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China 'container grab' hitting Aussie exporters. Compared with other industrial nations, China is enjoying booming exports and its containerised exports are far higher than its imports.

China 'container grab' hitting Aussie exporters

Analysts say there are three containers leaving China for every container arriving. The money they are prepared to pay has risen so high that it is now more profitable for shipping carriers to send the boxes back to China with no cargo, rather than waiting to have them refilled with goods destined for Asia. Kirk Coningham, chief executive of the Australian Logistics Council, told nine.com.au that the situation was putting pressure on the global supply chain.

"There are too many empty containers in Australia and they don't have enough in Asia," he said. Mr Coningham said the demand started last year as the Chinese economy began its recovery and its "ripple effect" is being felt in Australia. The WA Meat Marketing Cooperative (WAMMCO) exports premium lamb products to international markets. Online shopping returns are ending up in landfill - Hack - triple j. Over New Year's, a mate of mine shared a stat on her Insta stories: 2.2 million tonnes of online returns end up in landfill every year.

Online shopping returns are ending up in landfill - Hack - triple j

And that's in the US alone. Immediately I kinda spiralled, picturing all the jeans I'd ordered in different sizes over the years, multiple party outfits at a time, emotional impulse buys, all while "I'll just return it" echoed over the horrific montage. Backpackers warn of horticulture industry 'underbelly' of dodgy labour hire providers and illegal wages - ABC News. Feeding cities in the 21st century: why urban-fringe farming is vital for food resilience.

This article is part of a series focusing on the politics of food – what we eat, how our views of food are changing and why it matters from a cultural and political standpoint.

Feeding cities in the 21st century: why urban-fringe farming is vital for food resilience

When you pick up supplies at your local supermarket for tonight’s dinner, the produce will likely have come from many parts of Australia and from distant parts of the world. But some of the fresh produce may also have come from one of the highly productive foodbowls on the fringes of Australia’s state capitals. The role that city fringe farmers play in feeding cities is sometimes overlooked in an era of sophisticated supply chains that enable food to be sourced from all over the world. But city foodbowls make a significant contribution to Australia’s fresh food supplies, and cities can do more to support them. Why being close to cities makes sense. For GM food and vaccinations, the panic virus is a deadly disease. Most readers are aware of the benefits of using vaccines to boost the immune system and prevent infectious disease.

For GM food and vaccinations, the panic virus is a deadly disease

Many readers will not be aware of a very different disease prevention tool: supplementing vitamins in crops through genetic modification (GM). Anti-science opposition to both is rife; to save lives, that opposition has to stop. The disease-prevention benefits of supplemental vitamin A were accidentally discovered in 1986 by public health scientists. The Golden Rice Project. Special Issue : Sustainable Consumption in Environmental Issues: A Global Perspective. Special Issue Editors Dr.

Special Issue : Sustainable Consumption in Environmental Issues: A Global Perspective

Special Issue : Food Safety, Security, Sustainability and Nutrition as Priority Objectives of the Food Sector. Special Issue Editors Dr.

Special Issue : Food Safety, Security, Sustainability and Nutrition as Priority Objectives of the Food Sector

António RaposoWebsiteGuest Editor Assistant Professor at Lusófona University of Humanities and Technologies, Lisbon, PortugalInterests: utilization of Catostylus tagi jellyfish in health sciences; food ingredient; Food habits; food safety evaluation; vending machines; Techniques to evaluate cleanliness and disinfection in dairies Assoc.

Prof. Faculdade de Farmácia da Universidade de Coimbra; REQUIMTE/LAQV. Publications. We simulated how a modern dust bowl would impact global food supplies and the result is devastating. When the southern Great Plains of the US were blighted with a series of droughts in the 1930s, it had an unparalled impact on the whole country.

We simulated how a modern dust bowl would impact global food supplies and the result is devastating

Combined with decades of ill-advised farming policy, the result was the Dust Bowl. Massive dust storms began in 1931 and devastated the country’s major cereal producing areas. US wheat and maize production crashed by 32% in 1933 and continued to fall for the rest of the decade as more droughts hit. By 1934, 14 million hectares of agricultural land was degraded beyond use, while a further 51 million hectares (roughly three-quarters the size of Texas) was rapidly shedding its topsoil. We're far from a sustainable world. What is “sustainability”?

We're far from a sustainable world

To the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network, it means addressing a wide-ranging set of challenges so we can protect this blue marble of life in the black void of space. The organization measures obvious aims, such as action on climate change, responsible consumption, transit, protection of life on land and sea, and clean energy. Food and Coronavirus: Kale, Quinoa, Acai vs. Spam, Oreos, Popcorn. Photographer: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America We’re tracking the latest on the coronavirus outbreak and the global response.

Food and Coronavirus: Kale, Quinoa, Acai vs. Spam, Oreos, Popcorn

Sign up here for our daily newsletter on what you need to know. Out with the Tuscan kale and acai berries, in with the Spam and popcorn. How the ‘Beer Game’ Helps Retailers Solve Toilet Paper Crisis. We’re tracking the latest on the coronavirus outbreak and the global response.

