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Health effects of dietary risks in 195 countries, 1990–2017: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017
Large international study published in Lancet which figured that more important than reducing "bad food" is the focus on eating more "good food" (fruits, nuts, vegetables).

"In 2017, 11 million deaths and 255 million DALYs (disability-adjusted life years) were attributable to dietary risk factors. High intake of sodium, low intake of whole grains , and low intake of fruits were the leading dietary risk factors for deaths and DALYs globally and in many countries. Dietary data were from mixed sources and were not available for all countries, increasing the statistical uncertainty of our estimates."

"This study provides a comprehensive picture of the potential impact of suboptimal diet on NCD (non-communicable disease) mortality and morbidity, highlighting the need for improving diet across nations. Our findings will inform implementation of evidence-based dietary interventions and provide a platform for evaluation of their impact on human health annually."


Funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Agrachina  foodsystems  Research  food  health  Sustainability  Report  Wheat  Nuts_DriedFruit  fruits  Statistics 
april 2019 by eocas
AFN - Alternative Food Network
"Alternative Food Network (“AFN”) is a specialty multi-media resource at the intersection of food and personal best health. AFN’s mission is to foster a ‘can do’ approach to eating for health and wellness, including those with food limitations and sensitivities.

Why “alternative”? Sometimes people must substitute ingredients and create alternative dishes because of dietary needs. Everyone is unique. There is no one diet that is right for everyone.
If you’re looking for a meal that’s low in carbohydrates, we have a section for that. If you’re looking for a gluten-free alternative, we’ve got recipes for you.
AFN is media with a mission; a socially conscious venture with a goal of alleviating the fear and stress associated with food restrictions and helping people live a healthy and energetic life."

From Ontario / Canada.

Agrachina  food  blog  Directory_Database  health  Media  Social_Media  recipes  Video_Platform  Canada 
march 2019 by eocas
Raw Health And Happiness
Personal health & food blog by Patrizio Bekerle (who is also the creator of the QOwnNotes note-taking app for Nextcloud).
Recipes with focus on low-fat, raw and vegan diet.

Lifesnippets  food  health  Lifestyle  recipes  austria 
march 2019 by eocas
Online community and petitition site for healthy and green living, human rights and animal welfare.

From Wiki:
"Care2 is a social networking website that was founded by Randy Paynter in 1998. The goal of the site is to connect activists from around the world with other individuals, organizations and responsible businesses making an impact."

Agrachina  Social_Networking  Social_Networks  community  health  Green-New-Wave  green_promotion  Humanitarian  Animal_Welfare  Politics  via:frauchauchat 
march 2019 by eocas
International Vegetarian Union (IVU)
International Vegetarian Union founded in 1908 which became a global network of independent organisations which are promoting veg'ism (vegetarian & vegan) worldwide.

Agrachina  health  food  foodsystems  Sustainability  NGO_NPO  Germany  Platform  Vegan  via:frauchauchat 
march 2019 by eocas
Sustainable Development Committee (北京国际交流协会可持续发展专业委员会 Beijing International Association of Sustainable Development Professional Committee)
"The SDC committee is committed to the research and practice of sustainable development; to provide a broadened global vision of ecological environment, financial order and moral culture; and through international exchanges as well as collaborations in eco-community, healthcare and epidemic prevention, energy technology and cultural & creativity, we actively promote sustainable development of eco-civilization reflected by harmonious co-existence between men as well as human and nature.

The Committee positioned itself as a platform for Chinese and international think tanks to build connections with one another, and it is also a cultivation centre for identified talented doers."

Registered 2005 in Beijing, yet with many of its members based in Chengdu / Sichuan and tightly related with Huadao Eco-Village that is localised there.

One of the founding organizers of Hanwang Forum, an annual conference similar to WEF Davos with ~2,000 participants consisting of government leaders, royalties, non-governmental organizations, research institutes, entrepreneurs, experts and academics from United Nations, European Union, over 40 countries and regions across Europe, America, Asia, Africa and Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. The respective fields of “Hanwang 7+1” are namely Government Policies, Civil Society, Agriculture and Food, Healthcare, New Energy (Energy Conservation), Information Technology, Eco-community as well as Cultural Heritage and Innovation.

Agrachina  Sustainability  community  NGO_NPO  Sichuan  Chengdu  sustainable  development  Policy  civilsociety  Agricultural_Development  Platform  Conference  Beijing  China  Organic_Agriculture  health  Energy-saving  Information_Society  Information_Technology  Ecology  Culture  History  Innovation  Environment  Collaboration  Creative 
march 2019 by eocas
The global food problem isn’t what you think - The Washington Post
Making a point for 'Nutrition Security'!

