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UN urges global move to meat and dairy-free diet

UN urges global move to meat and dairy-free diet
A global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and the worst impacts of climate change, a UN report said today. It says: "Impacts from agriculture are expected to increase substantially due to population growth increasing consumption of animal products. Unlike fossil fuels, it is difficult to look for alternatives: people have to eat. A substantial reduction of impacts would only be possible with a substantial worldwide diet change, away from animal products." Professor Edgar Hertwich, the lead author of the report, said: "Animal products cause more damage than [producing] construction minerals such as sand or cement, plastics or metals. The recommendation follows advice last year that a vegetarian diet was better for the planet from Lord Nicholas Stern, former adviser to the Labour government on the economics of climate change. Related:  5

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PLANT POWER / Energie des plantes Utiliser l’énergie des plantes pour générer de l’électricité : voilà l’idée pas bête que souhaitent concrétiser une poignée de scientifiques néerlandais qui ont imaginé ces carrés de plantes électro générateurs. Captant l’excès de sucre généré par la photosynthèse de la plante, la faune microbienne du sol se nourrit et produit une activité chimique qui libère des électrons, en quantité infime bien sur. Tout le défi consiste donc à capter ces électrons pour alimenter notre mode de vie contemporain, en des proportions qui restent encore à améliorer : 1m2 de jardin pourrait alimenter 28kwh/an, à comparer aux 10Kwh qu’utilise une maison moyenne aux Etats Unis, selon Yes Magazine (En France c’est à peu près pareil, un foyer de 90m2 consomme en 7000 et 11000 Kwh / an selon FUTURA SCIENCES) Il reste donc un peu de chemin à accomplir pour transformer l’essai en produit viable commercialement : une campagne de financement participatif était lancée fin 2014, mais elle n’a pas abouti.

Processed meats rank alongside smoking as cancer causes – WHO | Society Bacon, ham and sausages rank alongside cigarettes as a major cause of cancer, the World Health Organisation has said, placing cured and processed meats in the same category as asbestos, alcohol, arsenic and tobacco. The report from the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer said there was enough evidence to rank processed meats as group 1 carcinogens because of a causal link with bowel cancer. It places red meat in group 2A, as “probably carcinogenic to humans”. Eating red meat is also linked to pancreatic and prostate cancer, the IARC says. The IARC’s experts concluded that each 50-gram (1.8-ounce) portion of processed meat eaten daily increased the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%. “For an individual, the risk of developing colorectal cancer because of their consumption of processed meat remains small, but this risk increases with the amount of meat consumed,” said Dr Kurt Straif, head of the IARC monographs programme.

Les banques rachètent des forêts et des espaces protégés... pour faire de l'argent La nature n’a pas de prix… Eh bien, détrompez-vous, et ruez-vous sur le captivant documentaire « Nature, nouvel eldorado de la finance » d’Arte, disponible ici. Ce film de Sandrine Feydel et Denis Delestrac nous explique, façon thriller, comment la finance et les banques sont en train de mettre petit à petit le grappin sur les ressources naturelles et la protection de la biodiversité. But — affiché — de la manœuvre ? « Sauver la planète » en adoptant — là où la volonté politique a échoué — une logique de marché. Concrètement, ça donne quoi ? Jamais manichéen Le lien entre les deux semble quelque peu tortueux. La dernière fois qu’il y a eu une crise de biodiversité aussi violente, c’était il y a 65 millions d’années lors de la disparition des dinosaures. Documentaire disponible sur news360x.

The Meat Industry's Political Sway Has Had Ongoing Influence on Nutrition Guidelines Your doctor might tell you to eat fewer burgers and steak sandwiches, but thanks to the exceptional lobbying skills of the American meat industry, the US government probably never will. Rejecting the advice of their own expert panel, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced this month that the latest edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans will not include considerations of environmental sustainability. Had they decided otherwise, they likely would have recommended that people lower their intake of meat, the production of which is widely recognized as a major contributor to climate change. Health advocates are still hoping that the final guidelines, to be unveiled later this year, will include a directive to eat less red and processed meats, based on nutrition and health concerns alone. But if history is any indication, that hope is likely to go unfulfilled. The size of the US meat industry is immense.

Nachricht The water-soluble Neonicotinoide are neurotoxins and represent a special problem for the environment and the bees. So for example the imidacloprid which is meanwhile worldwide most used and seeming systemic (Bayer) has a toxicity which more than seven thousand times is as high as the one of DDT! With these active agents sales are made to hundreds millions euros every year, though. Therefore it has surprised nobody that the temporary ban was accompanied by a heavy lobby battle and media campaign in the year 2013. By the extraordinary use of particularly the German beekeeper associations the ban could be nevertheless succeeded with at a European level. Walter Haefeker, president of the European professional beekeeper federation, was in charge. The companies BASF, Syngenta and Bayer have brought legal action with the European court of justice against the ban now, though. Mellifera registered association has the law firm GGSC in Berlin with the advocates Dr. Donation account .

The artificial egg from Hamton Creek foods set to take on the world $23m investment in Hampton Creek led by Li Ka-shingFirm already backed by Paypal billionaire Peter Thiel and Bill GatesSells products in Whole Foods, now planning international expansion By Mark Prigg Published: 16:30 GMT, 17 February 2014 | Updated: 17:27 GMT, 17 February 2014 A radical ‘artificial egg’ made from plants is set to go global after the US firm behind it revealed major backing from Asia's richest man. Made from plants, it can replace eggs in everything from cakes to mayonnaise - without a chicken ever coming close to the production process. Hampton Creek's products are already sold in Whole Foods in California, and now the firm plans to take on the world. Scroll down for video Eggstraordinary: The powder is a special blend of plants including peas and beans MailOnline was able to try two of Hampton Creek’s products - its mayonnaise, and cookies made using its baking product. The results were surprising, if a little anticlimactic. Backers include Mr. Mr.

Native American Animal: Bear Love this article and want to save it to read again later? Add it to your favourites! To find all your favourite posts, check out My Favourites on the menu bar. Bear When we walk the Path with the bear, this animal will inevitably tell us about its long history with the First People of North America. dna testing, dna ancestry testing, ancestry, genealogy, indian genealogy records, paternity testing, turquoise jewelry, native american jewelry As a Native American symbol, the bear is as free in spirit as the great wind; and grander than its mass. Because of this potentially furious storm brewing just under the surface of bears spirit, our native forebears were extremely cautious and respectful of this animal. Bear meanings were enhanced by observations made tribal sages. One such connection to bear meaning comes from a Shoshone sage who, set about bridging worlds in a manner of trance walking. We see a lot of connections with bear and man in the Native mind. Source: whats-your-sign