How the ‘Beer Game’ Helps Retailers Solve Toilet Paper Crisis

Sign up here for our daily newsletter on what you need to know. Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York said the stimulus package working its way through Congress is inadequate. He also restricted access to a malaria drug that President Donald Trump has touted as a treatment for the novel coronavirus. Spain had its deadliest day yet. In Britain, the government moved to shut Parliament and Prince Charles tested positive. No vintage: Australian vineyards dump grape harvest as bushfire smoke takes its toll. It was late October when Adrian Sparks caught sight of the first smoke rising from the hilly horizon.

Within days the haze evolved into drift smoke, which grew thicker as the mountain behind the Mount Pleasant winery in the Hunter Valley caught fire. “It was full on,” Adrian says. “There was smoke all through November and December. A Surge of New Plastic Is About to Hit the Planet. As public concern about plastic pollution rises, consumers are reaching for canvas bags, metal straws, and reusable water bottles. But while individuals fret over images of oceanic garbage gyres, the fossil fuel and petrochemical industries are pouring billions of dollars into new plants intended to make millions more tons of plastic than they now pump out.

Companies like ExxonMobil, Shell, and Saudi Aramco are ramping up output of plastic — which is made from oil and gas, and their byproducts — to hedge against the possibility that a serious global response to climate change might reduce demand for their fuels, analysts say. Petrochemicals, the category that includes plastic, now account for 14 percent of oil use, and are expected to drive half of oil demand growth between now and 2050, the International Energy Agency (IEA) says. The World Economic Forum predicts plastic production will double in the next 20 years. Focus on what you eat not whether your food is local. Clothing and textile manufacturing's environmental impact and how to shop more ethically - Science News - ABC News. The shirt you're wearing right now: what's it made from? In its rawest form, was it once growing in a field, on a sheep's back or sloshing at the bottom of an oil well?

We wear clothes literally every day, but few of us spend much time reflecting on what goes into manufacturing various textiles and their environmental impacts. This is interesting considering how much we think about the food we eat or the skin care products we use. Most of us don't realise how environmentally intensive it is to make a single article of clothing, says fashion sustainability expert Clara Vuletich, whose PhD research focuses on sustainable textiles. "Textile supply chains are some of the most complex of any manufacturing sector," she said. First comes the fibre, which, whether it comes from a plant, animal or crude oil, is almost always an energy and pollutant-intensive process. The fibre is processed until it can be spun into a yarn, which, in turn, is woven or knitted into a fabric. Life cycles. Vertical farming, micro-algae and bio-reactors — the new frontier of sustainable food.

Updated about an hour agoFri 8 Nov 2019, 11:48pm It's brunch time in the not-too-distant future. You're in your favourite cafe and you have a craving for pancakes. You know they're delicious because you order them all the time: fluffy and light with a slightly carroty taste. Hardly a health food, but at least they're easy on the environment — they're made with organic eggs and 100 per cent locally-sourced bacteria.

The Bureau of Linguistical Reality. Definition: Borrowing from Kurt Vonnegut’s fictional alien race of Tralfamadorians (who can look at an object and know its past and future,) Tralfamidorification, is the experience of being over informed about the production line of materials, or about the systems of waste management they will eventually be filtered through. Tralfamidorification, is a disorientating experience where a discrete object becomes a node on a network. Usage: Just before reading your email I was idly staring at a package of Trader Joe’s dried coconut strips (product of Thailand) on my kitchen table, experiencing severe tralfamidorification. Origin: Jenny Odell and Field Study #007 Participants, 2015.

Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs CC BY-NC-ND Like this: Stockholm Resilience Centre - Stockholm Resilience Centre. The real cost of your clothes: These are the fabrics with the best and worst environmental impact. Limits to Growth was right. New research shows we're nearing collapse. The 1972 book Limits to Growth, which predicted our civilisation would probably collapse some time this century, has been criticised as doomsday fantasy since it was published. Why are West Africa's fish disappearing? New awesome Meat-Calculator: Check your impact on the environment. A mild summer evening without a sizzling steak or a great burger on the grill? Unthinkable! America is a nation of meat eaters. - Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance. 1951Sustainable Consumption. Food in the Anthropocene: the EAT–<i>Lancet</i> Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems. Food systems have the potential to nurture human health and support environmental sustainability, however our current trajectories threaten both.

The EAT–Lancet Commission addresses the need to feed a growing global population a healthy diet while also defining sustainable food systems that will minimise damage to our planet. The Commission quantitively describes a universal healthy reference diet, based on an increase in consumption of healthy foods (such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, and nuts), and a decrease in consumption of unhealthy foods (such as red meat, sugar, and refined grains) that would provide major health benefits, and also increase the likelihood of attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals.