"Providing food security to the nearly 10 billion people who will inhabit the globe by 2050 is one of the key issues of the 21st century. Given that reality, you might think the international community would at least be able to agree on how to define the problem.

Unfortunately, you would be wrong.

While a large part of the agricultural research establishment is focused on one aspect of the challenge — calories — another part of the scientific community is focused on a related but different one: adequate nutrient consumption.

To this point, the first group has driven the world’s agricultural research agenda. But a new study I co-authored with a group of international scientists and recently published in Nature Sustainability suggests that calorie fundamentalism is leading us down a dangerous path.

Our group looked at both the question of how much food will be available during the next three decades and the question of whether this food will meet our nutritional needs.
We must shift our emphasis from food security to nutrition security.

A major effort must be made to increase the productivity — the yield per hectare — of nutrient-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and beans. By enhancing their productivity, we’ll make them more available and affordable. And we’ll see the benefits in a diminished obesity crisis and fewer victims of micronutrient deficiencies."

Written by Gerald C. Nelson, a professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a former senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute.

Agrachina  health  food  foodsystems  Food_Security  Food_Safety  development  NGO_NPO  Research 
march 2019 by eocas
GVB (Global Village of Beijing Environmental Education Center)
"Global Village of Beijing Environmental Education Center (GVB - 北京地球村环境教育中心) is a non-profit non-governmental organization working on issues regarding sustainable development in the People’s Republic of China mainly through environmental education in the form of production and distribution of multimedia publications and the organization of journalist trainings. The organization advocates for green lifestyles, provides training for eco-villages, and promotes environmental issues in the media. GVB also carries out a reconstruction project in villages destroyed by the 2008 earthquake by rebuilding energy efficient homes and promoting traditional Chinese social values and medicine."

Founded 1996 by Liao Xiaoyi (廖晓义 - Sheri Liao) a Chinese environmental activist, journalist and producer of documentaries whose works are credited with advancing the Chinese environmental movement.

Agrachina  Sustainability  NGO_NPO  China  environmentalism  sustainable  Rural_Development  health  Expert  SocialEntrepreneur 
november 2018 by eocas
Grace Foundation
"The Grace Foundation raises funds and engages people with resources (money, knowledge, influence) to invest in a system change. [...] We further the creation of Terra Nova by supporting a network of comprehensive cultural models which we call healing biotopes. These centers aim to be self-sufficient thus laying the base for an alternative economy, decentralized and free from the conventional mechanisms of interest, debt and exploitation. This alternative economy is key to humanizing money. We support the implementation of this network by funding education and knowledge-sharing."

"Established in 2007 by Sabine Lichtenfels and Rainer Ehrenpreis (Schweibenalp). The original inspiration to create a conduit for diverting money into large-scale peace work came to Sabine Lichtenfels and Benjamin von Mendelssohn during a pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. The strategy of building models for bringing about system change is based upon a political theory developed by Dr. Dieter Duhm and brought to life in the community of Tamera in Southern Portugal which we recognize as the first model ‘healing biotope’."

Ethical Principles:
"1) Work towards decentralized regional self-sufficiency in water, food and energy thus providing the complicity-free material base for a new culture.

2) Give equal attention to inner and outer peace work. It is seldom that a project fails due to external pressure alone. Egoic structures like struggles for power and attention, jealousy and envy need to be addressed and transformed for the healing of our culture of separation. This work must be held in balance with the needs of and the service to the larger whole.

3) Accept and address love and sexuality as aspects of the dominant culture which are in particular need of healing. These issues must be released from the domain of privacy and brought into public discourse for the healing and learning of all.

4) Support a spiritual practice which places the sacredness of life at its center.

5) Create an economy based on reciprocity, communal sharing and giving. One in which economy and ecology are restored to their right relationship – with economy serving ecology."

Agrachina  Lifesnippets  Investor_Relations  Fundraising  Switzerland  Spain  Culture  decentralization  water  food  Energy  health  Philosophy  community  Economy  Ecology  Permaculture 
october 2018 by eocas
Sex & Liebe (1): Frauen und Männer ticken extrem unterschiedlich
Interview with sexual psychologist Christoph Joseph Ahlers.

