Alzheimer's drug recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration, will be more effective in specific groups of AD patients. ScienceDaily
  • [New] Global big data analytics in agriculture market is expects to reach a market value at a compound annual growth rate of 15.60% in the forecast periods of 2021 to 2028. openpr
  • [New] Proposed transmission lines across Australia within the Australian Energy Market Operator's (AEMO) Integrated Systems Plan have caused significant issues with land-use conflict amongst farmers, and now are leaving households out of pocket. National Farmers' Federation

Last updated: 19 September 2021