This is set against the backdrop of defined scientific boundaries that would ensure a safe operating space within six Earth systems, towards sustaining a healthy planet. Climate Change Adaptation: Boosting Quinoa Production Using Nuclear Techniques. In the battle to help developing countries overcome threats from declining food production caused by climate change, one species of edible grain-like crop has caught international attention because of its unique nutritional value. New and improved varieties of quinoa, historically grown in the highlands of South America, will be made available to farmers in mutations adapted to challenging environments in Bolivia and Peru.

Tasmanian salmon should be off the menu for now, says conservation group. It’s one of Australia’s – and the world’s – favourite fish but Tasmanian Atlantic salmon should be off the menu for now, according to the Australian Marine Conservation Society, publishers of Australia’s independent sustainable seafood guide. Australia's Sustainable Seafood Guide. 'Global deforestation hotspot': 3m hectares of Australian forest to be lost in 15 years. Healthy Active - Sample Daily Kilojoule and Nutrient Calculator.

This sample daily kilojoule and nutrient calculator is for people over the age of 19 years. It does not apply to children. Calculate your daily energy and nutrient composition. Obesity System Influence Diagram. Is Eating Organic Really Better for You and the Environment? On average, organic food items are 47 percent more expensive than standard supermarket fare—but thanks to their purported health and environmental benefits, many shoppers still splurge on them. In fact, the total retail market for organic products in the United States was valued at over $39 billion in 2016. But while the organic industry means big business for farmers and food companies, the question still remains: Are organic foods actually better for both you and the environment?

A Map Of Where Your Food Originated May Surprise You. New Online Calculator Reveals the Full Impact of Your Meat Intake. The biggest cause of global warming that nobody’s talking about. Global Farm Animal Production and Global Warming: Impacting and Mitigating Climate Change. Advantages and Disadvantages of Monoculture Farming. Frequently Asked Questions - FOOD INGREDIENTS. Pesticides On Food. Department of Agriculture The National Food Plan. Department of Agriculture 5.2 Ensuring the safety of our food supply.

Department of Agriculture 5.1 Maintaining food security in Australia. Amazing low-tech harvester collects water from even the driest of air. Jevons paradox. 10. The Sustainability Secret. Ethical Consumer: the alternative consumer organisation. The Equality Effect - The Ethical Shop. Is There a Future For Instant Coffee? Conscious consumerism is a lie. Here is what you can really do to save the environment. — Quartz. Egg producer Snowdale Holdings docked $1m after misleading public over free-range claims. CONFIRMED: DNA From Genetically Modified Crops Can Be Transferred Into Humans Who Eat Them.

Complete Genes May Pass from Food to Human Blood. Diverse and Widespread Contamination Evident in the Unmapped Depths of High Throughput Sequencing Data. I Asked an Expert if Thanos Is Right. 'Frustrated' health sector turns to tobacco-like labelling to issue warning over sweetened drinks. Avoiding meat and dairy is ‘single biggest way’ to reduce your impact on Earth.

Coles-to-pay-farmers-5-25m-after-failing-to-pass-on-10c-drought-levy-20191205-p53h24. Bisphenol A (BPA): Use in Food Contact Application. Vandana Shiva. YouTube. Navdanya. The Undercurrent: why are we being fed by a poison expert? Monsanto and Roundup – video. Right of reply: Monsanto responds to the Undercurrent video. Printable List of Monsanto Owned “Food” Producers – REALfarmacy.com. Rare Footage Shows George Bush’s 1987 Visit to Monsanto, Uttering Seven Infamous Words That Would Change Everything. Seed: The Untold Story. Fritjof Capra. Pesticide Residues, Results from the period 2004-2011.

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Did Nestlé Use the Shutdown for Good PR? This Is For Everyone That Still Eats at McDonald's (Even if they won't admit it!) 20 Disturbing Fast Food Facts that Will Change Your Diet Forever. What Eating 40 Teaspoons of Sugar a Day Can Do to You - The New York Times. This Woman Gets No Applause...Why? They Are Too Creeped Out... Marketing Food to Children: Anna Lappe at TEDxManhattan 2013.

The Shocking Amount Nestlé Makes From This Natural Resource in Your Backyard – REALfarmacy.com. Benefits of artificial sweeteners unclear. NestleCocoaPlanReport2017 EN 0. Nestle Cocoplan. Home - Nestle Cocoa. The logo that shows if your Easter eggs were made by child labour. Palm Oil: Global brands profiting from child and forced labour. The Australian Aluminium Council. Organic Pesticides.

Our work - Earthworm. The Difference Between Organic and Sustainable Food. Organic Farming is Bad for the Environment. — Code of Federal Regulations. Fairfoodchallenge. What urban sprawl means for Melbourne’s food supply. The fertile fringe. Tracer. The Hidden Water in Everyday Products - Water Footprint Calculator. This Is How Much Water It Takes To Make Your Favorite Foods. How Much Water Actually Goes Into Making A Bottle Of Water? : The Salt.

'Food deserts': Grocery dead zones have serious health impacts for residents, experts say. Hungry Planet: What The World Eats.