"Übergriffigen Männern gehe es gar nicht um Sex, sondern darum, ihr mangelndes Selbstwertgefühl zu kompensieren
Sex ist hier nur der Schauplatz, auf dem diese Leute versuchen, ihre Grundbedürfnisse zu erfüllen – Grundbedürfnisse, die alle Menschen gleichermassen haben: Sie wollen wahrgenommen, ernst genommen und angenommen werden.
Wenn ich einen anderen anfassen darf und der mich ebenfalls anfasst, dann kriege ich potenziell das Gefühl, richtig zu sein. Es bedeutet Einlassung – und nur darum gehts. Der Orgasmus ist lediglich der Zuckerguss auf diesem Kuchen.
Die #Metoo-Debatte erfüllt vor allem gesellschaftspolitische und ideologische Funktionen, echten Opfern von Sexualstraftätern hilft sie nicht. Echte Opfer verfolgen keine eigenen Motive, sondern werden überfallen mittels körperlicher und seelischer Gewalt.
ambivalentes Mischgeschehen; es existiert keine eindeutige Verteilung der Rollen Täter und Opfer. Vielmehr sind hier alle Beteiligten Partner des Geschehens. Alle sind kompromittiert und korrumpiert durch eigene Ziele und Motive: Die «Opfer» wollen gefallen, ankommen, gemocht und besetzt werden. Die «Täter» wollen gefallen, ankommen, gemocht und bestätigt werden. Toxisch ist dabei die Asymmetrie der Entscheidungsprozesse, die in der Debatte als «Macht» bezeichnet wird. Aber im Grunde findet hier zwischen Täter und Opfer ein wechselseitiger Prozess statt, beide Parteien wissen, dass man sich in einem Tauschgeschäft befindet. Im Bordell gibt es Orgasmus gegen Geld, in Hollywood Rolle gegen Gefälligkeit. Und die meisten «Opfer» der dargestellten Fälle hätten unbeschadet den Kontakt abbrechen und die Szene verlassen können. Aber dann hätten sie die Rolle nicht gekriegt."

Lifesnippets  Philosophy  health  Lifestyle 
july 2018 by eocas
Weight training, aerobic physical activities, and long-term waist circumference change in men
"Among various activities, weight training had the strongest association with less WC (waist circumference) increase. Studies on frequency/volume of weight training and WC change are warranted."

Lifesnippets  health  sport  Research  Research_Papers  Study  Report 
july 2018 by eocas
SB China Venture Capital (SBCVC) 软银中国资本
Venture capital and private equity firm which operates since 2000. Investment focuses on high-tech, high growth companies in TMT, clean technology, healthcare, consumer/retail, and advanced manufacturing sectors; including early-stages.

Headquartered in Singapore with operation headquarter in Shanghai and regional branches in Beijing, Tianjin, Suzhou, Chongqing, Chengdu, Xi’an, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Shenzhen, and Taiwan.

Had invested in Beijing-based women clothing rental platform YCloset.

Agrachina  Fashionmeetsorganic  Investor_Relations  Venture_Capital  Tech  Singapore  Clean-Tech  health  Retail  Manufacturing  Startups  Shanghai  Beijing  shenzhen  Rent-Runway-Dress 
march 2018 by eocas
Bottle top
About from profile on

In 2012, Cameron Saul and Oliver Wayman founded the Bottletop Fashion Company, a luxury accessories brand that serves as the business arm of the Bottletop Foundation.

The Bottletop Foundation empowers disadvantaged young people to take control of their lives through health education and vocational training projects; in turn supporting their wider communities. It enables projects in Brazil, Africa and the United Kingdom.

To date, it has addressed drug abuse and reproductive health issues with nearly 35,000 young people worldwide. The founders describe The Bottletop Foundation as being at the heart of everything Bottletop does. It was the spark that started their journey and is a continual source of inspiration for their work.

The vast majority of the foundation’s activity is in Rio and São Paulo where Bottletop’s atelier is based. The workshop is staffed by local artisans who make the luxury handbags, using traditional crafting skills they learned while on the training and development programmes the foundation has supported in the favelas. In addition to learning a new skill, the women earn a fair wage and have access to private health benefits. The training programs enable skilled artisans to join them, supporting themselves and their families in the process."

One of their investors is London-based Chinese Wendy Yu from Yu Capital.

import_simplenote  Fashionmeetsorganic  accessories  foundation  health  Training  Brazil  Africa  UK  artisanal  indiedesign  Fair_Trade 
november 2016 by eocas
Health effect of agricultural pesticide use in China: implications for the development of GM crops journal article by Chao Zhang (Beijing Institute of Technology), Ruifa Hu, Jikun Huang & Xusheng Huang. Funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China.

