Even as the UK seeks to cut ties with the European Union, the island nation’s people are increasingly thinking global with what they eat. Nearly half of the vegetables consumed in the UK came from abroad in 2018, the latest year for which data is available. That compares with imports amounting to just 29% of total vegetable supplies in 2000, according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). People also are paying much more for foreign-raised vegetables. While the volume of vegetable imports rose 80%, to 2.28 million tonnes, from 2000 to 2018, the value of those goods jumped 131% to 2.47 million pounds sterling in the latest year.
More than 240 civil society organisations urged Indonesia on Thursday to investigate the “extremely suspicious” death of an activist who opposed the building of a hydropower dam seen as key to China’s Belt and Road Initiative in the country. Environmental groups — including Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace, as well as several Indonesian and Asian non-governmental organisations — say the $1.6bn Batang Toru dam being built on the island of Sumatra could lead to the extinction of a species of orang-utan.
A dramatic decline in pork production due to African swine fever in China is contributing to a global shortfall in meat supplies that is expected to drive pork, chicken and beef prices higher into next year. China' s total swine herd has declined by 45 per cent since the virus was first detected in the northeastern city of Chenyang last August, according to analysis from US financial group INTL FCStone. The disease has now spread to every province in the country.
[行业报告] Ending hunger in Asia and the Pacific by 2030: An assessment of investment requirements in agriculture 进入全文
About 518 million people in Asia and the Pacific suffered from hunger in 2017—1 million more than in the previous year. Farmers face challenges such as shrinking natural resources, degrading environments, and declining labor availability in addition to climate change and financial non-viability. The demand for food and nutrition is also increasing. With all this, more investment in agriculture is needed to accomplish Sustainable Development Goal 2—ending hunger and malnutrition by 2030. In the report, findings presented were taken from the analysis of recent trends in food security, gross domestic product, and population growth as well as agricultural supply, demand, and trade.