"It is notable that the adoption of GM glyphosate-tolerant crops increases glyphosate use but reduces non-glyphosate herbicide use; and adoption of GM insect-resistant crops significantly reduces insecticide use. While the health hazard of pesticide use has been well documented, little literature evaluates the health effects of different pesticides related to GM crops in an integrated framework. This study aims to associate the uses of different pesticides related to GM crops with the blood chemistry panel and peripheral nerve conduction of Chinese farmers. Pesticides used by farmers were recorded and classified as glyphosate, non-glyphosate herbicides, chemical lepidopteran insecticides, biological lepidopteran insecticides, non-lepidopteran insecticides and fungicides. The multivariate regression results show that none of the examined 35 health indicators was associated with glyphosate use, while the use of non-glyphosate herbicides was likely to induce renal dysfunction and decrease of serum folic acid. The use of chemical lepidopteran insecticides might be associated with hepatic dysfunction, serum glucose elevation, inflammation and even severe nerve damage. In this context, if GM crops are adopted, the alterations in pesticide use may benefit farmer health in China and globe, which has positive implications for the development of GM crops."

Note this republication:

research  agriculture  Pesticide  China  GMO  journals  technology  Health  farming  Herbicide  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
october 2016 by eocas
Statement: No scientific consensus on GMO safety - ENSSER
ENSSER (European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility) collected in 2013 300 signatures of scientists who claim that there is no consensus yet on GMO safety.

" As scientists, physicians, academics, and experts from disciplines relevant to the scientific, legal, social and safety assessment aspects of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), we strongly reject claims by GM seed developers and some scientists, commentators, and journalists that there is a “scientific consensus” on GMO safety and that the debate on this topic is “over”.
The list of their objections to the claim of scientific consensus are structured as follows:

1. There is no consensus on GM food safety

2. There are no epidemiological studies investigating potential effects of GM food consumption on human health

3. Claims that scientific and governmental bodies endorse GMO safety are exaggerated or inaccurate

4. EU research project does not provide reliable evidence of GM food safety

5. List of several hundred studies does not show GM food safety

6. There is no consensus on the environmental risks of GM crops

7. International agreements show widespread recognition of risks posed by GM foods and crops

Excerpt of conclusion:

Whether to continue and expand the introduction of GM crops and foods into the human food and animal feed supply, and whether the identified risks are acceptable or not, are decisions that involve socioeconomic considerations beyond the scope of a narrow scientific debate and the currently unresolved biosafety research agendas. These decisions must therefore involve the broader society. They should, however, be supported by strong scientific evidence on the long-term safety of GM crops and foods for human and animal health and the environment, obtained in a manner that is honest, ethical, rigorous, independent, transparent, and sufficiently diversified to compensate for bias. "

Updated list as of 2015:
GMO  food_safety  food_security  research  Research_Analytics_Organic  Research_Institutes  Report  Research_Report_Database  Publicity  publication  Sustainability  European_Union  Legal  policy  Health  Food_Trade  food  security  Organic_Food_Labeling  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
july 2016 by eocas
EWG's 2016 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ * Summary *
Yearly report which wants to illustrate the differences between organic and conventional Farming.

" Nearly three-fourths of the 6,953 produce samples tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2014 contained pesticide residues - a surprising finding in the face of soaring consumer demand for food without synthetic chemicals.
USDA tests found a total 146 different pesticides on thousands of fruit and vegetable samples examined in 2014. The pesticides persisted on fruits and vegetables tested by USDA - even when they were washed and, in some cases, peeled.
The fruits and veggies with the most pesticides (the "Dirty Dozen") are:
Sweet bell peppers
Cherry tomatoes
Snap peas (imported)
Potatoes "
And the fruits and veggies with the least pesticides (the "Clean Fifteen") are:
Sweet corn
Sweet peas (frozen)
Sweet potatoes
Introduction / overview:

Graphical version to cut out:

Pesticide  Health  environment  consumer  Consumer_Behavior  Consumer_Rights  consumption  Report  Vegetables  fruits  Fruit_and_Vegetable_Production  import_agrachina  Orcharding  Agrachina 
july 2016 by eocas
Organic Consumers Association (OCA)
"Online US grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. The OCA deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children's health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics. We are the only organization in the US focused exclusively on promoting the views and interests of the nation's estimated 50 million organic and socially responsible consumers."

community  NGO_NPO  Consumer_Rights  consumer  consumption  Health  Legal  Sustainability  food  Food_Trade  Food_Trade_Association  food_safety  food_standards  Declaration  Transparency  GMO  agriculture  Corporate_Farming  environment  environmentalism  Organic  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Certification  Consumer_Behavior  Organic_Food_Labeling  Organic_Market  Organic_Movement_Organisation  Organic_food  organic_education  policy  politics  import_agrachina  Fair_Trade  Agrachina  usa 
july 2016 by eocas
China's plan to cut meat consumption by 50% cheered by climate campaigners
"New dietary guidelines could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1bn tonnes by 2030, and could lessen country’s problems with obesity and diabetes"

Meat  Sustainability  China  Water_Resources  Water_Pollution  Air  Pollution  Animal_Welfare  Health  policy  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
june 2016 by eocas
Menus of Change: The Business of Healthy, Sustainable, Delicious Food Choices initiative
"Initiative developed by The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in collaboration with Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Working to create a long-term, practical vision for the integration of optimal nutrition and public health, environmental stewardship and restoration, and social responsibility concerns within the foodservice sector and beyond.
Our Principles of Healthy, Sustainable Menus provide chefs and foodservice leaders with menu and recipe guidance related to health and sustainability, along with business strategies that integrate both environmental and nutrition science imperatives.

Host a leadership summit each June.
Each year, the Menus of Change Annual Report is developed in collaboration with leading scientists and business experts, who sit on the initiative's Scientific and Technical Advisory Council and Sustainable Business Leadership Council, to ensure the report reflects the most current and accurate evidence available."

education  food  food_safety  waste  foodsystems  food_standards  Health  environment  environmentalism  Research_Institutes  foundation  community  Report  Best_practice  Tutorial  Sustainability  Business_Model  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
june 2016 by eocas
Here’s Why 19 Countries In Europe Just Completely Banned Genetically Modified Crops
19 countries which include: Germany, France, Scotland, France, Italy, Austria, Greece, Poland, and Belgium.

"The journal Evironmental Sciences Europe published a study which found severe liver and kidney damage, as well as hormonal disturbances, in rats fed GM maize in conjunction with low levels of Roundup — levels that were below those permitted in most drinking water across Europe. The rats also developed large cancer tumours.
Other studies have found instances of adverse microscopic and molecular effects of some GM foods in different organs or tissues. They also determined that no standardized methods to evaluate the safety of GM foods have been established. Many studies have emphasized that more scientific effort is needed in order to build confidence in the evaluation and acceptance of GM foods.
Studies have also linked GMO animal feed to severe stomach inflammation and enlarged uteri in pigs.
These data show very strong and highly significant correlations between the increasing use of glyphosate, GE crop growth and the increase in a multitude of diseases. Many of the graphs show sudden increases in the rates of diseases in the mid-1990s that coincide with the commercial production of GE crops.
There are also Wikileaks documents showing that the United States was ready to retaliate against countries refusing to accept GMOs.
Recommends book: Altered Genes, Twisted Truth: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public."

GMO  European_Union  European_Food_and_Safety_Authority  policy  politics  food_safety  Pesticide  Health  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
may 2016 by eocas
Going Organic: Investing in China’s Growing Health Foods Market
"Given the recent food scandals and the resulting wide-scale distrust towards domestic food products, many middle class Chinese consumers have shown to be willing to shell out extra cash for health foods and foreign imports in order to quell anxieties about domestic food safety. This has created new investment opportunities for foreign investors in food business in China, especially those involved with organic and health food products.
For some, China’s harsh new food safety law, which will officially take effect October 1, 2015, couldn’t be implemented too soon.
By 2018, China is expected to become the top importer of foreign food products, with the total value of food imports set to reach RMB 480 billion (US$77 billion). Edible vegetable oils, cereal and milk products account for roughly half of all food imports.
The organic food market in China has tripled since 2007 to currently account for 1.01 percent of total food consumption, which is still lower than the 5 to 8 percent of the market in areas like Europe and the U.S. Current rough estimates for the market value of organic imports are around US$20 million, with consumers typically middle and upper class Chinese with children. In a consumer study carried out on 204 Chinese organic consumers in Beijing and Shanghai, 71 percent were ready to pay a premium of 20 to 50 percent for organic products. The top five reasons for buying organic were all related to food quality assurance."

Polluted food strong driver for consumers.

China  retail  Organic  Report  Market_Report  Organic_Food_Trade  Organic_food  investor_relations  Health  LOHAS  pollution  Food_Trade  food_safety  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
may 2016 by eocas
Spotlight Marlene Barron
Interview with a Montessori School owner. Excerpt:
"What first appealed to me was the encouragement of initiative and independence – coupled with ‘grace and courtesy’ and a solid intellectual base.
Don’t push. Don’t rush. Your job is to open the world to the child, not to push the world into the child.
This then is the first duty of an educator: to stir up life and leave it free to develop."

Education  quotes  Culture  Philosophy  Psychology  health  import_lifesnippets  Lifesnippets 
may 2016 by eocas
CGIAR - Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research
Founded in 1971 by the green revolution (increased application of fertilizer and pesticides) fathers Norman Borlaug and Robert McNamara.

"Global partnership that unites organizations engaged in research for a food secure future. Research is dedicated to reducing rural poverty, increasing food security, improving human health and nutrition, and ensuring sustainable management of natural resources. Carried out by 15 Centers, in close collaboration with hundreds of partners, including national and regional research institutes, civil society organizations, academia, development organizations and private sector."

List 15 Centers:
- Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice)
- Bioversity International (Bioversity)
- International Center for Tropical Agriculture (known by its Spanish acronym CIAT for Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical)
- Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
- International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (known by its Spanish acronym CIMMYT for Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maíz y Trigo)
- International Potato Center (known by its Spanish acronym CIP for Centro Internacional de la Papa)
- International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)
- International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
- International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
- International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
- International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
- International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
- International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
- World Agroforestry Centre (previously known as the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry, ICRAF)
- WorldFish

Fertilizer  Africa  food  security  Research  Agricultural_Development  NGO_NPO  Pesticide  sustainability  Health  civilsociety  rural_development  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
may 2016 by eocas
World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
"ICRAF is a CGIAR Consortium Research Centre (CIGAR = Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research, founded 1971 by Norman Borlaug and Robert McNamara). ICRAF’s headquarters are in Nairobi, Kenya, with six regional offices located in Cameroon, China, India, Indonesia, Kenya and Peru.

The Centre’s vision is a rural transformation throughout the tropics as smallholder households increase their use of trees in agricultural landscapes to improve their food security, nutrition security, income, health, shelter, social cohesion, energy resources and environmental sustainability.

ICRAF's mission is to generate science-based knowledge about the diverse benefits - both direct and indirect - of agroforestry, or trees in farming systems and landscapes, and to disseminate this knowledge to develop policy options and promote policies and practices that improve livelihoods and benefit the environment.

The World Agroforestry Centre is guided by the broad development challenges pursued by the CGIAR. These include poverty alleviation that entails enhanced food security and health, improved productivity with lower environmental and social costs, and resilience in the face of climate change and other external shocks.

ICRAF's work also addresses many of the issues being tackled by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that aim to eradicate hunger, reduce poverty, provide affordable and clean energy, protect life on land and combat climate change.

We receive our funding from many different investors; including governments, private foundations, international organizations and regional development banks. Our work is conducted with partners from a range of scientific and development institutions."

ICT  IT  Technology  Kenya  Africa  rural_development  Forestry  Smallholder  Agricultural_Development  food  security  Health  environment  sustainability  Research  policy  Agroecology  farming  Fertilizer  import_agrachina  Information_Platform  Agrachina 
may 2016 by eocas
Die subversiven Guten vom Roten Kreuz
Zurich / Switzerland-based newspaper NZZ:

«In unserer von Gewalt erschütterten Welt ist der Einsatz des IKRK wichtiger denn je», steht in einer unlängst an 4,2 Millionen Schweizer Haushalte versandten Broschüre. Ein präzedenzloser Spendenaufruf in der über 150-jährigen Geschichte des Hilfswerks. Die Erschliessung neuer Geldquellen geschieht vor dem Hintergrund des nicht enden wollenden Kriegs und Elends in Syrien. Sollten Sie sich zum Spenden entschliessen, erwarten Sie mit gutem Recht Transparenz über die Verwendung Ihres Geldes. Sie werden enttäuscht werden: «Ihnen wird man nicht im Detail erläutern können, wie sich das IKRK um operationelle Kontakte zu allen Kriegsparteien in Syrien bemüht, um seinen Auftrag neutral und unabhängig zu erfüllen», schreibt Martin Woker, früherer Auslandchef und heutiger Reporter der NZZ. Die Rot-Kreuz-Arbeit bestehe darin, Überzeugungsarbeit zu leisten – bei allen Involvierten, und zwar mit allergrösster Diskretion. «Ohne Einwilligung aller Kriegsparteien riskieren Rot-Kreuz-Helfer ihr Leben», schreibt der ehemalige IKRK-Delegierte Woker in seinem Leitartikel. Die Finanzierungsstrategien mögen ändern, nachgelebt wird aber bis heute der Idee des IKRK-Gründers Henry Dunant: Alle Kriegsparteien gleichwertig einstufen – und in die humanitäre Pflicht nehmen. Das sei zwar subversiv, so Woker, «aber nötiger denn je».

Politics  health  finance  fundraising  Media  import_lifesnippets  NGO_NPO  Lifesnippets 
april 2016 by eocas
Allow Golden Rice Now!
Campaign website pro GMO Golden Rice, against Greenpeace, by Greenpeace Canada Co-founder and partial international manager Dr. Patrick Moore. They claim: "Golden Rice is the first humanitarian GMO (no royalties or corporate control, viable seeds, bred to local varieties) and the first GMO that is developed to help whoever eats it."
In this sense they require the Golden Rice to be treated differently than other GMO cultures.

GMO  Rice  food  security  Health  poverty  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
april 2016 by eocas
Futures Centre
About: "Forum for the Future is an independent non-profit working globally with business, government and other organisations to solve complex sustainability challenges. Our Futures Centre uses the collaborative potential of the digital world to help make the big shift to a sustainable future. By tracking trends, sharing resources, and stimulating dialogue, we can explore how change is unfolding and make considered choices about what we do today for better outcomes tomorrow." Currently their topic hubs host: Future of Protein + Shipping + Wellbeing Until 2016 its name was "Green Futures magazine". HAG
NGO_NPO  Press  platform  sustainability  Shipping  Health  food_safety  Singapore  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
march 2016 by eocas
The Food Revolution Network with John and Ocean Robbins
Intro by "Lower social classes may buy cheaper, unhealthy food which may result in health problems down the road. Foods in the center of grocery stores usually contain foods that are high in sugar, are processed, and contain very little protein and fiber. Organic produce and quality meats are usually more expensive and much less tempting than their sugar-filled counterparts. The combination of addicting food with cheap prices will be a more tempting option for the poor consumer. Obesity is an epidemic in the USA country, and these cheap foods are certainly to blame. To buy seasonal products and to grow own food is a solution also for poor people." HAG
activism  food_safety  Food_Processing  food  Health  import_agrachina  Agrachina  usa 
february 2016 by eocas
Sofinnova Ventures
California / US-based VC company mainly active in life science and technology investments. One of the two main investors of open-source software Odoo (in 2011). HAG
Investor_relations  Venture_Capital  Finance  Health  import_agrachina  Agrachina  usa 
january 2016 by eocas
Li Ka Shing Foundation (李嘉诚基金会有限公司)
HK-based philanthropic foundation / charity with focus on healthcare and education. Founded by Hong Kong's richest business tycoon Li Ka-shing (李嘉诚) who originates from Chaozhou (also: Teochew) / Guangdong / Mainland China. He owns Watsons pharmacy and other businesses in banking, construction, real estate, plastics, cellular phones, satellite television, cement production, retail outlets (e.g. supermarkets), hotels, domestic transportation (sky train), airports, electric power, steel production, ports, and shipping. Also an investment company called Horizons Ventures. HAG
foundation  Investor_relations  Fundraising  China_Investment  HongKong  Health  education  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
september 2015 by eocas
The coming food disaster
Excerpts: "EPA regulates the use of agricultural chemicals like insecticides and herbicides, as well as to determine their allowable limits in food and drinking water. [...] Until the introduction of GM crops about 20 years ago, herbicides were sprayed on fields before planting, and then only sparingly used around crops. The food that we ate from the plants was free of these chemicals. In stark contrast, with herbicide resistant GM plants, the herbicides and a mixture of other chemicals (surfactants) required to get the active ingredient into the plant are sprayed directly on the crops and are then taken up into the plant. [...] Therefore, the food crop itself contains the herbicide as well as a mixture of surfactants.[...] weeds are becoming glyphosate resistant, thereby requiring more herbicide use, the EPA has steadily increased its allowable concentration limit in food, and has essentially ignored our exposure to the other chemicals that are in its commercial formulation." HAG
Herbicide  food_safety  Health  policy  food_standards  regulation  GMO  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
february 2015 by eocas
About: "GreenFact's Mission is to bring the factual content of complex scientific consensus reports on health and the environment to the reach of non-specialists. To this end, The GreenFacts Initiative publishes clear, faithful summaries of existing scientific reports on environmental and health topics: the GreenFacts Digests and the GreenFacts Co-Publications. These are peer reviewed under the control of an independent Scientific Committee. The Greenfacts Initiative publishes also “news” that briefly and factually highlight the content of some recent reports in these matters. These news are not peer reviewed. The GreenFacts Initiative is a non-profit project founded in 2001 Initially “GreenFacts Foundation” and then changed to "GreenFacts" in 2004, it is now "its is managed by Cogeneris sprl." HAG
environment  Health  Research  Ecology  sustainability  Statistics  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
january 2015 by eocas
Genetically engineered crops, glyphosate and the deterioration of health in the United States of America - Journal of Organic Systems
Abstract "This new study has linked glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide, Roundup, to an enormous increase in chronic diseases across the US. Glyphosate was introduced in 1974 and its use is accelerating with the advent of herbicide-tolerant genetically engineered crops. Evidence is mounting that glyphosate interferes with many metabolic processes in plants and animals and glyphosate residues have been detected in both. It disrupts the endocrine system and the balance of gut bacteria, it damages DNA and is a driver of mutations that lead to cancer. USA government databases were searched for GE crop data, glyphosate application data and disease epidemiological data. Correlation analyses were then performed on a total of 22 diseases in these time-series data sets. The Pearson correlation coefficients are highly significant between glyphosate applications and most of the reviewed diseases. HAG
GMO  Health  Herbicide  Research  Research_Analytics_Organic  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
december 2014 by eocas
HERA - Health Research for Action
About: "HERA is an international multidisciplinary team of highly skilled professionals bringing together a broad spectrum of expertise in health and development research, programming, evaluation and policy." HAG
Health  consultancy  agrachina_it  IT  Technology  policy  rural_development  NGO_NPO  Research  import_agrachina  Information_Platform  Agrachina 
november 2014 by eocas
According to is Incuvest a [Singapore] government-appointed VC under its Technology Incubation Scheme (TIS), which offers 85 percent of a decided sum from the Singaporean National Research Foundation (NRF) if Incuvest comes up with the remaining 15 percent. Within the technology domain, IncuVest’s primary focus areas include the Retail and Lifestyle, Healthcare and Education, and Financial Services verticals. It's their interest to get on board / mentor at early stage. HAG
investor_relations  Health  Venture_Capital  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
march 2013 by eocas
Fast alle Kinderlebensmittel sind ungesund
Food specialist for kids is often even outweighing questionable ingredients of typical fast food / convenience food regarding e.g calories, fat, sugar.

Since the margins of such products are higher than "normal" staple food or fresh products producers are highly interested "to program" young consumers to these over-sweet/fat junkfood.

food_standards  food_safety  Health  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
march 2012 by eocas
Heavy Metals Pollute 10% of China’s Farmland | China Digital Times (CDT)
The title says it. This is from an official government source, thus likely to be an underestimation.

environment  chinese  agriculture  Health  food_safety  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
november 2011 by eocas
Today's Food System: All Drugged Up
80% of the antibiotics in the US are used for animal treatment. That causes resistances because:

"When antibiotics are used, they kill off all targeted bacteria, except for those that by chance have a favorable mutation. These survivors go on to multiply, producing a drug resistant army of bacteria. It's evolution at its finest."

"It's just common sense: antibiotics should be protected, used only when necessary and in the most effective manner as determined by medical professionals."

But that's not what's happening:
"In our corporate-controlled food system, factory farmers routinely feed antibiotics to their cattle, pigs, chickens and other animals. Sometimes these antibiotics are meant to cure illnesses but often they are used to spur growth in their animals, fattening them up."

A fatal risk:
"When rushed to the hospital, patients deserve to be given the most effective medicines, not told that the best drugs were already used up on ill-treated livestock."
food_safety  Meat  Health  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
march 2011 by eocas
New plan targets polluting factories
The coming 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015), the national environmental watchdog will launch a comprehensive national inspection program against factories discharging heavy metals and pollutants that are affecting nearby people's health.
"A four-year study released by the China Geological Survey in November shows only 24 percent of the underground water in the North China Plain is safe for drinking, with excessive heavy metals, overuse of chemical fertilizers and surface water pollution caused by leaking garbage dumps and sewage water irrigation the main causes of the pollution." 20101113/HAG
Environment  Politics  Health  Water_Resources  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
november 2010 by eocas
Has organic food quality a positive effect for human health? - ICROFS
Facts sheet that shows why organic food is healthier. It has some good points which we can be used for publicity. 20091015/HAG
Organic_food  Publicity  Health  Food_Safety  filetype:pdf  media:document  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
october 2009 by eocas
LOHAS - Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability
This is one of the most important target customer segment. The LOHAS customers are aware of their buying decisions, therefore will many of them be willing to pay more for healthy and sustainablity, such as organic products. 20090715 /HAG
LOHAS  Green-New-Wave  Health  Environment  Sustainability  Marketing  Lifestyle  Business_Advisory_relevant  Organic_food  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
july 2009 by eocas

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